Beersel Lager - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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3.1/5 rDev -21.3%
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
01-13-2012 02:17:40 | More by oline73
3.3/5 rDev -16.2%
Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange with ripe banana colored edges and a one finger frothy off-white head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap leaving sporadic rings of lacing.
Earthy hop aroma with some straw and grass notes and a nice grainy pilsner malt backbone.
Pretty hoppy for a german style lager, especially one coming from Belgium. Bittering hops up front with very soft light carbonated, creamy medium body.
Very earthy and bitter from the hops but the bitterness is well balanced by a pilsner malt backbone. Hints of straw and grass. Slightly lactic with some nice sour oak notes. Clean and crisp with a dry finish.
08-23-2009 07:29:39 | More by corby112
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
01-29-2012 19:17:10 | More by smakawhat
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
09-03-2008 20:04:40 | More by marcpal
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
01-08-2012 19:00:36 | More by garymuchow
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
No bottled on date
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass
My bottle was likely more than a bit old, but I still found this somewhat enjoyable, particularly the slight apple juice, caramel-leaning malt, and reserved bitterness. Right now, I'd say this would be an above average export lager that's sat around too long. Would be quite interested trying this on tap (along with just about everything else at Drie Fonteinen) or just very fresh.
Pours a tall, 2cm, off-white head made up of medium-sized bubbles. Head looks cloud-like, fluffy. As it descends, it leaves some spots and blotches of lacing. Persistent cap atop the body throughout drinking. Body is a dirty light brown out of the light, a pale light brown with orange-yellow highlights when held to a bulb. Hazy/opaque due to its unfiltered nature, I can make out some carbonation along the sides of the glass.
Aroma is somewhat yeasty, somewhat like apple juice, a bit of malt sweetness that leans toward the caramel side. No floral or citrus hop presence, indicating that this bottle has a bit of age.
Taste opens with pale and modest caramel malts, eventually mixing up with apple juice flavor and a bit of tartness. Apple juice flavor and bitterness increase at mid-palate and continue to rise slowly through the finish. Tartness continues to be very subdued, but there. Closes out with more pale and even more modest caramel malt. Lingering aftertaste is slightly grainy with residual bitterness.
Medium-bodied with pleasant, modest carbonation makes this very easy on the palate, just slightly foaming and tingling. Could take fairly quick swigs of this, if desired. Finish is rather dry.
03-19-2012 20:46:59 | More by falloutsnow
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull, orange-amber body with a medium-large, white head.
Smell: Doughy, bready malts with some sweetish hints about it and fruity notes of apple and even apricot. Initially, there's no more than a dull spicy hop scent, but given a minute or two to warm it starts to really hijack the aroma.
Taste: Light pale maltinesss with a light sweetness and a crisp raw graininess to it and underlying bready tone. The fruity aspects from the nose carry over into the flavor and pick up a very, very faint tartness. Spicy, earthy hops with a subdued amount of bitterness. Drying, effervescent finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.
Drinkability: Pretty good. The light, airy carbonation profile keeps this one easy to drink but there's also enough flavor within to keep you interested.
09-05-2009 18:11:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.7/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
07-29-2010 08:14:02 | More by BEERchitect
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
02-24-2010 07:51:43 | More by TMoney2591
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-07-2012 16:24:50 | More by womencantsail
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
33cl bottle into a Beersel goblet; ordered by a friend of mine as a break from the funk during a day at the brewery. She was kind enough to let me get a quick review.
A: Clear, rich gold body under 2" of frothy white foam. Great, rocky retention and lots of lace. Gorgeous pils.
S: Dry, husky pilsner malt backed by some yeasty minerality and a solid dose of herbal, almost piney hops. Very nice.
T: Bready, husky malt; bitter hops; light minerality; clean, yeasty finish. Very drinkable and crisp, but definitely on the bitter side for the style.
M: Spritzy at first, becoming creamy. Fairly light-bodied. Good.
O: Very nice Pilsner. I enjoyed the intensity of the hops bitterness, but someone looking for an easily quaffable lager might be better off looking elsewhere.
04-03-2012 14:08:17 | More by woosterbill
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
A: Hazy yellow orange color with an off white head and decent lacing.
S: Aroma is biscuits and gravy, some citrus and pepper.
T: Flavor of hay and grass, bitter from the middle to the end.
M: Medium body, better than your average lager.
D: Nice enough for the style.
12-23-2009 20:47:54 | More by Travlr
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
05-03-2008 15:59:00 | More by albern
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
Can't quite remember who sent me this one. Really cool to get a 3F Lager though. One of the first lagers I have actually been stoked to try.
A: Pours a bit hazy (think a got a bit of yeast in the glass) golden hue with a very tall slightly off white head. Insane retention. An absolute lace explosion. Minus the cloud... beautiful in the glass.
S: Aromas of bready yeast, Belgian notes like mild Belgian yeast esters with hints of sweet fruit.
T: Very mild flavors. Light bready malts, sweet summer fruits, with a mild citric hoppiness. I can detect just a touch of sourness here which I love. The flavor is really nice, I wish it was a touch more bold though.
M: Feels sort of flat on the tongue considering the active pour. Medium in body, and smooth though.
D: Very good, love the flavor just wish there was a bit more of it.
05-07-2010 19:48:56 | More by tpd975
3.9/5 rDev -1%
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.
04-05-2014 19:03:34 | More by superspak
Beersel Lager from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
88 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.