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3 Fonteinen
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Ale
Beersel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - APR 1, 2008
(3/10/08) On tap at Drie Fonteinen restaurant in Beersel. Slightly hazy golden with a big but rather quickly-diminishing white head. Aroma of yeast, spices and some fruits. Sweetish flavor with a bit of malt, some yeast, a bit of spices, some banana and apple. Medium-bodied. A bit boring but ok, a typical Belgian Blond.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerre (2782) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle, 33 cl. Retasted yesterday. Light hazy orange-amber color with a creamy head and good lacing. Aroma bit citrus, fruity notes, yeast, malts. Medium body. Taste yeast, malts, little sweet, dry end, bitterness. Nice brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3840) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle: Poured a murky blonde with a bubbly white head. The aroma is a soapy fruit with yeast and spice. Taste is a nice orange peel with fruit, there is suttle spices that warm the tongue. Finish is almost like a weizen with yeast.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2007
Draught @ 9th Belgian Beer Weekend, Brussels. Clear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate yeasty, fruit, light hoppy, citrus, grapefruit. Flavor is moderate sweet and light acidic with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Refreesing and sharp. (020907)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2007
on draught @ Brussels 9th Belgian Beer weekend. pours clear golden with whtie head. nose is nicely hopped with subtle spice and grains. flavor is same, clean, smooth, and refreshing. a very sessionable beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeinDahlem (1362) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2007
Golden beer with a big white head. Looks nice. Smells sweet, like vanilla, honey, caramel. Flavor is very sweet. Lightly dry finish with a touch of alcohol. Pretty lively carbonation. Tasty in a simple way, no major flaws, but not very interesting. People who don’t mind sweeter beers may get much more out of it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2007
(33cl bottle, cap stamped 10/06/06) Creamy, medium beige head atop murky apple juice body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, apple, some tartness, cotton candy, light honey, spice. Taste is moderately sweet, apple/pear, some honey, candi sugar, light alcohol/spice. Medium body, light effervescence.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 Bottle @ Brugs Beertje, Brugge. Tiny beige head over an unclear, well carbonatied copper colored body. A soft and inviting sweetness in the aroma; both malts and fruit, added with hints of marzipan, wood and yeast. Taste is very well rounded. A good malt base combined with gentle, mild hops and semi-dry fruits. Supersmooth mouthfeel. Nice!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (14001) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 11, 2007
Bottle, 7%. Bready aroma with a little phenolic clove. Hazy golden colour. Big, stable, creamy white head. The flavour is mostly of clove, with some CO2. Quite peppery aftertaste. Distinct, uncompromising bitterness. On the brink of getting plastic/band aid phenols. A bit like a stronger Hefeweizen.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2007
330mL bottle, 2006, at O’Briens on 3/23/07
Clumps of white head sit about above the liquid, while the main part of the head fades steadily to cover, leaving light lacing behind. Copper-peach body is not exactly blonde, nor is it completely clear, despite trying to leave the yeast behind.
Fresh Belgian yeast esters are very seemlessly integrated in to doughy pils malt, giving a creamy vanilla aroma laden with very light nectarines and peaches. Unfortunately, some apple-like flavors (acetyldehyde) seem to be lurking in the shadows and there are very little, if any, notes of hoppiness. Perhaps some nuttiness and very light dry grassiness, but only a touch of aromatics at best. Creamy, whitebread-like doughiness and bland yeast effects all dampen the mood, and there’s an underlying vegetal nature, albeit very subtle. Reminds me a lot of Panil Ambre, though this one has more light malt notes of honey and some straw crispness (though it’s very passing). Medium to medium-low strength of aroma, no alcohol noted.
Dough notes and sweet adjunct sugars give a very weak flavor with somewhat loose carbonation creating a very wet feel on the palate. Ample enough maltiness, probably too much of it actually, contains honey and cream flavors that initially satisfy, but never really go anywhere and combine with a bland yeast note to end somewhat nutty and vacant. What could be either soggy, old hop notes or slightly vegetal DMS notes, lay underneath. Lots of vanillin, but it almost seems like a lagering flaw, as opposed to a pure malt flavor. Not as flawed as Panil ambre and with stronger malt character, but the yeast is pretty unenjoyable and the beer is completely devoid of real character (and crispness).


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