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Zwet.Be - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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87
very good

369 Ratings
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 23
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Zwet looks really dark in the glass boasting a dark brown bordering on black color. The firm cap of foam is dark tan with some strength and firmness leaving some notches on the way down. Smell is roasty with some nuts and some brett from the addition. Old world porter quality in taste with English appeal with some brett backing it. Not entirely funky, this is a nicely mixed drink. Nutts with roasted malt with some coffee flavor within. Feel is at about medium with a long lasting finish. It's carbed up nice and I would have no problem taking down a glass or two of it, yet I would not go out of my way to get it.

Photo of jethrodium
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Trappist. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a two finger tan head that stays a long time and leaves huge streaks of lacing on the glass. This beer was served relatively cold and changed a lot as it warmed up. The aroma was some light roastiness, a bit of coffee, some lactic notes, barnyard funk, and some light lemon. The funky notes and non traditional porter aromas came out more as it warmed up. The taste is some dark roasted coffee, followed by some light lemon zest, a bit of orange peel, some brett funkiness, a bit of cherry, and some lactic tartness on the finish. Again the roasted flavors were more dominant when it was colder, with the other flavors coming to the forefront as it warmed up. Medium-full bodied. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy. Medium carbonation. Not sour, but slightly tart. I enjoyed this. It got significantly better as it warmed up.

Photo of russwbeck
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey for Night of the Living Ales

Black pour with a light brown head, retention and lacing are great. The smell is of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts with a backend of funk. More porter than sour, the beer has a roasty coffee finish. Funk is noticed throughout, but does not dominate the beer. Medium to heavy in body, sort of a strange aftertaste. Interesting to try, wouldn't get it again though.

Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a charcoal and dark brown color with little head. Mild scent of heavy roasted coffee, light chocolate and dark bread crust combine with light fruit and mild tart and sour notes. Taste is mild and light with the tart sourness covering up much of the roast profile. Lighter side of medium bodied and light in carbonation, quite dry. The experiment is appreciated but the execution is lacking.

Photo of musicman575
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of the dark barrel aged beers I've had have covered up the barrel's flavors. This beer is very barrely tasting. Some serious vinous oak going on in the nose. Tastes a little bit like brett and coffee, but they do a pretty darn good job of merging the two worlds. I enjoyed this one from start to fin.

Photo of deapokid
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Monk's on 8/31. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a chalky, black color with a finger of purplish foam and moderate carbonation. Somehow, this manages to look fruity and chocolatey at the same time.

Aroma is packed with black grape and cherry notes. It's a bit tart, but balanced well by the slightest hint of malt.

Wow! Flavor is sweet up front with a roasted nut background. It displays a delicate balance between bacterial funkiness and porter richness. Caramel and espresso notes linger on the back of tongue and, as you swish, an amazing dry funk obliterates the taste-buds. Very unique and delicious.

The mouth is smooth for about 2 seconds or so before you're hit by a tingly smack of dryness. This proves to be a nice exercise in polar opposites.

I was quite impressed with this step outside of the box by Drie Fonteinen. Despite initially thinking a "Bretty" porter sounded excessive, I was really taken by this beer.

Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 ngeunit1
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with a bit of brown and a half finger of frothy tan-chocolate head atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind tons of lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet roasted chocolate and some sour fruit (cherry, apple). There is also a bit of earthiness in the background as well.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet roasted chocolate malts and some light sourness including some sour cherry and apple and even a bit of citrus. There is just a touch of burnt flavor in the background. Through the middle, the sourness gets a bit stronger with some funk and a bit of earthy elements coming through. The finish is a mix of sweet chocolate, sour fruits, and a bit of earthy flavors that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bit of a slick feeling on the tongue.

D - Very drinkable. The balance of regular porter elements and the sour elements brought upon by the lambic yeast is really nice.

Photo of AgentZero
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Zwanze day at West Lakeview Liquors.

A - Black beer, finger of off-white head. Faded to a partial cap, not a whole lot else going on.

S - Some chocolate, earth tones, interesting funk, caramel. It's different, with the funk and something fruity.

T - A bit of roast with some chocolate. Little smoke, slightly acidic. Some brett on the end.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - This was different, but nothing that I necessarily cared for. Had my pour, moved onto other things.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml 7,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.
BB 21/10/13

A wild porter??? I love wild ales and porters so in theory this should be awesome!

Appearance: Great looking beer: Very dark (almost black) body topped with a large tan brown head that lasts very well and leaves superb lace.

Smell: Hmmmm initially the nose is just downright weird! Sweet porter notes (chocolate, coffee and roasted malt) overlaid with tart fruit (apricot, lemon rind, citrus, almost rotten apples and some cherry) and funk (very earthy, some barnyard and a light herbal character).

Taste: As with the smell, pretty weird here. Initially pretty sweet with milk chocolate notes, but quickly turns funky. Lightly tart fruit (lemon and green apples), earthy barnyard, leather and a touch of sweat. The finish turns back to the porter characteristics with a lingering roasted coffee note. That said, there is a note in the finish that is very similar to the Drie Fonteinen Gueuze.

