Spontangrape | Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
3.96/5
40 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rarbring on 10-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
40
pDev:
8.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat and biscuit malt notes, with a light bit of funk. The flavor has some additional notes. I pick up some white grape notes, as well as some biscuit malt, Belgian yeast, light funk and earth. There is a decent amount of tartness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a moderate, foamy, off-white head. Fair head retention which is as expected.

The aroma is clearly tart with plenty of barnyard funk. The sourness and funk is balanced with a light fruitiness sitting under the yeast notes.

More tartness with a clear, vinous grape note. Quite light with just a touch of funk. A touch of sweetness. Good character overall.

Medium-light body moderately-high carbonation. Some astringency and a light tannic note.

Overall, this is well balanced with plenty of tart character and nice fruitiness. The time in the oak is evident from the tannins in the mouthfeel. Good.

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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into tulip 10/3/12

A slight haze in a golden yellow body, lots of tiny bubbles feeding a soapy finger of white head, not much for lace or retention pretty standard for the style

S acidic funky barnyard but not over the top, a little apple and grape juice, with just a little hay, its not overly complex but quite nice

T some vinegar, oak, and lots of vinous notes, on top of what I smell, just a little better then the already good nose

M sour and slick, pin prick bubbles work well for it and a the flavors linger for ages

O I hate to do it but 4.25 would have been used for taste if it was an option, pretty solid stuff at the end of the day worth a try

didn't know what to expect and this one was pretty good, I'm still new to lambics but I thought this one was pretty decent

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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml. bottle // caped not corked // @ Delirium Hoppy Loft alongside Spontankriek // 7.7 % grape “lambic” from Mikkeller // this is white grapes definitely // pours a lightly hazy golden with a small white great // nose is light tart young green grapes, clean sharp, green apple & grape skins, coated in a the lemon acidic substantial Spontan sourness, very clean, one dimensional // taste is unlike a real sour, very clean, sharp, one levelled, young sour green grapes, green apples, grape skins, substantial lemon acidity / sourness, plenty of lemons, small touch barnyard, minor, one levelled, sourness is substantial // body is crisp, nicely carbonated, easy too drink // bit too simplistic really but this one is good but for regular drinking a real one is cheaper & better & way more complex

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, with another of those stupid, non-standard bottle opener sized caps. Meh.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden straw colour, with one finger of tightly foamy white head, which leaves a few sparse stragglers of random island lace around the glass as it hies it outta here.

It smells of sour and tart fruit, fairly indiscriminate, though I'm getting some cherry notes, among a musty, dusty funkiness, and weird candy sugar sweetness, which increasingly, and appropriately, resembles white wine must. The taste is somewhat tart, under-ripe white grapes, steady barnyard/horseblanket meme funkitude, perfunctory bready, grainy malt, and still, the unexpected sweetness, origins increasingly muddled.

The bubbles, they render a bit stronger on the scope than some of this offering's more cutting brethren, but to no ill effect, the body a weak middleweight, and a bit clammy and dodgy in the smoothness realm. It finishes still on the tart, dry side, but not overly so - the musty, yeasty character nicely two-stepping with the underappreciated malt backbone.

Another nice lambic-style brew, this time based on a fruit near and dear to me in another life - the wine grape. Anyways, your tooth enamel should not fear this one, but still appreciate the complex funk, yeast, grain, and hop interplay. Oh, and the booze - right, it's there too, as introverted as it seems to be.

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3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is slightly hazy, somewhere between brass and copper colored, a small off-white head, no lacing but some curtains.

The smell is typical sulfur, stable, yeast and some fruity white currant notes. Fresh and intriguing.

Starting with a short dextrose sweetness, then the acidity takes over, white vinegar, very green apples and lime, some rhubarb and a slight citric peel finish.

Medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a dry acid finish that has a bitter stamina.

A good character and a nice bitter balance to the sourness. Very refreshing.

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3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Spontagrape
375mL bottle in Duvel tulip on July 6, 2012

Appearance 3.5
Clear golden body with 1/2 inch white head that dissipates into an incomplete covering. Mild lacing.

Aroma 4
Tart candy and lemon nose with mild/moderate slight funky sourness. Also, prominent notes of grapes/white wine that lend sweetness to the nose. Overall, there is a nice mix of sour and sweet notes in the aroma.

Taste 4
Initially a sharp lemony sourness, with a little tartness, that races sharply across the palate. Faint intermittent notes of whiter wine grapes. In the middle of the palate touch of softer, almost grainy biscuit taste of the malt that breaks through, then fades halfway through.

At the end, get a return of the same initial sourness, with perhaps a hint more mineral-ness. Pick up a bit of the hops notes, which remain slightly detectable late on the palate and in the aftertaste.

In late aftertaste, lemon and lingering sourness.

Mouthfeel 4
Moderate carbonation, which bursts across the mouth. Mild to moderate thickness and a moderate to high sour presence that is very striking across the palate. Gives a sharper finish, with the combination of sourness and carbonation. Does a good job cleansing and refreshing the palate, but is unmistakably sour. .

Overall 4
Good lambic. Definitely a significant amount of sourness. A little bit one dimensional, not offering complexity of other sours I’ve had, such as from Russian River. But, still an enjoyable offering, with some nice elements in it. I’d be interested to try other variants of the Mikkeller brew to see how they compare. I may consider purchasing again, but don’t think it’s a must buy. However, I would recommend trying it.

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Spontangrape from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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