Spontanframboos | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by pixieskid on 05-02-2011

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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 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 SUBER
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, slight glusher...kinda the style tho

A: Murky ruby red color with a pinkish white head that had good lace.

S: Motherfunkensourness, raspberries, tart, slight oak, vinegar and more funk...oh yeah!!

T: Good sour pucker with raspberry jam sweetness with a oaky tannins. tart and more of that funkness.

M: Light body and dry

O: Raspberries and sour funkness...how yummy!

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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 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 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 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 pixieskid
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Of the three "Spontanbeers" this was definitely my favorite.

Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel, very spritzy carbonation.

Wonderful Raspberry aroma with a hint of citrus and some funk.

Flavor matches the aroma well with a lingering juicy/fruity wine note in the finish.

Overall; simple and solid, extremely drinkable and unlike the Spontonkriek, the higher abv is undetectable.

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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 PerHops
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Excellent looking beer. Great color in the body and the head. Excellent lacing. Just looks like the perfect desert beer!

S- Woah, lots of rasbperries! My mouth waters from the tart raspberries just from smelling this one! A little bit of funk and earth, but this one is all about the fruit!

T- Tart raspberries. Perfect play on sweet and sour. Maybe one dimensional, but so good it's forgivable.

M- Just enough carbonation to keep up with the flavor.

O- I have had better framboise, but I have to look a lot harder to find them.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dark-reddish with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

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

T - Sourness, sweet and tart fresh raspberries, 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 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 jtd1969
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep ruby red color with high carbonation and a pinkish head

S: Aromas of raspberry, oak, sour grapes, vinegar.

T: Red Raspberry, oak "twangs" through the taste. Lot's of berry flavors through out with grape and a woody twist of some sort.

M: Definitely not light, but not really medium either. Lot's of carbonation but not overbearing for the beer. 7.7% abv was hidden well as it was extremely easy to drink.

O: For the style it was really good. Refreshing and sour with lots of fruit. I am kinda of hit or miss on Lambics. However, this one was good.

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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours raspberry red with a fluffy pink head; many strands of lace appear on the side of the tulip

Smell: A nice balance of barnyard funk with sweet and tart raspberry underneath

Taste: Both the rich sweet and tart raspberry tones and the barnyard funk mingle in the front end with the funk winning out, after the swallow; still, the raspberry lingers underneath into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation

Overall: A really nice fruit lambic; the sweet and tart flavors complement each other and there is plenty of funk

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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 Brew33
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a big Mikkeller fan in general but this was an excellent beer.

It's a murky pink with a small crown of bubbles. The aroma is fantastic. Brett in full force. Stinky cheese, raspberries, and juicy sour aromas rise above the rim of the glass. Deep sour raspberry notes. Just fantastic.

The inital sip leads to a sweet then immediately tart rasberry character. Full, rich berries. This beer isn't as sour as the nose would lead you to believe but it's certainly sour and tart. Wine barrel certainly makes itself known with a slightly tannic, vinous character. I'm shocked at how much I enjoy this. It's VERY good. The mouthfeel is a little heavy and could use a touch more carbonation or a little bit tighter carbonation.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. I'd certainly drink this anytime.

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

12.7 oz green capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out a very deep reddish pink color, pretty much opaque, a nice white, light pink colored head quickly fades to a ring. Lace is real quick to fall back into the beer.

Fresh raspberries blends with a nice rotted wood, lactic funk character

Again, sugary raspberries, raspberry seeds, lemon citrus acidity, some horsey Brett and a touch of lactic funk, maybe even a touch of wine.

Light bodied with a pretty good bright sourness that lingers on the palate.

A really nice framboise, maybe not quite as complex as some of the bigger lambic makers, but still a nice treat. Look forward to trying the other versions.

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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 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 larryi86
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter
This was a little bit of a gusher but not too bad

A- A clear ruby red with a three finger light pink head.

S- Raspberries, some funk, sour, some oak, some sweetness that gives this a nice balance.

T- Raspberries, tart green apples, sour lemons, wine, oak, touch of funk, well balances.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A tasty raspberry lambic, wine adds a nice twist to the beer. Price tag was high, but I am very happy that I picked this up. Worth trying if you enjoy lambics.

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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 PeterIngemi
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 12.7 oz bottle into a duvel glass

a: pours a very nice dark ruby raspberry color, reminiscent of the spontan kriek bit a few shades darker in color, a nice finger fluffy rasp/white head that disapates into a film nd leavs some nice lacing.

S: a very nice sweet tart like rasp aroma, beautiful full bodies rasp, smells awesome, really nice. The best nose I feel out of all the spontans I have reviewed so far.... Nice tartness and balance.

T: Nice tart raspberry flavor, very nice, lemony tartness, loads and loads of raspberry and in the middle there is a slightly bitter oak bite, but it is not nearly as offensive as it was in the other spontans, maybe it just works much better with the raspberry.... Either way it's delicious.

M: very nice mouthfeel, medium body with a very nice level of crisp carbonation, that Keeps the brew lightly effervescent, while still a touch creamy. The end is dry with a little bit of lingerin bitterness.

O: by far my favorite of the spontans thatbive gotten to try, very nicley done, gear tartness and fruit flavor, the musky oak bitterness worked a bit better with this one, and felt a little tones Down on this one.

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Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice enough looking beer. Pours bright maroon with a smallish off-white head. Pretty clear on the initial pour. A little bit of lacing. Somewhat deeper maroon on my second pour.

Wonderful raspberry aroma. It's just bursting with juicy berries. Very jammy. Some green apple, vinegar, funk, but it's dominated by that raspberry jam.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but it's still very nice. It's medium sour and quite dry. There's a fair bit of tannic bitterness. It's a bit like berry skins mixed with under ripe berries. Just not quite juicy/jammy enough. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is fairly light for the abv. The tannic bitter flavor makes things a bit funny, but it's not over the top.

This was a lot better than expected. I approached this beer with some trepidation, but this is a very well done raspberry sour. It's fairly expensive, but it's a really nice legitimately lambic-ish raspberry sour, and that justifies the price for me.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is hazy magenta with an off-white/pinkish head, which starts at about a half-finger and retains as a mostly full cap for the duration. The scent is great, lots of tart raspberry and dirty funk.

The taste is actually better, loads of tart raspberry, red and white grape, funk, some oak. Nice mix of fruit and biting sour gueuze-like flavors, I could mistake this for a traditional Belgian lambic. The mouthfeel is noteworthy as well, nice spritzy carbonation, no sign of the ABV, and easy-drinking.

Pretty awesome, big raspberry but doesn't hold back on the sour/funky flavors.

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Photo of madtrixter787
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also picked up from the Butcher Shop in Fredericksburg, VA. Poured into DFH tulip.

Agressive pour yielded wonderful head that dissipated to some thin nice lacing. Nice cloudy dark purple color with a soft sour scent with a hint of rich raspberry. Mouthfeel is just a tad nicer and better carbonated than the Spontanale. Overall a wonderful raspberry lambic with a nice sweet undertone from the fruit to offset the tartness.

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