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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 21
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrallen34 on 11-29-2010

A porter brewed with lambic yeast.
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Reviews by fourstringer:
Photo of fourstringer
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately aggressive hand. Cap is stamped, "B.B.D. 02/10/16.

A: Very dark brown body. Almost opaque. Thin tan head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Lactate tartness. Roasted malt. Cherry and citric acidity. Lighter cacao and coffee. There is a certain nuttiness and a bit of a vinous quality.

T: Lightly tart, chocolately malt notes open. Blooms into a more pronounced, but restrained, sour. Things shift a bit towards a cacao/coffee-type bitterness before finishing semi-dry. A roasted malt tartness lingers. Slight alcohol presence. A touch of musty earth is noted when pausing a bit between sips.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Overall, feels a bit lighter than I expected with a crisper mouth feel.

O: A nice juxtaposition of a porter's roasted maltiness and the subdued tartness of a dialed-back Flanders red. Well integrated, if not quite as complex as I had hoped given the glory of 3F's supreme oude geuze.


More User Reviews:
Photo of carlos_fleico
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

I came across this one as I was buying some beer today. "Porter with wild yeast". As a fan of Stouts/Porters and as a fan of sour beers, I had to try this one. I can't imagine how this combination would end up though.On to the beer:

A: Pours a very dark opaque black color. About four fingers of a very rocky and foamy tan head with good retention - leaves a lot of lacing on the walls of the glass. (4.25)

S: Really strong roasted malts aroma right upfront. Roasted coffee grains is very dominant. Ashy, hints of smoke and leather. Hints of dark berry tartness, vanilla. (4)

T: Taste is very interesting. It doesn't differ all that much from a traditional English Porter, except for the sourness. Metallic, follows the nose on the roasted malts. Bitter powdered chocolate, strong coffee taste, ashy, very rich. But instead of an intense bitterness, as one would expect when drinking an English Porter (not this one though), there is a very interesting berry-like sourness. Relatively matured I would say, way more sour than many wild ales I've tried. (3.75)

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Creamy and sticky feel. Ashy and roasted grains aftertaste, with a hint of tartness. (3.75).

O: This is an extremely unique brew. As mentioned before, I am a big fan of sours and porters. However, I prefer the sourness/tartness in very pale or red (flanders) beers. I would definitely have this again because of its uniqueness, and I don't dislike it by any means. But I think I might prefer either Porters or Sours, not both mixed up. (3.75)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. An Imperial Stout from 3 Fonteinen, sounds interesting.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate as expected, but there is also a tartness that is unmistakable.

The flavor is more of the same. In addition to the roasted malt and chocolate, I get a lot of tart cherries and a little bit of funk mixed in.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I am not sure if this beer is supposed to be slightly sour, or if it just got contaminated by the wild yeasts around the brewery, but it was enjoyable.

Photo of ehammond1
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Beachwood BBQ
Seal Beach, CA

Dark brown and nearly black in color with a thin brown head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

Roasted malt, char, a hint of chocolate, and a slight sourness make up the aroma.

Muted roasted malts, barbeque char, and an interesting, if not somewhat out of place, cherry sourness make up this beer's flavor.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A mildly soured cherry stout. It's not particularly drinkable or all that exciting, though it is more than decent.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2013. Purchased ages ago from a Belgian webshop and stored in my garage. I originally picked this one on a whim and discovered it to be a dark beer re-fermented with brett. Sounds nutty - I wonder how the aging process has affected it?

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark reddish-brown colour that appears ultra-black in the glass. Produces a large head of creamy brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thick surface layer. Looks like an espresso. Some lacing. Aroma of sour, funky yeast with hints of barnyard, hay, mould, mild vinegar, roasted malt, a twinge of molasses, faint chocolate and earthiness. The brett has certainly done a number on this; it dominates the malt character completely.

Tastes of intensely funky yeast and subtle dark malt, with a lingering, bone-dry finish. Notes of barnyard funk, blue cheese/mould, mild vinegar, hay, roasted malt, molasses, a hint of chocolate, earthiness and faint cardboard. Highly attenuated, followed by an extended sour funk upon swallowing. Little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Feels quite light but not thin. Pretty astringent, with an aftertaste of funky yeast, acidity and cardboard.

A rather intense experience. This must be about 2 years old by now, and the brett has really deveoped in the bottle. Looks nice, while the aroma and flavour are overwhelmingly funky and sour with only a hint of malt coming through. The result is relatively complex but unbalanced. Good body. Interesting but I'm not sure it's really my cup of tea. It would be nice to try a younger version of it sometime, for comparison. A worthy effort - grab one if you're a fan of sours/wild ales.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 02/10/16.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing almost black in the glass. A mild khaki colored head is fairly quick to dissipate. Some light makes it through the edges of this porter.

S: Initial souring aroma with a cherry and malt like aroma. Chocolate in there as well as other dark fruitiness.

T: Finely crafted blend. A light tartness starts it off with a balanced roasty malt coming in the backend. Chocolate and a dark fruit like cherry round out the profile. As other have said a nice earthiness to the taste.

