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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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, campfire, sour fruits, and some Brett funk. Taste is much the same with an interesting smoke, sour, and funky aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an odd beer that is pretty good but all over the place with its aromas and flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a beer that is very different, a wild or sour porter, with all the funk of good lambic, but a dark malt base that shows some dried cherry in its pucker, as well as some strong earthy almost composting flavors and aromas. light brown in color, well, medium brown, but not as deep and dark as normal porter, without a ton of head, shorty lived rather, patchy and off white. it smells like dried red fruits and lambic, i don't get the darkness of the black malt until the flavor, and the finish at that. its dark and earthy, not a ton of bitterness from the roast, but subtle dark chocolate notes come in, which don't really jive all the way with the acid in the finish, but which brings out the best of the dried cherry flavor and a little of its sweetness. well carbonated and dry on the mouth, very light in feel for a porter. I'm not sure this beer is totally successful, but it is unique, so credit it for that. sort of lost in the middle, not quite a sour, not quite a dark ale, it gets caught out in no mans land a bit, but i like it anyway.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short off white head that died died, leaving lots of patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fizzed cola are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of cola along with hints of chocolate malts. No bitterness is perceptible. Slight hints of sourness are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easier to drink but seems like it could have stronger flavors compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's oddly compelling to have a brewer who speicalizes in sour ales to make a porter and to carry with it a glimpse into that sour world. The resulting twangy taste is something that I imagine mid 18th century England to taste like.

But like any well built porter, the dark ale pours with a bark-brown color that's basically opaque from the sheer darkness and suspended yeast. Capped by a stubborn rocky head of sand stained hues, the foam character is long lasting and laces the glass with impressive intricate patterns.

Chocolaty aromas are a blend of cocoa, heavy cream, and dark roasted coffee. Walnut and esters create a fortified heartiness and berry-like vinous complexity. With its medium intensity, the scent suggests authentic British character.

Flavors follow suit with the taste of bittersweet chocolate, burnt toffee sweetness, French press coffee, roasted walnuts, and starchy malt that's fairly characteristic of those English porters. But the tangy fruitiness that commonly stems from the yeast's esters fairly early on. But the taste of under ripened berries, white grapes, and apples turn to the lightly musty sharpness of dried fruit, red wines, and oak. The flavors certainly favor the more acidic tartness of fruit later rather than early.

Medium throughout, the beer's early carbonation creates a lighter effect despite a mouthfeel of creaminess. As the carbonation recedes, it takes with it the richer malt complexes and leaves a tart fruit acidity and light astringency to balance the light residual sweetness from toffee, chocolate, and roast. The beer finishes warm, malty-dry, and winy tart.

The flavors and how they attach to the palate reminds me of those English cask porters that are a blend of fresher chocolaty versions and older musty vinous ones. It's a fantastic porter that dares to explore the rustic taste of years gone by instead of denying in fear.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a nice thick off-brown color head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of funky yeast with light sour notes mix in with some roasted malt. Taste is a quite complex mix between some roasted malt with some sour notes and some funky yeast notes. Body is not too full with super great carbonation. Nothing close to a standard porter but a very nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black body with billowing tan foam, surface ripples with uneven peaks. Ring of drippy lace forms from the top down, sticking to the insides of the glass.

Damp wood aroma, wet leaves, the yeast lends a rustic touch, but is restrained enough that it compliments the roasted malt of the porter that is equally aromatic.

Deep roasty malt character, lingering bitterness in the dry finish. Medium bodied with a slight acidity. Woody and smooth, restrained wildness, and an overall pleasant character. A dry roasty porter with a hint of rustic funk on the periphery. Well balanced, and an interesting concept.

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Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with a half finger of light tan head and some good lacing.

Smell: Slightly acidic and vinegary. Hint of red wine and mild roast.

Taste: Less sour than the smell. Hints of wine again, tart fruit, roast is in the background.

Mouthfeel: The body is think with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A bit weird. The flavors work for me, but I think something was missing. Don't know that I would have it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Drie Fonteinen in September. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with a good tan head and nice lacing. The nose brings faint roast and a bit of chocolate plus some nice sourness. Flavor falls along the same lines; pretty good blend of the two components. Medium body and a dry, slightly-sour finish. Pretty good brew.

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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 jlindros
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Ebenezers

Creamy darker colored head that looks like a yeast pellicle, rises to 1 finger that fades slowly with huge layered lacing, no real light coming through, almost pitch black

Nose light wild and funk, dry malts, light chocolate malt, black patent chalky like roasted aroma, bit of dark chocolate.

Taste creamy dark malts, light biscuit and dark choc, light tart taste, hint of tart cherry, light chalky roasted like black patent malt, cocoa powder, hint of raisin. Finish is dry with long tart cherry and chocolate dark malt flavor.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, slightly creamy, decent carb.

Overall interesting, but not quite what I expected. The tartness and cherry fruit flavors are nice, but the chalky black patent like roasted malts put a dent in most of the flavors to keep it from being too good of a beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

I've been seeing "sour porters" on menus a lot lately, and I believe this will have been the first one I've tried...though I could be wrong. It was interesting; sort of a mix between a porter and a lambic.

