Spontanale | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 88
Photo of stevoj
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light and airy, fruity. Amber/red body with airy head. Aroma of fruit juice, apples, cherries, berries. Taste is tart fruit, with dry finish. Light mouthfeel. Wish I had some cheese to go with this.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasting notes: A dark orange-amber with a light film of fine white bubbles on top. Huge barnyard funk on nose, skewing towards some of the cheesy, sweaty elements along with other earthy notes, lemon-lime citrus, green apple, old oak. The sour funk as not quite as intense on the palate as on the nose. Perhaps this is OK... You'll still get some polarizing flavors that you'll describe as either "earthy and complex" or "pukey" depending on what floats your boat. Still lots of tart green fruit to be found. Exceedingly dry/woody and moderately tart. Leaves a nice lingering sweettart aftertaste along with a tannic pucker that does not overwhelm but cannot be missed either.

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Photo of heygeebee
4/5  rDev +5%

A very easy drinking geueze with a whole lot of complexity and earthiness in the yeast component, but without the intense sourness that usuakky ges with the style. Counterpoint that with the fact it is not an entry level style, either, no sweetness at all.

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Funky, smelled of ass and barnyard, with stinky feet. In a good way? Lol.

Flavor was fairly bitter and resiny/grassy hoppy. Not my favorite. Too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

amazing, just downright awesome sour ale here, been looking forward to one day trying this for some time now. clay station hooked it up. maybe age has helped this, because its not scored real highly on here, but its drinking like a real champ. laic style sour, hazy blind but with a little pale orange in it and a short but permanent quarter inch of white bubbles that keep popping in the surface but being replace by new ones on the bottom. a wonderful nose, acidic and mouthwatering as they come, but also loaded with musty oak character and lactic tartness, as well as robust wheat malt. hard to beat this smell for me, its everything i look for in the style and nothing i don't. the flavor shows the richness and nuance of gueuze, like a blend that brings it all out, but as far as i know, this is unblended, which makes it that much more impressive. funk before sour on the palate, and its nowhere near as acidic as the nose suggests, but still puckers me up pretty good. drying mid tongue acidity, not sharp though, because the oak here is so enormous. its infused the beer with an earthen unity that carries all the way through. i am so impressed by the depth here, and all the body that i usually wish for in lambic types. it also has way more carbonation than most. short of explosive, but not by much, it remains infinitely drinkably partially due to that, but also in large part due to how darn intriguing it is. far better than so many of its variants with the fruit, which i think in some cases kill the crispness of this, kill its simplistic yet layered nature, wash out the subtleties. not here, bold and robust, but also reserved. i love everything about it, especially the long dry constantly changing finish. this is as good as any wild ale in the game.

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Photo of Jonada
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle with no freshness date. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden tangerine like color with one finger of a white head that dissipates to a thin collar and film coating. Body is extremely hazy.

Smell: Sour green apple, barnyard funk, lemon, wet hay, wood, light musty character

Taste: Tart green fruits, brett funk, grassy/floral hops, oak, all of which fall a bit flat in the finish. Dry finish with a very mild lingering bitterness. Sourness is on the lower end of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light bodied and crisp. Somewhat thin mouthfeel. Bordering on high levels of fine carbonation. ABV is hidden well.

Overall: Good beer, but pretty basic and unremarkable. If you like gueuze you'll enjoy it, but I see no reason to seek it out. Lots of cheaper, tastier and easier to find options out there. Take the money you would have spent on this and buy a Hanssens gueuze.

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Photo of kengetty
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at Three Floyds Brewpub in a tulip glass

A - Golden in color, moderately hazy, poured medium white head that dissipated quickly, white ring retained throughout, slight lacing.

S - Slightly funky from the Brett on the front transitions nicely to moderate grain sweetness in the middle. Pick up moderate floral hops and lemon spiciness on the back end. Faint hints of tart pear and oakiness in the finish. Nothing is overpowering and really subtle for the most part for a sour.

