Beersel Lager - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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87
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: paterlodie on 02-08-2006

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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by Rastacouere:
Photo of Rastacouere
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of DevAJ
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall not bad. Not sure if I'll seek out again because compared to other Belgians it's very uninspiring.

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.36/5  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.

Photo of thekanna
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of oline73
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
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

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of marcpal
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

11.2 floz stubby bottle sealed with green pressure cap. No bottle date to indicate freshness or bottling date.

poured into a white etched New Glarus Staghorn Glass Stein.

Appearance: Translucent yellow bodied beer with 2 full fingers of white head. Good head retention and thick lacing on the side of the stein.

Smell: Lots of pears and fruity yeast. Does not smell like it is very hoppy. Sweet grainy/cracker/bready malt profile.

Taste: Pilsner malts, pears, white pepper, fruity yeast, light lingering bitterness; hops are grassy and floral. The hops taste stale, but are still have discernable flavors.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation level. This is a really smooth lager. Nice mouthfeel with delicate and soft carbonation.

Overall: This beer was getting clearanced for 1.99 a bottle at the store i picked it up at. I have wanted to tick this 3F beer for a while now. It is solid, but it might be stale. Among the other Zwickel's that I have tried, I prefer New Glarus Yokel and Urban Chestnut Zwickel over this 3F beer. That may change when I have a bottle that I can verify as a fresh bottle.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a lightly hazed golden straw color with a dense white head. Nice sweet nose on this with bread, biscuit, and honey malt aromas. Some floral notes, a pleasant fruitiness, somewhat earthy as well. The beer has a nice biscuit and bread flavor to it and a good overall sweetness. A hint of bitterness, floral and earthy hop notes, a light citrus peel flavor, and a little bit dry on the finish.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious and acidic Bohemian-style lager with assertive flowery hop notes and noticible acidic flavors and textures for the style.

The deep straw, medium gold colors carry an unusual haze for lager. A froathy cotton white head has great staying power while lacing in pockets along the way. A fantastic look, aside from the haze.

Pilsner malt aromas lead the way with the grainy/bready assortments. Herbal, grassy, and floral hops mix for a delicate yet necessary compliment to the nose.

Flavors of pilsner malts and grain husks mix while the soft breadiness and herbal/grassy hops add to the secondary flavors. Soft apples and lemon acidity helps to amplify the flavors late in the flavor profile- much needed. Finishes grassy, lemony, and minty.

While the early textures and creamy and moderately full, the beer's mineral content and acidity gives the impression of cleanliness and dryness on the back end.

Beersels Lager has a favorable impression overall but it is very minerally (salty) and has a lot of sulfury and acidic notes that compete with the softer malty compounds and pure floral hop notes. These may hurt the beer as much as they help.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, straw, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Czech pilsner style. All around good robustness and balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of paterlodie
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 12-10-07. Good and nice white head and a golden beer with quiet some medium sized flocks floating around. Nose is very hoppy and giving lots of belgium green aswell as a piney and grape like hint. Backed by good maltyness and a unmistakenly bottom fermenting yeast profile. Taste full bodied without being sweet and has clean malttaste. Aftertaste is only hops as bitterness is well dosed and stays on the tongue for quiet a while. Remembers of great bavarian vollbier taste and can keep up with them( minus presentation) aswell as with the XX bitter and Hexapoda.

Photo of garymuchow
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one must have a little age on it as the aroma holds no apparent hop quality. Malt is doughy and a little fruity with hints of yeast.
Nice white head that's a little small, but stable. Quite cloudy holding a brownish amber color in middle surrounded by a littler gold.
Kind of a meaty lager with hops mostly in the lingering bitterness (which is nice and pretty clean). Hop flavors are tasteful, but certainly aging some. Solid pils malt backing.
I'd like to have this fresher, as it's not too bad now, just not the clean crisp drink it probably was.

Thanks Todd.

Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a hazed straw yellow, touch of gold, medium white head, drops to a thick ring around the glass, lots of lacing, looks good. Smell is very fresh and floral, some grains and toast, crisp lemony aroma, oranges, a bit herbal and spicy, refreshing. Tastes sweet up front, honey, oranges, biscuity middle, with lemon zest and floral, spicy herbal finish, bit of a sour edge, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, sharp finish, very refreshing.

Photo of albern
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice Czech pilsner, but not as crisp and as biting as say a Pilsner Urquell or Budvar, which I find more representative of the style. The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color with not a whole lot of carbonation. There is a white head and some lacing. The smell has the nice musty, wet grass aromas of a pilsner with some sweeter malts in the background. The taste is not as sharp, a little creamier, a bit more floral than is typical of the style. There is some breadiness to the beer along with noticeable clean pale malts. There is a bit of waterishness to the beer in the finish and less the peppery bite I was expecting. There is some lemony florals in the finish as well, and only the slightest puckerishness in the aftertaste. As the beer settles, there is more pungent lemony flavors, and a bit more dry tartness in the finish. This is a decent drinking beer, but not the best pilsner as advertised.

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Beersel Lager from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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