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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 02-08-2006

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Reviews:
49
Ratings:
110
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
15.05%
 
 
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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice hazy straw color. Big puffy head that lifts out of my glass like a meringue. The amount of head retention left me in awe actually. Smells like crisp light malt and grassy hops. Light sweet taste and a balanced earthy bitterness. I would like a touch more sweetness and hop flavor though. Finish ends with a small amount of acidity. Completely refreshing. Crisp carbonation. One of the best german style lagers I've had. Left me wanting more.

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Photo of timtim
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow. very impressive and true to what it claims to be... a lager with a drie fonteinen personality. dark, burnt gold with a white head that holds and goes to collar. nose is floral and bready like a lager should be with some citrus and honey notes popping up, but what i think is really cool is that there seems to be a faint, rustic, musty, earthy and almost sour thing going on in the background (especially when it is colder, which was strange to me) that really gives it an authentic taste and original personality. good balance, nice, light body that was a tad overcarbonated for my taste, and that is just barely. really a fun beer to try, and quite refreshing. too bad this carried a 5.99 price tag for an 11.2oz bottle!!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious and acidic Bohemian-style lager with assertive flowery hop notes and noticible acidic flavors and textures for the style.

The deep straw, medium gold colors carry an unusual haze for lager. A froathy cotton white head has great staying power while lacing in pockets along the way. A fantastic look, aside from the haze.

Pilsner malt aromas lead the way with the grainy/bready assortments. Herbal, grassy, and floral hops mix for a delicate yet necessary compliment to the nose.

Flavors of pilsner malts and grain husks mix while the soft breadiness and herbal/grassy hops add to the secondary flavors. Soft apples and lemon acidity helps to amplify the flavors late in the flavor profile- much needed. Finishes grassy, lemony, and minty.

While the early textures and creamy and moderately full, the beer's mineral content and acidity gives the impression of cleanliness and dryness on the back end.

Beersels Lager has a favorable impression overall but it is very minerally (salty) and has a lot of sulfury and acidic notes that compete with the softer malty compounds and pure floral hop notes. These may hurt the beer as much as they help.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my pilsner glass.

Clear sunglow body...until you dump in the yeast from the bottom of the glass. Furious carbonation rushes to the surface supporting an immense mushroom cap of heavy ivory merengue. Cavernous three-dimensional lacing climbs up the glass like a network of mycelium.

This smells like a working brewery - yeasty fermenting crackery barley malt - along with light citrus and berry notes, and a touch of spicy hops. There is a tangy underlying wild yeast aroma as well that distinguishes the recipe from pretty much any other lager.

The flavors follow the nose, but everything is intensified - sourdough biscuits, orange marmalade, and a lingering tart grassy bitterness complete the picture. Bright, rustic, and fresh tasting.

Creamy, effervescent, medium-light bodied...

Not sure why this is listed as a Czech Pilsner, as this beer is brewed as a tribute to German lager. It diverges significantly from any lager I've tried thus far, so rating "to style" is difficult. It is quite refreshing but has the complexity you would expect from this brewer/blender including an atypical "funk" element.

The best lager in Belgium? I'm not sure, but certainly it is the most interesting one I've consumed from the region.

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Photo of tpd975
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't quite remember who sent me this one. Really cool to get a 3F Lager though. One of the first lagers I have actually been stoked to try.

A: Pours a bit hazy (think a got a bit of yeast in the glass) golden hue with a very tall slightly off white head. Insane retention. An absolute lace explosion. Minus the cloud... beautiful in the glass.

S: Aromas of bready yeast, Belgian notes like mild Belgian yeast esters with hints of sweet fruit.

T: Very mild flavors. Light bready malts, sweet summer fruits, with a mild citric hoppiness. I can detect just a touch of sourness here which I love. The flavor is really nice, I wish it was a touch more bold though.

M: Feels sort of flat on the tongue considering the active pour. Medium in body, and smooth though.

