Spontanwildstrawberry | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 07-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Very clear orange yellow pour with a finger of white head. The bubbles race to the top of the glass and hold up the head for a really long time.

S: The aroma is much like the Spontankriek: tart, sour, with an underlying sweetness. Not particularly impressive in any one aspect.

T: Again, as with Spontankriek, this is just sour. No sweetness to counterbalance the sour at all. Really just tastes the same as the kriek. I can't distinguish any strawberries, either. Glad I split this with a buddy.

MF: Light and a bit over carbonated. The dryness at the finish is nice, but doesn't help the drinkability that much.

O: Pretty disappointed in this series so far. I'd recommend you don't spend the money to pick these up. Just not worth it.

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Photo of lecoupdejarnac
4.79/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark hazy golden with champagne like carbonation fizz-up when opening. Light fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Leaves no lacing on the glass. Releases steady carbonation bubbles floating up in the glass.

S: A strong peaty yeastiness with a hint of fruit. Instantly recognizable sour beer funk.

T: Up front there is powerful funk from start to finish. One slight strawberry note near the finish; a very subtle sweetness that fades quickly. Moderate sourness that lingers just a few moments after swallowing. Finishes very dry and slightly musty, but still in harmony with the other yeast flavors. Wooden notes are present at the end too, but I wouldn't call it oak. Occasionally evokes a very dry champagne. No alcohol at all, despite being 7.7%.

M: Medium-smooth body with very crisp carbonation.

O: I was shocked when I saw the other scores for this beer; it's one of my favorites and I can't wait to get another bottle. As a sour I almost enjoy it as much as the 2008 Vintage Rodenbach I drank recently or Russian River Beatification. I love strong funky yeast-forward flavors like this. There's so much complexity I find different flavors in each sip. Maybe I just got a good bottle.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip while watching AgentZero do his fantasy draft.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, but minimal lacework. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - This smells a bit more like rotten strawberries than wild strawberries. Funky and dirty, with some sulfur, and hints of medicine and plastic. The base lambic seems less sweet than other beers in the Spontan- series. Gets better as it warms up, and is somehow better than it sounds from the description.

T - A touch more strawberry here, and more of an authentic vibe than one of sugary fruit candies. There's a bit of bile and sulfur in the periphery, but the fruit is actually quite pleasant here. Moderate lactic sourness, and a bit of mineral. No alcohol to be found, even at 7.7%.

M - Medium-bodied, with pleasant carbonation. Dry and tannic in the finish, with some moderate acidity to it.

D - If you can get past the rotten fruit and off-flavors in the nose this is actually fairly enjoyable. I'd take it over Spontangrape or Spontankriek to be honest.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (proper!). Poured a fluorescent orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, sour, fruit, strawberry, diaper, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, earth, strawberry, fruit, subtle sour, and massive funk on the followthrough that sticks to the palate. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was fairly good brew. Upon first inspection of the aroma I was all for this one as there is just something about that diaper smelling funk that I love in a beer. However, this also carried over into the flavor as the funk profile going on here was a little overwhelming. Yes, you heard that correctly. It completely overwhelmed my palate and wouldn’t stop. If you are a fan of massive funk in a brew this is the one for you, no doubt about it.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a hazed orange tinted amber with a finger and a half of off white head. Head retention is modest and lingers as a thin ring of bubbles.

S- Moderately funky on the nose with notes of barnyard,damp hay and stinky cheese. Oak and lemon notes in the middle. Faintest whisper of strawberry on the back end.

T- mild tartness up front with notes of lemon and tart berry. A bite of oak with a tannic quality fleshes out in the middle with a medium acidic character from the beer itself. White wine notes intertwine as well. Finishes with a hint of strawberry and an earthy Brett flavor.

MF- sharp mouthfeel with a medium body. Active clean carbonation.

D- decent drinkability

Overall a decent fruit lambic. More tartness, fruit flavor and a better integrated oak character would do well in the future versions of this brew.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: a nice orange amber with a touch of blushing pink one finger of slightly off white head that dissapates slowly and leaves some nice lacing... A nice looking sour.

S: Funky, sour, earthy oak with a slight hit of strawberry on the end. A nice citrus, lemony sour up front into the earthy oak and a touch of Barnyard haylike funk.... A nice nose, until
The beer warms, then I start to get a kind of
Smoky melting plastic aroma.

