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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 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 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 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 GonzoHomebrewer
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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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 SUBER
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, slight glusher...kinda the style tho

A: Murky ruby red color with a pinkish white head that had good lace.

S: Motherfunkensourness, raspberries, tart, slight oak, vinegar and more funk...oh yeah!!

T: Good sour pucker with raspberry jam sweetness with a oaky tannins. tart and more of that funkness.

M: Light body and dry

O: Raspberries and sour funkness...how yummy!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dark-reddish with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Wheat, sweet and tart raspberries, lemon zest, tart green fruit, funky yeast, sourness, barnyard funk, acidity, funky yeasts.

T - Sourness, sweet and tart fresh raspberries, 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, and sour finish.

D - Very tart and acidic. Nicely balanced and good kick.

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Photo of Jonada
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Murky, ruby red color, lots of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Less than a finger of a off white/light pinkish head that dissipated almost instantly

Smell: Tart raspberries, more musty than funky, slight earthiness. The aroma is not terribly complex as the nose is really dominated by the raspberries, but that's not a bad thing.

Taste: Fresh raspberries, tart citrus notes, vinegar, grape. Tart dry finish with little residual sweetness. Overall this beer is more tart than sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the high side. This is a relatively big lambic at 7.7% but the alcohol is nearly undetectable.

Overall: I was really pleasantly surprised. I would like to have seen a little bit more of that traditional lambic funkiness, but that's only a minor complaint. This ranks in the upper echelon of raspberry lambics I've had.

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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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3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
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 !!

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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 ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of PerHops
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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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 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 larryi86
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter
This was a little bit of a gusher but not too bad

A- A clear ruby red with a three finger light pink head.

S- Raspberries, some funk, sour, some oak, some sweetness that gives this a nice balance.

T- Raspberries, tart green apples, sour lemons, wine, oak, touch of funk, well balances.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A tasty raspberry lambic, wine adds a nice twist to the beer. Price tag was high, but I am very happy that I picked this up. Worth trying if you enjoy lambics.

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Photo of Brew33
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a big Mikkeller fan in general but this was an excellent beer.

It's a murky pink with a small crown of bubbles. The aroma is fantastic. Brett in full force. Stinky cheese, raspberries, and juicy sour aromas rise above the rim of the glass. Deep sour raspberry notes. Just fantastic.

The inital sip leads to a sweet then immediately tart rasberry character. Full, rich berries. This beer isn't as sour as the nose would lead you to believe but it's certainly sour and tart. Wine barrel certainly makes itself known with a slightly tannic, vinous character. I'm shocked at how much I enjoy this. It's VERY good. The mouthfeel is a little heavy and could use a touch more carbonation or a little bit tighter carbonation.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. I'd certainly drink this anytime.

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Photo of spoony
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
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!

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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 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 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 deadonhisfeet
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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

Poured from an 12.7 oz bottle into a duvel glass

a: pours a very nice dark ruby raspberry color, reminiscent of the spontan kriek bit a few shades darker in color, a nice finger fluffy rasp/white head that disapates into a film nd leavs some nice lacing.

S: a very nice sweet tart like rasp aroma, beautiful full bodies rasp, smells awesome, really nice. The best nose I feel out of all the spontans I have reviewed so far.... Nice tartness and balance.

T: Nice tart raspberry flavor, very nice, lemony tartness, loads and loads of raspberry and in the middle there is a slightly bitter oak bite, but it is not nearly as offensive as it was in the other spontans, maybe it just works much better with the raspberry.... Either way it's delicious.

M: very nice mouthfeel, medium body with a very nice level of crisp carbonation, that Keeps the brew lightly effervescent, while still a touch creamy. The end is dry with a little bit of lingerin bitterness.

O: by far my favorite of the spontans thatbive gotten to try, very nicley done, gear tartness and fruit flavor, the musky oak bitterness worked a bit better with this one, and felt a little tones Down on this one.

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