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

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89
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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)
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +1%
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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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.