Beersel Blonde | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Beersel BlondeBeersel Blonde

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 70
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a grossly underrated belgian blonde, i didnt even know these guys made beer like this. so flavorful, leagues better and more complex than almost all american blondes, they yeast is amazing, and i could dessert island this one pretty happily. very pale mostly clear pour from the stubby bottle that i found for less than six bucks. there is a huge creamy white head on it with excellent lacing and retention, thick for how light the beer looks, real attractive. aroma smells of pils malt, on its way to getting a little stale, but its not oxidized beer or anything, almost like an aged grain profile, kind of neat and very distinct, i have no idea how fresh the bottle is. the yeast is really rich, almost like a dry belgian strain meets a crisp lager strain, it has some bread character that is brilliant with the light malt base, but it also has a little snappy fruity belgian note about it, really unique, and super well balanced. seems to be pils malt based, but it would not surprise me if there was a little wheat in here too, it has that earthiness in the flavor and richness in texture that wheat often lends. some light leafy hops in the finish, minerals, crisp yeast, and fizzy carbonation. sneaky strong. its round and delicious, subtle but distinct, and even if it is a tad old tasting, i think these aspects flatter the beer, and gives it a real old world endearing charm. i loved it, was drunk enough to certainly not need it, but enjoyed it thoroughly. ill be back for this one, and hoping to see more of their clean beer pop up in the market!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml, squat bottle - sort of one of the more pedestrian offerings from this notable Lambic brewer.

This beer pours slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves some stratified cloud pattern lace around the glass as it eventually sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, some banana and muddled citrus fruitiness, subtle buttery notes, a weak earthy yeastiness, and some plain leafy, weedy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and lightly crackery pale malt, a lesser caramel sweetness, some gentile Belgian yeast, a mixed bowl of fruity esters (banana, orange, and apple, mostly), ephemeral buttered toast, and more leafy, earthy, and certainly floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-probing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a minor airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the floral and fruity essences really showing some lingering oomph.

Overall, this is a serviceable enough Belgian-style blonde ale, the malt aided and abetted by the complexity of yeast and hop alike. Easy to drink, given the essentially invisible 7 points of the ol' wowee sauce, and it's now clear that sour beer producers like to drink other stuff as well.

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Photo of dipso123
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap
Looking at other reviews it would seem the bottled version is not only different it's not even very similar to the draft.

Brilliant golden w/ fine dense snow white head that lasted all the way to the bottom of the glass lacing it completely. Full malty aroma and remarkable balance of hops the taste. The feel is what will have any brewer - pro or home - wondering "How the #%&@ do they do that!"

Overall: don't let the bottle reviews keep you from seeking out this 90+ beer.

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Photo of Auraan
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange body, with abundant floating yeast and a thin, bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice Belgian Pale Ale, not the greatest, but good enough. Scents of delicate Pilsner malt, rubbing alcohol off-notes, earthy yeast, fruity esters with a quality of orange, light floral hops and a moderate level of spicy phenols with a peppery quality. Overall impression of aroma is of a nice Belgian Pale Ale that is unfortunately ruined by the rubbing alcohol aroma, likely due to old age or improper shelf care. Flavor begins dry with a mix of hot, solvent-like alcohol flavor, earthy, dirty yeast flavors, medium-light bready malt, spicy phenols with a white pepper flavor and mild fruity esters of an indeterminate quality. Middle opens up a warm, but not solvent-like booziness, notes of sour apple, citrus and white pepper. Finish is dry with notes of floral, herbal hops, warming spicy alcohol at moderate-high levels, spicy phenols reminiscent of white pepper, a noticeable bready malt presence and an indeterminate fruitiness from esters. Aftertaste is dry with notes of solvent-like alcohol, spicy white pepper phenols and citrus zest. Overall impression of flavor is of an odd Belgian Pale. It is not unpleasant, but age seems to have left this one with a booziness that is inappropriate for the ABV. Otherwise it is a pleasant earthy and phenolic Belgian Pale, one that would be quite good if it were fresher. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a smooth alcohol warmth and a drying finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good Belgian Pale Ale, no faults there. Overall this is a very mixed bag. It is not undrinkable, but age has not been kind to this bottle. It has picked up an alcohol character that exceeds that set for the style, and one that overshadows the other aromas and flavors, which are quite good from what I can tell. It is not a bad beer, and if you can find a fresher bottle than I did I would say it is a good one to try. But a year and six months past its best-by date is apparently too long for this one to sit.

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Photo of Rutager
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with over a finger of thick white head that leaves some nice bands of lace behind.

Smell. Fruity yeast and floral hops with a touch of light grainy malt and butterscotch.

