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Beersel Lager - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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87
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paterlodie on 02-08-2006)
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Reviews by Rastacouere:
Photo of Rastacouere
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unfiltered pale gold, cloudy, homogeneous and well carbonated. The head is pure white, diminishing but long-lasting. The most attractive small-bubbled, crisp carbonation and texture enhance the soft mineral aspects that pair with the hay-like pils malts to create an ultimate tool for refreshment. The perfect flavorful quaffer. Good base malt also ensures a certain roundness, medium bodied let’s say, slightly honeyed though not biscuity. It escapes the usual oiliness of many czech pils to capture the essence of fresh hops, the vibrant spiciness, highly leafy and floral, yet intense in a way that can’t but remind of citrus. An elegant creation that speaks a whole book about the no compromise approach of those 2 legendary lambic brewers. Full on quality, great ingredients, yet open-minded and creative. I think I do prefer Christoffel Blonde, but I consider this as my 2nd favorite pils for now. Competent punchy bitterness, dry and crisp. A grand hoppy beer like I enjoy them.

Rastacouere, Feb 28, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say at first I was thinking no way was this a czech pilsner but after tasting and smelling the big spicy and floral hop combination I gotta say that I agree.Poured into a pilsner a slightly clouded light golden with a big fluffy crown that held for a longtime.Big spicy/floral hops in the nose to go with big yeast,spicy hops really hit hard on the palate,maybe the most hoppy non American lager I have had,yeasty and fruity its very well rounded.This is a great lager beer,the label says best Belgian lager and I might agree with that,not sure if its a close rendition of a Bamburg style lager though.

oberon, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a Pilsner glass)

A- This beer pours a clear beer with a orange hued body and a strong carbonation of bubbles supporting rocky soft peaks of snow white that last for a good bit.

S- This beer has a light green sulfur note that gives way to a fresh raw grain aroma and a hint of silage.

T- The dry prick of pale malt and a note of carbonic acid gives way to noble hop hints in the finish. As the beer warms a bit the sweet sulfur taste of a good Kolsch comes through with a faint dry caramel malt hint in the background. The finish has a light perfumed yeasty quality that ends nicely with a soft hop bitterness that lingers for only a moment.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp little fizz in the finish.

D- This is a light crisp easy quaffing beer that has good depth of flavor and a nice complexity that grows as the beer warms.

rhoadsrage, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ste5venla, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my pilsner glass.

Clear sunglow body...until you dump in the yeast from the bottom of the glass. Furious carbonation rushes to the surface supporting an immense mushroom cap of heavy ivory merengue. Cavernous three-dimensional lacing climbs up the glass like a network of mycelium.

This smells like a working brewery - yeasty fermenting crackery barley malt - along with light citrus and berry notes, and a touch of spicy hops. There is a tangy underlying wild yeast aroma as well that distinguishes the recipe from pretty much any other lager.

The flavors follow the nose, but everything is intensified - sourdough biscuits, orange marmalade, and a lingering tart grassy bitterness complete the picture. Bright, rustic, and fresh tasting.

Creamy, effervescent, medium-light bodied...

Not sure why this is listed as a Czech Pilsner, as this beer is brewed as a tribute to German lager. It diverges significantly from any lager I've tried thus far, so rating "to style" is difficult. It is quite refreshing but has the complexity you would expect from this brewer/blender including an atypical "funk" element.

The best lager in Belgium? I'm not sure, but certainly it is the most interesting one I've consumed from the region.

augustgarage, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at the Hopduvel beer store in Gent and enjoyed it while walking around town on a bright, sunny day. This was one of maybe three hoppy beers I drank while in Belgium. It reminded me quite a bit of Victory's Prima Pils, but a notch softer with the bitterness. Big citrus, grassy, herbal hops - delicious. Find this beer when you're in Belgium.

tempest, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of PretzelCity
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

PretzelCity, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle at La Trappe in San Francisco.

