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Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A porter brewed with lambic yeast.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Very nice seeing this hit the states.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Produced a quite nice tan frothy head with great retention behind it. Plenty of lacing left behind as well.

(S)- An interesting blend of mellow baked/roasted yeasty bread and raisin components combined with a subtle but present background of a tart acidity. Ever so slightly funky dry on the finish. Very interesting and inviting.

(T)- Almost exactly like the smell was. That same mellow baked/roasted bread yeast component meets a rich raisin fruitiness combined with a dry yet acidic and almost funky finish. Some extremely nice cocoa starts to show up along with the raisin as it warms.

(M)- A crisp and clean finish to this even though there is some mild funky dryness in this. Very much a porter, but I quite like how this is done very old school with the addition of a subtle acidity that plays really nicely with the raisin and cocoa.

(O)- I guess I can expect nothing less from Drie Fonteinen! As I have said, this is very much a rustic porter but made in the extremely old and traditional style. I really really dig this.

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Photo of uno99
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey wow....

A porter brewed in the lambic style? I'm in!

Appearance is a nice dark chocolate brown, but certainly not too stout like as many porters often are. a bit of a red hue as well. Lacing is all fine and dandy. Looks great in a nice glass.

Smell is fairly typical porter. However you do get a slight hint of something funky going on. The yeast character is definitely different but not out of place here. If you smell the side of the glass more than the liquid you get an even better impression of whats to come.

Taste is ... maybe one of the best porters I've ever had actually. Super balanced but chocolate forward and then the yeast character on the finish is really nice.

I decided to grab a couple squares of Lindt 95% chocolate for my beer and wow, is this ever a great paring! Takes the beer up a notch and is a fantastic way to enjoy both. The slightly sour funk finish is almost a palette cleanser for the next nibble of chocolate. Superb!

Mouthfeel is spot on medium-thin consistency and very smooth carb. Not sticky at all and decently drying.

Overall a really nice beer and VERY easy to drink porter. Wish this was easier to come by for me.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Do some research before you shit on this beer!
Great take on an old style porter. Just enough funk to let you know where "Brett" comes from.
I wonder if any English brewers bottle funky porters?

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 4 ounce rocks glass at The Avenue in New Orleans. From notes. Reviewed 8 January 2012.

A: No head, some tracing. Very black, but with brownish glints in the light. Definitely opaque.

S: Brettanomyces? Yes, some. Lambic yeast is in my porter! So are bright fruits and even some sweet chocolate. Trace coffee. Sour and amazing.

T: One of the best and most interesting 'sours' (usually not my thing) I've come across. The endtaste is chalky and full of chocolate, but the first half is full of funky-sour yeast. Hot damn!

M: Little carbonation. Thin, but I suppose that works.

O: Phenomenal. The first sour beer that I've loved. Highly recommended. Will have again!

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Photo of deapokid
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Monk's on 8/31. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a chalky, black color with a finger of purplish foam and moderate carbonation. Somehow, this manages to look fruity and chocolatey at the same time.

Aroma is packed with black grape and cherry notes. It's a bit tart, but balanced well by the slightest hint of malt.

Wow! Flavor is sweet up front with a roasted nut background. It displays a delicate balance between bacterial funkiness and porter richness. Caramel and espresso notes linger on the back of tongue and, as you swish, an amazing dry funk obliterates the taste-buds. Very unique and delicious.

The mouth is smooth for about 2 seconds or so before you're hit by a tingly smack of dryness. This proves to be a nice exercise in polar opposites.

I was quite impressed with this step outside of the box by Drie Fonteinen. Despite initially thinking a "Bretty" porter sounded excessive, I was really taken by this beer.

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Photo of dank203
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

the sour quality definitely comes thru here, and it is an interesting addition to a porter flavor profile. on the fruitier side of porters, dark sour berry comes out. a bit ashey, abundant carbonation. overall its a unique spin on a porter. lot of yeast qualities

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Photo of Zach136
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black body, light khaki head, amazing lacing.

S - Dark fruit, raisin and brown sugar.

T - Very little tartness, fruity esters and light offer notes.

M - Light, easy drinking and non-lingering finish, silky smooth.

O - Didn't know what to expect, not quite as sour as I'd expect from 3F but still super good.Glad I picked this up!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Always thrilled to try another 3F beer, even if it's not a Lambic.

