Brouwerij van Viven: Viven Ale

20 Nov
November 20, 2011

Brewery: Brouwerij van Viven (Belgium)
Beer: Viven Ale, 5.0% ABV, 330ml bottle
Style: Belgian Ale
Listed Ingredients: English Goldings Hops
Rating: 2/5 (I decided to change to a 0-5 rating system — I’ll come up with some graphic eventually)
Probably Vegan Friendly

Appearance
Golden, hazy, visible bits of sediment from bottle conditioning.

Viven Ale

Viven Ale

Aroma
Light, tiny bit of fresh hops.

Taste
Much stronger flavour than you’d expect from the aroma. Good combination of malt and hops, although there’s something peculiar about the hoppy characteristics in what seems to be a fairly typical Belgian ale with a malty background. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall
I was pleasantly surprised by the stronger than expected taste, the lingering aftertaste makes this interesting as well. However, it’s really a pretty standard Belgian ale, and I’ve certainly had much better ones. This appears to be a fairly new brewery, only established in 1999 — I’ve not come across it before. They do a smoked porter which might be interesting, if I could find it somewhere… I found this bottle from the Finnish alcohol monopoly, Alko. I don’t think that it’s a part of their standard selection, but they had some sort of an Octoberfest campaign and I belive this beer was a part of that, no they’re already removing it from their selection.

Probably vegan friendly, as most Belgian beers, but I had no means to verify this.

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