Beersel Lager | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Beersel LagerBeersel Lager
BA SCORE
74.8%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 111 ratings
Beersel LagerBeersel Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by paterlodie on 02-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,915
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
111
Liked:
83
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
10.03%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
10
Trade:
1
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of oline73
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was reviewed blind.

Appearance: Beer pours an opaque reddish amber with a half finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. 4

Smell: Sweet and malty. There is some grape in the smell along with a slight sourness. The malt has some caramel in there too. There may be a slight tomato in the smell too. 3

Taste: This beer is malt forward but not very sweet. There is a strong presence from grape and some bready notes. Some dark fruit notes and a bitterness in the finish. I'm having trouble figuring this beer out. 3

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a finish that has a very slight dryness to it. 3.5

Overall: This is kind of a weird beer. I'm thinking Belgian pale maybe? I'm not really sure what else to say about it. 3

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Photo of aleigator
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a decent, froth head, with a pale golden, slightly cloudy color.

Nose is defined by a moldy funkiness with typical lager qualities, wooden, toasty malts with bitter hops and hints of straw.

Has an enjoyable, gentle bitterness to it, which goes well along with straw, white bread malts and a funky, brett defined leather note. Hops interact in an interesting fashion with the earthy malts, on which the funkiness settles. Unfortunately those different flavors don’t seem to come together too well until the very finish, in which rich, earthy malts become the most recognizable flavor. Ends a little watery, with a very late hops impact, which tastes a bit ankward because of the added acidity.

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Photo of corby112
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange with ripe banana colored edges and a one finger frothy off-white head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap leaving sporadic rings of lacing.

Earthy hop aroma with some straw and grass notes and a nice grainy pilsner malt backbone.

Pretty hoppy for a german style lager, especially one coming from Belgium. Bittering hops up front with very soft light carbonated, creamy medium body.

Very earthy and bitter from the hops but the bitterness is well balanced by a pilsner malt backbone. Hints of straw and grass. Slightly lactic with some nice sour oak notes. Clean and crisp with a dry finish.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of garymuchow
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one must have a little age on it as the aroma holds no apparent hop quality. Malt is doughy and a little fruity with hints of yeast.
Nice white head that's a little small, but stable. Quite cloudy holding a brownish amber color in middle surrounded by a littler gold.
Kind of a meaty lager with hops mostly in the lingering bitterness (which is nice and pretty clean). Hop flavors are tasteful, but certainly aging some. Solid pils malt backing.
I'd like to have this fresher, as it's not too bad now, just not the clean crisp drink it probably was.

Thanks Todd.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A real creamy head that I was not expecting with various sized bubbles in it. Body is a real nice unfiltered and hued orange to yellow with some good amount of pinhead sized bubbles sticking to the glass.

This nose just doesn't sit with me. It smells like boxed apple juice primarily. Not cider, apple juice, slightly sweet. Faint malt in the background. I am not sure if this is a fault, but it's not what I want in a "lager" that's for sure, sense of fruity sweetness.

Taste brings more of that fruit apple forward matching the nose, luckily some more malt density comes out hinting more on the palate. Some more banana richness comes out in the aftertaste almost like a hefe. Some faint dryness on the finish.

Overall, it's a real odd one, but the primarily apple bent on this just doesn't jive with me, so I'll never have this again. By no means is this a bad beer though.

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Photo of marcpal
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 bottle poured into a stubby mug at a solid beer bar- wanted to give something different a try. Definitely was 'different', not sure in a good way.

A: Nice start, Wheaty yellow with a freaking huge head. Carbonation unleashed with the tough pour. Hazier and cloudier than most pilseners, but still nice to look at.

S: Bready and oaty? Yeast is predominant and then just malts. The sweetness is more in the aroma and not in the taste.

T: Not as strong in the malts here but the sour tart flavors are out of left field and take over. Citrusy, earthy, and perfumy would be the way I would describe the flavor. Bizarre.

M: Crispness of a pilsener when this was poured from thebottle. The meaty breadiness in the aroma and somewhat in the taste didnt carry over to the mouthfeel- not chewy so hits the style.

D: First pils I have had from the land of waffles, and Im going to stick to their bag of goodies Im used to. Worth a try and surely drinkable, but still something just was off. Ill stick to PA for my pils's.

I could surely see others enjoy in this one, but not me. Different strokes for different folks indeed. This would not be a pilsener in any way to me and Im going back to my standbys.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Ebenezer’s. Served in a cervoise. Hazy pale orange. Fluffy white head. Smells bready and kinda yeasty. Light fruitiness. Tastes very bready. Light grassy hop bite. Clean finish with a nice bitterness. Medium body. Creamy and smooth carbonation. Well made.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
No bottled on date
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

My bottle was likely more than a bit old, but I still found this somewhat enjoyable, particularly the slight apple juice, caramel-leaning malt, and reserved bitterness. Right now, I'd say this would be an above average export lager that's sat around too long. Would be quite interested trying this on tap (along with just about everything else at Drie Fonteinen) or just very fresh.

Pours a tall, 2cm, off-white head made up of medium-sized bubbles. Head looks cloud-like, fluffy. As it descends, it leaves some spots and blotches of lacing. Persistent cap atop the body throughout drinking. Body is a dirty light brown out of the light, a pale light brown with orange-yellow highlights when held to a bulb. Hazy/opaque due to its unfiltered nature, I can make out some carbonation along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is somewhat yeasty, somewhat like apple juice, a bit of malt sweetness that leans toward the caramel side. No floral or citrus hop presence, indicating that this bottle has a bit of age.

Taste opens with pale and modest caramel malts, eventually mixing up with apple juice flavor and a bit of tartness. Apple juice flavor and bitterness increase at mid-palate and continue to rise slowly through the finish. Tartness continues to be very subdued, but there. Closes out with more pale and even more modest caramel malt. Lingering aftertaste is slightly grainy with residual bitterness.

Medium-bodied with pleasant, modest carbonation makes this very easy on the palate, just slightly foaming and tingling. Could take fairly quick swigs of this, if desired. Finish is rather dry.

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Photo of DevAJ
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall not bad. Not sure if I'll seek out again because compared to other Belgians it's very uninspiring.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull, orange-amber body with a medium-large, white head.

Smell: Doughy, bready malts with some sweetish hints about it and fruity notes of apple and even apricot. Initially, there's no more than a dull spicy hop scent, but given a minute or two to warm it starts to really hijack the aroma.

Taste: Light pale maltinesss with a light sweetness and a crisp raw graininess to it and underlying bready tone. The fruity aspects from the nose carry over into the flavor and pick up a very, very faint tartness. Spicy, earthy hops with a subdued amount of bitterness. Drying, effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good. The light, airy carbonation profile keeps this one easy to drink but there's also enough flavor within to keep you interested.

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