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

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very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-15-2012)
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1/5  rDev -73.6%

TectonicFun, Sep 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

vissai, Oct 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

jmarsh123, Dec 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

zombieC21, Jan 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

oso, Jul 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Paonz, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of sirtomtom
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured fresh from the fridge from a 12.7 fluid ounce bottle in a wine glass. Paid about $15 for the bottle(I was splurging, called the day Mikkeler day, bought their double cherry I reviewed earlier at the same time.)

A: Poured a golden yellow with about a finger of puffy white head. Dissipated slowly

S: Mild vinegar, a touch of malt, and a light floral character. Lychees are very floral scented, a little more should have showed.

T: Very light funk(can't really tell what), a bit of vinegar, malt, and lychee floral. Again a bit more lychee would be nice, and maybe a touch a sweetness, since lychee is just a bit sweet.

M: Light body, a good bit of carbonation

O: A very nice, easy sour from Mikkeler. Following their double cherry lambic, this was very pleasant, not insanely funky. All the flavors end up being very soft and mute, even warmed up. The lychee character only shows when it was rather cold, as it warmed up the sour and funk perk up and overpower the lychee. The lychee should have been the predominant flavor constantly. It certainly could be better and for the price it certainly should be.

sirtomtom, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Etan, Aug 13, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml green glass bottle with foiled over pressure cap served into a conical mini-pint glass in me friend Bo's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high, given the brewery - which is me favourite worldwide.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Paired with chocolate.

A: Pours a three finger head of beige colour, poor cream, off-putting thin quality, and good retention. Body colour is a transparent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lychees and white wine are indeed present. Clean malts, some of them biscuit. Yeast. Little tart character or bacteria. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Lychees and white wine go quite well together. Has a dessert wine quality that I like. Nicely sweet, with hints of fruity tartness. Clean malts. Some caramelization. It's a bit simple, but I do like it. It's not horribly sour, but it's pleasant and enjoyable. Decently balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat tingly. Neither too thick nor too thin. Nicely light. I wouldn't go so far as to call it refreshing.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but I wouldn't get it again - especially not at this price. I like it, but it's far from stellar. I might try it on-draught. Something of a letdown from Mikkeller.


kojevergas, Aug 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

acurtis, Aug 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Sammy, Jul 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Gotti311, Sep 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

codynevels, Mar 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

djrn2, Aug 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

t0rin0, Mar 30, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Be ready, pop tha cap and here it comes all over the counter.
The smell is a light sweet honey dew scent.
No real head that forms.
The taste is bretty but not overwhelming. After taste is what's biting.
The coloring is what the norm I have come in touch with in the this style.

mortarit, Sep 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

liamt07, Jul 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ygtbsm94, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

kaelingirl, Oct 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

NoraFedora, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

marct, Aug 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Butch5555, Nov 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

phishbfm, Jul 11, 2013
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It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged (Lychee Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.