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Spontanwildstrawberry - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
79
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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 17.39%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strawberry aroma wafting after the pour, but then funk aroma. A little pink colour, surprising head, and lacey Unwashed clothes, feet like, that kind of funkiness. Thanks Jon.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
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 SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

the sophistication and flawless execution of this gem must be lost somehow on the BA community. this beer is astoundingly well done. it pours a washed out looking wheat color with just a shade of pink to it and an inch or so of slowly fading white head. nothing miraculous there, but the nose is just amazing. its tart and sour as hell, bretty and lacto sour, but also sweet like candied strawberries, or those tiny little wild ones that grow in the summer that are no bigger than a pea, but have more flavor than those genetically derived grocery store versions by a long shot. its tantilizing and mouthwatering and unique. the flavor is even better than the nose, with the sourness taking an an almost fruit vinegar characteristic, and with the sweetness being present in the middle but not at all in the finish. the strawberry flavor is not fake at all, and is at the peak of ripeness. the sourness is really intense, and the malt profile is just right to make these two seemingly adversarial components fit like a glove. i like this a lot better than either the kriek or the framboos from this series (the only other two ive had), and really admire this for the creativity and the execution. the flavors are divine. mouthfeel too is great, super bright belgian carbonation with a lighter than medium body and a dry sour finish. theres a tad of caustic hospital taste in the finish too, but whatever, it works. i also appreciate a fruit lambic that isnt 4% abv, this higher test works well here. overall a one of a kind masterpiece that i think deserves more attention, and certainly a revisiting from the 40ish other BAs who gave this beer a score in the 70s, this thing is world class!

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, best before May 2022. Wow, a decade from now, hard to quite fathom.

This beer pours a hazy medium orange-tinged amber hue, with two fingers of tightly billowing off-white head, which leaves a low ebbing berm of lace around the glass as it slowly fades away.

It smells of week-old, yet still rather sweet strawberries, languishing in the back of the fridge, with some mildly earthy barnyard funk, some bewildered pale malt, a subtle, more vegetal tartness, an echo of musty cheese, and tame leafy hops. The taste is sour strawberries, this time a bit more fresh in their bearing, mixed with some aged lemon juice, a continuing funky barnyard essence, meek grainy malt, some softly rendered barrel notes, and a very slight petrochemical nature.

The bubbles are a bit frizzy, but in a generally low-key manner, the body medium-light in weight, the acidity doing a lofty sort favour for us all, at the same time letting the smoothness off with nary a warning. It finishes off-dry, the malt kind of asserting itself for the first time, as the sourness, funk, and fruitiness maintain a steady holding pattern.

A surprisingly agreeable 'new' world wild ale (so the Danes are allowed to call it 'Lambic', eh?), the barrel treatment deft and understated, just enough to allow the base nature of the fruit to actually shine through. Well drinkable, and that's a metric shit-ton more of praise than I had been expecting to proffer for this one.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Had to try this to report back to the others...being the scout can be dangerous, but it can also be rewarding. Wonder which will befall me here? This stuff pours a lightly hazy golden-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose reeks of mildly sulfurous berries (I can't say that it smells like any kind of strawberry I've ever smelled, but I also can't say definitively that it doesn't, either...), tart lemon zest, and a kiss of funk. It's a bit much if inhaled sharply. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch of strawberry coming through identifiably. Now, I've never had wild strawberries, and apparently they're tarter than the garden variety, but I can say that this is definitely more sour than I expected. An almost tannic quality seems to creep up from beneath near the finish, but it quickly peters out. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a pretty nice "lambic", though it's a rougher tartness than I'd prefer in these beers. Still, it ain't bad.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of MasterSki
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip while watching AgentZero do his fantasy draft.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, but minimal lacework. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - This smells a bit more like rotten strawberries than wild strawberries. Funky and dirty, with some sulfur, and hints of medicine and plastic. The base lambic seems less sweet than other beers in the Spontan- series. Gets better as it warms up, and is somehow better than it sounds from the description.

T - A touch more strawberry here, and more of an authentic vibe than one of sugary fruit candies. There's a bit of bile and sulfur in the periphery, but the fruit is actually quite pleasant here. Moderate lactic sourness, and a bit of mineral. No alcohol to be found, even at 7.7%.

M - Medium-bodied, with pleasant carbonation. Dry and tannic in the finish, with some moderate acidity to it.

D - If you can get past the rotten fruit and off-flavors in the nose this is actually fairly enjoyable. I'd take it over Spontangrape or Spontankriek to be honest.

Photo of kojevergas
2.07/5  rDev -40%
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

Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy brassy yellow to orange in color with heavy amounts of fine visible carbonation and some faint orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy light beige head that reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch with a thin film surrounding it and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of funkiness along with some very ripe (almost over ripe) strawberry sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of sour strawberries with a decent amount of funkiness. There is a hint of citrus/lemon and some tannic flavors as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry with moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and some stickiness.

O: This beer is very interesting with the funky slightly sour strawberries and over ripe strawberry aroma but not sure this is one that I will be grabbing again. There is quite a bit of funkiness to this one and a surprising amount of tartness/sourness.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped 375ml green bottle.

A: Pours a hazy pinkish/reddish orange with a fluffy 1-inch off-white head which fades to a thin cap leaving splotchy lace.

N: Musty yeast with funk. Slight fruit coming through. Dusty, moldy hay from the barnyard.

T: Cheesy, funky yeast with some lemon/citrus. Dry strawberry fruit leather notes. Horseblanket (yea). Oak cork wooden finish.

M: Semi-medium body and carbonation. Dry and dusty. Mildly tart. Refreshing.

O: Did not find the sulfur elements noted in previous reviews. This is a very good funky and wild beer. Found the strawberries not like the sweet market type, rather wild forest berries. Yum.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of liamt07
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up tonight at the COOP for a pricey $13... a guilty but expensive pleasure. Poured into my slim tulip, the brew glows a slightly hazed orange.. 1 finger white head leaves decent lacing.

Funky with a light strawberry note.. real fruit though.. a bit phenolic that makes me think bandaid.. some sulfur.. still pretty okay.

Flavor is better slightly.. fruity and acidic... plenty of lactic notes combine with fermented out fruit.. sorta briny... the fruit shines mid-palate for a moment and then moves back to the traditional lambic elements.. phenols show again on the finish as a sorta lingering bandaid note.

Body is light as expected... carbonation is spritzy.

Decent... but I don't appreciate the bandaid aroma/flavor too much, I know they show often in funky brews, but I thought they detract too much from the fruity elements.

4/3/3/3.5/3.5

Photo of chippo33
1.75/5  rDev -49.3%

Photo of Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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Spontanwildstrawberry from Mikkeller ApS
79 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.