T - Moderate tartness on the front end with pear, lemon and apple notes, the oak helps balance this in the middle and showcase the floral/grassy hops for a moment before the finish. Aftertaste is medium champagne grape-like sourness that is never puckering.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, dry finish.

O - The first two thoughts I had as I drank this was, this is a great starter sour for non-beer friends and are there champagne grapes in here? This is a well-balanced sour, but very subtle in the sourness. I enjoyed this beer, but more of a sessionable or starter sour. Your wine friends will like this beer and your beer friends will most likely be let down by this beer.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a slightly hazy light gold with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like super funky oak and dank horse blanket with some unripe apricot and tart vinegar.
T: It tasted like funky oak and musty horse blanket with unripe apricot and tart vinegar. It had a clean and funky aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Lively body.
D: This was a nice gueuze with bold and complex scent and taste. The body was fitting, and the finish was surprisingly smooth. Would age well, but is already good fresh. Not for the faint of heart, but recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mikkeller makes a sour (with the help of De Proef). This one was aged in wine barrels and shows 7.7% ABV. So, on to the beer:

Some large carbonation bubbles are visible and rise through the beer. Its color is a lighter shade of orange with sunlight yellow hues, topped with a small white head with leaves a few dots of itself around. The nose is tame, modestly tart with a splash of white wine.

Not a wild sour by any stretch of the imagination. There is a vague bitterness which hits before the wine, which does have a little sourness. I taste a vague infection, a vague sour fruit note, and a little barnyard stink. Despite its relative high alcohol, the body is closer to being light, and the carbonation is semi-sparkling.

I'm not very excited here. It's okay, but there are so many good options which sell for less than $11.99 for 375ml.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mikkel is my favourite brewer. Brewed & Bottled at Dr Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. My bottle, which identifies the beer as "Ale Aged in Wine Barrels", displays the ABV as 7.7%. 12.7 fl oz green glass (come on, Mikkel!) bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of no real cream, poor thin appearance, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a hazy yellow-orange. Nontransparent; translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It isn't much to look at, admittedly. Hopefully it tastes better than it looks.

Sm: Funky with light sourness. Bretts, a bit of lacto. Floral hops. Clean pale malts. An average strength aroma. It's generally good, but leaves a lot to be desired - especially considering the style. No alchol is detectable.

T: Nicely sour, with lacto overlapping with light funky bretts. Pale malts form the body. Floral hops lend a pleasant flavour. It's well balanced but painfully simple - especially considering the style. Crystal malt; it's a bit champagne-esque. Tasty and enjoyable, but wanting. No alcohol comes through. A pretty basic sour, but a good one.

Mf: Smooth, acidic, and wet. Good carbonation. Good presence on the palate. A bit too thick for its lack of flavour depth and diversity. Suits the flavour profile generally well. A bit too fizzy.

Dr: As basic a sour as you'll find, Spontanale would make a great introduction to sours for a newcomer. Otherwise, it's a bit dull. It'll feed your sour fix, but there's nothing unique or special here to justify a repeat purchase - especially considering its pricetag as an import (though remember to blame the Shelton Bastards for that, not Mikkeller). I wouldn't get this again, but it's pretty decent stuff. It won't impress seasoned sour drinkers, but it gets the job done. An early effort from Mikkel; I've had far better sours from him.


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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Cantillon Geuze glass

A - Pours a cloudy orange colour with a nice foamy white head that retains well

S - Horse blanket and zesty fruits and yeast

T - Up front some nice sour lemon zest notes with a nice green grape flavour that fades into a long sour finish.

M - Light to medium body and light to medium carbonation.

O - I can't see a lot wrong with this beer. It has balnce and sourness that is the equal of a lot of established Lambics. The finish is a little sticky. Maybe a little more carbonation is needed.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Wheat, lemon zest, tart green fruit, funky yeast, sourness, barnyard funk, acidity, funky yeasts.

