Spontanpeach - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle. Why are Mikkeller's labels always just a bit 'off', as it is here, with the gentleman carrying an over-sized slice of peach, which appears to be slathered in ketchup?

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and faintly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of island profile lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of funky, kind of fruity yeast, peach vinegar (were that a thing), grainy breakfast cereals, a bit of dry white white acridity, and lemony, somewhat grassy hops. The taste is still quite tart, in a mildly funky, orchard fruity sort of way - peach, apricot, cherry, and some ripened apples to boot - a touch of wet cheese from the yeast, hard water, and muddled leafy, earthy hops.

The bubbles are fairly obtuse and hard to really take seriously, the body a sturdy medium weight, and more smooth than I might have imagined, given my experience with the previous incarnations of this offering. It finishes quite dry, still, the denuded peach and other stone fruit carrying on, as the yeast and its attendant funk drops off like a rock cast downstream.

While this is still a fairly tart rendition of the line of 'Spontan-' lambic apers from this brewery, somehow this one falls a tad flat, the guest fruit perhaps not up to the acidic levels of its orchard brethren. Good, I suppose, but hardly worth the stiff shelf tag around these parts, I gotta say.

Photo of Tylertut
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle bought on 4/7/15 bottled in 2013.

Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Again thanks ol dawg Chico.

A- Mimics the pale spontans to a tee with a hazy golden body and a tiny ring at the edges. Not much lace on the glass beyond a few small spots.

S- Tiny bit of stone fruit pith atop the funky, buggy Spontan sour base. Musty and lactic strength puts some twinge into my cheek muscles.

T- Again the peach is rather tame but anyone who enjoys peaches will know its there with hints of pits and flesh. Similar to the others it is quite sour as lactic acid bacteria must have had a party in the ferment. Vinous white grapes, green apple, Brett cherries and a very small acetic hint.

MF- Super dry and light bodied with a somewhat slick oily and foamy consistency. Carbonation on the low side becoming a trend with the Spontans. Finishes with large sours.

Not a ton peach but its there and it works well with the big sour Spontan base beer.

Photo of Chico1985
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle.

A - Pours to a tulip glass a nice bright orange. A couple fingers of off-white head eventually forms to a thick ring leaving bits of lace.

S - Slight peach candy notes on top of a good funky sour base. A little bit of oak, stinky sweaty lemon, and sugary cereal come to mind as well.

T - Peach is very light here, may not know it's in there if I didn't know. I moreso just get sour general citrus. Pretty solid flavor though - the familiar Spontan base brings some decent lactic sourness, farm funk, vanilla sweetness, buttery oak, cereal grains, grassy tones (hops?).

M - Quite drinkable, 375ml solo is no problem, this series never feels like 7.7% for sure. Mouthfeel leans a little towards the thin side but is fine overall. Sourness is bracing but not huge. Carbonation seems a little on the lower side.

O - Some more peach would've been nice but a solid sour nonetheless.

Photo of kevanb
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%

375ml bottle, 2013, poured into a Mikkeller middle finger teku.

The beer pours a cloudy copper color, hues of orange and light ambers with a few bubbles racing around near the top of the glass. Atop the beer rests a cloudy, soapy, white head that has low retention and leaves only a few small spots of lace behind. The aroma is very funky, nice barnyard, peach skin, white grape, light citrus with some straw and hay, pale grain, rustic, with a little oakiness. The flavors follow fairly well, less peach than the nose suggested, lots of barnyard funk, heavier malt flavors, a bit richer with some citrus and berry flavors and some mild oak at the end. The body is okay, carbonation is present, but it's a bit lower than I'd prefer, struggles to coat the mouth and tongue at times and finishes easily, but a touch heavy and flat.

Verdict: A decent fruited lambic from Mikkeller, but a far cry from many of the greats. The peach translated well on the nose, but got a bit lost on the tongue, the funkiness was really nice and there was certainly some depth to the flavor, but the balance wasn't struck well.

Photo of MasterSki
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Zwanze 2013 tulip.

A - A finger of white foam quickly sizzles to a partial cap, thin collar, and a few stray flecks of lace. Hazy peach body with the odd bubble rising upward.

S - A mixture of peach, vinegar, musky funk, some cereal grain, and a mild mineral quality to it. Reminds me of the earlier Spontan- variants in that regard rather than some of the more recent ones like Gooseberry or Sauternes. Odd that acetic acid is more present than lactic acid, leading to a mildly savory aroma.

T - The taste is similar, with only mild peach and a lot of the base lambic(s). Reminiscent of Spontangrape in that regard, with a similar mix of stone fruit, sweet malts, and light minerality. Less sour, here, with more farmy funk and a twist of medicinal brett and lemon in the finish.

M - Dry, medium body, with pleasant spritzy carbonation and only moderate acidity. No alcohol - I'm always skeptical of the across-the-board 7.7%. Lingering candy-esque stickiness, perhaps from residual fruit sugars?

D - Disappointing after Spontangooseberry; really reminds me of the first, less successful wave of Spontan[fruits]. Needs more fruit flavor and a bit more acidity. I can see why lambic producers sold this stock to Mikkel. Overpriced at $12.99, but still quite easy to drink for all its flaws.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

better than the mandarin, but not even close to the others in this series that i have had. darker than the others too, more amber than blonde, with that same inch of white foam and the airy bubbles racing up the glass. the smell is more like the dried apricots you buy in bulk from the natural foods place than the fresh peaches i was after, but its pleasant. also not as sour as the others, more of a farm vibe to this one, more saison than sour. the flavor is strange, almost meaty or something in taste. like fruit leather can sometimes get like that, it has that same concentrated fruit sugars vibe. i taste the peaches pretty strong though, and i like it quite a bit. the aftertaste is robustly peachy without being too sweet, but a little more pucker would help, not that its boring at all, but not as dynamic as the others. furthermore, the aftertaste, way after, like a few minutes after the swallow, tastes like cigarettes, somehow laden with tar and ash, burnt and pungent, unpleasant. its a good beer, well carbonated and unconventional, but a step below some of the other spontan beers. i wanted more fresh peaches but they just don't really come out as well as they could.

Photo of popery
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dusky light orange. It's quite cloudy. The head is white and small. Fizzes out to nothing after a minute. Very nice label art. I like the color scheme on this one. The aroma is a mix of peaches with light sour and funk. Before it warmed up, there was a definite cheesy note to the beer. The peaches come through with moderate jamminess. Grapes and candied lemons round out the fruit flavor. Delicate, refined funkiness to the beer, beyond the cheese. The taste adds a healthy dose of oak. Quite dry. The peaches are there but even less jammy, more earthy and rustic like the toned down batches of Peche n Brett. Mild sourness, tiny pucker in the finish. Some bitterness from all of that wood. Mouthfeel is light. The beer starts out somewhat effervescent but most of that bubbles away with the head. Solid entry in the Spontan line but definitely not my favorite. I still fervently wish that Mikkeller would start dialing these back to ~5-6% abv, like Spontannoble, which was incredible (to be fair, the Sauternes barrel didn't hurt).

Spontanpeach from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.