SPON — Méthode Traditionelle | Jester King Brewery

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SPON — Méthode TraditionelleSPON — Méthode Traditionelle
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Spontaneous Blend 1 and SPON — Méthode Gueuze

Added by Dreynolds1808 on 10-09-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,014
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
154
pDev:
6.24%
 
 
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4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
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.
O: LONG LIVE THE METHODE TRADITIONELLE.

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Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MFMB
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Premo88
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

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4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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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.
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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

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4.33/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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SPON — Méthode Traditionelle from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 154 ratings