T: much like the nose but i feel the barnyard notes and especially the earthy oak bite are toned up a notch, with the finish containing the fleshy hint of wild strawberries.... Much like the spontanale the oak delivers a bitterness that doesn't seems to compliment the other flavors as nicely, wish it was toned back a touch. Maybe a little age would do this good and round of the flavor profile a
Bit more. And much like the bose as the brew warms i start getting that melting plasticness.

M: very nice medium, lush mouthfeel, and a lightly creamy level of medium carbonation, not as bitter and oaky in the aftertaste as the spontan ale, which is a good thing.

O: this is a nice strawberry sour, with a very nice mouthfeel, I just wish the flavor was a touch more rounded and there was a tad more strawberry and minus the melting plasticky ness .... This had the potential to be a great sour i feel, just needed to be a bit more well rounded. With certain aspects toned up and other toned down.

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Photo of mattsander
1.98/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Blushing deep orange in color, so-so clarity with quickly vanishing head. Good looking beer.

S: YIKES! Electrical tape/plastic/vinyl notes dominate. Its a shame, I feel like there is definitely some nice aroma underneath but its totally overwhelmed.

T: There is a decent fruit lambic underneath but the electrical tape vibe is impossible to ignore. Revolting!

M: Not particularly dry, but impressive for a 7.7% lambic.

Avoid at all costs, a seriously disgusting plastic-tasting mistake. This is very odd because both the Grape and Raspberry version of this are quite delicious.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.07/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

375 ml green glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a USC conical glass in me friend Bo's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high; I love Mikkeller and I enjoyed the kriek in this series.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with graham crackers. (Don't ask me why).

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice thickness and cream, and good retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is poor. A pretty mundane looking sour - especially compared to Mikkel's kriek.

Sm: Somewhat off-putting fermented tart strawberry. Bacteria and clean malts. Eggy. I wouldn't go so far as to call it sulphuric. It's certainly strong and unique, but something about it really bothers me. Sugary and sweet.

T: Tart strawberry, clean malts, some cream, and bacteria. Quite strange. The finish is weirdly sour, far from satiating my sour fix. Balanced but the dominant note (those weirdly tart strawberries) really turns me off. Crystal malt and tingly white wine notes are a highlight, but are ruined by the strawberry. I just outright don't like the flavour, but I can appreciate how others might enjoy it.

Mf: Light, smooth, and wet. Adequate coarseness to bring out the flavour.

Dr: A major disappointment from my favourite brewery. I just plain hate the flavour; it doesn't at all suit my personal taste. I can see where others might like it, and I appreciate the craft utilized in producing it - but I frankly can't stand the way it tastes. Bleh. It's pricey to boot. I will say that it hides its ABV quite well.

Every beer advocate should review this just to experience it. It's truly a unique experience.


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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped 375ml green bottle.

A: Pours a hazy pinkish/reddish orange with a fluffy 1-inch off-white head which fades to a thin cap leaving splotchy lace.

N: Musty yeast with funk. Slight fruit coming through. Dusty, moldy hay from the barnyard.

T: Cheesy, funky yeast with some lemon/citrus. Dry strawberry fruit leather notes. Horseblanket (yea). Oak cork wooden finish.

M: Semi-medium body and carbonation. Dry and dusty. Mildly tart. Refreshing.

O: Did not find the sulfur elements noted in previous reviews. This is a very good funky and wild beer. Found the strawberries not like the sweet market type, rather wild forest berries. Yum.

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Photo of Etan
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12.7oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a nice auburn with a head of big white bubbles that die almost immediately.

S: Big horseblanket smell with sweet strawberry notes poking through. Musty and wet but the fruit is quite nice.

T: Mostly horsey instead of lactic. Lots of old wet funk (horsey, mushroom, old milk), sometimes unpleasant. Wood, lemon, mild fruity sourness that is not obviously strawberry, which turns pretty tart in the finish. Improves a bit as it warms, with the fruit notes coming out.

M: Light-bodied, lively carbonation.

O: Didn't really get any sulfur as the other reviews mention, but the horseblanket is a bit too strong on this one. Definitely improves as it sits, but still doesn't end up strong.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The flavor of strawberry lends itself to complement sour ales very well, however it seems that the delicate notes prove to be too volatile for any meaningful impact. There's just something about strawberry lambics that leaves lackluster impressions. Does Mikkeller's attempts prove otherwise?