Mouthfeel: Initially well over carbonated, but settles down mid way through. The body is pretty light for the style.

Overall: This beer is far from bad; however it just doesn't work for me. Maybe some time in the bottle could help.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Bendurgin
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour into a chalice. Dark charcoal black with two fingers of frothy khaki color head.

Belgian yeast aroma right up front giving a little bit of a fruity character. A little smokey with some char in the background with some chocolate lingering. The flavor is coating cocoa and a little bit of coffee and dark fruits in the background. A little bit yeasty.

The body is full and robust with sharp carbonation. Not bad but I think I've had porters I would take over this one.

Photo of SMortiL987
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark, obscure brown with a touch of ruby highlights. Light tan head that laces nicely down the glass; fine compact bubbles.

S - A clean, airy funk predominates. Slight acidity, just a touch of roastiness. No hop aroma. Not much Porter aroma.

T - Thin, slight mineral taste. Slight astringency in the finish. Funk, but a clean funk; almost bordering on a lacto sourness. Slight smoky & roasty note from the grain, but would have expected more from a Porter. Touch of stone fruit in the end.

M - Light-medium body. Soft on the tongue.

O - Interesting beer. I would have liked a little more funk and a little more roastiness, but that's just personal preference. I would get again.

Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

I've been seeing "sour porters" on menus a lot lately, and I believe this will have been the first one I've tried...though I could be wrong. It was interesting; sort of a mix between a porter and a lambic.

Poured into a tulip glass, a nice dark black-brown with a finger of creamy beige head that dwindled down to a ringlet, leaving lots of attractive, foamy lace behind. A little swirl of the glass would stir up a little whorl of bubbles on the top. Aroma of roasted malts and mild chocolate, yeast, and notes of citrus with a touch of funk. Taste started out like a typical porter: roasty, malty, touch of chocolate. The mouthfeel was much lighter though, and within a second or two it was obvious that something else was going on: tart cherries, lemon peel, and Belgian yeast obviously coming into play, and a bit of funk as implied in the aroma. But balanced... It wasn't like "Ooh a porter!, I can has malts!" then you take a sip and pucker your lips in revulsion. While the balance was there, I still felt this was a bit weak overall, thin and not as full-bodied as it seemed it should have been. Still mighty good though.

Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at lord hobo in boston

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a layer of tanned head resting on top. Plenty of spotty lacing with rings left around the glass.

Dark roasted malts in the nose with nuttiness, layered by chocolate and faint coffee. Faint brett tartness dices through as well.

Slightly tart up front with brett and light funk. Sweetness with chocolate and nuttiness. Nice roasted malt body, dark and sweet but tempered by the bretty tart notes. Lingering dryness on the tongue with oak and faint warmth.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, tingly and dry on the palate. Very drinkable and flavorful, definitely an interesting take on the style by 3F which seems to work well.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A porter with lambic yeast? That'll catch my interest. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Black like ink with a good sized head and stringy lace. Big mocha aromas make up much of the nose; so far it smells like a "normal" porter. That changes in the taste; you guessed it, it's a sour porter. Mocha and cocoa notes are subtle, though the tartness is still mild. Still, fairly smooth and not very acidic. While it's not a world-beater, it does show that there's more to Drie Fonteinen than simply lambic.

Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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 amphion1065
2.15/5  rDev -44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The best choice to finish off a night of drinking at Lord Hobo on the eve of the Belgian Beer Fest? No, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it on-tap. 12 oz. pour into a Fantôme tulip.

I'll say this much: it's a very good-looking beer. The body is black, with a modest, half-finger light brown head. The lacing is stunning, leaving webby trails all around my glass. That cascading lace stuck around for quite some time (and I did indeed need some time to finish this).

Quite a bit of charred, roasted malt in the smell. I expected to pick up a lot of funk, but it's very faint. Instead, those bitter, ground coffee flavors really predominate. Some chocolate, some sweetness, but that burnt character really sticks out.

Let's say Zwet.be were made by an American brewery. Within days (hours?) of its release, we'd see thread after thread questioning "Is Zwet.be infected?" The rumors would persist for months if not years, with a few knowledgeable BAs stepping in to ensure the rest of the community that "it's supposed to taste like that." Refunds would be demanded, and apologies would be extended. Though it might be unfair to drawn such a comparison, I'll be frank: the flavor combination just doesn't work for me. Tart cherries imbue this dark roasty porter with a sourness almost akin to spoiled milk. All of those earthy, vinous funky characteristics that I love in lambics (especially ones from 3F) are here, but they seem terribly out of place.

The mouthfeel is quite thin, which certainly adds to the "infected" character of this beer.

A very untraditional take on a very traditional style. I knew before ordering this that it would be a sour porter, but I still had a difficult time stomaching it. A rough go to say the least.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a super dark brown with a medium light tan head, good lace.

S: Dark chocolate, some roast, with a hint of brown sugar.

T: Dark cocoa with a hint of acidity. Some nice cherry flavours. Much more of a porter than a wild ale, but the bugs do show themselves.

M: Medium-bodied with a very soft carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: Maybe not what I was expecting from 3F, but I quite liked it.

Zwet.Be from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
87 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.