Spontankriek | Mikkeller ApS

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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 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 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 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 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 DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gushes upon opening. Not too bad of a gush, but lost about an inch of beer.Pours a hazy, ruby red color with a large, light pink head. Scent is funky with some obvious wild yeast and barnyard funk .Smells like a kriek for sure. Tart cherries with a nice amount of oak and some lovely funk. Taste is a little more oak forward than expected. The cherries are there, but they definitely don't shine. Good amount of vinegar and acidity. Tart cherry at the beginning of each sip, followed by musk and dust-like flavors. Definitely some funk going on in this beer. Very oaky. Good amount of tart/sour. Sour oak/cherries lingers in the middle of the tongue after each sip. Mouthfeel is quite nice and seems to suit this style. Drinkability is high. ABV well-hidden. Overall, this is a solid lambic-style beer. Not the best and a little pricey, but I would definitely buy another bottle and revisit it in a year or two.

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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 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 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 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 dgilks
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately cloudy, ruby red colour with a big but fast dissipating off-pink head. Very good.

Very earthy aroma with a good amount of classic barnyard funk. Light fruitiness with the cherry being obvious.

Tart yet well rounded with a sour, bitter cherry edge. The lactic tartness is good and the earthy undernote adds depth to the whole. Nice cherry character.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A very nice Kriek. The bugs have been well handled providing a rounded character.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at La Cave a Bulles the other day. Stoked to see so many great beers coming into the shop last week!

I was surprised to see Mikkeller trying his hand at some sours...exciting.

Pours a bright and deep ruby red with a nice white head, great retention too.

Medium body, slick and oily, nice carbonation.
Strong sour cherry note upfront, nice tartness throughout.
Some funkiness, notes of hay, wood, with a lingering grapefruit note.
Finishes with a juicy dark cherry note and undertones of plum, lemon, and a lingering grapefruit bitterness.

Once again, Mikkeller doesn't disappoint. A great kriek, surprisingly strong with the alcohol only being slightly present. Looking forward to trying the Spontonale!

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Spontankriek from Mikkeller ApS
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