It's Alright! - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 24.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopdog on 01-28-2009

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and caramunich), light rock sugar, hops (hallertauer og styrian goldings), ale yeast and brettanomyces.
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Reviews by Erish:
Photo of Erish
2.16/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I poured this 11.2 oz. beer into an large wine glass. 22/10/12 printed on cap - I assume this is a best by date.

A: cloudy golden color, the initial pour produces a fizzy off-white head that quickly dies into... nothing, non-existent cap and pathetic lacing.

S: mild to moderate levels of Belgian funk, horse blanket, sour grape, over-ripe fruit, clove, pepper, cider. This is as good as it gets, folks.

T: my first impression is that I have imbibed a glass of sweat: this is what horse blanket must taste like! The grain is bone-dry and feels like it has been hijacked by evil brett. In fact, I believe it has. Other than that I pick up vaguely sour notes, and perhaps some paper flavor. Yes, it tastes like paper. The only reason I am not giving this a 1 for taste is that it is not gag-inducing, but rather merely awful. This isn't alright; this is going down the drain.

M: light-bodied, watery to lightly silky, moderate to plentiful carbonation.

O: if you like the taste of sweaty horse blanket, rush out and buy this beer immediately!

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.78/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear, very effervescent, straw yellow body with a large and billowy vanilla head. Lots of splotchy and clumpy lace on the glass.

Aroma is rather subdued. Lemony notes dominate, with a background consisting of a vague outdoorsy funkiness.

Mouthfeel has a spritzy carbonation and a light body that is almost watery.

Taste has a dirty, earthy, dryness and a pronounced lemon tartness. A note of moldy blue cheese becomes more apparent as it warms. Some of that odd, "chewing on wet gravel" funk adds a decent complexity. Finishes clean and even.

Not bad. Easily drinkable at the low alcohol content.

Photo of magictrokini
2.61/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Judging by the split in the reviews, my guess is some bottles/batches are bad. I hope I got a decent one. Poured hazy gold with a puffy white head. Okay lacing. Tangy, spicy-sweet aroma, with a lot of brett. Acidic mouthfeel with a dry finish. Taste was sour-fruity with a hint of brett. Kind of skunky with a grainy-wheat flavor. Medicinal at times. Wasn't a drain-pour, but it also won't be a repeat purchase.

Photo of Kraken
3.69/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/25/09

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a 16oz Harp glass. Firm pour is greeted with a short lived pure white head consisting of very fine bubbles. Very fine spotty lace. Color is a perfectly clear pale straw yellow.

Nose- Interesting. Smells extremely sour. Lots of band aid. Like a extreme lemon scented band aid.

Pallate- Hmm. Bright yet sour. Extremely bitter. Rubbery, band aid taste. Peppery, and floral. Nice bitters in the finish. Finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel- bright and extremely active.

Drinkability- Interesting Sours and wilds aren't quite my thing yet. They are starting to grow on me.

Photo of robertjbell
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As I have a limited time, I will keep the review short. In essence, Mikkeller, a brewery I greatly respect, has made a very average brew for anyone with any taste for funk. Basically they've forged a Belgian pale ale and added just a touch of brett for sourness, the nose has got a decent amount of brett barnyard funk backed by some sweet floral, pilsner-esque aromas. Taste is slightly sour, with a nice enough balance of hop bitterness, and a dry finish. Good intro for those looking to explore the world of wild ales, but by no means anything remarkable.

Photo of sarahspat
1.72/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a hazy straw-yellow with a nice-looking (if not too impressive in size) white head.

Smell: skunky, stinky cheese; various barnyard smells... not appetizing. Not even for a wild ale.

Tastes worse than it smells. One sip and I'm contemplating a drain pour just to save myself the pain of finishing this one off. Just a whole bunch of flavors that are individually abrasive and when taken altogether are almost unbearable. Nail polish remover is added to the mix of crap listed in the smell section. In certain beers, I really enjoy some of these attributes, but this beer just doesn't get anything right.

Photo of mocktm
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First beer from Mikkeller, a 11.2 oz bottle from Superstar Beverage, poured into a tulip.

Off the pour, this is a hazy light yellow with sparse floating sediment and some serious carbonation bubbles throughout. Head is decent, leaving tad bits of lacing and lingering around as a soapy foam cap.

