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It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged (Lychee Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-15-2012)
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

06-23-2013 15:22:45 | More by Rickythejeweler
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-31-2012 17:12:39 | More by xdefeatsy
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14%

08-03-2013 02:54:42 | More by acurtis
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

08-17-2012 21:48:25 | More by ste5venla
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

375ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of light, airily foamy dirty beige head, which leaves some random speck blobs of lace around the glass as it slowly sinks into a puddle, like one you would see on the top of fermenting white wine must.

It smells of tart, indistinct pitted fruit, a mild lactic sourness, a subtle fleshy, somewhat sweet lychee fruitiness, some tame barnyard funk, and a bit of earthy, musty yeast. The taste is bready, biscuity malt, sour plum and cherry, a softly sweet, pithy lychee sweetness, a milky yeast funkiness, and some mild, stereotypically understated wood. No evidence of the 8% ABV whatsoever.

The bubbles are fairly restrained, just a tug here, a pull there, the body a solid medium weight, still showing the effects of a decent standard malt, which cuts through the normally invasive acidic and sour natures of the ilk, to provide at least a halting smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with the bready caramel malt jousting with the funk, underwhelming fruit, and wily lingering barrel notes.

A decent wild ale, one which does us the favour of giving more than a passing nod to the malt side of things, without forgoing any of the sass that one might expect for the style. However, the lychee guest ingredient suffers among its heady fellow players, as it gets lost in the sweetness of the grain, its tartness possibly mistaken for that of another.

09-07-2012 02:10:59 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-21-2013 22:57:22 | More by Sammy
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-04-2013 12:20:59 | More by woodchip
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-12-2013 02:52:34 | More by Gonzoillini
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-27-2013 03:46:59 | More by zombieC21
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-14-2012 21:14:30 | More by GRG1313
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

07-31-2013 18:11:12 | More by oso
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-14-2013 00:07:05 | More by Dcunicelli
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14%

03-09-2014 03:49:25 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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2.78/5  rDev -26.5%

This one's a gusher. Pours a muddy rust color with a giant beige head leaving pretty good retention and spotty chunky lacing.

I get more brett in the aroma than anything else. Earthy wet blanket aroma. Fruit comes through a bit although not as much as I'd prefer. A little bit of caramel malt as well. Don't get a lot of vinous smells.

Similar flavor. A lot of brett and just a touch of fruit. A little bit medicinal along with the funk notes. I get little to no wine character as well.

Medium bodied and finishes somewhat dry. Carbonation on the lower side.

Very mediocre. I get very little lychee or wine character. Just another overpriced letdown from Mikkeller.

12-05-2012 21:55:16 | More by jmarsh123
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-29-2013 21:15:17 | More by bsinger45
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that slowly died loan, leaving a large mound on the top of the glass that looks like beer is in the fermenting tank. Lot of lacing is on the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of white wine and sourness are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of sourness from the brett and white wine from the barrel aging. Hints of lychee are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light-to medium bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really interesting and is quite drinkable because it isn't overly sour and the wine barrel aging isn't overdone.

05-18-2013 15:55:46 | More by metter98
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

12.7 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer to me from Mikkeller, I've never had the base beer Mikkeller It's Alive! or any of it's other variants. Acquired on sale at the local Binny's; stoked to have this. Expectations are moderately high since I tend to enjoy Mikkeller beers.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Ah yes, pours a nice tall three to four fingers of creamy fluffy tan head on top of a nice burnt sienna orange colored body. Some nice fat fluffy lace.

S - Lots of complexity on the nose in this also. Yeast funk, must, caramel, creamy vanilla, earthy oak wood, cold leather, overripe apple, pear, strawberry, and faint alcohol fumes.

T - Taste follows the nose, although not as strong or as sour as I would have expected. More dry earthiness and wood than tart white wine / champagne. Mild tart, indistinct fruitiness, crisp yeast, caramel, oak wood, earth, and vague tart citrus which I imagine is the lychee.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some faint sugary tartness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, another nicely done beer from Mikkeller, although I can't say how it compares to the original or to the others. Nicely layered and wondrously complex, although I was expecting slightly different results from the white wine barrel aging. I would love to try this again, especially at the nice price point I got it at. Recommended.

Mikkeller It's Alive! (White Wine Barrel Aged With Lychee) ---4/5.

11-23-2013 00:43:01 | More by mfnmbvp
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-20-2012 00:27:23 | More by nollie77
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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%

Reviewed from notes. 375 ml bottle.

A: Pours a hazy dark orangish under a solid two-inch thick off-white head which yields splotches and spots of lace.

S: Earthy funk, oak, lots of different fruits.

T: Vinous and oaky, mild funk, fruits such peach/pear, earthy. Would not have guessed lychee, but there it is.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Finishes dry and earthy with white grape and mild fruity funk.

O: Lots of varied fruits combine nicely. Enjoyed, though somewhat expensive.

09-12-2012 22:09:34 | More by wethorseblanket
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3.15/5  rDev -16.7%

12.7oz into a Maine Beer Company wine glass.

A: Pours a dark murky orange with a nice tuft of beige foam.

S: Horseblanket and lacto tartness, hint of lychee behind.

T: Harsh, dry wine barrel tannins with horsey funk and some lactic tartness underneath. The slightest bit of fruit, which comes out a little more as it warms.

M: Foamy, a bit over-carbonated.

O: Not undrinkable, but not very good either. The oak is overbearing and the fruit is almost imperceptible, and the foamy mouthfeel certainly doesn't help.

08-13-2012 05:51:37 | More by Etan
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4.48/5  rDev +18.5%

Drinking this with my corn dog. Pours up an amber color with a nice big off white head. Subtle lacing. Nose is sweet and sour, kinda funky. Taste is the same as the nose. I feel like I'm tasting the lychee but I've never had one. I'm getting some fruit tho. Musty, white grape. Medium to full bodied. Sweet finish. I dig it. Very nice

05-25-2013 00:37:36 | More by stumac
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-22-2013 03:31:12 | More by liamt07
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-06-2013 22:32:34 | More by aasher
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Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orangy/amber color to it. It has a nice bubbly off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of white wine, some Brett funk, lemon, apples, some earthiness, oak and some lychees.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some white wine notes, slight tart lemon, Brett funk, green apples, oak, some earthiness and slight lychees.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

06-22-2014 19:41:41 | More by SebD
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-29-2013 06:50:01 | More by scottiethebody
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It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged (Lychee Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
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