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It's Alright! - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 25.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: hopdog on 01-28-2009)
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Photo of drpimento
2.3/5  rDev -23.8%

Got this bottle a few months ago at Sam's in Chi. Poured with a nice white head that quickly subsided and no lace. Aroma according to my friend Euel reminds him of not taking out the garbage for a few days after having had chicken. Does have a funky tart quality. Color is a clear pale yellow. Flavor is tart and almost apple or pear. No hop at all and very little malt. Body is ok and highly spritzed. A slight sweet finish at the very end. Not a session.

drpimento, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of Kraken
3.73/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

Kraken, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of mynie
1.73/5  rDev -42.7%

"No, it's not!"

Cap says it's good until 2012. That's pretty damn bold for a beer that's under five percent.

Still, nice pour. Dark honey orange with a big white champagne head.

Smells woody and sour. Not very intense, but not bad. Like fruit nodes, a little bit of funk.

Tastes surprisingly bland. A little sour up front, but not nearly as much as I was hoping. This disolves into a soapy and woody middle that tastes kind of like a petting zoo smells and dissolves again, thankfully, into a 7upish finish of sparkly lemon. Man, that middle really kills it.

Eh... not a drainpour, but certainly not worth your money.

Edit: Check that, this is a drainpour.

mynie, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +25.8%

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.

merlin48, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed golden yellow with a thin white head that soon becomes a vanishing patch. The patch slowly vanishes. Dotted vanishing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of lemon sweettart with bread and funk.

The taste is tart with a hint of grainy sweetness. Lemons with some orange mix with grassy notes. It has a funky dry finish. Finishes dry without leaving much of an aftertaste.

It is bubbly/effervescent, but also swishy with something thin/watery about it. It has a light body.

There is an odd astringency about this one that slows it down. I don't know if this is Alright! More like alright. Lost interest in this pretty quickly. Astringincy and odd feel didn't help.

jwc215, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%

11.2oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Cap date is 22/10/12, best by date?

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head falls slowly, bubbling helps the cause, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is tart and earthy. Taste is tart to start, goes earthy in the middle, and then the close goes beyond funky with bandaid and I don't know what else. Mouthfeel and drinkability are limited by the funk as well. I like wild ales and sour as much as the next guy, but this funk just is not fun.

ppoitras, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of ATPete
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%

11.2oz bottle

Pours a golden yellow color with a small fizzy head that dissipates very quickly. Funky nose, gym socks, band aid, BO, earthy citrus fruit skin, not extremely pleasant overall. Crisp, bright, herbal, bitter, with initial notes of melon, slightly acidic lemon skin and a a mild tartness amongst the funky waves. Its rough on the back of the throat and slimy in texture with medium carbonation. I dont think this beer is nearly as bad as a couple of the previous review lead on but it is by no mean a great beer...its alright.

ATPete, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%

glass bottle with expiration date 22/10/12, poured into la fin tulip

A - pale golden straw body with a decent sized 1.5 finger bright white head; retention is decent.

S - a bit like a beaten down tripel. there are some apple like notes and yeast in the front, but the entire background of the nose is the brettanomyces, which give off a very distinctive sour smell, almost a bit like kombucha tea.

T - the taste is interesting, not particularly desireable, but interesting nonetheless. it is a very bubbly malt and sour taste overall. the initial taste is distinctively sour and bitter, the sour is the brettanomyces but the bitterness is more hoppy. the initial is quite a simple taste, but a strong one at that. the finish looses a lot of flavour, leading the malts to make their biggest presence yet, though the sour does persist for the most part. the aftertaste has the sour taste toned down quite a bit; the blend of bitter, malts, and sour comes out a bit more evenly than in the other stages.

MF&D - the feel is quite refreshing: light and bubbly, the beer goes down quite easily. the problem with the drinkability is how the damn thing tastes: if it is supposed to be a belgian pale ale, which I do not think was the intention, then it is a real funky rendition. if it is supposed to be a flemish sour ale or something like that, well, its not the best but it sure as hell makes a lot more sense.

erz316, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of illidurit
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is lemons, sweet grain, and a lot of phenolic funk that tends toward plastic/bandaid but not too bad. Flavor is pretty much all brett funk. Lots of odd chemical notes including chlorine and phenols. Lacks depth and complexity. This is a wild ale without the ale part. No fruitiness, no tartness, no real flavors other than brett funk. Overcarbonated and astringent mouthfeel. While this isn't as offensive to me as it was some of the other reviewers, it totally misses the mark.

illidurit, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
1.6/5  rDev -47%

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.