Nose is subtle, but relatively complex: hints of sour apple and lemon rind, plus some floral elements and grain support.

Wow, this isn't even "alright", it's just plain bad. The sourness that I was anticipating is mostly absent, replaced by a wretched phenolic taste of band-aids, hand soap and baby powder. As it warms, the lemon becomes a bit more apparent, but not enough to save it; they couldn't be further away from a pleasing funk if they tried. Immature and plain are probably the most appropriate words I can employ to describe this.

This drinks easily enough, but that's only because I'm trying to get through it as quick as possible so I can crack something else. My mouth literally feels like it did when I was five when my mom washed my mouth out with soap for using unsavory language. Light bodied, watery, dry and unmemorable.

Overall, a piss-poor Belgian Wild, especially for the $6 I dropped on it. I hope the other Mikkellers I have laid down make up for this train wreck. Avoid!

Photo of glid02
3.32/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this courtesy of brickstoredave - much obliged!

Pours a clear straw color with a thin white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of tart and slightly sweet fruits - apples and citrus, along with a good amount of barnyard funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells, but only for a second. Tart and sweet fruit flavors kick things off, but then a funky, and not in the good way, flavor takes over - almost a buttery English Pale flavor. A very odd flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is good - it's got a decent thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. It's not hard to drink at first, but the weird flavors begin wearing on me and I'm not sure I could drink an entire bottle.

Overall this was a strange beer - I'm unsure as to whether or not Mikkeller was going for those strange flavors, but if they were it didn't turn out very well.

Photo of Lazerlobe
2.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy straw with a weak head, pour composition with very large bubbles

S: Sour apple, sorbet, funk'n'vinegar.

T: Bitter burnt plastic, grape and more bitterness. Reminds me of an old couch for some reason. My first drain pour.

M: Very thin and light, I was expecting something more substantial.

Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as bad as its rated, its a good drinking Belgian Pale, soft carbonation, a little creamy, bretty,modestly sour, and yes refreshing, lemon water, some hops. Light yellow with initial abundant foam. Funky barnyard aroma. Appreciated the lower a.b.v.

Photo of deliriumfest
1.95/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Consumed on 2/21/09

Poured a golden color with no head. Aroma is funk and tartness through and through. Taste is...awful! At first, it seems great and then it hits you - like a saddle in the mouth. Leather, leather, and more leather; I almost puked. Had to finish off that gulp with a swig of bacardi sitting on my counter. Do not recommend this one to anyone unless you're a leather head.

I'm hoping that this is just a bad bottle as my review is much lower than the average!

Photo of Frogzilla
1.65/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving type: Bottle

Appearance: nice looking beer. Like the cloudiness.
After that, it all goes south.

Smell starts barnyard funk (like any wild beer) and devolves from there.

Tastes like a urinal smells. The yellow appearance does not help with this image. Yikes. I didn't drainpour it out of principle, but damn was I close.

Mouthfeel? Who knows. I didn't want this to touch my tongue long enough to gauge it.

In short, avoid.

Photo of GRG1313
1.72/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a nice orange amber with a pure white head.

Nose of honey, stone fruit with undertones of bretanomyces. A very pleasant nose for one who likes bret.

Thin mouthfeel with virtually no body. Offensive "bad sour" character. A bitter sour with nothing pleasant about it. Good thing-flavors are short, as is the finish.

This beer is really not drinkable.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.14/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a hazy, dull brass-gold with a one finger, off white head that quickly dissipated. Small micro sized yeasty matter lied suspended in the drink creating a medium turbid nature that was just enough to distort visual text, but not objects on the far side. Visible carbonation started out rampant, with a violent burst of exploding bubbles like a underwater volcanic explosion. Things settled down a bit after a few minutes to a light offering of micro bubbles rising at a moderate pace.

S: For the nose let me start by saying I appreciate wild ales just as much, even more so, then the next guy, I love the funk, but this was by far the most overpowering state of funk I ever encountered. To say this beer had more funk then George Clinton playing in the middle of the Kentucky Derby stalls would be an understatement. There was an overpowering stench of freshly warm, fertilized farm fields with a barnyard funk of musky hay, wet horse and a phenolic helping of fresh plastic diapers (seriously). This would be the illustration and standard definition of the famous and most overly used "horse-blanket" term. Damp cellar notes of stale citrus and wet straw also linger about. I am aware of the wild nature of funk and its attributes, but never tasted on so on this particular level and made me hesitant and resistant to the first sip. I could of gone lower here rating rise but understand that funk is a part of the show, but was one I was totally unprepared for.

