Review: 3 Fonteinen Zwet.be Porter

Review of 3 Fonteinen Zwet.be Porter from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen in Beersel, Belgium

Beer Type: Porter  ABV: 7%  Tried on draught.

Their Description (translated): “Zwet.be, unusual “black” beer mixed gistingis is brewed with wheat, Maris Otter malt and cara malt. Specifically, the mixed fermentation, yeast culture on the one hand from Beersel Blond, on the other hand Lambic yeast.The Lambic brewed by Armand Debelder, a specific type of Brettanomyces was geïsolleerd. This yeast gives the beer alc to 7%. volume a slightly tart finish.”

The Reality: Ok, so the translation isn’t great, but basically it’s a porter brewed with wild yeast. It has a faint bitter chocolate scent and black color. The first thing you taste is the typical black coffee and roasted chocolate notes associated with traditional porters, but that quickly gives way to a smooth tartness that I would most associate with pineapple. It has a lighter body than I expected, great complexity and a clean finish. The aftertaste really cleans your palate and invites you to come back for more.

Final Verdict: Porter is not a traditionally Belgian style of beer, so when I saw this “Belgian Porter” on the menu, I thought I should give it a try. As usual, Belgians are better at making beer than everyone else and have created a porter with the unique twist of being brewed with wild yeast. That addition makes this beer take on whole new levels of flavor. The dry and tart notes add such depth to the finish, and cleanse the roasted bitterness away, leaving you ready for more. Just when the trend is to add sweet ingredients like vanilla, pumpkin and maple to porters, 3 Fonteinen bucked the trend with tremendous results. If they were smart they’d get Hulk Hogan as a spokesperson for this beer, because “Whatcha gonna do, when we let our porter yeast run wild on you, brother?!”… or something like that.

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