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Zwet.Be - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 22
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A porter brewed with lambic yeast.

(Beer added by: jrallen34 on 11-29-2010)
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Reviews by spoony:
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3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a stubby 330 ml bottle (best by October 2, 2016 on the cap) into a snifter.

A-The pour produces very little head and the tan foam fades immediately into a collar. The head leaves sporadic bits of lace on the glass. The beer is dark, dark brown with a bit of light getting through on the edges. It has a slight sheen on the top.

S-The aroma is an interesting mixture of cocoa, milk chocolate, and roasted grain, on the one hand, and a vinous, slightly tart grape scent, on the other hand. The smell is not funky, but there is a subtle mustiness.

T-The taste is very mild and it lacks much of the cocoa/roast flavors from the smell. There is still a bit of toasted and roasted maltiness competing with a vinous, berry-like fruit flavor, but neither flavor group really stands out until the beer nears room temperature, at which point the grape/berry flavors come on a bit stronger.

M-The carbonation is fine and slightly above average in volume and aggressiveness. After the opening rush of bubbles, the beer gives way to a lighter-than average body with a bit of wetness.

O-This beer is an odd one. I enjoyed the aroma, which was complex and interesting. The taste, however, falls a little short. The lightly tart fruit flavors are an odd mix with the more roasted/cocoa malt flavors...it tastes a little disjointed. I also think the body is a bit thin thanks to the higher levels of carbonation. Interesting, for sure, but probably not something I need to try again.

spoony, Mar 03, 2014
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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.

Mora2000, Dec 15, 2010
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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.

ehammond1, Sep 11, 2011
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3.59/5  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.

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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.

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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.

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Zwet.Be from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
87 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.