Spontangooseberry - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: 2013 vintage. Green glass. Lime green label art. 375ml. Unbranded pry-off crown cap. Best before: 28/05/23.

Note: I haven't the fuckest what a gooseberry is...

Reviewed live as an oak aged sour ale per the label. Expectations are high given the brewery. Served cold into a flute and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. 7.7% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1.5 inches wide. Off-white colour. Thick and full, with a soft even consistency and a good overall complexion. Retention is nice - ~5-6 minutes.

BODY: Pale murky copper with neutral orange hues. No yeast can be seen within.

It's a nice looking sour ale, but offers nothing unique or special.

AROMA: Tones of white oak unify the aroma, lending the beer seeming cohesion. I don't pretend to know what gooseberry tastes or smells like, but I do pick up on some pleasant fruit character on par with lychee or peach. Neutral Belgian pale malts bend to the whims of the dominant sourness, though the intensity of the sourness is not high (it's about a 5/10 in terms of intensity). The lychee-like twang is an interesting feature, and helps set this apart from others in the style. An inviting aroma overall.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE: Lychee twang and peach-like sweetness provide the fruity notes; I guess that's gooseberry. The oak in the background ties the beer together, and complements the modest 4-5/10 sourness nicely. The neutral Belgian blonde and pale malts at the core of the beer disappear behind the veneer of the mellow oak. Not a wildly tart or puckering sour, but a pleasant and balanced one to be sure. Satisfying depth of flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, acidic, refreshing, light-bodied, and approachable, with a lemony twang throughout that works with the acidity. Feels tailored specifically to the taste, and elevates the beer.

OVERALL: A crowd-pleasing sour ale with a harmony of texture and taste as well as a gestalt flavour profile, Spontangooseberry - while lacking the intricacy and effortless subtlety of the best offerings in the style - will nevertheless please the discerning drinker. More good work from Mikkeller, and well worth picking up at its European price point. And the gimmickry of the obscure berry isn't just a marketing ploy (so don't get any ideas, Stone Brewing).

B (3.65)

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In high Belgian form, Mikkeller's spontaneous ale series this time relies on the tangy, winy and grapelike goosenberry. As its mysterious microflora sours the ale to near perfection, the taste of the showcased berry remains front and center.

Its rusty golden pour is suggestive of the rustic ale of the ancient Senne Valley. And once those tangy and dry wine notes pierce the olfactories with overt tart berries, but also with chardonnay, crabapple, dried citrus and hints of vinegar once the early taste buds get involved.

Over the middle, the brunt of sourness relaxes and a candied grape taste gains steam- this from the goosenberry, given a bit of life from supple malt sweetness and dry bread taste. Grain and hops weave together to suggest straw and hay, just as the funktified and more raw tastes of saddle leather and cellarlike must wafts about.

Quick and highly refreshing in finish, the beer's vinous acidity dries the taste with utter ease. With a glimpse of wheat and berry to return in aftertaste, the palate is stripped of its thirst with pleasant tartness and a mild peppery tinge.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at Meadowlark in Kettering. Website says retired….but either this is an older keg or maybe it is still being produced.

Appearance: Hazy bordering on translucent gold-orange-color. Very thin white head when brought to the table and this eventually went away with no lacing noted.

Smell: Very strong tart berry aroma – very fruity but not at all sweet. Some tart apple notes as well.

Taste: Sour and tart with strong berry flavors. I’ve had gooseberry before in jam form, but this is different and the gooseberry still comes out. There are other tart and sour fruit flavors as well – with some raspberry and current notes.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light carbonation (a little prickly), with notable acidity.

Overall / Drinkability: I was served this by accident but I decided to be game and finish it off anyway. Very good fruit flavors – this I enjoyed. The tartness and sourness though wears on me as I’m not a big fan of Lambics. I appreciate them for what they are, but it’s not exactly my thing. Still, good aroma and fruit taste, but by the end of the 10oz glass I did not want more.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.48/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chico.

A- Fairly hazy golden body drops from the 375ml into my snifter. A white crown to under one finger quickly dies out to a thin ring. Tons of legs drape on the gladd with each sip while permanent lace is spotty.

S- Funkier than the previous Spotans I have had lately, something musty and cheesy. This buggy funk underlies a massive lactic note with white grapes and lemons coming to mind.

T- Gooseberries gain some strength in their goosey goodness reminding me of bitter pale grapes and tart green apple at times; somehow leaves some jammy residual sweetness. Still some horsey musty funk, oaky vinous notes, lemon juice, lactic acid and cherry pith.

MF- Mostly dried out and very much on the light side of the spectrum even for wilds. Carbonation comes in at a low level but the intense sours seem to support it all just fine.

One of the most sour Spontan brews for me so far with plenty of pale fruit notes atop a very funky lactic backdrop.

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4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luk13
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blond pour with decent white head. Aroma is funk, hay and grapes"berries. Taste is medium acidic, mostly citric, light sweet berries and grape skin bitterness. Dry bodied and decent carbonation. Nice gooseberry display and very close to a traditional fruit lambic. Another hit from the underrated Mikkeller spontan series.

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Spontangooseberry from Mikkeller ApS
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