SpontanBasil
Brouwerij Lindemans

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #62
ABV:
6%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,010
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.41%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
115
From:
Brouwerij Lindemans
 
Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  10
Gots
  18
SCORE
91
Outstanding
SpontanBasilSpontanBasil
Notes: Collaboration with Mikkeller

Blend of 1 to 2 years old lambic fermented on oak with fresh basil herb.

10 IBU
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Paid $32 for this at Ledger's (2016 batch) a few years ago. Opened it last summer during Uncle Cork's afterparty.

Pours yellow, 1/2" white head, looks the part. The aroma was pretty much exactly as advertised, you get a mild gueuze like blend of 2 years of lambic and minerals, plus a hefty dose of basil. Its pretty cool. I like it.

Taste, look this is good shit, very similar to their gueuze. Has that great water profile, light oak, ample basil, moderate sourness and acidity makes for both an enjoyable drink. Carbonation just right. Has more of that complexity than a typical wild ale or kettle sour.

So its been all good so far right? Here's the rub. The awesome gueuze that this tastes just like, is about $10. This was $32, and all that really separates it is basil. So an extra $22 for basil? Oh I see, it has the Mikkeller name on it. Well yeah, you basically just double the cost of something with that name added. Great beer, it really is, but I can't justify buying a bottle of this again when I can get 3 cuvee renes for the same price.

Nov 19, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow/golden color lambic with a large foamy head. Aroma of basil notes with light funky notes is enjoyable. Taste is also a mix of light funky notes with some basil notes, light oak with faint tart notes. Body is full for style with good carbonation. I wasn’t sure with the mix of flavours at first but it is well balanced overall and pairs well with food.

Jun 09, 2020
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Jan 21, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Dec 27, 2017
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bmaslakov from Russian Federation

3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Oct 13, 2017
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Aug 28, 2017
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Jul 06, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

May 26, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

May 07, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

May 05, 2017
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Apr 30, 2017
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heygeebee from Australia

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Feb 05, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Dec 07, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured gently at 48°F from a 750ml bottle into a long-stemmed tulip. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 28Aug16.
SMELL: Powerful aromas of basil dominate the smell. Mild aromas of sour green apple along with subtle aromas of earthy yeast, salty minerals, oak, hay, lemon grass, peach, white grape, and pear suitably commingle with the herbal and spicy scents of basil
4.5 out of 5
TASTE: As I would have assumed, strong flavors of basil first bombard the palate. A tart balance is immediately established from the following of strong sour green apple flavors even as the perception of basil grows much stronger. Mild flavors of earthy yeast flow in next to offer a funk characteristic to the balance. Mild flavors of lemon grass join in with subtle oak, hay, and salty mineral flavors. Hints of peaches, pears, and white grapes trail lastly as the salty mineral and hay flavors grow slightly stronger while all other flavors maintain.
4.25 out of 5
NOTE: This was much more delectable than any of my preconceived notions. I thought this was going to be a Gueuze with some basil flavors, but I experienced a basil bomb with some Gueuze in it. I loved it. If you do not like basil, I would suggest that you avoid this or let it sit for a year so that the basil could become more mild. I highly recommend to anyone who wants something different than the typical sour.

Sep 04, 2016
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazed golden orange with little more than a finger of white head and some lace. Smell is lactic and funky, a bit of green leafy notes, some fresh basil, there is a floral spicy note to it as well that strikes me as similar to the herbal/spicy profile in Mamouche but less strong, some oak and wet wood round out the nose. Taste starts out tart and sour, lightly spicy but drinks very much like a gueuze, the basil impact on the palate is fairly minimal, lemony with a mineral presence throughout, at times a bit of mushroom like funk, some lemonade in the aftertaste and fairly dry. Medium high carbonation, medium bodied and dry. Quite nice, a very unique lambic that never lets the uniqueness take away from drinkability, very flavourful and enjoyable.

Sep 01, 2016
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StJamesGate from New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with film. 4
Some washed rind but a ton of basil. 4
Thread of cracker, touch of farm, lime, then a ton more basil. 4
Crisp, fizzy, light-medium. 4

Basil! And then more basil. There’s a good geuze there somewhere, screaming to get out. But with low funk, there’s no counterpoint. Overplays its hand. 4

Jul 08, 2016
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light orange color. Minimal head with weak retention. Intense aroma of fresh green herbs, botanicals and lemon grass. Big basil and floral notes. Citric acid. Flavor is moderately sour with citric, lemon qualities. Healthy dose of basil middle to end provides a welcome spice. Definitely detecting a hoppy bitterness but hard to determine whether the herbal, grassy flavor is coming from the hops or other added flavorings. Either way, the result is spectacular. Exceptional balance. Light to moderate body. Lively bubbles and bone dry finish with lingering basil. Overall, an exceptional example of a uniquely flavored lambic. So complex and innovative, yet so well balanced. I was hesitant to try this due to the price and weirdness factor but I am very happy I gave it a shot. Surprising this is not rated higher.