Poured into a tulip glass, a nice dark black-brown with a finger of creamy beige head that dwindled down to a ringlet, leaving lots of attractive, foamy lace behind. A little swirl of the glass would stir up a little whorl of bubbles on the top. Aroma of roasted malts and mild chocolate, yeast, and notes of citrus with a touch of funk. Taste started out like a typical porter: roasty, malty, touch of chocolate. The mouthfeel was much lighter though, and within a second or two it was obvious that something else was going on: tart cherries, lemon peel, and Belgian yeast obviously coming into play, and a bit of funk as implied in the aroma. But balanced... It wasn't like "Ooh a porter!, I can has malts!" then you take a sip and pucker your lips in revulsion. While the balance was there, I still felt this was a bit weak overall, thin and not as full-bodied as it seemed it should have been. Still mighty good though.

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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 smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a very large 4+ finger beige head. Leaves chunks of lumpy lace on the glass. The liquid is deep, dark brown where no light passes.

Chalky, dark chocolate with a touch of sour cherry to the nose.

Starts like a dark brown ale. A combination of sourness and darker, nearly burnt malt. Short aftertaste. Thinnish body with a higher level of carbonation.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this interesting and obscure tick, Mark.

A: The beer pours almost black in color with a finger or so of off-white head.

S: A mild roasted malt note followed by lemon peel. A little bit of grass and just a touch of metal. A very mild oak aroma is also there. Not the most fragrant beer, I must say.

T: The flavor is also sort of simple. There is some roasted malt as well as a mild sweetness to balance the roast and acidity. Light lemon and lactic tartness with hints of chocolate.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Interesting beer. Not really bold in any sense, but I liked it for what it was.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Shy of black. Big khaki head. Thick collar. Nice wisps.

Smell - Dark chocolate. Some acidic notes. Hefty roasted malts. Slight acidic aroma. Brett, maybe?

Taste - Way more acidic here. Whoa. Grain and lemon acidity. Deep roast. Finishes roasty. Nice chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel - Lots of carbonation. Overcarbonated. Medium body.

Overall - Definitely not your ordinary Drie Fonteinen beer. Clean combination of sour and roast, though, which isn't a common attribute.

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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 vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
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 johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +5%
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 RblWthACoz
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So this is a porter with wild yeast? Looks like a porter. Tastes like a sour porter. Or as some obnoxious jackass I recently had the distinct pleasure of crossing paths with, since it's using wild yeasts, it's infected! Mildly sour thing, really. Nothing too crazy. A pleasant drinker, but nothing overly memorable. I'm always open to trying something from this brewery, but wouldn't return to this one I think.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bryna for picking this up in Brussels. Served in a FoBAB taster pint.

A - Big dark tan foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few spots of lace. Very dark brown body with some transparent glints at the fringe.

S - A mix of chocolate malt, funk and light farm character, smoke, grain, some light acidity and tart cherries. Gets weirder as it warms up, and not in a good way.

T - Mostly dark chocolate, smoke, and some light sourness and acidity. Aftertaste is odd, and a bit off-putting after a while.

M - Zesty carbonation, roasty texture, medium-light body, and a dry tannic finish. Mildly astringent. Alcohol is well-hidden.

D - This started out alright, but got worse as time went out. I'm not certain this is a very successful experiment. I think I preferred Southampton Vic for similar approach to making an "infected" porter. I had no problem with 4-6oz of this, and it went down fairly quickly, but it's a very strange beer and definitely isn't for everyone.

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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 drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a stubby bottle into a Drie Fonteinen wine glass. Beer is black / dark brown, hazy at the corners, big tan head, heavily carbonated, decent retention.

Aroma is sweet, roasty, and funky with this almost metallic sense to it.

Beer is medium to light in body, roasty bitter at the end, thin up front fills out quickly. The midpalate is a chalky, funky, yeasty, metallic mildly offputting flavor that sort of burns and bothers me. Not a repeat but interesting none the less.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a nice two finger light brown head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, light sweet and sour dark fruit; porter meets Belgain double. Flavor starts with semi-sweet toasted malt, Belgian yeast, hints of cocoa, then quickly develops a more sour dark malt, finishing tart and somewhat vinous with a light metallic flavor. Medium bodied with fresh active carbonation. An interesting and unusually flavored dark malt beer, smelling and beginning like a porter, but quickly showing its wild yeast and light Belgian character. In a blind taste, I might suspect a compromised porter or stout, except in this case the finishing sourness is intentional. Taken from that perspective, an interesting and well made dark ale that works well. I'm not expecting the the tart finish and this style does not appeal to me as much as a traditional porter. Sour fans who also enjoy dark malt should take this for a spin. Interesting but not my style.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
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 DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A porter with lambic yeast? That'll catch my interest. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Black like ink with a good sized head and stringy lace. Big mocha aromas make up much of the nose; so far it smells like a "normal" porter. That changes in the taste; you guessed it, it's a sour porter. Mocha and cocoa notes are subtle, though the tartness is still mild. Still, fairly smooth and not very acidic. While it's not a world-beater, it does show that there's more to Drie Fonteinen than simply lambic.

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