Spontankoppi | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 07-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
19.4%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.6/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color lambic with a medium size foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of strong dry coffee notes with some barnyard and funky notes. Taste is also a weird mix between some dry coffee notes with funky barnyard notes with some acidic notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Weird funky mix that I hope I will not have to re-visit in the future.

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Photo of Jsenay
1.71/5  rDev -49%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Served from bottle into tulip

A - Burnt orange in color with nice carbonation

S - I get coffee, oranges and baby vomit.

T - Nasty burnt coffee and rotten fruit is all that I can pull from this one. This beer is just undrinkable.

M - Sharp tartness up front with burnt coffee and rotten fruit following that.

O - A horrible offering from Mikkeller. I wish I knew why he approved bottling it. Because he is so popular, he knew we would buy it? I felt like this one was a sellout beer. He dolled it up and those of us who have found many of his other beers to be amazing would stupidly buy it. Do not purchase, it would be an unwise investment.

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Photo of AuntBea
2.23/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kojevergas
2.42/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7 green glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired for $14.99 at KnB wines near San Diego, and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love the brewery and the style, and I really enjoyed Spontanframboos. The green glass is a bit off-putting. Come on, Mikkel. Clean that up.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a five-ish fingerbeige colour head of smooth rolling thickness and nice cream, and good retention. Colour is a hazy dark yellow with tinges of orange or perhaps copper. No yeast particles are visible, but it's nontransparent. Non-opaque. I wouldn't call it vibrant, but it's appealing.

Sm: Sour pear and apple - as though straight from an orchard. Biscuity perfumey yeast and clean biting malts. White wine. A bit cidery, but definitely perfumey above all else. Very fragrant, with some mild spice. A bit too bacterial, evoking the funk of an old shoe. There's definitely something there I don't like - at all. But it's piqued my interested. The sourness is nice, but the funk is different than the funk I'm used to; it's not brett funky, but gym locker room funky. Bleh. An overly strong aroma. Turns me off.

T: White wine, wretched coffee-like bitter funk, clean malts, and perfumey esters. No real sourness - at least none that pays off. Imbalanced as all hell. The coffee comes way too early, and it tastes a bit foul. Really gym sock funky, which mixes wretchedly with the overly bitter coffee. It's official: coffee does not belong in a sour. Quite bacterial, to its detriment. Some pear and apple is mixed in there, but can't save it. Complex, but to ill effect. Not what I'd call subtle. The lightly sour and lactic finish is a nice touch. I wish the whole beer was like that - with some amped up sour apple.

I do gain an appreciation for it as it warms, but the key flaw remains: the coffee is just too damn much.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Clean and enjoyable - aside from most of the flavours. Light presence on the palate. Good carbonation.

Dr: One of Mikkel's worst beers I've tried. I definitely wouldn't touch this again. Horridly overpriced. Not hard to drink, but then few beers are for me. I'll of course finish it, but I'd honestly prefer something like a Sam Adam's. I can't say that about many Mikkeller brews. The blend of coffee and sour notes is probably about as good as it could be, in fairness. But it's just a terrible concept. I'd hoped Mikkel - if anyone - could pull this off, and I applaud the experimentation, but please don't do it again. There are some nice things about it, but even they don't add up to a beer worth trying. A huge disappointment from my favourite brewer.

Gets substantially better as it warms.

High D+

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Photo of marct
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of decadance
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Piddmeista
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of CPAles
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of CoolEthan
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of pixieskid
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jcubz
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrfrancis
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin, quickly receding white head.

S: Aromas of oak, coffee, unripened grapes, sea salt, and vinegar are present on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, coffee, oak, must, pickle brine, cider vinegar, unripened grapes, and sea salt assault the palate. The finish is dry and tart with notes of coffee, sea salt, oak, and vinegar in abundance.

M: Fairly light in body compared to most lambics. Very dry and chalky. Carbonation is active.

O: This is an interesting experimental brew that is not nearly as bad as it sounds. Really, the only time the coffee and musty, vinegary lambic flavors become overpowering is on the finish. Even though the flavor is a bit awkward and is destined to divide critical opinion, Spontankoppi gets some serious points from me for one reason: not only is it the only coffee lambic I've ever seen, but it also somehow manages to not be entirely disgusting. In the end, this is an interesting effort, but it leaves a little room for improvement. I'll definitely be sampling any future batches of this that I run across.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle. Good gravy, what the hell will this mad-ass brewer come up with next, within the realm of 'edible' or 'drinkable' permutation?

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of thinly puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves some broad bubbly swaths of lace around the glass as it lazily, but evenly, subsides.

It smells of dry, bitter coffee beans, dipped in sour, fruity, grainy somewhat oakey, Belgian-esque lambic. I can't really describe it any other way, at least not eloquently or sensibly. The taste is more agreeable, as the coffee essences are more sedate, and more or less integrated, into the sour, vinegary, tart lemonade, leathery, woody, and altogether rather pleasant pale graininess.

The bubbles are average in their peppiness, the body a hovering, underachieving middleweight, whose smoothness is cut off at the knees by the inherent tartness. It finishes mostly dry, even though a struggling grainy malt forces its way upwards, in a last ditch effort to balance the still pungent musty, earthy, and sour notes, amidst a serious waning of the heretofore heady coffee markers.

One somewhat fucked up idea for a beer, on par with that maple bacon doughnut affair a while back. However, like that one now remaindered to the ol' memory banks, this settles down quite quickly after the initial dissonance shock, and becomes yet another fairly enjoyable, but one-and-done offering from this brewer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Coffee aroma is not all that pronounced (thankfully). A bit of sweet malt and caramel, but still decently tart, some vinegar and lemon. The coffee is also subdued on the palate. Some citrus notes, tart lemon, a hint of vinegar, green apple, and a light sweetness. Really quite strange, but not as bad as I anticipated.

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Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of fostachild
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Davit
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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Spontankoppi from Mikkeller ApS
3.35 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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