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 ADZA
3.11/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pretty bottle and it pours a murky guava hue with a frothy two finger head that doesn't stay for long and leaves some subtle tight sporadic lacing,the smell is raspberries,vinegar,funky feet and sour cherry,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,a touch rough and overcarbonated and I know it's raspberries but I get sour cherry and lots of it first up followed by funky white wine and vinegar finished with a über sour raspberry tartness and overall I was abit let down with this and it def needs some age on it cheers.

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3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap. Wine glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Dark pink color, chill haze appearance. Pinky froth creates a copious, rocky & lasting crown. Aromas of toasted malts, molasses & fresh acidic/sour berries. Gentle malty upfront overwhelmed by strong acidic touch. Light body. Moderate to low carbonation. Oily texture. Tartaric/acidic apples & pears in the middle. Low sugary & fruity finish lingers into the aftertaste. Worth to try !!

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Photo of stakem
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml green bottle shared with wishuwerebeer. Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears a hazed ruby color. A creamy pink stained head appears across the top 2 fingers strong. The cap recedes to a thin lace across the top with spotty and leggy patches of lacework on the glass.

The initial aroma of this beer is peculiar. It smells very reminiscent of pickled red beat eggs... I can't say it smells that appetizing, but I have smelled worse. The smell of this brew opens up and evolves into raspberry, very natural with a scent that is somewhat over-ripe in nature and earthy. As the glass is swirled, notes of sulfur and diaper shit come out of the glass.

The taste is lightly medicinal to herbal with lots of tangy raspberry flavor. There is a light touch of citrus included. Mikkeller hit the nail on the head with this one and got it to be quite sour, it makes your mouth salivate... or maybe my mouth is just watering because I am about to puke, I cant tell the difference at this point. Faint indications of grass, earth, sulfur, cheese and rotten raspberries all come together in the flavor of this brew to make it quite tangy. The finish is quite bitter with faint indications of cardboard.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. There is seemingly no indication of the alcohol in this brew. It is drinkable but a bit of a mess that never quite comes together to be an enjoyable brew. There are just a bunch of things about this experience that are off-putting. Worth a try? Absolutely. Something I would have again? Probably not. A 375ml bottle split between 2 people was more than enough.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at KnB wines for $14.99 and served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewer (who's my favourite in the world), but the other beers in this series have been a bit mundane.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger light pink head of good cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Smooth rolling foam throughout. Quite luscious and appealing. Body colour is a grape vibrant dark red. Non-opaque. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy fruit tart and sugary raspberry notes. Some cherry. Very fruity indeed. Lambicus yeast. Bacteria. White wine. Berry. Pleasant and intriguing, but somewhat artificial. Overly sugary. Fairly strong. No alcohol comes through.

T: Fresh evocative berry, a bit of bacteria, heavy tart character, clean pale malts, sourness, lambic yeast. Tart sourness is most evocative right on the finish. She's tasty. A bit of white wine comes through, but there's none of the acidity. I do get tart raspberry. It's bit empty in the first and early second acts, but the climax really delivers. Structurally imbalanced, but tasty. I quite like it. It's rich and packs a sour punch. More bold than subtle, but it's certainly layered and somewhat complex.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, and of near perfect thickness. Slightly creamy. Luscious and moderate on the palate. Suits the flavours nicely - mainly by staying out of the way.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. A surprise from Mikkeller - who I don't usually associate with brewing good sours. A bit pricey, yes, but comparable to the price of most decent U.S. sours. I might buy it again, but I do think that there are better more age-able sours for this price. This would likely develop with age though. It grows on me as it warms. A surprisingly refreshing and delightful beer. Any sour fan will likely enjoy this one. Hides its ABV very well.

High B

08.02.15: Brief impressions from a 2nd bottle in Tallinn:

Balanced with only mild sourness (~3-4/10 in terms of intensity) and a bit too much sweetness. Should be more tart. It's also somewhat shallow, which is its main drawback. But it drinks easy and delivers the raspberry, powdery mouthfeel, and bacterial sourness you'd look for in any good framboise. Solid work from Mikkeller, but traditional Belgian offerings are still a better bet - and they're better priced.

