SPON - Méthode Traditionelle
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Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #19
Ranked #1,161
4.33 | pDev: 6.24%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
SPON - Méthode TraditionelleSPON - Méthode Traditionelle
Notes: Formerly Spontaneous Blend 1 and SPON — Méthode Gueuze
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Jul 12, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.59/5  rDev +6%
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
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MFMB from Idaho

4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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
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Premo88 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
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
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mothman from Minnesota

4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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.
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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DoubleABaird from Texas

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jester King SPON Blend 3
Golden color with bright white head that has poor retention and very small bubble texture.

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

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.

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

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
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WI-Beer-Man from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Decent, but a strange mushroom/fungal flavor knocks this down compared to other gueuze type beers.

The look and feel were as expected. The smell was ok, but wasn't as nice as comparable beers (New Glarus Vintage 2014 or 2015, White Lodge, 3F Oude Geuze, Cantillon Gueuze).

Glad I tried it, but disappointing.

Jun 02, 2017
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Wayne17 from Texas

4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Certainly the best american gueuze style beer i've had. For along time I had Funk Factory - White Lodge at the top of my list but Spon toppled it. Got to try all 4 blends on release and was able to procure bottles of each for tasting as the beers change and mature. Jester King's ability to get the funk aspect on par with, or surpass than many true lambics I've had is phenomenal. I can't wait to try the 2017 vintage.

May 17, 2017
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reddish turbid yellow orange with a ring of head around the edges. Smell is lactic tart with a nice amount of horse blanket. Taste is pucker bitterness. It is a sharp bitterness that hits you in the middle that then lingers, but not like hop resin lingers; different. A touch of sweetness on the very front end with a sour middle that quickly becomes bitter which is also how it finishes. That feel is light and a good amount of carbonation.

Apr 04, 2017
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Stevedore from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 4. 375ml cap and corked bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a bright straw yellow body, one finger white head, good retention, plenty of lacing to go around. Smell is rich funk, oak, leather, lemon and citrus. The complexity is there with the funk that could be straight from the Senne Valley; a cob-web and old farmhouse variety. Wow, smells fantastic. Flavour is unfortunately a bit lacking though- there is ample lemon, a bit of grainy sweetness, moderate acetic acidity, oak, but there is a strong astringency at the backend that just really makes it difficult to enjoy and savor this beer. The astringency is beyond what you would expect; I'm not sure if its the aged hops or the yeast profile. Unfortunate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, very dry with an astringent, bitter finish. I think the nose is there, but the flavour did not follow through.

Mar 26, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spon 1-4 tasting.

Hazy golden body with a small head that quickly fades. Aromas of mineral funk, musty basement, citrus. Smells like an authentic Belgian lambic. Wonderful flavor. The finish brings earthy hops and a gentle bitterness. A terrific lambic style beer from an American brewery. Nicely done.

Mar 24, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Bench. Slightly hazy golden with a medium white head. Smells of lemon, oak, and dried grass. Tastes really oaky. Lemon tartness. Grassy and just a little herbal and spicy. Hefty and dry oak finish. Kind of a charred flavor. Medium body. Impressive and very authentic tasting.

Mar 17, 2017
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Karibourgeois from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden pour with a small white head. Light funky aroma and taste. Taste also has lots of slightly tart citrus and wood flavors. Can also taste some hay. Finishes dry.

Feb 13, 2017
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Prospero from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 SPON Blend 3 - nice golden straw appearance, thin white head. Unfortunately the minerality was so strong on this blend it smelled like wet rocks. Tastes like hard well water with slightly funky nose and the ever so slight oak, overall it was just too hard to get through.

Feb 06, 2017
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TUBLS from Texas

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Have tried all four blends at the brewery and do find a distinct but subtle difference among them (personal preference was 4 then 2 then 1 then 3).

The classic young gueuze taste is prominent in each. Taste is appropriately tart with some likely additional complexity developing over time. Would recommend cellaring for at least several years if not able to drink on site. Clearly a Jester King creation.

Jan 05, 2017
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WilliamWS from New York

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 2 blends (as well as the fruited versions and Flor) at the taproom while in TX over the holidays and tasted a bottle of blend 4 as part of a side-by-side with Duck Duck Gooze and Coolship Resurgam as part of our Xmas eve tasting.

This is a solid first go at the style for JK. Resurgam remains the American benchmark for this style but Spon came in second in our tasting, well ahead of DDG.

The appearance is nice but a touch paler than Belgian examples or Resurgam.
The aroma is a nice blend of classic gueze minerally lemon rind and the thoroughly identifiable JK native fermentation character that many describe as hay-like, though it does lack some of that lovely musty funk that I enjoy in some classic examples of the style.
The taste largely follows the aroma. It is tart enough for the style but not overwhelmingly sour.
My biggest knock is that the beer does exhibit a bit too much oak tannin (at least at the moment) and finishes a bit astringent.
This beer is good now...but having had quite a bit of experience with JK beers (including a few others that were originally released a bit heavy on the oak/tannin) I would lay money down that this beer will be absolutely fantastic in a year+. Obviously there are no guarantees but I feel pretty strongly about this (glad I have bottles of all blends to stash away).

