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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by pixieskid on 04-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
1.9/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This shit was an absolute drain pour! I am a fan of Mikkeller, but this was terrible. The color was a nice red/amber hue, frothy, and smell of a nice lambic kriek. It all ended there...this first sip was sour and tasteless. No taste at all of cherries, and not even a good sour or gueze, but a weak almost nasty sour taste...yuck. The beer had plenty of carbonation, so I know it was not spoiled or bad. I could not believe how much different the smell and taste was! I took a sip, and then a taste and a drink. I honestly tried to like it, but could not bring myself to come close to finishing my half glass. Split the bottle with my Dad on Christmas Eve and we were both of the same opinion. Looks can be decieving is a proper, fitting name for this beer. Terrible.

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Photo of Dactrius
2.21/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Attractive color but minimal head or lacing. This is the most medicinal beer I've ever had, both the smell and the taste were practically identical to some Vick's spray I've used. It got slightly better as it warmed but not much.

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Photo of sirtomtom
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a beautiful ruby red color, with a thin white head

S: A nice sour funk to this. A bit of, for lack of a better word, socks. However it was fairly pleasant overall.

T: This is where it went awry. I could only drink the beer by itself. No food, no other beers, anything. Anything else brought out a horrible metallic flavor. Wrecked the beer. Aside from that, none of the cherries came out at all. There could have been red food coloring in the beer for all I could taste. The goods were that it had a nice sour tartness to it that paired well with the body of the beer. The barrel aging works for it, helps mellow out the sourness.

M: Great mouth feel. Nice medium body to it, expectant of a fruit lambic.

O: Overall the beer could have been better. The cherries should really come out more in this beer, since they put in enough to impact the color. The sourness was spot on. What really didn't work was the metallic flavor that came out when I tried to eat anything with the beer. Some extra funky yeast was in there.

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Photo of BrentLepping
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think 90% of the Spontan series are underrated, phenomenally crafted sours. But this one is just off. Smell is German lager-esque, taste has plenty of oak but it dominates the palate and not in a good way. Doesn't have the same acidic bite as the others in the series, either. Follow -through has more funk like a Geuze as opposed to a typical Kriek. Simply put: just not in the same league as other Belgian lambics in the same price range ($13 for a 500 ml).

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Photo of Prince_Casual
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

375 bottle poured into a softball sized snifter. First beer of the day so I've got virgin taste buds.

Awesome pour, the color of a ruby grapefruit with a lightly pink head that recedes with no lacing. Really really beautiful.

The smell is dominated by unripened cherries. I can tell this one has no residual sugars. Definitely brett and a touch of vinegar (not even in the same ballpark as a standard Flanders, just to be clear).

The flavors of this are not what I was expecting based on previous experiences with the style, but I'll try to give a synopsis w/o preconceptions. The taste is dominated by bitterness, reminiscent of eating cherries and accumulating a bunch of pits before spitting them out, or some white part of a grapefruit rind (though on the back end, unlike that flavor in an IPA). It's really not very sour at all, as I let it warm up the sensations of taking a sip are (little bit) sweet->brett->bitter.

The mouthfeel lacked the acidity and/or carbonation to really open this beer up for me. I usually expect sours and krieks in particular to sizzle my palette, but this one sort of just sat there like a big gulp of unripe grapefruit juice.

Overall I have a nasty habit of picking up every pretty Mikkeller I see, so I'm glad I crossed this one off my list (although I may have another bottle at another storage location). It's not quite a classic example of the style, but despite giving it some low scores, I loved the appearance of it and if split with another advocate it might be interesting to see what they thought.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear red pour. Ruby red and beautiful with a fluffy pink head. Great lacing, decent retention. 4.5

Tart cherries and vinegar mostly. Funky. Very sour. 4

Sour. Tart Cherry. Vinegar. Too much in the sour realm of things and lacks a sweetness to balance it all out. Musty, dry finish. At points I'd say this hints towards medicinal. 2.5

Light body. Nicely carbonated. The bad aftertaste is the detracting factor here. 3

Disappointed. Especially for the price of $16 for the bottle. I hope the other Spontan- beers are better. 3

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a ruby red/purple color with about an inch pink head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The bottle was a bit of a gusher when I opened it. Aroma is sweet and tart cherries, oak, funk, and a bit of vinegar. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there's also a bitter earthy flavor noticeable. Not too sour tasting, the bitter earthy flavor seemed to overpower the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. It's not a bad beer and it's worth trying once, but I wouldn't spend $12.99 a bottle for this again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Huge price on this ($13 for 12.7 oz), so it better be good.