D: Very good, love the flavor just wish there was a bit more of it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a pale golden straw with a healthy white frothy head that laces pretty well as things progress. The smell is faint but pleasant: notes of wheat, corn, light citrus, and a vague sense of red berries. The taste follows the smell, berries included (again, there is no direct berry flavor, but rather a general impression thereof hiding somewhere in the distance). The bitterness of the hops comes through very well, but the finish is overly dry and chalky. The body as a whole is quite moderate, with the right amount of carbonation and the right amount of smoothness, creating a highly drinkable pils.

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Photo of Travlr
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow orange color with an off white head and decent lacing.
S: Aroma is biscuits and gravy, some citrus and pepper.
T: Flavor of hay and grass, bitter from the middle to the end.
M: Medium body, better than your average lager.
D: Nice enough for the style.

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Photo of Offa
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent lager that seems like a somewhat rustic, yeasty take on a firmly malty lager. It's a bit like one might expect if crossing a malty-hoppy traditional US lager with a Belgian saison.

Hazy pale amber, it has a big white head steadily shrinking to a rich foamy ring, some wisps, and some leak foam on the glass.

The aroma is a bit meaty, very malty lager with defintie yeastiness, lots of apple, some hints of light pear, peach, meaty grain, grass, and faintly herbal hop.

The taste is a good, full-bodied, meaty-fruity malty grain with apple, pronounced yeastiness, a lot of lemon. It is fruity-yeasty-grainy up front, followed by a lightly tart, faintly bitter-leaning, lemony-grassy finish that lingers with some lightly sweet grain and spiciness. It has a definite spicey-yeasty rustic quality throughout.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of corby112
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
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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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. cap printed with 14/12/09. tasted in mid-april 2009.

golden straw, clear (decanted properly) with just a few flakes of yeast. 1-finger head fades to fluffy but thin wisps and ring, replenished to a thin layer with each sip. consistent but sometimes thin lacing.

aroma: sweet, bready, toasted malts, almost fruity and tropical (from the yeast?), melding with aromatic noble hops. malty and fruity (peach?) at the end.

taste: bready sweet malt, but again also fruity with yeast notes. almost tropical or at least "peachy". crisp noble hops with mild to moderate bitterness. trace acidity and... phenols?

light, smooth, w touch of astringency for a moment in the finish. crisp, almost fizzy carbonation for more body, plus lift.

this is a very interestingly weird beer. de proef brewing a lager?!? were they really trying for a czech pilsner? too much fruitiness and phenols if we're being strict to style. still, it's a nice drink.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour is golden with a nice white soapy head. about 2 fingers which fade to a wonderful lace. smell at first is grass but that is over powered with a distinct lemon. there is an subtle aroma of straw in the backbone. which comes through in the palate as the dry ending. beer is honey malt sweet and has a belgian blond like volume of pollen. somewhere in between those styles really. pilsner and belgian blonde, single or whatever name BA has for it. the dough is absolute belgian, the predominate lemon zest nature has a mild apple and caramel not to it. and the finish is a very slight bitter. excellent for the abv. would rate it as a 'drinkable' pilsner though. somewhat unconventional... somewhere between beligian and plzen. don't think its a czech pils though. more so a lemony belgian blond with a bitter pilsner finish.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at the Hopduvel beer store in Gent and enjoyed it while walking around town on a bright, sunny day. This was one of maybe three hoppy beers I drank while in Belgium. It reminded me quite a bit of Victory's Prima Pils, but a notch softer with the bitterness. Big citrus, grassy, herbal hops - delicious. Find this beer when you're in Belgium.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a Pilsner glass)

A- This beer pours a clear beer with a orange hued body and a strong carbonation of bubbles supporting rocky soft peaks of snow white that last for a good bit.

S- This beer has a light green sulfur note that gives way to a fresh raw grain aroma and a hint of silage.

T- The dry prick of pale malt and a note of carbonic acid gives way to noble hop hints in the finish. As the beer warms a bit the sweet sulfur taste of a good Kolsch comes through with a faint dry caramel malt hint in the background. The finish has a light perfumed yeasty quality that ends nicely with a soft hop bitterness that lingers for only a moment.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp little fizz in the finish.

