Zwet.Be | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
529
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
56
For Trade:
2
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Photo of tommy5
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of xtonytx
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heygeebee
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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 AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NilocRellim
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +3.4%
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 +3.9%
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 LJTate
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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 scratch69
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 breadwinner
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 epyon396
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Andrea_Netherlands
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrisroarshack
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Budlum
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 AlexFields
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdamSteve
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Zwet.Be from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
3.81 out of 5 based on 529 ratings.
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