T: Somehow the impression of a wet horse wearing a plastic diaper standing in its stall best describes the flavor. The flavor thankfully lacked the powerful punch and aromatic translation of the nose. Sour musky lemons and a slight dryness of hay funk first come to mind. A dominant yeastiness reaches the tongue, with a sour fermented dough essence. Wet over-sparged grains come to mind as well with a palate that faired better then the aroma but was not saying much. Perhaps the most hindering part was when I had to lift the glass to my nose for every sip being reminded of that musky damm wet horse wearing that diaper.

M: The mouthful had a tight bubbly sensation, turning creamy on the hold. A sour musky barnyard twang mixed with moldy damp citrus laces the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Drinkability was mixed leaning towards the spectrum of undesirable. Being a fan of the funk I found myself confused and startled like a nun in a whore-house. I was overwhelmed by the extreme musky barnyard funk that assaulted my tongue with fearless and reckless abandonment. If not for the fierce and overpowering stench this drink might have been bearable, but as is was not an easy one to conquer. This left me squinty eyed after every sip and find it damn hard and impossible to imagine downing more then one of these in a lifetime let along back to back. If you're a big fan of the funk and standing aimlessly in barn stalls for no reason I would recommend this to you as a challenge otherwise leave it as a curiosity. In the end its allright is not allright unless you have a fetish for barns.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett yeast with some Belgian malt and some funky notes at the end. Taste is a mix between dirty leather and barnyard notes with some refreshing but dry finish. Additional hops presence would have improved this beer. Body was quite full with good carbonation. Well done though fall way short of Orval which is still reference for the style.

1.87/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle to tulip. Best by 22/10/12, sampled 8/26/11. $8 for the experience.

A: Pours with an average sized head, frothy and off-white, and mediocre retention. The body is medium straw yellow, hazy and there are loads of furiously paced bubbles arising within. Yeast in suspension.

S: Light straw, white wine vinegar & funky/dirty socks. Very musty. Faint scents of white grape and berry, more than likely derived from the Brett strain.

T: Absolutely void of flavor from the beginning of the palate through the finish. Thankfully the flavor began to improve (albeit marginally) after 10 minutes of warming.

M: The body is light and thin with an extremely empty, chalky finish that is basically flavorless and "just dry" with absolutely nothing else.

O: From the first sip, I knew I wasn't going to finish this one. No way this beer should have ever passed QC and made it to the market. You've gotten me once again Mikkeller.

Photo of berkey
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a bright hazy blonde color topped by an equally bright fluffy white head which is retained very well for a wild ale and leaves some stringy lacing as it goes.

Aroma...this is a doozy. Dirty socks, wet cardboard and soft cheesy pungency. No I'm not kidding. Behind that ridiculousness there's a hint of some hops but this beer is really about the wild elements.

As is the case in many of the wilder beers out there it's not as wacky on the palate as it is on the nose. There are dry and earthy brett notes and a leafy herbal hop profile on the entry followed by a buggy and slightly phenolic aftertaste.

Even for a lover of brett and funk this isn't a highly drinkable beer. The somewhat bizarre aroma and the slight imbalance on the flavor profile make it a slow drinker.

I'm really not sure if this came out the way Mikkeller intended or not. If the goal was just to see how far they could crank up the volume on the brett funk then they succeeded but if they were looking to brew something that tasted great I'll have to say they fell a little short. Overall an interesting experience but unlikely to be a repeat purchase.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.59/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

part of the epicness that was the halloween weekend of beer. the last few nights have kicked my ass in every way, but i got to try a bunch of goodies that have long haunted me. served chilled and poured into a 8 ounce taster, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010.

this one poured into the glass a very fizzy and very active yellow color. a big head of white caps the top of the glass and reaches a height of around two inches before settling down with some decent lacing around the edges of the glass.

the look was about the only redeeming quality however as the first hints of aroma leave me struggling to understand what this is. light lemon, loads of musky grain and bready notes, a mess. wet grass and hay start coming through now and the over impression i get is just off. decent feel albeit way too light for any style. the flavor is just not there. its an odd mix of off color grains, odd touches of light citrus and wet hay like tartness that really just goes nowhere.

overall i am not sure what the attempt here was at, but pretty sure it did not work as planned.

