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It's Alright! - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 24.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of tubacharlie
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A small head appears when poured into a brandy snifter and quickly dissipates, leaving the hazy, golden yellow brew pretty foam-free on top. Very little active carbonation.

The sour, musty lambic aroma leaves no question the yeast is of wild origins. The smell of sourdough bread with notes of citrus and ripe cheese permeate the air.

If accustomed to sour beers, this may suit you fine. Cloudy with sediment and yeast, the flavor is all over the palate with strong grapefruit, lime and moldy cheese fighting for prominence. Hops in the background add some intrigue. The lingering aftertaste is remnant of aged Parmesan rind.

Good with fruit and cheese, a nice session beer if you can find some friends who like this kind of stuff.

Photo of philosobeer
4.04/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear into a goblet with enough yeast at the bottom to make me back off a little. Golden, develops bubbles but no head.

The yeast is this beers salient character from nose to tongue. The smell hits me thick with lactobacillicus -- that is to say I smell the sour, bacterial tartness, and it is not unlike lemon in this one. A little bit of funkiness and barnyard smell, but that comes out -- and almost soil like in the flavor. I really do enjoy the tart and light flavor of this one, and it goes down real easy. If not for the price, I'd be pouring another.

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy pure golden yellow color with a nice soapy white head that is about 2 inches tall. There are some thin bubbles intermingled with some bigger ones and retention is pretty good.

S - Aroma starts off with some tart lemon peel and some slightly tropical fruit aromas. Some oranges and also slight pineapple. There is some apple sweetness intermingled with the tartness and there is also some nice funk to this beer.

T & M - Flavor starts of with a more muted tart flavor in contrast to the aroma. There is some nice grain and malt backbone that is interlaced well with the Brett funk. There is a slightly salty and mineral water like quality to the flavor as well. The beer is very light and crisp with a nice fluffy and clean feel. There is a slight bitterness to it but its not too overwhelming. I dont think its amazing but I dont understand the lower ratings on the site. I think its still a pretty ok beer.

D - Very drinkable in terms of ABV. Nothing amazing but still good.

Photo of ChadQuest
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I do most my tastings, like this one, from a 3oz snifter i refill over the course of time. i get a more diverse range of flavors, as more yeast is incorperated as the bottle empties.

This bottle has alot of yeast in the bottom, but my first 3oz pour is perfectly non hazy. It's such a light color you could think its a mass produced filtered light lager with better head retention. just a very light clear straw color.
Oh my this stuff is rank with funk, dirty dusty musty moldy wet hay, smells like manure that has aired out a few days. i have been smelling this for ten mins without taking a sip, and i cant decide if it's from enjoyment, perplexion, or fear.
Alright here goes.
Well the taste is more subdued then the aroma at least, a very light funk, light lemon and straw, just lacking overall in fullness of body. very light drinking and thin.

After getting to the bottom of the glass, with more concentration yeast in the glass also, it becomes obvious that the yeast is largely the source of flavor. Make sure to add in all the yeast, and your get a bit more tart and flavorfull glass.

At $5 a bottle, pick up an Orval for the same instead, which is what this was tributed to.


Photo of mikesgroove
2.59/5  rDev -14.5%
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 kbutler1
2.74/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color with some orange highlights. White head that collars around the glass as it settles. The brett has totally taken over this beer and the aroma really shows it with a very strong floral type smell. Some lemon and funk as well. Light mouthfeel with some carbonation. The taste is pretty funky with notes of florals. No real hops at all to speak of. Slight lemon type tartness in the beginning with a lingering funkiness. An interesting beer but not really a favorite of mine. The funk is not that good.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle actually lists this as a "Belgian Wild Ale" due to the addition of Brettanomyces but I found the Belgian Pale title a little more fitting.

A-Pours a nice,hazy golden yellow with one finger of loose white head and scant lacing.Some active carbonation was also visible.

S-Ripe green apple,lemon and some wet hay mustiness.

T-More green apple with some grassy/citric hops,pale malt and brett.Some lingering sourdough notes on the finish.

M-Light,crisp and pedestrian.Nothing too remarkable.A decent brew but not a repeat buy.

D-Nothing that makes this beer horrible but nothing that makes it stand out either.

