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

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 114
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wordemupg on 04-23-2011

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Photo of Brew_Betty
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

aroma - brett B, leather, oak, white grape, pear, bubblegum, amber malt

taste - tart and tangy. White grape, green apple, oak, brett, some malty sweetness.

overall - like most Mikkellers, this is quality beer, but seriously overpriced at $13/375ml. I got lucky and snagged two bottles for $10. It was worth that.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointing beer. Pretty off-putting smell. Very funky with really weird notes. Taste was even worse. It wasn’t sour as expected and had some really gross rotten vegetable taste. Alcohol was also pretty evident. Maybe I had a bad bottle.

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Photo of Jonada
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%

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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
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).

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Photo of bnes09
3.73/5  rDev -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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Photo of facundoCNB
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
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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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of fdig23
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small foil-wrapped bottle.

Appearance: Mildly murky amber with a nice contrasting white head

Nose: Brett jumps right out of the glass here with a pungent barnyard and moldy cheese aroma. Lemon, bread, and a hint of rubbery petrol from the wine-barrel are also present.

Taste: The funky hay bale and gasoline combination is up front with savory notes like almond paste, bleu cheese and maybe even a bit of truffle present. It finishes with gasoline and oak.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery. Nothing special

Overall: Really interesting and different beer. The brett and wine-barrel combination here produced some flavors that I hadn't picked up in other examples of the style.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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

Pear, oak, potpourri, apple and barnyard.

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.

Medium bodied, clean, tart and dry.

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

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.94/5  rDev +24.4%
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.


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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of DovaliHops
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the label on this one. By the way, the picture on this site is not the right picture for this beer. Pours a hazy, copper colorwith medium, off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is VERY funky! I love the aroma on this one. Lovely oak with white chardonnay aromas (reminds me of Bruery's Oui Oui). White grapes with sweet pears and strawberries. Funky barnyard with sweet, fruity esters. Love the aroma on this beer. Taste is not nearly as sour as it smells. This beer smells like it is going to be SOUR, but it's just mildly sour. Sour in the way of JP's saisons. Mainly just funky. The funk is awesome on this beer. In fact, it reminds me of a JP beer. Musty, barnyard flavors with slightly tart stone fruits and white grapes. Some green grapes with a ton of oak. The oak flavor is superb. Such a well-crafted beer. So much going on, very complex. Drinkability is very high, can't believe the ABV on this one. Mouthfeel is creamy and dry. Overall, this is such a great beer. Might be the best beer I've ever had from Mikkeller. It reminds me of an orgy of Sanctification, Jolly Pumpkin funk, Oui Oui, and Orval. I think that basically sums it up right there. Can't wait to see what age does to the other bottle I bought.

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Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the many bottles shared by liamt07 on the evening in question.

Hazy copper orange colour, solid finger of off white head, fairly sticky lace. Smell is quite funky, musty and bretty, fruit and oak, lemon zest and a bit of an herbal earthiness. Taste is spicy with a fair bit of white wine and oak, brett and some musty flavours, not as funky as it smells though, some sweetness but finishes a litle dry and herbal, good fruit flavours as well, apple and lemon. Medium carbonation, medium body, drying feel. Really was in to this one, solid and enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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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It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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