3.5 A: Little gushing going on, but I was quick enough to not lose anything. Mildly hazed deep cherry red color. Big frothy pink head. Retention is decent and a few clumps of lacing are left behind.

4.0 S: Pretty good nose on this. Smells a lot, at its base, like some of the finer Belgian krieks in its rawness. Cherry opens the nose as the most potent aroma. Vinous grape underneath. Lots of funk that is mainly limited to the musty basement variety. Dry wood, sweat socks as well. As this isn't very tart at all, this is definitely a funk forward kriek and those happen to be my favorite. Hay, dirt, and apple orchard. Light vanilla and oak.

3.0 T: While the nose gets by, and gets by well, with limited complexity, it really hurts the taste. Again this has basically no tartness or sourness, which I would have thought to be impossible when using cherries. Instead, you get a dry, dusty woodiness and musty basement funk. Moderate tannic astringency. Surprisingly little fruitiness - even the cherry doesn't stand out much. Just a lot of one-dimensional funk. Not bad, but not good either.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation with a decent spritziness. Astringency lowers the smoothness a bit, but it's okay overall.

3.0 D: Pretty mundane kriek. I could have almost bought a 3F Golden Blend for the same price. Mikkeller once again proves me to be an idiot for giving there mega-priced beers another chance.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine taster. The color is murky deep red. There is a nice pink fluffy one inch head.

The aroma is full of slightly tart but mostly sweet cherry.

The taste lacks a bit in cherry flavor delivery. There is a mix of lemongrass. The tartness is mild; this is crisp with very sharp carbonation.

This is decent, but it doesn't quite hit the mark when it comes to the taste.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A deep red pour with a small pink head. Aroma is primarily of cherry skin with a light funkiness. Most of the funk is earth, cheese, and must. A touch of oak and even some sweet grape juice. A little vinegar, too. The flavor has lots of cherry sweetness, mild tartness/vinegar, and some oak. Moderate funkiness in the form of cheese and must. Might be a little lemon peel in the background.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Beer Revolution. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, topping a beautiful transparent ruby red body.

S - Funky, with some green apple skins, cherries, and a touch of blue cheese. Pretty enjoyable stuff.

T - The taste is unfortunately not as good, with wet astringent oak, a strange mineral finish, and some very underripe fruit and tart cherry skins. My wife said pennies, but I didn't find it quite the bad.

M - Well-hidden alcohol, dry texture, medium body, with moderate-to-low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

D - Started promising, but the unpleasant finish and underwhelming cherry flavor steered this off course. Probably the weakest offering in the series that I've tried.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a deep cherry red with a white head.

S- lots of barnyard funk with horse blanket, blue cheese and earthy wet hay. Oaky wine barrel on the finish.

T- tart and acidic on the front end. Earthy funk in the middle with a harsh oak flavor. Hint of cherry pit on the finish.

MF- slick acidic mouthfeel with a light body. High medium carbonation.

D- ok drinkability

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Photo of Sean9689
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jacob for this extra. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours like cherry juice, off-white head, spotty lace.

S - Light cherries, sweet fruity berries, oak. The cherry notes aren't really all that detectable to me, but only because it's a kriek can I say I really smell them. It's more sweet and fruity then anything.

T - Cherry juice, oak, berries, sour/tartness. The finish is fake plastic cherry and oak, which is quite off-putting. Having this right next after LP Kriek was probably not a good idea.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A decent kriek, but the plastic/oak finish really put a damper on the beer. That said, it's not all that bad, but I'd rather just drink a 3F or Cantillon Kriek if I'm craving cherries. Decent.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed blood red.. pinkish head doesn't really stick around...

Funky nose... tannic cherry aromas... authentic "funk"... old socks and weird cheesiness...

Flavor is tart and musky... great fruit flavor that meshes well with the wild components... seems good... I will buy it if I can find it...

Body is a touch thick, but carbonation is about right.

Interesting.... I had high hopes for this one and was not let down.


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Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle. Aged on oak barrels, thank you Google Translate.

This beer pours a dark, hazy orangish-pink hue, with three fingers of aspirational, puffy, and loosely foamy pale pink head, which leaves a few swaths of wavecrest splatter lace around the glass as it slowly settles to par.

It smells of tart cherries, with hints of strawberries and raspberries, aged lemon juice, a mild earthy funkiness, some faint lactic notes, and somewhat bready pale malt. The taste is rather pungently acrid, sour, and punchy cherry and lemon, or rather the extracted essence thereof, with a wispy, tight funkiness, more herbal than anything, a middling pale malt backbone, a hint of astringent wood planks, and some weak, mostly cast aside earthy hops. No real evidence of the 15-proof booze.

