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

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very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wordemupg on 04-23-2011)
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Reviews by coreyfmcdonald:
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3.21/5  rDev -20%

375ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a moderately hazy amber color with two fingers of very fluffy white head. Decent retention and poor lacing.

S: Strong funkiness - barnyard and must. Sourness comes out fairly mildly, but it's a bit of a pungent, vinegar note. I think this aroma comes a bit from the white wine as well, maybe a bit strong for my taste. Slightly buttery, too.

T: White wine barrel comes out very strong here - I get mild grapes along with a fairly strong vanilla and butter note. This mixes oddly with a stone fruit and funky flavor. As the beer warms, it melds a bit better together. The stone fruit and funk are really nice together.

M: A bit thick for the style, but the strong carbonation is spot on.

O: A nice beer. The flavors are pretty good, but the buttery flavor is a bit distracting.

07-19-2013 00:52:26 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

03-10-2013 20:53:23 | More by Shankopotamus
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -25.2%

08-03-2013 02:54:30 | More by acurtis
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Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

04-24-2011 03:57:59 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-09-2014 01:30:23 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-15-2013 17:04:28 | More by emilylee
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

09-17-2012 19:37:22 | More by GRG1313
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-11-2014 00:18:54 | More by vandemonian
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-28-2014 00:31:35 | More by DrBier
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

08-10-2013 21:02:54 | More by metter98
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

07-17-2011 09:14:14 | More by IronDjinn
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-15-2013 10:00:34 | More by bismarksays
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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

09-12-2012 20:14:24 | More by wethorseblanket
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

01-30-2014 02:39:13 | More by MinorThreat
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

08-05-2012 04:34:53 | More by liamt07
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-06-2013 22:32:57 | More by aasher
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-08-2014 00:24:30 | More by csmalley
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

06-13-2014 05:09:59 | More by safaricook
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-29-2013 06:45:20 | More by scottiethebody
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

12-25-2013 00:56:19 | More by Dave_Treat
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

08-21-2012 19:53:42 | More by JRBecks
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +13.5%

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).

04-13-2014 22:22:25 | More by AmyfaceNYC
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

11-14-2012 04:40:29 | More by Listers
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United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-26-2012 10:16:24 | More by AlastairM
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-17-2011 01:56:39 | More by TasteTester
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It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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