A: A slow steady pour fills the glass completely, with two solid fingers of pillowy tan head atop an opaque black body that glows garnet around the extreme margins. The head recedes very slowly indeed, and leaves plenty of glass-coating lace. Lovely.

S: Interesting. I was hoping for something genuinely funky, like my beloved 3F Oude Geuze, but this aroma is much more focused on the roasted malts. Bitter coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, and only some faint dark fruits. It's not what I had in mind, but it's definitely a solid nose for a Porter.

T: Much wilder here, with the roastiness balanced against some lovely tart fruit flavors. Chocolate-covered cherry comes immediately to mind, as does blueberry frozen yogurt with chocolate sauce. Some straight lactic tartness closes things out alongside bitter roasted coffee. Long but clean aftertaste. Really, really enjoyable.

M: Classic Belgian mouthfeel, with a high dose of soft, lively effervescence. Not what I'd usually want with a Porter, but it really helps accentuate the wild tartness.

O: This beer was a bit on the schizophrenic side, but both of its personalities were enjoyable. It's certainly a Porter first and a Wild Ale second, but the wild side complements the dominant roastiness beautifully. The tartness really adds a lot of drinkability. Tasty stuff.


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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - poured black and opaque, with a brilliant ruby hue when held to light. Tan head, about one finger, lasted momentarily but left a thick cap that stayed lively throughout the whole experience. There was even a bit of lacing, not bad.

S - sour aroma hits first, but beyond the sour it is all porter. Chocolatey, roasted malt character, some coffee grind notes and a hint of smoke.

T - taste is surprisingly mild, not as sour as the aroma would suggest. Very light malt character with a pleasent roasted/smokiness. Finishes dry and slightly acidic, with a touch of sweetness. Leaves a lingering wet canvas/damp favor, and a nice hop bitterness.

M - light mouthfeel, effervescent carbonation, really easy drinking. Generally I sip on anything in the sour category, this is definitely going down quicker. Mostly due to the lack of in your face sour and low complexity, a nice dry finish is aiding this as well.

O - overall this is very enjoyable, nice mild taste, nice sour character without destroying my palate.I think this achieves a good balance, and would go for it again if it becomes available.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/16/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, caramel, toffee, light nuttiness/smoke, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, caramel, toffee, light nuttiness/smoke, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Lightly-moderate roasted bitterness and slight fruity yeast tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, caramel, toffee, light nuttiness/smoke, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good big. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roasted bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding English/Belgian porter hybrid! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. I really liked how the Belgian character did not overtake the overall porter character of the beer. This was very malt forward in the flavor profile, with the yeast fruitiness being in the background; but still having good overall presence. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is an opaque dark brown. Half an inch of foamy tan head dissipates to a cap and ring, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Seductive smells of sour cherries, wood, vanilla, chocolate.

Tastes of dark malt, sour cherries, chocolate, vanilla, wood. It is slightly sour, not highly acidic.

Body is medium and carbonation is enough to give this a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a nice tasting and drinking Belgian porter/brown ale from Drie Fonteinen.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with a bit of brown and a half finger of frothy tan-chocolate head atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind tons of lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet roasted chocolate and some sour fruit (cherry, apple). There is also a bit of earthiness in the background as well.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet roasted chocolate malts and some light sourness including some sour cherry and apple and even a bit of citrus. There is just a touch of burnt flavor in the background. Through the middle, the sourness gets a bit stronger with some funk and a bit of earthy elements coming through. The finish is a mix of sweet chocolate, sour fruits, and a bit of earthy flavors that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bit of a slick feeling on the tongue.

D - Very drinkable. The balance of regular porter elements and the sour elements brought upon by the lambic yeast is really nice.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 02/10/16.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing almost black in the glass. A mild khaki colored head is fairly quick to dissipate. Some light makes it through the edges of this porter.

S: Initial souring aroma with a cherry and malt like aroma. Chocolate in there as well as other dark fruitiness.

T: Finely crafted blend. A light tartness starts it off with a balanced roasty malt coming in the backend. Chocolate and a dark fruit like cherry round out the profile. As other have said a nice earthiness to the taste.

M: Medium to full body with a velvety smooth character. A touch dry from the lambic yeast but it works well like an irish dry stout. Tartness makes you pucker just a little bit.

