Zwet.Be - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Best by 10/13/2013
Zwet.be is a creative blending of sour beer culture from Belgium with memories of English brewing traditions from a few centuries ago, when beers were typically more sour from random colonization of wild yeasts than they are now. The overall flavors are balanced and well-blended, a pleasantly sour dark beer with berry and chocolate notes. Aromatics aside, this was an excellent beer and one that I would purchase again if available.
Pours a 2cm tall head of burnt tan foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, with above average retention, lasting a few minutes. The head coalesces into a fairly thick mass as it descends, looking rather frothy and substantial. Lacing is good, but not excellent, some medium-sized, and medium-thickness lines, a few small patterns, and several smaller blotches line the inside of the glass. The head eventually falls to a thick ring around the body and a wispy cap atop it as well. Body is a dark brown to black color, opaque, light yielding little change.
The aroma is where I felt this beer was weakest, especially considering the possibilities of aromatic roasted malts and wild yeast. I primarily detect bready malts, a light Belgian farmhouse touch, and mild roasted malt and/or cocoa powder.
Pleasantly sour porter, perhaps in the "traditional" style of old English Porters that were blended with older, slightly acidified and vinous versions. Front of palate picks up tartness, slight Belgian farmhouse, cocoa powder, and mildly acrid roasted malt sweetness. Mid-palate finds mild roasted malt, cocoa powder, well-matched sourness, which becomes somewhat vinous as the beer lingers mid-palate, and hints of tart blackberries. Back of palate finds continued, mild roasted malt and cocoa notes with further vinous character, tart blackberries, and lesser sour beer flavor. Aftertaste is of light tartness, balanced dark sweetness from roasted malt, cocoa powder, and slight oak character.
Beer is of medium weight, with carbonation of medium-light intensity. The result is a smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel that is never fizzy or harsh. Closes dry, with some modest stickiness lingering across the palate.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2013 04:06:49 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
375ml bottle into snifter.
A: Pours deep brown with a finger of fluffy light brown head. The head slowly faded into a fuzzy and lasting film, and thick streaks of lacing were left down the glass.
S: Predominately I get notes of roasted malt on the nose, with hints of lambic yeast, bubblegum, and vanilla.
T: My first impression is the flavor is very metallic. I get notes of roasted malt, mild chocolate, vanilla, and slight berry acidity. The lambic yeast adds an interesting fruitiness to the beer, and a very slight tartness as well. The finish is lightly sweet with a hint of spice as well, and the aftertaste is roasted with a touch of smoke and ash lingers long after the swallow. There’s a hint of sweet cherry juice in there as well.
M: Very fluffy carbonation that froths up on my palate. Medium body, fluffy and airy mouthfeel.
O: A very interesting beer, and I enjoyed it, but it’s probably something wouldn’t seek out again. The flavors of the porter are light and clean, and the lambic yeast adds an interesting complexity. Overall though, it’s pretty straight forward.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 20:40:51 | More by scottfrie
3.89/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: black ale with a finger of tan foamy bubbles
S: hints of sour berry, muted cocoa, some husky, dankness, mild suggestions of cold espresso
T: sour and tart forward - dark and tart; had a grainy character, suggestions of citrus pith and herb in the dry roasted malt; funky and spunky
M: smooth but with prickle of tartness and the fizzing hum of the carbonation; drying on the finish; drinks crisp - even warmed considerably it stayed lively
O: porter fans oughtta check it out, but be braced for the wild ale tartness - it isn't overwhelming or anything, but it was omnipresent in my drink. Wild ale fans, 'specially if you like Midnight Brett or other black/dark ale-sour/wild hybrids - oughtta check it out, too. I'm neither a big porter nor wild ale drinker, but this was one of those beers that kinda defied style boundaries, and taken as a singular entity/entry into the world of beer, it was quite good. The porter base was very mellow and supportive, while the yeasts kept every sip very alive and bright with a dusky tartness.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 19:51:02 | More by Greywulfken
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Had this on 2014-05-30 in Lancaster, PA at Hunger 'N Thirst (from tasting notes)
A - Opaque dark brown with a short tan head.
S - Mild chocolate and roasted grain (food odors were present)
T - Medium roasted grain with some char, some tartness, light chocolate with a balanced, bitter finish. Very nice.
M - Light-medium body and light carbonation. Pretty dry.
O - Very good example of an English Porter.
Serving type: on-tap
06-14-2014 11:37:13 | More by Tucquan
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