It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS
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3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
05-04-2014 23:23:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
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
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
3.8/5 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
3.93/5 rDev -2%
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.
05-10-2011 02:59:22 | More by MasterSki
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
3.85/5 rDev -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.
12-20-2011 02:19:22 | More by kojevergas
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
4.13/5 rDev +3%
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
04-23-2011 05:17:40 | More by wordemupg
It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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