Mikkeller Spontanpear

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7.7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sour ale brewed with pears & aged in oak barrels.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.73
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 4th February 2026. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A murky rusty light orange brown colour with a one and a half finger white head that had decent retention and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Funk, farmhouse, pear and lemon.
Taste: Sour, funk, farmhouse, hay, lemon and pear.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Not in my favourites among the Spontan lineup, but still quite nice and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the pear came through.

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Mikkeller Spontanblueberry

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7.7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sour ale brewed with blueberries & aged in oak barrels.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.64
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 27th June 2027. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A very nice cloudy dark purple, beetroot like colour with a big just over two finger purple head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, barnyard funk, horse blanket, oak, lemon and only light blueberries in the background.
Taste: Tart, sour, lemon, oak, funk and blueberry.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was ok, but after I’ve tried Spontantripleblueberry, it seems I just can’t go back as I feel that the blueberries in this just isn’t strong enough, especially in the aroma. Instead, the lemon and funk dominate the blueberry to the point that it doesn’t really come through.

Mikkeller Spontanlingonberry

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7.7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sour ale brewed with lingonberries & aged in oak barrels.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.79
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 26th February 2025. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy rusty reddish brown colour with a one finger off white head that had pretty good retention and left some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Only light aromas, lightly tart, some funk, light berries and maybe a touch of oak. It’s nice but just seems too light.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, brett funk and oak. Berry fruitiness is there but again like the aroma, a bit muted.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: It’s not bad, there’s nice tartness, but I just think the fruit used was largely muted and wasn’t obvious. I haven’t tried lingonberry before, so I’m not sure if it’s flavours are just like that. Worth a try, but there are a lot more I prefer under the Spontan series.

Mikkeller Spontanyuzu

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7.7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sour ale brewed with yuzu & aged in oak barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.3
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 27th April 2026. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy copper orange colour with a one finger slightly off white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, lemon tea, yuzu and light funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, citrus, lemon, lemon tea, lemonade, yuzu, oak and light funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice and refreshing on a hot day especially with the lemon tea and lemonade like flavours.

The Ale Apothecary Carpe Diem Mañana

Brewery: The Ale Apothecary
Country: USA
ABV: 9%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Wild fermentation ale brewed in wine barrels with lots of hops

Brewer Description: (from tag on bottle) Carpe Diem Mañana – change the world with imagination – idle time is necessary for creative thinking. (* wild & open fermented in oak barrels. * dry-hopped with whole flower hops. * drink fresh for hops, age for an experiment. * 100% naturally carbonated in this bottle.)

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.79
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 750ml bottle, batch bottled on July 22nd 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy copper orange colour with a big almost three finger off white head that had pretty good retention while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, citrus orange, orange rind, funk, with hints of tropical mango, pineapple, grassy and floral.
Taste: Tart, sour, citrusy orange peel, orange, funk, oak with some light floral and grass and maybe some apricots.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Quite nice, but not quite as good as the other Ale Apothecary beers that I’ve tried so far.

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