Zwet.Be | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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Photo of amphion1065
2.24/5  rDev -42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The best choice to finish off a night of drinking at Lord Hobo on the eve of the Belgian Beer Fest? No, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it on-tap. 12 oz. pour into a Fantôme tulip.

I'll say this much: it's a very good-looking beer. The body is black, with a modest, half-finger light brown head. The lacing is stunning, leaving webby trails all around my glass. That cascading lace stuck around for quite some time (and I did indeed need some time to finish this).

Quite a bit of charred, roasted malt in the smell. I expected to pick up a lot of funk, but it's very faint. Instead, those bitter, ground coffee flavors really predominate. Some chocolate, some sweetness, but that burnt character really sticks out.

Let's say were made by an American brewery. Within days (hours?) of its release, we'd see thread after thread questioning "Is infected?" The rumors would persist for months if not years, with a few knowledgeable BAs stepping in to ensure the rest of the community that "it's supposed to taste like that." Refunds would be demanded, and apologies would be extended. Though it might be unfair to drawn such a comparison, I'll be frank: the flavor combination just doesn't work for me. Tart cherries imbue this dark roasty porter with a sourness almost akin to spoiled milk. All of those earthy, vinous funky characteristics that I love in lambics (especially ones from 3F) are here, but they seem terribly out of place.

The mouthfeel is quite thin, which certainly adds to the "infected" character of this beer.

A very untraditional take on a very traditional style. I knew before ordering this that it would be a sour porter, but I still had a difficult time stomaching it. A rough go to say the least.

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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of Euroglot
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.65/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of dasenebler
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

33cl, best before 10/21/13.

Pours a rich, dark and opaque brown. The beige head is thick and creamy, with nice sheets of lacing.

Aroma is strange. Some roasty malts, but mainly metallic minerality and cardboard.

The flavor is better, but just doesn't do it for me. There's some nice roasted malt flavors -- light coffee, some molasses -- and a very tart acidity. The finish is dry and sour. Metallic character comes through. The mouthfeel is medium and well-carbonated.

I understand the concept of a sour, Brett-inoculated Porter, but I don't think it's a marriage that was ever meant to take place. Non-intentionally metallic and intentionally sour = bad combo.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

An English porter with Belgian yeast....mmkay

A dark brow pour, nothing fantastic, thin head a lacing

Aroma is sweet nuttiness and a bit of funk. A tad sour

Yeah, this isn't a good porter. It's a dark Belgian beer, but not at the same time. Sour, and not in the good way. The roasted characteristics do not blend well with the yeast.

Not a bad beer. Not a repeat either.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found this rarity at Geers in Gent.

Full disclosure: I don't like sours and I never rate them. The vast majority of sours that I've had have either been nasty or disgusting. The others have been terrible. This one is listed as a porter, so why not. Read the review to get an idea of what the beer is like, but ignore the scores.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Brown pour makes a 1+ finger, medium, beige head with great retention. Black body with lots of carbonation for a porter. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap that remains the whole way down, leaving some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Hints of dark malts, but mostly stronger sour aromas. Some sour cherries and hints of oak in there as well, with slight hints of dark chocolate in there. That said, the sour tartness overrides any of the porter qualities really.

TASTE: Dark malts and a very present sour tartness. Some sour cherries and oak notes, with a good dose of funky yeast flavors. A touch of chocolate at the finish, but this is more about the sour tartness than anything. Mild, lingering aftertaste is sour, with just a hint of dark malt and chocolate so as to be able to call it a porter.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, lighter on the palate, with lots and lots of active carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes dry on the palate. Not really porter like, but not quite off-putting in itself either.

OVERALL: A porter in name only. For an infected porter, however, this one is actually alright. I enjoyed it much more than the other infected stouts I've had in the past year, such as infected Abyss, Sexual Chocolate, and Black Tot. To say that I enjoyed this would be going too far, but the mixed fermentation seems to have kept the sourness in control enough that I could certainly finish it without much issue. Not my style, but to be honest, it's done really well, and some people out there would probably love this.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown, nearly black, and capped with a wispy tan froth; some small streaks of lace cling to the glass.

S - I thought this beer tasted great and smelled okay, at first; I was getting some small roastiness and a bit of sweet dark fruity character. It was basically like a normal English infected Porter. Then it aired out. This shit smelled like a piss-ridden stairwell. I am seldom, if ever, this crude when it comes to reviews; in this case, it must be said.

T - The brew tastes good, it is lightly sweet and roasty. Some slight cocoa and coffee undertones are present, as well as a fruity yeast character. Good old school infected English Porter.

M - Thin and a bit overcarbonated. Works.

D - Everything about this beer is pretty good, except one (horrendous) aspect of the nose.

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3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jow
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I can be short: not my cup of tea!

Sweetness + apples + stout is not a good match for me. It think it is a good try but the flavor could be blended more together.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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