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SpontanCherryFrederiksdal - Mikkeller ApS

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90
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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 22 | FT: 6
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 17
Photo of bnes09
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark purple and mostly opaque. Looks like grape, blueberry and black currant juice. No head to speak of.

Mildly tart aroma with lots of cherries.

Flavor follows the nose. Hint of oak. Sweetness is well balanced by the acid.

Medium to full bodied. Somewhat low carbonation. Dry finish yet sticky from the fruit sugars.

Overall, a very enjoyable sour fruit beer.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, burgundy red that is the color of nice sweet cherries. Tastes like straight juice from the cherries themselves, with a nice tart tinge to them. Delicious and one of the best from the bottleshare.

Photo of spoony
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (2013 vintage) to a tulip.

A-This beer is quite dark purple...nearly opaque and inky looking. The head is fizzy and tall at first but fades pretty quickly to a collar. The foam is a dark violet color. Pretty stuff.

S-This is one of the most densely fruited beers I have ever sniffed. Lots of juicy cherry, some red grape, and a mild hit of acidity. It is vinous with just a hint of vanilla from the oak. The cherry really dominates.

T-The taste follows the smell closely. Big, juicy, dense cherry flavors are muted only slightly by a mild acidity. The oak imparts a bit of vanilla and some tannins that suggest a red wine, but this thing is pretty jammy, not a sour/funk bomb.

M-The feel is heavy and almost syrupy at times, especially for the style. Carbonation is medium to milder in strength.

O-Having had some of the other Spontan-beers, I was expecting more of the same with big tartness and some fruit. This beer was the exact opposite, i.e., big fruit and only a hint of acidity. It mostly works, especially as a dessert beer, but the beer might be a little syrupy and fruity/sweet for some palates. Extra points for being good looking stuff.

Photo of djhowell
4/5  rDev -0.7%

This is an unusual looking beer. It pours a thick deep garnet red with a fluffy pink head. Lots of tart cherries, oaky, a little acidic, funk and a touch of vanilla. Crisp with a dry finish.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

oh my goodness this is good! like nothing else ive had. its blood red and thick in texture. there is a pretty active red head on top too. the beer is so dense and dark red, never seen one quite this ruby deep and quite intimidating. looks like cherry syrup. the nose is more red wine than anything else. tart and tannic, some lactic acidity too. the fruit is as big as ive ever seen cherries in a beer. in fact, this is ten times more cherry heavy than even the original spontancherry. the cherries are red and ripe and just bursting through the beer, certainly at the expense of any grain or hop character at all. its all fruit, with just a bit of pucker. more juicy than beery, but in a good way. carbonation is really uplifting in a real thick brew, and the alcohol is barely detectable. just blown away how packed in the cherry flavor is, its truly incredible. the acidity cleans up the sweetness that would otherwise be there, and im left with a dry palate loaded with cherry aftertaste. i cant get past it, it transcends what i thought i knew about fruit beer, and is a must try for any fruit beer fan. its next level stuff no doubt.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into wine glass at the bayou in salt lake city. Deep ruby color with pink lacing..very effervescent. Big wine aroma with a lot if deep cherry aromas as well. Taste is very red wine like...with a big dose of cherry. Its thick abd heavy but still drinkable...just a tad bit sweet. At the same time its tart and dry. Really nice brew overall..just dont expect a cantillon. ..its good in its own right.

Photo of devlishdamsel
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The pour was slightly effervescent with a rich ruby color and a raspberry tinged pink foam. The beer was insanely opaque, no light shined through it. Seriously one of the prettiest beers I have ever seen! I really love the contrast between the color of the body of the beer and the foam on top.
Wow. Insanely intense and complex. I can actually smell tanins, funk ( perhaps this is the so called horseblanket Michael Jackson described because its a bit gnarly but that's ok because I like it!), perfumed cherries and a hint of oak.
The tanins in this beer hit my tougue and were quite drying. And a huge amount of astringency hits as well, It almost reminded me of a merlot with a hint of cherry juice. There definitely was a hint of soil as well. The mouthfeel actually hits you before the flavors do. Perahaps this could use a bit of age to round out the pits even more?
Overall an excellent beer. Insanely rich. I highly recommend drinking it in smaller portions to fully savor it as this is definitely a sipping beer. I am also impressed that at almost 9 percent alcohol this beer showed no trace of hotness.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Ivan for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, black cherry, cherry juice, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour black cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice black cherry presence but isn't very sour all around.

Photo of 77black_ships
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml. bottle split by 3. BBF 14/02/2021. Colour is incredible, extremely dark ruby red wine, amazing, head unfortunately does not last which is sad because it looks like raspberry mouse, this has to be one of the most incredible looking beers out there. Nose is pure cherries, light iron, pure cherry juice, mild tart and cherry jam. Taste is incredibly big on cherry juice (almost a bit what 3F Intense Red did with kriek’s), tastes like the whole of a cherry, the pit and lots of the skin as well, some bitter skin and touch of iron, spices, hint of wine and red grape skins, cherry overpowers virtually all Spontan notes, light sourness and nice tang + touch of oak. Pure juice body, touch lighter carb. Very nice, Spontan beers to be becoming more interesting lately. Dry.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First off, this looks way different than what I expected. I was expecting a lighter reddish color with a pinkish head (usually what I see in a kriek) but this is a deep, midnight purple with a pink/purple/strawberry milkish head with a bit of white on top.

