Zwet.Be | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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3.86/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,308
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
551
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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25
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Photo of Jhfinn
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(330 ml bottle, cap dated 16/09/15; purchased cold... poured into a snifter)

L: dark brown, fairly-clear liquid; 1/2" high, dirty, shaky, tan foam which quickly deflates, leaving random bubble islands and one thin crusty ring and the top

S: sweet black licorice, sour dark cherry pit; espresso and a hint of medicinal ethanol... the oily char of the malts is very inviting... roasty dry stout, lemon, and brandy

T: dry, lightly funky like a musty old cellar, with a thin thread of licorice oil and blackstrap molasses spiraling back from the middle to the finish... dark roast coffee and ash linger in aftertaste, mild dark vinous note (raisin liqueur?) soon emerging as well... funk plays nicely with roasted malts and booze, keeping in great balance - with the slug dumped in, flavor expression kicks up a notch or two, coffee note becomes a touch nuttier

F: damn near ideal - mildly oily underbelly, light bounce in its viscosity, long finish, ... enough of a lazy fizz and funky tang flowing through to keep the palate alive and alert

O: tasty, has depth; perhaps edging toward too dry, or it's stayed just right... reminds me much of an underattenuated porter I'd brewed once that I finished off with Roeselare yeast... not the most colorful or unique of the wild Belgian stout/porters I've tried, but rather well made

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Photo of marcrech
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of calarkin
4.91/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky chestnut with a thumb+ of rocky mocha colored head. Never really clears, stellar lacing & head retention

S: Musty, barn hay, a little cocoa

T: Dark fruit, carob, some yeasty twang up front. More yeasty twang filing on the edges, plus dryness a little cocoa, carob & faint woodyness as this warms. Finishes a little dry with peppery yeast twang, & a little cocoa

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation

This is what I presume Porters tasted like 2-300 years ago in Belgium. Interesting, but would be rough to drink all night long

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is quite spectacular, not like an English Porter but more like a Belgian Dubbel with some funk and a touch of the porter roast but very subtle.

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Photo of Sulty
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erk0607
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black, opaque with graham caracker color, thick head, lingers
Smell: Chocolate and raspberries, sweet fruit, with a residual breadiness. I have to stick my nose in the glass to smell it though.
Taste: Sweet, like a chocolate colored strawberry, high sugar content, smoky malt with some funk.
Feel: Moderately thick body, smooth carbonation, not overly lively
Overall: A unique take on a porter. I would get it again.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shigg85
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emincems
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dzu
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has sweet malt notes with red fruits and some dry red wine. Taste is dry, malty, just slightly tart with wine notes. Medium body with medium to soft carbonation. Overall it's a really nice porter with an interesting tart twist.

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Photo of jkrug5
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am barely a fan of the lambic. (Taken to the next level of age and sourness, I am no fan of the gueze.) So with me, it is safer to go the other direction (more sweet malt and less sour.) Zwet does that. So being of open mind, I like Zwet.Be. (But not above the average.)

While Zwet Looks OK, it Smells a bit like that wild-like lambic, but enough malt to keep me interested. And the Taste's initial attack is fine, but then the lambic sour starts playing notes that I don't associate with a porter and I like Zwet a little less. Yet in the finish, all seems to come together.

Overall, what we have here is a hybrid speaking the same language in its own tone.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ShawnL
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porter brewed with lambic yeast - relatively fresh bottle, just a few months old.

Appearance is a dark shiny black color. Two finger sudsy tan head dissipates slowly but never completely. Thin layer of residual foam remains with a bit of tan lacing. Completely opaque to light.

Smell has notes of a slight tartness, hints of a geuze like aroma, cocoa, smoked malts, and some dark fruit.

Taste follows the nose with notes of cocoa, slight tartness, cherry, white wine, and geuze that gives way to a dry, ashy smoked malt backbone. Lambic yeast is clearly present in this beer. As the beer warms the tartness becomes more prominent, takes on a more cherry like flavor and the smoked malts fade into the background.

Feel is medium bodied, slightly tart initially before finishing with a dry finish. Mild carbonation.

Overall this is a unique and interesting porter. The bottle I drank was pretty fresh and it tasted quite good - but Id love to see how this one develops with some age on it.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear and dark cola brown. In a Spatan dimpled mug it appears black. The creamy chestnut head easily reaches one and a half inches before slowly compressing and leaving spotty lace.

The aroma is soapy with nuts and cola.

Flavor is sweet with faint sourness. Cola and vanilla are prominent, followed by chocolate and a quick mild finish.

The body is medium to light with a soft creamy texture. Carbonation is faint and alcohol is well concealed.

While this is an enjoyable beer, it is lackluster. Aside from its 7% alcohol, one could easily sit back and converse with friends while enjoying this some afternoon.

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Photo of StormAles
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of YvesB
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 551 ratings