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Spontanwildstrawberry - Mikkeller ApS

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79
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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 17.39%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-15-2012)
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1.5/5  rDev -56.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -49.3%

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2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of mattsander
2/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Blushing deep orange in color, so-so clarity with quickly vanishing head. Good looking beer.

S: YIKES! Electrical tape/plastic/vinyl notes dominate. Its a shame, I feel like there is definitely some nice aroma underneath but its totally overwhelmed.

T: There is a decent fruit lambic underneath but the electrical tape vibe is impossible to ignore. Revolting!

M: Not particularly dry, but impressive for a 7.7% lambic.

Avoid at all costs, a seriously disgusting plastic-tasting mistake. This is very odd because both the Grape and Raspberry version of this are quite delicious.

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2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of kojevergas
2.05/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

375 ml green glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a USC conical glass in me friend Bo's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high; I love Mikkeller and I enjoyed the kriek in this series.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with graham crackers. (Don't ask me why).

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice thickness and cream, and good retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is poor. A pretty mundane looking sour - especially compared to Mikkel's kriek.

Sm: Somewhat off-putting fermented tart strawberry. Bacteria and clean malts. Eggy. I wouldn't go so far as to call it sulphuric. It's certainly strong and unique, but something about it really bothers me. Sugary and sweet.

T: Tart strawberry, clean malts, some cream, and bacteria. Quite strange. The finish is weirdly sour, far from satiating my sour fix. Balanced but the dominant note (those weirdly tart strawberries) really turns me off. Crystal malt and tingly white wine notes are a highlight, but are ruined by the strawberry. I just outright don't like the flavour, but I can appreciate how others might enjoy it.

Mf: Light, smooth, and wet. Adequate coarseness to bring out the flavour.

Dr: A major disappointment from my favourite brewery. I just plain hate the flavour; it doesn't at all suit my personal taste. I can see where others might like it, and I appreciate the craft utilized in producing it - but I frankly can't stand the way it tastes. Bleh. It's pricey to boot. I will say that it hides its ABV quite well.

Every beer advocate should review this just to experience it. It's truly a unique experience.

D

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of rarbring
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clouded dark straw brew, An off-white head, little lacing but some curtains.

Smelling of rubber and sweetener, and moldy strawberries.

Initially sweet strawberry biscuits, then some sour milk on moldy strawberries, with a hint of yeast.

Medium high carbonation, coarse and dry. A small body.

Nope, one of the few Mikellers I do not like.

Photo of kaips1
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle into a snifter

Ok, lets try my first Mikkeller Sour. Pours a nice reddish amber with at first a rushing 2 finger white frothy head. The head dissipates quickly into a solid ring of tiny bubbles. The hues of this beer change along the red spectrum at every angle of light, yet it is an expected cloudy visibility, almost murky. Now on to the aromas that escape the glass, and boy do they escape. A whiff upon opening the bottle was all farts and sulfur and rotten eggs, funny thing is I had my gf take a whiff right after I did and she liked it, go figure. Upon the beer entering the glass I still smell sulfuric rotten eggs but also Brett essences and slight bits of fruity sweetness that almost makes me think strawberry syrup that they use in gum. My gf says that she can smell sour and strawberry, I think shes crazy. Now on to the taste, and its almost as interesting as the smell. There is a sulfuric farty egg flavor that sits right on my tongue and isnt helped by this rubber tire kind of flavor. The gf thinks it tastes like nail polish remover smells. I dont know if this needs time to do its thing or if it'll never be GOOD. The mouthfeel is spot on, nicely carbonated not too much and not too little. Overall, probably not gonna try this again, I was hoping for something awesome and I feel it fell very short, the experience is the only justification for the price. I know not to drink Mikkeller sours at $12 a bottle ever. Now I'm sure I wont be trying the Spontankoppi.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The flavor of strawberry lends itself to complement sour ales very well, however it seems that the delicate notes prove to be too volatile for any meaningful impact. There's just something about strawberry lambics that leaves lackluster impressions. Does Mikkeller's attempts prove otherwise?

Appearances of blood orange, amber and peach gives a fruity glow while displaying a diffused haze. The beer billows with foam easily to the rim, then settles to a hardy blanket with sticky white lace. It's a very charming beer.

Strong phenols, sulfur, and earthen fungus notes shock the olfactories with high levels of pungency and offense. Where the floral note of strawberry was expected, the beer instead delivers putrid odors of hydrogen sulfide, electrical tape, mushroom, wood decay, shellfish, and gastric notes of egg and matches. The messy aromas however do carry also the brine, limey, and the pleasant must of oak that's expected of higher quality spontaneously fermented ales.

Fortunately, there's little about the off-putting aromas that translate to taste as the starkly dry ale delivers fruity taste that's loosely identifiable as tart strawberry. Low lying sweetness allows the tart acidity to dictate the balance. Along with the tartness, there's also the bitterness of lime skins or lemon pith that finishes the beer. Mixed within the flavors, numerous other flavors rise in the form of plastic, salt, pepper, must, sweat, grass, damp soil, and oysters. Very complex, but the flavors prove to be very challenging to taste.

But like most lambic-style ales, the beer's high acidity and zesty carbonation keeps the mouthfeel light, dry, astringent, and warm. Early subtle sweetness is quickly supplanted by the cidery sourness that develops grape skin astringency and oak tannin heading into a powdery-dry and lightly alcoholic finish.

You have really got to get into the serious earth notes from pediococcus that range from the taste of mushroom to sulfury gas to downright bile. Because many of the aromas are well represented, at least as much as the classic lactic and Brettanomyces notes that are much more pleasant and predictable.

Photo of spoony
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From a 375 ml bottle into a globe glass.

A-A moderately aggressive pour produces one fat finger of nearly white head. The foam is dense and retention is pretty good. The brew is the color of dirty water (maybe iced tea?) with pink highlights. I can see a few streams of carbonation bubbling up.

S-This brew is seriously tart. The acid scents are powerful and biting with very little in the way of fruit or complexity. There is also a musty (moldy?) funk going on here. Very little in the way of strawberry, unfortunately. Alcohol sweetness is mostly overwhelmed.

T-The taste is incredibly acidic, bordering on bitter. There is very little (if any) strawberry flavor going on. Rather, I detect a little bit of lemon/lime and a whole lot of oxidized, nondescript, sour, acidity. The result is a beer with earthy, very dry, and biting flavor.

M-The feel is light to medium body for the style with lightly creamy carbonation.

O-After mostly enjoying Spontanframboos, this beer is a let-down. The appearance is kind of nasty (although, to be fair, strawberries don't provide the vivid red pop of cherries or cranberries), so you start with a sort-of ugly beer. You know at first whiff that you'll be drinking a lambic with lots of acid, but here the huge acid has little of the vinous fruit complexity that makes a good lambic or the fruit sweetness that makes a good kriek-lambic. Buyer beware.

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Spontanwildstrawberry from Mikkeller ApS
79 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.