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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: 46 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrallen34 on 11-29-2010

A porter brewed with lambic yeast.
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Photo of Slatetank
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a nice rocky head. Thick foam and nice lace rings down the glass.

Dark roasted malt, some cocoa, and a hint of tart.

I was a bit afraid that this would taste like buttermilk in my coffee. It kinda does, but in a good way. The coffee notes and biter edge to the malt are first, but a very subtle tart twang comes into play. It is an important part, but does not get in the way or dominate. Well balanced brew. Finishes roast, mildly bitter, and with a coffee, bitter cocoa edge with a light acidic tart touch. Nice and different.

Medium bodied, some acid and good carbonation.

Nice brew. Different and could very well have been a bad experience. I wonder how this will age, and if the tart will overcome the balance and kill this. Right now, very drinkable. (782 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a small plastic cup. I'm moving so all my glasswear is packed...

A: Very, very dark brown body, minimal head. Could be the pour.

S: Slightly vinegary with some stout in the background. I made a dry irish stout that got infected once, and the smell is familiar. Pretty nice actually.

T: Very slight sourness up front, followed by roastyness in the finish. This one is exactly equal to the sum of its parts, not anything more.

M: Clean, dry, refreshing finish.

O: Overall this would make a very nice everyday drinker. Fairly light in flavor with enough complexity to keep it interesting. It doesn't quite meet the expectation of flavor for a 7% sour porter by this brewery, however. Give this to me for $10-12 a sixer and we might have something. (784 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Best by 10/13/2013
Glass: Tulip

Zwet.be is a creative blending of sour beer culture from Belgium with memories of English brewing traditions from a few centuries ago, when beers were typically more sour from random colonization of wild yeasts than they are now. The overall flavors are balanced and well-blended, a pleasantly sour dark beer with berry and chocolate notes. Aromatics aside, this was an excellent beer and one that I would purchase again if available.

Pours a 2cm tall head of burnt tan foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, with above average retention, lasting a few minutes. The head coalesces into a fairly thick mass as it descends, looking rather frothy and substantial. Lacing is good, but not excellent, some medium-sized, and medium-thickness lines, a few small patterns, and several smaller blotches line the inside of the glass. The head eventually falls to a thick ring around the body and a wispy cap atop it as well. Body is a dark brown to black color, opaque, light yielding little change.

The aroma is where I felt this beer was weakest, especially considering the possibilities of aromatic roasted malts and wild yeast. I primarily detect bready malts, a light Belgian farmhouse touch, and mild roasted malt and/or cocoa powder.

Pleasantly sour porter, perhaps in the "traditional" style of old English Porters that were blended with older, slightly acidified and vinous versions. Front of palate picks up tartness, slight Belgian farmhouse, cocoa powder, and mildly acrid roasted malt sweetness. Mid-palate finds mild roasted malt, cocoa powder, well-matched sourness, which becomes somewhat vinous as the beer lingers mid-palate, and hints of tart blackberries. Back of palate finds continued, mild roasted malt and cocoa notes with further vinous character, tart blackberries, and lesser sour beer flavor. Aftertaste is of light tartness, balanced dark sweetness from roasted malt, cocoa powder, and slight oak character.

Beer is of medium weight, with carbonation of medium-light intensity. The result is a smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel that is never fizzy or harsh. Closes dry, with some modest stickiness lingering across the palate. (2,216 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one while pre-gaming going out jazz club hopping in New Orleans at Avenue Pub! Served from tap into a chalice. Poured dark brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, milk chocolate, roasted malt, earth, and subtle funk. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. When I saw the description of this one on the menu, I really didn’t know what to expect if I am completely honest. However, what I found was actually quite nice. It had all of the aspects of a nice porter going on in it with just a kiss of funk to make it interesting. I really never would have thought about throwing these two aspects together, but they seemed to work decently. Really glad I got the chance to try this one on tap as it was definitely an interesting brew. (1,003 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle with 21/10/13 stamped on the bottle cap. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, sweet and tart fruit, and some molasses. It tastes similar to how it smells, like roasted malt, chocolate, tart and sweet dark fruit (plums, cherries, raisins), and a bit of nuts and red wine. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink. This definitely isn't a traditional porter! But if you're looking for something that's different and doesn't really fit into a certain style, then you'll probably like this brew as much as I did. (696 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,894 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl stubby brown bottle poured into a matching Drie Fonteinen tumbler. The brew appears dark brown to black in color with a rich 2 finger cap of brown froth that paints the glass with a webby pattern of lace as it slowly dissolves. Despite the cap fading, it maintains about a finger of strength throughout the duration. When held to the light, some lighter brown and ruby hints are evident around the edges.

