MelvinKalksma (875) - 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 (1276) - 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 (2778) - 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 (4753) - 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 hřjt, fluffy skum som varer til bunns. Syrlig aroma med rřde bćr og svisker. Saftig, fyldig og myk smak av samme, med dessertsjokolade i tillegg. Deilig, bćrsyrlig ettersmak.
Brigadier (3525) - 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.
PietS (157) - Bergen op Zoom, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice combination of the darker roasted/chocolate aromas and the fruity sweet-sourness of the yeast. Even though it is a dark beer, I found it quite refreshing and easy to drink. If you like your beers a bit sour, you should definitely try this one.
Claves77 (232) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep, dark color, caramel color head. Roast smell with hint of something else. Robust, complex flavor, bit of coffee, with a sourness. Pleasing palate, smooth and lasting.
Fules (733) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUL 21, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Monumentális, a végtelenségig tartó, tömör, kávébarna hab, fekete szín. Feketecsokis, kakaós, kissé konyakos illat. Feketecsokis, pörkölt malátás, kissé kakaóporos ízvilág, enyhe hordós, vörösboros aromával. Közepesen testes, enyhe szénsavtartalommal és keserűvel. Jól kiegyensúlyozott, nagyon finom sör.
probstblueribbon (3701) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl beer via Craig (thanks!), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Very deep brown with some mahogany highlights and a fair mocha head.
Aroma: Rich milk chocolate, with some tart cherries behind that, a little funk, definitely a sour note, sort of a creamy/dairy note, nice.
Palate: Medium body, very creamy carbonation.
Flav.: Milk chocolate and tart cherries, some sweeter cherry as well, some straight-up dark-roasted malt, a bit more porter-like than the nose in terms of malt; dry with very light tartness and a milk chocolate, roasted malt and cherry finish.
tricksta_p (3374) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Aroma is dark malt, bretty funk, ripe dark fruits, yeast, berries, touch of dark chocolate and coffee. Flavour is light sweet with a hint of sour and a light bitter finish. Body is medium. Nice Belgian ’Wild Porter’, could use a little more body, interesting beer.