Spontankoppi - Mikkeller ApS
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3.79/5 rDev +5.9%
Binny's - Bolingbrook
A pale golden liquid fills the glass and rambunctious carbonation immediately rush to the surface. A soft pour yields a fingers worth of pure white head, even silky, with respectable staying power. Though it eventually fades it leaves a chunky ring and some sticky lace. An excellent looking beer.
I have to say, a spontaneously fermented coffee beer aged in wine barrels doesn't sound like the most appetizing of beverages yet somehow, the nose is very inviting. Off the bat is the bugs and barrel; attic wood that's become damp with time, forest floor, and wet stone minerality. A splash of white vinegar makes me salivate. The wine is very soft and only picked up on deep pulls way in the backend. I have no idea how old this beer is but the coffee is soft and well integrated adding a touch of fruity acidity and faint roast, very faint. Pleasently surprised isn't strong enough sentiment.
The flavor profile is where it all derails a bit, not in a totally bad way, just.... unique. The barrel notes have softened up quite a bit along with that mouthwatering minerality. They're both still present but have fallen to the background. Coffee picks up much more than the nose led on. There's a splash of vinegar followed by stale coffee that, while it plays a big role overall, manages to stay soft enough to not totally dominate. A touch of fruity acidity adds balance. I like this beer but it throws me as well. I could certainly see it being polarizing. Knock that score up a notch...
The carbonation is spot on, active and softly tingly but the body runs a touch thin. It drinks quick and leaves no impression behind, slightly watery. There's a slight acetic acid pucker but I would personally like the finish to be a bit drier. These are minor gripes, it's close to what I feel is proper. I'd honestly have to say the drinkability is respectable.
Mikkeller does a lot of off the wall beer and this is certainly a good example. A touch of light roast, some fruity acidity which helps the overall balance, and barrel notes on the backend make for an enjoyable experience, if not a great beer. With that said I would probably purchase this again. It puts me on the fence, do I like it or not? I'm having a hard time telling but at the moment I seem to be leaning toward the prior.
06-28-2014 02:21:41 | More by joe1510
1.58/5 rDev -55.9%
Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color lambic with a medium size foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of strong dry coffee notes with some barnyard and funky notes. Taste is also a weird mix between some dry coffee notes with funky barnyard notes with some acidic notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Weird funky mix that I hope I will not have to re-visit in the future.
02-10-2014 02:13:10 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +11.7%
12.7 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I got this bottle on sale at my local Binny's for $9.99. My second beer from Mikkeller's spontan series of beers. "Sour ale brewed with coffee & aged in wine barrels". Expecting very different results than the Mikkeller Spontanwildstrawberry.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.
A - Pours a bright orange colored body with three to four fingers of fluffy doughy off-white suds for a head. Some yeast presence visible in the glass. Looks very nice.
S - Smell is kind of subdued. Bretty funk was the first thing that hit me, and then it levels off to a light yeasty smell with some malt roast in there also. I can definitely smell the koppi coffee in there when I look for it. A sour apple / white grape smell is in there also, presumably from the wine barrel aging.
T - The strange combination works better together than I would have expected. Sour, cheesy brettanomyces. Crisp carbonation. Yeast. And then the bitter coffee roast creeps up in the middle. Finishes with a sour white wine flavor. Reminds me of a much more sour tart version of Argus California Style Steam, which I just tried recently.
M - Feel ends tart and sour with some tingling carbonation dancing on the tongue. Some bitterness lingering on the palate.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed it. A strange beer indeed, and I'm glad to have tried it, especially at the sale price I caught it at. I'd say this was a success for Mikkeller with the koppi and the wine barrel aging. While it probably isn't a beer I would seek out again, I highly recommend trying it at least once.
Mikkeller Spontankoppi ---4/5.
09-09-2013 17:52:50 | More by mfnmbvp
Spontankoppi from Mikkeller ApS
82 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.