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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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer has a light reddish-yellow body that pours with a thin white head and next to no retention.

S: The nose is a bit of a failure in that it resembles that of a Pilsner with a light wet hop and light malt smell. Smells like a drunk mans breath.

T: Extremely tart strawberry is the first flavor to hit the palette resembling an unripe strawberry with some earthiness, floralness and heavy bitterness. Quite interesting.

M: The mouthfeel is good for the style with a light body and sharp carbonation that compliments the flavor profile.

Overall this was a good strawberry lambic but it could use a bit more strawberry flavor and a better nose.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, ripe strawberries. In the taste, a dry small sour strawberry and somewhat like champagne. A sour like bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sourness and note of fruit in the aftertaste. Dry strawberries and a small sourness, not to shabby.

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Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of jklecko2
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of rarbring
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clouded dark straw brew, An off-white head, little lacing but some curtains.

Smelling of rubber and sweetener, and moldy strawberries.

Initially sweet strawberry biscuits, then some sour milk on moldy strawberries, with a hint of yeast.

Medium high carbonation, coarse and dry. A small body.

Nope, one of the few Mikellers I do not like.

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Photo of Envelopes
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Had to try this to report back to the others...being the scout can be dangerous, but it can also be rewarding. Wonder which will befall me here? This stuff pours a lightly hazy golden-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose reeks of mildly sulfurous berries (I can't say that it smells like any kind of strawberry I've ever smelled, but I also can't say definitively that it doesn't, either...), tart lemon zest, and a kiss of funk. It's a bit much if inhaled sharply. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch of strawberry coming through identifiably. Now, I've never had wild strawberries, and apparently they're tarter than the garden variety, but I can say that this is definitely more sour than I expected. An almost tannic quality seems to creep up from beneath near the finish, but it quickly peters out. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a pretty nice "lambic", though it's a rougher tartness than I'd prefer in these beers. Still, it ain't bad.

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Photo of marshalzhukov
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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 kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of bluesplit63
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of alamode
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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 JonathanSuarez
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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 heddar33
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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 roblund
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of xdefeatsy
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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 FullObs
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Spontanwildstrawberry from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 111 ratings
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