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

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88
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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wordemupg on 04-23-2011

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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by bnes09:
Photo of bnes09
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml. It's Alive, original info, is an ALL TIME FAVORITE.,.... 4.75 out of 5. I think. It fuuu cking rucks. This one? Unproven... but I am hopeful.

Into stella glass. Best I could muster up.. a bit out of my element.

A- Darker than I remember the original, big snowy head on this. prangey copper yellow.

S- smells like happiness. Brett, flowers, glowing good times. I want to freeze this beer int he winter and skate on it. Then unfreeze it in the springtime and drink it.

T- UM, THIS BEER IS EXACTLY WHAT I HOPED / WANTED.

all the goodness of it's alive! meets white wine barrel. Strong brett, lotsa golden ale goodness. Floral sweetness, honeysuckle. White wine tannins and tartness in the finish. OHMYGOD AWESOME.

M- Crisp, sweet, dry, zippy, mild for the ABV, full-bodied.

O- RARELY DO I SAY IT BUT WOW. this beer had high expectations. They were exceeded. I love It's Alive, and this is a nice twist on it.

gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme more now now now now gimme it pour it down my face hole omg gimme more.

This beer r0xxx.

PS- this is one of the worst reviews I;ve ever written, but I like this beer, so get bent.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of Steban
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not worth the $ in my opinion.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.97/5  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.

Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of AmyfaceNYC
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer smelly like fruit and wine and faintly of wood. It was frothy and bubbly and practically glowing. The taste was phenomenal -- smooth, gentle carbonation, with a silky and sweet wine-flavored accent. I loved how the wine flavor complemented the bubbly and light beer. It tasted both warm/welcoming and cool/refreshing at the same time. Would definitely drink again (if I can ever find it again).

Photo of justintcoons
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip. 8% alc by vol. Price: $14.99 in NJ.

Appearance
Really cloudy mahogany with 3-4 fingers of really creamy off-white head. Excellent head retention and thick clouds of lacing.

Nose
Pear, oak, potpourri, apple and barnyard.

Taste
Very, very oaky which is nice. Some nutty flavors come along for the ride. Nectarine, pear, tart green apple, peach and lemon juice. Big Belgian funk with horse blanket, potpourri and dried hay. Touches of white wine, coriander and pink peppercorn on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, clean, tart and dry.

Overall
Subtly tart with big barnyard and oak flavors. Very complex, dry and refreshing. No detection of the 8% abv. This is downright delicious!

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour a cloudy orange with an off-white head. Subtle tartness of lemon on the nose. Some white wine, a bit of Bretty funk, oak, and light spice notes. Light straw, some grass, and a definite barnyard as it warms. Light rubber band in there, too. The flavor is not bad. White wine, grass, Brett/barnyard funk, and spices. Some lactic tartness, a definite rubber band note, and a fairly heavy dose of tannins on the finish, making it very dry.

Photo of kojevergas
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into 20cl stemware at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen in July 2011. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were quite high as this is me favourite brewery in the world. Cost was 35 DKK (for fecking 20 cl!).

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, good thicknes, and bad retention. Colour is a light nontransparent amber.

Sm: Souring hops, cream, light amber hops, and fruit ester hops. Lots of funk, but so much as to turn me off to it. A mild strength aroma, and a subtle one.

T: Fruit esters and souring hops, with plenty of funky tones. Complex enough, well built, and slightly off-balance. There's almost a watery note, which is unexpected for a quality brewer like Mikkeller.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavours and style.

Dr: Excellent drinkability for the high ABV, and a pretty fair price by Danish standards (35 DKK). Great quality. I doubt I'll see it ever again, but I enjoyed it while it lasted.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having the pleasure to drink "It's Alive!" for the first time a few years ago, with the cryogenic hibernation of the wild ale in white wine barrel aging, it's now apparent that It's Alive! is still alive!

The darker-than-expected amber beer is certainly a few shades darker than the wild or sour ales that which I have become accustomed, but the same head character- with all it's rocky froth cap and lacy broken rings- all remain firm and withstanding. Still, the beer underneath sure does look like Irish red ale.

Strong earthen scents of leather, dried and dusty oak, dried limes, musty sea air, pepper and horse hair rise immediately, but a quick balance of bread crust, caramel, and biscuit reside closely behind the more pungent and rustic scent.

