Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
English Porter
Ranked #45
Ranked #17,743
3.87 | pDev: 10.08%
Jun 06, 2022
Nov 29, 2010
Very Good
Notes: A porter brewed with lambic yeast.
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
330 ml stubby bottle, probably from Voldby Købmandsgaard. ABV is 7%. Black colour, moderate to low tan head. Interesting aroma of prunes, brettanomyces, chocolate and ripe dark berries. The flavour has a slight fruity acidity and dry roasty notes, notes of prunes, mild coffee and chocolate. Very moderate hops.
Jun 06, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

May 10, 2022
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Rated by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Wow cool beer. I legit thought it was infected from the smell but its pleasantly fermented.
Apr 16, 2022
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Rated by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
6yo (2015) bottle: mahogany, khaki head, legs/lacing, cherry, muscat, light char, cola, paper.
Jan 28, 2021
Rated: 3.82 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Jan 07, 2021
Rated: 2.48 by stephenlee93 from England

Jul 17, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.29/5  rDev -15%
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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Reviewed by unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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
Rated: 4.06 by robotic_being from Florida

Feb 19, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Jan 17, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Rated by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Lambic Porter, tasty and different
Dec 23, 2019
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Reviewed by hopley from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Reviewed by Timmyosin from England

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Reviewed by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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
Rated: 3.83 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jan 28, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by Jhfinn from New York

Nov 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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
Rated: 3.73 by marcrech from Brazil

Sep 28, 2018
Rated: 4.91 by calarkin from District of Columbia

Sep 21, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Sep 12, 2018
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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
Rated: 4.18 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Jul 25, 2018
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Reviewed by bubseymour from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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
Rated: 4.1 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Jun 13, 2018
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Reviewed by erk0607 from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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
Rated: 3.78 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

May 16, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by shigg85 from Japan

May 16, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Mar 24, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by emincems from Turkey

Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Jan 05, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by Dzu from Russian Federation

Dec 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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
Rated: 4 by jkrug5 from Maryland

Nov 13, 2017
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