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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.

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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 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 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 Joe_
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +0.5%

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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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 Digimaika2
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Very dark coloured with a cola tinge when held up to light. Fingers worth of mocha foam dissipates quickly. Very good lacing as this recedes.

(4.25) S: Citrus rinds, root beer (herbal-like), berries, lightly roasted malt qualities (cocoa powder & dark fruits), vanilla, molasses, and a noticeable sour tinge (almost lemon-like). This is quite a diverse and unique aroma that comes together well.

(3.75) T: Lemon zest and citrus upfront that transitions into the lightly roasted malt tastes of cocoa and some dark fruit with herbal elements. The “wild” comes across more tart than sour and, similar to the aroma, I find it compliments the porter qualities well. Alcohol level is hidden well.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Sticky, chalky and slightly gritty but not in an unpleasant way.

(4.0) D: This is very good. Not something I would purchase again at the price paid but glad I tried it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a very dark brown with a creamy, tan head that slowly dies away. Head leaves lots of strings and dots of lacing.

S-Smells of a Porter but there is also some sweet berry notes along with a tangy! nearly tart yeastiness. Chocolate, chalk and roast as well.

T-The Porter elements of the beer stay in charge but the wild yeast does augment the flavor. Powdery chocolate, slightly soured cream, some char. The soft sourness seems to clash a bit with the Porter flavors.

M-Medium bodied with a creamy feel. Soft carbonation.

O-Interesng. The wild yeast works with the Porter during some sips, then during others it becomes a bit perplexing. Happy to find is one though.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Dark brown and nearly opaque. Forms a half-finger of tan head that fades quickly over average visible carbonation.

S: Acetic tart, a bit vinous, some toasted malts, and almost a savory tangy undertone. Interesting for sure.

T: Acetic tartness up front, ill-defined fruity character, and toasted malts for a beat. But then the flavors just fade away, ending a thin mineral water hardness and some residual tartness.

M: Obnoxiously thin body, carbonation sensation on the low side, and alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: Well, this smelled good. The flavors, though, were simple and bare - nothing offensive but not deep. But the mouthfeel was the biggest letdown - way too thin. Maybe not quite watery, but borderline. Not at all what I expect from a porter. It wasn't a drain pour or anything, but I won't be having another. Quite disappointing from this brewery.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours deep brown with a finger of fluffy light brown head. The head slowly faded into a fuzzy and lasting film, and thick streaks of lacing were left down the glass.
S: Predominately I get notes of roasted malt on the nose, with hints of lambic yeast, bubblegum, and vanilla.
T: My first impression is the flavor is very metallic. I get notes of roasted malt, mild chocolate, vanilla, and slight berry acidity. The lambic yeast adds an interesting fruitiness to the beer, and a very slight tartness as well. The finish is lightly sweet with a hint of spice as well, and the aftertaste is roasted with a touch of smoke and ash lingers long after the swallow. There’s a hint of sweet cherry juice in there as well.
M: Very fluffy carbonation that froths up on my palate. Medium body, fluffy and airy mouthfeel.
O: A very interesting beer, and I enjoyed it, but it’s probably something wouldn’t seek out again. The flavors of the porter are light and clean, and the lambic yeast adds an interesting complexity. Overall though, it’s pretty straight forward.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black ale with a finger of tan foamy bubbles

S: hints of sour berry, muted cocoa, some husky, dankness, mild suggestions of cold espresso

T: sour and tart forward - dark and tart; had a grainy character, suggestions of citrus pith and herb in the dry roasted malt; funky and spunky

M: smooth but with prickle of tartness and the fizzing hum of the carbonation; drying on the finish; drinks crisp - even warmed considerably it stayed lively

O: porter fans oughtta check it out, but be braced for the wild ale tartness - it isn't overwhelming or anything, but it was omnipresent in my drink. Wild ale fans, 'specially if you like Midnight Brett or other black/dark ale-sour/wild hybrids - oughtta check it out, too. I'm neither a big porter nor wild ale drinker, but this was one of those beers that kinda defied style boundaries, and taken as a singular entity/entry into the world of beer, it was quite good. The porter base was very mellow and supportive, while the yeasts kept every sip very alive and bright with a dusky tartness.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-05-30 in Lancaster, PA at Hunger 'N Thirst (from tasting notes)

A - Opaque dark brown with a short tan head.

S - Mild chocolate and roasted grain (food odors were present)

T - Medium roasted grain with some char, some tartness, light chocolate with a balanced, bitter finish. Very nice.

M - Light-medium body and light carbonation. Pretty dry.

O - Very good example of an English Porter.

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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 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 portia99
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle (BBD 02/10/16) poured into a St Bernardus chalice. Sounds like an unusual beer, so grabbed this on a flyer and brewery reputation.

A - Pours a dark brown color with little light transmittance, a bit reddish in tint where light does manage to pass thru. A thin finger of tannish light brown head that is a bit frothy lingers briefly before falling to the surface to leave a rough coating of foamy collar and uneven streaks of lacing on the glass.

