Spontannoble - Mikkeller ApS
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4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down a bit and left nearly an entire layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Strong aromas of barnyard funk are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is very funky and also has light bits of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is beer that has an acquired taste and might take some people to get used to, but delivers lots of funk both in the smell and taste.
09-15-2013 20:37:43 | More by metter98
4.06/5 rDev -2.6%
When the bottle was opened there was a brief hiss, and the air filled with an intense skunk. Unfortunate, although the green bottle sure didn't help any. After 10-15 minutes, this dissipated and there was a more familiar farmhouse funk and wild yeast aroma akin to Cantillon. Honestly wouldn't be surprised if they cultured and pitched dregs from Cantillon bottles in this. Light aromas of cheese rind, damp wood, and soft lemon pith. It's pretty spot on in similarity to lambic, and there's little to no Sauternes character to it which was sort of a letdown. Clarity was fairly bright, carbonation was rapid, and there was a thin layer of crackling foam on the surface, depositing bits of lace here and there. Taste was bright and relatively sour, puckering lemony citrus and light dry oakiness round it out nicely. Overall it is worth a try, though miscategorized as a Gueuze.
05-07-2014 21:56:06 | More by emerge077
4.39/5 rDev +5.3%
Bottle shared by Chris. I also grabbed a bottle at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip.
A - White foam settles to a thick collar, partial cap, leaving behind specks of lace. Hazy orange-yellow body.
S - Very gueuze-like, with a hint of sulfur to it. Farmy, earthy mushroom, some stone fruits malt character and mild vinous flavor.
T - The taste is very funky and sour at the same time. Sauternes character is mellow, but imparts a hint of sweet fruits and vinous oak. More oak than you'd expect from your typical gueuze, with heavy lemony lactic sourness, and under ripe peach.
M - Medium body, with surprising heft for the listed 5.5%. Pleasant carbonation, and a dry, puckering finish.
D - This is quite good, and I much prefer the blend of lambics here than those used in the initial iteration of the Spontan- series; I always found those overly mineral and found the higher ABV puzzling.
06-12-2013 19:38:44 | More by MasterSki
3.96/5 rDev -5%
12.7 ounce bottle, dated 2012 on label. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with an inch and a half off-white head. The head lasts a little while, but there isn't much of any lacing at all. The brew smells like white grapes/wine, oak, funk, hay, and some apple. Taste is nice and tart, it tastes like oak, funk, white grapes/wine, hay, and some earthiness and vinegar. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with a moderate amount of carbonation. I like this beer overall, but it's not one of my favorite gueuzes. $15.99 a bottle.
03-04-2014 23:22:01 | More by bluejacket74
3.84/5 rDev -7.9%
A - Crystal clear. Beautiful bright gold with nice effervescence. Fine white head settles into a thick halo with great retention.
S - Bright, dry nose. Hard woods, sour apples, dusty barn, grape skins, lavender.
T - Subtle, dry, sparkling white wine. Dry champagne grapes, resiny wax, apple peel, lemon rind.
M - Bursting with carbonation. Outstanding for the body and flavor profile. Dry, resiny finish.
O - Drinks like a fine dry white wine. A good starting point for people looking to get into sours.
P - Killer with spiced seafood; think blackened white fish, garlicy muscles, etc.
08-21-2013 23:10:45 | More by vfgccp
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
Pours a fairly pale yellow-orange color. It's somewhat cloudy, though I imagine careful bottle handling and pouring could render a clear glass. Medium white head. Pretty good bubblage for a sour. It smells like a gueuze, maybe somewhat young or, at least, from young barrels, but this is as close to lambic country as any non-lambic that I've tried. It's delicate and complex with layers of funk and gentle acidity. It has the lambic mineral character, sulfur and iron. Mushrooms, wet hay, grass, mild vinous vinegar. If you gave me this glass blind, I'd probably guess Drie Fonteinen or Girardin, based on the aroma. Knowing what it is, I'm getting a bit more oak than I'd expect from a lambic, but that could be bias creeping in. Lots of fruit - apricots, berries, peaches, lemons, limes, persimmons. I could smell this beer all day, which sounds kinda weird, admittedly. The taste starts with gentle fruity sweetness and very mild grain. Acidity creeps up slowly and the beer dries out completely by the finish. More lactic than acetic, but it's a lambic-y mix. The finish has a lot of oak. Nice tannic hit aftertaste. Lots of lemons, funk, grass, earth. Some wine sweetness, which takes away a touch from its lambic-ness, but again, I'm left wondering if I'd notice it blind. It's light on the palate with a medium pucker that sorta sneaks up on you. The tannic oakiness is a bit bracing. This is simply delicious. I wish that American breweries would take note and start pushing domestic sours in this direction. I imagine getting lambic flavors right is rather hard, but it's worth the effort. We need more lower abv, lambic-style sours.
07-23-2013 05:26:41 | More by popery
4.06/5 rDev -2.6%
Bottle poured into a Sam Adams/ Weihenstephan Infinium flute.
A -Pours a hazy golden hue with with a slight tint of orange. The head shoots up the glass and dissipates fairly quickly but not all the way. It settles into a quarter inch white head and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom.
S - Sour right off the bat. The earth tones really light this one up. Some funk and reminiscent of some saisons sans the cringing sourness.
T- Lemon and sour citrus with some very ripe light fruit. Apple and some sour grapes. You can taste the barrels that it was aged in as well which gives it a pleasant woody taste too.
M - High carbonation with a dry, crisp finish.
D - I really really liked this mikkeller gueze. I don't drink them too often but I would definitely recommend this to the sour lovers out there.
06-29-2013 20:02:43 | More by tbryan5
3.89/5 rDev -6.7%
Label notes : 2012 bottle, sour ale aged in sauternes barrels. Updated from a 4 'Had' rating.
Appearance - Pour to a Fantome tulip glass. Color is pumpkin orange and initially translucent but the final pour gives it some haze. White head huge at first, eventually falling to a partial cap.
Smell - Could smell it upon opening. Nice funky farm cheese notes, oak, granny smith apples, a nice sour kick and light sweetness .
Taste - A bit tamer on the sour funk with a little more of the Sauternes coming through. A little more fruity overall with peaches and green grape coming to mind. Oak and farm are also prevalent, some bread and buttery tones, slight white wine vibe from the barrel.
Mouthfeel - A little hefty for the ABV, high-ish carbonation but fine here. Sourness is actually somewhat easygoing for a gueuze.
Overall - Good, though the Sauternes barrel is pretty mild overall, and the beer itself is as well, for a gueuze anyway.
01-01-2014 14:53:37 | More by Chico1985
Spontannoble from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.