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Zwet.Be - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 455
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 21
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jrallen34 on 11-29-2010

A porter brewed with lambic yeast.
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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 455
Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy very dark brown with two fingers thick of dense light brown foam. Sheet of delicate lace halfway down the glass. Smell: toasted brown bread, black cherries, toffee, mild earthiness. Taste: brown sugar, raisin toast, cola, cherry, not quite tart -- grain twang. Medium bodied, very fine, creamy carbonation. (319 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pours dark brown with 1+ finger of a tan head. Good retention and nice patchy lacing. Body is opaque.

Smell: Milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light earthiness, with a mild but noticeable sour, almost lactic presence and a hint of plum.

Taste: Roasted malt, chocolate, red grape, mild funk, some faint hints of sour cherry and dark fruit. There's a lactic tartness right from the start that carries through to the finish, but it serves more as a background note and does not overwhelm the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a thick creamy mouthfeel and medium levels of soft carbonation. Very high drinkability.

Overall: I'm really digging this beer. It serves as a great example that a beer doesn't have to be over the top and in your face to be great. 3 Fonteinen's lambics are awesome and deserving of the praise they get, but this one is worth seeking out as well. (942 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,477 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The bottle shop got this in yesterday and I couldn't resist a try. Claims to be unusual. It is. Pours black with a thick tan head that leaves a coating of lacing down the glass, much like a Guinness Draught. The aroma contains chocolate, sweet malt, faint fruits and sourness. Similar taste with some bright fruitiness, a building, sour lactic backbone and a long bitter sour raisiny finish. The sourness is mild. The mouthfeel is thin but slightly creamy due to the head - again, like a Guinness Draught. This is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer. Tastes more like a porter with some sourness rather than a wild ale. Enjoyable. A bit expensive, but a worthwhile experience. Wouldn't mind drinking it again but not in a rush to buy more. (739 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black body, light khaki head, amazing lacing.

S - Dark fruit, raisin and brown sugar.

T - Very little tartness, fruity esters and light offer notes.

M - Light, easy drinking and non-lingering finish, silky smooth.

O - Didn't know what to expect, not quite as sour as I'd expect from 3F but still super good.Glad I picked this up! (343 characters)

Photo of brian44556
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a Fantome tulip. No date on the bottle.

Pours black with a frothy, two finger head that lays on top of the beer oh-so-carefully. Head recedes back a bit, but most of it hangs around throughout. A sticky lace lines the sides of the glass. Smells of tart cherry, toasted grains, and a bit of smoke and mild chocolate. The tart smell is pretty overpowering. Upfront taste of cocoa nibs, a bit of smoke in the middle, with a strong tart finish. Beer is full-bodied and well carbonated. This style is a new one for me. I have had both porters and sour ales, but never a combo of the two. Interesting beer nonetheless. (643 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev -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. (1,778 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Pitch black with a light tan head, which lasts and leaves a light lace.
S. Roast, chocolate, standard funk, simple and fairly clean.
T. Similar to what you'd expect an authentic English porter to be (if you weren't expecting it to be a lambic porter), sour is light but certainly upfront, nice roast character with a touch of chocolate.
M. Light to moderate body, with the sour aspect clinging to your tongue and pushing it more toward light bodied.
O. Decent Belgian porter. Decent English porter. Not a lambic in case you thought so. (540 characters)

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of uno99
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey wow....

A porter brewed in the lambic style? I'm in!

Appearance is a nice dark chocolate brown, but certainly not too stout like as many porters often are. a bit of a red hue as well. Lacing is all fine and dandy. Looks great in a nice glass.

Smell is fairly typical porter. However you do get a slight hint of something funky going on. The yeast character is definitely different but not out of place here. If you smell the side of the glass more than the liquid you get an even better impression of whats to come.

Taste is ... maybe one of the best porters I've ever had actually. Super balanced but chocolate forward and then the yeast character on the finish is really nice.

I decided to grab a couple squares of Lindt 95% chocolate for my beer and wow, is this ever a great paring! Takes the beer up a notch and is a fantastic way to enjoy both. The slightly sour funk finish is almost a palette cleanser for the next nibble of chocolate. Superb!

Mouthfeel is spot on medium-thin consistency and very smooth carb. Not sticky at all and decently drying.

Overall a really nice beer and VERY easy to drink porter. Wish this was easier to come by for me. (1,167 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the 3F shop in Beersel, served in a wine glass.

A- Pours black with a finger of creamy khaki head, has nice retention, leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Focuses on roasted grain, a light smokiness and some subtle chocolate aromas.

T- Similar to the aroma, mildly bitter roastiness, some smoke and chocolate. Any tartness in here is pretty difficult for me to detect, but maybe my palate was off after days and days of pounding bottles of gueuze.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel.

O- Not a bad porter, very easily drinkable, not my favorite from 3F but I'd definitely have this again. (595 characters)

Photo of t420o
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3F Zwet.be

A- pour from bottle produces a 1-1/2 finger brown head resting on a dark brown body. Good retention and nice lacing. 4

S- most prevalent is the funk and tart smell from the wild lambic yeast, then some roasted coffee, chocolate, and a little peaty-ness. Different from any English Porter I've ever had. Very interesting. 3.75

T- I like it a more than the smell, that's for sure. The tart/slightly sour aspect for the wild lambic yeast plays very well off the more traditional Porter flavors of coffee, nutty and cocoa that it possesses as well. The yeast is definitely the most prevalent factor of the beer though, which I enjoyed. 4.25

M- nice medium body with a smooth lighter carbonation. 4.5

O- very well made beer that leaves a little to be desired still though. 4

B+/A- (792 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Always thrilled to try another 3F beer, even if it's not a Lambic.

