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Spontanframboos - Mikkeller ApS


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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.05%

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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pixieskid on 05-02-2011)
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Photo of ADZA


3.09/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pretty bottle and it pours a murky guava hue with a frothy two finger head that doesn't stay for long and leaves some subtle tight sporadic lacing,the smell is raspberries,vinegar,funky feet and sour cherry,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,a touch rough and overcarbonated and I know it's raspberries but I get sour cherry and lots of it first up followed by funky white wine and vinegar finished with a über sour raspberry tartness and overall I was abit let down with this and it def needs some age on it cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 08:50:54 | More by ADZA


3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
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 !!

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 16:33:40 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of stakem


3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml green bottle shared with wishuwerebeer. Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears a hazed ruby color. A creamy pink stained head appears across the top 2 fingers strong. The cap recedes to a thin lace across the top with spotty and leggy patches of lacework on the glass.

The initial aroma of this beer is peculiar. It smells very reminiscent of pickled red beat eggs... I can't say it smells that appetizing, but I have smelled worse. The smell of this brew opens up and evolves into raspberry, very natural with a scent that is somewhat over-ripe in nature and earthy. As the glass is swirled, notes of sulfur and diaper shit come out of the glass.

The taste is lightly medicinal to herbal with lots of tangy raspberry flavor. There is a light touch of citrus included. Mikkeller hit the nail on the head with this one and got it to be quite sour, it makes your mouth salivate... or maybe my mouth is just watering because I am about to puke, I cant tell the difference at this point. Faint indications of grass, earth, sulfur, cheese and rotten raspberries all come together in the flavor of this brew to make it quite tangy. The finish is quite bitter with faint indications of cardboard.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. There is seemingly no indication of the alcohol in this brew. It is drinkable but a bit of a mess that never quite comes together to be an enjoyable brew. There are just a bunch of things about this experience that are off-putting. Worth a try? Absolutely. Something I would have again? Probably not. A 375ml bottle split between 2 people was more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 17:54:47 | More by stakem
Photo of dgilks


3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pink-orange colour with a smooth, light pink head. Decent head retention.

Funky, barnyard aroma with some lightly jammy raspberry notes. Light lemony tartness. Nice.

Tart yet light. Plenty of lemon but lacking an overall level of complexity in the form of Brettanomyces. The fruit is also a bit too much like jam.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Suitable.

A nice lambic but the overall flavour profile lacks the complexity of the best 3F and Cantillon beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 10:32:37 | More by dgilks
Photo of spoony


3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on October 25, 2012. From a bottle to a tulip.

A-I got a minor gusher on opening, but the head was manageable when I poured-two fingers-and it dropped pretty quickly. The brew was opaque and, surprise, raspberry colored.

S-Strong on the, surprise, raspberry, but also some tart green apple, and a little cereal grain. I also picked up a little grape.

T-Taste mostly follows the smell, i.e., tart raspberry is dominant with some tart apple and maybe pear. Not the most complex, but not unpleasant.

M-Crisp and drinkable with lots of carbonation and a drying finish.

O-Not a bad effort. The beer was not as complex as the best lambics out there, but the fruit flavors were genuine tasting, not artificial as can sometimes be the case with fruit lambics, IMHO. If you dig raspberries, here you go!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:24:44 | More by spoony
Photo of rarbring


3.68/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 19:42:03 | More by rarbring
Photo of kojevergas


3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 06:26:04 | More by kojevergas
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this bottle from hoppypocket for CanBIF Fall 2013. From notes.

A - Light pink pour with one finger of cloudy light red head. Good retention with a half finger, good spotty lace.

S - Some tartness, raspberry, grainy, dusty.

T - Tart raspberry, acidic, raspberry juice.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, quite aicidic to finish.

O/D - Doesn't really wow, but it definitely does the trick. Acidic enough but the fruit flavour could be more tart. Good.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 13:24:01 | More by tbeckett
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 03:29:31 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pulled the trigger on this as the price wasn't as extravagant as I have seen it; thanks again RSVP in Maine for awesome deals!

A- A very deep, dark ruby red with a small thin pink head, looks good, but we're rating what is supposed to be an attempt at a lambic, so looks way too muddled for a higher rating.

S- Funky fresh overripe raspberry with some lambic funk in the background.

