Spontanbeetroot | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 73
Photo of tachyons22
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright red, sweet and slightly sour. I wished for more of a beetroot flavour but was presented with cherries and dark berries and almost a kombucha taste.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is interesting - more of a mixed berry smell, almost kriek-like in aroma. Taste is cherry, raspberry, and a bit of beet juice. Flavor is slightly tart with a tangy finish. I liked it although I'm not sure it tasted like what I would have expected from a beet sour.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Mikkeller Bar in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Pours a deep red, pink hued one finger head. It literally looks like a liquid beet. Smells mostly of oak complexity, wood, mild funk, a moderate amount of acetic acidity, and well, the beet is fairly subtle as I expected. Similar on the flavour; there's more of an earthy sweetness to it on the finish which isn't quite "juicy", but it's certainly a twist on the base beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation and lively mouthfeel. Not hard to drink. Decent sour ale that uses a vegetable that's already fairly subtle, and that's reflected in the flavour.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Poured a hazy rhubarb color with a thin pink head. Loads of carbonation.

The aroma is like earthy champagne.

Earthy and vegetal. Yes, the beets are there. The mineral earthiness is offset by the intense sour striking a perfect balance. Finish is unripened strawberries.

This beer is clean and refreshing. An excellent effort and fun to drink.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red/pink with a good amount of carb. Blasts you with musty funk in the smell, maybe a little cherry and cranberry, very Cantillon-like. Taste is very subdued compared to the smell and somewhat of a letdown. Oak, lemon, club soda, some funk, a lingering aftertaste. More fruit than vegetable. Glad I tried it though I think there are better options for the price.

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Photo of thampel09
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured amazingly. Had that purple beet color you'd expect and had the perfect blend of sweek and sour. The beet root really played a solid role and made this a highly enjoyable drink

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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours clear but not quite beet purple, more red than violet; the head is pink and foamy but doesn't last very long; spotty lacing

Smell: Lactic and more cherry/plum than beet-like, though there is an earthy quality that defines the beet sweetness; oaky, too

Taste: Lactic and fruity, with sweet and sour flavors intermingling; the sweetness verges on cherry and plum though, as in the aroma, there is an earthy character that you get from boiled beets; the sourness builds, through the middle, with oaky elements creeping in; dry and fruity in the finish; almost tannic in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite impressive, with nice balance between the various elements

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Photo of qchic
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty in (dark) pink. Smells like funky sweet and sour pickled beets, whereas the flavor is as dry as can be. Almost tannic, with a light lemony tartness giving way to earthiness and then subtle beet flavor. Had a small serving on tap, which might be a better value than a bottle.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crazy Rudy red with a fizzy pink head that dissipates quickly. Smell has aromas of sweet ripe strawberry, sugary beets and a slight acidity near the end. Taste has notes of sweet beer and a nice tart flavor that give it a nice light crisp feel.

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Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a clear, red/pink color. 1/3 inch head of a pink color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong sourness, floral, fruit, slight sweet malt, alcohol, earthiness, and mustiness. Mouth feel is dry, sharp, crisp, and average carbonation level. Sweet malt, alcohol, fruit, earthiness, hint of yeast, hint of sugar, and a hint of mustiness.

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Photo of bschweis
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Very sour at first. Finish is long, dry and oaky. Subtle vegetal quality in the finish as well. Color is deep pink (you know, like beet juice).

Very good sour beer. Price was a little high at $12 for 375ml though.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky red with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, fruit, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid fruity characteristics, but I wouldn’t be able to identify any sort of beet qualities if I didn’t know what I was drinking.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

oh what a slice of heaven this thing is. potentially the best of the series i have had so far, although i have a few more on deck. this is gold, rich and earthy, bloody purple red in color, but clear for what it is, and fizzy like a soda pop. i smell sour before i smell beet, lemony lacto and carbonation bombard me. beet juice is secondary, sweeter than it is by itself thanks to the grain, and yeasty as anything, weird its so clear. i get lacto and brett, sour and funk, longest lasting finish of any sour beer i have ever had. i go from puckery to mouth watering, and then what waters makes me pucker again, and so on and so on. its never ending, waves after waves of almost all the pucker i can stand, but every wave resolves. its so perfect. a little less beet forward than i wanted, but the color and the density make it beety enough for me. the sourness here seems more than in others, not sure if the sugars are more simple so they are eaten more completely or what, but here it is, a beet sour beer thats better than any expectation. reminds me of great dinners, great wines, eastern europe, and late summer all at the same time. mikkeller has taken some flack, but come on people, this is nearly perfect, magical wild ale like none other. my fullest marks for this one off gem.

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Spontanbeetroot from Mikkeller ApS
4.1 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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