D- This is a light crisp easy quaffing beer that has good depth of flavor and a nice complexity that grows as the beer warms.

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Photo of marcpal
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
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 Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a hazed straw yellow, touch of gold, medium white head, drops to a thick ring around the glass, lots of lacing, looks good. Smell is very fresh and floral, some grains and toast, crisp lemony aroma, oranges, a bit herbal and spicy, refreshing. Tastes sweet up front, honey, oranges, biscuity middle, with lemon zest and floral, spicy herbal finish, bit of a sour edge, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, sharp finish, very refreshing.

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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

330ml bottle. sampled may 23/08.

pours hazy golden yellow with a small white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. light caramel sweetness. touch of grapefruit. bit of corn or adjunct, but not to offensive levels. bit of floral character. light alcohol.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. bit of caramel, but very little sweetness. cracker. white bread. bit of alcohol. grapefruit. bit floral.

mouthfeel is good. light bodied with a fairly dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance and very easy drinking. the hops dry it out a little and help lighten the body.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant lemon with less carbonation than one would expect from this country. Apparently, the brewer was attempting to recreate the classic lagers of Bamberg, Germany, so all is forgiven. Wouldn't that make it a German pilsener? What's amazing is that the alabaster crown is 100% Belgian... that is, it looks spectacular and is incredibly generous when it comes to lace.

The nose is a showcase for Saaz hops (just a guess). It's fresh and lively, with a lemon citrusiness that perfectly accents the usual herbal grassiness. This should be extremely tasty beer.

And it is. Maybe it's nothing more than the power of suggestion, but Beersel Lager tastes like a pilsener brewed by a Belgian brewer. It has a distinctive peppery spiciness that puts me in mind of Belgian yeast; or a Belgian pale ale if we're talking specific style. It's still mostly a pilsener, though.

The pils and/or pale malt backbone provides a modest amount of sweetness and very little flavor. That gives the hops their opporutunity to shine... and shine they do. The flavor is essentially a reprise of the aroma, as described above. A crisp, tart and tangy finish adds another few layers of interest.

I was a little leery when buying this undated bottle because of the price tag, but the beer tastes remarkably fresh (even if it isn't). The mouthfeel oozes quality as well. It's between light and medium, with enough bubbles to keep the mouth party going strong.

The label claims that Beersel Lager is 'the best lager of Belgium'. Since I haven't had many Belgian lagers, and since I can't recall the ones I have had, I'm inclined to agree. Why do almost all beers from this country taste fresh, while a considerable portion of the low-ABV lagers from the rest of Europe taste anything but?

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed orange yellow with a nice whitish head that sticks around. Nose is very crisp and clean. Almost seemed to have a green apple edge at first. Minor dough kicks in. Flavor is definitely interesting. Very unique for the style, but very well done. Crisp with some apple on there and a defined sweetness. But really it is fairly dry and hits smoothly and then falls off, but in a good way. Feel is smooth on liquid and has a full carbonation. This is a Czech Pilsener that has some obvious minor Belgian influence. Very interesting indeed. Definitely one to try.

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Photo of albern
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice Czech pilsner, but not as crisp and as biting as say a Pilsner Urquell or Budvar, which I find more representative of the style. The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color with not a whole lot of carbonation. There is a white head and some lacing. The smell has the nice musty, wet grass aromas of a pilsner with some sweeter malts in the background. The taste is not as sharp, a little creamier, a bit more floral than is typical of the style. There is some breadiness to the beer along with noticeable clean pale malts. There is a bit of waterishness to the beer in the finish and less the peppery bite I was expecting. There is some lemony florals in the finish as well, and only the slightest puckerishness in the aftertaste. As the beer settles, there is more pungent lemony flavors, and a bit more dry tartness in the finish. This is a decent drinking beer, but not the best pilsner as advertised.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this little 11.2 oz. bottle at Beaumont Market (one of Justin's latest arrivals...), poured to a tall pokal/pilsener glass. I've really started taking a liking to the craft pilsener and this one actually claims the following on it's (Shelton Bros. Imported) label: "Wonderfully hoppy, satisfyingly malty, and perfectly lively and refreshing, this is now the best lager of Belgium." Really? We shall see... Green cap is dated: 14/06/09