Photo of Lazerlobe
2.62/5  rDev -13.5%
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 cosmicevan
2.67/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a slightly foggy yellow with lively carbonation that jumped from the bottom of the glass and a thin bubbly head that dissipated rapidly with virtually no head.

S - Sweet apples and brett funk.

T - Sour and funky. Kind of sweet tart. Almost sweet tart gone bad. Tastes a bit like spoiled fruit. A bit too funky for me.

M - Almost champagne like carbonation. Pretty thin.

D - Not my thing. Glad I tried it...kind of. Low ABV is nice, overall...eh.

Photo of clegolfski
3.72/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A = Super hissing effervescent head that dissipates a quickly as it was formed. Almost no cling and just a thin ring around the beer. Opaque dark golden color

S = Man im a sucker for brett. However, thats about all you smell with this guy. But man that barnyard deliciousness. I could really get into that.

T = So... I love brett but thats about all this guy has. There really isnt much more to it then the sour so I dont know. I think that it would be an awesome beer to introduce someone to brett because it isnt totally overwhelming but is still very different. But... for sour fiend it probably is going to be way dissapointing.

M = Tingly brettosicty with a whole lot of dry. kinda dissapointing

D = This is like a really really really good bud light. Could pound these all day if not for the price tag.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy gold/straw color with a small head. The smell is alright. You have some fruit upfront and a nice wild funk from the brett. The part that knocks it down for me is something that reminds me of colgate toothpaste in the background.
For a sour, wild beer this isn't very tart (though I think that might be what Mikkeller was going for based on the ABV). It has a nice barn backdrop with a touch of bitter at the end. The mouth is very light. I'm not sure I agree with placing this in the BPA catagory, it does fit to a certain extent, but it contains quite a bit more funk than other beers in this style. Funk is good, but even for a funky beer this doesn't rate very high on my drinkability scale. Sorry Mikkeller, this one was a miss for me.

Photo of meeekyh
3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will preface this review by saying two things before I even open the bottle: First, I am an admitted Mikkeller fan and this is likely to be skewed in that direction. Second, Happy Father's Day.

I picked my Fin Du Monde tulip as a receptacle. 22/10/12 is printed on the cap. I poured the beer leaving the majority of the yeast behind, at least for the first of the tasting. The color is a pale golden yellow and shightly cloudy from the bit of yeast I got in the pour, but in the bottle the beer looked quite clear. The head is small and bone white with little lacing.

Nose is a spicy and bretty and tangy thing with a whole lot of yeast smells up front. Tang seems to predominate with grape smells. It is clear that light malts were used (pale and caramunich from the Mikkeller site) and there is little grain smell.

Taste - I would like to note that I am enjoying a very stinky cheese (Rogue River Bleu) and a remarkable dry sausage. As such I am interested to see how this 'session' beer stands up. Taste is much like the It's Alive but is lesser quantity, making for a refreshing beer. It is light, crisp and tangy. The cheeses is a bit overwhelming for the beer, at least before I add the yeast from the bottle. After doing so I not a bit more fruit in the taste an a bit more funk in the nose. I like the orange peel and the peppery bite. Thankfully little aftertaste lingers.

This is a light bodied beer but not watery. There is not a bunch of carbonation but what is there does its job well.

I hate the bullshit.

Photo of pastradul
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On a bit of a Wild/sour kick lately, so I decided to pick this one up at K&B wine cellars.

Poured into allagash tulip. pours an of orange color, similar to apple juice. with a loose white head that dissipates very quick leaving no lacing.

The smell is faint out is of sweet/funky apples and pears.

The taste is more of the same, light fruit with a slight bit of funk and mild tartness in the back of the mouth.

I am not impressed but I am not let down.

Photo of CopperTopBrews
3.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First off with this beer you have to realize what you are drinking. Wild yeast. It's going to be funky, musty, and just a little weird.

Pours: Cloudy pale yellow with a small head that rims the top.

Smell: I picked up ester, fruity, a little sour, some spice, there is a mustiness to it and a slight straw like aroma. Maybe he got the wild yeast from a barn full of straw?

Taste: Has kind of a moldy funk but in a good way. For those of you who like Charcuterie you'll probably understand. Spicy, estery with very little bitter at the end. The mouthfeel is pretty dry.

