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Spontanframboos - Mikkeller ApS

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57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 324
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 22.91%
Wants: 23
Gots: 51 | FT: 4
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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 metter98
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours raspberry red with a fluffy pink head; many strands of lace appear on the side of the tulip

Smell: A nice balance of barnyard funk with sweet and tart raspberry underneath

Taste: Both the rich sweet and tart raspberry tones and the barnyard funk mingle in the front end with the funk winning out, after the swallow; still, the raspberry lingers underneath into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation

Overall: A really nice fruit lambic; the sweet and tart flavors complement each other and there is plenty of funk

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | 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

08.02.15: Brief impressions from a 2nd bottle in Tallinn:

Balanced with only mild sourness (~3-4/10 in terms of intensity) and a bit too much sweetness. Should be more tart. It's also somewhat shallow, which is its main drawback. But it drinks easy and delivers the raspberry, powdery mouthfeel, and bacterial sourness you'd look for in any good framboise. Solid work from Mikkeller, but traditional Belgian offerings are still a better bet - and they're better priced.

High B-

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Served in a Drie Fonteinen tulip.

A - Big pink-tinged foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Hazy dark red-purple body.

S - Immense raspberry aroma. Very sweet and jammy, with only a mild amount of wild flavor and light vinegar. Reminds me a little of Framboise de Amorosa.

T - Not as sweet as the aroma suggests. The raspberries are green and under-ripe, and there is some tart green apple skin and light medicinal gueuze character as well. Minimal oak present. More complex than the aroma, but I kind of prefer the unabashed raspberry.

M - Medium-light body, pleasant active carbonation, slightly gritty and tannic, with a dry finish. Alcohol isn't present at all.

D - I liked this quite a bit - it's better than the lower-end lambics we get in the US (Van Honsebrouck, Oud Beersel), but doesn't quite stack up with stuff like Hommage or Veritas 006. Still, if the price was right I'd buy this again - hopefully soon, as I hear these are coming Stateside.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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?

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a gorgeous hazy ruby with a compact, creamy salmon head.

S: Aromas of oak, must, vinegar, unripened grapes, sea salt, and red raspberry fill the nose.

T: Notes of oak, pickle brine, sea salt, cider vinegar, must, red raspberry, unripened blackberry, unripened grapes, tart cherry, and pomegranate fill the mouth. The finish is smooth and creamy with bountiful notes of sea salt, raspberry, vinegar, and unripened vine fruits.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body, very dry, and also very creamy. Carbonation is active, but gentle. Goes down really smoothly.

O: This is a high quality lambic from a brewer that never fails to surprise. I'm really digging this beer. It's not often that foreign brewers do an authentic lambic well. I hope that the rest of the beers in this series live up to this ale's standard.

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Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice enough looking beer. Pours bright maroon with a smallish off-white head. Pretty clear on the initial pour. A little bit of lacing. Somewhat deeper maroon on my second pour.

Wonderful raspberry aroma. It's just bursting with juicy berries. Very jammy. Some green apple, vinegar, funk, but it's dominated by that raspberry jam.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but it's still very nice. It's medium sour and quite dry. There's a fair bit of tannic bitterness. It's a bit like berry skins mixed with under ripe berries. Just not quite juicy/jammy enough. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is fairly light for the abv. The tannic bitter flavor makes things a bit funny, but it's not over the top.

This was a lot better than expected. I approached this beer with some trepidation, but this is a very well done raspberry sour. It's fairly expensive, but it's a really nice legitimately lambic-ish raspberry sour, and that justifies the price for me.

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Photo of cbutova
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Spontanframboos from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.