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 fdig23
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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 MasterSki
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -3.2%
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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