Overall its certainly a tasty beer I was glad I could pickup. The lambic yeast is a very interesting dimension of this porter which makes the chocolate and cherry notes excel and adds a pleasant dryness.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl stubby brown bottle poured into a matching Drie Fonteinen tumbler. The brew appears dark brown to black in color with a rich 2 finger cap of brown froth that paints the glass with a webby pattern of lace as it slowly dissolves. Despite the cap fading, it maintains about a finger of strength throughout the duration. When held to the light, some lighter brown and ruby hints are evident around the edges.

The aroma is roasty with a scent of sweet chocolate coupled with a hint of licorice, molasses and almost a nutty aspect. There is some fruity and floral quality taking this brew off in a new direction with a hint of minerals. I know this brew is fermented with lambic yeast and I am expecting funk and possible tartness but surprisingly this is very porter-like in the roasty sense.

Taking a sip brings things back into the realm I was expecting. Just like the aroma indicated, there is a pleasant roast of the grain that imparts flavors of chocolate and coffee. A mild touch of fruit somewhat like raisin and fruity to floral hops. A hint of mineral edge pokes through the back end. There is a tartness to the finish of this brew that is all the signs pointing towards what I was expecting. It has a very historic type of feel to it like an "olde world porter." This brew finishes with a tartness yet still carries the maltiness that is rich and mildly bitter. The aftertaste includes notes of licorice and hints of earthy leather.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth, complex and very enjoyable. People who are fans of sour porters or old english porters will love this. It has a very minor mineral edge and faint familiarity about it but it is very much its own unique creation that I found to be very enjoyable. The 7% abv is masterfully hidden. I need to get more of this beer. Nicely done.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Holy Hound, serve chilled in a small tulip glass.

The color is an opaque black shade with thin cap of light tan with fine bead. The smell is sllightly roasted with a mild vinous element although the yeast esters are mild there is a subtle malt aroma. The feel is excellent with mildly tart quality alongside a roasted texture but very mild grain texture with medium high carbonation and semi-dry finish with light acidity and gentle alcohol.

The flavor is very pleasant with slight dark cherry taste with subtle currant and dark toasted grain flavor with a light element of tangy yeast and nutty woodiness with gentle vanilla-like quality. overall this is a complex, tasty and quaffable porter. I was really happy I got to try this on tap as it was very easy to drink for the strength, the light brett quality adds a unique dimension to the porter and is very enjoyable.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark color with a long lasting thick brown head leaving some very nice lacing.
Smell: At first, some nice funky sourness combined with coffee and roasted malts. When the beer warms up the sourness disappears.
Taste: roasted malts, light coffee with some very minor sourness. Nice bitter after taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied. Easy to drink
Overall: Reading all the reviews, I expected a very average beer, with clear sourness in it. I have to say, the sourness is only slightly present, and mostly in the smell. Maybe it is because I am a geuze drinker, but this is more like a regular porter for me. Nice beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with large foamy, mocha head settling to a spotty blanket and leaving webby lace.

Aromas of coffee, chocolate, with sweet, yet lightly spicy Belgian yeast in moderation, and smokey malts.

Yeast comes first in taste, almost nearing sour kraut territory just out of sheer surprise due to their being no hint of it in the smell--this is a much brighter tasting brew than you'd think at first look and whiff. There is a touch of lemon and raspberry in the front, with malted chocolate, coffee and soft caramel following. Smoky, roasted nuts and grapes round Zwet.Be out.

This is a very well balanced beer of everything--it's so totally out of left field. It is a stout/porter, Belgian, and sour, all without any aspect overtaking the other. Quite an achievement!

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Photo of safaricook
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown almost black, fine fluffy beige foam
earthy brett aromas harmonize with the light roast character, some red fruits as well
raspberries dipped in dark chocolate, explained by fruitiness, slight tart character, dark malts, hint of espresso too
Could be a bit creamier or fuller for the high abv, almost refreshing
This is a wonderful beer and due to the small brett infection probably closer to a original English Porter than a modern editions

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a nice rocky head. Thick foam and nice lace rings down the glass.

Dark roasted malt, some cocoa, and a hint of tart.

