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Lindemans / Mikkeller SpontanBasil | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans / Mikkeller SpontanBasilLindemans / Mikkeller SpontanBasil

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArrogantB
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle that I got for $18. Bright orange, clear, nice rim of bubbles, some lace. Aroma is weird, basil, mint, and unmistakable Lindeman's lambic. If I was blind folded I would have said Cuvee Rene with strange shit in it. Flavor is also basil, mint, green, lambic, odd.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very large, persistently present off-white foam builds strongly upon gently pouring, and the lumps leftover from pouring keep their form for a good five minutes as it slowly settles. The body is barely hazy vibrant amber.

The aroma really showcases the licorice and peppery notes of basil to an almost exclusive degree, it's very enticing and a great aperitif to a homemade pizza margherita. Some bright oak and a spritz of lemon accents the background.

On the palate, basil contributes intense peppery spiciness, not the sort contributed by oak or other typical contributors to sour beers, and also there's that touch of licorice that can often be found with fresh basil. There is a bit of charred oak and/or toasted sesame, and the sourness is pretty potent but at a tolerable threshold, bringing orangey-grapefruit and lemon zests.

This is just beautifully herbal while still a sour beer, with a medium body, very crisp carbonation and a tangy tingly swallow, finishing semi-dry.

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Photo of npachl
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmaslakov
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 750ml capped and corked bottle in September 2017, production date was January 2016. This queer, spontaneously fermented lambic is a result of collaboration between the traditional Belgian lambic brewery Lindemans and Danish craft Mikkeller. Aged in an oak barrel with fresh basil for 1-2 years, and then fermented in a beautiful green bottle, the beer easily one of the most interesting ones I've had a chance to lay my hands on. Poured into a glass it is straw yellow; fluffy foam recedes quickly and without a lacing. Aroma is light and fruity with floral notes, somewhat stuffy, like in an old cellar. Taste is metallic and very sour, with lightest hints of basil, lemongrass, and mint. Light carbonation. Overall: quite unique and fun experience, yet it does not leave you craving for more.

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Photo of jwilcox767
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark golden amber pour, substantial head.
S - Not much basil to speak of, a mild amount of funk/dankness with some hints of grain.
T - Tart. And then straight to funk town and sourness. The basil was buried under a mountain of everything else. Maybe aging this bottle didn't do it any favors.
M - Solid medium body with a good amount of pucker, medium amount of carbonation.
O - I'm not going to pass any overall judgement this time since it seems like I may have waited too long. Sounds like it was best right after it was brewed and then went downhill.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevepat
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First tried this one when it came out and instantly fell in love. It was so bright with the best basil flavor I could imagine. I scooped up as many as I could get my hands on in the hopes that I will have the will power to sit on a few for a couple years to see how they age. 4 left after this one that I'm about to crack. Bottled in Sep. '15 making this brew just shy of 2 years old. Pours a crystal clear, deep amber with a thick head that dissipates fairly quickly with big bubbles and decent lacing. Nose is tart with a heavy dose of basil, slightly muted compared to the fresh but still remarkably savory. The taste is super dry, in the realm of a very dry white wine. There is a lemon level sourness that seems to have increased slightly over the years with a light malty back and still hints of basil. More than basil specifically it seems to have mellowed into a sort of general savory herb flavor, like it would lend great flavor to grandmas spaghetti sauce. Mouthfeel wise it is very very dry, remarkably so for my experience with beers. Sour enough to make you salivate it has a sharp presence. Overall I have to say that this beer was probably best as fresh as could be, it has lost the brightness of the basil flavor and has gained a tarter character that is not unpleasant. Still a delicious beer, especially for those of us with a tolerance or appreciation of the tart character of some wild Belgian brews. I hope they bring this back again someday because I would love another taste of the fresh stuff.

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Photo of kitch
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle, bottled in February 2015. Poured into a Mikkeller tasting glass.

Appearance: A mostly clear golden orange colour with a just under two finger white head that had decent retention and eventually settled to a thin layer with lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Extremely herbal with lots of basil and perhaps a hint of lemon and mint. This was surprisingly well combined with some nice funk, oak and hay.

Taste: Sour, basil, lemon, peach, apricot, oak, lemongrass, hay with a light funk.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was much better than expected. I’m usually a little weary about herbally flavoured beers, so the name SpontanBasil does nothing to settle my doubt. But upon getting a whiff of that aroma and tasting it, I found the funk and herbs combined well together and was very enjoyable. Very nice to drink.

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Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden colored beer with a medium sized, white head.

Smell is utmost herbal, enhanced by some wet cellar funk and mushrooms. A floral note brightens up the nose, allowing old straw to cut through. The basil is easily detectable on the nose, creating an intriguing extra layer of herbs.

Has a high, mineralic carbonation which keeps the funk from unfolding too early, with a light, very refreshing body.

Minerals are utmost present in this, its almost like chewing on a stone, with a very high, not yet harsh carbonation level. From that first impression slowly evolves a mellow, bright and crisp funk sourness. This gets well accompanied by the noteable basil, which blends perfectly into the foundation of the beer. Finishes soft and aqueous, effervescent with a lingering basil infusion.

If it wasnt for its overly present carbonation, this could be great. The blend itself works very well, adding a nice, herbal depth to the beer, distracted by the high effervescence though.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with small white head.
Aroma has huge amount of fresh basil, sour lemons, hay, little funk.
Taste is lots of basil but not as much as the aroma, sour lemons, grapefruit, grass, barnyard, more funky than the aroma, dry bitter finish.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Frudel
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle release a yellow, slightly hazy orange liquid, foam that disappears pretty quickly. Aromas of funk, herbal, basilic, notes of cheese. Very refreshing with that high carbonization! Taste is very herbal forward, basilic less notable than in aromas, funky, citric acid, almost no acetic acid, traces of lactic acid, sublime complexity of tartness! So fresh and crisp!

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge basil in aroma and taste. Lactic sour. Hint of funk. Earthiness from the basil. Lemon. Lightly acidic

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biernack
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heygeebee
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow - it really does smell of Basil as soon as the cork is lifted.... a little cloudier than usual Lambics as well,
Nose is all basil - like seriously - add in a little mint, sour apple and hint lemon.
Taste less basil, still sour, still floral.
Light and zesty as you would want.
Really complex beer, is it really drinkable as a 750ml ? hmmmm - pass the green salad please

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Photo of mush
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMCimpi
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml capped and corked bottle into a Cantillon Iris (new) glass. Shared with schen9303.

Cork reeks of mint. I don't know if I'm confusing that with the basil but its very minty. There's some lemon, funk and woodiness in there too but the mint is so strong it overpowers everything else. Beer opens lemon zest, basil and mint. Lightly salty with a big citrus and lemon rind presence. Lightly acidic and oaky in the end. The lambic behind the basil is actually quite good but the basil presence is overpowering... just like in the nose. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth with a puckering finish.

I'd love to taste the lambic base in this. As is, it just takes some getting used to. Worth trying as its one of the most unique beers I've ever come across and I'd probably revisit it down the road... but I'm not going out of my way for it.

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Lindemans / Mikkeller SpontanBasil from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 110 ratings