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Spontancassis - Mikkeller ApS

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89
very good

19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 117
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ChrisPro on 09-22-2011

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 117
Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (1,574 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost purple in color with a fair amount of turbidity. Strong cassis and berry aromas. Grass, a touch of oak, and only a mild mustiness. Has a very strong grape juice aroma, too. The flavor is lightly sweet with a fairly restrained tartness. Heavy on the fruit flavors. Lots of cassis, blackberry, and red grapes. Some oak, grass, and must, but they seem to be covered by the fruit. (383 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Notes taken are brief on account of a less than ideal review environment:

Fantastic blackcurrant/berry notes coupled with ~5/10 sourness and mild tartness make this an excellent beer with high drinkability. While sour lovers may crave more tartness and puckering sourness, this will satisfy the discerning drinker and boasts impressive balance, a gestalt flavour profile, and a unifying oak undertone. Acidic, smooth, and wet mouthfeel sets off the sourness nicely.

I look forward to revisiting this in more detail. One of Mikkeller's best sours.

High B (3.73) (563 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,287 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (456 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red. Small off white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Light currant. Wood. Yogurty.

Taste - Berry fruit that builds into a very distinct black currant flavor. Like a black currant jam without the sweetness. Very woody. Less yogurt than the nose.

Mouthfeel - Dry and woody. Moderate sourness. Well carbonated.

Overall - The woodiness is intense. The currant flavor is pretty nice, but not enough to truly elevate the beer. (481 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.49/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,682 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark purple color. 1/3 inch head of an off-purple color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of currant, sweet malt, sugar, hint of sour, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of currant, sweet malt, sugar, sugar, hint of floral, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, good body, and good blend. Not too sweet, but also not overly dry or tart. A good lambic - fruit. (521 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was a bit skeptical on the Mikkeller lambics but I was very surprised to get a very well done beer. Very nice fruity aroma and taste, not overly tart, making it a very drinkable and enjoyable sour beer. (202 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Olney Place in Penn Yan, NY.

This one pours a muddy purplish dark color, with a small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like tart black currants, brine, funk, and a mild amount of lactic tartness.

This isn't super sour, about a 4/10, with a great currant flavor. It tastes a bit wet and slick, if that makes any sesnse. There's some damp funk on the back end, with an olive-like briney character as well. Interesting and unique, for sure.

This is medium bodied, with a slick and slightly juicy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

A really interesting beer here, glad I got to try it. (615 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Purple pink hue which leaves a two finger head and sporadic lacing.

S-Oak,dark grapes,wood,barnyard funk and musty sweat.

T-Sour grapes and i mean really mouthpuckering sour,a slight mustiness,barnyard funkiness,a touch of oak which finishes sour and salty.

M-Light bodied and silky smooth.

O-Its not bad but its not Mikkelller's best Lambic or brew cheers. (363 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (619 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (618 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (365 characters)

Photo of Luk13
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 330 ml split 2 ways. Beautiful purple pour. Very fruity lambic. Nice grape skin, wine and leafy aroma. Taste is definitly tart (citric) with some blueberry jams that adds some depth, light lactic feel also. Another good lambic by Mikkeller. Very close to the top examples. (279 characters)

Photo of beerchic
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure I could add much to the former reviews, they are pretty spot on. I found this tasted exactly like I hoped it would. Very refreshing! Love what Mikkeller is doing these days. (182 characters)

Spontancassis from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.