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Spontanframboos - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 17
Gots: 46 | FT: 4
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: pixieskid on 05-02-2011

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz green capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out a very deep reddish pink color, pretty much opaque, a nice white, light pink colored head quickly fades to a ring. Lace is real quick to fall back into the beer.

Fresh raspberries blends with a nice rotted wood, lactic funk character

Again, sugary raspberries, raspberry seeds, lemon citrus acidity, some horsey Brett and a touch of lactic funk, maybe even a touch of wine.

Light bodied with a pretty good bright sourness that lingers on the palate.

A really nice framboise, maybe not quite as complex as some of the bigger lambic makers, but still a nice treat. Look forward to trying the other versions.

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. If this is how I get raspberries in January, so be it.

This beer pours a dark, hazy cherry amber hue, with two fingers of thinly foamy pale pink head, which leaves a low wall of island profile lace around the glass as it evenly abates.

It smells of tart raspberry fruit pie, further vinegary acidic notes, yeasty dry white wine, and a stripped-down earthiness, potentially of the hop order. The taste is sour, acerbic cherry, lemon, and raspberry essence, the fruity, inherent sugary character more or less neutered to the near-hilt, a reserved, pale grainy maltiness, some middling Belgian yeast, further lime-focused citric notes, more in-progress, strained white and red white character, and a touch of herbal, leafy hops. The alcohol does well to keep its head mostly down through it all.

The bubbles are prominent enough, I suppose, in that I can detect them to a certain degree beyond the overbearing tartness of this whole deal, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, other than the lingering sour fruity notes, which have a habit of mucking up things like this. It finishes still off-dry, just enough of the underappreciated malt able to put up its meager flag in an otherwise tart and bitter fruit-friendly environment.

Not too shabby of a fruit lambic - the pungent tartness is there, no doubt, but it also has the good grace to allow the malt and other fruit characteristics some lesser airtime. A mid-level example of the style, when you're thinking of stepping up your game beyond the introductory, sugar-heavy players.

Photo of twowheelssoar
1.5/5  rDev -63%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Overwhelming band-aid smell and flavor. Had to pour it.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Good, but very barn yard funky upfront. Lots of funk in the nose too. Finished with a hint of sweet berrys.

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (proper!). Poured a deep dark ruby red with a one finger light pink head that remained throughout the glass. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, fruit, raspberry, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, raspberry, fruit, and very subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Upon taking the first smell on this one I was quite excited as it really reminded me of Rose de Gambrinus minus the usual Cantillon funk. It was also quite a nice looking brew as well. The flavor however had a earthy note to it that cut into some of the sweetness which definitely hurt it slightly for me. I really wish that would not have been the case as besides that this was a really good brew that could have received very high marks from me. Haven’t had it before? What the Hell are you waiting for?

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thomas for sharing this one!

Served in a goblet, it's a dark crimson red with white foam that has the faintest pink tint to it. Spotty lacing and a delicate arc or two forms on the opposite side of the glass.

Aroma is subdued raspberry with moderate acidity.

Puckering raspberry acidity with a seedy dry finish. Juicy and fruity, though I'm told not quite as sour as the latest batch on draft. Light to medium bodied, easy to drink. Overall it's pretty good, not as wild or funky as I'd hoped, but it seems to be a good stand in substitute for scarcer traditional framboise lambic.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a cloudy reddish/purple color with about an inch and a half light pink head. Head retention and lacing are both good enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like tart and sweet (mostly tart) raspberries, oak and funk. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some lemon and a little bit of grape and vanilla. Lots of tartness in this one! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good fruit lambic, I'd like to try this one again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a nice large pink color head with good retention with some light lacing. Aroma of sour raspberry notes with some tart notes. Taste is also dominated by some tart raspberry notes with some acidic notes and some light funky notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. A tad too acidic for my taste and missing some funky barnyard notes but still plenty satisfying.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear rust tinged red color with a quickly fading, effervescent head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of tart raspberries along with some funk.

Tastes of the tart fruits with the underlying funk. Tart raspberries lead off with sour apples and lime notes as well. Some bubble gum like notes come through in the middle. Yeast funk adds in towards the end. Finishes fairly clean with a little earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and well done.

Photo of mtomlins
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish-brown with a faintly red head, short and fizzy, falling without much lacing; hazy. The nose is powerful and delicious, big, ripe raspberries, jammy with some tart notes in the background. On the palate, the fruit is much drier and the sour and acid comes through nicely with a nice, yet subtle, dose of funk as well as some spicey, peppery notes. Clean and refreshing. A really tasty brew.

