Spontansauternes
Mikkeller ApS

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From:
Mikkeller ApS
 
Denmark
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 6.47%
Ratings:
55
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 24, 2016
Added:
Jun 04, 2013
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  7
SCORE
92
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4.43 by FatsoSvuLLo from Sweden on Sep 24, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Amber color with off-white head. Aroma has lambic funk and some brown sugar. Taste is tart but not really sour, there is some underlying malt sweetness. The specific lambic funk is present but not cloying at all. It feels overall like a younger lambic. Medium body and carbonation, not too dry. Really good, easy to drink lambic with nice yeast funk.

Apr 16, 2016
 
3.25 by Mattias from Sweden on Jan 12, 2016
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4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

savagely underrated here on BA, this is one of the top beers in the series and arguably my favorite of the night we drank almost all of them. more funky than any others i can recall to date, so much developed brett and oak, its like something cantillon would make, every bit as good as any of their lambics i have experienced. nice soft yeasty haze to it, and a taller head than many of the others for whatever reason. maybe more carbonated up in the bottle due to its age. i can smell white grapes, tangy, more like wine than the fruit though, the yeast is the leader in the nose, and in the taste as well. layers of brett and lacto, acidic to funky and back again, dynamic, this is constantly changing, even every sip is different from the one before it, and by the time its almost room temperature, its about the most flavorful wild beer ive ever had. less fruit than expected, also likely a product of its age, but it isnt missing. i wish i could find more of this, but i know they are hard to come by now. dry as a bone, mouth watering for more, even the yeasty sludge tastes good in the bottom of the bottle. one of my favorite mikkeller beers ive ever had. if you see one out there, dont pass it up!!!

Jan 02, 2016
 
4.18 by dcmchew from Romania on Dec 21, 2015
 
4.19 by risenz from England on Dec 08, 2015
 
4 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey on May 12, 2015
 
4.08 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts on May 05, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MadCat from New Jersey

2012 Vintage

Look: A nice yellowy color with little head and no lacing

Smell: Light malts, champagne, some nice funk

Taste: Tart with a strong barnyard funk, a bit of subtle grapey flavor, reminiscent of a dryer white wine or champagne

Feel: Crisp carbonation, light body

Overall: An amazingly fantastic brew

Mar 11, 2015
 
4.5 by GreenMountainBoy from Vermont on Nov 23, 2014
 
4 by spycow from Illinois on Oct 17, 2014
 
 
4.25 by Stum-pub from Connecticut on Jul 16, 2014
 
4.5 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Jul 04, 2014
 
4.25 by bootdown21 from Connecticut on Jul 02, 2014
 
4.25 by JoeMans from New York on May 26, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by emerge077 from Illinois

2012 vintage.

When the bottle was opened there was a brief hiss, and the air filled with an intense skunk. Unfortunate, although the green bottle sure didn't help any. After 10-15 minutes, this dissipated and there was a more familiar farmhouse funk and wild yeast aroma akin to Cantillon. Honestly wouldn't be surprised if they cultured and pitched dregs from Cantillon bottles in this. Light aromas of cheese rind, damp wood, and soft lemon pith. It's pretty spot on in similarity to lambic, and there's little to no Sauternes character to it which was sort of a letdown. Clarity was fairly bright, carbonation was rapid, and there was a thin layer of crackling foam on the surface, depositing bits of lace here and there. Taste was bright and relatively sour, puckering lemony citrus and light dry oakiness round it out nicely. Overall it is worth a try, though miscategorized as a Gueuze.

May 07, 2014
 
4.25 by mantissa from Oregon on Apr 12, 2014
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4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Seanniek91 from Rhode Island

Served from a 375 capped bottle into an Allagash chalice. 2012 vintage. Aged in Sauternes barrels. Cellar temp.

Appearance- Clear golden color with big three finger bubly head that left some lacing.

Smell-Strong and funky. Lots of Lemon, vinager, limes, funky yeast, grapes, oak.

Taste- Sauternes barrel is totally there. Super buttery and grapey, but with a nice balence of tartness. Grapes, lemons, yeast, pear. Not overly sour like the smell suggested, but well balanced tartness and buttery oakieness.

Mouthfeel- Highly carbonated but light bodied. Juicy start, then finishes dry. Medium tartness.

Overall- Really nice surprise.

