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Zwet.Be - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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86
very good

354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 20
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

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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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, campfire, sour fruits, and some Brett funk. Taste is much the same with an interesting smoke, sour, and funky aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an odd beer that is pretty good but all over the place with its aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Drie Fonteinen in September. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with a good tan head and nice lacing. The nose brings faint roast and a bit of chocolate plus some nice sourness. Flavor falls along the same lines; pretty good blend of the two components. Medium body and a dry, slightly-sour finish. Pretty good brew.

Thorpe429, Dec 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

acurtis, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

nmann08, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

metter98, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's oddly compelling to have a brewer who speicalizes in sour ales to make a porter and to carry with it a glimpse into that sour world. The resulting twangy taste is something that I imagine mid 18th century England to taste like.

But like any well built porter, the dark ale pours with a bark-brown color that's basically opaque from the sheer darkness and suspended yeast. Capped by a stubborn rocky head of sand stained hues, the foam character is long lasting and laces the glass with impressive intricate patterns.

Chocolaty aromas are a blend of cocoa, heavy cream, and dark roasted coffee. Walnut and esters create a fortified heartiness and berry-like vinous complexity. With its medium intensity, the scent suggests authentic British character.

Flavors follow suit with the taste of bittersweet chocolate, burnt toffee sweetness, French press coffee, roasted walnuts, and starchy malt that's fairly characteristic of those English porters. But the tangy fruitiness that commonly stems from the yeast's esters fairly early on. But the taste of under ripened berries, white grapes, and apples turn to the lightly musty sharpness of dried fruit, red wines, and oak. The flavors certainly favor the more acidic tartness of fruit later rather than early.

Medium throughout, the beer's early carbonation creates a lighter effect despite a mouthfeel of creaminess. As the carbonation recedes, it takes with it the richer malt complexes and leaves a tart fruit acidity and light astringency to balance the light residual sweetness from toffee, chocolate, and roast. The beer finishes warm, malty-dry, and winy tart.

The flavors and how they attach to the palate reminds me of those English cask porters that are a blend of fresher chocolaty versions and older musty vinous ones. It's a fantastic porter that dares to explore the rustic taste of years gone by instead of denying in fear.

BEERchitect, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, May 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GRG1313, May 26, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this interesting and obscure tick, Mark.

A: The beer pours almost black in color with a finger or so of off-white head.

S: A mild roasted malt note followed by lemon peel. A little bit of grass and just a touch of metal. A very mild oak aroma is also there. Not the most fragrant beer, I must say.

T: The flavor is also sort of simple. There is some roasted malt as well as a mild sweetness to balance the roast and acidity. Light lemon and lactic tartness with hints of chocolate.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Interesting beer. Not really bold in any sense, but I liked it for what it was.

womencantsail, Aug 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

largadeer, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

SocalKicks, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

emerge077, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a beer that is very different, a wild or sour porter, with all the funk of good lambic, but a dark malt base that shows some dried cherry in its pucker, as well as some strong earthy almost composting flavors and aromas. light brown in color, well, medium brown, but not as deep and dark as normal porter, without a ton of head, shorty lived rather, patchy and off white. it smells like dried red fruits and lambic, i don't get the darkness of the black malt until the flavor, and the finish at that. its dark and earthy, not a ton of bitterness from the roast, but subtle dark chocolate notes come in, which don't really jive all the way with the acid in the finish, but which brings out the best of the dried cherry flavor and a little of its sweetness. well carbonated and dry on the mouth, very light in feel for a porter. I'm not sure this beer is totally successful, but it is unique, so credit it for that. sort of lost in the middle, not quite a sour, not quite a dark ale, it gets caught out in no mans land a bit, but i like it anyway.

StonedTrippin, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So this is a porter with wild yeast? Looks like a porter. Tastes like a sour porter. Or as some obnoxious jackass I recently had the distinct pleasure of crossing paths with, since it's using wild yeasts, it's infected! Mildly sour thing, really. Nothing too crazy. A pleasant drinker, but nothing overly memorable. I'm always open to trying something from this brewery, but wouldn't return to this one I think.

RblWthACoz, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Holy Hound, serve chilled in a small tulip glass.

The color is an opaque black shade with thin cap of light tan with fine bead. The smell is sllightly roasted with a mild vinous element although the yeast esters are mild there is a subtle malt aroma. The feel is excellent with mildly tart quality alongside a roasted texture but very mild grain texture with medium high carbonation and semi-dry finish with light acidity and gentle alcohol.

The flavor is very pleasant with slight dark cherry taste with subtle currant and dark toasted grain flavor with a light element of tangy yeast and nutty woodiness with gentle vanilla-like quality. overall this is a complex, tasty and quaffable porter. I was really happy I got to try this on tap as it was very easy to drink for the strength, the light brett quality adds a unique dimension to the porter and is very enjoyable.

Slatetank, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bryna for picking this up in Brussels. Served in a FoBAB taster pint.

A - Big dark tan foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few spots of lace. Very dark brown body with some transparent glints at the fringe.

S - A mix of chocolate malt, funk and light farm character, smoke, grain, some light acidity and tart cherries. Gets weirder as it warms up, and not in a good way.

T - Mostly dark chocolate, smoke, and some light sourness and acidity. Aftertaste is odd, and a bit off-putting after a while.

M - Zesty carbonation, roasty texture, medium-light body, and a dry tannic finish. Mildly astringent. Alcohol is well-hidden.

D - This started out alright, but got worse as time went out. I'm not certain this is a very successful experiment. I think I preferred Southampton Vic for similar approach to making an "infected" porter. I had no problem with 4-6oz of this, and it went down fairly quickly, but it's a very strange beer and definitely isn't for everyone.

MasterSki, May 02, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Ebenezers

Creamy darker colored head that looks like a yeast pellicle, rises to 1 finger that fades slowly with huge layered lacing, no real light coming through, almost pitch black

Nose light wild and funk, dry malts, light chocolate malt, black patent chalky like roasted aroma, bit of dark chocolate.

Taste creamy dark malts, light biscuit and dark choc, light tart taste, hint of tart cherry, light chalky roasted like black patent malt, cocoa powder, hint of raisin. Finish is dry with long tart cherry and chocolate dark malt flavor.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, slightly creamy, decent carb.

Overall interesting, but not quite what I expected. The tartness and cherry fruit flavors are nice, but the chalky black patent like roasted malts put a dent in most of the flavors to keep it from being too good of a beer.

jlindros, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a stubby bottle into a Drie Fonteinen wine glass. Beer is black / dark brown, hazy at the corners, big tan head, heavily carbonated, decent retention.

Aroma is sweet, roasty, and funky with this almost metallic sense to it.

Beer is medium to light in body, roasty bitter at the end, thin up front fills out quickly. The midpalate is a chalky, funky, yeasty, metallic mildly offputting flavor that sort of burns and bothers me. Not a repeat but interesting none the less.

drabmuh, Dec 28, 2011
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Zwet.Be from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
86 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.