However in flavor, the balance reverses. First the mouth is met with a caramel malt coat with bread, grain, and toffee. And then the earthy complexities begin piling on. First of limes and salty brine, but then of leather and wood, before finishing peppery and almost peaty. Vinous notes provide a glimpse into the white grape, cider, sharp acidity, light pear fruits, and mineral taste to finish.

Medium-light overall, but the beer does carry an inherent heafty weight in comparison to many of the wild or sour ales out there- this one simply delivers an inordinate amount of residual sweetness that's intentional. But the beer is sure to release its malty textures, yet retain its champagne-like carbonation for a zesty and racy finish. Mild astringency, alcohol warmth, and vinous acidity all accompany the straw-like hop bitterness to finish the session.

With its high phenolic and estery balance, pungently earthen complexities, and curious malt sweetness; it's only logical to expect the oak and wine influences to both pull the beer together and complicate the palate with each and every sip.

Photo of Tackledorange
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it poured a hazy golden colour with about a 2 and a half finger head that left pretty decent lacing. it has a very floral or fruity smell to it with a small presence of alcohol. the taste has lots of floral and fruity accents with a little bit of some biscuity malts with a fairly dry finish almost like a white wine. it was fairly carbonated and pretty light mouthfeel and surprisingly refreshing considering its 9% abv.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, funk, acidic, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with funk, white wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of sourness and wine barrel aging all around.

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into pint glass april22 2011

A hazy golden orange with a massive tan head that sits there to the bottom of the glass never falling below a two finger head with a peak, glass is just caked right down the glass in an unorganized manner

S funky and earthy with some vanilla and barnyard, oak and more Brett with a little fruity vinous notes

T as it smells but a little toned down with some green apple perhaps

M less bubbles then expected after seeing the foam but still far from flat, just a little heat and a lingering aftertaste

O interesting brew to say the least, lots of funk and pretty easy to drink, not something I'd drink a few of but one bottle is perfect

a little sour but no pucker involved, I can't think of anything off the top of my head to compare this too, I want to say Orval but I think that's only because of the funk. This ones worth looking for its unusual and you gotta love that

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml into a dfh snifter

A: pours a hazy browned golden amber with a puffy finger of tanned head after a cautious pour, some nice spots of lacing. Appearance reminds me of a Flanders style.

S: loads of Brett funk and oak, and a deffinate white wine character, the Brett funk adds a sour lemony aroma, along with cherry skin notes and sour apple/pear, this is a nice smelling brew for sure, smells well balanced and sour.

T: yum, this is very nice, a touch of earthy Brett funk and oak,
I get a nice light tart cherry skin along with a touch of lemony sourness, I feel like the white wine notes come through on the finishalonh
With some tart green apple notes, really rounding this one off nicley. Everything is incredibly well balanced here from the funk to the sour level, to the oak and vinous wine notes, very nice.

M:medium body with creamy carbonation and a crisp dry finish, nice.

O: this is a very nice wild ale, I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to any fan of sours, great balance, great flavor and aroma, awesome!

Photo of Sean9689
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex (Masterski) for breaking this out for our little bottle pre-tasting. Poured into mini-snifter.

A - Pours light rusty copper, off-white head, nice lacing, thin cap, and thick collar round the glass.

S - Oak notes, grapes, slight funk, decent sour/tartness in there too.

T - Oak, funky, barnyard, brett. The sour/tart notes I detected on the nose aren't there on the palate. Very "Orval-esque". Medicinal finish that is a bit off-putting.

M - Light body, lively spritzy carbonation, dry finish.

O - I enjoyed this one (besides the finish). It was very easy to drink with nice oak notes. I preferred the nose a bit more over the palate, but still, not bad to all overall.

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle.

Pours hazy copper with a inch-plus head of white. A partial skim coat and smeary lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with vinegar-drizzeled fruits, grass, wet hay, and grapefruit. Tannic
and vineous with grapeskins and peach pits following through.

Light bodied with crisp yet creamy mouthfeel.

Tart stone fruit, grass-rubbed apples, grapefruit must, and oaky-vineous
notes starts the palate. Wet paper, figgy malt, and fruit skins follow through.

Finishes with pineapple skins, sweetish malt, and grass-rubbed peach pits.

