SPON - Méthode Traditionelle
Jester King Brewery

SPON - Méthode TraditionelleSPON - Méthode Traditionelle
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From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Gueuze
Ranked #12
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,091
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 6.22%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
167
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 26, 2022
Added:
Oct 09, 2016
Wants:
  44
Gots:
  27
SCORE
96
World-Class
SPON - Méthode TraditionelleSPON - Méthode Traditionelle
Notes: Formerly Spontaneous Blend 1 and SPON — Méthode Gueuze
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Rated: 4.25 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Sep 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by edthehead from Maryland

May 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by SadMachine from New Jersey

May 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.38 by Tuck_leepulin from Texas

Jan 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Nov 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Sep 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by Magery from Kentucky

Jul 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.14 by T_Hass from Georgia

Apr 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.42 by Hangryginger from Connecticut

Dec 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

Sep 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.38 by ckeegan04 from Texas

Feb 03, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Burnt orange in color with ring of bubbles up top and the occasional island of bubbles on the surface. Smell is the best part, just breathe it in. Funk of multiple varieties: barnyard, basement, and horse blanket. Some orange zest, brett, oak tannins, lemon and hay as well. Taste is not as funky, but has a smoothness of flavor where the blending is not exaggerated, belgian yeast is pervasive in taste. Crisp, smooth and cool in feel
Jan 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by bmf5581 from North Carolina

Oct 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Aug 19, 2018
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Reviewed by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Drinking this in my parent's backyard, sunny and warm. It's roughly my 700th unique beer, and I'm on vacations. I want to finally open this - as it was being cellared for more than one year on my cellar, and now it's basically the time to open the SPON 2, bottled on the 24th of February 2016.

I pour this beer into my new Mikkeller taster glass that I brought from Mikkeller Baghaven Copenhagen (without asking the waiter but they have many of these).

A: Body is yellow with some darker hues. It's not totally cloudy but you can sense a medium opaqueness in here. The head is minimal and exists only to the sides of the glass.
S: God, the aroma on this is so light for a cellared Gueuze. You can find some fruitiness, not that forward of course as this is a lambic with no added fruits - but you can sense peaches, apple and wheat. After this, you can also find the usual tartness, a very smooth funkiness that enbodies everything in a perfect way.
T: Taste starts off with a sweet tone, incoming from the wheat and then turns to an almost champagne like tartness and ends beautifully in a dry tone that's purely enjoyable.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is perfect. Alcohol is minimal. Sourness is mild to smooth.
O: LONG LIVE THE METHODE TRADITIONELLE.
Jul 12, 2018
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Mikkeller & Friends.

Pours a clear golden hue of orange, with just a slight hint of foam.

Smell is a bit funky, with soft notes of grapefruit, orange and elderflower.

Taste is just beautiful. The funk, oranges, grapefruit and elderflower from the nose are all still here, and are joined by notes of orange peel, Campari and a slight touch of bitterness. The sourness and acidity are spot on, powerful, but not overwhelming. Very complex, but not daunting. Perfect.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with sparkly carbonation.

Overall, a superb gueuze, probably the best non-Belgian I've ever had and on par with the best, Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen, Girardin and Hanssens.
Jun 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap. Lambic funk notes, tart, yeasty. Taste is woody, a bit buttery, tart, bitter fruit pits. Light body, quite effervescent. It really feels like a traditional lambic with lots of rustic notes.
May 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.69 by stewartea from Texas

May 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.2 by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

Apr 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.75 by paulish from New York

Apr 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.43 by hcproff36 from Texas

Mar 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Mar 24, 2018
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
‘17, 3 year blend, blend 4.

This one pours a slightly hazy orange, with a small head and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like musty basement melons, oak, vanilla, barnyard funk, stone fruit, and white wine.

This is incredibly complex and it works really well for me. The immediate flavor profile I get is old lemons sitting in an old basement. There’s a light musty funk, a little barnyard-y, with a killer oak character, some creamy vanilla, apricot and peach, pear, white pepper, and champagne.

This is crisp and super clean, with a nice level of carbonation. It’s quite drinkable.