Really the best way i've herd this one described was. "It's pretty much like drinking Soprasata".

Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev +19.1%
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 Slatetank
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to mughugger for sharing this via froggyfrog - poured chilled into a cervoise

A - A golden colored brew with good clarity and thick white cap w/ visible carbonation

S - The smell is slightly off putting and intriguing at the same time - like funky cheese w/ slight fruit edge kind of horsey and floral juxtoposition

M - A mildly funky and slightly acidic taste w/ mild bitterness and high carbonation with slight sweet edge

T - The taste is both pear and funk w/ a hint of vegetal hop and cheesy creamy yeast flavors w/ a mild malt foundation, the tartness and funk of the yeast seems to dominate the fruity aspects and hop flavors

D - A beer I was glad to try and had repeat tastes of but not one worth seeking out IMO, it is kind of a once and done beer for me.

Photo of scottyb88
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by October 22, 2012 and poured into Duvel glass

A-pours a nice slightly off white 1.5 finger head with a cloudy dark yellow/gold color

S-spicy, lemon, pepper, grass, some yeast

T-very interesting...my first reaction was "did i just put on chapstick?" it has that same kind of aftertaste...it has a slight spiciness and herbal/perfume type flavors

M-a little thin and watery with minimal carbonation. the sensation of chapstick is heightened by the mouthfeel

D-well it was worth trying, but I probably won't be seeking it out again. while its low alcohol, a few of these could be finished, but I can barely get through one. i haven't had many wild ales, but I think the "brett" yeast make these beers very unpredictable and it's a little tricky to compare it to other wild ales as easily as it is to compare IPAs and so on.

Photo of sarahspat
1.72/5  rDev -43.2%
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 Arenbeer
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to loki83 for this one!

12oz bottle into a Snifter

A- Pours a cloudy yellow with a bright white 2 finger head that's pretty fluffy.

S- Pale malts, sweet Belgian yeast with a slight fruitiness in the backround. Also a strange funk but not bad.

T- Sour citrus with a slight hop flavor and pale malts. Yeast is most dominate like all Belgian brews I've had.

M- Like drinking pure head. The body is so light with moderate carbonation and a decent bitter finish.

Like the bottle says. It's Alright.


Photo of dgilks
2.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funky aroma with barnyard, some acetic notes and a little bit of "dank".

Perfectly clear, straw colour with a big, rocky, white head. Decent head retention.

Something isn't quite right here. It's thin and insipid. The light brettanomyces flavour has nothing to hold it up and the lactic and acetic notes are too high. It's really a pity that this isn't better.

Light body with moderately-high carbonation. It's okay but a bit thin and watery.

Overall, this is a disappointment. It lacks depth and character and is just a bit of a mess.

Photo of capra12
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed solo served out of a shipyard pint glass.

Appearance: Wheat/yellow and slightly cloudy, with a 1 1/2 finger of head.

Smell: Sour funk, with a hint of hop/herbal. As i smell this the nose becomes and start to remind me of sweat gym socks.

Taste: Opens with a funk beyond anything I've ever had which lingers into the background as an abrupt hop bitter emerges and finishes this brew. Leaving a bitter aftertaste .

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: One and Done for me. I recommend this to one who seek a simple and less complex version of Orval that is executed rather poorly.

Photo of aesopsgato
1.29/5  rDev -57.4%
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 israel
2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured this into my Ithaca Excelsior tulip glass

A- initial pour reveals a thick white head that recedes to a thinner coating that never goes away. Beer is cloudy yellowish amber with lots of champagne like bubbles rising to the surface.

S- Fruity funkiness at first with a straw like aroma and a touch of mustiness. A freshness or bright lemony zest is present but not in the fore ground.

T- A bit acidic but not in the enjoyable sense as one might expect from this style. Seems unbalanced and kind of watery with a very young flavor to it. Somewhat of a granny smith flavor in there but mostly just yeasty with some barnyard.

M- highly carbonated with a nice dry finish, light to medium body.

D- Wasn't impressed all that much by this beer; it wasn't awful but I don't see myself grabbing this one again. I do have another in my cellar and maybe with some age things might come around, but I'm not holding my breath.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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 robertjbell
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

It's Alright! from Mikkeller ApS
71 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.