Spontansauternes | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MasterSki on 06-04-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
55
Reviews:
16
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
6.49%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dcmchew
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Crystal clear. Beautiful bright gold with nice effervescence. Fine white head settles into a thick halo with great retention.

S - Bright, dry nose. Hard woods, sour apples, dusty barn, grape skins, lavender.

T - Subtle, dry, sparkling white wine. Dry champagne grapes, resiny wax, apple peel, lemon rind.

M - Bursting with carbonation. Outstanding for the body and flavor profile. Dry, resiny finish.

O - Drinks like a fine dry white wine. A good starting point for people looking to get into sours.

P - Killer with spiced seafood; think blackened white fish, garlicy muscles, etc.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tbryan5
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams/ Weihenstephan Infinium flute.

A -Pours a hazy golden hue with with a slight tint of orange. The head shoots up the glass and dissipates fairly quickly but not all the way. It settles into a quarter inch white head and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S - Sour right off the bat. The earth tones really light this one up. Some funk and reminiscent of some saisons sans the cringing sourness.

T- Lemon and sour citrus with some very ripe light fruit. Apple and some sour grapes. You can taste the barrels that it was aged in as well which gives it a pleasant woody taste too.

M - High carbonation with a dry, crisp finish.

D - I really really liked this mikkeller gueze. I don't drink them too often but I would definitely recommend this to the sour lovers out there.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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