Spontancassis - Mikkeller ApS
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4.47/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
01-26-2012 10:16:36 | More by lacqueredmouse
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
07-14-2012 01:12:45 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.25/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
09-22-2011 02:36:28 | More by ChrisPro
4.25/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
02-28-2012 17:25:33 | More by rarbring
4.23/5 rDev +5%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Always happy to try a new beer from Mikkeller.
The beer pours a reddish color with a white head. The aroma is pretty nice, with some cassis and cherry notes, as well as a decent amount of sourness. The flavor is even better than the aroma in my opinion. I get a lot of tart cassis and dark cherry notes, as well as some vinegar and a little bit of caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very nice.
06-26-2012 04:45:21 | More by Mora2000
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
Drank from my Cantillon Geuze glass
A - Pours a deep hazy Ruby colour with a pink head that reduces to a film.
S - Barnyard funk, horse blanket and blackcurrents are nicely pungent.
T - Nice sour tart flavours hit the tongue straight away. the Blackcurrents are very well balanced and maybe could be a little more evident to allow a tiny bit more sweetness.None theless the sour lovers would love this.
M - Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation. Leaves a nice film on your tongue.
O - My first Spontanale and i'm a big fan of this one, as it bears Cantillon like qualities.I will try more in this series.
02-11-2012 14:27:01 | More by eric5bellies
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
Thanks to ChrisPro for sharing this with me. Served in a Bruery tulip.
A - Great looking beer! A big dark pink foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind splotches of lace - retention is excellent. The body is an opaque dark purple color. Don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it - Blåbær might be the closest.
S - Unsurprisingly there is plenty of tart currant, along with heavy lactic yogurty notes, and light acetic acid. It's initially a bit muted, but the fruit and some funk come out as it warms up. In any case, you can tell this is made from actual Belgian lambic.
T - Tons of sour and tart currant flavors, along with a bit of farmy funk and sulfur. There's a bretty medicinal note in the finish that reminds me a little of fresh, draft Cantillon Gueuze. Some mild oak, lemon and green apple skin as well.
M - Medium-bodied, lower carbonation, and a super mouth-puckeringly dry finish. Tons of barrel tannins and dry oak. Never would have guessed it was 7.7%.
D - This was quite enjoyable. The lambic character reminds me a lot of Cantillon, so I wouldn't be surprised if that is where Mikkel is procuring his lambic. In any case, superior to Mikkeller's other wild offerings and worth checking out. I'll be seeking out the rest of the series.
09-23-2011 00:56:21 | More by MasterSki
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
375ml bottle. The typical label dude carrying some seriously big cassisballs, whilst running through a purple rain, seems to be an apt harbinger of things to come.
This beer pours a rather dark and muddled pinkish purple hue, with two fingers of puffy, and tightly foamy pink cotton candy head, which leaves some awesome honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of bittersweet cherries, watered-down Chambord liqueur, sharp earthy, but weirdly attractive dry funk, aged white cheese, a moderate vinegar tartness, a touch of musty leather, and mildly perfumed leafy hops. The taste is still largely on the tart side of all those consistent cherry, black currant, and lemon rind fruit notes, with a steady, but duly unloved bready pale malt flailing away somewhere in there, some evened-off dusty funky essences hanging on, while the alcohol starts to make its move, overtaking the hops that just want to maintain the status quo.
The bubbles are a bit astringently metallic, but soften a bit as we merrily go, the body medium-light in weight, and as smooth as one might expect in the midst of such an acetic acid melee. It finishes off-dry, surprisingly, the malt finally asserting itself, amongst the lingering black fruit, funk, and sidling alcohol.
One of the better iterations of the Spontan(fill in yer fruit here) offerings from Mikkeller - fruity, funky, malty, and boozy, all in measured, yet hefty doses. Maybe it's because I'm a fan of black currants, but this one just works for me, and is highly recommended if you're into the style.
12-10-2013 03:53:21 | More by biboergosum
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
A - Beautiful, rich dark amber color. Small head but lots of lacing.
S - Aromas of cherries and sourness.
T - Dry sherry taste. Plenty of sour flavors and nice, almost spicy aftertaste. Nice change from the big stouts lately.
M - A tad thin and not as carbonated as I'd like.
O - A nice beer. Easy sipper despite the pretty big abv. Definitely would have again.
12-04-2013 01:42:36 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Spontancassis from Mikkeller ApS
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