Spontankoppi | Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
53.3%
Liked This Beer
3.56 w/ 60 ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 07-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
60
Liked:
32
Avg:
3.56/5
pDev:
17.42%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Wheat, lemon zest, tart green fruit, funky yeast, sourness, roasted coffee, barnyard funk, acidity, funky yeasts.

T - Sourness, tart green fruits, lemon zest, wheat, funky barnyard flavors and yeast, roasted lightly bitter coffee, acidity, lactic acid, oak, vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, funky, and sour finish.

D - Very tart and acidic. The coffee is a very interesting flavor.

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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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Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A coffee "lambic"? I've gotta try this... It pours a lightly hazy bronze topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises of acidic lemon surrounding nutty coffee, all covering a general mineral-ness, a brininess. It's odd, but it kinda works. The taste begins with a straight tart lemon, like any sharp lambic, then somehow transitions seamlessly into sweet, lightly nutty coffee. By the time the finish hits, there's only a trace of the early sourness, and now it's closer to a brine than anything. Again, very odd, but not quite bad. I'm so continuously intrigued that I keep going back for another sip, perhaps expecting something new, some added insight, but the exact same experience happens. I'm not even sure what to think, but most of the thoughts seem to lean positively. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, slightly sticky finish. Overall, this Janus of a beer confuses me in the right way, but still confounds me. Honestly, I can't sum it up with anything else...

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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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Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some acidic, slight coffee, and jalapeno aromas. Taste is much the same with the jalapeno coming through on the flavor as well and a very acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some very interesting aromas and flavors.

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Spontankoppi from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 53.3% out of 100 with 60 ratings
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