High B-

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Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pink-orange colour with a smooth, light pink head. Decent head retention.

Funky, barnyard aroma with some lightly jammy raspberry notes. Light lemony tartness. Nice.

Tart yet light. Plenty of lemon but lacking an overall level of complexity in the form of Brettanomyces. The fruit is also a bit too much like jam.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Suitable.

A nice lambic but the overall flavour profile lacks the complexity of the best 3F and Cantillon beers.

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Photo of rarbring
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear reddish brew with a pink fizzy head leaving little lacing and small curtains.

The smell is faintly acid, some fruit nuances.

Starting with fructose, the red fruits, probably raspberries, apple vinegar, lemon acid.

High carbonation, foamy small bubbles, a fresh and dry acid finish.

A good sour beer, lack some brett vibes though.

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Photo of spoony
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on October 25, 2012. From a bottle to a tulip.

A-I got a minor gusher on opening, but the head was manageable when I poured-two fingers-and it dropped pretty quickly. The brew was opaque and, surprise, raspberry colored.

S-Strong on the, surprise, raspberry, but also some tart green apple, and a little cereal grain. I also picked up a little grape.

T-Taste mostly follows the smell, i.e., tart raspberry is dominant with some tart apple and maybe pear. Not the most complex, but not unpleasant.

M-Crisp and drinkable with lots of carbonation and a drying finish.

O-Not a bad effort. The beer was not as complex as the best lambics out there, but the fruit flavors were genuine tasting, not artificial as can sometimes be the case with fruit lambics, IMHO. If you dig raspberries, here you go!

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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 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 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 liamt07
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Jason, 375ml into a tulip.

Pinkish red body, rose head with light lacing and a ring of retention. Nose has sour new tennis balls, raspberries/berries, chlorophenol and general funk. Tastes has raspberries, strawberries, tennis balls, with a sour and fruity finish. Medium feel, high carbonation. Better as it warms.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pulled the trigger on this as the price wasn't as extravagant as I have seen it; thanks again RSVP in Maine for awesome deals!

A- A very deep, dark ruby red with a small thin pink head, looks good, but we're rating what is supposed to be an attempt at a lambic, so looks way too muddled for a higher rating.

S- Funky fresh overripe raspberry with some lambic funk in the background.

T-Musty funk shines through before the raspberry for me; raspberry isn't quite as bright as it was in the nose. Some weird plastic like funk on the finish is what keeps the taste score from going higher for me

M- a little thin and could use some more carbonation,

O- For the price, even with it being cheaper than usual, I should've just stuck with the go-to Belgians, but it was definitely worth a try. Had the spontankriek and this blew that out of the water. Worth a one time buy

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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 biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. If this is how I get raspberries in January, so be it.

This beer pours a dark, hazy cherry amber hue, with two fingers of thinly foamy pale pink head, which leaves a low wall of island profile lace around the glass as it evenly abates.

It smells of tart raspberry fruit pie, further vinegary acidic notes, yeasty dry white wine, and a stripped-down earthiness, potentially of the hop order. The taste is sour, acerbic cherry, lemon, and raspberry essence, the fruity, inherent sugary character more or less neutered to the near-hilt, a reserved, pale grainy maltiness, some middling Belgian yeast, further lime-focused citric notes, more in-progress, strained white and red white character, and a touch of herbal, leafy hops. The alcohol does well to keep its head mostly down through it all.

The bubbles are prominent enough, I suppose, in that I can detect them to a certain degree beyond the overbearing tartness of this whole deal, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, other than the lingering sour fruity notes, which have a habit of mucking up things like this. It finishes still off-dry, just enough of the underappreciated malt able to put up its meager flag in an otherwise tart and bitter fruit-friendly environment.

