Spontankriek - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by Bendurgin:
3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
Shared by Jake. This one pours a ruby color with a thick cap of light pink head.
The aroma is nice and tart. Hints of slightly sweet cherries with some woody notes. The pallet has oak notes with sweet cherries and some hints of pepper.
The body is light with good carbonation. Overall this one is pretty solid. Nice offering from Mikkeller.
10-12-2012 03:13:06 | More by Bendurgin
More User Reviews:
3.61/5 rDev +1.1%
375ml bottle. Aged on oak barrels, thank you Google Translate.
This beer pours a dark, hazy orangish-pink hue, with three fingers of aspirational, puffy, and loosely foamy pale pink head, which leaves a few swaths of wavecrest splatter lace around the glass as it slowly settles to par.
It smells of tart cherries, with hints of strawberries and raspberries, aged lemon juice, a mild earthy funkiness, some faint lactic notes, and somewhat bready pale malt. The taste is rather pungently acrid, sour, and punchy cherry and lemon, or rather the extracted essence thereof, with a wispy, tight funkiness, more herbal than anything, a middling pale malt backbone, a hint of astringent wood planks, and some weak, mostly cast aside earthy hops. No real evidence of the 15-proof booze.
The bubbles are surely active, and add to the tartness perception at first, before calming down, taking the tartness with it as well, the body medium-light in weight, teetering a tad on the thin side, with a halting, pithy smoothness, as in 'halt', there ain't nothing all that smooth here. It finishes mostly dry, the dulled edge of the cherries and friends still an edge.
Kind of a weak sister to the greats, this one is. At least it's not sweet, but the bracing sourness of better versions is balanced by a complex malt, yeast, and fruit interplay, something generally missing here. For the price, I'd rather go with something with a stronger, longer tie to Brussels.
07-25-2013 23:41:50 | More by biboergosum
4.08/5 rDev +14.3%
Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute (proper!). Poured a bright ruby red with a one finger slightly pink head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, tart cherry, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, cherry, fruit, funk, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I have to say that I really wish that there was a little more sweetness on the flavor in this one. While it was a pretty good brew the way it is it could have used this to take it to a whole new level. This was one of the best looking brews from Mikkeller that I have seen, so that was definitely a plus in that field. If you have not tried any of the brews from this series you owe it to yourself to get off your ass and do so. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
09-13-2012 10:47:11 | More by thagr81us
3.13/5 rDev -12.3%
12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a ruby red/purple color with about an inch pink head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The bottle was a bit of a gusher when I opened it. Aroma is sweet and tart cherries, oak, funk, and a bit of vinegar. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there's also a bitter earthy flavor noticeable. Not too sour tasting, the bitter earthy flavor seemed to overpower the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. It's not a bad beer and it's worth trying once, but I wouldn't spend $12.99 a bottle for this again.
10-12-2012 22:26:14 | More by bluejacket74
3.96/5 rDev +10.9%
Bottle: Poured a reddish color Lambic with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of tart cherry notes with light woody notes. Taste is also dominated by tart cherries notes with some woody notes and some light funky notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not as funky as some of its Belgian cousin but very well brewed with good amount of complexity and well balanced acidity level.
12-09-2013 04:14:27 | More by Phyl21ca
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
Pours a slightly hazed blood red.. pinkish head doesn't really stick around...
Funky nose... tannic cherry aromas... authentic "funk"... old socks and weird cheesiness...
Flavor is tart and musky... great fruit flavor that meshes well with the wild components... seems good... I will buy it if I can find it...
Body is a touch thick, but carbonation is about right.
Interesting.... I had high hopes for this one and was not let down.
09-04-2012 06:06:35 | More by JohnGalt1
3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
A: The beer is a very hazy red to rosé hue in color. It poured with a finger high pink head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Strong aromas of oak and funky sourness are present in the nose; only faint hints of cherries are noticeable.
T: The taste is very sour and has some hints of tart cherry flavors. The sourness is quite strong and makes your mouth pucker.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes more like a gueuze and less like a lambic because the cherry aromas and flavors are really subdued. The smell is pretty funky but not for the faint of heart.
11-22-2012 18:03:24 | More by metter98
4.29/5 rDev +20.2%
Darnk from my Cantillon Geuze glass
A - Pours a hazy red colourwith a nice Pink head that retains very well for a Lambic.
S - Plenty of funk and the cherry is distinctively present with some wood.
T - Plenty of tartness and that classic cherry vapour left in the mouth. Reminds me of a fresh LP Kriek. Some woodyness also present.
M - Light body with medium carbonation.
O - If this was Cantillon it would be considered a masterpiece. All I can hope is that Mikkeller decides to brew more Lambics like this.
09-22-2013 12:32:40 | More by eric5bellies
3.28/5 rDev -8.1%
Poured into a tulip. Huge price on this ($13 for 12.7 oz), so it better be good.
3.5 A: Little gushing going on, but I was quick enough to not lose anything. Mildly hazed deep cherry red color. Big frothy pink head. Retention is decent and a few clumps of lacing are left behind.
4.0 S: Pretty good nose on this. Smells a lot, at its base, like some of the finer Belgian krieks in its rawness. Cherry opens the nose as the most potent aroma. Vinous grape underneath. Lots of funk that is mainly limited to the musty basement variety. Dry wood, sweat socks as well. As this isn't very tart at all, this is definitely a funk forward kriek and those happen to be my favorite. Hay, dirt, and apple orchard. Light vanilla and oak.
3.0 T: While the nose gets by, and gets by well, with limited complexity, it really hurts the taste. Again this has basically no tartness or sourness, which I would have thought to be impossible when using cherries. Instead, you get a dry, dusty woodiness and musty basement funk. Moderate tannic astringency. Surprisingly little fruitiness - even the cherry doesn't stand out much. Just a lot of one-dimensional funk. Not bad, but not good either.
3.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation with a decent spritziness. Astringency lowers the smoothness a bit, but it's okay overall.
3.0 D: Pretty mundane kriek. I could have almost bought a 3F Golden Blend for the same price. Mikkeller once again proves me to be an idiot for giving there mega-priced beers another chance.
11-11-2012 02:21:05 | More by DavoleBomb
Spontankriek from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.