Spontangooseberry - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
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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Photo of damndirtyape
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Luk13
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize/gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus, sour, pale malt, sweet malt, hint of hops, hint of grass, and a hint of floral. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable tartness and the dryness level is appropriate. Tastes of sour, fruit, sweet malt, tartness, hint of hop, and a hint of floral. Overall, good aroma, feel, and body.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Chico1985
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle shared next to Spontanpeach and Spontanframboos. Notes from last week.

A - Rusty light orange color with some haze and a white head. Good retention and some lacing left.

S - An emphasis on funk here not really found with the other Spontans tried. Kind of a white grape/wine feel, lactic sourness and oak.

T - Lots of weird dirty herbal farm funk with - gooseberry I suppose, since I'm not familiar though I'd say it's similar to green grape and pear. Slightly oaky vinous feel with highish tartness, bready and lactic tones.

M - On the lighter side, nice sour funk kick, medium carbonation.

O - A goosey good time. This, the Peach and the Framboos were all very different beers but that base beer always pops through.

Photo of hillvt4me
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours light cloudy yellow with a medium white head. Solid lacing and tiny bubbles noted in the tulip glass.

S-Some sour funk, with tart fruity profile.

T-Moderate gooseberry tartness with highlights of yeast and funk.

M- Smooth and I would not guess the etoh to be 7.7%. Rather drinkable.

O-Would definitely have again especially in the summer. Well balanced and unique taste, likely in large part to the gooseberries.

Photo of thehodgie
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of the Spontan beers for me. 2013 bottling, orange-yellow with light bubbly head. Very sour right up front, past that you can find dry-white wine. Hyper-tart, white wine taste comes out as the beer warms. Some citrus as well.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From quick notes at NOTF

A-Pours cloudy and pale with a surprisingly large head for the small sample pour. It even laces in the sample cup.

S-Funky with incoming tartness and a subtler fruity note. The overall aroma is not supremely intense but I did enjoy it.

T-Moderate tartness with a rather authentic sour fruitiness. Never had gooseberry before but I can now imagine how it would taste.

M-7.7%? Wow this is hidden well, even in the body. Prickly bubbles. Finishes a touch sweet.

O/D-This beer made me want to try a gooseberry at some point. One of the better surprises at Night of the Funk.

Photo of ADZA
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of my favourite from the series with lots of funk and different to the rest of series where the base fruit is prominent, definately recommend cheers.

Photo of barczar
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

Aroma is tart and sour, with acetic acid and vinous notes, contrasted by musk and malt sweetness. Flavor is puckeringly tart, with a grape-like sweetness in the finish, and an oak dryness.

Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Shared with Chris, served in a Firestone Walker tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, thin cap, and spotty lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Very sour, with some vegetal and earthy notes; I can see the relation to the Cantillon Feestbier, although this thankfully lacks the cigarette and dirt notes. Light sulfur and musky funk, as well as a touch of malt sweetness.

T - Taste is similarly quite sour, with lots of gooseberry tartness and lactic acidity. Malt and funk largely drop out here, leaving sour fruit, souring bacteria, and slight vegetal accents.

M - Dry, medium body, with pleasant moderate carbonation and no obvious alcohol. Quite puckering, with lingering acidity that incites eventual stomach distress.

D - This is pretty good. Not as mineral and malt-heavy as some of the earlier Spontan- offerings; wondering if they mixed up the blend of base lambics? In any case, a successful amalgamation of fruit and lambic flavors. I'd probably buy this one again, or at least order it on-tap some time.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

one of my favorite series in beer right now, and while not all of them have been stars, its the project that is special. gooseberry huh? I cant recall many other beers with this. funky and sour lambic type like all the others. to me the base beer rivals anything from belgium. its so funky in addition to the sourness, and there is so much musty oak on it, its dank and delicious even without the various fruits. the gooseberries i am guessing (from the color and tartness) were added green, before they are fully ripe they are really puckery, and a lot of that comes through in the beer. there is little residual sugar, but plenty of fruit taste, suggesting the less ripe berry. wheat gets a little tannic, the lacto is dominant in the finish, but so is the wood profile. fruit is rather subtle compared to others in the series, belding in perhaps better than others. carbonation is lovely and the body is fuller. just a fantastic wild ale, as good as any others in this series.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brief write-up. This is my first experience with Mikkeller's sours, and it's solid. It's not as intense as the best (real) lambics, but it brings a good combination of gooseberry, funk, and mild tartness. I also pick up a strong lactic component. Expensive, but worthy for those who like the style.

3.61/5: Spontanprettygood

Photo of popery
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale yellow-gold. It's a bit hazy in the light. Smallish white head. Some bubbliness puffed up initially but it mostly died away. Looks nice enough in a Mikkeller Bar SF glass. Aroma shows off a fair bit of mostly lactic sourness. There's some decent funk in the mix and a touch of sulphur. I think I actually have tried them before, but I don't really know quite how gooseberries smell or taste. There is a sweet and sour berry-ish note, fairly mild. It's sort of grape-ier than I'd expect from a berry. Nice addition, though. The taste is quite sour. Some nice yogurty pucker. However, it's not really dominated by lactic acidity. There's good funk complexity knocking around, and the fruit comes across with more of that sour blueberry/raspberry-sour grape flavor. It's medium dry with some mildly tannic oakiness. Light and refreshing on the palate. No booze. Medium to light carbonation. This is a very good sour, probably the second best of what I've tried from the Spontan series and one of the better Mikkeller beers. And that said, this beer mops the floor with a lot of hyped American sours. I would still like to see more 5-6% abv beers in the series, but it seems like these 7.7% ones are getting better.

Spontangooseberry from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.