I was a bit afraid that this would taste like buttermilk in my coffee. It kinda does, but in a good way. The coffee notes and biter edge to the malt are first, but a very subtle tart twang comes into play. It is an important part, but does not get in the way or dominate. Well balanced brew. Finishes roast, mildly bitter, and with a coffee, bitter cocoa edge with a light acidic tart touch. Nice and different.

Medium bodied, some acid and good carbonation.

Nice brew. Different and could very well have been a bad experience. I wonder how this will age, and if the tart will overcome the balance and kill this. Right now, very drinkable.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Best by 10/13/2013
Glass: Tulip is a creative blending of sour beer culture from Belgium with memories of English brewing traditions from a few centuries ago, when beers were typically more sour from random colonization of wild yeasts than they are now. The overall flavors are balanced and well-blended, a pleasantly sour dark beer with berry and chocolate notes. Aromatics aside, this was an excellent beer and one that I would purchase again if available.

Pours a 2cm tall head of burnt tan foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, with above average retention, lasting a few minutes. The head coalesces into a fairly thick mass as it descends, looking rather frothy and substantial. Lacing is good, but not excellent, some medium-sized, and medium-thickness lines, a few small patterns, and several smaller blotches line the inside of the glass. The head eventually falls to a thick ring around the body and a wispy cap atop it as well. Body is a dark brown to black color, opaque, light yielding little change.

The aroma is where I felt this beer was weakest, especially considering the possibilities of aromatic roasted malts and wild yeast. I primarily detect bready malts, a light Belgian farmhouse touch, and mild roasted malt and/or cocoa powder.

Pleasantly sour porter, perhaps in the "traditional" style of old English Porters that were blended with older, slightly acidified and vinous versions. Front of palate picks up tartness, slight Belgian farmhouse, cocoa powder, and mildly acrid roasted malt sweetness. Mid-palate finds mild roasted malt, cocoa powder, well-matched sourness, which becomes somewhat vinous as the beer lingers mid-palate, and hints of tart blackberries. Back of palate finds continued, mild roasted malt and cocoa notes with further vinous character, tart blackberries, and lesser sour beer flavor. Aftertaste is of light tartness, balanced dark sweetness from roasted malt, cocoa powder, and slight oak character.

Beer is of medium weight, with carbonation of medium-light intensity. The result is a smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel that is never fizzy or harsh. Closes dry, with some modest stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of musicman575
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of the dark barrel aged beers I've had have covered up the barrel's flavors. This beer is very barrely tasting. Some serious vinous oak going on in the nose. Tastes a little bit like brett and coffee, but they do a pretty darn good job of merging the two worlds. I enjoyed this one from start to fin.

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Photo of Jonada
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pours dark brown with 1+ finger of a tan head. Good retention and nice patchy lacing. Body is opaque.

Smell: Milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light earthiness, with a mild but noticeable sour, almost lactic presence and a hint of plum.

Taste: Roasted malt, chocolate, red grape, mild funk, some faint hints of sour cherry and dark fruit. There's a lactic tartness right from the start that carries through to the finish, but it serves more as a background note and does not overwhelm the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a thick creamy mouthfeel and medium levels of soft carbonation. Very high drinkability.

Overall: I'm really digging this beer. It serves as a great example that a beer doesn't have to be over the top and in your face to be great. 3 Fonteinen's lambics are awesome and deserving of the praise they get, but this one is worth seeking out as well.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Beergium - Pours dark black with a large tanned foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - strong yeasty, fermented fruits, apple. Taste - starts with a tart sour feel then moves quickly into a slight lingering dry malty finish. Very nice seamless taste moving ale which is beautifully balanced. Definitely different.

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Photo of MRsojourner
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

aroma (still a bit to cold) but smells of a musty cellar, licorice and a touch of roast.
the appearance is black with a thick coffee colored head that leaves nice sticky lacing throughout the glass.
flavor- initially I get rhubarb and a flavor that strikes me of a flanders red but not as much sour as it seems to be subdued. I taste more chocolate than roast but then again its juxtaposed with earthy sour notes of cherries with some acidity. coffee flavors emerge as it gets warmer with some proper tartness.
the mouthfeel is lively with medium to high carbonation that tingles on your tongue a bit giving that sourness some movement, but its still semi thick and slick. impressive.
overall I like this beer a lot especially as it warms up. it has a musty nature that I really enjoy and can't wait to see how it changes as it most definitely will.

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