Spontangooseberry - Mikkeller ApS

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very good

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 96
rAvg: 4
pDev: 5.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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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4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,101 characters)

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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. (1,126 characters)

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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. (961 characters)

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4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (322 characters)

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Spontangooseberry from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.