Appearances of blood orange, amber and peach gives a fruity glow while displaying a diffused haze. The beer billows with foam easily to the rim, then settles to a hardy blanket with sticky white lace. It's a very charming beer.

Strong phenols, sulfur, and earthen fungus notes shock the olfactories with high levels of pungency and offense. Where the floral note of strawberry was expected, the beer instead delivers putrid odors of hydrogen sulfide, electrical tape, mushroom, wood decay, shellfish, and gastric notes of egg and matches. The messy aromas however do carry also the brine, limey, and the pleasant must of oak that's expected of higher quality spontaneously fermented ales.

Fortunately, there's little about the off-putting aromas that translate to taste as the starkly dry ale delivers fruity taste that's loosely identifiable as tart strawberry. Low lying sweetness allows the tart acidity to dictate the balance. Along with the tartness, there's also the bitterness of lime skins or lemon pith that finishes the beer. Mixed within the flavors, numerous other flavors rise in the form of plastic, salt, pepper, must, sweat, grass, damp soil, and oysters. Very complex, but the flavors prove to be very challenging to taste.

But like most lambic-style ales, the beer's high acidity and zesty carbonation keeps the mouthfeel light, dry, astringent, and warm. Early subtle sweetness is quickly supplanted by the cidery sourness that develops grape skin astringency and oak tannin heading into a powdery-dry and lightly alcoholic finish.

You have really got to get into the serious earth notes from pediococcus that range from the taste of mushroom to sulfury gas to downright bile. Because many of the aromas are well represented, at least as much as the classic lactic and Brettanomyces notes that are much more pleasant and predictable.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute.

I sniffed this after popping it open and was unhappy to find HUUUGE sulpherous well-water/rotten egg aromas... So I'm going to let this decant for a while...

Pinkish-orange body with a nearly white head of 3 fingers. Surprisingly nice retention. Decent legs, decent lacing. Looks slightly murky; perhaps murky isn't the word. It is translucent, but certainly not transparent.
This actually doesn't look too bad-- not bad at all in fact.

Barely any strawberry on the nose-- and this doesn't have the oaky notes I'd hope for... It's got a lot of sulfer action with some serious bacteria notes. As it warms the oak and strawberry notes increase quite a bit.
The beer is really dry-- a little dehydrated strawberry action (think astronaut ice cream strawberry flavor) with s pedio bite and a big dry finish. No tartness... Limited sourness.

Feels pretty full for the style, it's like a very firm body. Low carbonation doesn't work here for me-- a bit more would liven up the body and make this pop.

Overall-- a fun beer to try (after it decants). If you pop one of these open, do yourself a favor and let it decant for at least 10-15 minutes! It has improved tremendously, though still nowhere near the best examples of fruit sours (can we call this a Lambic? It uses Lambic technique right?)
Anyway, I've had much worse sours. I think for a first batch this is pretty good. Let mikeller get the barrels aged a few times and we might see some really impressive stuff from this line!

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Photo of kaips1
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle into a snifter

Ok, lets try my first Mikkeller Sour. Pours a nice reddish amber with at first a rushing 2 finger white frothy head. The head dissipates quickly into a solid ring of tiny bubbles. The hues of this beer change along the red spectrum at every angle of light, yet it is an expected cloudy visibility, almost murky. Now on to the aromas that escape the glass, and boy do they escape. A whiff upon opening the bottle was all farts and sulfur and rotten eggs, funny thing is I had my gf take a whiff right after I did and she liked it, go figure. Upon the beer entering the glass I still smell sulfuric rotten eggs but also Brett essences and slight bits of fruity sweetness that almost makes me think strawberry syrup that they use in gum. My gf says that she can smell sour and strawberry, I think shes crazy. Now on to the taste, and its almost as interesting as the smell. There is a sulfuric farty egg flavor that sits right on my tongue and isnt helped by this rubber tire kind of flavor. The gf thinks it tastes like nail polish remover smells. I dont know if this needs time to do its thing or if it'll never be GOOD. The mouthfeel is spot on, nicely carbonated not too much and not too little. Overall, probably not gonna try this again, I was hoping for something awesome and I feel it fell very short, the experience is the only justification for the price. I know not to drink Mikkeller sours at $12 a bottle ever. Now I'm sure I wont be trying the Spontankoppi.

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Spontanwildstrawberry from Mikkeller ApS
3.46 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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