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Beersel Lager - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BA SCORE
87
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 02-08-2006

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

Rich amber body, cloudy with a few flecks of yeast sediment dancing around with the carbonation. One-finger thick creamy off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing down the glass. Smell is very malty with lots of caramel tones; earthy; butterscotch. Toffee and rich, roasted malt flavors dominate with a slight bitter tang at the finish. Medium bodied, rich and buttery in texture.

Although the style listed on BA is Czech Pilsner, I'm more inclined to think this fits the Kellerbier category: unfiltered and unpasteurized lager. Otherwise, this is too rich and heavy of a lager to fit most Czech pils that I've had. Looked at as a kellerbier, this is quite sumptuous - big in body, flavors, and aroma. Very little (if any) hop aroma is present, and the hop bitterness takes a backseat to the strong malt characteristics.

Late note: looks like BA admins changed the style to keller bier / zwickel bier the next day (9/13/12) after I submitted an info change request. Cool, and thanks BA!

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and drinkable. Interesting to see such a beer from a brewery known for gueuze and lambic.

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 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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 woosterbill
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers!

Photo of falloutsnow
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 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

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 stakem
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of rvdoorn
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Beersel Lager from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
87 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.