It's Alright! | Mikkeller ApS

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It's Alright!It's Alright!

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and caramunich), light rock sugar, hops (hallertauer og styrian goldings), ale yeast and brettanomyces.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.06/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is one of those beers I am glad I didn't read the reviews before hand...I might not have bought it.

I get what people are saying in previous reviews...the nose doesn't match the taste (most don't), thin bodied, mild notes. However, this beer doesn't suffer because of those qualities, that is just how it is. It's a mild Belgian Pale with some Brett, what do you expect?

Pours a nice golden color with a minimal white head.
Aroma is simply amazing; bubblegum, some funk, basically, sweet and funky.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is minimal, notes of lemonzest, some grassy hops, and a bit of funk.

Overall; a simple and nice beer with one of the most intriguing aromas I have ever experienced.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA

Poured a cloudy, golden yellow with a small fizzy head. Crisp aroma with sweet fruit scents, and what I could only describe as "oceany." Light and tart taste, with light fruits--lemon, grapes--and a bit of grassiness. Very light mouthfeel, and finishes off pretty dry. Not too big on flavor, but easily drinkable nonetheless.

I guess what I'm trying to say's alri...nevermind.

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Photo of elginirishpunk
4.08/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my first Wild Ales.

Poured into tulip.
Hazzy pour while the yeast and everything settled.
Aroma seemed not with no over powering unlikeable smells or fragrences.
Good mouth feel, similar to unfilted Saisons.
Taste very good suttle hints of several different ingredients.
Overall very good beer and VERY DRINKABLE!!!

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the Washington Commons.

a light coppery, fairly clear pour reveals very little head. the smell is of some bretty funk and a little grain. nothing too much popping off but it is a bit revealed. Like a see-through chemise. Taste is pleasant, looking for something a little more sour, but this'll do on this night. Slight brett sour and funk, fairly light on flavor otherwise, the yeast dominates without being overpowering. A pretty good beer. Had this once before out of the bottle and this was pretty similar.
All in all, not bad, not sure how often I'd get this at $8/12oz but it is what it is. Keep working at it, Mikkeller.

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Photo of harrymel
1.84/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks to Russ for this as an extra! Cheers Enoteca!
Best by: 10/22/2012

A: Pours a light brass ale with superb clarity. Poor 1/2 finger washy white head production which is transient, but the carbonation from the bottom makes a centralized cap which it absolute.

S: Farm funk, grainy sourness, very gueuze-like in the nose. But a cheap gueuze, nothing too refined. Hints of cola, hay, lemon zest, orange juice, fairly complex and appreciable.

T: Wow, this is shit! I struggle to find any of the pleasantries provided by the nose. Tastes like the smell of a wet diaper. Poorly matured beer. Wow, I'm gonna have a hard time with this. Almost like soda water, with flavors of infection (in a bad way). Okay, some light bitterness appreciated at the end.

M: Light, spritely carbonation. Leaves the mouth wishing I had something to eat that was less offensive - see: shit.

D: I just poured this beer down the drain. Mikkeller should be embarrassed to release this beer. Might as well bottle alka-seltzer.

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Photo of impending
2.61/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy dingy straw color, minor head subsided quickly, little lacing.

Aroma is dominated by hops on top of light skinned fruits and yeast both white bread doughy and wild.

Taste is again dominated by hops followed by subtle grapefruit, watery and mediocre. Brett is obvious but unfortunately kept too restrained. Mildly dry. The aftertaste reminds me of chalk and peanut shell. Thin prickly mouthfeel.

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Photo of corby112
2.79/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes:

Pours a clear golden yellow color that is slightly hazy with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

Slightly earthy smelling with some funky tartness as well as maybe some champagne yeast like notes in the aroma as well as some pale malt, subtle hops and light fruit.

Flavor is similar to aroma with some slight funky tart notes mixed with hints of estery golden frut, earthy hops, dry Brett, bready yeast and faint hops. Dry finish.

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Photo of benclimbs
1.42/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bought at New Star-ell liquor on divis and fell in SF

NOTE: This must have been a turned bottle, the yeast obviously went crazy in this and did something awful, i very much doubt Mikkeller would release a beer in this state...this brew proves the unpredictability and art of brewing with Brett.

