Monday, 7 April 2008

Review: Drie Fonteinen Doesjel

Drie Fonteinen Doesjel from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
Rating: C+

Purchased at Bacchanalia in Cambridge.

Appearance: honey in color, fairly clear. Nearly no head.

Smell: aroma is reminiscent of sweet & sour sauce (slight vinegar note), tempered with aspirin. A hint of wet wood.

Taste: first sip is off-putting. i've had a gueze before and enjoyed it, but I can't say the same for this one... Sour and bitter. Eventually, sensory adaptation allows me to tease out more specific flavours. Balance of bitterness and sourness is reminiscent of grapefruit. Letting it sit on the tongue until the bitterness fades reveals a bit of green apple. This is oak aged, according to the guy at the beer store, but having a hard time picking out any distinct oak notes. A hint of Orval-like brett dryness.

Mouthfeel: slightly carbonated, fairly light mouthfeel (fermented until it's quite dry, few residual sugars thanks to Mr. Brett)

Drinkability: fairly low, I'm afraid. I find it hard to believe anyone could want a second bottle of this, I had a hard enough time finishing the one.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-07-2008 19:08:43

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