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale red in color. It poured with a thin pink colored head that hardly died down.
S: Strong aromas of funk are present in the nose that are like smelling salts to your nostrils.
T: Like the smell, the taste is both sour and funky and has notes of raspberries without any associated sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very bold amount of funk; the nose is akin to a gueuze. I liked this one because the fruit made the taste a little more palatable but wasn't sweet.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gusher alert! Poured (hastily) into a tall La Fin Du Monde snifter. The beer is a delightful murky red color with a bright, festive-looking pink head. Quick dissipation on the head. The nose is musty and has notes of wet grass and earthy, minty raspberries.

Medium body and a good feel brought on by a nice level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very lively and welcoming without washing out the flavors. Flavor-wise, the beer is like Hawaiian Punch on the front of the palate for a split second, then BAM - you're on the express train to pucker town. Big intense sour notes of acidic fruitiness blast at your palate. It's like ripe cherries, plump raspberries, and juicy white grapes all swirling in the juice of a raw lemon. I'm loving this. I should also point out that the sourness does not fade away quickly. This beer has a really nice lingering finish.

This beer is a bit pricey at $12, but if you're trying to explore sours, sooner or later you have to plunk down more money than you'd like. I'm glad I tried this one. It was a very educational pour. I wouldn't advise this to someone new to sours. In fact, I might come back to it someday after I've had a few others.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from my To Øl chalice,

A - Pours a cloudy rich red/pink colour with a pink head that surprisingly retains well and laces.

S - Rasberries and sour funk and plenty of it. Maybe a littel earthy.

T - Uo front some sour notes before the fruit kicks in. The rasberries are very prominent and the finish in long and sour. Excellent

M - Light to medium body with light to medium carbonation.

O - This ranks right up there with the LP Framb IMO. The balnace between sour and fruit are very impressive. Recommended

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap. Wine glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Dark pink color, chill haze appearance. Pinky froth creates a copious, rocky & lasting crown. Aromas of toasted malts, molasses & fresh acidic/sour berries. Gentle malty upfront overwhelmed by strong acidic touch. Light body. Moderate to low carbonation. Oily texture. Tartaric/acidic apples & pears in the middle. Low sugary & fruity finish lingers into the aftertaste. Worth to try !!

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy ruby red color with a small layer of off white head that fades away quickly. The color is quite nice. The nose is full of raspberries with some lambic funk and a strong oak presence. The flavor follows from the smell, but the raspberry fades towards the end of the sip leaving you with oak and a lemony tartness. The mouthfeel is on the thick side with lots of smooth carbonation and an extremely dry finish. This is a very nice lambic. My only complaint is that the fruit goes away a bit too quickly.

Photo of liamt07
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Jason, 375ml into a tulip.

Pinkish red body, rose head with light lacing and a ring of retention. Nose has sour new tennis balls, raspberries/berries, chlorophenol and general funk. Tastes has raspberries, strawberries, tennis balls, with a sour and fruity finish. Medium feel, high carbonation. Better as it warms.

Photo of cbutova
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chico1985, thanks as always! Reviewed from notes.

A- Pink red pour to a small Allagash tulip-esque glass. Foamy white head with retention similar to other sours, fizzes out fairly quickly. Nice pillow and ring leaving spotty lace.

S- Sour raspberries up front with a fresh feeling to them. Not much funk but the aroma leads you to believe this will be pretty sour and have nice fruit flavors.

T- Similar to the aroma with fresh sour raspberries making up most of the flavor. Other things that come to mind include notes of lemon sourness, oak, wine and slight barnyard. Has a vinous bitterness to it all.

MF- Foamy dry soured body. Fairly high bubbly carbonated feel and the sour level is high but not burning, just right.

Didn't really have any expectations for this one and it was a pleasant sour. Good fresh raspberry flavors with a nice authentic sourness.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%

A: poured from a 375 ml bottle into a pint glass, very red brown colored with a short pink head that dissipates leaving some lacing, hazy

S: tart raspberry, very wine like, lots of woody funky smells

T: sour raspberry and bitter oak tannins, red wine, nice noble like bitter hops

M: medium to full with higher carbonation

O: an absolutely excellent fruit lambic, very sour, very oaky

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and cloudy ruby red pour with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Strong sour smell of raspberries and the taste follows with a really nice sour flavor upfront. In addition to the raspberry flavor, there’s also some dark cherry notes. Very juicy flavor and finishes with a nice lingering tartness.

Photo of rarbring
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear reddish brew with a pink fizzy head leaving little lacing and small curtains.

The smell is faintly acid, some fruit nuances.

Starting with fructose, the red fruits, probably raspberries, apple vinegar, lemon acid.

High carbonation, foamy small bubbles, a fresh and dry acid finish.

A good sour beer, lack some brett vibes though.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky ruby red in color with some amber highlights and minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall creamy pinkish white head that redues to a mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of funkiness along with moderate aromas of tartness, raspberry, and just a hint of oak.

