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Spontankriek - Mikkeller ApS


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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%

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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pixieskid on 04-10-2011)
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Photo of ngeunit1


4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy reddish with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Wheat, sour cherries, lemon zest, tart green fruit, funky yeast, sourness, barnyard funk, acidity, funky yeasts.

T - Sourness, sour and black cherries, tart green fruits, lemon zest, wheat, funky barnyard flavors and yeast, acidity, lactic acid, oak, vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, funky, sour, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very tart and acidic. Nicely balanced and good kick.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 04:41:55 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of eric5bellies


4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 12:32:40 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of pixieskid


4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at La Cave a Bulles the other day. Stoked to see so many great beers coming into the shop last week!

I was surprised to see Mikkeller trying his hand at some sours...exciting.

Pours a bright and deep ruby red with a nice white head, great retention too.

Medium body, slick and oily, nice carbonation.
Strong sour cherry note upfront, nice tartness throughout.
Some funkiness, notes of hay, wood, with a lingering grapefruit note.
Finishes with a juicy dark cherry note and undertones of plum, lemon, and a lingering grapefruit bitterness.

Once again, Mikkeller doesn't disappoint. A great kriek, surprisingly strong with the alcohol only being slightly present. Looking forward to trying the Spontonale!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 10:52:25 | More by pixieskid
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 10:47:11 | More by thagr81us
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a wonderful beer. different and brilliant. it pours a pinkey red color with a bright white head nice and tall and bubbly. it has a nose of sour cherries, kind of like the new glarus belgian red, but less intense. it also smells of funky wild yeast, like something you dig out of the attic. its got a great flavor, a little sweet, but mostly sour and farmy, a touch medicinal. this is election day shit right here, no doubt. this is a left wing beer, as they go. it has a really dry feel, with a light body and hidden alcohol. cherries and yeast resonate in the finish, complex and fantastic. i wish these were given out free, i love this. nothing else like it, not quite a lambic, not quite a sour, a more than fun brew, worth the 15 bucks it cost. dying now to try the others from this series.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 04:22:16 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of DovaliHops


4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gushes upon opening. Not too bad of a gush, but lost about an inch of beer.Pours a hazy, ruby red color with a large, light pink head. Scent is funky with some obvious wild yeast and barnyard funk .Smells like a kriek for sure. Tart cherries with a nice amount of oak and some lovely funk. Taste is a little more oak forward than expected. The cherries are there, but they definitely don't shine. Good amount of vinegar and acidity. Tart cherry at the beginning of each sip, followed by musk and dust-like flavors. Definitely some funk going on in this beer. Very oaky. Good amount of tart/sour. Sour oak/cherries lingers in the middle of the tongue after each sip. Mouthfeel is quite nice and seems to suit this style. Drinkability is high. ABV well-hidden. Overall, this is a solid lambic-style beer. Not the best and a little pricey, but I would definitely buy another bottle and revisit it in a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 07:45:32 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of dgilks


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately cloudy, ruby red colour with a big but fast dissipating off-pink head. Very good.

Very earthy aroma with a good amount of classic barnyard funk. Light fruitiness with the cherry being obvious.

Tart yet well rounded with a sour, bitter cherry edge. The lactic tartness is good and the earthy undernote adds depth to the whole. Nice cherry character.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A very nice Kriek. The bugs have been well handled providing a rounded character.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 09:13:26 | More by dgilks
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 04:14:27 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip.

Appearance- Popped the cap and immediately the beer foams out. Didn't lose much though. Beautiful mahogany/pinkish color with big fluffy white head that left some lacing around the rim.

Smell- Acidic. Lemony vinegar. Tart cherries. Earthy/oaky flavors? Grass. Brett. Wicked funky. So nice.

Taste- There's a lot of layers here. Tart lemon. Weird cherry flavor. Bitter. Some rubbing alcohol. All over the boards here. The lingering flavor is good, but I can't figure out what I'm tasting.

Mouthfeel- Average "lambic" feel. Very bubbly and smooth. No boozey heat.

Overall- This is a weird beer. I'm baffled by it, but still deeply intrigued as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 04:24:31 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of larryi86


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Rudy red with a two finger pink head.

S- Horse blanket funk, some cherry pie, some oak.

T- Sour, some cherries, funky, metallic flavor that really throws the taste off. As the beer warms up the metallic taste fades and gets some oak and a touch of wine. Much better warm, went from a 2.5 chilled to a 4 at room temp.

M- Medium body, crisp.

