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Spontankriek - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

mrfrancis, Jun 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

BrownAleMale, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

mpayne5, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

logicerror, May 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

TonyTalon, May 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

atone315, May 11, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

lacqueredmouse, May 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

anhigdon, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

tsauce2, May 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

bsinger45, Apr 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Googs, Apr 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

MSandahl23, Apr 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

TallSaint, Apr 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Hultkrantz, Mar 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Trilogy31, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

ngeunit1, Feb 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

popery, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

tswater, Feb 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Haybeerman, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of andrewinski1
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

andrewinski1, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Seanniek91
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Seanniek91, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

st9647v3, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

xdefeatsy, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of sirtomtom
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a beautiful ruby red color, with a thin white head

S: A nice sour funk to this. A bit of, for lack of a better word, socks. However it was fairly pleasant overall.

T: This is where it went awry. I could only drink the beer by itself. No food, no other beers, anything. Anything else brought out a horrible metallic flavor. Wrecked the beer. Aside from that, none of the cherries came out at all. There could have been red food coloring in the beer for all I could taste. The goods were that it had a nice sour tartness to it that paired well with the body of the beer. The barrel aging works for it, helps mellow out the sourness.

M: Great mouth feel. Nice medium body to it, expectant of a fruit lambic.

O: Overall the beer could have been better. The cherries should really come out more in this beer, since they put in enough to impact the color. The sourness was spot on. What really didn't work was the metallic flavor that came out when I tried to eat anything with the beer. Some extra funky yeast was in there.

sirtomtom, Jan 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

sendbeer, Dec 27, 2012
Spontankriek from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.