Category Archives: 3 – Indifferent (buy if no other choice)

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.

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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.

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.

Mikkeller It’s Alive!

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 8%
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium. Malts – Pale and Cara. Hops – Hallertauer and Styrian Goldings

Brewer Description: (from Mikkeller webshop) It’s Alive! is Mikkellers answer and tribute to the trappist beer Orval. It’s Alive is an easy-to-drink beer, with a lot of hops. The color is amber, the foam is high, white and dense. The potent Brettanomyces culture makes It’s Alive continue to develop in the bottle.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.49
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 750ml bottle with a best before date of 31st July 2018. I’m thinking that this has been aged for about 5 years. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear copper amber colour with a big three finger off white head that had pretty good retention and left lots of lacing.
Aroma: Sweetish caramel, brett funk, candied fruit, green apple.
Taste: Light caramel malt sweetness, grass, earthy, brett, funk and apple. Flavours felt a little weak at times though.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Quite nice, but I’m not sure why at times, the flavours felt quite weak and just kind of disappeared. Not quite the Orval that it’s tributed to be.

de Garde The Little Peach

Brewery: de Garde Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 5%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A spontaneous Wild Ale aged in oak barrels with Oregon peaches.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.98
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle, bottled in January 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy straw yellow colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Tart and sweet, ripe peach, apricot, oak and light funk.
Taste: Tart, sour, unripe peach, lemon juice, oak and funk.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate prickly carbonation.
Overall: Aroma was amazing but taste didn’t quite match the aroma. Still quite nice though, and easy to drink.