1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
It's Alive - White Wine Barrel AgedIt's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

96 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 96
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MinorThreat
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

MinorThreat, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Dave_Treat, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of firesrage
5/5  rDev +25%

firesrage, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

facundoCNB, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of RobertColianni
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

RobertColianni, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of TallSaint
4/5  rDev 0%

TallSaint, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

metter98, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

smithj4, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -25%

acurtis, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

MarkyMOD, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of djmichaelk
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

djmichaelk, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

coreyfmcdonald, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of inkdemention
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

inkdemention, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev 0%

savagepm, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev 0%

aasher, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev 0%

mrfrancis, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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

eduardolinhalis, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of mpayne5
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

mpayne5, May 27, 2013
Photo of JacobGumina
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

JacobGumina, May 23, 2013
Photo of leftstagebrew
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

leftstagebrew, May 16, 2013
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

OBeerMeGreatOne, May 12, 2013
Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

MSandahl23, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Texasfan549, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Paonz
4/5  rDev 0%

Paonz, Apr 17, 2013
It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.