Photo of samoblue
1.12/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I like most of what Mikkeller has to offer, but in the words of my Best Man, who split the bottle with me, this tastes like drinking a barnyard.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard white wine glass. Pours golden and maybe a little cloudy with a quarter inch of head. I don't mind a tad bit of funk, but this smells like a bath towel that's gone for a few weeks without being laundered.

I found nothing redeeming on the taste. The beer is so dry it actually made me thirstier, and I would have guzzled anything to get the funk out of my mouth. It was like I was drinking a dirty sock. Despite the beer's dryness, it left an oily feeling on my tongue that made me feel like I needed a shower, in addition to a good teeth-brushing.

I strongly recommend Mikkeller's Simcoe Single Hop IPA, the Beer Geek Breakfast Stout, and the three or four other beers of theirs that I've tried. But I can't in good conscience recommend the It's Alright. Because it decidedly is not.

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of spicy hops and funkiness from the brettanomyces yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, spiciness from the hops stands out in the overall taste, although these aren’t too strong. There is a mild amount of associated hop bitterness and some notes of sourness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness from start to finish.
O: The sourness might seem to be a bit out of this style, but it definitely adds some uniqueness to the smell and taste. It’s definitely a lot easier to drink this beer compared to a gueuze or wild ale.

Photo of mwilbur
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip. 22/10/12 is stamped on the bottle cap.
A: Pours a cloudy lemon with high carbonation producing a 1 inch white head. Fair retention.
S: Definitely wild. Funk, brett, citrus hops, horse, and earthy mineral notes. Quite the nose on this one...certainly complex.
T: The nose overpowers the taste, so this comes off as a bit watery. Several layers of funk and mild citrus hops remain.
M: Light body. Crisp and smooth at first with a mildly bitter, dry, and sour finish.
D: Definitely an interesting brew. One that will challenge you and your taste buds. Even though it has an ABV of 4.5%, this is not a session beer. Not the most drinkable, but I would recommend at least a try of this one. Share it with friends to stir up some conversation.

Photo of eric5bellies
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drnk from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a clear copper colour with an off white head that reduces quickly to a film

S - Small apple and pine

T - Up front some nice grains and small hop the finish is a little dry.

M - Light to medium body

O - This beer syas nothing spectacular. There are better offerings from Mikkeler, although it would make a decent session beer.

Photo of aesopsgato
1.29/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

My friends and I decided to split this beer and everyone had a different take on how awful it was. One tasted horse manure, another vomit, and another just wild animals... and not in a good way. This is the second beer I've ever poured out. It was so horrible we couldn't finish it between four people.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my revisit to this beer since it was discounted where I went. Mikkeller does something different by making a sessionable wild beer. Although when you think sessionable you don't think $5+ a bottle but whatever. Overall it's probably not worth the money but it's still interesting to try.

Pours out a golden color with a nice fluffy ultra white head. It's a bit hazy from the sediment.

The smell is bright and lemony. Classic yeasty brett smell. Summer countryside farmland and hay.

Taste is rather watered down. All that's driving it is the yeast flavors. It's very light and refreshing though. Mikkeller has a way of teaching things about beer to people with their products. This is an introduction to brett.

I do wish that lemon scent carried into the flavor. I think a little bit of spices added to the beer would add some more depth. Right now there's only one level of flavor and that is the wild yeast. Even in that department, it's lacking.

Mouthfeel is watery. Carbonation is spot on. I would say this is a decent beer and nothing more. If you want something cheaper and dynamic I'd go with GI Matilda or just splurge on It's Alive!.

Photo of stumac
4.25/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this brew pours up a murky pale yellow color with a decent white head. Whoa! The smell! I literally smell diarrhea! It fades away as the beer warms up, but I also get brett, honey, tart citric acids, earth, hay, funk. The taste is nothing like the aroma! copper, cork, wood, brett, straw, a pencil eraser, very subtle tartness and more so mild, very dry, medium bodied, medium carbo. A VERY interesting beer!

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It's Alright! from Mikkeller ApS
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