Mikkeller It’s Alive! (Chardonnay-Barrel Aged With Mangoes) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Look: Pours with average size off-white bulky head. Fast retention, mostly diminishing within minutes. Leaves moderate lacing. Rich amber colour, mostly clear, slightly hazy. Carbonation visible.
Smell: Fruity, tropical fruits to be exact (pineapple mostly, some melon and mango). Then comes the sour part and big leathery brett funk. Also some white wine in there, maybe a bit of sulphur notes. Spicy. The smell is rich and fresh enough, a good mix for a wild ale.
Taste: Sour and cane like sweetness, fruitiness. Then comes the moderate sweet caramelish middle malt part and then the brett leather funk takes over. Some hints of white wine just before it goes down the throat. Maybe some tart too. Aftertaste filled with light bitterness - pleasant. Missing some of the fruitiness from the smell.
Mouthfeel: Medium dry body. Surprisingly crisp carbonation, adds that fresh character. Drinkable.
Overall: Solid wild ale, some notes from white wine and a little less from mango, interesting mix, worth a try. Brett and sour aren't overwhelming, but do fill most of the aroma.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 08:48:03 | More by tmzl
4.25/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Did someone just "Shanghi" Raul and take him to Hawaii? This done thing is crazy and Raul is loving every hot dog second of it. Mangos on mangos and just goodness on goodness. Like a good girl, Raul wants to take it to dinner and a movie; and like a bad girl, Raul wants to spank it.
Raul likes it good.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2013 22:58:37 | More by RaulMondesi
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz serving at the Underground, an early peek at their monstrous Mikkeller tap takeover later this week.
This beer appears a mostly clear, medium copper amber hue, with one finger of loosely foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves a nice array of broken Swiss cheese lace around the glass as things slink away.
It smells of fairly prominent barnyard funk, well ahead of a grainy pale malt, weak fleshy tropical fruit (mango, but not mango, ya know?), a touch of overripe pineapple, a bit of wet cardboard, bittersweet citrusy, floral hops, and an earthy mineral, um, wetness. The taste is moderately funky, in a restrained horseblanket unpleasantness sort of way, with a rising sweet fruitiness, one still not quite mango-apparent, but rather generic in its suppressed tropical nature, all alongside a workaday pale malt, understated white wine fruit esters, and hints of besotted wood grain.
The carbonation is pretty sedate, nothing all that actively bubbly here, the body a decent enough medium weight, and smooth in the most introductory of ways. It finishes off-dry, sure, the musty fruit not disappearing as readily as the funk seems to.
A so-so version of the Alive series, fruity enough, I suppose, even if the mango doesn't really represent itself all that well. Everything else does, of course, so you can at least count on that particular side of the wild ale paradigm.
Serving type: on-tap
07-09-2013 02:33:54 | More by biboergosum
Mikkeller It’s Alive! (Chardonnay-Barrel Aged With Mangoes) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.