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Zwet.Be - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 18
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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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by Mark at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Dark brown with faint red highlights and a small beige head.

S: Chocolate with lactic cherry notes. Wet leather blends with oak, earth, and light vinegar.

T: Chocolate and oak with light lactic and acetic notes. I preferred the aroma to the flavor. Leather notes are faint.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery.

Overall: Interesting, but not particularly memorable.

HopHead84, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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
Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

nickd717, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark color with a long lasting thick brown head leaving some very nice lacing.
Smell: At first, some nice funky sourness combined with coffee and roasted malts. When the beer warms up the sourness disappears.
Taste: roasted malts, light coffee with some very minor sourness. Nice bitter after taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied. Easy to drink
Overall: Reading all the reviews, I expected a very average beer, with clear sourness in it. I have to say, the sourness is only slightly present, and mostly in the smell. Maybe it is because I am a geuze drinker, but this is more like a regular porter for me. Nice beer.

rvdoorn, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

33cl, best before 10/21/13.

Pours a rich, dark and opaque brown. The beige head is thick and creamy, with nice sheets of lacing.

Aroma is strange. Some roasty malts, but mainly metallic minerality and cardboard.

The flavor is better, but just doesn't do it for me. There's some nice roasted malt flavors -- light coffee, some molasses -- and a very tart acidity. The finish is dry and sour. Metallic character comes through. The mouthfeel is medium and well-carbonated.

I understand the concept of a sour, Brett-inoculated Porter, but I don't think it's a marriage that was ever meant to take place. Non-intentionally metallic and intentionally sour = bad combo.

dasenebler, Jun 02, 2011
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
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown, nearly black, and capped with a wispy tan froth; some small streaks of lace cling to the glass.

S - I thought this beer tasted great and smelled okay, at first; I was getting some small roastiness and a bit of sweet dark fruity character. It was basically like a normal English infected Porter. Then it aired out. This shit smelled like a piss-ridden stairwell. I am seldom, if ever, this crude when it comes to reviews; in this case, it must be said.

T - The brew tastes good, it is lightly sweet and roasty. Some slight cocoa and coffee undertones are present, as well as a fruity yeast character. Good old school infected English Porter.

M - Thin and a bit overcarbonated. Works.

D - Everything about this beer is pretty good, except one (horrendous) aspect of the nose.

ktrillionaire, May 02, 2011
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
Photo of redsonja
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A; black, some head

S; wood like a flamish red sour ale

T; light woody taste a hint of sour in the background and some hopbitter

M; wood very light that stays in your mouth

O; strange beer a belgian red sour ale woodbarreld?? nice beer for the summer light chilled and the bqq

redsonja, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a bottle of this with Lydie (Armand's wife) at the 3 Fonteinen shop. Lydie and Armand are both so friendly, my favorite memories from this trip are the stops I made there.

This is much darker than I expected, lots of darker malts and a really thick cap. Roasted malts in the aroma, very little tartness but it's there if you search for it.

Same with the flavor, this is a roasty chocolaty beer first and foremost, with just a little brett bite in the aftertaste but you have to look for it.

Nice body, it went down like water. I liked this quite a bit but nowhere near as much as their world-class gueuze creations.

TurdFurgison, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found this rarity at Geers in Gent.

Full disclosure: I don't like sours and I never rate them. The vast majority of sours that I've had have either been nasty or disgusting. The others have been terrible. This one is listed as a porter, so why not. Read the review to get an idea of what the beer is like, but ignore the scores.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Brown pour makes a 1+ finger, medium, beige head with great retention. Black body with lots of carbonation for a porter. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap that remains the whole way down, leaving some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Hints of dark malts, but mostly stronger sour aromas. Some sour cherries and hints of oak in there as well, with slight hints of dark chocolate in there. That said, the sour tartness overrides any of the porter qualities really.

TASTE: Dark malts and a very present sour tartness. Some sour cherries and oak notes, with a good dose of funky yeast flavors. A touch of chocolate at the finish, but this is more about the sour tartness than anything. Mild, lingering aftertaste is sour, with just a hint of dark malt and chocolate so as to be able to call it a porter.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, lighter on the palate, with lots and lots of active carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes dry on the palate. Not really porter like, but not quite off-putting in itself either.

OVERALL: A porter in name only. For an infected porter, however, this one is actually alright. I enjoyed it much more than the other infected stouts I've had in the past year, such as infected Abyss, Sexual Chocolate, and Black Tot. To say that I enjoyed this would be going too far, but the mixed fermentation seems to have kept the sourness in control enough that I could certainly finish it without much issue. Not my style, but to be honest, it's done really well, and some people out there would probably love this.

Jeffo, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

doopiedoopiedoo, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is an opaque dark brown. Half an inch of foamy tan head dissipates to a cap and ring, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Seductive smells of sour cherries, wood, vanilla, chocolate.

Tastes of dark malt, sour cherries, chocolate, vanilla, wood. It is slightly sour, not highly acidic.

Body is medium and carbonation is enough to give this a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a nice tasting and drinking Belgian porter/brown ale from Drie Fonteinen.

Beerenauslese, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at the Essen Christmas beer festival, last sunday. I enjoyed this festival because of the wide variety of Christmas beers.

This one came out of the bottle into a tasting glass.

The beer is so dark that carbonation can not be seen. A nice lightbrown head, one finger. Chocolate taste. One of the better beers of this festival for the one ticket price!

Brabander, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of beerpirates
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

beerpirates, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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
Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle drank at the Drie brewery shop in Beersel...This is a brand new Drie beer. Its listed on ratebeer and on the internet as a RIS, but the girl there described it to me as more of a porter, but she did have limited English...The beer poured a dark brown with huge and lovely light tan head, fantastic retention and lacing...The aroma is light honey, sweet chocolate and a little coffee on the back...The taste is mostly bitter to start, a lot of the sweetness disappears and its light bitter coffee...The feel is very bitter, but I live it. Pretty easy to drink.

Most places that are awesome at lambics or wilds suck at their other offers. Drie bucks the trend here and this is one worth trying.

jrallen34, Nov 29, 2010
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Zwet.Be from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
86 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.