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It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: wordemupg on 04-23-2011)
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Reviews by bnes09:
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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark caramel color. Flakes of yeast settled to the bottom. Big, billowing head with great retention and plenty of soapy lacing.

Smells very close to Goose Island Matilda. Some yeast character with a highly acidic citric quality.

Acidic citrus comes through in the flavor as well. Underlying caramel malt quality with a hint of dark fruit and burnt sugar. Mild yeast.

Medium body. Dry finish. Decent carbonation. Yeasty texture.

Not a bad sour. Good complexity and decent balance.

bnes09, Mar 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Shankopotamus, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Oct 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

acurtis, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, more Danish-only beyond the big titular banner name.

This beer pours a cloudy brownish orange hue, with a tonne (we're all a l'il Euro with this one here folks...) of dense foamy, rocky off-white head, which leaves a full circumference of chunky lace around the glass as it surreptitiously recedes. It smells of tart lemon and cherry juice, pale malt, and funky barnyard yeast. The taste is semi-sweet malt, neutered sour fruit (at least in comparison to the nose), and musty, funky yeast. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and smooth enough to withstand appeal. It finishes with a blend of sweet nondescript malt, and tart aforementioned yeast.

An interesting offering, one which emulates the Cantillons of the world well enough, at least at first. The comparison drops off quickly, though, leaving us with a more temperate wild ale. I guess this is what makes this an American version of the wild yeast lottery. Overall, still genuinely drinkable, as the well-elevated booze is pretty much invisible to this drinker.

biboergosum, Apr 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

Sammy, Feb 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Ciocanelu, Sep 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

emilylee, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

GRG1313, Sep 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

mkirkland80, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

BeastLU, Oct 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

vandemonian, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of sourness and funk are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste is a little sour and funky and has strong notes of white wine flavors from the barrel aging. Hints of oak are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this beer has a really nice balance between sourness and the white wine flavors.

metter98, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to John the agent for the sample. Comes in a green 375 ml bottle. Pours out a deep cloudy amber hue, thick creamy beige head with good retention.

Sharp, tangy yeast on the nose, some wood, mild toasty malt, mild citrus.

Toasty, nutty malt, sharp yeast character, white raisins, citrus zest, some woody notes near the finish, mild spice.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth texture with a dry character, moderately brisk carbonation.

The barrel aging is subtle for this version of It's Alive, adds a bit more alcohol warmth and some extra nuance. Worth checking out, however one is more than enough for me.

IronDjinn, Jul 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

bismarksays, Jan 15, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation LB.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a wispy thin white head which fades to the rim and small cap leaving trace lace.

N: Vinous, funky barnyard, grassy sweetness, wood, citrus, floral and fruit.

T: White grapes, some barrel wood notes, brett funk, mild citrus and barnyard must.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Dry brett on finish.

O: Nice, especially the funk and wine character.

wethorseblanket, Sep 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

MinorThreat, Jan 30, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, 375ml into a tulip. Holdbar til 08/11/18.

Poured without the yeast, clear orange with a couple fingers of offwhite head. Good retention and good lacing. Nose is spicy, dillweed, floral, funky. Some gentle fruit notes over a nice sweet BSPA-like malt character. Funky in taste, some herbal, musty character. Pale malts, spice and a light sweetness in the finish. Drying, medium full feel and bubbly texture in the finish. A very nice wild ale/Belgian pale.

liamt07, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

aasher, Jul 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

csmalley, Apr 08, 2014
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safaricook, Jun 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

scottiethebody, Mar 29, 2013
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It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.