The bubbles are surely active, and add to the tartness perception at first, before calming down, taking the tartness with it as well, the body medium-light in weight, teetering a tad on the thin side, with a halting, pithy smoothness, as in 'halt', there ain't nothing all that smooth here. It finishes mostly dry, the dulled edge of the cherries and friends still an edge.

Kind of a weak sister to the greats, this one is. At least it's not sweet, but the bracing sourness of better versions is balanced by a complex malt, yeast, and fruit interplay, something generally missing here. For the price, I'd rather go with something with a stronger, longer tie to Brussels.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml green glass bottle (come on, Mikkel!) with standard pressure cap served into an Antwerp beer passion weekend stemglass in me friend's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood a few hours ago. I'm really excited about this one as Mikkel is my favourite brewer and I love sours. Expectations are sky high.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. 7.7%. Yeast is visible clearly in the bottom of the bottle. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Surges out of the bottle immediately upon opening. Could be overcarbonated (or built for aging, for that matter.

A: Pours a two finger pink colour head of good thickness, good cream, and decent retention considering the 7.7% ABV. Body colour is a dark pink - light red. Gorgeous. No yeast particles are visible. Nontransparent; nonopaque. No bubble show.

Sm: Cherry, brett lambicus, bacteria, wild yeast, and clean malts. Fruit is restrained but nicely tart. It could definitely use more presence. An average strength aroma, but a pleasant and appealing one.

T: Nicely tart, especially on the finish. Cherries come through, as do hints of white wine. Clean malts are thin and lack body. Interesting. It's balanced pretty well, but while subtle isn't horribly complex. There's little flavour presence, and it hurts the beer. That tartness would be magnificent if amplified. The bacterial touches are nice, but too restrained. Who knew Mikkel could be criticized for lacking boldness?

Mf: Delicately light, even fragile. Pleasantly smooth and wet, suiting the flavours nicely. It's too thin and light, however. Needs a heavier, coarser feel. Again, there's a lack of body and presence.

Dr: Quite drinkable, aided especially by how light it is. It's a good sour, but perhaps not worth its hefty price tag. I'd drink it again, but it's far from among the best sours I've had. Hides its ABV absurdly well. I quite like it. Worth a shot if you come across it. Another solid offering from Mikkeller.


12.22.14: Truncated impressions from a 2 year old bottle:

Aroma is of powdered sugar on cherries. Ideally sweet. Wow.

Brilliant taste. 5/10 sour intensity. Cleanly fermented. Powdered sugar and cherry dominate - just fantastic. And beautifully balanced. Wonderful. Great depth of flavour. Great tartness.

Feel is powdery, smooth, and wet. Perfectly carbonated.

Obscenely drinkable. I could down this by the growler. A must-try brew from Mikkeller. Likely his best sour. This is a real treat aged.


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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml green gueuze bottle purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a pink-hued cranberry juice red, with a pale pink, frothy head that settles to a persistent film and solid lace. Body is light and clean, holding pretty full carbonation. Looks pretty decent.

Nose has plenty of gueuze-like funk to it. A big plasticky Brett note, mingling pleasantly with the kriek, pithy, fruity but tart and sharp intrinsically. There's a strange spiciness to it as well, almost a cinnamon character backing it up. To be honest, I've had some others in the series, and I remember them being more intense in the funk and the acidity. So far, this seems a little weak.

Taste is certainly weak. The acidity is just not there at all, although the sour cherry character does a strong job trying to compensate. Mild crispness comes from the carbonation, but there's really quite a lack of true lambic acidity. There's also a candy sweetness coming through: perhaps the cherry provides more sugar than expected, in any case, it feels much less sophisticated than it should. At the same time, there's quite a bitterness on the back—where the acidity should be, there's quite a bite that makes it less refreshing and less drinkable.

Overall, it's a decent kriek. There's a genuinely pleasant cherry character to it, and it's certainly less of a candy-beer than, say, Lindemans Kriek or Boon Kriek. But others in the spontan- series have been really quite intense and very lambic-like. Disappointingly, this doesn't really follow suit.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Jake. This one pours a ruby color with a thick cap of light pink head.

