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Spontankriek - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
82
good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pixieskid on 04-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | 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.

B

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12.22.14: Truncated impressions from a 2 year old bottle:

Aroma is of powdered sugar on cherries. Ideally sweet. Wow.

Brilliant taste. 5/10 sour intensity. Cleanly fermented. Powdered sugar and cherry dominate - just fantastic. And beautifully balanced. Wonderful. Great depth of flavour. Great tartness.

Feel is powdery, smooth, and wet. Perfectly carbonated.

Obscenely drinkable. I could down this by the growler. A must-try brew from Mikkeller. Likely his best sour. This is a real treat aged.

B+

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

3.5/4/3.5/3/3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Lare453
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aasher
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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Spontankriek from Mikkeller ApS
82 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.