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Beersel Lager - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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BA SCORE
88
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 02-08-2006)
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2012 23:34:55 | More by jlindros
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vegasmac99

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-14-2012 23:22:37 | More by vegasmac99
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 16:32:18 | More by thagr81us
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 14:08:17 | More by woosterbill
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 20:46:59 | More by falloutsnow
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-08-2012 19:43:10 | More by Jspriest
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 19:17:10 | More by smakawhat
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oline73

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:17:40 | More by oline73
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-10-2012 21:22:51 | More by THECPJ
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 19:00:36 | More by garymuchow
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 03:38:05 | More by stakem
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gcare02

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-21-2011 00:57:39 | More by gcare02
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +26.9%

12-07-2011 04:46:09 | More by spycow
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 20:32:25 | More by rvdoorn
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jerz

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-16-2011 06:33:14 | More by jerz
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

11-15-2011 01:28:35 | More by ygtbsm94
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-14-2011 18:14:33 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickd717

California

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 21:48:09 | More by nickd717
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redsonja

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; golden yellow no head

S; metallic, yeast and malts

T; nice bitterness from hops cena or amirillo?

M; nice bitter hops like an i.p.a. that stays in your mouth

O; nice beer not a lager as the name says but a crossover between lager and i.p.a. i think nice refreshing beer

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 08:09:31 | More by redsonja
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 22:11:45 | More by oberon
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thekanna

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:47:46 | More by thekanna
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popery

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pilsener, quite dry and spicy. This beer pours a mildly hazy banana yellow with a healthy white head. Big chunks of foam stick to the sides of the glass. The aroma is mostly grassy hops, clean, light malt and very mildly fruity yeast. The fruitiness is reminiscent of peppercorns and dried lemon rind. The taste is rather dry for the style. The peppercorn spice is much stronger on the tongue, and the grassy hops pack a pretty good punch in the finish. This is not really an easy drinking pils, but it's interesting without straying too much from the style. Mouthfeel is light and a bit slick. The dry and bitter finish is just this side of harsh. Price was a bit high, but I'm glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 05:28:57 | More by popery
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 02:42:41 | More by BearsOnAcid
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 15:31:17 | More by timtim
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 08:14:02 | More by BEERchitect
Beersel Lager from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
88 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.