SpontanCherryFrederiksdal | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 05-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Tommo
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red, smells of cherry candy. Taste is all cherries, very cough syrupy. Not horrific, but a pretty bad use of cherries overall. Somewhat tart, but mildly. Doesnt blend well at all with the thick syrupy cherry body

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Photo of jzlyo
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is cherries, fruit and slightly off-putting/rank. The flavor is cherries, fruit, malts, mild sweetness, slight funk and big sour/tart in the finish.

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Photo of janubio
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a red colour with a medium pink head that fades leaving a pink lace. Aroma of cherries with their stalk, with notes of vinegar and wood.Meium body, thick and sticky palate, lively carbonation. Taste of cherries, with the salk, wood. There's some acidity but then sweetnes ome in to the front. Good one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Ivan for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, black cherry, cherry juice, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour black cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice black cherry presence but isn't very sour all around.

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Photo of thezach
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a deep purple. At first I thought how beautiful a red it was, but it's far too dark to be anything but midnight purple, the color of blueberries, dark cherries, acai. There's absolutely no head, I had to agitate it to get any at all, only for it to fade almost instantly. Damn tart. Tart cherries, sour, a bit of sweetness on the end. Almost a cherry juice quality, but the acidity does a mighty fine job of balancing it. A touch of bitterness, which could be tannins from the fruit skin or barrel aging. I'm really enjoying the puckering, cherry juice, fruity sour quality this beer has. Almost a shame I drank it alone.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Northdown. Served in a tulip.

A - Purple-tinged foam settles to a thin collar and wisps. Dark red-purple body.

S - Massive black cherry aroma, with a mix of yogurt tang to it and some sweet graham cracker malt. The cherries are a tiny bit medicinal. Pie-esque, and only mildly funky and sour.

T - The taste has a bit more tartness to it, but it's very much cherry juice at this stage with a hint of mild lactic acidity. No alcohol, which is a surprise for the listed 8.2%. Finish is a bit flaccid and weak.

M - Super dry, with lower carbonation; a tad watery. Some dry and tannic oak. Again, minimal alcohol presence.

D - Easy to drink for an 8.2% beer, but a tad mono-dimensional. Taste starts strong but peters out and leaves me strangely unsatisfied. Still, this was significantly better than Spontankriek.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crazy review coming right up- this is not a pretty review, or a kind review. In fact there's going to be a lot of odd, non- "beer-lexicon" terms here, but this is the beer in its unadulterated form and in its most wonderful of terms...

Becoming of Kriek, the ale pours with an exuberant and frothy pour that celebrates cherry hues with a deep mauve ale underneath, but a seriously pink froth above. Its a beautiful beer that retains its heady cap well and laces lightly on the glass.

Strong sour and fruit aromas converge in the most unique of ways- the first impression is of picked eggs, but with a twist. The extra character is of sweet cherry pie, backed with the sense of cracker dry bread and surprisingly of beets!

Flavors work out just fine as the sour vinegar-ish notes are rounded out into a true cherry taste. A blend of sweet and tart cherries provide the impression of cherry pie filling, rhubarb, beets, pickled eggs, and with the terse dryness of graham cracker. Its sweet and sour interplay allows for a slim vinegar and cider taste to emerge but only in supporting role- the focus is squarely on cherry fruit and red wine acidity.

Medium- maybe full for a sour, the beer retains a lot of sweetness to counteract the sourness but in beautiful drinkability. Medium fruit sugars and acetic sourness buys a balance that's both sour and sweet right down to the well-hidden warmth.

Really, the terms of pickled eggs, vinegar, beets, and rhubarb will dry criticism- but resist all that. This beer is an amazing sour ale that begs a pairing with caramel drizzle cheesecake or a powdery goat cheese. Thank me in the morning!

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Photo of djhowell
4/5  rDev -2.7%

This is an unusual looking beer. It pours a thick deep garnet red with a fluffy pink head. Lots of tart cherries, oaky, a little acidic, funk and a touch of vanilla. Crisp with a dry finish.

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Photo of spoony
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (2013 vintage) to a tulip.

A-This beer is quite dark purple...nearly opaque and inky looking. The head is fizzy and tall at first but fades pretty quickly to a collar. The foam is a dark violet color. Pretty stuff.

S-This is one of the most densely fruited beers I have ever sniffed. Lots of juicy cherry, some red grape, and a mild hit of acidity. It is vinous with just a hint of vanilla from the oak. The cherry really dominates.

T-The taste follows the smell closely. Big, juicy, dense cherry flavors are muted only slightly by a mild acidity. The oak imparts a bit of vanilla and some tannins that suggest a red wine, but this thing is pretty jammy, not a sour/funk bomb.

M-The feel is heavy and almost syrupy at times, especially for the style. Carbonation is medium to milder in strength.

O-Having had some of the other Spontan-beers, I was expecting more of the same with big tartness and some fruit. This beer was the exact opposite, i.e., big fruit and only a hint of acidity. It mostly works, especially as a dessert beer, but the beer might be a little syrupy and fruity/sweet for some palates. Extra points for being good looking stuff.