The aroma is roasty with a scent of sweet chocolate coupled with a hint of licorice, molasses and almost a nutty aspect. There is some fruity and floral quality taking this brew off in a new direction with a hint of minerals. I know this brew is fermented with lambic yeast and I am expecting funk and possible tartness but surprisingly this is very porter-like in the roasty sense.

Taking a sip brings things back into the realm I was expecting. Just like the aroma indicated, there is a pleasant roast of the grain that imparts flavors of chocolate and coffee. A mild touch of fruit somewhat like raisin and fruity to floral hops. A hint of mineral edge pokes through the back end. There is a tartness to the finish of this brew that is all the signs pointing towards what I was expecting. It has a very historic type of feel to it like an "olde world porter." This brew finishes with a tartness yet still carries the maltiness that is rich and mildly bitter. The aftertaste includes notes of licorice and hints of earthy leather.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth, complex and very enjoyable. People who are fans of sour porters or old english porters will love this. It has a very minor mineral edge and faint familiarity about it but it is very much its own unique creation that I found to be very enjoyable. The 7% abv is masterfully hidden. I need to get more of this beer. Nicely done. (1,851 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sublime Alehouse.

A: Pours pretty much black in color with a one finger khaki colored head.

S: Very strange. A weird mix of roasted malt, smoke and a definite sourness.

T: Starts pretty toasty with hints of coffee. Finish brings a tart untie plum flavor with some raisin as well. Interesting, but I don't think I would do this again. (346 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Monk's Kettle (for a stupid $12/8 oz), Zwet.Be is a dark porter with a small tan skim leaving almost no lace.

Smell is a little fruity, somewhat sour, and just a touch of roast.

Taste is really pretty fruity, lots of the pineapple brett, and just a touch of the barnyard.

Mourhfeel is slick, medium bodied.

Drinkability is fine, taste wise. For a rare, expensive beer, one is enough. (406 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled September 2011
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a burnt brown color that shows opaque when held up to the light. The beer has a sort of apple tartness to it as well a funkiness that is sort of like ripe cheese, somewhat musky and not really phenolic, but sort of leaning in that direction. Towards the back of the nose there is a toasted, somewhat roasted, whole grain character as well as a nice cocoa note that comes out more as the beer warms up. In the really long finish some of the characteristic phenolic Brettanomyces funkiness starts to come out; something like curing plastic and a muskiness, though not really either. The progression of the aroma is the tart, sort of apple like frutiness then the porter dark malt notes and then the phenolics

Light bodied and somewhat tart from both the roasted malt as well as the funkiness. The roasted character has dryness and bitterness to it, both of these are accentuated by some prickly, carbonic, carbonation. There is some savory cocoa flavors that mix together with a slightly more noticeable toasted, wholesome dark brown bread character. The finish also has that characteristic Brettanomyces phenolic notes that leans towards plastic and a touch of musky sweat character. After the carbonation has died down a bit the body picks up a touch of creaminess to it, but overall this is quite light bodied (I’d guess that the Brett has done a reasonable job of attenuating this beer).

This is quite tasty, I am not sure I would prefer it to a normal Porter, as the sharper funky, Brettanomyces notes clash a bit with the roasted Porter notes. The aroma is definitely a bit nicer and richer than the flavor. (1,768 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very creamy collar, nice full lacing. Lingers long, ruby body, standard nice principle.

Cranberry coffee and light funk. Bright cherry nature.

Tastes of off natured malts, Brett dryness and straw, cherries, and finishes roasted.coffee grounds.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, creamy, lingers half strong.

Not nearly as tart as ecpcted. (341 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 4 ounce rocks glass at The Avenue in New Orleans. From notes. Reviewed 8 January 2012.

A: No head, some tracing. Very black, but with brownish glints in the light. Definitely opaque.

S: Brettanomyces? Yes, some. Lambic yeast is in my porter! So are bright fruits and even some sweet chocolate. Trace coffee. Sour and amazing.

T: One of the best and most interesting 'sours' (usually not my thing) I've come across. The endtaste is chalky and full of chocolate, but the first half is full of funky-sour yeast. Hot damn!

M: Little carbonation. Thin, but I suppose that works.

O: Phenomenal. The first sour beer that I've loved. Highly recommended. Will have again! (679 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of musicman575
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of deapokid
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (950 characters)

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