A: A slow steady pour fills the glass completely, with two solid fingers of pillowy tan head atop an opaque black body that glows garnet around the extreme margins. The head recedes very slowly indeed, and leaves plenty of glass-coating lace. Lovely.

S: Interesting. I was hoping for something genuinely funky, like my beloved 3F Oude Geuze, but this aroma is much more focused on the roasted malts. Bitter coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, and only some faint dark fruits. It's not what I had in mind, but it's definitely a solid nose for a Porter.

T: Much wilder here, with the roastiness balanced against some lovely tart fruit flavors. Chocolate-covered cherry comes immediately to mind, as does blueberry frozen yogurt with chocolate sauce. Some straight lactic tartness closes things out alongside bitter roasted coffee. Long but clean aftertaste. Really, really enjoyable.

M: Classic Belgian mouthfeel, with a high dose of soft, lively effervescence. Not what I'd usually want with a Porter, but it really helps accentuate the wild tartness.

O: This beer was a bit on the schizophrenic side, but both of its personalities were enjoyable. It's certainly a Porter first and a Wild Ale second, but the wild side complements the dominant roastiness beautifully. The tartness really adds a lot of drinkability. Tasty stuff.

Cheers! (1,449 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with a strong finger of brown head atop the beer. Bubbles surge to the top of the beer.

The aroma of the beer is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some funk/lactic acid aromas.

The beer has a lot going on, sour, chocolate, balanced hops and sweetness, a light bitter finish that grows stronger as the beer begins to warm up.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little slick from the acidity.

I really like the combination of sour and roasted chocolate flavors. The bitterness does not go all that well as it warms up though. (533 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -10%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Very nice seeing this hit the states.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Produced a quite nice tan frothy head with great retention behind it. Plenty of lacing left behind as well.

(S)- An interesting blend of mellow baked/roasted yeasty bread and raisin components combined with a subtle but present background of a tart acidity. Ever so slightly funky dry on the finish. Very interesting and inviting.

(T)- Almost exactly like the smell was. That same mellow baked/roasted bread yeast component meets a rich raisin fruitiness combined with a dry yet acidic and almost funky finish. Some extremely nice cocoa starts to show up along with the raisin as it warms.

(M)- A crisp and clean finish to this even though there is some mild funky dryness in this. Very much a porter, but I quite like how this is done very old school with the addition of a subtle acidity that plays really nicely with the raisin and cocoa.

(O)- I guess I can expect nothing less from Drie Fonteinen! As I have said, this is very much a rustic porter but made in the extremely old and traditional style. I really really dig this. (1,145 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Bourbon County snifter

A: Pours opaque black with a touch of brown. There is a tan head of about one finger which fades over the course of about two minutes to a cap. Mild, spotty lacing.

S: A rich, chocolate-y aroma with a touch of tartness behind it.

T: It starts off rich and chocolate-y like the aroma, but becomes much more tart as I savor. The midpalate is a great combination of semi-sweet chocolate and tart vinegar, and the finish is primarily tartness with a lingering roast coffee flavor in the background.

M: Foamy carbonation but a little thin.

O: An interesting beer. Chocolate and brett. (643 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a pleasure to have some Drie Fonteinen beer. From what I remember this wasn't exactly my favorite when I had it on tap.

A- Poured into a snifter from the 12oz bottle with a black body, not oily and thick like a big stout but seems dried out. A nice head forms to about two fingers with a light mocha tan color and creamy texture. The foam sticks around for a nice amount of time and leaves a ton of lace all round the glass in rings.

S- Aroma reminds me of a traditional English Porter with some rustic yeast edge to it. The wild yeast lends just a bit of tart cherry and apple feel here and slight funk. The rest of the smell is cocoa, sweet caramel and toasted nutty malts.

T- The yeast profile here develops nicely, especially with some time and warmth. A tartness and funk builds on the palate that is very close to metallic but stays just inside the realm of apple, lemon and cherry tarts. The aforementioned porter characteristics blend in nicely with the tartness playing off the cocoa and nutty hints especially.

MF- Dried out body with just a bit of residual sweetness and body keeping it thick enough to support the dark roast flavors. Carbonation is on the high side but that works with the wild yeast flavors. Slight tartness in the finish. Smooth overall feel.

Better than the first time I had it, I am assuming it is an entirely different batch and fairly fresh. The tart funky yeast does just enough to overcome the big traditional porter notes and it all comes together nicely. (1,505 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - poured black and opaque, with a brilliant ruby hue when held to light. Tan head, about one finger, lasted momentarily but left a thick cap that stayed lively throughout the whole experience. There was even a bit of lacing, not bad.

S - sour aroma hits first, but beyond the sour it is all porter. Chocolatey, roasted malt character, some coffee grind notes and a hint of smoke.

T - taste is surprisingly mild, not as sour as the aroma would suggest. Very light malt character with a pleasent roasted/smokiness. Finishes dry and slightly acidic, with a touch of sweetness. Leaves a lingering wet canvas/damp favor, and a nice hop bitterness.

M - light mouthfeel, effervescent carbonation, really easy drinking. Generally I sip on anything in the sour category, this is definitely going down quicker. Mostly due to the lack of in your face sour and low complexity, a nice dry finish is aiding this as well.

O - overall this is very enjoyable, nice mild taste, nice sour character without destroying my palate.I think this achieves a good balance, and would go for it again if it becomes available. (1,106 characters)

Photo of MRsojourner
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a very large 4+ finger beige head. Leaves chunks of lumpy lace on the glass. The liquid is deep, dark brown where no light passes.

Chalky, dark chocolate with a touch of sour cherry to the nose.

Starts like a dark brown ale. A combination of sourness and darker, nearly burnt malt. Short aftertaste. Thinnish body with a higher level of carbonation. (364 characters)

Zwet.Be from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.