Spontanframboos | 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: Rotating

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Added by pixieskid on 05-02-2011

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#2,835
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
362
pDev:
9.31%
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4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, the second spontan beer for me and definitely my favorite. this one pours a really robust ruby red, almost artificial looking, like this color is digitaly enhanced or something. a nice white head rests on top, stained pink just a bit. the nose is crazy raspberry. this feels more intesely raspberry than the kriek did cherry. its fruity but not sweet, with a really funky tart yeast backing everything up. the yeast and the fruit combine to do wonderful things. this isnt a sour in the classic sense, but it is tart rather than sweet. that funk on the raspberries is totally unique, like nothing ive tasted before, and i really really like it. its not a beer i could drink a lot of, but its a nice one to try. its got a medium body and supercharged carbonation. an excellent product, as all mikkeller beers seem to be.

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4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale red in color. It poured with a thin pink colored head that hardly died down.
S: Strong aromas of funk are present in the nose that are like smelling salts to your nostrils.
T: Like the smell, the taste is both sour and funky and has notes of raspberries without any associated sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very bold amount of funk; the nose is akin to a gueuze. I liked this one because the fruit made the taste a little more palatable but wasn't sweet.

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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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4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While celebrating the raspberry fruit in all its naked glory, Mikkeller's framboise strikes a balance of all-things-funk along with more hop bitterness than I'm used to seeing. But sometimes you don't know what you need until you taste it in action.

While pouring a deep ruby color and with significant haze, the beer seems to display a few shades darker than expected because of its medium opaqueness. Firmly headed with a sandy stained foam stance, the beer laces wonderfully with broken rings and residual islands on the glass. It's a beautiful beer albeit darker than is typical for framboise.

Strong fruity, tart, and even sour aromas strike the nose with elements of obvious raspberry, but also balsamic vinegar, sherry, cider, a whiff of sea air, and musty saddle leather. Dried woods, light tobacco, red grape, and even cherry undertones complement the primary aromas and add to the complex nose of the beer.

Thirst quenching flavors of acidic fruits wash the palate with confidence and pin point precision. Limes, the brine of sea salt, pectin rich cherries, raspberries, and crab apples reveal the strong tartness that governs the beer's flavor. Complex alcohol and fruit notes weave together to derive impressions of sherry, port wine, red wine, and cider, but then conclude with a clean bitterness that's easily confused with sourness. It's a delicious beer that holds only a bit more raspberry sweetness that I actually prefer because it keeps the beer tasting like actual raspberries, and not dry to the point where the taste of fruit becomes generic.

Certainly light in body, the beer's supreme low pH allows the acidity to cut through the thirst and usher in a super-quick finish of sharp acidity, mild astringency, and supreme palate stripping cleanliness.

Where I have found Mikkeller beers to be ultra challenging and complex, I have also been critical on the aspects of those complexities that I have found unrefined or too challenging to my palate. I cannot say any of that here- this is an authentic tasting sour beer that deserves the stage with Hanssen's and Boon.

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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

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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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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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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky ruby red in color with some amber highlights and minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall creamy pinkish white head that redues to a mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of funkiness along with moderate aromas of tartness, raspberry, and just a hint of oak.

T: This beer is not sweet like many of the others in the fruit lambic style which I really appreciate, there is a light to moderate amount of raspberry with pretty strong flavors of tartness and funkiness. There are some light notes of oak and hints of vanilla as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Some moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: I love how the tart funkiness in the aroma of this beer continues to intensify as the beer warms. I really enjoy the fact that this one is not sweet and has no natural or artificial sweeteners added. This one is kind of intense, similar to a gueze, so if you do not like those you might want to avoid this one. I really enjoyed this one and look forward to trying some of it's sibling offerings.

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Spontanframboos from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 362 ratings
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