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

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89
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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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3.1/5  rDev -21.7%

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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3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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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.

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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

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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.

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3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

my bottle says 8% abv, not 9. i was a bit underwhelmed by this, after eager anticipation and really enjoying the USAlive, this one didnt seem to do it as well. pours hazy copper color with plenty of yeast floaters and a small off white head that fades fast. the nose is a little funky, but more acidic than anything. the wine barrel as apparently tamed rather than intensified some of the better features of the USAlive, particularly its crazy interesting yeasty characteristic, as well as the carbonation, which was really lacking in this one. flavor is dry and malty, with some gentle acidity from the wine barrel, but not as much of that barnyard classic wild ale hustle that i am used to. a little fruity in the finish, this is a beer that seemed to not quite unite elementally, one that was disected rather than brought together by the wine barrel, which really didnt do much for this. ive got the lychee version in the fridge too, so we'll have to see how that one goes, but for 15 bucks you can afford to skip this one.

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It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.