GRG1313, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

magictrokini, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Overlord
1.15/5  rDev -61.9%

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. Two inches of white foam that quickly vanish.

Smells ... weird. Some faint funk. A weird medicinal overtone. This smells bad. Like a rancid wild, a beer that's actually spoiled, not a well orchestrated souring.

Taste is ... bad. Not alright, at all. Wow. This is a drainpour from the word go. Awful, soapy lemon, thin, watery and medicinal vinegar ... awful bad yeasty funk. Thin, watery once bubbling dies down.

Just really bad.

Overlord, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of Callenak
1.2/5  rDev -60.3%

This beer is far from alright. Look I know this site is about advocating beer not bashing it but I'm here to save you money. I don't want anyone making the mistake I did.

Just so you know this is not my first wild beer. It's not that I'm not used to brett and bugs. Wild beers are amongst my favorite styles and I've had an impressive cross-section from all over the world including making a few myself. Not one of them smelled and tasted like toe jam like this wretched excuse for a beverage. Hell, I've ate Limburger on more than one occasion but I don't want it blended with Bud Light and served in a pint glass. I'm at a loss on how this thing has anything close to resembling a positive review. To each their own I guess but I strongly suggest spending your money elsewhere and pass on this drain pour.

Callenak, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of bret27
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%

belgian goblet-appearance light yellow fizzy.

smell- very sour, not in a good way. Tried to put my finger on it and unfortunately found it to be the astrigency of urine. Not fresh but older found in an old porta-potty.

taste-not as sour and bad as smell just a slight sour brett taste. Not much else. mouthfeel watery + light.

This would be like if coors decided to make a Coors w/brett beer. Then it might be alright. For mikkeller, beer geek brunch is alright, this is not alright.

bret27, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of DaggerEyes
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold, slight orange hue, thin fizzy white head that doesn't stick around too long, leaves behind a soap sudsy looking film over the surface.

Calling this a "Belgian Pale Ale" seems grossly misleading. The first wiff that hits my nose makes this seem much more like a Gueze.

Nose is very funky, horse blankets, new band aids

Taste leaves a bit to be desired, I was hoping for something more tart, a bit more complex, but, it's just kind of a flat "funk"

Good fine bubbled carbonation, foams up in your mouth a bit, despite it having a pretty thin body.

A decent beer for a wild ale, and that is how I rated it, not as a "belgian pale ale" not something I'd be rushing out to try again, but I'm glad to have tried it

DaggerEyes, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of JRhode
2.48/5  rDev -17.9%

From 11.2 oz bottle split w/ jessethehutt:

I hate it when I excitedly grab a new bottle off of the shelf only to get home and remember the shitty reviews I had already read about the beer. Oh well. I should have given JTH 3/4ths of the bottle.

Lackluster looking pale yellow with an obnoxious head in Duvel tulip.

Reeks of urine or urinal cake (maybe both). A little repulsive. Maybe a little citrus funk too.

Taste is lackluster. A little funk from Brett but not much body to carry it. Reminds me of a really weak attempt at a Berliner Weiss. Dry, pissy finish. Not a whole lot going on.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

After a few evaluative sips, I chugged the remainder of my 5 oz without spitting it out.

Disappointing to say the least.

JRhode, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of pvsob
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%

A- Clear light straw color with a half inch head that vanishes instantly. No lacing present.

S- Fermented apple, faint smell of plastic, yeast, and some hops. As the beer warms some of that wet barn aroma rears its head.

T- Green apple up front that adds some sweet/tartness, but this fades very quickly into a bitterness that is either from the hops or something else. Some of the pale malt is picked up half way through the sip. Beer finishes very abruptly with no aftertaste. The taste kind of reminds me of wet straw that has been steeped in a Czech Pils mixed with a Apple Lambic.

M- Thin and watery feel with very little carbonation.

