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 jpro
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle from CBX into a snifter...

A: Pours a fuchsia leaning purple, with a light cream head which shows almost no retention and leaves no lace; looks pretty crazy - amazing color.

S: Gumball; raspberry; tart berry rind.

T: Interesting initial taste that's kind of difficult to characterize... a bit of funk would be the easiest way to describe it, I guess; raspberry rind, then sweet, tart raspberry finish a la sweet tarts; Whoa!

M: Medium-bodied; lively carbonation; big time puckering sour finish.

O: An impressive lambic; extreme taste that's perhaps too much of a mix of sweet, sour and funky, but a good brew, that definitely provides a good fix for a sour craving.

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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 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 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 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 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 metter98
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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Photo of dbrauneis
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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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 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 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 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 Jonada
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Murky, ruby red color, lots of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Less than a finger of a off white/light pinkish head that dissipated almost instantly

Smell: Tart raspberries, more musty than funky, slight earthiness. The aroma is not terribly complex as the nose is really dominated by the raspberries, but that's not a bad thing.

Taste: Fresh raspberries, tart citrus notes, vinegar, grape. Tart dry finish with little residual sweetness. Overall this beer is more tart than sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the high side. This is a relatively big lambic at 7.7% but the alcohol is nearly undetectable.

Overall: I was really pleasantly surprised. I would like to have seen a little bit more of that traditional lambic funkiness, but that's only a minor complaint. This ranks in the upper echelon of raspberry lambics I've had.

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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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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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 StonedTrippin
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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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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