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Beersel Lager - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BA SCORE
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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5/5  rDev +27.6%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
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
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
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

gcare02, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Googs, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of rvdoorn
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured by Lydia at 3 Fonteinen
Look: the beer pours a nice golden-yellow color with a large white head
Smell: Malts, floral and grassy hops and some citrus
Taste: Very nice and hoppy, with cereals in the back. Just a very nice lager, it is almost a fresh bohemian pilsner. Very hoppy and refreshing
Mouthfeel: Smooth and lively carbonation
Overall: What a nice refreshing lager! Very nice hop profile. Tartness from wild yeast that some people seem to taste is nonsense. This beer is sold at 3 Fonteinen, but that is about the only link there is with the wild yeast. (double checked with the creators). Great for the style!

rvdoorn, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of paterlodie
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

paterlodie, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of timtim
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow. very impressive and true to what it claims to be... a lager with a drie fonteinen personality. dark, burnt gold with a white head that holds and goes to collar. nose is floral and bready like a lager should be with some citrus and honey notes popping up, but what i think is really cool is that there seems to be a faint, rustic, musty, earthy and almost sour thing going on in the background (especially when it is colder, which was strange to me) that really gives it an authentic taste and original personality. good balance, nice, light body that was a tad overcarbonated for my taste, and that is just barely. really a fun beer to try, and quite refreshing. too bad this carried a 5.99 price tag for an 11.2oz bottle!!

timtim, Aug 08, 2010
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 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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

PretzelCity, Apr 28, 2014
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 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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

M27, Feb 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

vegasmac99, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

afsdan, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this little 11.2 oz. bottle at Beaumont Market (one of Justin's latest arrivals...), poured to a tall pokal/pilsener glass. I've really started taking a liking to the craft pilsener and this one actually claims the following on it's (Shelton Bros. Imported) label: "Wonderfully hoppy, satisfyingly malty, and perfectly lively and refreshing, this is now the best lager of Belgium." Really? We shall see... Green cap is dated: 14/06/09

A: That really is a gorgeous lager. Not the clearest ever, but definitely a warm sunny/wheat, crowned with a full, creamy snow-white head (over a finger-high, falling gradually to a dense 1/4"). A bounty of carbonation rises rapidly early, slows to a lazier pace. Weird that there's some yeasty sludge at the bottom of the bottle - unlike any lager I've ever seen. That last ounce needs to be decanted carefully, or your mostly clear pilsner turns to fairly murky haze.

S: Pleasant bready/yeasty aroma that's highlighted with an interesting sugary/candy sweet and a squeeze of lemon. Actually, it's the tartness that really develops as this warms - showcasing apricots and reminding me a bit of a Berliner-weisse aroma-wise. Yum.

T: Lovely bready flavor, sourdough mostly with a zesty citrus rind bitterness and a grassy/herbal hopping that lingers delicately. Some floral honey and some of that tart apricot both sneak in.

M: Not quite the crisp, bubbly mouthfeel I kinda expected; this one is a bit fuller, a bit thicker, a bit 'doughier'. Smooth with a lingering light bitterness.

D: It may not have tons of competition in the 'Best Lager of Belgium' category, so if I concur that may not be saying much. to say it's a highly enjoyable, very likable lager that compares quite favorably with some of my favorites of Germany/Europe and the US is... Quite tasty.

msubulldog25, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent lager that seems like a somewhat rustic, yeasty take on a firmly malty lager. It's a bit like one might expect if crossing a malty-hoppy traditional US lager with a Belgian saison.

Hazy pale amber, it has a big white head steadily shrinking to a rich foamy ring, some wisps, and some leak foam on the glass.

The aroma is a bit meaty, very malty lager with defintie yeastiness, lots of apple, some hints of light pear, peach, meaty grain, grass, and faintly herbal hop.

The taste is a good, full-bodied, meaty-fruity malty grain with apple, pronounced yeastiness, a lot of lemon. It is fruity-yeasty-grainy up front, followed by a lightly tart, faintly bitter-leaning, lemony-grassy finish that lingers with some lightly sweet grain and spiciness. It has a definite spicey-yeasty rustic quality throughout.

