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Spontansauternes | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MasterSki on 06-04-2013

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of popery
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly pale yellow-orange color. It's somewhat cloudy, though I imagine careful bottle handling and pouring could render a clear glass. Medium white head. Pretty good bubblage for a sour. It smells like a gueuze, maybe somewhat young or, at least, from young barrels, but this is as close to lambic country as any non-lambic that I've tried. It's delicate and complex with layers of funk and gentle acidity. It has the lambic mineral character, sulfur and iron. Mushrooms, wet hay, grass, mild vinous vinegar. If you gave me this glass blind, I'd probably guess Drie Fonteinen or Girardin, based on the aroma. Knowing what it is, I'm getting a bit more oak than I'd expect from a lambic, but that could be bias creeping in. Lots of fruit - apricots, berries, peaches, lemons, limes, persimmons. I could smell this beer all day, which sounds kinda weird, admittedly. The taste starts with gentle fruity sweetness and very mild grain. Acidity creeps up slowly and the beer dries out completely by the finish. More lactic than acetic, but it's a lambic-y mix. The finish has a lot of oak. Nice tannic hit aftertaste. Lots of lemons, funk, grass, earth. Some wine sweetness, which takes away a touch from its lambic-ness, but again, I'm left wondering if I'd notice it blind. It's light on the palate with a medium pucker that sorta sneaks up on you. The tannic oakiness is a bit bracing. This is simply delicious. I wish that American breweries would take note and start pushing domestic sours in this direction. I imagine getting lambic flavors right is rather hard, but it's worth the effort. We need more lower abv, lambic-style sours.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of marqoid
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Jslay013
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

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Photo of FatsoSvuLLo
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chris. I also grabbed a bottle at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, partial cap, leaving behind specks of lace. Hazy orange-yellow body.

S - Very gueuze-like, with a hint of sulfur to it. Farmy, earthy mushroom, some stone fruits malt character and mild vinous flavor.

T - The taste is very funky and sour at the same time. Sauternes character is mellow, but imparts a hint of sweet fruits and vinous oak. More oak than you'd expect from your typical gueuze, with heavy lemony lactic sourness, and under ripe peach.

M - Medium body, with surprising heft for the listed 5.5%. Pleasant carbonation, and a dry, puckering finish.

D - This is quite good, and I much prefer the blend of lambics here than those used in the initial iteration of the Spontan- series; I always found those overly mineral and found the higher ABV puzzling.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down a bit and left nearly an entire layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Strong aromas of barnyard funk are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is very funky and also has light bits of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is beer that has an acquired taste and might take some people to get used to, but delivers lots of funk both in the smell and taste.

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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

12.7 ounce bottle, dated 2012. "A sour ale aged in sauternes barrels".

A: Pours a slightly hazy sunburst orange with streaming carbonation yielding a 2-inch rocky white head which leaves rings, spots and clumps of lace.

N: Funky barnyard, lemony, herbal/grassy/hay mix, earthy and mushroomy, slightly sour.

T: Vinous and mildy spicy, musty, cheesy and yeasty.

M: Medium body and full prickly carbonation. Dry, vinous and sour finish.

O: Sour + sweet + spicy + vinous = nice and enjoyable.

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Spontansauternes from Mikkeller ApS
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