Taste. Light caramel and spicy Belgian yeast, a touch of floral hops and smooth light malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium body. medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. Not bad for the style but nothing I would seek out again. I'll stick with the wilder choices in the product line.

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Photo of draheim
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color w/ a fluffy white head, some patchy lace.

Aroma is floral, bready, yeasty w/ a hint of spice.

Taste is likewise gently floral and fruity with a lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced.

Overall an enjoyable, drinkable BSPA but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very hazy medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, cardamom, aged stone and apple juice, light bready malt. Flavor follows, with bready malt, apple and light stone fruit juice, Belgian yeast and spicing, hints of wheat; flavor beginning semi-sweet,but finishing a bit drier with a sharp Champagne-like peppery carbonation. Light to medium bodied, but with some smooth creaminess in the mouth feel. Flavors are somewhat subdued, but well balanced; a bit dry and astringent finish. A nice, light well made Belgian blonde. I will get this again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best before 1/11/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and earthy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is refreshing but somewhat mild and forgettable all around in my opinion.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A steady pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head (almost more of a full cream hue). The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows clear’ish, full gold hue when held up to the light; additionally it shows an aggressive carbonation. The aroma smells of grassy grain, floral notes, cracker like malt, honey-like malt, and slightly metallic leaning, generic lager beer like, “beer” notes towards the finish that play a fairly prominent role; everything but the last is fairly inviting.

Slightly sweet, with a pale malt sweetness, touches of honey like malt character and a somewhat cider like fruitiness are found up front. The beer has a creamed corn like, sweet grain finish that has a bit of edge to it. Underneath this last, dominant note, is a touch of pale cracker like malt, a hint of floral / herbal hops and just a suggestion of hop bitterness. This does have a nice effervescence to it that nicely accentuates and offsets at the same time, the lightly viscous, easy drinking body that this beer has.

Hmm, I have always had a hole in my palate for recognizing DMS. It is one of those stupid things that should have been pointed out / associated to me long ago, but somehow never has been. Unfortunately, in this particular case, this beer has pinpointed that for me; this has a ton of it, creamed corn is perhaps a little bit in the right direction for this flavor, it is also slightly metallic, definitely accentuates sweetness and an off-sort-of fruitiness, but what it really reminds me of is cheap American lager that I drank at Frat parties in college. I should be ashamed to admit this discovery, but I am so happy to have filled this gap in my palate that I can easily overlook it. This is certainly a deeply flawed beer, but, my personal enjoyment of this beer is greatly enhanced by my personal discovery to define exactly what DMS in a beer is; I have distinctly noticed this in quite a few beers over the years, but for some reason not made the proper connection; I blame the fact that I learned early on techniques to avoid this in my own brewing, without personal, direct experience, so never had to really troubleshoot this particular off-character :-).

Hmm, I wonder how this mixes with the rest of the bottle of GFAR that I was otherwise going to turn into vinegar…..

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Photo of MoistPope
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank it straight from the bottle. To lazy for glassware.

Appearance - unknown

Smell - musty citrus with a hint of wheat

Taste/Mouth- slight bitterness with with a hint of pineapple and wheat. Quite strange combination. Very thin and dry but quite refreshing for a hot day.

Overall I would purchase this again. Seek it out? Probably not.

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Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: An average aroma that seemed to be dominated by malt, but also had some citrus as well.

T: Tasted of the aforementioned malt, a little bit of Belgian yeast, and a hint of citrus in the finish. The problem here is that the flavor, like the aroma, is ruled by the malt. It's not necessarily bad, but it's a bit one note and thin.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, a very average beer. Could have been better.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Very light aromas of yeast and fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts with hints of Belgian yeast, hints of orange citrus and notes of peppery spices towards the finish. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer wasn't one of my favorite offerings from this brewery, but it is relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shocked at the low number of reviews. 7% ABV confirmed. Acquired at a beer store for $1.99 - bot bad for Drie Fonteinen I'd say. 11.2 fl oz (330ml) brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Best before 11/01/14.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the 7% ABV. Colour is a dark yellow. Translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sour green apple, clean malts, biscuity yeast, floral hops, biscuit malt, crystal malt, and even a bit of lactose funk. An average strength aroma.

T: Sour crisp apple, peach, pear, clean pale malts, some funk, a bit of biscuit malt, and overdone floral hopping. An interesting build for the style. It's certainly balanced; it's just strange - like a patersbier mixed with a Belgian golden ale. Almost lactic, but not quite. Crisp apple is dominant.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with great coarseness and slight dryness on the finish. Crisp throughout. Tingly from the crystal malt. Good carbonation and thickness.