T - Sourness, tart green fruits, lemon zest, wheat, funky barnyard flavors and yeast, acidity, lactic acid, oak, vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, funky, and sour finish.

D - Very tart and acidic. Nicely balanced and good kick.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, 5.3% ABV. Now without fruit!

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of broadly bubbly, foamy off-white head, which leaves a few aspirational mesa cliffs of lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of grainy pale malt, sour lemon, sharply lactic funk, a more understated tart apple/pear fruitiness, and some softly musty woodiness. The taste is sour, tart apple 'fruit' essence, a doddering pale grainy maltiness, some middling aged, thought still sassy lemon, a fading fast earthy funkiness, some lingering oakey mustiness, and an herbal, grassy character.

The bubbles are a tad peppy, and strong enough to keep things alive, the body a stolid medium weight, and generally smooth amongst the piddling acid and hop challengers. It finishes just on the off-dry side, the inherent fruitiness of the malt somehow keeping up airs, in the face of the lingering sour, musky, yet still neutered funk.

An actually approachable gueuze, in that the acidic nature isn't quite tooth-scrapingly tart, as the fruitiness is weirdly achieved sans guest fruit adjunct. The wood goes far here, at least in the subjugation of the funk, making for an overall pleasant walk in the park for the style. Worthy, and agreeably drinkable.

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Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Mikkeller bar - Copenhagen.

Appearance is a very nice looking golden tone with a short off-white head atop. Its` nose contains apples, black pepper, wood and lemon. An interesting aroma, but nothing crazier than some others from the style. It has a taste of grapes, sour qualities, hay and funk. Mouthfeel is light, a very dry finish which leaves you craving some water, but I dig it. This is a well done gueuze and from what I understand, the first "true gueuze" that Mikkeller has produced. It is well done and for those who I have a chance to try it, do so !

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Photo of madtrixter787
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got some bottles of this and the Framboos in at the shop today. Poured into DFH tulip.

Nice hazy light orange with a decent head that lingers. Wonderful smell, definitely know its a geuze. Thought the carbonation would have been a little better based on the pour, but it helps out the smooth initial taste and mouthfeel. The sour comes in at the end and is in no way overwhelming, just a nice finish. Not a bad first effort for a geuze, as it is in no way an easy style to pull off. Hope the Framboos is just as good!

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a nice hazy straw golden with a touch of orange, nice finge of fluffy white head after a gentle pour that dissapates into a film. A few spots if lacing.... Nice looking beer.

S: light sour lemony funk with some heavier musky oak notes.... Some nice sour green apple/pear notes in there as well... also some grassy/straw like notes in there as well.

T: the sourness is dialed up a bit from the nose, particularly up front there is a nice tart lemonyness, that eventually turns to notes of greens our green apple/pear.... In the middle a musky oakyness comes on strong as well, along with a grassy/straw like herbalness. The only negative thing I have to say is that the musky oak seems to overwhelm a touch, I wish that was dialed back and the sour notes were more of the focal point.

M: light medium body with a medium carbonation, dry on the finish with a bit if a bitter musky oak aftertaste that I feel detracts from the brew overall.

O: a good gueze, although I wish it was a bit more sour and the oak notes weren't so up front, could have been a little bit more well balanced, but then I hold mikkeller to a higher standard then most I suppose.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a hazy golden color with a white head. Moderately funky with lots of dirt, mushroom, must, and grass. A light pepper aroma in the background. Lemon and lemon zest provide a light tartness. The flavor is a bit more oak forward, though still rather funky. Mildly tart, some grass, and moderate funk. Has a bit of a young homebrew sour flavor.

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Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with a big, 2+ fingers of off-white head.

Smell. Sweet juicy fruits - peaches, pears, apples and some berries and light funk. Getting a sea-salt smell from this as well.

Taste. Sour and bitter under-ripe fruits. A little dry and musty funk.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Decent beer, but the light bitterness isn't really doing it any favours.

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Photo of Ruds
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a 'Maises Brau' tall vase style glass.

