It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS
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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
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
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
08-23-2012 15:37:46 | More by womencantsail
3.7/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
03-27-2014 00:33:18 | More by bnes09
3.74/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
01-26-2013 20:11:17 | More by StonedTrippin
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
10-12-2012 05:51:29 | More by BEERchitect
It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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