Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Porter - English
Ranked #56
Ranked #19,572
3.88 | pDev: 10.05%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Very Good
Notes: A porter brewed with lambic yeast.
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A Belgian Porter brewed with Lambic yeast - interesting.
L- Very deep chestnut brown, essentially like a glass of coke. Pours with super-fine bubble tan 3mm head (ps. holds well).
S- A roasty-richness with a small hint of smoke.
T- It's quite coffee-ish, quite dry too, so despite being 7% it comes over as rather thin to me. The coffee develops further, plus a small hint of cocoa; the coffee is prominent enough to distract somewhat for me.
F- Quite dry, neither rich nor having a notable ABV% driven punchy feel (I'd expect something at 7%), the latter perhaps obscured beneath over prominent coffee.
O- Comes over as unbalanced to me, as above. I can certainly finish it but it's not one I'd buy again.

Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery. 330ml bottle.

Jun 06, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice, firm, creamy head rises high over this near black liquid. Belgian brewing prowess is on display.
Nose is tart and a bit funky, fresh tennis balls, and some kind of candy that I can't pin down. Also a sort of leafy/leaf mould note along with some empty red wine barrel (I've bought several and cut them in half to plant stuff in) notes. Very odd but surprisingly inviting aroma
Taste keeps the alluring oddness coming. A dry tartness leads the way but is quickly followed up by a rich chocolate malt quality that blends seamlessly back into a funky barrel character that tails off toward something that reminds me of the ovaltine my grandma used to make for us. It's an odd one to pin down, no doubt about it, but in all it's apparent disparity it somehow holds itself together and I come away accepting that it's a single drink that makes sense.
Mouthfeel is rich with a pleasant effervescent dryness that keeps everything really well balanced.
At the end of the day, if a wild yeast porter from 3F sounds good to you you will probably love this. If it sounds weird to you, but you're open to it there's a chance you'll love it. If it sounds gross, you might like it more than you thought but you'll probably think it's gross. It's an unexpectedly successful blend of the english porter and a dark belgian wild ale that I would happily drink again

May 15, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank 4/28/14 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black hue.

Khaki head; strong lace.

Tart cherry & milk chocolate nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

When cold this tastes a bit metallic, but as it warms cherry tartness & malty chocolate notes emerge.

Unique but not amazing.

Jan 02, 2020
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FLima from Brazil

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh from the brewery.
Deep black color with a thick beige head with some retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Nice original aroma with notes of creamy and dark chocolate, funky sourness, grains, cherries, coffee and raisin.
Flavor with notes of dark chocolate, lemon, lactic acid, grapefruit, some funky Bretta, cherries, coffee, grapes. Dry aftertaste with a finishing mix of bitter, sour and roasted note.
Light body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7% is absent.
Awesome beer. This might be what Porters used to taste like in the past. Very original nowadays, elegant Bretta sourness combined well with dark chocolate and red fruit notes. It is like a Porter and Flanders Red Ale ménage. Underrated.

Oct 09, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a malt flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent English Porter

Oct 06, 2019
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very interesting beer - a porter in all the typical respects with a little wild yeast tossed in which adds a bit of a sour element to it. There is a bit of roastiness there, but the sourness is a little stronger without being dominant. It's got a medium to light mouthfeel and, I never thought I'd say this about a porter, but it's even slightly refreshing at refrigerator temperature, but gets better and "lushier" as it moves toward room temperature. An aggressive pour led to a led to a nice mocha head, some of which remained throughout the entire time of the time I drank it; there was also some nicely peppered lacing left on the glass. The color was a solid dark brown - it's a very good looking beer. I can't say I'd rush out and get this again, but I'm glad I tried it. Cheers!

Oct 02, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark a murky brown when held to the light , small one finger tannish head falls fairly fast with some spotty lace.

Aroma is light roasted malts, hints of chocolate and coffee with tart cherry underneath it all. Nose seems subdued some what but interesting at the same time.

