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Zwet.Be | Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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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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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 509
Photo of heygeebee
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy dark brown colour. Fruity black cherry yeast nose, with notes of toasted malt and dark chocolate. Smooth, crisp and medium-bodied. Fruity cherry and raisin notes initially, slightly tart, followed by mocha chocolate coffee notes and a slightly bitter roasted grain finish.

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Photo of aleigator
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a decent, khaki, froth head, with a deep chestnut brown color.

Aromas of syrup toffee and burned, wooden malts with coffee hints among them.

Begins earthy, with wooden, rich malts, supported by a lively carbonation. Burned caramel notes get joined by a subtle coffee bitterness, resulting in a tart sour impression, due to an acidic brett infusion. The sourness interacts surprisingly well with the scorched, sweet notes of the brew. Bretts add an unusual complexity to the brew, which lets the sweeter components stand out even more, especially during the finish. The tastebuds get shaken up pretty hard on this flavor-rollercoaster, which combines opposite tastes. The finish itself isn’t relying that much on toffeeish malts as a regular porter, but implies a sugar powder note, with a subtle fruity addition, while a gentle sourness still saves a spot on the palate.

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Photo of yung_peli
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Very dark opaque brown, 2 finger tan head, good retention
AR: Roasted malt, nutty character, dark fruit, the slightest hint of barnyard funk, vinous notes
T: Follows nose, slight bitter roasted malt on the finish
M: Medium carbonation, medium body, wet and crisp

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark black-brown, opaque body, moderate tan head, lots of lacing.

S - Mostly yeast, fruit esters, a hint of roasted malt.

T - Bread, a touch of sweetness, a middle introduces mild acidity, and the close works in the bitter coffee-like hit of toasted malt.

M - A bit of acidity is felt on the cheeks. Not much heft, but enough stickiness to make the beer feel pretty full on the tongue.

O - An interesting approach to an English Porter, it loses many of my favorite aspects of porters. The malts end up backgrounded by the heavy hit of yeast. Decent flavor, though, and well designed use of that yeast produces a pleasant enough brew.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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 breadwinner
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as unique/odd as you might imagine, what with the wild yeast addition, instead this is kind of a standard dark malt porter with a light hint of spice/fruit that suggests something ever so slightly different. It's tasty enough, if perhaps a bit cola-esque, but it's not weird enough to warrant buying for novelty nor solid enough to warrant grabbing over a standard porter.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Jow
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
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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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 drpimento
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The thing about this dark beer is that with the lambic yeast, it pretty pretty much wipes out any porter flavor and aroma. So it's a pretty good dark lambic that may have been a porter, but it seems very little like one now.

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Photo of stephens101
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coal black with a tan froth.

Smells of dark chocolate and burnt sugar.

Thin and sweet with a hint of chocolate and phenols. Has a bit of dark fruity tartness and grain in the aftertaste.

Nice concept with a nice presentation, but sometimes nice just doesn't cut it.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 stubby poured to snifter

Pours nearly black, one finger of tan head disappears quickly, leaves a little lacing

Aroma is faint roast, chocolate, toffee

Taste is an unusual blend of dark fruit, chocolate liqueur, earthy roast grain, molasses

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for the style

Overall, an interesting brew, but really not as wild as I expected. Not much tartness or funk

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, hint of euro yeast, slight alcohol, strong yeast, slight dark citrus, slight syrup, and slight chocolate. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight Belgian yeast, hint of euro yeast, slight alcohol, roasted malt, strong sweet malt, hint of chocolate, hint of syrup, and slight dark citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and complexity. The addition of the Belgian yeast is unusual in an English Porter.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Ebeneezer's
Dark brown color with a rich bubbly off white head.
Rich chocolate and dark pitted fruits with hints of earthy funk to offset. More Porter than anything with just faint hints of a mixed fermentation. Tasty brew otherwise.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz stubby bottle sealed with white pressure cap with BBD 11/07/17 stamped on the cap. I would assume this is the indication of the letters BBD meaning: "best before date".

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: medium brown bodied beer with tall creamy 3 fingers worth of khaki colored head. Head recedes down to a thick cap and leaves heavy lacing all over the inside surface of the glass.

Smell: Lots of chocolate and earthy aromas. Hint of roast. Fruity yeast and a bit of Drie fontenien signature funk.

