Spontanwildstrawberry - Mikkeller ApS
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4.33/5 rDev +26.2%
A - Cloudy golden-red-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.
S - Wheat, lemon zest, strawberries, tart green fruit, funky yeast, sourness, barnyard funk, acidity, funky yeasts.
T - Sourness, sweet and tart strawberries, tart green fruits, lemon zest, wheat, funky barnyard flavors and yeast, acidity, lactic acid, oak, vanilla.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, funky, and sour finish.
D - Very tart and acidic. The strawberries are a nice addition.
02-13-2013 04:44:03 | More by ngeunit1
4.16/5 rDev +21.3%
375ml bottle into a tulip
Pours a deep clear light copper with just the faintest hint of pink. A one finger white head slowly fades to a ring around the sides of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles over the beer.
The aroma is extremely funky. Plenty of Brett along with hints of wood and a light fruityness with hints of strawberry. Some straw in there too along with some medicinal phenols.
Tons of tartness immediately in the taste with a healthy dose of funkyness. This is accompanied, however, by wonderful fresh picked strawberry sweetness that you can tell is definitely not from any artificial additives. There are some faint wood notes from the barrel aging but it is very understated. The tartness almost seems to increase after the beer is swallowed leading to a bit of astringency on the back of the throat although this gets less and less noticeable throughout the glass. The finish is a little sticky with lingering tartness.
Overall, it took me a little while to warm up to this beer but halfway through the glass I am loving it. The strawberry flavor is quite pleasant and fresh tasting and I love the tartness and funk. A nice lambic and one I'm glad I picked up.
02-06-2013 00:51:05 | More by rangerred
4.26/5 rDev +24.2%
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!
01-26-2013 20:29:50 | More by StonedTrippin
3.74/5 rDev +9%
Poured from a 375ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a nice pillowy white head w/decent retention. The aroma has typical lambic smells: lemon, funk, grapes, and a disappointing amount of strawberries/sweetness. The taste delightfully has more strawberry, but something is offputting a little bit. I'm not sure if it's just the mix of flavors, or if the strawberries themselves aren't quite as good when fermented, but it's off. Nothing offensive, however. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with good carbonation, and a nice tart finish.
A solid brew from Mikkeler, I can see those that don't like Strawberries might think the taste is a little offputting, but I still thought it was fairy enjoyable.
01-20-2013 21:54:19 | More by mkotsayfan
4.2/5 rDev +22.4%
A - Burnt orange, one finger off white head, minimal lacing.
S - Strawberries, brettanomyces, white grapes, hints of perfumy hops, sweet grains, buttered popcorn, bubblegum, and peach. Very complex.
T - Not as complex as the nose, but still very delicious. Tart strawberry, funky brett, vinous, sharp bitterness on the back end.
M - Medium body, moderate-low carbonation.
O - Very drinkable, great beer, great series, I have also tries the spontanframboos and really enjoyed it, can't wait to try the rest of the series.
01-11-2013 00:11:57 | More by Rickythejeweler
3.2/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
12-15-2012 05:39:10 | More by JohnGalt1
3.6/5 rDev +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.
12-09-2012 07:17:54 | More by biboergosum
3.33/5 rDev -2.9%
A: The beer has a light reddish-yellow body that pours with a thin white head and next to no retention.
S: The nose is a bit of a failure in that it resembles that of a Pilsner with a light wet hop and light malt smell. Smells like a drunk mans breath.
T: Extremely tart strawberry is the first flavor to hit the palette resembling an unripe strawberry with some earthiness, floralness and heavy bitterness. Quite interesting.
M: The mouthfeel is good for the style with a light body and sharp carbonation that compliments the flavor profile.
Overall this was a good strawberry lambic but it could use a bit more strawberry flavor and a better nose.
11-24-2012 09:04:00 | More by TheBeerCarl
3.15/5 rDev -8.2%
Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, ripe strawberries. In the taste, a dry small sour strawberry and somewhat like champagne. A sour like bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sourness and note of fruit in the aftertaste. Dry strawberries and a small sourness, not to shabby.
11-23-2012 16:43:06 | More by OWSLEY069
2.83/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
10-27-2012 17:07:10 | More by rarbring
3.55/5 rDev +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.
10-18-2012 14:42:54 | More by TMoney2591
3.05/5 rDev -11.1%
A: Very clear orange yellow pour with a finger of white head. The bubbles race to the top of the glass and hold up the head for a really long time.
S: The aroma is much like the Spontankriek: tart, sour, with an underlying sweetness. Not particularly impressive in any one aspect.
T: Again, as with Spontankriek, this is just sour. No sweetness to counterbalance the sour at all. Really just tastes the same as the kriek. I can't distinguish any strawberries, either. Glad I split this with a buddy.
MF: Light and a bit over carbonated. The dryness at the finish is nice, but doesn't help the drinkability that much.
O: Pretty disappointed in this series so far. I'd recommend you don't spend the money to pick these up. Just not worth it.
10-07-2012 02:11:07 | More by russwbeck
4.83/5 rDev +40.8%
A: Dark hazy golden with champagne like carbonation fizz-up when opening. Light fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Leaves no lacing on the glass. Releases steady carbonation bubbles floating up in the glass.
S: A strong peaty yeastiness with a hint of fruit. Instantly recognizable sour beer funk.
T: Up front there is powerful funk from start to finish. One slight strawberry note near the finish; a very subtle sweetness that fades quickly. Moderate sourness that lingers just a few moments after swallowing. Finishes very dry and slightly musty, but still in harmony with the other yeast flavors. Wooden notes are present at the end too, but I wouldn't call it oak. Occasionally evokes a very dry champagne. No alcohol at all, despite being 7.7%.
M: Medium-smooth body with very crisp carbonation.
O: I was shocked when I saw the other scores for this beer; it's one of my favorites and I can't wait to get another bottle. As a sour I almost enjoy it as much as the 2008 Vintage Rodenbach I drank recently or Russian River Beatification. I love strong funky yeast-forward flavors like this. There's so much complexity I find different flavors in each sip. Maybe I just got a good bottle.
09-26-2012 02:49:28 | More by lecoupdejarnac
Spontanwildstrawberry from Mikkeller ApS
79 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.