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Photo of bnes09
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark purple and mostly opaque. Looks like grape, blueberry and black currant juice. No head to speak of.

Mildly tart aroma with lots of cherries.

Flavor follows the nose. Hint of oak. Sweetness is well balanced by the acid.

Medium to full bodied. Somewhat low carbonation. Dry finish yet sticky from the fruit sugars.

Overall, a very enjoyable sour fruit beer.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red, almost purple, with a matching colored head. Aroma of lightly tart cherries. Taste is tart cherry juice and some dark fruit. Can also taste some must and a hint of barnyard funk.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml C&C bottle, best by 17/12/2022. Served in a Cantillon tumbler glass.

Pours a very dark purple with a two finger thick purple head, moderate collar, nice retention, very bubbly with short-lived lacing. Smells of red grape skin, cherry skin, nice vinous character, oak, mild funk. Nothing too complicated; slight hints of grape juice that's thankfully mostly overcome by the cherry character. Flavour is similarly cherry-forward, kind of like black cherry skin, red vinous character, oak, just the slightest bit of funk but certainly lacking in that department. In a sense, it's AWA-like. Mild-moderate acetic presence, a bit like what I would imagine black cherry greek yogurt to taste like. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, not difficult to drink, on the slightly thin side, good tartness and cherry skin finish. Overall, solid cherry sour that isn't impressive in any one department, but solidly well-rounded.

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Photo of fdig23
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pour House in Exton.

Appearance: Murky maroon. Really quite unappealing looking. Maybe I just expect every cherry lambic to look like Cantillon Kriek?

Nose: Cherry pie that's been sitting in a basement. It's musty and funky with lots of rich sweet cherries and a good dose of baking spice.

Taste: Tart cherries come first, with a nice accent of mellow baking spice. There's a good bit of horsey, barnyard flavors in the middle and a nice, easy-going cherry danish finish. It's really quite good and is one of the better tasting Cherry lambics I've had.

Mouthfeel: Falls a bit flat and watery here. More carbonation and body would help.

Overall: A nice sour ale here. I really enjoyed the baking spices and pure cherries flavors as well as the more intense funkiness that you don't get on traditional Krieks. Makes me want to try more of the Mikkeller Spontan- series.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is extremely dark red in color - so dark that it almost appears to be black. It poured with a quarter finger high dark pink head that gradually died down, leaving a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with hints of sourness.
T: Like the smell, the taste is packed with flavors of sour cherries as well as oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this lambic because it had bold flavors of sour cherries from the Frederiksdal Estate. It's definitely an interesting beer to try.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely brilliant bright purple-red with a half finger of reddish foam and a decent viscosity. Looks very much like wine.

Big ripe sour cherry note, noticeable vinous aroma, oak, and a touch of light musty funk.

Sour cherries, grapes, wine, oak, and a nice prickly acidity.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, prickly, tart acidity.

Overall, although I truly enjoyed this beer, I thought there to be much more cherry aroma than flavor and the barrel character really gave it a more vinous/wine-like flavor along with heavy oak.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, @7.2% ABV - very old-world looking label (and I can read the name of the beer - what a concept!).

This beer pours a clear (I think) very dark purple colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy magenta head, which leaves a few instances of sprouting sapling lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of musty cherries (flesh, pit, and stems), red balsamic vinegar, some vanilla-heavy oakiness, a touch of earthy funk, and an indistinct floral bitterness. The taste is tart cherry juice that has been sitting out too long, musty barrel staves (wet wood, vanilla, and a touch of yeastiness), subtle farm-friendly funk, some cooking vinegar acidity, and more plain and hard to isolate earthy and slightly floral green bitters.

The carbonation is fairly benign in its placid frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, as the tartness is more or less subsumed by the jammy cherry fruitiness, in a manner of speaking. It finishes trending dry, the cherries holding fast, and the general woody notes lingering like they don't have anything better going on.

Overall, this is a genial and relatively easy-drinking fruit Lambic, as the cherry character keeps the funk, sour, and tart essences from asserting any kind of control, which this sports fan appreciates. Add in the virtually undetectable north of 7 points of booze, and we have a very well made brew.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into wine glass at the bayou in salt lake city. Deep ruby color with pink lacing..very effervescent. Big wine aroma with a lot if deep cherry aromas as well. Taste is very red wine like...with a big dose of cherry. Its thick abd heavy but still drinkable...just a tad bit sweet. At the same time its tart and dry. Really nice brew overall..just dont expect a cantillon. ..its good in its own right.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle with an ABV of 7.2%. Pretty amazing appearance with a deep and dark red body and a vibrant pinkish purple head. Smell is quite enticing as well, like a bowl of pure fleshy dark cherries, not even a real sourness here, just unadulterated cherry yogurt goodness. The taste however brings the sourness (albeit still kinda on the lighter end), lots of oak and tannins, and a kind of earthy dirty funk and red wine feel. Still big-time cherry here but with much more of a stemmy/pit feel going on and less potency than the scent, kinda gets taken over by the tannins a bit. Mouthfeel carries some heft and a bit of warming alcohol, pretty sharp and dry with a mix of sour+sweet cherry flavors, bit of a weak finish but smooth and well-carbonated overall. This was pretty great, the frederiksdal cherries per usual come through with distinct excellence, but in the taste the oak/tannins/wine vibe felt a bit too overpowering as did the ABV a little bit. Would be nice to see a bit more balance there but really quite a nice winy dark cherry sour.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Warning: Glass cracked off the bottle under the cap when using a wall mounted opener. Be careful opening

