Spontankriek | 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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pixieskid on 04-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
130
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
14.76%
 
 
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5
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20
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Photo of eric5bellies
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Darnk from my Cantillon Geuze glass

A - Pours a hazy red colourwith a nice Pink head that retains very well for a Lambic.

S - Plenty of funk and the cherry is distinctively present with some wood.

T - Plenty of tartness and that classic cherry vapour left in the mouth. Reminds me of a fresh LP Kriek. Some woodyness also present.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

O - If this was Cantillon it would be considered a masterpiece. All I can hope is that Mikkeller decides to brew more Lambics like this.

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Photo of CityofBals
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of aasher
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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 ADTaber
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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 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 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 Poupae
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of pwoody11
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of JacobGumina
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Lare453
1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mpayne5
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of logicerror
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of TonyTalon
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of atone315
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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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Spontankriek from Mikkeller ApS
3.59 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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