mecafilo (210) - Perugia, ITALY - OCT 1, 2016
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Elfo’s Pub, Perugia, Italy. Pours with a black colour, small diminishing tan head. Aroma is medium malty, with notes of roasted malts and coffee; also some yeast, as in a lambic; good, but not very strong. Taste is medium sweet, slightly bitter, medium sour; very good. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation. A great blend of the porter and the lambic styles; it is a porter, yes, but you can drink as much as you want, as the sour side of this beer takes away the sweetness you don’t want anymore in the finish.
mateuszk (2169) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 27, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. In aroma toasted malts, banana, coffee and funky bretts notes in the back. Medium sweet from fruits, toasted with lightly tart and funky finish. Medium body, very high carbonation, roasty/sour finish.
nutjes (327) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl-fles bij Mario thuis. U: Zwart met bruine schuimkraag. G; Cacao, donker fruit, brett en een funky toets. S: Zoet, bessen, chocolade, karamel, drop en een licht zuurtje in de afdronk. M: Medium volmondig, niet sticky genoeg met medium carbonatie.
gramity (1625) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a puffy light tan head. Aroma of banana bread dough, licorice, coffee. Some funky notes buried under big doughy yeast and fruit. Lightish bodied, not slippery but creamy and alive. Tangy sourness isn’t totally expected from the aroma but a little comes in quickly to underpin the bread and mocha and it takes the overripe fruit aspect almost away. Interesting.
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b33r (860) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with medium fluffy light brown head and thick crazy lacing. Aroma and flavor have vinous, grapey notes, with strong cocoa and roasted malts. Great combination of tart and malts. Very good overall.
MelvinKalksma (1018) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, berries, dark fruit, liquorice, brettanomyces and acidity.
Opaque dark brown beer with a slight brown head.
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, dark fruit and liquorice; ends slightly dry and sour with brettanomyces and acidity.
This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. A really strange Porter thanks to the huge amount of brettanomyces. These add a lot of berry and (dark) fruit flavour, but the beer loses so much essential flavours thanks to it. When these sour touches finally lay down however, the chocolate almost manages to shine through. A decent beer all-over and a really unique one.
ctipping (1426) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 5/20/2013.
Shy of black. Big khaki head. Thick collar. Nice wisps.
Smells of dark chocolate. Some acidic notes. Hefty roasted malts. Slight acidic aroma. Brett, maybe?
Way more acidic taste. Whoa. Grain and lemon acidity. Deep roast. Finishes roasty. Nice chocolate finish.
Lots of carbonation. Overcarbonated. Medium body.
Definitely not your ordinary Drie Fonteinen beer. Clean combination of sour and roast, though, which isn’t a common attribute.
Holmen2 (2932) - NORWAY - AUG 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 11.08.16. Black. Foamy and persisten brown head and lacing. Acidic aroma and taste of berries, roasted malt, chocolate and brett. Dry.
Holmen1 (4911) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaske fra Belgisk Bryg, delt med Ovesen etter endt tapping av Holmens Kjerne 3: brunsvart med højt, fluffy skum som varer til bunns. Syrlig aroma med røde bær og svisker. Saftig, fyldig og myk smak av samme, med dessertsjokolade i tillegg. Deilig, bærsyrlig ettersmak.
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle (?)
After sitting in the cellar for long enough I broke this out during the 4th of July holidays. The hallmark of a top notch 3F beer was about as subtle as the people shooting off firecrackers and other fireworks. It would be great to try this on draft some time should I ever make a return visit to Belgium.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep carbonated base glimmers with evident bubbles and life. A yellowing ivory head hints at decaying sunbleached fragments of paper. Vinegar and funk power the aroma which is more lambic than porter by now. In particular sweat socks and yeast overwhelm any aspects of malt, coffee, or chocolate.
Flavor / Palate - Funky chocolate bleaches the tongue clean with sparkling bubbly brightness. Nuttiness then blooms in a way that defines a whole new style. If lambic porters were a thing this would be the exemplar. I might still seek out their more traditional sours but I would certainly present this to someone who thinks all dark beer is heavy and tastes like Guinness just to get a reaction. Afterwards I would finish the remaining 10 ounces.