Spontansauternes | Mikkeller ApS

SpontansauternesSpontansauternes
BA SCORE
96.4%
Liked This Beer
4.17 w/ 55 ratings
SpontansauternesSpontansauternes
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 06-04-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,069
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
55
Liked:
53
Avg:
4.17/5
pDev:
6.47%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 16
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 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 Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 dcmchew
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of risenz
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Stum-pub
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of bootdown21
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JoeMans
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mantissa
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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 CowsandBeer
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Crimsontider22
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Spontansauternes from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 96.4% out of 100 with 55 ratings
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