The aroma is nice and tart. Hints of slightly sweet cherries with some woody notes. The pallet has oak notes with sweet cherries and some hints of pepper.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall this one is pretty solid. Nice offering from Mikkeller.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a nice vibrant red with a touch of purple, with a finger of pinkish head, that dissapates into a nice film that remains, lead a nice lacing, carbonation bubbles are visible running up the glass, looks a touch effervescent.

S: fleshy cherry tartness, especially when the beer warms, a nice citrus/lemon sour funk aroma, a touch of musky oak, smells more rounded then the wild strawberry, smells very nice.

T: fleshy cherry skins, and then a musky oak bite in the middle, a bit of barnyard funkiness in there as well, a little dissapointing after such a nice nose, there is a bitterness to this, that is not all the pleasant or complimentary.

M: medium body Medium high creamy carbonation, there is a mouth drying bitter bite that kinda throws the whole thing of kilter a bit.

O: much like the previous two spontan series I have reviewed, the spontan ale, and the spontan wild strawberry, I am a bit dissapointed, while I do admit I set the bar a little high when it
Comes to mikkeller, I found them all to have an odd bitterness and musky flavor that I did not find pleasing.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a very hazy red to rosé hue in color. It poured with a finger high pink head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Strong aromas of oak and funky sourness are present in the nose; only faint hints of cherries are noticeable.
T: The taste is very sour and has some hints of tart cherry flavors. The sourness is quite strong and makes your mouth pucker.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes more like a gueuze and less like a lambic because the cherry aromas and flavors are really subdued. The smell is pretty funky but not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear cherry red with fluffy faded pink head.
S: It smelled like funky oak and sour cherries with some very tart apple cider vinegar.
T: It tasted like very funky oak and super sour cherry, with some old horse blanket and copper. It had a clean and very funky aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of fizzy carbonation. Nice lively body.
D: This was better than strawberry, but not as good as framboos. The funk was off the hook in the scent and taste. The body was appropriate, and the finish wasn't too harsh, so it was drinkable. May improve with age. Fresh was ok but not delicious. Fun to try once.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Glowing magenta-red color with red-orange tones. Fizzy head wanted to climb out of the glass, but held up at three inches. Stays for awhile with carnation pink foam.

Super-tart lemon, fruit rot, wet hay, Brett-y basement funk, tart cherry, and a hint of oaky vanilla. Very brightly tart.

Very thin flavor. More tart cherry notes than in the nose. Still a push of bitter funkiness from Brettanomyces. Tastes of raspberry, lemon pith, rind mold, red currant, and floral raw mushroom. Not boasting like many fruit lambics. Not as bright. Sour, but not lingering. Short finish like a burst of sour tang that leaves the palate. Drinks with a light body. A little too much ease. Shows the fruit well. Carbonation is has a nice touch. Light fizz behind it.

Bland for the style. Missing oomph in tartness, dry pucker, body, and fruitiness. Not short on the funk.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a mostly clear rosé to ruby red in color with significant amounts of very active carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a four finger tall foamy pinkish head that slowly reduces into a finger tall layer of very large bubbles covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of funkiness and sourness with moderate aromas of oak. There are some lighter aromas of sour cherries as well.

T: This beer is extremely tart with moderate flavors of sour cherries. There are moderate to heavy amounts of funkiness (almost like I expect from an aromatic cheese) and some lighter hints of oak.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Heavy amounts of acidic prickliness and hints of dryness in the finish.

O: More like a gueze than a fruit lambic because of the strength of the sourness + funkiness while the fruit flavors are very subtle. Strong funkiness to the odor makes this one less approachable, especially to novices of the style.

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Photo of larryi86
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Rudy red with a two finger pink head.

S- Horse blanket funk, some cherry pie, some oak.

T- Sour, some cherries, funky, metallic flavor that really throws the taste off. As the beer warms up the metallic taste fades and gets some oak and a touch of wine. Much better warm, went from a 2.5 chilled to a 4 at room temp.

M- Medium body, crisp.

O- Not a bad lambic, but not great. Gets a lot better as it warms. Funky, not much fruit, but nice oak and a touch of wine. Drink at room temp, do not chill! Chilled this is just a mess and I did thing about drain pouring, but as it warmed it became very drinkable.

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Photo of poolemhore
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer thoroughly. A little pricey but worth it considering I don't see it much in northern Maine. Great red/light brown hue with a champagne style effervescence. Medium tartness followed by a slight cherry flavor. Only thing off on this beer was the smell. Totally skunky, Heineken smell which I will attribute to the green bottle and handling of the bottle in the store (sat right by the window). Overall very good.

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Spontankriek from Mikkeller ApS
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