Apr 10, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by CowsandBeer from Nebraska

Green 12 oz bottle poured into a Jester King oversized wine glass. Per the label “sour ale aged in Sauternes barrels.” Enjoyed outside now that winter has left! Bottled on 2012.

Appearance: A sloppy pour down the side produces a couples fingers of quickly receding foam. Bright orange body with nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart white grapes and funky hay followed by some lactic tangyness. Musty wine barrel.

Taste: Salty/mineral lemon sour bite. Tart white grapes in the middle with some mellowing oak. Tangy lactic finish.

Mouthfeel: Drying with a thin feel and lots of carbonation. Helps enhance the sourness.

Overall: Very tart, sour ale with a big lactic bite and a nice wine barrel presence. These barrels were definitely wet when filled with gueuze! Given the price of the bottle it’s in with some stiff competition with beers of similar styles. Worth a shot though if you split the bottle/price with a friend.

Mar 15, 2014
 
4.25 by WTKeene from New Mexico on Mar 12, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

12.7 ounce bottle, dated 2012 on label. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with an inch and a half off-white head. The head lasts a little while, but there isn't much of any lacing at all. The brew smells like white grapes/wine, oak, funk, hay, and some apple. Taste is nice and tart, it tastes like oak, funk, white grapes/wine, hay, and some earthiness and vinegar. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with a moderate amount of carbonation. I like this beer overall, but it's not one of my favorite gueuzes. $15.99 a bottle.

Mar 04, 2014
 
4.25 by Crimsontider22 from Alabama on Feb 28, 2014
 
4.25 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Feb 16, 2014
 
4.25 by krome from Illinois on Feb 04, 2014
 
4 by ncelauro from New York on Feb 03, 2014
 
4.25 by sneaks2210 from New York on Jan 15, 2014
 
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jan 04, 2014
 
4.25 by threedaggers from Kentucky on Jan 02, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Label notes : 2012 bottle, sour ale aged in sauternes barrels. Updated from a 4 'Had' rating.

Appearance - Pour to a Fantome tulip glass. Color is pumpkin orange and initially translucent but the final pour gives it some haze. White head huge at first, eventually falling to a partial cap.

Smell - Could smell it upon opening. Nice funky farm cheese notes, oak, granny smith apples, a nice sour kick and light sweetness .

Taste - A bit tamer on the sour funk with a little more of the Sauternes coming through. A little more fruity overall with peaches and green grape coming to mind. Oak and farm are also prevalent, some bread and buttery tones, slight white wine vibe from the barrel.

Mouthfeel - A little hefty for the ABV, high-ish carbonation but fine here. Sourness is actually somewhat easygoing for a gueuze.

Overall - Good, though the Sauternes barrel is pretty mild overall, and the beer itself is as well, for a gueuze anyway.

Jan 01, 2014
 
4 by tom10101 from Canada (QC) on Dec 22, 2013
 
3.5 by Dirty25 from Germany on Dec 15, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by spicelab from Australia

Now called Spontansauternes. Haven't done any research, so don't know if the barrel has changed.

Bright and clear straw gold with a towering white head that falls almost as quickly as it rises. Hapahzard lacing and a raised collar. Vigorous bead.

Begins with raw gueuze notes of green capsicum, sweaty blue cheese and bitter grapefruit peel. At first the barrel serves mainly to smooth out the edges, but later the fruity Sauternes character and light buttery oak manifests itself.

The barrel is more restrained in the taste. The base gueuze is nothing to quibble about, but there's not quite enough from the barrel to transform the flavour profile.

The mouthfeel also indicates that there's very little barrel in this. Quite aggressive, all the way through to the finish, much like a conventional gueuze.

Hints at being great but doesn't get there. With more time in the barrel it could be really something. In this regard, the Bruery sour range is kicking goals.

Nov 09, 2013
 
4 by bauermj from Illinois on Nov 08, 2013
 
4.25 by TallSaint from New York on Oct 29, 2013
 
4 by acurtis from New Jersey on Oct 20, 2013
 
4.25 by MaseFace from Kentucky on Oct 15, 2013
 
3.75 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Oct 14, 2013
 
4 by IndyDad from New York on Sep 16, 2013
 
4.5 by smithj4 from New York on Sep 15, 2013
Spontansauternes from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 55 ratings