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Spontancassis - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ChrisPro on 09-22-2011)
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

8 oz. on draft at Jester King on 11/23/14. As lambics go, I'm not sure how you can do much better. Light purple, a surprisingly long lived head (for the style), a hint of berries in the aroma. The taste and mouthfeel are what make this, though. Tart with a bit of residual sugar. The fruit is subtle but present. Fine carbonation and light bodied. It finishes with a fair amount of bitterness, making it a nice counterpoint to the start and middle.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After some trouble getting my bottle cap to struggle with the larger-than-usual proper Gueuze cap, I manage to pour a lovely deep red-purple beer into my glass; a solid drop with a surprisingly decent heft in the body. Head is pinkish, and seems to form head and lace all in one, sitting in rings that continue right down to the body. Surprisingly, and perhaps a little disappointingly, it doesn't look particularly alive in the glass, sitting still and somewhat bereft of carbonation. Still, the colour is exciting.

Nose is bright, crisp and fruity, with a directly sour berry and grapeskin hit right off the bat. Mild Ribena characters come through, but the cassis character is a little muted compared to the general sour berry character. However, the bulk of the aroma is actually generated by the Gueuze-like funk, giving wonderfully complex tones of pepper, plastic, earth and hay, all tied together tightly and briskly into a direct package of acidic goodness. Genuinely close to the great Belgian lambics.

Taste is dry and acidic, with crisp funk and lambic tartness through the centre of the palate. Some tannic notes, and a berry tingle like dried strawberries. On the back, the ghost of the blackcurrants come through a little more, giving an aromatic sweetness (but no *real* sweetness), as the acidity inflects and dances on the tongue.

Feel is driven by the acidity, which is sharp and clinging on the palate.

Wow. Is there anything Mikkeller can't do? This is a top-notch fruit lambic, on a par with Cantillon in my opinion. It has really grasped the key points of the style and has put them together really beautifully. I can't wait to try the rest of the series.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to Kac.

The beer pours a cloudy reddish purple color with just a bit of head and really no lacing. Really pretty.

The smell is outstanding, it's a lot of fresh berries and a great amount of funk and tartness, the cassis comes through great with flavors like raspeberry tart as well.

The flavor is definitely less than the smell but a solid representation of the style. Fruit and dry semi tartness, not an overwhelming taste at all unfortunately. Still very refreshing and true to style.

The feel is nice and dry, decent carbonation, nice tartness.

Overall a very solid beer, with a great great nose.

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375 mL bottle purchased at Ølbutikken

A - gorgeous dark pink with a pastel pink head. Decent retention and lacing. Wish it was slightly more clear but otherwise beautiful.

S - some lemon, toms of fruit, blackberry and currant. Some hay and funk. More fruit as it warms.

T - little sweetness then a sharp lactic tartness. A very oaky tart finish. Not too sour but Just about right.

M - very sharp carbonation, but just the right amount. A solid buttery mouthfeel. doesn't taste like 7.7% at all!

O - a great example of a cassis. Well blended, not too sour and a solid fruit. Only more fruit could make it better.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ale is clouded deep red, has a high firm pink head that settles slowly and leaves loads of lacing and good curtains.

Smelling funky leather, stable, fermented black currants.

No sweetness to talk about, a very invigorating tart sourness, red fruit aroma, crushed cherry seed bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, a dry almost course texture, medium body with lots of freshness. Does not feel like near 8%.

A very nice lambic style beer.

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Spontancassis from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.