The nose is oddly fantastic. At first it just smelled like a sweet red wine to me but as I really got into it there are notes of banana, grape, dark cherries, strawberry and a hint of vinegar that stings the nose.

The taste is an explosion of juicy, fruity flavors. Grape juice, blueberry, slightly tart honeycrisp apples, tart cherry juice, a bit of vinegary tartness and a hint of banana on the back end. Amazing.

This is pretty full bodied for a kriek. The tartness is just the right level and it feels like real fruit tartness instead of that over exaggerated tartness in some sours (which I also love). Delicious, juicy, tart and full. Fantastic combination.

Photo of JDJTEXAS
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is dark ruby red in appearance as previously stated. Smells of tart cherry and reminds me of bing cherries in the springtime! Tastes is involved. Oak is there faintly but the star of this beer is the tart sour cherry taste that is exactly as one would expect. Overall this Kriek is quite beautifully done. I am biased as I am a big fan of cherries but if you are in search of a solid Kriek you won't be disappointed. Cheers

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Warning: Glass cracked off the bottle under the cap when using a wall mounted opener. Be careful opening

Dark murky crimson color, bright pink foam sizzles and quickly fades after audibly crackling for a few seconds. Still glassy surface after a few minutes, looks like red wine.

Aromas of vanilla and cherry, doughy bread crust, slight sweetness in there.

A light sweetness in the taste, vanilla and pie cherry, with a dry vinous feel. Low carbonation, not unlike the Intense Red I just had. Very much like a dry red wine. The Frederiksdal cherries are unique, slightly sweet at first, becoming tart, and dry with tannins in the finish. Mellow and drinkable, in the vein of Scarenbecca, Intense Red, and other unblended Krieks.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tasting glass the Firestone Walker Beer Fest. From notes. Reviewed 1 June 2013.

Ruby-clear and absolutely gorgeous. It smells like tart raspberries, and tastes tart but sweet, with rich berries and a deep, engaging flavor. I loved it -- this is an excellent kriek.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is extremely dark red in color - so dark that it almost appears to be black. It poured with a quarter finger high dark pink head that gradually died down, leaving a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with hints of sourness.
T: Like the smell, the taste is packed with flavors of sour cherries as well as oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this lambic because it had bold flavors of sour cherries from the Frederiksdal Estate. It's definitely an interesting beer to try.

Photo of fdig23
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pour House in Exton.

Appearance: Murky maroon. Really quite unappealing looking. Maybe I just expect every cherry lambic to look like Cantillon Kriek?

Nose: Cherry pie that's been sitting in a basement. It's musty and funky with lots of rich sweet cherries and a good dose of baking spice.

Taste: Tart cherries come first, with a nice accent of mellow baking spice. There's a good bit of horsey, barnyard flavors in the middle and a nice, easy-going cherry danish finish. It's really quite good and is one of the better tasting Cherry lambics I've had.

Mouthfeel: Falls a bit flat and watery here. More carbonation and body would help.

Overall: A nice sour ale here. I really enjoyed the baking spices and pure cherries flavors as well as the more intense funkiness that you don't get on traditional Krieks. Makes me want to try more of the Mikkeller Spontan- series.

Photo of MasterSki
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Northdown. Served in a tulip.

A - Purple-tinged foam settles to a thin collar and wisps. Dark red-purple body.

S - Massive black cherry aroma, with a mix of yogurt tang to it and some sweet graham cracker malt. The cherries are a tiny bit medicinal. Pie-esque, and only mildly funky and sour.

T - The taste has a bit more tartness to it, but it's very much cherry juice at this stage with a hint of mild lactic acidity. No alcohol, which is a surprise for the listed 8.2%. Finish is a bit flaccid and weak.

M - Super dry, with lower carbonation; a tad watery. Some dry and tannic oak. Again, minimal alcohol presence.

D - Easy to drink for an 8.2% beer, but a tad mono-dimensional. Taste starts strong but peters out and leaves me strangely unsatisfied. Still, this was significantly better than Spontankriek.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crazy review coming right up- this is not a pretty review, or a kind review. In fact there's going to be a lot of odd, non- "beer-lexicon" terms here, but this is the beer in its unadulterated form and in its most wonderful of terms...

Becoming of Kriek, the ale pours with an exuberant and frothy pour that celebrates cherry hues with a deep mauve ale underneath, but a seriously pink froth above. Its a beautiful beer that retains its heady cap well and laces lightly on the glass.

Strong sour and fruit aromas converge in the most unique of ways- the first impression is of picked eggs, but with a twist. The extra character is of sweet cherry pie, backed with the sense of cracker dry bread and surprisingly of beets!

Flavors work out just fine as the sour vinegar-ish notes are rounded out into a true cherry taste. A blend of sweet and tart cherries provide the impression of cherry pie filling, rhubarb, beets, pickled eggs, and with the terse dryness of graham cracker. Its sweet and sour interplay allows for a slim vinegar and cider taste to emerge but only in supporting role- the focus is squarely on cherry fruit and red wine acidity.

Medium- maybe full for a sour, the beer retains a lot of sweetness to counteract the sourness but in beautiful drinkability. Medium fruit sugars and acetic sourness buys a balance that's both sour and sweet right down to the well-hidden warmth.

Really, the terms of pickled eggs, vinegar, beets, and rhubarb will dry criticism- but resist all that. This beer is an amazing sour ale that begs a pairing with caramel drizzle cheesecake or a powdery goat cheese. Thank me in the morning!

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SpontanCherryFrederiksdal from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.