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Spontangrape - Mikkeller ApS

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very good

14 Reviews
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 37
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 4.06%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rarbring on 10-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by EnemyWithin:
Photo of EnemyWithin
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Spontagrape
375mL bottle in Duvel tulip on July 6, 2012

Appearance 3.5
Clear golden body with 1/2 inch white head that dissipates into an incomplete covering. Mild lacing.

Aroma 4
Tart candy and lemon nose with mild/moderate slight funky sourness. Also, prominent notes of grapes/white wine that lend sweetness to the nose. Overall, there is a nice mix of sour and sweet notes in the aroma.

Taste 4
Initially a sharp lemony sourness, with a little tartness, that races sharply across the palate. Faint intermittent notes of whiter wine grapes. In the middle of the palate touch of softer, almost grainy biscuit taste of the malt that breaks through, then fades halfway through.

At the end, get a return of the same initial sourness, with perhaps a hint more mineral-ness. Pick up a bit of the hops notes, which remain slightly detectable late on the palate and in the aftertaste.

In late aftertaste, lemon and lingering sourness.

Mouthfeel 4
Moderate carbonation, which bursts across the mouth. Mild to moderate thickness and a moderate to high sour presence that is very striking across the palate. Gives a sharper finish, with the combination of sourness and carbonation. Does a good job cleansing and refreshing the palate, but is unmistakably sour. .

Overall 4
Good lambic. Definitely a significant amount of sourness. A little bit one dimensional, not offering complexity of other sours I’ve had, such as from Russian River. But, still an enjoyable offering, with some nice elements in it. I’d be interested to try other variants of the Mikkeller brew to see how they compare. I may consider purchasing again, but don’t think it’s a must buy. However, I would recommend trying it. (1,714 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat and biscuit malt notes, with a light bit of funk. The flavor has some additional notes. I pick up some white grape notes, as well as some biscuit malt, Belgian yeast, light funk and earth. There is a decent amount of tartness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (388 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, with another of those stupid, non-standard bottle opener sized caps. Meh.

This beer pours a hazy medium straw colour, with one finger of tight foamy white head, which leaves a few sparse stragglers of random island lace around the glass as it hies it outta here.

It smells of sour, tart fruit, fairly indiscriminate, though I'm getting some cherry notes, among a musty, dusty funkiness, and weird candy sugar sweetness, which increasingly, and appropriately, resembles white wine must. The taste is somewhat tart, under-ripe white grapes, steady barnyard/horseblanket meme funkitude, perfunctory bready, grainy malt, and still, the unexpected sweetness, origins increasingly muddled.

The bubbles, they render a bit stronger on the scope than some of this offering's more cutting brethren, but to no ill effect, the body a weak medium weight, a bit clammy, and dodgy in the smoothness realm. It finishes still on the tart, dry side, but not overly so - the musty, yeasty character nicely two-stepping with the underappreciated malt backbone.

Another nice lambic, this time based on a fruit near and dear to me in another life - the wine grape. Anyways, your tooth enamel should not fear this one, but still appreciate the complex funk, yeast, grain, and hop interplay. Oh, and the booze - right, it's there too, as introverted as it seems to be. (1,362 characters)

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of JamFuel
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from wordemupg, 375ml into a tulip. Best before May 5, 2021.

Poured without the yeast, golden orange with a finger of white head. Whisps of retention and light lace. Nose is sour and funky, white/green grapes, lemons, some straw and malt sweetness is minimal. Taste is lightly funky, straw, grassy, tartness upfront and through the finish. Lemons and grapeskins again, light sweetness. Light feel, high carbonation. Tart and some grape notes here, but not as complex as others within the style. (502 characters)

Photo of mattsander
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear, pale amber, more head than expected from a 'lambic'. No sediment at all, looks like it was force carbonated.

S: First whiff is surprisingly funky and sweaty, with notes of earthy hay and musty basement. The grapes are nicely integrated and fairly restrained. Some cheesy vibes but generally unoffensive for the style.