Dark murky crimson color, bright pink foam sizzles and quickly fades after audibly crackling for a few seconds. Still glassy surface after a few minutes, looks like red wine.

Aromas of vanilla and cherry, doughy bread crust, slight sweetness in there.

A light sweetness in the taste, vanilla and pie cherry, with a dry vinous feel. Low carbonation, not unlike the Intense Red I just had. Very much like a dry red wine. The Frederiksdal cherries are unique, slightly sweet at first, becoming tart, and dry with tannins in the finish. Mellow and drinkable, in the vein of Scarenbecca, Intense Red, and other unblended Krieks.

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4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is dark ruby red in appearance as previously stated. Smells of tart cherry and reminds me of bing cherries in the springtime! Tastes is involved. Oak is there faintly but the star of this beer is the tart sour cherry taste that is exactly as one would expect. Overall this Kriek is quite beautifully done. I am biased as I am a big fan of cherries but if you are in search of a solid Kriek you won't be disappointed. Cheers

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic glass on Letraria.

A: The body is mildly crystalline having a very vivid red coloration. The head, one finger thick, is pink and shows some good retention and lacing.
S: The aroma has a very prominent vinegar like touch; only in the back of it you can feel the cherries.
T: Not following the aroma, the taste is much different, having a much more mildness in terms of sourness and tart. The beginning is a bit sweet coming in from the cherries but then you can also taste them again ou the sour part that connects very mellow-y with the brettonamyces present here.
M: The body is medium. Carbonation is medium, being just a little bit harsh. Sourness is mild, but being able to totally dry your mouth after the sip. Alcohol is unnoticed.
O: This is my first Spontan series from Mikkeller and I'm amazed at this, specially for its mellow-y touch on sourness. Very good beer in general.

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Photo of stephens101
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes:

Bright red and smells pungently pleasant with plenty of barnyard goodness and a cherry or two to top it off. Tastes all damp and subterranean but not too dark and dangerous as these things go. Various fruit skins and ripe cherry are noticed. Has a lasting dryness.

Maybe they should've named this one Spotoncherry.

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Photo of devlishdamsel
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The pour was slightly effervescent with a rich ruby color and a raspberry tinged pink foam. The beer was insanely opaque, no light shined through it. Seriously one of the prettiest beers I have ever seen! I really love the contrast between the color of the body of the beer and the foam on top.
Wow. Insanely intense and complex. I can actually smell tanins, funk ( perhaps this is the so called horseblanket Michael Jackson described because its a bit gnarly but that's ok because I like it!), perfumed cherries and a hint of oak.
The tanins in this beer hit my tougue and were quite drying. And a huge amount of astringency hits as well, It almost reminded me of a merlot with a hint of cherry juice. There definitely was a hint of soil as well. The mouthfeel actually hits you before the flavors do. Perahaps this could use a bit of age to round out the pits even more?
Overall an excellent beer. Insanely rich. I highly recommend drinking it in smaller portions to fully savor it as this is definitely a sipping beer. I am also impressed that at almost 9 percent alcohol this beer showed no trace of hotness.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour ruby Red in color with a bright pink head. Aromas of vinegar sweet red ripe cherries and some hints of mineral in the end. Flavor has way more sweet candy like cherry flavor. Super juicy ripe fruit with some mild spice and tartness in the finish. Refreshing, crisp and a lift balance of sour and apple cider vinegar.

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Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/21/2026. Pours hazy very dark ruby red/purple color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy dark pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sweet/sour red/black cherries, cranberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, currant, red grape, almond, vanilla, oak, pepper, light red wine vinegar/funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of cherries, fruity/acidic yeast, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sweet/sour red/black cherries, cranberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, currant, red grape, almond, vanilla, oak, pepper, light red wine vinegar/funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of red/black cherries, cranberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, currant, red grape, almond, vanilla, oak, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/acidic yeast, and oak barrel flavors; with an awesome sweet/tartness balance; and zero astringent/puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from acidity/tannins, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/acidic/tannic, and slightly slick/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, a mild warmth lingers after the finish. Overall this is an incredible kriek lambic! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/acidic yeast, and oak barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modest acidity. There has to be an insane amount of cherries in this beer, just based on the color. A really amazing offering all around.

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