A: golden with a nice off white head on top.

S: absolutely terrible, it smelled like limberger cheese mixed with week old running shoes - rotten feet and old, musty earth is the only thing my buddy (also a Mikkeller fan) and i got out of far the worst nose I have EVER smelled on any beer.

T: if you could undo the smell, this may have been barely tolerable but still had overwhelming musty, overly-earthy, off-bitter and cheese-like/rotten milk notes mixed in with an ordinary light belgian wild ale sourness.

M: couldn't really notice the mouthfeel as i was too grossed out.

D: Quite simply undrinkable - we poured it back and the guy at New-Star let us exchange it for a lovely saison.

I could not believe the most undrinkable beer i've ever tasted came from one of the best breweries on earth - everybody makes mistakes!

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Photo of otto251068
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: A fingers worth of off white head appears after the pour. Very dense head, almost white colored, but not quite. The head flat out disappears after a while, no lacing. This beer has a light orange color, like a lager only darker. Fairly cloudy, I tried not to disturb the yeast, looks like I didn't do a great job.

Smell: This beer has a citrusy smell to it, almost sour. I get some orange, but the sourness has almost an earthy smell. Plenty of wheat in this one as well.

Taste: A little orange citrusy flavor right away. The sourness comes next, and then wheat. With the citrus comes a slight sweetness. Again, sourness is the dominating flavor here. With the citrus from the orange there is also a little lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium to high carbonation. Something I would expect from a beer with this style. Finishes extremely clean.

Overall: This is a beer that is extremely easy to drink. Not a lot of extreme flavors, and the mouthfeel easy as well. Nothing crazy here, fairly solid. Overall, not crazy about this beer, but based on the style, I think the grade fits.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A small head appears when poured into a brandy snifter and quickly dissipates, leaving the hazy, golden yellow brew pretty foam-free on top. Very little active carbonation.

The sour, musty lambic aroma leaves no question the yeast is of wild origins. The smell of sourdough bread with notes of citrus and ripe cheese permeate the air.

If accustomed to sour beers, this may suit you fine. Cloudy with sediment and yeast, the flavor is all over the palate with strong grapefruit, lime and moldy cheese fighting for prominence. Hops in the background add some intrigue. The lingering aftertaste is remnant of aged Parmesan rind.

Good with fruit and cheese, a nice session beer if you can find some friends who like this kind of stuff.

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Photo of philosobeer
4.04/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear into a goblet with enough yeast at the bottom to make me back off a little. Golden, develops bubbles but no head.

The yeast is this beers salient character from nose to tongue. The smell hits me thick with lactobacillicus -- that is to say I smell the sour, bacterial tartness, and it is not unlike lemon in this one. A little bit of funkiness and barnyard smell, but that comes out -- and almost soil like in the flavor. I really do enjoy the tart and light flavor of this one, and it goes down real easy. If not for the price, I'd be pouring another.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy pure golden yellow color with a nice soapy white head that is about 2 inches tall. There are some thin bubbles intermingled with some bigger ones and retention is pretty good.

S - Aroma starts off with some tart lemon peel and some slightly tropical fruit aromas. Some oranges and also slight pineapple. There is some apple sweetness intermingled with the tartness and there is also some nice funk to this beer.

T & M - Flavor starts of with a more muted tart flavor in contrast to the aroma. There is some nice grain and malt backbone that is interlaced well with the Brett funk. There is a slightly salty and mineral water like quality to the flavor as well. The beer is very light and crisp with a nice fluffy and clean feel. There is a slight bitterness to it but its not too overwhelming. I dont think its amazing but I dont understand the lower ratings on the site. I think its still a pretty ok beer.

D - Very drinkable in terms of ABV. Nothing amazing but still good.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I do most my tastings, like this one, from a 3oz snifter i refill over the course of time. i get a more diverse range of flavors, as more yeast is incorperated as the bottle empties.