T-Musty funk shines through before the raspberry for me; raspberry isn't quite as bright as it was in the nose. Some weird plastic like funk on the finish is what keeps the taste score from going higher for me

M- a little thin and could use some more carbonation,

O- For the price, even with it being cheaper than usual, I should've just stuck with the go-to Belgians, but it was definitely worth a try. Had the spontankriek and this blew that out of the water. Worth a one time buy

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 02:29:27 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 16:30:49 | More by liamt07
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle shared by Thorpe. Thanks!

Pours a hazed, dark pink/ruby with a thin pink head. Earthy and seedy aroma of black raspberry, jam, leaves, and dirt. Crisp, refreshing flavor. Dry and effervescent with a sweeter flavor than expected but a light raspberry tartness to balance the fruit. Some oak and lemon as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 00:07:48 | More by yourefragile
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 04:37:15 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Pencible


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

A: This poured an opaque cherry red, with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like very tart raspberry, with some funky oak and acidic metallic hops and wild yeast and candi sugar.
T: It tasted like sweet and tart raspberry, with funky oak and musty vinegar and metallic hops. It had a clean and complex aftertaste that was tart and sour and funky.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Lively body.
D: This was a very nice raspberry lambic. The scent and taste had a great balance of sweet fruit and sour funk. The body was appropriate, but the finish was really intense, so it must be sipped. Could age for a long time, but pretty enjoyable fresh. Sold brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:18:20 | More by Pencible
Photo of clayrock81


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

Poured a light red body with minimal pink head that died quick with lace patches on top of an overtly razzy aroma and little bits of sweetness as well. Stronger than other lambics so it's a little boozy in the finish but other than that a pretty good beer and textbook lambic. Has a strong raspberry taste that is sour/funky but not too strong and has a minor bit of razzy sweetness but not sugary/over sweetened. The tartness is just right for me as I can keep drinking this beer without getting sickened by being over tart/puckering or over sweetened/cloying and a great dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 16:00:50 | More by clayrock81
Photo of emerge077


4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 22:55:13 | More by emerge077
Photo of oline73


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 04:01:19 | More by oline73
Photo of flagmantho


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: murky, pale red hue with a thick finger of creamy ivory foam with a little bit of a pinkish cast. I like it.

Smell: nice composition of moderate tartness and a light sweetness which complements the raspberry very well. Very refreshing.

Taste: tartness is very strong and biting right up front, and maintains throughout the palate. Raspberry character is more subdued than in the aroma, but I think this works to the beer's advantage. While quite tart, this beer manages to keep a refreshing balance; I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: tart and refreshing; an extremely drinkable beer. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 20:47:51 | More by flagmantho
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby raspberry color, well carbonated to maintain a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The nose presents a tart fruity funkiness that screams sour ale raspberries. it doesn't pop as much as a raspberry ananke, but does well to present the fruit forward. The taste is quite distinctly sweet raspberries up front followed by a great mix of funk and bitterness in the beer's finish. The mouthfeel is effervescent, light-medium bodied, well attenuated, and a funky, tart, bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is a bit overpriced, but definitely a solid raspberry sour.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:44:48 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 00:23:03 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of BEERchitect


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 06:01:38 | More by BEERchitect
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, the second spontan beer for me and definitely my favorite. this one pours a really robust ruby red, almost artificial looking, like this color is digitaly enhanced or something. a nice white head rests on top, stained pink just a bit. the nose is crazy raspberry. this feels more intesely raspberry than the kriek did cherry. its fruity but not sweet, with a really funky tart yeast backing everything up. the yeast and the fruit combine to do wonderful things. this isnt a sour in the classic sense, but it is tart rather than sweet. that funk on the raspberries is totally unique, like nothing ive tasted before, and i really really like it. its not a beer i could drink a lot of, but its a nice one to try. its got a medium body and supercharged carbonation. an excellent product, as all mikkeller beers seem to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 18:00:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 20:12:40 | More by metter98
Photo of bluejacket74


4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 23:09:29 | More by bluejacket74
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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear dark pink+orange tinted red. Smell is geuze-y plus raspberry juice... funky barnyard, citric, slight band-aid thing, but not going too far into funkland. Taste: sort of a cranberry-raspberry motif... raspberry, acetic, nice acid and sweet balance, oaky vinous edges. Nice and intense without getting esoteric.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:10:44 | More by babaracas
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Spontanframboos from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.