Taste is like the nose interesting it all blends so well together. Malty hints of toffee and licorice light coffee mingled earthy notes and tart cherry. Nice dry beer finishes lingering coffee, roasted malts and tart cherry with woody earthy hints.

Mouthfeel is a lighter medium, carbonation isn't much but still fells like its peppy somehow. Little weird but not bad.

Overall this beer is interesting, its kind of subtle but it has a lot going on under the hood. Honestly wouldn't mind a few more of these to try and figure it out.

Oct 01, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a muddy dark brown with a very small brown tan head and a few fingers of lacing.

S: Notes of sesame oil, tart cherry, a bit of coffee and roast chocolate, this is an odd combination.

T: Notes of sesame oil, some tart cherry, a bit of coffee and roast, it is all kinda muddy, it's not awful but I also don't love it.

F: This beer seems to have too little carbonation.

O: This is an really odd combination, it wasn't awful but I didn't love it either.

Sep 16, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle served in a snifter. If there is a date, I don't see it. Bought it a long time ago, I think -- maybe last year in February or April in California. Could probably look at the "beer haul" threads and find out. I'm expecting funk or sour due to "Belgian porter brewed with wild yeast" on the label.

Pours very dark with a medium head, light tan. Medium amount of carbonation. Smell is tart, cherries, and roast coffee.

Taste is moderate tartness, definite cherry, and much less of the roast -- it's there, but not on the forefront. Flavor is maybe a bit milder than I would expect, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, not thin exactly. Overall, it's pretty good.

Aug 08, 2019
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Timmyosin from England

4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From draft in Craft Beer Co, Covent Garden, London, England.
Slightly hazy dark brown almost black, off white head.
Malty Porter with a sourness to it.
Hints of Cola, Chocolate, Vanilla and Raisin.
Definitely worth a try.

Jul 17, 2019
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a tap at The Sovereign (Georgetown, DC), pours as a hazy dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is very slight, but perhaps burnt toast and toffee. Lots of flavors, but definitely roasted malt forward with sour puckeriness and some funky yeast flavors. Body is satisfying but "medium" among Porters; decent carbonation.

Jun 17, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, 10 oz tulip

Jet black in color, off white colored head. Aroma has a distinct mild earthy funk mixed in with the dark malt flavor. Taste is similar, finishes dry. It works. Medium bodied.

Feb 16, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +8%
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

Oct 04, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Sep 01, 2018
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Jul 25, 2018
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erk0607 from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Jun 10, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Nov 18, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -1%
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.

Nov 01, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Aug 21, 2017
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Jul 09, 2017
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Eddiesbar from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Edgemont. Dark pour no head. A bitter and dark malted porter. The lambic is at the forefront from beginning to end. Notes of sour fruit, oak and vanilla top it off.

Jan 26, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A porter brewed with "Lambic yeast" which resulted in a very interesting combination of roasty and barnyard flavors and aromas. Crazy funkiness in this beer. It's gotta be (hands down) the stinkiest (in the best way possible) beer I've ever had!

Dec 11, 2016
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Jeffsta1 from Washington

3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice brown color. Big head, coarse lace.
Smell is mild, a touch on the sour side, almost Lactobacillus-scented.
Taste is mildly malty, not at all bitter, some sour notes.
Mouthfeel is moderate-to-light, fully carbonated.
Finish is nonexistent.
Overall, a decent Belgian beer, but not at all why I buy porter.

Nov 10, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with no light penetration. There's an inch of creamy tightly packed dense brown head. Moderate lacing. I smell tart wild yeast, and sweet dark malt. I'm tasting an odd blend of sweet dark malt and tart wild yeast that creates a frenzied clash. The mouth is warm and viscous.

Oct 29, 2016
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heygeebee from Australia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Awful looking huge soap bubbles on head, scummy. Head thankfully fades to ok film.
Light nose, light roasts, chic malts, hint cherry.
Taste is cherry, plum, cross between Flanders red and light stout.
Quite well carbonated.
Not the best from the brewery must admit. Where is the funk? Tho maybe not too far from style.

Jul 02, 2016
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