It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS
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4.25/5 rDev +6%
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.
08-11-2012 07:33:41 | More by DovaliHops
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
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
07-30-2012 19:05:46 | More by peensteen
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
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
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
it poured a hazy golden colour with about a 2 and a half finger head that left pretty decent lacing. it has a very floral or fruity smell to it with a small presence of alcohol. the taste has lots of floral and fruity accents with a little bit of some biscuity malts with a fairly dry finish almost like a white wine. it was fairly carbonated and pretty light mouthfeel and surprisingly refreshing considering its 9% abv.
07-12-2011 23:36:54 | More by Tackledorange
4.6/5 rDev +14.7%
On tap at Bavarian Lodge.
A- orange to light amber with lots of lacing and retention.
S- citrus notes with nice dark fruit tartness and some funk going on.
T- almost starts like a weiss beer, but then the dark fruit tartness comes in, and a noticeable but not overpowering hop bitterness finishes of the beer.
M- thinner, with some dryness like a lot of wild beers
O- Liked this a lot. Didn't know what to expect but liked the result. Has a nice mix of the citrus fruits, dark tart fruits, and hop finish.
06-10-2011 01:58:24 | More by kawilliams81
3.83/5 rDev -4.5%
Thanks to Alex (Masterski) for breaking this out for our little bottle pre-tasting. Poured into mini-snifter.
A - Pours light rusty copper, off-white head, nice lacing, thin cap, and thick collar round the glass.
S - Oak notes, grapes, slight funk, decent sour/tartness in there too.
T - Oak, funky, barnyard, brett. The sour/tart notes I detected on the nose aren't there on the palate. Very "Orval-esque". Medicinal finish that is a bit off-putting.
M - Light body, lively spritzy carbonation, dry finish.
O - I enjoyed this one (besides the finish). It was very easy to drink with nice oak notes. I preferred the nose a bit more over the palate, but still, not bad to all overall.
05-26-2011 17:06:24 | More by Sean9689
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
3.8/5 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
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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