On a side note, according to staff I spoke to at the brewery, the only real difference in the blends are the days on which they were bottled. After having tasted three of the four I'd have to say any differences are quite subtle.

Jan 03, 2017
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spon Blend 1 on draft at the brewery.

A: Hazy, orange, golden appearance with a minimal ring of a white head. Looks very similar to the bottom of a Cantillon Gueuze bottle.

S: Bright citrus and tons of funk that's very reminiscent of Cantillon Gueuze. Bit of that rubbery, sulfur like funk but definitely in a good way. Some oak too.

T: Tons of lemon, orange, oak and Cantillon like funk. Very similar to that, but a bit brighter and more intense in flavor. No soapiness.

F: Not too much carbonation, again similar to Cantillon Gueuze, but a fuller body. Perfect acidity: not overwhelming, but just enough to support the funk and flavors.

O: This is fantastic fresh and I can't wait to see what this turns into over time. Similar to Cantillon Gueuze, but better fresh. Have a bottle I'll be reviewing soon, so will update if the bottle is any different.

Dec 22, 2016
THANAT0PSIS from Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jester King Spon Méthode Gueuze 2016 Blend 4

A: The first attempt at a "Gueuze"-style beer from the one of the leading wild beer brewers pours a somewhat cloudy golden yellow with just hints of orange, a bit lighter than most authentic gueuzes and lambics. It musters a bone-white head of about a finger-and-a-half, which sticks around barely long enough to say, "Hello." Lacing is similarly on the disappointing side, but it is passable, which is what can be said for the entire appearance. 3.5/5

A: There is no mistaking this as a Jester King beer at its heart, and that is a very good thing. It is full of the wet hay funk and spritzy lemon-lime acidity. There is light apricot and extremely light musty funk. Crackery malt, light Bretty leather, wheat, and some herbaceous thyme and peppercorn round the flavor out. This is a beer built on subtlety, with a very restrained complexity, perhaps so much so that it is a detriment. It does get bonus points here for being a great representation of Jester King's very unique fermentation character, thus succeeding in the brewery's goal of creating a beer tied to a place, a terroir. 4.25/5

T: Again, classic Jester King character is obvious with lemon-lime acidity, grapefruit, and again just a bit of apricot, all up front and almost juicy. Wet hay, barnyardy, leathery funk is here but is subtle. Peppercorn, Rosemary, and thyme are all here as well, characteristic of JK. Then things take a bit of an unfortunate turn, however, with a strongly bitter note that quickly stifles any other flavors. It comes across as medicinal and could either be aged hops, oaky tannins, or both. The bitterness turns grapefruit pithy and increases to an almost astringent level. The complex subtlety is all but lost to the domineering bitterness, but it starts out very promising. 3.75/5

M: Unfortunately this is tied to the bitterness as it creates a feeling as well as a flavor. The mouthfeel is otherwise pleasantly full, wonderfully softly carbonated, and of course, perfectly attenuated and drying. 4/5

O: This had so much going for it, but the bitterness is just too much and too far out of style. The DNA of a great beer, a beer worthy of the title of "gueuze" is here, but as it is, that just is not the case. I am personally a huge Jester King fanboy, but even that cannot save this beer for me. It is not outright bad, not by any means, but it falls well short of the greatness one could and should expect from a Jester King attempt at a Gueuze, especially with the illustrious Jean van Roy's seal of approval. What is there before the bitterness hits is very representative of Jester King's unique character and terroir. Pair with letlive.'s immensely disappointing most recent effort "If I'm the Devil..." 3.75/5

Dec 20, 2016
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Nlinds1 from Texas

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The appearance of a hazy Texas summer sunset. Barnyard hay and funk on the nose. Bright lime citrus tasting notes with a long hay/funk hang. Great complexity with a good amount of carbonation. Especially fulfilled in knowing the passion and love that went into making this as authentic of a Gueuze as possible. I tried all four blends at the release and can say there may be a small difference between the four but not as noticeable, imho, as other may describe. Such a special beer and I highly recommend you give this one a try if given the chance.

Dec 18, 2016
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Cwaks from New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really enjoyed this one.

Look: pours a hazy orange yellow.

Smell: Funky. Those classic lemon/hay smells

Taste- Tart, lemon, hay, funk.

Feel- Very crisp, finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Really enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens when it ages.

I agree with the others saying two was a bit more tart than others, but orange flavors felt more pronounced in 2.

Dec 05, 2016
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ldookmariot from Texas

4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The look and bubbles/head formation are very similar to gueuze. The aroma is very similar to authentic Belgian Gueuze as well, with the characteristic funk and aged hop character. Tart, dry, oaky, bitter. Very drinkable. This is a pretty special beer and shows great results from spontaneous fermentation can be achieved all around the world.

Dec 04, 2016
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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a slight haze. Nose is slightly bitter and funky with citrusy notes. Taste is really a treat. Sour, but not overwhelming. There is some grapefruit like bitterness that adds to the complexity. Mouthwatering pucker that keeps you coming back for another sip. Mouthfeel is light and easy drinking. Overall this beer is a treat. So proud that Jester King is spreading their message in a way that can put Texas on the map. A delight to drink.

Dec 02, 2016
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