Tag Archives: barrel aged

Mikkeller Spontanlychee

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 lychee & aged in oak barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.08
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 15th June 2027. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear copper colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Light tartness, lychee, white grape, light funk and oak.
Taste: Lightly sour, light lychee, grape, funk and oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was nice. Lychee definitely could be stronger as I’m finding quite a few elderflower beers with stronger lychee flavours, however aside from the fruit, this was one of the more balanced Spontan beers in the lineup.

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Mikkeller Spontanframboos

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 raspberries & aged in oak barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.13
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 17th April 2024. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A murky plum purple red colour with a one finger off white head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Juicy, raspberry, raspberry jam, lightly vinous with hints of red wine.
Taste: Sour, tart, raspberry, lemon, funk, vinous, red wine vinegar with hints of oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Quite nice, especially the jammy aromas. Taste wasn’t quite as jammy and juicy as the aroma, but still nice and easy to drink.

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.

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.