Not too shabby of a fruit lambic - the pungent tartness is there, no doubt, but it also has the good grace to allow the malt and other fruit characteristics some lesser airtime. A mid-level example of the style, when you're thinking of stepping up your game beyond the introductory, sugar-heavy players.

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

375 mL bottle shared by Thorpe. Thanks!

Pours a hazed, dark pink/ruby with a thin pink head. Earthy and seedy aroma of black raspberry, jam, leaves, and dirt. Crisp, refreshing flavor. Dry and effervescent with a sweeter flavor than expected but a light raspberry tartness to balance the fruit. Some oak and lemon as well.

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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 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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light red body with minimal pink head that died quick with lace patches on top of an overtly razzy aroma and little bits of sweetness as well. Stronger than other lambics so it's a little boozy in the finish but other than that a pretty good beer and textbook lambic. Has a strong raspberry taste that is sour/funky but not too strong and has a minor bit of razzy sweetness but not sugary/over sweetened. The tartness is just right for me as I can keep drinking this beer without getting sickened by being over tart/puckering or over sweetened/cloying and a great dessert beer.

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

A: This poured an opaque cherry red, with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like very tart raspberry, with some funky oak and acidic metallic hops and wild yeast and candi sugar.
T: It tasted like sweet and tart raspberry, with funky oak and musty vinegar and metallic hops. It had a clean and complex aftertaste that was tart and sour and funky.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Lively body.
D: This was a very nice raspberry lambic. The scent and taste had a great balance of sweet fruit and sour funk. The body was appropriate, but the finish was really intense, so it must be sipped. Could age for a long time, but pretty enjoyable fresh. Sold brew.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy ruby red color with a small layer of off white head that fades away quickly. The color is quite nice. The nose is full of raspberries with some lambic funk and a strong oak presence. The flavor follows from the smell, but the raspberry fades towards the end of the sip leaving you with oak and a lemony tartness. The mouthfeel is on the thick side with lots of smooth carbonation and an extremely dry finish. This is a very nice lambic. My only complaint is that the fruit goes away a bit too quickly.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: murky, pale red hue with a thick finger of creamy ivory foam with a little bit of a pinkish cast. I like it.

Smell: nice composition of moderate tartness and a light sweetness which complements the raspberry very well. Very refreshing.

Taste: tartness is very strong and biting right up front, and maintains throughout the palate. Raspberry character is more subdued than in the aroma, but I think this works to the beer's advantage. While quite tart, this beer manages to keep a refreshing balance; I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: tart and refreshing; an extremely drinkable beer. Good stuff.

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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 deadonhisfeet
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gusher alert! Poured (hastily) into a tall La Fin Du Monde snifter. The beer is a delightful murky red color with a bright, festive-looking pink head. Quick dissipation on the head. The nose is musty and has notes of wet grass and earthy, minty raspberries.

Medium body and a good feel brought on by a nice level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very lively and welcoming without washing out the flavors. Flavor-wise, the beer is like Hawaiian Punch on the front of the palate for a split second, then BAM - you're on the express train to pucker town. Big intense sour notes of acidic fruitiness blast at your palate. It's like ripe cherries, plump raspberries, and juicy white grapes all swirling in the juice of a raw lemon. I'm loving this. I should also point out that the sourness does not fade away quickly. This beer has a really nice lingering finish.

This beer is a bit pricey at $12, but if you're trying to explore sours, sooner or later you have to plunk down more money than you'd like. I'm glad I tried this one. It was a very educational pour. I wouldn't advise this to someone new to sours. In fact, I might come back to it someday after I've had a few others.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby raspberry color, well carbonated to maintain a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The nose presents a tart fruity funkiness that screams sour ale raspberries. it doesn't pop as much as a raspberry ananke, but does well to present the fruit forward. The taste is quite distinctly sweet raspberries up front followed by a great mix of funk and bitterness in the beer's finish. The mouthfeel is effervescent, light-medium bodied, well attenuated, and a funky, tart, bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is a bit overpriced, but definitely a solid raspberry sour.

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Spontanframboos from Mikkeller ApS
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