SpontanCherryFrederiksdal | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MasterSki on 05-08-2013

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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 StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

oh my goodness this is good! like nothing else ive had. its blood red and thick in texture. there is a pretty active red head on top too. the beer is so dense and dark red, never seen one quite this ruby deep and quite intimidating. looks like cherry syrup. the nose is more red wine than anything else. tart and tannic, some lactic acidity too. the fruit is as big as ive ever seen cherries in a beer. in fact, this is ten times more cherry heavy than even the original spontancherry. the cherries are red and ripe and just bursting through the beer, certainly at the expense of any grain or hop character at all. its all fruit, with just a bit of pucker. more juicy than beery, but in a good way. carbonation is really uplifting in a real thick brew, and the alcohol is barely detectable. just blown away how packed in the cherry flavor is, its truly incredible. the acidity cleans up the sweetness that would otherwise be there, and im left with a dry palate loaded with cherry aftertaste. i cant get past it, it transcends what i thought i knew about fruit beer, and is a must try for any fruit beer fan. its next level stuff no doubt.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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 biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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 BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
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 emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma has fresh cherries, cherry preserve juice and cherry pits. Taste is tart and juicy with lots of cherries complete with pits. Overall really balanced and tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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SpontanCherryFrederiksdal from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 192 ratings