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:
#966
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
154
pDev:
6.24%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
28
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by Premo88:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of WilliamWS
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.

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Photo of THANAT0PSIS
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

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Photo of cultclassic89
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.

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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 Nlinds1
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.

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Photo of Cwaks
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.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was very lucky to be able to try all four blends on tap at Jester King.

My overall impression is that it is an amazing gueuze that will cellar as well as Drie Fonteinen. I felt that blends 1, 2 and 4 had a few edges that will mellow with time, and blend 3 is in my opinion perfect right now.

The beer pours a hazy yellowish orange, typical Belgian style gueuze with a thin white head. Blend 1 actually had a pretty big head.

The aroma is funky, tart, horsey goodness. No stinky feet or cheese yet. All of the blends a had a similar aroma.

The taste is great off the bat, but after a glass it gets even better. It grows and grows on you and leaves you wanting more. All of the blends had a bitter finish, most noticeable being blend 2, with a bitter finish of orange rind and peach.

The mouthfeel on all of them was very dry. Blend 1 was the more sour of all the blends.

Such a great step for JK, and something that many other US breweries can aspire to.

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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 Texasfan549
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.

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

Absolute show stopper at FoBAB. Incredible balance. Lemon/lime, hay, and funk on the nose. Bright carb and crisp clean body. Loads of flavor that is restrained and balanced. Expert blending job. Top notch gueuze.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i think people always fall into the trap of expecting things to taste like other things. this i dont believe is supposed to taste like it came from the lambic producers of belgium, and it certainly doesnt, but its really awesome beer, an expression of a place far away from there actually, and while quite a bit more subtle than what we have come to expect from belgian lambic, it is no less complex. looks like nothing out of the ordinary, a very chalky washed out pale yellow beer with a short white head, patient looking, although there are some bubbles. aroma and flavor mirror one another, bretty funk well ahead of bacterial sour, which is pretty classic jester king for me. lemon, funk, subtle cheese, lemongrass, sauv blanc wine with attendant acidity and floral elements, wet new oak, must, spring soil, honey, aged hops, dry straw, its very complex but its not an in your face kind of beer, subtle in the overall, but fully loaded with flavor for the careful drinker, better and better as it warms up too. soft in the feel, long lasting but dry too, brain and tongue connected here. it takes some skill to age and blend beer like this obviously, and these guys again show how far ahead of the game they are with this one. so excited to see what else this morphs into as time goes on. looks like some fruited editions have already come around. spectacular wild beer.

edit: I guess they are doing numbered blends of this now, and i recently had the privilege of drinking both number 2 and number 4 in the same session, both of which have the same sort of subtleties as the number 1 reviewed above here, but i think are both quite a bit more evolved and delicious to be honest. i thought the fruitiness is both was way more developed, peaches and nectarines and white grapes and floral honey, the 2 a little drier than the 4, which had a berry note at the end as well, but it comes in waves, and i think the aged hops stand out a little more. not sure if this is a solera sort of thing, where there are just older and older threads in the blend each time or what, but i thought these both were even better than the 1, yet still quite unique from the lambic and gueuze of belgium, a departure from those, despite all the funk and complexity and the way they were made. i like it being a touch sweeter, i think it extends the experience. still very delicate and refined. feeling lucky to have experience these, especially in the same session. increasing a few scores here to reflect the wonderful progression this series is making. still dying to try some fruited ones!

edit: finally got my lips on number 3 2017, and i think its hands down my favorite yet. in addition to having all the classic old world lambic properties that the other blends i have had have possessed, this one also has distinct cedar wood notes to it. older and tighter in the bottle its like an old mans cedar chest when i pour it into the glass, insanely fragrant and appealing, and that aromatic wood character stays through the flavor, cut by a deep lemon acidity and allowed to linger long with the funk at the end, shockingly complex and delicious. each number should probably have its own listing here now, the beers are pretty different, at least in my experience where i have caught them at various stages of their bottle development. number 3 is my favorite of the lot so far!

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Photo of Prospero
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.

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

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Blend 1,2,3,4

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Ben1313
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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