O- Not a bad lambic, but not great. Gets a lot better as it warms. Funky, not much fruit, but nice oak and a touch of wine. Drink at room temp, do not chill! Chilled this is just a mess and I did thing about drain pouring, but as it warmed it became very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 22:50:09 | More by larryi86
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a mostly clear rosé to ruby red in color with significant amounts of very active carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a four finger tall foamy pinkish head that slowly reduces into a finger tall layer of very large bubbles covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of funkiness and sourness with moderate aromas of oak. There are some lighter aromas of sour cherries as well.

T: This beer is extremely tart with moderate flavors of sour cherries. There are moderate to heavy amounts of funkiness (almost like I expect from an aromatic cheese) and some lighter hints of oak.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Heavy amounts of acidic prickliness and hints of dryness in the finish.

O: More like a gueze than a fruit lambic because of the strength of the sourness + funkiness while the fruit flavors are very subtle. Strong funkiness to the odor makes this one less approachable, especially to novices of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 15:28:47 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of thecheapies


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Glowing magenta-red color with red-orange tones. Fizzy head wanted to climb out of the glass, but held up at three inches. Stays for awhile with carnation pink foam.

Super-tart lemon, fruit rot, wet hay, Brett-y basement funk, tart cherry, and a hint of oaky vanilla. Very brightly tart.

Very thin flavor. More tart cherry notes than in the nose. Still a push of bitter funkiness from Brettanomyces. Tastes of raspberry, lemon pith, rind mold, red currant, and floral raw mushroom. Not boasting like many fruit lambics. Not as bright. Sour, but not lingering. Short finish like a burst of sour tang that leaves the palate. Drinks with a light body. A little too much ease. Shows the fruit well. Carbonation is has a nice touch. Light fizz behind it.

Bland for the style. Missing oomph in tartness, dry pucker, body, and fruitiness. Not short on the funk.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 21:48:18 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Pencible


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear cherry red with fluffy faded pink head.
S: It smelled like funky oak and sour cherries with some very tart apple cider vinegar.
T: It tasted like very funky oak and super sour cherry, with some old horse blanket and copper. It had a clean and very funky aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of fizzy carbonation. Nice lively body.
D: This was better than strawberry, but not as good as framboos. The funk was off the hook in the scent and taste. The body was appropriate, and the finish wasn't too harsh, so it was drinkable. May improve with age. Fresh was ok but not delicious. Fun to try once.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 00:47:27 | More by Pencible
Photo of metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 18:03:24 | More by metter98
Photo of PeterIngemi


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a nice vibrant red with a touch of purple, with a finger of pinkish head, that dissapates into a nice film that remains, lead a nice lacing, carbonation bubbles are visible running up the glass, looks a touch effervescent.

S: fleshy cherry tartness, especially when the beer warms, a nice citrus/lemon sour funk aroma, a touch of musky oak, smells more rounded then the wild strawberry, smells very nice.

T: fleshy cherry skins, and then a musky oak bite in the middle, a bit of barnyard funkiness in there as well, a little dissapointing after such a nice nose, there is a bitterness to this, that is not all the pleasant or complimentary.

M: medium body Medium high creamy carbonation, there is a mouth drying bitter bite that kinda throws the whole thing of kilter a bit.

O: much like the previous two spontan series I have reviewed, the spontan ale, and the spontan wild strawberry, I am a bit dissapointed, while I do admit I set the bar a little high when it
Comes to mikkeller, I found them all to have an odd bitterness and musky flavor that I did not find pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 23:42:27 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of Bendurgin


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 03:13:06 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml green gueuze bottle purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a pink-hued cranberry juice red, with a pale pink, frothy head that settles to a persistent film and solid lace. Body is light and clean, holding pretty full carbonation. Looks pretty decent.

Nose has plenty of gueuze-like funk to it. A big plasticky Brett note, mingling pleasantly with the kriek, pithy, fruity but tart and sharp intrinsically. There's a strange spiciness to it as well, almost a cinnamon character backing it up. To be honest, I've had some others in the series, and I remember them being more intense in the funk and the acidity. So far, this seems a little weak.

Taste is certainly weak. The acidity is just not there at all, although the sour cherry character does a strong job trying to compensate. Mild crispness comes from the carbonation, but there's really quite a lack of true lambic acidity. There's also a candy sweetness coming through: perhaps the cherry provides more sugar than expected, in any case, it feels much less sophisticated than it should. At the same time, there's quite a bitterness on the back—where the acidity should be, there's quite a bite that makes it less refreshing and less drinkable.