Taste: Mild tartness and moderate funk upfront. Moderate roast malt flavor and fruity yeast in the middle of the beer. Nice sweetness from the malts seems to hit in the middle of the beer mostly a chocolate note with a hint of toffee or caramel. Light smokiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. A creamy mouthfeel that dries out slightly in the finish. Not a hint of booze. Good drinkability.

Overall: This 3F beer reminds me of Allagash midnight brett. Though it is a much price point at 5 bucks a bottle vs 15 bucks for midnight brett. I am not sure how old this bottle is, but I think it has had some time to develop. Nice funk that works well with light tartness and a sweet and earthy malt profile.

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Photo of bobhits
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a classic dark brown near black color with a nice head to start, though lacking density or body is fades quickly.

The nose is nearly all chocolates, malts, and marginal coffee notes followed by a sour fruit aroma.

The beer drinks about as it smells. A bit more focus at the end on the sour fruits and a lot more coffee and french press notes.

Sadly the beer drinks a bit light and the carbonation is lacking.

A near world class beer foiled by a below average mouth feel.

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

Served from the bottle into a snifter.

Nice appearance of frothy khaki-colored head, heavy lacing, and a deep black body.

Smells like a chocolatey porter. Heavy on the malt profile with a tinge of something tart.

Pretty much like the nose in taste, chocolatey, rich malt and a bit of berry-like tartness. Cocoa is all over the finish. The flavors evolve greatly with some warmth.

It's tart for sure, but it comes in and out. Porter-like creaminess and easy-drinking qualities otherwise.

I like this brew. It stands out from the crowd, for better or for worse.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium-dark brown body, half finger white head, good retention, no lacing.

S- Roasted malt, a bit of caramel, coffee, mild musty earth. Not sour by any means, mildly tart.

F- Mildly tart funk, but for the most part it tastes like a malty porter. Roast malt, toasted biscuits, caramel, earth, toffee.

M- Medium-thinner bodied, nice depth, good carbonation. It's pretty much a mildly tart porter with a bit of funk.

O- Nothing special. Lots of better porters out there than this. The lambic yeast does add a bit of a twist, but not enough for it to differentiate itself.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black pour into my SAPP with big khaki head; viscous lacing. There is a funky, sour nose here. Taste is semi sweet prunes with a malty finish-and yet slightly tart for a porter. Lite mouth feel and good carbonation. Tasty tart finish!

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Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Best by Nov 2017, opened Feb 2015.

A - Pretty nice looking beer! Deep ice coffee body with cherrywood highlights. Lose, dark khaki head has low retention and nice lace.

S - Sharp sour note, cherry Pepsi, grahm crackers, and medium roast coffee grinds.

T - Strong coffee backbone, touch of anise, flat root beer, and an odd artificial grape soda flavor.

M - Thin, slightly watery body.

O - Coffee forward with surprisingly little sourness / acidity in the flavor profile based on what comes through in the nose.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
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 Dodgerrigo77
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Joe_
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A great belgian sour beer with a unique darkness. I enjoyed this beer in Churchkey in DC both on tap and in the bottle. On tap it was a bit bland and flat, but was substantially more flavorful and even more sour in the bottle.

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Photo of carlos_fleico
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

I came across this one as I was buying some beer today. "Porter with wild yeast". As a fan of Stouts/Porters and as a fan of sour beers, I had to try this one. I can't imagine how this combination would end up though.On to the beer:

A: Pours a very dark opaque black color. About four fingers of a very rocky and foamy tan head with good retention - leaves a lot of lacing on the walls of the glass. (4.25)

S: Really strong roasted malts aroma right upfront. Roasted coffee grains is very dominant. Ashy, hints of smoke and leather. Hints of dark berry tartness, vanilla. (4)

T: Taste is very interesting. It doesn't differ all that much from a traditional English Porter, except for the sourness. Metallic, follows the nose on the roasted malts. Bitter powdered chocolate, strong coffee taste, ashy, very rich. But instead of an intense bitterness, as one would expect when drinking an English Porter (not this one though), there is a very interesting berry-like sourness. Relatively matured I would say, way more sour than many wild ales I've tried. (3.75)

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Creamy and sticky feel. Ashy and roasted grains aftertaste, with a hint of tartness. (3.75).

O: This is an extremely unique brew. As mentioned before, I am a big fan of sours and porters. However, I prefer the sourness/tartness in very pale or red (flanders) beers. I would definitely have this again because of its uniqueness, and I don't dislike it by any means. But I think I might prefer either Porters or Sours, not both mixed up. (3.75)

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