Offa, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby brown bottle with a stamp on the green cap that makes it look as if the best before date is circa September 2013. Poured into my Drie Fonteinen glass, this brew appears a lightly hazed golden yellow color. A finger of white froth sits atop the brew with solid retention that is supported by rising bubbles of carbonation. It leaves a wall of sticky lace sticking all over the glass wherever the head previously touched.

The smell of this brew brings forth thoughts of barnyard quality with a grainy sweet scent reminiscent of hay or straw. More smells shift the focus of this brew towards hops that are lightly earthy and grassy with a bit of a leafy, vegetative herbal component. In the background is the faintest touch of mineral character. Overall, not a bad smelling brew.

The taste is exactly what you would expect based on the aroma. The grain character comes across with a hay or straw type of prickly feel to it that hardly provides any sweetness. More sips focus on the bitterness of the hops that are herbal, grassy, leafy and a bit vegetative. The combination of straw grain and herbal hops really works here to make for a brew that is effortlessly drinkable.

This is a light bodied brew with a prickly level of carbonation that is very crisp in the finish. All around, this is a very solid take on the style. I feel guilty for opening this and not sharing it with someone. Specifically my friend Pete who has a sick fascination with well made Pilsner brews. I need to seek one of these out again to share with him. While I give this a solid A- rating, I foresee him giving this nearly a perfect 5 across the board.

stakem, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed orange yellow with a nice whitish head that sticks around. Nose is very crisp and clean. Almost seemed to have a green apple edge at first. Minor dough kicks in. Flavor is definitely interesting. Very unique for the style, but very well done. Crisp with some apple on there and a defined sweetness. But really it is fairly dry and hits smoothly and then falls off, but in a good way. Feel is smooth on liquid and has a full carbonation. This is a Czech Pilsener that has some obvious minor Belgian influence. Very interesting indeed. Definitely one to try.

RblWthACoz, May 16, 2008
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
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

It's sort of a kellerbier/BPA hybrid, with a cloudy yellow hue and a tall egg white head; the smell is grains and sugar, with some herbal notes. The taste is heavy on the Belgian sugar and Belgian yeast, with some graham cracker malt and lots of sharp bitter hops. This beer excels in its mouthfeel, full and clean and sharp all at once. Not sure this is a kellerbier, but it's a good one anyway.

gory4d, Apr 13, 2013
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 BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant lemon with less carbonation than one would expect from this country. Apparently, the brewer was attempting to recreate the classic lagers of Bamberg, Germany, so all is forgiven. Wouldn't that make it a German pilsener? What's amazing is that the alabaster crown is 100% Belgian... that is, it looks spectacular and is incredibly generous when it comes to lace.

The nose is a showcase for Saaz hops (just a guess). It's fresh and lively, with a lemon citrusiness that perfectly accents the usual herbal grassiness. This should be extremely tasty beer.

And it is. Maybe it's nothing more than the power of suggestion, but Beersel Lager tastes like a pilsener brewed by a Belgian brewer. It has a distinctive peppery spiciness that puts me in mind of Belgian yeast; or a Belgian pale ale if we're talking specific style. It's still mostly a pilsener, though.

The pils and/or pale malt backbone provides a modest amount of sweetness and very little flavor. That gives the hops their opporutunity to shine... and shine they do. The flavor is essentially a reprise of the aroma, as described above. A crisp, tart and tangy finish adds another few layers of interest.

I was a little leery when buying this undated bottle because of the price tag, but the beer tastes remarkably fresh (even if it isn't). The mouthfeel oozes quality as well. It's between light and medium, with enough bubbles to keep the mouth party going strong.

The label claims that Beersel Lager is 'the best lager of Belgium'. Since I haven't had many Belgian lagers, and since I can't recall the ones I have had, I'm inclined to agree. Why do almost all beers from this country taste fresh, while a considerable portion of the low-ABV lagers from the rest of Europe taste anything but?

BuckeyeNation, May 16, 2008
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
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Beersel Lager from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.