D/O- A pretty forgettable beer in my opinion. Overall the characteristics of this brew were bland and boring. I'm glad that I tried this beer, if only for the experience, but "It's Alright" is not where near my top Mikkeller beer. This beer just wasn't for me. Cheers!

pvsob, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Floydster
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from the Pizza Port Bottle Shop a few weeks ago for six dollars, poure dinto my Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass tonight, light yellow color with some golden orange, 1 1/2 inch foamy white head that goes away quickly, minimal lacing to go along with weak retention, aroma has a good amount of brettanomyces, floral accents, perfumey hops, light malts, mild citrus, and some honey, flavor starts off crisp but dry, toasted malts and hops are in the middle with a bitterness that does not seem to come from the yeast finish is also dry and can barely tell any brett is there flavor wise, some cardboard in the finish later on, by the end sourdough bread is quite prominent, light tasting but flavors seem to evolve, bitter, toasted, and surprisingly very dry mouthfeel, light to medium bodied, tons of carbonation, taste lingers well for its style, could drink more of this than just the small bottle, low in alcohol and none in the taste, dryness would get to me after awhile though, did not know what to expect from this one, bought because it said wild ale on it, might drink again, do not think it will cellar very well as it is very low in alcohol and the brett character seems a little light, worth trying

Floydster, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured into a chalice a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a hop bite, yeasty, with some citrus, and spice notes. The taste is slightly sweet, yeast, hoppy, bitter, with some licorice and citrus, also some spicyness. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but would not buy again.

Wasatch, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev +25.8%

Reviewed on 04/20/2009. Bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of skunk, sour barnyard funk, brett, and lemon. Flavor is mildly funky/sour with a wheaty finish and a touch of bitter hops. Crisp and tasty. Quite a nice Belgian ale.

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of malcontent
4.25/5  rDev +40.7%

Yikes! This puts the "pale" in pale ale. Lighter than the average straw of most macro lagers and the head and feeding carbonation is distressingly soda-ish. At least the clarity is impressive.

I think this is actually a really fun nose. Yes, I just used the word "fun" when describing aroma. Farmhouse funk, strawberries and hay all hit my senses. Good stuff.

Wow! This manages to combine the funky, brett characteristics of a saison/wild ale with a huge, biscuity malt body. The malt actually lingers on well after that tartness has dissipated. The finish is Godly in its cleanliness.

Mouthfeel is appropriately sprightly and goes down easy. This is in that class with Hennepin as exceptionally drinkable saisons. Don't really understand the low ratings for this unless the "Belgian Pale Ale" tag this site has bizarrely applied to this beer is driving said scores. Label reads "wild ale" and it tastes like one.

malcontent, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of popery
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%

It's certainly a funny beer. I don't think that the beer quite achieves its goal of being a session wild. I generally like Mikkeller's beers a lot, but he didn't knock this one out of the park. I'd prefer a Berliner Weissbier or any number of blended Belgian sours. That said, it's not a bad beer and I probably would expect less if the bottle's price wasn't upped by import costs and other expenses of getting a beer to my store from afar.

The beer pours a light yellow that is slightly hazy as some sours are wont to be. The nose is the best part. It's citric, like candied lemon peel, with a tinge of barnyard funk from the brett. The flavor is similar, but the malt flavor is a bit thin. Also, there's an acrid flavor, possibly from the bret, that is a bit unsettling. The beer just doesn't quite come together perfectly. The aftertaste lingers and almost tastes like a macro lager. The beer needs some work, but it's probably quite difficult to pull off a small wild without at least some blending or aging to round off the corners.

popery, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +22.5%

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.

Phyl21ca, May 24, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
2/5  rDev -33.8%

I must agree with radshoesbro...
It's not alright.

Once I add the yeast,I see a hazey and pale sunlight hue. Very quick head with no foam or stickage. The aroma has some normal funky yeasty aromas, but that mixed with feet, cheese, and mold are not a good combo. The taste starts with pilsnery malt, then corn husk adjunct mixed with some nasty yeast flavors. Not the Brett that I'm familiar with. Then again no brett is the same. Nonetheless. This beer is very hard to finish. The palate is funky, musty, and gritty. The aftertaste makes me think ofan adjunct lager brewed with brett. Good carbonation though.

scruffwhor, May 20, 2009
Photo of radshoesbro
1.9/5  rDev -37.1%

this is not alright, not even a little bit.

this actually looks like urine. it pours a pee straw/yellow/orange with a bit of a head that completely goes away. on top of that there is absolutely no carbonation and not even a hint of lace. i had to vigorously swirl my glass around just to get a few bubbles!

it smells like sweet apples with almost a funky mold smell. it's a very "off" smell.

tastes like watered down carbonated apple juice and leaves this absolutely disgusting dry yeasty aftertaste.

very light and absolutely not drinkable at all. this is a drain pour.

radshoesbro, May 18, 2009
It's Alright! from Mikkeller ApS
71 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.