Spontanrosehip | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mendvicdog on 08-13-2013

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Found this bottle at a bottle shop in Seaside, FL while visiting the annual wine fest.

Looks like a standard lambic; off gold, murky body. slight head disappears fast but some ok lacing

Smells tart: candy apple and some slight tropical scents: dank peach and some funky straw

Taste: tart apple initially but the rose hips really tie it together for a floral but subdued finish. Some straw mid to end taste leads to to a dryer finish. I love the subtlety of this beer; just beer it builds to be really sour, it gets reeled back in. Makes me want to drink a lot of them on a hot day.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with slightly less carbonation

Overall: I would love to have a few of these fresh on a hot summer day. As is the case with most Mikkeller beers, I can't justify the price to buy in bulk. This is my 2nd favorite "Spontaneous" beer I've had to them (Raspberry has been my favorite). Overall a solid selection.

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Photo of skipxtracer
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this in a bottle at the mikkeller bar in SF. I've loved all of the beers in this series. Like the others, this is very true to what is advertised. Loving this rosehip sour. Beautiful floral nose and reddish color. Nice mouthfeel and very tasty, dry rosy drinking.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples poured to a tulip glad. Pours murky orange colored with a bubbly half finger slightly off white head. Beautiful sweet rose aroma, sour cherries, some citrus fruit, sour vinegar notes, dry oak and vinous notes as well. The flavor is big sourness with the rose hips providing a big floral sweetness, some tropical fruit and cherry-like notes, dry oak finish. A bit of yeasty funky Brett influence. Really nice flavor. Pretty full medium plus mouthfeel, heavy for a sour brew, with prickly carbonation. Better than my overall score notes because it is pretty ugly. Recommended for sure. Not sure why everyone is so down on this. If the bottle said Cantillon it would probably be nearing the mid-4's for the rAvg. This is better than the score, which was brought down due to the ugly appearance.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Funky Buddha snifter.

A - White foam quickly settles to a thin collar and wisps, with minimal lace left behind. Murky orange peach juice body.

S - Smells like lambic, but with floral notes and a touch of raspberry that I take to be the rose hips. Lactic acidity, a bit of stone fruit in the periphery. Quite nice actually; I'd probably guess framboise in a blind tasting.

T - The taste isn't quite as strong, as it loses a lot of the 'fruit' flavor. Mostly lactic acidity, slight mineral, a bit of medicinal brett, and a touch of earthiness; fairly middle of the road in flavor balance and mildly evocative of Boon. Actually, wouldn't be surprised if that was the lambic used in the newer batch of these Spontan- variants.

M - Medium body, lower moderate carbonation, and super dry, with that lingering mouth-coating candy vibe. As usual, well-hidden alcohol on these beers; would guess it's 6% lambic more often than not. Some acidity builds, but it's not excessive.

D - The aroma is really unique and compelling, but the flavor is kind of generic for the style; that's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's not a very good value for the price tag. Easily put down a 375ml on my own, but probably won't pick this one up again with a number of better options out there.

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Photo of bark
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is red-brown, the liquid is cloudy. It looks like a diluted rosehip soup. The low head is white, it leaves some lacing.

The smell is sourish. Notes of dry apple cider, unsweetened rosehip powder. Iodine and iron. Floral notes of hibiscus twigs.

The taste starts lambic-sour. Iodine and minerals. Unsweetened rosehip soup. The flavours of the lambic and the fruit are well integrated. Hibiscus and apple acid in the aftertaste, as well as some sweetness. The tart flavours stick to the teeth. Rosehip infusion and iodine in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the bubbles mid-sized. The liquid is a bit sticky and farinaceous.

I think that the spontan-series beers so far has been quite uneven, but this one is clearly one of the better as the tart rosehips enhances the flavours from the beer much more than the sweeter fruits (strawberries, mango...) does.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

interesting beer here, appears to be an almost entirely different base beer from the others, all thick and cloudy, just tinted pink, but more yeasty and dense than anything else. that said, its the first one i have ever had (or in fact even seen) on tap, so that could be a factor in its unflattering appearance. the smells is nice, tangy and tart, lambic long before rose hip, although that element is there too, pink and perfumed, somehow light in the midst of the thicker beer, and i smell the wheat malt too, not as fresh as some, and slightly tannic. nice pucker in the flavor, a rather mature lacto type sour to it, and you get plenty of wood on it as well. the rose hip is more subtle in the taste than it is in the nose, almost like not ripe, bitter rather than floral, vegetal and wet, it works, but its unexpected. carbonation is fine, but the beer is very thick, and even the moderately high acid of this beer cant make it feel light and drinkable. the others were all so effortless, this seems weird. fortunately, i have a bottle on deck to compare the two formats, but this might be the least impressive beer in the series os far. i still enjoyed its weirdness though.

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Photo of guityler83
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy pale orange color after leaving about half inch at the bottom of the bottle (to pitch into a sour homebrew). off white head with medium sized bubbles had good persistence for a sour. Maybe a slight hue of pink among the orange color.

S: Lemony rind tartness with clean oakiness come through at moderate levels. Funky basement with hay and light pineapple at medium levels. No vinegar or offensive aromas but a bit sharper then classic examples.

T: medium tartness with a lime like quality. funky brett dominates with lots of complexity from hay and damp leaves to medium barnyard phenols. medium wheat flavor comes through in the middle with a straweberry jam like flavor (rose hip?) finish with lemony tartness. Balance is on the bugs.

M: A very creamy full mouth feel for a lambic style beer. Carbonation is moderate but very soft. No alcohol warming. The tartness lingers on the back of the tongue after a few sips giving a nice tannic, drying sensation.

O: An interesting profile on the spontanrosehip. The mouthfeel really through me off. I don't know if the rosehips did it or maybe when they were added to the beer but it didn't finish as dry and crisp as I like in the style. It was decent but I don't think Id seek out the others in this series

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller unleashes a new round of Spontaneous Series beers in 2013. Among them – SpontanRosehip. A rosehip is the fruit of the rose plant uses in various culinary recipes, but can be eaten raw. The flavor? Citrusy and of course, floral. The base beer a lambic, fermented in oak. SpontanRosehip will join SpontanElderflower, SpontanPeach and SpontanGooseberry.

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Photo of mverity
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rosy pink golden color. Bubbly head when pouring but it faded immediately. Aroma is of dry, spicy yeast, straw, some funk and faintly floral. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Highly carbonated on the tongue, like champagne. Light, thin body like champagne as well.

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Photo of timfc
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a bottle, 2013 vintage.

If you leave a bit in the bottle, you get a fairly clear, golden/caramel colored beer. If you pour in the dregs, it's really cloudy, raw apple cider, in color. There's basically no head, just slight white ring of lace.

The smell, overall, is sour with a hint of floral on top.

Flavor is basically sour with a hint of floral, it's not that it's bad, but we assumed that it would be fruitier, and, as a result, we were not prepared for what we got. The mouthfeel is enough to support the flavor, except there should be more behind the sour in terms of rose.

Overall, wouldn't buy it again. Glad to have tried it. I'd rather just go for a known sour quantity...

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Spontanrosehip from Mikkeller ApS
3.77 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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