Jul 06, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed May 2016. Off white head. Golden orange.

A very odd sour. The basil shows a lot. Very herbal and floral. Big garden spice flavor. Sour and light acidity. Very green.

Lighter bodied. Nice carbonation.

Very interesting beer.
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Consumed March 2017 Big white head. Active carbonation. Golden orange colr.

Big basil notes but it seems to have fallen off since last time I had it. Some sharp cheese notes and lemon citrus. Very zesty and herbal. Nice funk as well.

Very lively feel. Too much carbonation for my liking.

A fun lambic to try. I wish the carbonation was lower in this bottle. 3.8

May 30, 2016
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kevanb from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a Mikkeller Teku glass. Enjoyed on 2.21.2016, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright copper and gold color, clear with a touch of haziness with a big, foamy white head that has good retention and great lace. The aroma is very unusual, but I guess what you'd expect from this beer. Huge basil jumps out of the glass, light funk, candi sugar and chewy oak linger but this is very herbal, very floral and brings out a touch of spice and citrus, but definitely focused on the basil. The flavors again are basil forward and very herbal and earthy. Some sweetness, a bit of chewy oak, grainy wheat, light tartness with a funky and fruity finish which add some nice complexity to an already unusual beer. The mouthfeel is great, coating, lively, medium body, very smooth and gentle with a tart finish.

Verdict: A crazy unique beer from the mad minds at Mikkeller and well executed by the guys at Lindemans. It's begging to be paired with food, pasta anyone?? On its own though, it's complex, balanced, intriguing and definitely makes you think.

May 05, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/2015. Best before end of 2021. LOT: B100OSB.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, lemon juice, fresh basil, earth, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour lemon juice, fresh basil, floral, earth, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a basil addition that gives this one an interesting herb and floral twist on the base lambic.

Serving type: bottle.

Apr 25, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottled September 2015, best before the end of 2021 according to the bottle. A unique collaboration between Lindemans and Mikkeller - "lambic ale made with basil". Very unique premise to be sure.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a crisply carbonated golden gueuze body. Finger of frothy white head that stays a while, leaving scattered frothy lacing. Lots of bubbles rising topside.

S - Huge huge huge aromas of basil. Earthy, green, & grassy - huge herbal aromatics. Slight pungent mixing with the souring agents in the beer, but it is generally very fresh, herbal, unique, and appealing smelling. Very complex stuff. Notes of citrus: lemon, lime, and citrus zest.

T - Taste follows the nose: super intricate and complex stuff. Fresh, fruity, sour, herbal. Notes of fresh basil, other earthy leafy spice, lemongrass, hay, lime, kiwi fruit, subtle notes from the oak wood peek through.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & easy-drinking. Good balance of sour / tart with the herbal basil flavors. Dry, tart finish, beckons the palate for more.

Overall, i thought it was a unique and delicious basil lambic from Lindemans and Mikkeller. Would love to see more future collaborations between these two! Definitely glad I picked this one up.

Lindemans / Mikkeller Spontanbasil -----4.5/5

Apr 18, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber color with off-white head. Aroma is full of aromatic herbs like basil and sage with some, funky lambic notes. Taste starts also with the intensely aromatic herbs, lemony sourness and slightly funky yeast notes. Body is quite smooth for a lambic with a good amount of carbonation. Really good one, intensely aromatic, tasty, soft mouthfeel and some nice funky notes on top.

Apr 06, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright brassy orange, fizzling foam settles fast, leaves behind random arcs and spotty flecks of lace. Aroma is very earthy, the lambic base is still assertive, some oak and lemon, dovetailing into a lemon lime Yuzu cocktail impression.

Taste is tart and earthy, lemon lime zests, lime aftertaste. Tartness is moderate, not really sour.
Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Fruity, herbal and complex, this beer has a certain unique cocktail impression. Great stuff, hope Lindemans experiments more in this direction.

Mar 13, 2016
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not something I'd want to drink a lot of but definitely an interesting and impressive take with a ton of basil aroma and flavor. Not very sour at all, the basil dominates.

Mar 12, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle of the first bottling run. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a bright light lemon-yellow body, two finger effervescent white head with good retention. Fair bit of lacing. Smells of dank basil. No surprise, right? A bit of lemon and wheat, acetic funk. But it's definitely heavy on the basil. It's unique and very pleasant, not off-putting. So it works to some extent here already. Flavour is surprisingly heavier on the lemon and musty funk, a bit less of basil, which is a bit more balanced and comes off more of as a floral flavour, sort of like Mamouche. The rest of it is the base sour, which is moderately acetic and brightly lemony. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, mild floral bitterness on the finish. This was a nice one to sip on through the course of the night in a bottle share to clean and dry off the palate in between pours of different beers. No doubt I could finish a bottle sporadically throughout a night, but it's not something I would try to dome in one sitting. Unique and very aromatic, flavourful beer that deserves at least a try.

Mar 12, 2016
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