Looks a treat, clear golden with a good finger and a bit of fluffy white head with lots of bubbles dancing upwards to escape!

Smells of lip puckering sourness, farmyard, a mixture of fruits/berries and a good old countryside aroma in general!

Simple, clean tart sour lemon/citrus taste with other fruit in the background, definately a hint of apple/pear and maybe some green berries - gooseberries or the like. Sour aftertaste as one would expect and the palate is left clear and refreshed.

Mouthfeel was good, but perhaps a little overcarbonated compared to other beers of this ilk?

Overall a good take on a Geuze and would drink again!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color beer with a super huge slightly off-white head with perfect retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of sour green apple notes with light funky notes also discernable. Taste is a semi-complex mix of green apple notes some light funky notes and subtle barnyard flavours. Body is about average with great carbonation. Well brewed and nicely drinkable and somewhat similar to Girardin with maybe a bit more acidity and less barnyard notes.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey gold kind of colour, clear all the way through, with off-white head, slight and a bit listless - just retaining a mild crown. Lace is nice, though.

Smells very pongy and funky. Big organic, vegetative character with a hint of washed rind cheese, floor polish and rotting greens. Hint of some tart fruit, but quite well hideen. Could use more tartness, less pungent funk. Smells a tad unbalanced.

Taste is more tart, and throughout the front palate, it has that nice, fairly crisp and slightly lemony acidity. The genuine funk comes through midway, quite vegetative but a hint of astringent citric rind. Back palate has a mild salty edge and takes on a corporeal edge. I really hate to be vulgar, but in all honesty it reminds me slightly... of... lady bits? Honestly. But a nice fruity twang overlies it and keeps that character from being off-putting.

Full body, not too much pull from the wild yeast but also leaves a little dry.

Fresh and spontaneous, but nothing amazing. I look forward to trying the fruit-edged versions of this.

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Photo of dgilks
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a big, airy off-white head. God head retention for a wild ale.

Moderate funky aroma with some light lemon, lime and stonefruit. A little tartness. Actually a little malty. Nice.

Moderate tartness with a distinct lactic note and no acetic. Balanced fruitiness and some funk. A little light and very balanced.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Very good.

Actually very well done for a first lambic beer. The balance of tartness with a touch of fruitiness and some funk is very good and makes for an enjoyable beer. This isn't as full on as Cantillon or as complex as Drie Fonteinen.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all this is totally new for i mean Mikkeller doing a Gueuze and i heard its his first attempt and brewed at Cantillion and it pours a murky golden orange hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head that stays and leaves a rim of lacing,the first smell i get which is quite dominant is sour green apples followed by musty funk,ripe bitter lemons and hay,the mouthfeel is light bodied,a tad creamy and very tart which suits perfectly and has tastes of dominant sour green apples,musty funk,sour lemons,a hint of grapefruit and finished with a mouthpuckering sherbet bittersweetness and overall for a first effort its bloody good and thats exactly why i love this brewer he just pushes boundaries and usually comes up trumps my hat goes off to him as i would buy this again cheers.

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Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml into a tulip. BBD of May 26, 2020, I think we got to this one in time.

Poured an orangeish yellow, translucent with a foamy white head - 2+ fingers in height. Good retention. Nose is lemony, light oak and a light sweetness as well. Some funky notes and hints to some more tart notes that I hope become apparent in the palate. Taste is tart lemon, some breadinesss and a good balancing sweetness to keep the tartness in check . Slight oakiness near the finish. Medium high carbonation, with a moderate puckering to finish each sip. Sweeter than most gueuzes I've had, and very drinkable all around. I could easily revisit this.

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Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle shared by northyorksammy

Deep blonde colour, big white head, lots of lace. Smell is funky and citrusy, lots of fruit with nice yeasty and wheaty notes. Taste is quite tart, mildly sour, malty with lots of fruit, citrus and green apple quite present, tart in finish. Big carbonation, full body, good feel. I did enjoy this quite a bit, would gladly revisit this brew.

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