Overall, it's a decent kriek. There's a genuinely pleasant cherry character to it, and it's certainly less of a candy-beer than, say, Lindemans Kriek or Boon Kriek. But others in the spontan- series have been really quite intense and very lambic-like. Disappointingly, this doesn't really follow suit.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 04:44:58 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 23:41:50 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Sean9689


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jacob for this extra. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours like cherry juice, off-white head, spotty lace.

S - Light cherries, sweet fruity berries, oak. The cherry notes aren't really all that detectable to me, but only because it's a kriek can I say I really smell them. It's more sweet and fruity then anything.

T - Cherry juice, oak, berries, sour/tartness. The finish is fake plastic cherry and oak, which is quite off-putting. Having this right next after LP Kriek was probably not a good idea.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A decent kriek, but the plastic/oak finish really put a damper on the beer. That said, it's not all that bad, but I'd rather just drink a 3F or Cantillon Kriek if I'm craving cherries. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 20:26:37 | More by Sean9689
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 06:06:35 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of kojevergas


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml green glass bottle (come on, Mikkel!) with standard pressure cap served into an Antwerp beer passion weekend stemglass in me friend's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood a few hours ago. I'm really excited about this one as Mikkel is my favourite brewer and I love sours. Expectations are sky high.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. 7.7%. Yeast is visible clearly in the bottom of the bottle. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Surges out of the bottle immediately upon opening. Could be overcarbonated (or built for aging, for that matter.

A: Pours a two finger pink colour head of good thickness, good cream, and decent retention considering the 7.7% ABV. Body colour is a dark pink - light red. Gorgeous. No yeast particles are visible. Nontransparent; nonopaque. No bubble show.

Sm: Cherry, brett lambicus, bacteria, wild yeast, and clean malts. Fruit is restrained but nicely tart. It could definitely use more presence. An average strength aroma, but a pleasant and appealing one.

T: Nicely tart, especially on the finish. Cherries come through, as do hints of white wine. Clean malts are thin and lack body. Interesting. It's balanced pretty well, but while subtle isn't horribly complex. There's little flavour presence, and it hurts the beer. That tartness would be magnificent if amplified. The bacterial touches are nice, but too restrained. Who knew Mikkel could be criticized for lacking boldness?

Mf: Delicately light, even fragile. Pleasantly smooth and wet, suiting the flavours nicely. It's too thin and light, however. Needs a heavier, coarser feel. Again, there's a lack of body and presence.

Dr: Quite drinkable, aided especially by how light it is. It's a good sour, but perhaps not worth its hefty price tag. I'd drink it again, but it's far from among the best sours I've had. Hides its ABV absurdly well. I quite like it. Worth a shot if you come across it. Another solid offering from Mikkeller.


Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:38:10 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Viciousknishs


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a deep cherry red with a white head.

S- lots of barnyard funk with horse blanket, blue cheese and earthy wet hay. Oaky wine barrel on the finish.

T- tart and acidic on the front end. Earthy funk in the middle with a harsh oak flavor. Hint of cherry pit on the finish.

MF- slick acidic mouthfeel with a light body. High medium carbonation.

D- ok drinkability

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 23:39:55 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of womencantsail


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A deep red pour with a small pink head. Aroma is primarily of cherry skin with a light funkiness. Most of the funk is earth, cheese, and must. A touch of oak and even some sweet grape juice. A little vinegar, too. The flavor has lots of cherry sweetness, mild tartness/vinegar, and some oak. Moderate funkiness in the form of cheese and must. Might be a little lemon peel in the background.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 20:51:26 | More by womencantsail
Photo of MasterSki


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Beer Revolution. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, topping a beautiful transparent ruby red body.

S - Funky, with some green apple skins, cherries, and a touch of blue cheese. Pretty enjoyable stuff.

T - The taste is unfortunately not as good, with wet astringent oak, a strange mineral finish, and some very underripe fruit and tart cherry skins. My wife said pennies, but I didn't find it quite the bad.

M - Well-hidden alcohol, dry texture, medium body, with moderate-to-low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

D - Started promising, but the unpleasant finish and underwhelming cherry flavor steered this off course. Probably the weakest offering in the series that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:04:26 | More by MasterSki
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine taster. The color is murky deep red. There is a nice pink fluffy one inch head.

The aroma is full of slightly tart but mostly sweet cherry.

The taste lacks a bit in cherry flavor delivery. There is a mix of lemongrass. The tartness is mild; this is crisp with very sharp carbonation.

This is decent, but it doesn't quite hit the mark when it comes to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 05:13:55 | More by andrewinski1
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Spontankriek from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.