A: That really is a gorgeous lager. Not the clearest ever, but definitely a warm sunny/wheat, crowned with a full, creamy snow-white head (over a finger-high, falling gradually to a dense 1/4"). A bounty of carbonation rises rapidly early, slows to a lazier pace. Weird that there's some yeasty sludge at the bottom of the bottle - unlike any lager I've ever seen. That last ounce needs to be decanted carefully, or your mostly clear pilsner turns to fairly murky haze.

S: Pleasant bready/yeasty aroma that's highlighted with an interesting sugary/candy sweet and a squeeze of lemon. Actually, it's the tartness that really develops as this warms - showcasing apricots and reminding me a bit of a Berliner-weisse aroma-wise. Yum.

T: Lovely bready flavor, sourdough mostly with a zesty citrus rind bitterness and a grassy/herbal hopping that lingers delicately. Some floral honey and some of that tart apricot both sneak in.

M: Not quite the crisp, bubbly mouthfeel I kinda expected; this one is a bit fuller, a bit thicker, a bit 'doughier'. Smooth with a lingering light bitterness.

D: It may not have tons of competition in the 'Best Lager of Belgium' category, so if I concur that may not be saying much. to say it's a highly enjoyable, very likable lager that compares quite favorably with some of my favorites of Germany/Europe and the US is... Quite tasty.

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A blurb on the label says something about the owner of Drie Fonteinen travelling to Bamberg annually to "feast" on the very best lagers of Germany. This is a tribute to those found in Bamberg...

To me it drinks and tastes like a sturdy Helles, with lot of sweet pale malt and gentle noble hops. It does have a few unique qualities that make it stand out.

It pours a hazy honey tone, with a fluffy head of soapy bubbles. Lots of irregular speckled lacing. Foam rises in a convex dome above the lip of the glass. Over time, the head dwindles down, but it makes a good first impression.

Aroma of grassy wet hay, pear, and well water. Somehow this is very appealing despite sounding dull. Light bodied, but with much more flavor than your average case of German import lager. Clean pale malt and grain, light bitterness in the back of the throat. Honey and bread dough in the finish. Reminds me of the purity of Mahrs lagers from Bamberg.

It has an unheard of level of creaminess that contributes alot to a higher overall impression. I could have several of these on a warm day for sure. It would likely pair well with a wide range of foods.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unfiltered pale gold, cloudy, homogeneous and well carbonated. The head is pure white, diminishing but long-lasting. The most attractive small-bubbled, crisp carbonation and texture enhance the soft mineral aspects that pair with the hay-like pils malts to create an ultimate tool for refreshment. The perfect flavorful quaffer. Good base malt also ensures a certain roundness, medium bodied let’s say, slightly honeyed though not biscuity. It escapes the usual oiliness of many czech pils to capture the essence of fresh hops, the vibrant spiciness, highly leafy and floral, yet intense in a way that can’t but remind of citrus. An elegant creation that speaks a whole book about the no compromise approach of those 2 legendary lambic brewers. Full on quality, great ingredients, yet open-minded and creative. I think I do prefer Christoffel Blonde, but I consider this as my 2nd favorite pils for now. Competent punchy bitterness, dry and crisp. A grand hoppy beer like I enjoy them.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 12-10-07. Good and nice white head and a golden beer with quiet some medium sized flocks floating around. Nose is very hoppy and giving lots of belgium green aswell as a piney and grape like hint. Backed by good maltyness and a unmistakenly bottom fermenting yeast profile. Taste full bodied without being sweet and has clean malttaste. Aftertaste is only hops as bitterness is well dosed and stays on the tongue for quiet a while. Remembers of great bavarian vollbier taste and can keep up with them( minus presentation) aswell as with the XX bitter and Hexapoda.

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Beersel Lager from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
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