Spontanwhitegrape - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours a hazy, pale gold/yellow color with almost-white highlights and a light, tightly packed head of slightly-off-white colored bubbles that fizzle to a scrim/ring. In body the beer is a hazed wonder, nearly opaque with just a faint outline of the other side of the glass reaching the eye. Lazy carbonation bubbles can be seen tracing their way up to the beer’s head. On the nose, the beer smells of fruity funk. Cherry fruit leather with light, funky hay and barnyard and even light pineapple notes, tartly sparkle on the nose. The vinous notes don’t really come through on the nose, though the beer does smell slightly sweeter than a ‘regular’ wild ale. On the tongue, the beer tastes tart with acidity and a light sour feel, this is mellowed at the end by a beautiful sweet wheat, and is lightly balanced by just a touch of bitter grass. The beer feels sharper in carbonation, with a medium mouthfeel that has a light crispness to it, alongside a little oiliness. In flavor the beer begins witth tart, fruity green apple with touches of sweet white wine and tannic oak toast that comes more fully on in the finish, right before smooth wheat biscuits wash over the tongue, softening the sharp acidity and letting some nice bread character come to the tongue alongside soft citric pineapple and cherry. As you breathe out the beer gives some lovely oaky wine characters alongside the wheat bread. The finish is very long and complex, morphing from funk to oak to wheat and back again as it lingers in the mouth. Overall I like this beer a lot. The tannic oak adds a great addition to this beer in comparison with the oak I sampled last night in Jolly Pumpkin’s La Roja. There is some nice complexity in this beer, yet it holds its funk in restraint and doesn’t get crazy wild with the acidity. This is a beer to try.
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2013 19:42:17 | More by Maxwell
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours pale orange and mildly cloudy. There's not a ton of sediment, but this bottle had been sitting on its side. I just don't really care about clarity. Small white head. It's somewhat fizzy, pretty good for a sour though, and dissipates to nothing after a couple minutes. The aroma has a good dose of those Riesling grapes with a big and fruity grape/wine flavor. Nice array of apples, peaches, apricots, pears, etc. Medium oak strength. There's an acerbicly woody tone. On the downside, there's also a light buttery note that I don't love. It dissipates a bit over time, but I much preferred the barrel character of Spontannoble (Sauternes barrels, I think). Some nice funk is also in the mix. The taste is medium tart. Initially, it's quite dry with good funk, oak and wine/grape fruitiness, but the sweetness picks up a bit in the finish, and the buttery oak flavor makes an appearance. The wine flavor is fairly strong throughout. Good acidity level and character. The mouthfeel is lightly prickly with a medium pucker. For 7.7% abv, it's pretty light on the palate, but I think that this beer would be better bumped down a couple percentage points. I just think it could be brighter, and I suspect that the strength contributes to the flavors that I don't love. However, it's a good to very good sour, overall. I just loved Spontannoble, and after that beer, this one is a tad disappointing. I don't think this one quite justifies the price tag, but it's close, and that's a pretty high bar.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2013 05:03:07 | More by popery
4.16/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
375ml capped green bottle. 2012.
A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a 1/2" white head forms a cap and leaves spotty and stringy lace.
N: Very vinous, of course, slight sweetness like grape juice, some faint oaky wood, floral and yeasty notes.
T: Tart and slightly astringent, white grapes lead with some prickles and slightly spicy, floral with minerality, some musty skin, oak and earthy funk. Faint lemon and yeast.
M: Semi-medium body and carbonation. Finishes light with tart grape skins.
O: Refreshing and juicy. Give it a try
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2013 02:05:51 | More by wethorseblanket
Spontanwhitegrape from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.