Dr: Very strange for the style. More a Patersbier than anything else. This sour apple-dominant brew is best reserved for enkel fans. Hides its ABV quite well. Drinkable, but strange. A surprisingly unique brew from Drie Fonteinen, but not one that will meet high expectations. It's good, but I expect better from this brewery. Well priced, even in the USA.


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Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 10/02/12 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

a - Pours a hazy, dark golden color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus, Belgian yeast, spice, pepper, and some bready malts. Nice citrus, but not super strong.

t - Tastes of wheat, Belgian yeast, spice, floral hops, citrus hops, earthy notes, bready malts, and dough. A little bit stronger and of a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is insanely smooth and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice Belgian pale ale. VERY easy to drink and some nice citrus and bready malts to it. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not "blond" per se, but solidly amber. Mild chill haze. Good bar pour head that leaves a touch of streaky lace.

Well balanced nose of depleted malt sugars (ie quite dry) and hop pellet bitterness. Light yeast in background.

This tastes like a Belgian IPA. It's earthy and dry to start but quickly yields to black pepper hop flavor. There's also a mild yeast bite. A touch alcohol warmth to the otherwise bitter aftertaste. Full bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Typically, I don't like earthy brews but this one is complex enough to have something for everyone.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. Two plus fingers of frothy/creamy white head. Retention is good and an irregular ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Sugary frutiness with a good spicy backbone. Good bit of pepper. Peach and candied pineapple fruitiness. Clean overall except for a light yeastiness. Quite pleasant.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose, but less sharp. The sugariness is reduced, but is still there. Peach and pineapple fruitiness again. Very subtle pepperiness. Touch of yeast and touch of breadiness, though still clean. Not bad.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The only thing I don't like is that the carbonation isn't super spritzy, which is what I love most about Belgian mouthfeels. Reasonably creamy.

3.5 D: Solid beer though it is a little weird having a non-sour from 3F.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz fat squat bottle purchased at the 3 Fonteinen bottle shop. Lydie described to me that they need to brew simpler ales for economic reasons, as it takes so long to make gueuze, at high expense. I found it to be similar to many others available in Belgium, not as special as their spontaneously fermented offerings but definitely solid.

It pours a light golden color, with some haze, and a thick wet-looking foam. Yeasty nose, some fruity esters. Having just tried Westvleteren Blonde and Deca/Struise Westoek, I can say this is very similar in aroma.

More bitter than sweet tasting, with a somewhat sharp bite in the aftertaste. Pleasant overall, but pretty much reverting to the mean. If this helps them to keep making gueuze then this is a beer that needs to exist!

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

small bottle cap-dated 10/6/6, meaning 3 days out of date. On reflection, I cannot be sure that this is the same beer as the 750ml currently pictured, which I bought at 3 fonteinen cafe in beersel in 2002. Will investigate.

Pours nice 15% head into a westmalle chalice.

Nose is slightly fruity, normal blond belgian nose. Like the Tarwebier, completely unremarkable in this category.

Sharp acidic fruity taste, hoppy with some bitterness in the taste into the aftertaste. It pretty much tastes like it smells.

Par for the course, it seems the Beersel brand of beers are average beers in their respective categories. No reason to seek these out, IMHO.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one in a large glass, a lot of flaky yeast swirled around in the orange beer. On the cork was the expiration date which indicated that I was long passed this date (1 year). A lot of carbonation was in the beer, keeping the head very firm. It smelled like cork, probably because the bottle had spend most of it’s life moving around from one place to the other. In the taste was a modest bitter, slightly alcoholic and, after swallowing, dryness. No sign of any hop aroma. According to the label, which had been painted on the bottle, it was made from barley malt and wheat malt. All together a standard blond beer, lacking hop aroma and character, which should be in present in a good blonde. I would like to try a fresh one, because I think it could be a better beer when it is fresh.

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Photo of stcules
2.43/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale straw colour, with a lot of floating bodies, very little, but a lot...
Quite thin head, nothing remarkable.
Smell of wheta, bread. It doesn't give an idea of freshness, but seems a little old.
The taste is wheat again. No particularly characterized, quite anonimous.
Some herbaceous, old. Even the bitter left a feeling of oldness.
Light body that slips away.
Some honey in the aftertaste, with a light bitter background.
Nothing to remember.

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Photo of zerk
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a thin but persistent white head. Aroma is musty horse blanket, corriander and a touch of sour apple. Flavor begins slightly sweet with flavors of musty yeast, some peppery notes, and a slightly sour finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation and a light body. Not bad, but not overly impressive.

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