Spontanframboos | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml can into tulip glass, best before 6/22/2017. Pours slightly hazy ruby red/light pink/orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge tart/jammy raspberry, cranberry, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, oak, musty funk, red wine vinegar, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with huge strength. Taste of huge tart/jammy raspberry, cranberry, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, oak, musty funk, red wine vinegar, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/lactic sourness and tannic fruit/oak tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, cranberry, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, oak, musty funk, red wine vinegar, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness balance; lightly puckering, but not astringent. Moderate dryness from tart/sourness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and acidic/tannic/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.7%. Overall this is an incredible fruit lambic! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the fairly intense lactic sourness and tannic fruit flavors. Never overwhelming with a nice malt backing for balance. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tone
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, red/pink color. 1/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong fresh fruit, hint of hops, strong bacterial funk, alcohol, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong fresh fruit, hint of hops, strong bacterial funk, alcohol, and slight wood. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, blend, and feel.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. Bottom of can says 22/06/17.

Pours a dark ruby red color with a 3/4 inch pinkish-purplish head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Big black raspberry aroma with some nice funk and a hint of tartness.

T- Jeez. Intensely sour lactic acid attack with lots of raspberry surrounding. The sweetness tries to vie for position but the tartness overwhelms and becomes the main player. Decent amount of funk to keep things interesting.

M- High level of pucker with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Quite good but just a tad too sour for my liking. There's plenty of fruit and funk complexity to keep me interested but 5 oz of this is plenty for me.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned lambic, I've seen it all, what's next- barleywine in a bag? Purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This pours a very vividly dark red, with a big 1.5 inch white head, and no lacing.

Smells pretty dirty and pretty sour- lots of very sour raspberry on the nose, dirty and musty funk, red wine vinegar, and oak.

This has a wonderfully dry and sour raspberry character, with a secondary juicy cranberry character, as well, with a withering dry vinegary funk, and lots of oak, especially as it warms. This is up there with the traditional producers of raspberry lambic- it's really quite nice.

This is lighter bodied, with a fairly juicy mouthfeel, and a good level of carbonation.

This might be the best Spontan beer that I've had. It was challenging and complex, and very tasty.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. 2013 vintage.

With three years on it still has an incredibly fruity aroma that is present as soon as you pop the cap.

Look is a muddy red brown with pink highlights. Tan head that dissipates quickly.

Definite notes of raspberry on the nose. Malty sweet syrupy note.

Taste is a perfect blend of sweet and sour. Not as much tart berry in the taste (that might be the age) but a definite thick fruit juice quality.

Probably a very different beer from when it was first bottled but still really an incredible beer. A nice blend of sweet and sour and an easy but complex drinker.

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Photo of RoninTK3
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Berry juice, red thin lacing

Berry juice, raspberries, jam, funk, vanilla

Very tart, oak, berry jam, vanilla

Light to medium body. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Interesting blend. Long finish, nice color (once everything settles), funk on the nose. Haven't had many beers to be this funky on the tongue. Perhaps my first foray into a non-sweetened lambic but certainly worth the price of admission. Will probably get another bottle for fun

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Photo of ND-0107
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice raspberry sour. Had in tulip from tap at local watering hole. Poured a slightly muddy reddish color w slight head. Good tart aroma with hint of raspberry. Flavor followed aroma, with more rasp on finish. Not overly tart. Lighter on tongue than ABV suggests.

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Photo of epyon396
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous ruby/magenta with a thin white head and perfect uniform lacing around the glass.

Nose is raspberry jam and malt vinegar. The latter is strong and off-putting.

Taste is very jam-like. Lots of raspberries and sugar. Not overly tart but it's up there. The vinegar from the nose is present but far subdued compared to the nose. A good amount of funk.

Medium/full bodied. Lower carbonation.

Not the raspberry bomb that I was expecting/hoping for, but it's a solid brew aside from the nose that I didn't care for.

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Photo of brandoneast
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the most jammy raspberry aromas I've ever experienced. As far as raspberry jam goes, only Jester King Atrial Rubicite beats it. Quite sour and not as round as a flavor as I expected, because the nose was much sweeter.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong clear red color. Pours with a champagne-like pinkish foam that is slow to fade. Throughout it maintains a effervescent carbonation that never stops.
Smells of funky raspberries
Tastes follows the smell, funky raspberries but with a light peppery finish.
Seems very much an accessible classic fruit lambic style, just a little less refined than the popular Cantillon and 3F versions.

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Photo of bnes09
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Lovely, hazy amber bronze color. Excellent lace retention.

Gorgeous raspberry, vinegar, oak and yeast aroma. Simple, elegant and sophisticated.

Assertive acidity without the burn. Balanced with fresh raspberry flavor adding a moderate sweetness. Smooth oak, rich malt. Extremely well balanced.

Perfect dryness from the acid. Well carbonated. I get the occasional large yeast flake which adds an odd texture for a bit.

Close to perfect example of fruit lambic.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish-brown with a faintly red head, short and fizzy, falling without much lacing; hazy. The nose is powerful and delicious, big, ripe raspberries, jammy with some tart notes in the background. On the palate, the fruit is much drier and the sour and acid comes through nicely with a nice, yet subtle, dose of funk as well as some spicey, peppery notes. Clean and refreshing. A really tasty brew.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft pour

Clear red body with a scant head that disappears before your eyes. Expecting sour.