This bottle has alot of yeast in the bottom, but my first 3oz pour is perfectly non hazy. It's such a light color you could think its a mass produced filtered light lager with better head retention. just a very light clear straw color.
Oh my this stuff is rank with funk, dirty dusty musty moldy wet hay, smells like manure that has aired out a few days. i have been smelling this for ten mins without taking a sip, and i cant decide if it's from enjoyment, perplexion, or fear.
Alright here goes.
Well the taste is more subdued then the aroma at least, a very light funk, light lemon and straw, just lacking overall in fullness of body. very light drinking and thin.

After getting to the bottom of the glass, with more concentration yeast in the glass also, it becomes obvious that the yeast is largely the source of flavor. Make sure to add in all the yeast, and your get a bit more tart and flavorfull glass.

At $5 a bottle, pick up an Orval for the same instead, which is what this was tributed to.


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Photo of mikesgroove
2.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

part of the epicness that was the halloween weekend of beer. the last few nights have kicked my ass in every way, but i got to try a bunch of goodies that have long haunted me. served chilled and poured into a 8 ounce taster, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010.

this one poured into the glass a very fizzy and very active yellow color. a big head of white caps the top of the glass and reaches a height of around two inches before settling down with some decent lacing around the edges of the glass.

the look was about the only redeeming quality however as the first hints of aroma leave me struggling to understand what this is. light lemon, loads of musky grain and bready notes, a mess. wet grass and hay start coming through now and the over impression i get is just off. decent feel albeit way too light for any style. the flavor is just not there. its an odd mix of off color grains, odd touches of light citrus and wet hay like tartness that really just goes nowhere.

overall i am not sure what the attempt here was at, but pretty sure it did not work as planned.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.74/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color with some orange highlights. White head that collars around the glass as it settles. The brett has totally taken over this beer and the aroma really shows it with a very strong floral type smell. Some lemon and funk as well. Light mouthfeel with some carbonation. The taste is pretty funky with notes of florals. No real hops at all to speak of. Slight lemon type tartness in the beginning with a lingering funkiness. An interesting beer but not really a favorite of mine. The funk is not that good.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle actually lists this as a "Belgian Wild Ale" due to the addition of Brettanomyces but I found the Belgian Pale title a little more fitting.

A-Pours a nice,hazy golden yellow with one finger of loose white head and scant lacing.Some active carbonation was also visible.

S-Ripe green apple,lemon and some wet hay mustiness.

T-More green apple with some grassy/citric hops,pale malt and brett.Some lingering sourdough notes on the finish.

M-Light,crisp and pedestrian.Nothing too remarkable.A decent brew but not a repeat buy.

D-Nothing that makes this beer horrible but nothing that makes it stand out either.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
2.62/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy straw with a weak head, pour composition with very large bubbles

S: Sour apple, sorbet, funk'n'vinegar.

T: Bitter burnt plastic, grape and more bitterness. Reminds me of an old couch for some reason. My first drain pour.

M: Very thin and light, I was expecting something more substantial.

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.67/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a slightly foggy yellow with lively carbonation that jumped from the bottom of the glass and a thin bubbly head that dissipated rapidly with virtually no head.

S - Sweet apples and brett funk.

T - Sour and funky. Kind of sweet tart. Almost sweet tart gone bad. Tastes a bit like spoiled fruit. A bit too funky for me.

M - Almost champagne like carbonation. Pretty thin.

D - Not my thing. Glad I tried it...kind of. Low ABV is nice,

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Photo of clegolfski
3.72/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A = Super hissing effervescent head that dissipates a quickly as it was formed. Almost no cling and just a thin ring around the beer. Opaque dark golden color

S = Man im a sucker for brett. However, thats about all you smell with this guy. But man that barnyard deliciousness. I could really get into that.

T = So... I love brett but thats about all this guy has. There really isnt much more to it then the sour so I dont know. I think that it would be an awesome beer to introduce someone to brett because it isnt totally overwhelming but is still very different. But... for sour fiend it probably is going to be way dissapointing.