M: Medium to full body with a velvety smooth character. A touch dry from the lambic yeast but it works well like an irish dry stout. Tartness makes you pucker just a little bit.

Overall its certainly a tasty beer I was glad I could pickup. The lambic yeast is a very interesting dimension of this porter which makes the chocolate and cherry notes excel and adds a pleasant dryness.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a snifter.

Nice appearance of frothy khaki-colored head, heavy lacing, and a deep black body.

Smells like a chocolatey porter. Heavy on the malt profile with a tinge of something tart.

Pretty much like the nose in taste, chocolatey, rich malt and a bit of berry-like tartness. Cocoa is all over the finish. The flavors evolve greatly with some warmth.

It's tart for sure, but it comes in and out. Porter-like creaminess and easy-drinking qualities otherwise.

I like this brew. It stands out from the crowd, for better or for worse.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared by schen9303. 12oz. bottle into 3F stemware.

Pours a rich 1 finger light mocha colored head with good retention. Lacing is thick, layered and spotty with excellent cling. Beer is a dark, almost opaque brown. Very good.

Nose is brownie, brown sugar, liquorice, yeast, and baker's chocolate. Sweet and pretty mellow and smooth.

Opens sweet and tart. Chocolate, liquorice and yeast. Lightly tart towards the end with a sweet kick of brownie and cocoa. Aftertaste is a touch metallic. A weird flavor overall but its solid as it warms.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth with a bit of bite in the mouth and goes down silky. Accented finish with a mellow, filmy aftertaste. Good for the style.

I'm not a huge fan of the English porter style but this is a decent offering that really grows on you over time. Worth trying as kind of the ugly stepchild of the 3F lineup.

Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Nick3, I think.

Dark brown pour with a one finger tan head.

The aroma is rather funky, typical for 3F although this is a stout. Some roast and slight metallic notes.

On the flavor, well, we’ve got a tart and funky stout here. Roasty with barnyard - not the best combo but oh well. Maybe some hoppiness, and tart fruits.

Mild acidity with medium body and higher carbonation. Interesting at least, but only decent.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Shy of black. Big khaki head. Thick collar. Nice wisps.

Smell - Dark chocolate. Some acidic notes. Hefty roasted malts. Slight acidic aroma. Brett, maybe?

Taste - Way more acidic here. Whoa. Grain and lemon acidity. Deep roast. Finishes roasty. Nice chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel - Lots of carbonation. Overcarbonated. Medium body.

Overall - Definitely not your ordinary Drie Fonteinen beer. Clean combination of sour and roast, though, which isn't a common attribute.

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one while pre-gaming going out jazz club hopping in New Orleans at Avenue Pub! Served from tap into a chalice. Poured dark brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, milk chocolate, roasted malt, earth, and subtle funk. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. When I saw the description of this one on the menu, I really didn’t know what to expect if I am completely honest. However, what I found was actually quite nice. It had all of the aspects of a nice porter going on in it with just a kiss of funk to make it interesting. I really never would have thought about throwing these two aspects together, but they seemed to work decently. Really glad I got the chance to try this one on tap as it was definitely an interesting brew.

Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 fl.oz. stubby bottle. Sampled on May 21, 2013.

It displays the definitive Porter pour of dark brown to just about black with a lingering tan head and lacing. Good mark for the way it looks.

Aroma of toast, dark malts, yeast, and a hint of citrus. Hops are dancing around in the background.

The body is light to medium but a little astringent.

The taste begins with the dark malty notes of a good Porter but suddenly evolves (or devolves) into a sour ale due to the citrus zing and maybe the wild yeast.

I knew it was not going to be the typical Porter when I saw it was brewed with wild yeast. One never knows what to expect from wild yeast interesting as it can be to catch.

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a real mental wrestling match over this. Was too curious to wait and tasted it the very day purchased, at the brewery, fridged briefly to cellar temp. and served in a tulip. Poured coffee-like, not that leggy but mahogany dark, with a pinkie of densely packed,custard-colored head. Roasted coffee aromas, along wish toast, anise, cinnamon and maybe mint or some sweet herb, some cherry, a bit of yeast and cellar but not pronounced in any on those notes. I didn't have a strong mental image on what to expect, taste-wise, but my expectation was of a cidery-fruity sour attack with a swartbier sweetness coming through. It turned out more the reverse. I get a roasty, porter-like first impression with good sarsaparilla, vanilla, clove, pepper swirling around, and then some lactic sourness bleeds in, becoming more and more pronounced as it lingers, into a more sour and woody aftertaste. Mouthfeel was not a mouthful, a bit thin, soapy, just a gentle lap of carbonation to give it some presence. It's complex, odd, something to wrestle with before I decide whether to embrace it. I'm glad in have a second bottle for another taste, but not now.

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black body with billowing tan foam, surface ripples with uneven peaks. Ring of drippy lace forms from the top down, sticking to the insides of the glass.

Damp wood aroma, wet leaves, the yeast lends a rustic touch, but is restrained enough that it compliments the roasted malt of the porter that is equally aromatic.