This beer is a bit malty and sweet with subdued funk. The vineous, pineapple and cider notes offer promise but overall the sweet malt gets in the way.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge.

A- orange to light amber with lots of lacing and retention.

S- citrus notes with nice dark fruit tartness and some funk going on.

T- almost starts like a weiss beer, but then the dark fruit tartness comes in, and a noticeable but not overpowering hop bitterness finishes of the beer.

M- thinner, with some dryness like a lot of wild beers

O- Liked this a lot. Didn't know what to expect but liked the result. Has a nice mix of the citrus fruits, dark tart fruits, and hop finish.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper-orange with a finger frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet pale and caramel malts, vanilla, oak, white wine, funky and tart Brett, lemon zest, citrus hops.

T - Sweet pale and caramel malts, oak, vanilla, white wine, tart and funky Brett, lemon zest, citrus hops, some mild bitterness, hint of booze and acidity.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart, and funky finish.

D - Great mix of flavors with good tart and funkiness. The barrel adds some nice character.

Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle purchased a Andrew Hilton Wine in Lethbridge, AB. Served in a hotel tumbler. Best before November 8th, 2018 - got to this one in time thankfully.

A - Pours with a quick-dissolving buy voluminous off-white foam that settles to a chunky ring and partial thin cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Hazed copper-brown body with some tiny bubbles moving quickly about.

S - Huge brett nose - a mix of green apples, farm, lemons, and tropical fruits. Upon closer inspection a slightly buttery oak and white wine aroma joins in. Maybe a hint of candi sugar and pale malt in the background.

T - Taste is much sweeter, with more pilsner malt and candi sugar coming through. There's some nice pineapple brett notes, but significantly less funk and sourness. Wine and barrel character imparts a light initial sharpness as well as some dry oak mid-palate. I should probably get another bottle and see how this develops. Not bad, but a bit dull compared to the aroma.

M - Zesty carbonation, dry tannic finish. Medium-full body, but no hint of the 9% alcohol.

D - Didn't got down quite as easily as George, but was still quite enjoyable. Not sure it's worth the price premium over something like Orval, but a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours an cloudy amber color forming a huge fizzing beige head. Soapy and very persistent. Many lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Very fruity. Mild sourness in the nose. Strong notes of grapes and white wine. Notes of sweet malts too. Wood and some grassy hops in the very end. No alcohol could be noticed

T: Taste is just great. The sort of beer that I like. Slightly sweet upfront, followed by a smooth fruity sourness and a solid malts backbone. End is balanced hoppy bitterness. Strong notes of grapes, caramel malts and white wine. Notes of wood. Hops are earthy and grassy. Bitterness is moderate but present. No alcohol could be noticed in the taste too

M: Heavy body. A little bit molasses but more watery. Good carbonation. Fruit and mild sour/bitter aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Great beer. Solid

Photo of facundoCNB
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a murky copper pour with 3 fingers of fluffy off-white colored head, tons of lacing. smells of funky brettanomyces, jasmine, wet hay, barnyard, flower petals, wine, skunks. the flavor profile is much more subtle than the aroma.. you get a nice tartness from the wine barrels, and a nice dry touch to the palate. the wild brett creates a TON of barnyard flavors.. it's like licking a horse.. in a nice loving way. then there's the flowery flavors i always pick up on brett beers.. that jasmine-like taste.

medium body, medium carbonation, dry and easy to drink.. the somewhat heavy abv is definitely well hidden, this drinks like a berliner weiss would.

ok, so this was $13 for a 12oz bottle. a little steep, but such is the world of good beers sometimes you just have to take risks and looks beyond the $$ value of a beer. in this case, i'm glad i did, it's a damn tasty brew.

Photo of Jonada
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%

375 ml bottle poured into a teku glass. 8% ABV

Appearance: Pours a rusty copper color with 2 fingers of a light tan head. Body is hazy with light visible carbonation.

Smell: White wine, oak, barnyard funk, pineapple, peppery Belgian yeast.

Taste: Apple, funk, raisin, slight lacto character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel and relatively high carbonation. Finishes tart.

Overall: Not bad, but not what I would call good. Flavors seem to clash and it produces a somewhat off putting funky medicinal character. Given the price, I would avoid this one.

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It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.