M = Tingly brettosicty with a whole lot of dry. kinda dissapointing

D = This is like a really really really good bud light. Could pound these all day if not for the price tag.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy gold/straw color with a small head. The smell is alright. You have some fruit upfront and a nice wild funk from the brett. The part that knocks it down for me is something that reminds me of colgate toothpaste in the background.
For a sour, wild beer this isn't very tart (though I think that might be what Mikkeller was going for based on the ABV). It has a nice barn backdrop with a touch of bitter at the end. The mouth is very light. I'm not sure I agree with placing this in the BPA catagory, it does fit to a certain extent, but it contains quite a bit more funk than other beers in this style. Funk is good, but even for a funky beer this doesn't rate very high on my drinkability scale. Sorry Mikkeller, this one was a miss for me.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will preface this review by saying two things before I even open the bottle: First, I am an admitted Mikkeller fan and this is likely to be skewed in that direction. Second, Happy Father's Day.

I picked my Fin Du Monde tulip as a receptacle. 22/10/12 is printed on the cap. I poured the beer leaving the majority of the yeast behind, at least for the first of the tasting. The color is a pale golden yellow and shightly cloudy from the bit of yeast I got in the pour, but in the bottle the beer looked quite clear. The head is small and bone white with little lacing.

Nose is a spicy and bretty and tangy thing with a whole lot of yeast smells up front. Tang seems to predominate with grape smells. It is clear that light malts were used (pale and caramunich from the Mikkeller site) and there is little grain smell.

Taste - I would like to note that I am enjoying a very stinky cheese (Rogue River Bleu) and a remarkable dry sausage. As such I am interested to see how this 'session' beer stands up. Taste is much like the It's Alive but is lesser quantity, making for a refreshing beer. It is light, crisp and tangy. The cheeses is a bit overwhelming for the beer, at least before I add the yeast from the bottle. After doing so I not a bit more fruit in the taste an a bit more funk in the nose. I like the orange peel and the peppery bite. Thankfully little aftertaste lingers.

This is a light bodied beer but not watery. There is not a bunch of carbonation but what is there does its job well.

I hate the bullshit.

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Photo of pastradul
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On a bit of a Wild/sour kick lately, so I decided to pick this one up at K&B wine cellars.

Poured into allagash tulip. pours an of orange color, similar to apple juice. with a loose white head that dissipates very quick leaving no lacing.

The smell is faint out is of sweet/funky apples and pears.

The taste is more of the same, light fruit with a slight bit of funk and mild tartness in the back of the mouth.

I am not impressed but I am not let down.

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Photo of CopperTopBrews
3.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First off with this beer you have to realize what you are drinking. Wild yeast. It's going to be funky, musty, and just a little weird.

Pours: Cloudy pale yellow with a small head that rims the top.

Smell: I picked up ester, fruity, a little sour, some spice, there is a mustiness to it and a slight straw like aroma. Maybe he got the wild yeast from a barn full of straw?

Taste: Has kind of a moldy funk but in a good way. For those of you who like Charcuterie you'll probably understand. Spicy, estery with very little bitter at the end. The mouthfeel is pretty dry.

Really the best way i've herd this one described was. "It's pretty much like drinking Soprasata".

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Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as bad as its rated, its a good drinking Belgian Pale, soft carbonation, a little creamy, bretty,modestly sour, and yes refreshing, lemon water, some hops. Light yellow with initial abundant foam. Funky barnyard aroma. Appreciated the lower a.b.v.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to mughugger for sharing this via froggyfrog - poured chilled into a cervoise

A - A golden colored brew with good clarity and thick white cap w/ visible carbonation

S - The smell is slightly off putting and intriguing at the same time - like funky cheese w/ slight fruit edge kind of horsey and floral juxtoposition

M - A mildly funky and slightly acidic taste w/ mild bitterness and high carbonation with slight sweet edge

T - The taste is both pear and funk w/ a hint of vegetal hop and cheesy creamy yeast flavors w/ a mild malt foundation, the tartness and funk of the yeast seems to dominate the fruity aspects and hop flavors

D - A beer I was glad to try and had repeat tastes of but not one worth seeking out IMO, it is kind of a once and done beer for me.

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It's Alright! from Mikkeller ApS
3.03 out of 5 based on 207 ratings.
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