Spontancassis | Mikkeller ApS

SpontancassisSpontancassis
BA SCORE
4.03/5
157 Ratings
SpontancassisSpontancassis
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ChrisPro on 09-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,283
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
157
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
27
Trade:
2
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

one of my favorites in the spontan lineup, the black currant. its got a great chalky purple color to it, true to the fruit and like i have never seen in a beer before. frothy head on it, more cloudiness than many of the others, but more carbonation too. smells jammy sweet, like a cross between blackberry and cranberry, its sweet and dark but also tangy. i think the pucker in the nose is largely brought on by the wild yeasts, which are as established and mature in this one as they are in any of the beers. a great mix of bretty funk in here, lots of wood and must coming out, very farmy and interesting, with somewhat tempered acidity, probably offset by the sweetness of the fruit. this had the potential to be the sweetest of them all, but its fermented back down quite a bit, while retaining the flavor of the currants. deep earthy sweet on the fruit, concentrated and preserved it seems, but authentic for sure. blackberry and blueberry notes as well. the mouthfeel of this one is near the top of the class too. less acidity for sure, but also this real round soft bigness to it, full and flush, great carbonation, but a lingering presence too. seems bigger than the others, but so smooth. a really odd and interesting feel for a lambic. top notch!

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. The typical label dude carrying some seriously big cassisballs, whilst running through a purple rain, seems to be an apt harbinger of things to come.

This beer pours a rather dark and muddled pinkish purple hue, with two fingers of puffy, and tightly foamy pink cotton candy head, which leaves some awesome honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bittersweet cherries, watered-down Chambord liqueur, sharp earthy, but weirdly attractive dry funk, aged white cheese, a moderate vinegar tartness, a touch of musty leather, and mildly perfumed leafy hops. The taste is still largely on the tart side of all those consistent cherry, black currant, and lemon rind fruit notes, with a steady, but duly unloved bready pale malt flailing away somewhere in there, some evened-off dusty funky essences hanging on, while the alcohol starts to make its move, overtaking the hops that just want to maintain the status quo.

The bubbles are a bit astringently metallic, but soften a bit as we merrily go, the body medium-light in weight, and as smooth as one might expect in the midst of such an acetic acid melee. It finishes off-dry, surprisingly, the malt finally asserting itself, amongst the lingering black fruit, funk, and sidling alcohol.

One of the better iterations of the Spontan(fill in yer fruit here) offerings from Mikkeller - fruity, funky, malty, and boozy, all in measured, yet hefty doses. Maybe it's because I'm a fan of black currants, but this one just works for me, and is highly recommended if you're into the style.

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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Notes taken are brief on account of a less than ideal review environment:

Fantastic blackcurrant/berry notes coupled with ~5/10 sourness and mild tartness make this an excellent beer with high drinkability. While sour lovers may crave more tartness and puckering sourness, this will satisfy the discerning drinker and boasts impressive balance, a gestalt flavour profile, and a unifying oak undertone. Acidic, smooth, and wet mouthfeel sets off the sourness nicely.

I look forward to revisiting this in more detail. One of Mikkeller's best sours.

High B (3.73)

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Photo of emerge077
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark purplish color, with purplish pink frothy foam.
Sparse spotty lace around the edges, lasting surface skim.

Aroma is mildly funky, acidic fruit, leathery Brett.
Taste is a little more one dimensional, sour fruit all the way. Nice drying tannins in the aftertaste.
Juice like feel with average carb levels, like sparking grape juice but not as carbed.
Overall it was fun to try, but others in the series are better. The price is rarely justified with these.

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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dcmchew
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was a bit skeptical on the Mikkeller lambics but I was very surprised to get a very well done beer. Very nice fruity aroma and taste, not overly tart, making it a very drinkable and enjoyable sour beer.

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

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red. Small off white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Light currant. Wood. Yogurty.

Taste - Berry fruit that builds into a very distinct black currant flavor. Like a black currant jam without the sweetness. Very woody. Less yogurt than the nose.

Mouthfeel - Dry and woody. Moderate sourness. Well carbonated.

Overall - The woodiness is intense. The currant flavor is pretty nice, but not enough to truly elevate the beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost purple in color with a fair amount of turbidity. Strong cassis and berry aromas. Grass, a touch of oak, and only a mild mustiness. Has a very strong grape juice aroma, too. The flavor is lightly sweet with a fairly restrained tartness. Heavy on the fruit flavors. Lots of cassis, blackberry, and red grapes. Some oak, grass, and must, but they seem to be covered by the fruit.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Spontancassis from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 157 ratings
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