T: Rounded moderate acidity, light fruity character of grapes and pears, some dusty qualities but maintains a lovely fresh vibe. It seems 'simpler' than the other Lambic beers I love, but its not a detriment. No booze at all. As it warms up I get a slight metallic aftertaste.

M: Quite dry for the abv, impressive. After 20 minutes there is little visible carbonation but it still sparkles with each sip.

O: Quite impressed by this offering from Mikkeller, a brewery which is plagued by 'hit n miss' inconsistency. Will definitely be laying a few of these down for a few years. (915 characters)

Photo of 77black_ships
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml. bottle // caped not corked // @ Delirium Hoppy Loft alongside Spontankriek // 7.7 % grape “lambic” from Mikkeller // this is white grapes definitely // pours a lightly hazy golden with a small white great // nose is light tart young green grapes, clean sharp, green apple & grape skins, coated in a the lemon acidic substantial Spontan sourness, very clean, one dimensional // taste is unlike a real sour, very clean, sharp, one levelled, young sour green grapes, green apples, grape skins, substantial lemon acidity / sourness, plenty of lemons, small touch barnyard, minor, one levelled, sourness is substantial // body is crisp, nicely carbonated, easy too drink // bit too simplistic really but this one is good but for regular drinking a real one is cheaper & better & way more complex (802 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is slightly hazy, somewhere between brass and copper colored, a small off-white head, no lacing but some curtains.

The smell is typical sulfur, stable, yeast and some fruity white currant notes. Fresh and intriguing.

Starting with a short dextrose sweetness, then the acidity takes over, white vinegar, very green apples and lime, some rhubarb and a slight citric peel finish.

Medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a dry acid finish that has a bitter stamina.

A good character and a nice bitter balance to the sourness. Very refreshing. (560 characters)

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A yellow-orange color with a white head. Quite funky with tons of grass, must, and mushroom. Only a mild grape aroma to this, but a nice lemon peel character. Plenty of oak, too. The flavor is more musty and oak-forward than anything. A bit of grass, lemon peel, and only a mild to moderate grape flavor. Not much in the way of tartness on the palate. (351 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Lambic brewed at one or more anonymous lambic breweries. Then, the beer is blended, matured and flavoured at De Proef.

The colour is gold, the liquid clear. Three fingers high white head. Lots of lacing.

The smell got notes of fresh apples, white wine vinegar, apple acid and minerals. It is a bit light.

The taste is sweet-sour with clean fruity flavours of white grapes and apples. Pleasant tart flavours (no acetum), white wine vinegar, some minerals. The quite short aftertaste got notes of vinegar and dry apple cider.

The carbonation is strong, the large bubbles smooth. The liquid is just a little sticky in the mouth.

A highly drinkable and very refreshing lambic with an pleasant fruity sweetness. (718 characters)

Photo of griffiam03
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Adamostella
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into tulip 10/3/12

A slight haze in a golden yellow body, lots of tiny bubbles feeding a soapy finger of white head, not much for lace or retention pretty standard for the style

S acidic funky barnyard but not over the top, a little apple and grape juice, with just a little hay, its not overly complex but quite nice

T some vinegar, oak, and lots of vinous notes, on top of what I smell, just a little better then the already good nose

M sour and slick, pin prick bubbles work well for it and a the flavors linger for ages

O I hate to do it but 4.25 would have been used for taste if it was an option, pretty solid stuff at the end of the day worth a try

didn't know what to expect and this one was pretty good, I'm still new to lambics but I thought this one was pretty decent (808 characters)

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Philvillani
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy golden hay hue which leaves a white two finger head that quickly settles to a wispy one finger head and a ring of lacing.

S-Wet hay,horse blanket,vinegar,pepperoni and white grapes.

T-Starts off mouthpuckering sour with white bitter grapes,vinegar,white wine,lemongrass and finishes with the same sourness from start to finish.

M-Light bodied and mouthpuckering sour.

O-A very nice lambic and withoutdoubt the most sour lambic of the bunch but in saying that i like it as it is very true to the white grape and carries itself well but if you dont like sour then you better avoid cheeers. (606 characters)

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Spontangrape from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.