Juicy raspberry, some wet wood, and tree leaves.

Pretty light for such a hefty sour. Nice sourness on the back end. Juicy raspberry and wood on the flavor.

Some of these Mikkeller sours are hit or miss but this is pretty freaking good for not being one of the double or triple fruited ones.

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Photo of Franck
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

2014 vintage. Smell of rasberry juice, wild yeasts and candi sugar. In mouth, it's very sour. Rasberry taste follows with a strong tartness. Bitterness is fruity and specially sour. Overall, it's a nice beer. Sour fans only. Very tasty and you know rasberries are real, not a weird syrup or jam.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%

A: poured from a 375 ml bottle into a pint glass, very red brown colored with a short pink head that dissipates leaving some lacing, hazy

S: tart raspberry, very wine like, lots of woody funky smells

T: sour raspberry and bitter oak tannins, red wine, nice noble like bitter hops

M: medium to full with higher carbonation

O: an absolutely excellent fruit lambic, very sour, very oaky

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and cloudy ruby red pour with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Strong sour smell of raspberries and the taste follows with a really nice sour flavor upfront. In addition to the raspberry flavor, there’s also some dark cherry notes. Very juicy flavor and finishes with a nice lingering tartness.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pinkish to ruby color, with lots of large bubble carbonation, soda-like. The head dissipates, but that isn't surprising.

The smell is mostly a funky sour. I get more cheese-mold type of funk cold, and the sour comes more as it warms. I do get a little fruit in the background, hard to tell if it's raspberry.

The taste starts a bit more fruity than the smell. The sour milk comes next, followed by the cheesy funk. However, it was nice to see the raspberry cone through more in the taste. The carbonation does die off eventually, but it does contribute to the feel, which is also a bit more chewy than I'd expect.

Overall this is a good beer, but it feels just slightly incomplete for me. The raspberry is hinted at, the sour starts to pucker, but then gives way to a cheese curd finish. Very interesting, and I would definitely have again, but it just needed something more to get to great for me.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear rust tinged red color with a quickly fading, effervescent head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of tart raspberries along with some funk.

Tastes of the tart fruits with the underlying funk. Tart raspberries lead off with sour apples and lime notes as well. Some bubble gum like notes come through in the middle. Yeast funk adds in towards the end. Finishes fairly clean with a little earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and well done.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thomas for sharing this one!

Served in a goblet, it's a dark crimson red with white foam that has the faintest pink tint to it. Spotty lacing and a delicate arc or two forms on the opposite side of the glass.

Aroma is subdued raspberry with moderate acidity.

Puckering raspberry acidity with a seedy dry finish. Juicy and fruity, though I'm told not quite as sour as the latest batch on draft. Light to medium bodied, easy to drink. Overall it's pretty good, not as wild or funky as I'd hoped, but it seems to be a good stand in substitute for scarcer traditional framboise lambic.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a nice large pink color head with good retention with some light lacing. Aroma of sour raspberry notes with some tart notes. Taste is also dominated by some tart raspberry notes with some acidic notes and some light funky notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. A tad too acidic for my taste and missing some funky barnyard notes but still plenty satisfying.

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Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear dark pink+orange tinted red. Smell is geuze-y plus raspberry juice... funky barnyard, citric, slight band-aid thing, but not going too far into funkland. Taste: sort of a cranberry-raspberry motif... raspberry, acetic, nice acid and sweet balance, oaky vinous edges. Nice and intense without getting esoteric.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this bottle from hoppypocket for CanBIF Fall 2013. From notes.

A - Light pink pour with one finger of cloudy light red head. Good retention with a half finger, good spotty lace.

S - Some tartness, raspberry, grainy, dusty.

T - Tart raspberry, acidic, raspberry juice.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, quite aicidic to finish.

O/D - Doesn't really wow, but it definitely does the trick. Acidic enough but the fruit flavour could be more tart. Good.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from my To Øl chalice,

A - Pours a cloudy rich red/pink colour with a pink head that surprisingly retains well and laces.

S - Rasberries and sour funk and plenty of it. Maybe a littel earthy.

T - Uo front some sour notes before the fruit kicks in. The rasberries are very prominent and the finish in long and sour. Excellent

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

O - This ranks right up there with the LP Framb IMO. The balnace between sour and fruit are very impressive. Recommended

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Photo of cbutova
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chico1985, thanks as always! Reviewed from notes.

A- Pink red pour to a small Allagash tulip-esque glass. Foamy white head with retention similar to other sours, fizzes out fairly quickly. Nice pillow and ring leaving spotty lace.

S- Sour raspberries up front with a fresh feeling to them. Not much funk but the aroma leads you to believe this will be pretty sour and have nice fruit flavors.

T- Similar to the aroma with fresh sour raspberries making up most of the flavor. Other things that come to mind include notes of lemon sourness, oak, wine and slight barnyard. Has a vinous bitterness to it all.

MF- Foamy dry soured body. Fairly high bubbly carbonated feel and the sour level is high but not burning, just right.

Didn't really have any expectations for this one and it was a pleasant sour. Good fresh raspberry flavors with a nice authentic sourness.

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