Pours cloudy amber in color with a small whitish head and decent lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt, slight wild yeast funk, apples, and citrusy hops. Different to say the least.

The flavor is also very unique. There is a nice balance between caramel/pilsner malt sweetness and a very slight tartness from the wild yeast. Well, more funky than tart really. More caramel than your typical pils, along with some apple notes. There are some citrusy (orange) hops as well.

Fairly dry on the palate with medium body and soft carbonation.

Overall, this gets high marks because it’s a really damn interesting beer. You really do get the sense that you’re drinking sort of a throwback beer with this one.

nickd717, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Leftofthedial
4/5  rDev +2%

Leftofthedial, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap dated 02/09/11! Served from bottle into a Drie Fonteinen ‘3’ long stemmed flute. Poured a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that remained throughout. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, lemon zest, lemon rine, lemon meringue, citrus, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, lemon zest, citrus, lemon rine, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The aroma on this one was definitely the highlight of this brew as the lemon meringue aspect was really quite pleasant and inviting. The flavor was fairly light, but still quite complex. Definitely a well done Czech Pilsener if I’m honest. Glad I got to try this one and it was even half-off! I suggest you do the same.

thagr81us, May 05, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A blurb on the label says something about the owner of Drie Fonteinen travelling to Bamberg annually to "feast" on the very best lagers of Germany. This is a tribute to those found in Bamberg...

To me it drinks and tastes like a sturdy Helles, with lot of sweet pale malt and gentle noble hops. It does have a few unique qualities that make it stand out.

It pours a hazy honey tone, with a fluffy head of soapy bubbles. Lots of irregular speckled lacing. Foam rises in a convex dome above the lip of the glass. Over time, the head dwindles down, but it makes a good first impression.

Aroma of grassy wet hay, pear, and well water. Somehow this is very appealing despite sounding dull. Light bodied, but with much more flavor than your average case of German import lager. Clean pale malt and grain, light bitterness in the back of the throat. Honey and bread dough in the finish. Reminds me of the purity of Mahrs lagers from Bamberg.

It has an unheard of level of creaminess that contributes alot to a higher overall impression. I could have several of these on a warm day for sure. It would likely pair well with a wide range of foods.

emerge077, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +2%

mrcraft, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A real creamy head that I was not expecting with various sized bubbles in it. Body is a real nice unfiltered and hued orange to yellow with some good amount of pinhead sized bubbles sticking to the glass.

This nose just doesn't sit with me. It smells like boxed apple juice primarily. Not cider, apple juice, slightly sweet. Faint malt in the background. I am not sure if this is a fault, but it's not what I want in a "lager" that's for sure, sense of fruity sweetness.

Taste brings more of that fruit apple forward matching the nose, luckily some more malt density comes out hinting more on the palate. Some more banana richness comes out in the aftertaste almost like a hefe. Some faint dryness on the finish.

Overall, it's a real odd one, but the primarily apple bent on this just doesn't jive with me, so I'll never have this again. By no means is this a bad beer though.

smakawhat, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of thekanna
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous dark apricot with 3 fingers of white, rocky head when poured right down the middle.

S: Sweet, spicy, and yeasty. Wow, this promises to be a good beer.

T/M: Big yeast flavor with some biscuity, buttery malts and a fairly significant, slightly herbal hop character at the end. Goes down incredibly smoothly; a nice hefty body with just a tingle of carbonation to finish.

D: One of the better lagers I've had. I was very surprised to find this in DC when I even had trouble getting it in Beersel. Anyway, I'm glad to have tried it and will definitely pick it up again if I see it.

thekanna, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was reviewed blind.