Deep roasty malt character, lingering bitterness in the dry finish. Medium bodied with a slight acidity. Woody and smooth, restrained wildness, and an overall pleasant character. A dry roasty porter with a hint of rustic funk on the periphery. Well balanced, and an interesting concept.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle with 21/10/13 stamped on the bottle cap. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, sweet and tart fruit, and some molasses. It tastes similar to how it smells, like roasted malt, chocolate, tart and sweet dark fruit (plums, cherries, raisins), and a bit of nuts and red wine. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink. This definitely isn't a traditional porter! But if you're looking for something that's different and doesn't really fit into a certain style, then you'll probably like this brew as much as I did.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a nice thick off-brown color head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of funky yeast with light sour notes mix in with some roasted malt. Taste is a quite complex mix between some roasted malt with some sour notes and some funky yeast notes. Body is not too full with super great carbonation. Nothing close to a standard porter but a very nice beer nonetheless.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a nice two finger light brown head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, light sweet and sour dark fruit; porter meets Belgain double. Flavor starts with semi-sweet toasted malt, Belgian yeast, hints of cocoa, then quickly develops a more sour dark malt, finishing tart and somewhat vinous with a light metallic flavor. Medium bodied with fresh active carbonation. An interesting and unusually flavored dark malt beer, smelling and beginning like a porter, but quickly showing its wild yeast and light Belgian character. In a blind taste, I might suspect a compromised porter or stout, except in this case the finishing sourness is intentional. Taken from that perspective, an interesting and well made dark ale that works well. I'm not expecting the the tart finish and this style does not appeal to me as much as a traditional porter. Sour fans who also enjoy dark malt should take this for a spin. Interesting but not my style.

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short off white head that died died, leaving lots of patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fizzed cola are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of cola along with hints of chocolate malts. No bitterness is perceptible. Slight hints of sourness are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easier to drink but seems like it could have stronger flavors compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 10 oz tulip at Teresa's Next Door for Fall Festival 2011.

Obsidian black in color, even for a porter, I would classify this as dark. Creamy, extremely light brown head reaches a little under 1 inch in height before it subsides to nothing. It still manages to create an intricate cobweb of lace.

The aroma is funky, smokey, and a touch sour. The smokiness is clearly the dominant flavor of the base, but the wild yeasts and bugs do well to cut it and temper it while still adding their own characteristics. The flavor is somewhat more complex, as the smokiness subsides enough to allow some more of the bug characteristics to come through. There is an earthy note that comes through despite the lack of English yeast and hops. There is a dry funk to the onset of the flavor profile. The finish is tart and clean, with the smoke again being cut by the bugs.

Overall, this is a good porter, though, in my opinion, it falls short of Armand's other offerings. I preferred it to SN Exportation, but I think that SFTO still stands at the top of the sour porter style for me.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this stuff at Dranken Geers in Ghent.

I don't like sour stuff so this might be my one and only 3 fonteinen beer.

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter

Very dark brown to black pour. Two fingers of thick foam that turns into one finger after a minutes, leaving a bit of lacing.

On the nose: sweet dark malts with sour notes and a bit of yeast funkness.

There's a sour taste of dark fruits a bit of bitterness in the end.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Very creamy.

Yup... the only 3 fonteinen (so far). Sourness in beer is just not my thing. Putting that aside I think this a very good attempt to mix a porter and a sour beer. If the sour part doesn't scare you this might be very interesting for you.

Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with a half finger of light tan head and some good lacing.

Smell: Slightly acidic and vinegary. Hint of red wine and mild roast.

Taste: Less sour than the smell. Hints of wine again, tart fruit, roast is in the background.

Mouthfeel: The body is think with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A bit weird. The flavors work for me, but I think something was missing. Don't know that I would have it again.

Photo of MRsojourner
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

aroma (still a bit to cold) but smells of a musty cellar, licorice and a touch of roast.
the appearance is black with a thick coffee colored head that leaves nice sticky lacing throughout the glass.
flavor- initially I get rhubarb and a flavor that strikes me of a flanders red but not as much sour as it seems to be subdued. I taste more chocolate than roast but then again its juxtaposed with earthy sour notes of cherries with some acidity. coffee flavors emerge as it gets warmer with some proper tartness.
the mouthfeel is lively with medium to high carbonation that tingles on your tongue a bit giving that sourness some movement, but its still semi thick and slick. impressive.
overall I like this beer a lot especially as it warms up. it has a musty nature that I really enjoy and can't wait to see how it changes as it most definitely will.

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black pour into my SAPP with big khaki head; viscous lacing. There is a funky, sour nose here. Taste is semi sweet prunes with a malty finish-and yet slightly tart for a porter. Lite mouth feel and good carbonation. Tasty tart finish!

Photo of beerpirates
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this at the 16th christmas beerfestival 2010 essen belgium

Black color/ fleeting tan head. Roasty malt, chocolate, dry hay, barnyard aromas. light to medium bodied. Mild chocolate, medium roast malt, earthy flavors with some drying barnyard hay to finish.

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