S - A bit roasty at the base with distinctly tart notes. A bit of chocolate, earthy/dirtlike notes, no real hoppy character to be found. Surprisingly sublte.

T - Similar to the aroma. Earthy, dirt-like at the base, mildly roasty and chocolatey. Tartness sits on top and tastes "intentional". I was half expecting this to taste like many beers that seem to have been soured by accident with the brewery still releasing it as a "wild" version instead of dumping the bad batch. This retains the base porter-y character but with an additional layer of sourness on top. Still, I wouldn't say that this combination necessarily works well for me, but it isn't offensive. Chocolate lingers past the swallow and gives a drying sensation.

M - Dry, almost chalky texture. Lightish carbonation in a slightly less than medium body. Overall, not really sour but has a sour touch to it.

O - Interesting beer, but not one that I am going to be looking for again. Would I have it again if presented to me...sure, but I wouldn't seek it out. Odd blend of styles/flavors that just doesn't suit my taste buds incredibly well. Glad to try it, but didn't blow me away.

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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 fourstringer
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately aggressive hand. Cap is stamped, "B.B.D. 02/10/16.

A: Very dark brown body. Almost opaque. Thin tan head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Lactate tartness. Roasted malt. Cherry and citric acidity. Lighter cacao and coffee. There is a certain nuttiness and a bit of a vinous quality.

T: Lightly tart, chocolately malt notes open. Blooms into a more pronounced, but restrained, sour. Things shift a bit towards a cacao/coffee-type bitterness before finishing semi-dry. A roasted malt tartness lingers. Slight alcohol presence. A touch of musty earth is noted when pausing a bit between sips.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Overall, feels a bit lighter than I expected with a crisper mouth feel.

O: A nice juxtaposition of a porter's roasted maltiness and the subdued tartness of a dialed-back Flanders red. Well integrated, if not quite as complex as I had hoped given the glory of 3F's supreme oude geuze.


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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared by schen9303. 12oz. bottle into 3F stemware.

Pours a rich 1 finger light mocha colored head with good retention. Lacing is thick, layered and spotty with excellent cling. Beer is a dark, almost opaque brown. Very good.

Nose is brownie, brown sugar, liquorice, yeast, and baker's chocolate. Sweet and pretty mellow and smooth.

Opens sweet and tart. Chocolate, liquorice and yeast. Lightly tart towards the end with a sweet kick of brownie and cocoa. Aftertaste is a touch metallic. A weird flavor overall but its solid as it warms.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth with a bit of bite in the mouth and goes down silky. Accented finish with a mellow, filmy aftertaste. Good for the style.

I'm not a huge fan of the English porter style but this is a decent offering that really grows on you over time. Worth trying as kind of the ugly stepchild of the 3F lineup.

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Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy very dark brown with two fingers thick of dense light brown foam. Sheet of delicate lace halfway down the glass. Smell: toasted brown bread, black cherries, toffee, mild earthiness. Taste: brown sugar, raisin toast, cola, cherry, not quite tart -- grain twang. Medium bodied, very fine, creamy carbonation.

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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 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 spoony
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a stubby 330 ml bottle (best by October 2, 2016 on the cap) into a snifter.

A-The pour produces very little head and the tan foam fades immediately into a collar. The head leaves sporadic bits of lace on the glass. The beer is dark, dark brown with a bit of light getting through on the edges. It has a slight sheen on the top.

S-The aroma is an interesting mixture of cocoa, milk chocolate, and roasted grain, on the one hand, and a vinous, slightly tart grape scent, on the other hand. The smell is not funky, but there is a subtle mustiness.

T-The taste is very mild and it lacks much of the cocoa/roast flavors from the smell. There is still a bit of toasted and roasted maltiness competing with a vinous, berry-like fruit flavor, but neither flavor group really stands out until the beer nears room temperature, at which point the grape/berry flavors come on a bit stronger.

M-The carbonation is fine and slightly above average in volume and aggressiveness. After the opening rush of bubbles, the beer gives way to a lighter-than average body with a bit of wetness.

O-This beer is an odd one. I enjoyed the aroma, which was complex and interesting. The taste, however, falls a little short. The lightly tart fruit flavors are an odd mix with the more roasted/cocoa malt tastes a little disjointed. I also think the body is a bit thin thanks to the higher levels of carbonation. Interesting, for sure, but probably not something I need to try again.

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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 brianmandell
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The bottle shop got this in yesterday and I couldn't resist a try. Claims to be unusual. It is. Pours black with a thick tan head that leaves a coating of lacing down the glass, much like a Guinness Draught. The aroma contains chocolate, sweet malt, faint fruits and sourness. Similar taste with some bright fruitiness, a building, sour lactic backbone and a long bitter sour raisiny finish. The sourness is mild. The mouthfeel is thin but slightly creamy due to the head - again, like a Guinness Draught. This is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer. Tastes more like a porter with some sourness rather than a wild ale. Enjoyable. A bit expensive, but a worthwhile experience. Wouldn't mind drinking it again but not in a rush to buy more.

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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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