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Zwet.Be | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A porter brewed with lambic yeast.

Added by jrallen34 on 11-29-2010

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Photo of sweemzander
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of MRsojourner
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.61/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Zwet.Be from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.