This is really awesome stuff. It’s one of the best of the style made in America.
Mar 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by oline73 from Maryland

Mar 05, 2018
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Reviewed by MFMB from Idaho

4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2016 Spon Blend 2 Method Gueuze. Pours a murky muddy deep straw yellow with hints of orange. A bit of sediment floating around in this one. Bright white fluffy head on heavy pour that drops quickly. Nose is of tart lemon and orange zest, wet hay and a touch of pepper. First thing I noticed tasting was the presence of the barrel. Nice bold upfront oak followed by earthy tones of grass and hay. The funk is mellow but flows through each sip, from the earthyness and wood on the front end to the notes of lemons, grapefruits, papayas and mangos on the finish, it is all tied together by the free flowing funkiness that intermingles with every flavor in this beer. Acidity is lower than expected and tartness is tamed to some extent. Medium body with a ultra dry finish, almost a graininess to it. It’s a special beer for sure. Did a side by side with a 2016 Cantillon Gueuze 3 year blend and I’ll say that while Spon was a bit more tame it’s funkiness and tartness I enjoyed the barrel character more on soon than Cantillon. That may be blasphemy idk? Just my little observation from the side by side.
Mar 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.75 by PprBurke from Virginia

Jan 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zuidman from Illinois

Jan 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Dec 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.27 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Dec 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Premo88 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
25.4 oz. bottle of Spon 2016 Blend 4 with "Method Gueze" printed on label; bought, poured and consumed at the brewery on November 26, 2017 using Jester King's taproom snifter/tulips

L: gold, 100% opaque, white foam head about 1/2 inch tall; no stick or lace

S: guava, kumquat, kumquat peel, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, lemon ... tart and earthy but also with a light sweetness

T: super dirt/earth bitter up front, but the citrus notes follow quickly, lemon peel, grapefruit peel lead; as it warms and the palate adjusts, a nice little sweet something peeks in, almost like orange; not as much funk as citrus tartness, but there's some in there

F: light but well filled out by the carbonation

O: much better and easier to handle than I expected, though it's not shocking -- Jester King promised they wouldn't release their SPON brews until ready, and this blend certainly was ready; a true "sour" fan's sour, but fairly accessible for the novice sour drinker who loves wine; it's not cheap, but getting the chance to try some of the original line of SPON beers was worth each penny ... it's the kind of earthy/funky tart treat that also makes the journey into "sours" worth it
Dec 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.16 by StoutSnob40 from California

Dec 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.7 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Dec 05, 2017
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Spon 2016 blend 4 side by side with spon 2017 3 and 4.

Not clear like the 2017s on draft. Golden vibrant burnt orange.

More complex than the 2017s. Dry, funky, old, basement must and cobweb. Brett funk all around. Some tannin notes. White wine like.

Really solid for an American offering.
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My spon 2017 blend 3 and 4 reviews from tap got deleted so this review is for blend 1 of the spon 2017 3 year blend.

White head. Golden orange color. Very funky with a lot of wet hay and lemon. Barn yard notes. Some acidity and citrus. Wet oak with a bit of mineral notes. A bit less complex than Belgian gueuze, but very close take on the style. 4.3 for American wild ale
Dec 01, 2017
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Reviewed by DoubleABaird from Texas

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Jester King SPON Blend 3
Look:
Golden color with bright white head that has poor retention and very small bubble texture.

Aroma:
Hay, white pepper, damp earth, and white grapes along with typical funky aromas.

Taste:
Lactic sourness on the tip of the tongue then the funky sour notes wash over the tongue carrying flavors of wet slate and citrus rind. Balance is all funk and sour/tartness. Bitterness is pleasant. No noticeable hop or malt character.

Feel:
Dry with a light body, which makes the drink very refreshing. Moderate amount of carbonation. No alcoholic warmth, creaminess, or astringency.

Overall:
Beer is very good. Easily holds its own against any world class Lambic/Geueze producer. Beer has a nice balance of flavors and is very refreshing. Should cellar well
Dec 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.94 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

Nov 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by cd34 from Illinois

Nov 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.75 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Nov 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.83 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Nov 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.33 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Nov 12, 2017
SPON - Méthode Traditionelle from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 167 ratings