Spontanale - Mikkeller ApS
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4.65/5 rDev +22.7%
amazing, just downright awesome sour ale here, been looking forward to one day trying this for some time now. clay station hooked it up. maybe age has helped this, because its not scored real highly on here, but its drinking like a real champ. laic style sour, hazy blind but with a little pale orange in it and a short but permanent quarter inch of white bubbles that keep popping in the surface but being replace by new ones on the bottom. a wonderful nose, acidic and mouthwatering as they come, but also loaded with musty oak character and lactic tartness, as well as robust wheat malt. hard to beat this smell for me, its everything i look for in the style and nothing i don't. the flavor shows the richness and nuance of gueuze, like a blend that brings it all out, but as far as i know, this is unblended, which makes it that much more impressive. funk before sour on the palate, and its nowhere near as acidic as the nose suggests, but still puckers me up pretty good. drying mid tongue acidity, not sharp though, because the oak here is so enormous. its infused the beer with an earthen unity that carries all the way through. i am so impressed by the depth here, and all the body that i usually wish for in lambic types. it also has way more carbonation than most. short of explosive, but not by much, it remains infinitely drinkably partially due to that, but also in large part due to how darn intriguing it is. far better than so many of its variants with the fruit, which i think in some cases kill the crispness of this, kill its simplistic yet layered nature, wash out the subtleties. not here, bold and robust, but also reserved. i love everything about it, especially the long dry constantly changing finish. this is as good as any wild ale in the game.
03-22-2014 22:32:20 | More by StonedTrippin
3.69/5 rDev -2.6%
12.7oz bottle with no freshness date. Served in a wine glass.
Appearance: Pours a golden tangerine like color with one finger of a white head that dissipates to a thin collar and film coating. Body is extremely hazy.
Smell: Sour green apple, barnyard funk, lemon, wet hay, wood, light musty character
Taste: Tart green fruits, brett funk, grassy/floral hops, oak, all of which fall a bit flat in the finish. Dry finish with a very mild lingering bitterness. Sourness is on the lower end of the spectrum.
Mouthfeel: Medium/light bodied and crisp. Somewhat thin mouthfeel. Bordering on high levels of fine carbonation. ABV is hidden well.
Overall: Good beer, but pretty basic and unremarkable. If you like gueuze you'll enjoy it, but I see no reason to seek it out. Lots of cheaper, tastier and easier to find options out there. Take the money you would have spent on this and buy a Hanssens gueuze.
01-25-2014 04:34:16 | More by Jonada
3.4/5 rDev -10.3%
Served at Three Floyds Brewpub in a tulip glass
A - Golden in color, moderately hazy, poured medium white head that dissipated quickly, white ring retained throughout, slight lacing.
S - Slightly funky from the Brett on the front transitions nicely to moderate grain sweetness in the middle. Pick up moderate floral hops and lemon spiciness on the back end. Faint hints of tart pear and oakiness in the finish. Nothing is overpowering and really subtle for the most part for a sour.
T - Moderate tartness on the front end with pear, lemon and apple notes, the oak helps balance this in the middle and showcase the floral/grassy hops for a moment before the finish. Aftertaste is medium champagne grape-like sourness that is never puckering.
M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, dry finish.
O - The first two thoughts I had as I drank this was, this is a great starter sour for non-beer friends and are there champagne grapes in here? This is a well-balanced sour, but very subtle in the sourness. I enjoyed this beer, but more of a sessionable or starter sour. Your wine friends will like this beer and your beer friends will most likely be let down by this beer.
08-11-2013 21:34:43 | More by kengetty
4/5 rDev +5.5%
A: This poured a slightly hazy light gold with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like super funky oak and dank horse blanket with some unripe apricot and tart vinegar.
T: It tasted like funky oak and musty horse blanket with unripe apricot and tart vinegar. It had a clean and funky aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Lively body.
D: This was a nice gueuze with bold and complex scent and taste. The body was fitting, and the finish was surprisingly smooth. Would age well, but is already good fresh. Not for the faint of heart, but recommended for fans of the style.
08-04-2013 00:50:31 | More by Pencible
Spontanale from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.