Spontanbeetroot | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Raziel313 on 07-18-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
14
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.54%
 
 
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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, one of the stranger conceptual brews that I have ever come across.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium magenta colour, with one finger of weakly puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly pink head, which leaves very little in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly wafts off.

It smells of tart cherry, plum, and blackberry fruit, some minor musty beet root earthiness, estery yeast, muddled grainy and crackery pale malt notes, and a tame leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitterness. The taste is still rather sour lemon, lime, and stone fruit acetic acids, a consistently understated Polish or Ukrainian cold beet soup thing (the actual spelling varies, so Imma not even going to fucking try), gritty and grainy pale malt, a touch of edgy wheatiness, some gently phenolic yeast, and more pleasant in their temerity leafy and dead floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is surprisingly quite laid-back in its quotidian frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and equally enthralling in its better than expected smoothness. It finishes trending dry, the dry stone fruit esters and that weirdly meek Eastern European winter staple root veggie thing working well to convince me that this is indeed a real boy.

Overall, this was way more enjoyable than I might have been anticipating - Mikkeller has somehow integrated this less than appreciable vegetable into its soured series, with more than a little help from its tart 'n sassy fruity friends. Interesting, robust, and yeah, those are the only hollow words I possess that can explain what the hell I'm tasting right now.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tachyons22
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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 2Bstout
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnct
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OmahaKF
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Blaze5445
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wheresblue
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of whatname
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DocWaters
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rolltide8425
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraigS119
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stevedore
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
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 karenbeer
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Spontanbeetroot from Mikkeller ApS
4.09 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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