Appearance: Beer pours an opaque reddish amber with a half finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. 4

Smell: Sweet and malty. There is some grape in the smell along with a slight sourness. The malt has some caramel in there too. There may be a slight tomato in the smell too. 3

Taste: This beer is malt forward but not very sweet. There is a strong presence from grape and some bready notes. Some dark fruit notes and a bitterness in the finish. I'm having trouble figuring this beer out. 3

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a finish that has a very slight dryness to it. 3.5

Overall: This is kind of a weird beer. I'm thinking Belgian pale maybe? I'm not really sure what else to say about it. 3

oline73, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of khall
3/5  rDev -23.5%

khall, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice hazy straw color. Big puffy head that lifts out of my glass like a meringue. The amount of head retention left me in awe actually. Smells like crisp light malt and grassy hops. Light sweet taste and a balanced earthy bitterness. I would like a touch more sweetness and hop flavor though. Finish ends with a small amount of acidity. Completely refreshing. Crisp carbonation. One of the best german style lagers I've had. Left me wanting more.

BearsOnAcid, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of patrick802
4/5  rDev +2%

patrick802, May 05, 2014
Photo of gcare02
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

gcare02, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of marcpal
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 bottle poured into a stubby mug at a solid beer bar- wanted to give something different a try. Definitely was 'different', not sure in a good way.

A: Nice start, Wheaty yellow with a freaking huge head. Carbonation unleashed with the tough pour. Hazier and cloudier than most pilseners, but still nice to look at.

S: Bready and oaty? Yeast is predominant and then just malts. The sweetness is more in the aroma and not in the taste.

T: Not as strong in the malts here but the sour tart flavors are out of left field and take over. Citrusy, earthy, and perfumy would be the way I would describe the flavor. Bizarre.

M: Crispness of a pilsener when this was poured from thebottle. The meaty breadiness in the aroma and somewhat in the taste didnt carry over to the mouthfeel- not chewy so hits the style.

D: First pils I have had from the land of waffles, and Im going to stick to their bag of goodies Im used to. Worth a try and surely drinkable, but still something just was off. Ill stick to PA for my pils's.

I could surely see others enjoy in this one, but not me. Different strokes for different folks indeed. This would not be a pilsener in any way to me and Im going back to my standbys.

marcpal, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Pours really slow with a huge head that fades fairly slowly with lots of lacing, quite hazy straw golden colored.

Nose has a nice pilsner aroma, grainy malt, toasty straw, earthy fermented straw, juicy crisp lager underneath with layers of complexion, light grassy floral hops in the background.

Taste starts slightly sweet, and either they just changed the keg or its served at perfect temp like out came from a cask. Light sweet malts with hint of toasted straw, light creamy malt, juicy lager fruit and a soft layered pilsner malt. Then hops kick in, quite grassy and light earthy herbal hops with a fair bitterness. Finish gets quite bitter actually, hops even turn slightly spicy with dry crisp lager finish but doesn't linger too long.

Mouth is soft and fairly complex but lighter overall, good carb.

Overall nice, not quite up to most german pilsners but getting there, nice over hopped americanized pilsner.

jlindros, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

330ml bottle. sampled may 23/08.

pours hazy golden yellow with a small white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. light caramel sweetness. touch of grapefruit. bit of corn or adjunct, but not to offensive levels. bit of floral character. light alcohol.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. bit of caramel, but very little sweetness. cracker. white bread. bit of alcohol. grapefruit. bit floral.

mouthfeel is good. light bodied with a fairly dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance and very easy drinking. the hops dry it out a little and help lighten the body.

grub, May 24, 2008
Photo of M27
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

M27, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a pale golden straw with a healthy white frothy head that laces pretty well as things progress. The smell is faint but pleasant: notes of wheat, corn, light citrus, and a vague sense of red berries. The taste follows the smell, berries included (again, there is no direct berry flavor, but rather a general impression thereof hiding somewhere in the distance). The bitterness of the hops comes through very well, but the finish is overly dry and chalky. The body as a whole is quite moderate, with the right amount of carbonation and the right amount of smoothness, creating a highly drinkable pils.

TMoney2591, Feb 24, 2010
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Beersel Lager from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.