T: This beer is not sweet like many of the others in the fruit lambic style which I really appreciate, there is a light to moderate amount of raspberry with pretty strong flavors of tartness and funkiness. There are some light notes of oak and hints of vanilla as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Some moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: I love how the tart funkiness in the aroma of this beer continues to intensify as the beer warms. I really enjoy the fact that this one is not sweet and has no natural or artificial sweeteners added. This one is kind of intense, similar to a gueze, so if you do not like those you might want to avoid this one. I really enjoyed this one and look forward to trying some of it's sibling offerings.

Photo of PerHops
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Excellent looking beer. Great color in the body and the head. Excellent lacing. Just looks like the perfect desert beer!

S- Woah, lots of rasbperries! My mouth waters from the tart raspberries just from smelling this one! A little bit of funk and earth, but this one is all about the fruit!

T- Tart raspberries. Perfect play on sweet and sour. Maybe one dimensional, but so good it's forgivable.

M- Just enough carbonation to keep up with the flavor.

O- I have had better framboise, but I have to look a lot harder to find them.

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at KnB wines for $14.99 and served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewer (who's my favourite in the world), but the other beers in this series have been a bit mundane.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger light pink head of good cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Smooth rolling foam throughout. Quite luscious and appealing. Body colour is a grape vibrant dark red. Non-opaque. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy fruit tart and sugary raspberry notes. Some cherry. Very fruity indeed. Lambicus yeast. Bacteria. White wine. Berry. Pleasant and intriguing, but somewhat artificial. Overly sugary. Fairly strong. No alcohol comes through.

T: Fresh evocative berry, a bit of bacteria, heavy tart character, clean pale malts, sourness, lambic yeast. Tart sourness is most evocative right on the finish. She's tasty. A bit of white wine comes through, but there's none of the acidity. I do get tart raspberry. It's bit empty in the first and early second acts, but the climax really delivers. Structurally imbalanced, but tasty. I quite like it. It's rich and packs a sour punch. More bold than subtle, but it's certainly layered and somewhat complex.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, and of near perfect thickness. Slightly creamy. Luscious and moderate on the palate. Suits the flavours nicely - mainly by staying out of the way.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. A surprise from Mikkeller - who I don't usually associate with brewing good sours. A bit pricey, yes, but comparable to the price of most decent U.S. sours. I might buy it again, but I do think that there are better more age-able sours for this price. This would likely develop with age though. It grows on me as it warms. A surprisingly refreshing and delightful beer. Any sour fan will likely enjoy this one. Hides its ABV very well.

High B

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While celebrating the raspberry fruit in all its naked glory, Mikkeller's framboise strikes a balance of all-things-funk along with more hop bitterness than I'm used to seeing. But sometimes you don't know what you need until you taste it in action.

While pouring a deep ruby color and with significant haze, the beer seems to display a few shades darker than expected because of its medium opaqueness. Firmly headed with a sandy stained foam stance, the beer laces wonderfully with broken rings and residual islands on the glass. It's a beautiful beer albeit darker than is typical for framboise.

Strong fruity, tart, and even sour aromas strike the nose with elements of obvious raspberry, but also balsamic vinegar, sherry, cider, a whiff of sea air, and musty saddle leather. Dried woods, light tobacco, red grape, and even cherry undertones complement the primary aromas and add to the complex nose of the beer.

Thirst quenching flavors of acidic fruits wash the palate with confidence and pin point precision. Limes, the brine of sea salt, pectin rich cherries, raspberries, and crab apples reveal the strong tartness that governs the beer's flavor. Complex alcohol and fruit notes weave together to derive impressions of sherry, port wine, red wine, and cider, but then conclude with a clean bitterness that's easily confused with sourness. It's a delicious beer that holds only a bit more raspberry sweetness that I actually prefer because it keeps the beer tasting like actual raspberries, and not dry to the point where the taste of fruit becomes generic.

Certainly light in body, the beer's supreme low pH allows the acidity to cut through the thirst and usher in a super-quick finish of sharp acidity, mild astringency, and supreme palate stripping cleanliness.

Where I have found Mikkeller beers to be ultra challenging and complex, I have also been critical on the aspects of those complexities that I have found unrefined or too challenging to my palate. I cannot say any of that here- this is an authentic tasting sour beer that deserves the stage with Hanssen's and Boon.

Photo of Chico1985
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is hazy magenta with an off-white/pinkish head, which starts at about a half-finger and retains as a mostly full cap for the duration. The scent is great, lots of tart raspberry and dirty funk.

The taste is actually better, loads of tart raspberry, red and white grape, funk, some oak. Nice mix of fruit and biting sour gueuze-like flavors, I could mistake this for a traditional Belgian lambic. The mouthfeel is noteworthy as well, nice spritzy carbonation, no sign of the ABV, and easy-drinking.

Pretty awesome, big raspberry but doesn't hold back on the sour/funky flavors.

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Spontanframboos from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.