It's Alright!
Mikkeller ApS

It's Alright!It's Alright!
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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #467
Ranked #46,855
3.12 | pDev: 23.72%
Mikkeller ApS
It's Alright!It's Alright!
Notes: 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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Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 208
Photo of illidurit
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is lemons, sweet grain, and a lot of phenolic funk that tends toward plastic/bandaid but not too bad. Flavor is pretty much all brett funk. Lots of odd chemical notes including chlorine and phenols. Lacks depth and complexity. This is a wild ale without the ale part. No fruitiness, no tartness, no real flavors other than brett funk. Overcarbonated and astringent mouthfeel. While this isn't as offensive to me as it was some of the other reviewers, it totally misses the mark.

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Photo of GRG1313
1.72/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a nice orange amber with a pure white head.

Nose of honey, stone fruit with undertones of bretanomyces. A very pleasant nose for one who likes bret.

Thin mouthfeel with virtually no body. Offensive "bad sour" character. A bitter sour with nothing pleasant about it. Good thing-flavors are short, as is the finish.

This beer is really not drinkable.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.61/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Judging by the split in the reviews, my guess is some bottles/batches are bad. I hope I got a decent one. Poured hazy gold with a puffy white head. Okay lacing. Tangy, spicy-sweet aroma, with a lot of brett. Acidic mouthfeel with a dry finish. Taste was sour-fruity with a hint of brett. Kind of skunky with a grainy-wheat flavor. Medicinal at times. Wasn't a drain-pour, but it also won't be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Overlord
1.16/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. Two inches of white foam that quickly vanish.

Smells ... weird. Some faint funk. A weird medicinal overtone. This smells bad. Like a rancid wild, a beer that's actually spoiled, not a well orchestrated souring.

Taste is ... bad. Not alright, at all. Wow. This is a drainpour from the word go. Awful, soapy lemon, thin, watery and medicinal vinegar ... awful bad yeasty funk. Thin, watery once bubbling dies down.

Just really bad.

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Photo of Callenak
1.22/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer is far from alright. Look I know this site is about advocating beer not bashing it but I'm here to save you money. I don't want anyone making the mistake I did.

Just so you know this is not my first wild beer. It's not that I'm not used to brett and bugs. Wild beers are amongst my favorite styles and I've had an impressive cross-section from all over the world including making a few myself. Not one of them smelled and tasted like toe jam like this wretched excuse for a beverage. Hell, I've ate Limburger on more than one occasion but I don't want it blended with Bud Light and served in a pint glass. I'm at a loss on how this thing has anything close to resembling a positive review. To each their own I guess but I strongly suggest spending your money elsewhere and pass on this drain pour.

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Photo of bret27
2.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

belgian goblet-appearance light yellow fizzy.

smell- very sour, not in a good way. Tried to put my finger on it and unfortunately found it to be the astrigency of urine. Not fresh but older found in an old porta-potty.

taste-not as sour and bad as smell just a slight sour brett taste. Not much else. mouthfeel watery + light.

This would be like if coors decided to make a Coors w/brett beer. Then it might be alright. For mikkeller, beer geek brunch is alright, this is not alright.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold, slight orange hue, thin fizzy white head that doesn't stick around too long, leaves behind a soap sudsy looking film over the surface.

Calling this a "Belgian Pale Ale" seems grossly misleading. The first wiff that hits my nose makes this seem much more like a Gueze.

Nose is very funky, horse blankets, new band aids

Taste leaves a bit to be desired, I was hoping for something more tart, a bit more complex, but, it's just kind of a flat "funk"

Good fine bubbled carbonation, foams up in your mouth a bit, despite it having a pretty thin body.

A decent beer for a wild ale, and that is how I rated it, not as a "belgian pale ale" not something I'd be rushing out to try again, but I'm glad to have tried it

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Photo of JRhode
2.46/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 11.2 oz bottle split w/ jessethehutt:

I hate it when I excitedly grab a new bottle off of the shelf only to get home and remember the shitty reviews I had already read about the beer. Oh well. I should have given JTH 3/4ths of the bottle.

Lackluster looking pale yellow with an obnoxious head in Duvel tulip.

Reeks of urine or urinal cake (maybe both). A little repulsive. Maybe a little citrus funk too.

Taste is lackluster. A little funk from Brett but not much body to carry it. Reminds me of a really weak attempt at a Berliner Weiss. Dry, pissy finish. Not a whole lot going on.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

After a few evaluative sips, I chugged the remainder of my 5 oz without spitting it out.

Disappointing to say the least.

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Photo of pvsob
2.45/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear light straw color with a half inch head that vanishes instantly. No lacing present.

S- Fermented apple, faint smell of plastic, yeast, and some hops. As the beer warms some of that wet barn aroma rears its head.

T- Green apple up front that adds some sweet/tartness, but this fades very quickly into a bitterness that is either from the hops or something else. Some of the pale malt is picked up half way through the sip. Beer finishes very abruptly with no aftertaste. The taste kind of reminds me of wet straw that has been steeped in a Czech Pils mixed with a Apple Lambic.

M- Thin and watery feel with very little carbonation.

D/O- A pretty forgettable beer in my opinion. Overall the characteristics of this brew were bland and boring. I'm glad that I tried this beer, if only for the experience, but "It's Alright" is not where near my top Mikkeller beer. This beer just wasn't for me. Cheers!

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Photo of Floydster
3.16/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from the Pizza Port Bottle Shop a few weeks ago for six dollars, poure dinto my Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass tonight, light yellow color with some golden orange, 1 1/2 inch foamy white head that goes away quickly, minimal lacing to go along with weak retention, aroma has a good amount of brettanomyces, floral accents, perfumey hops, light malts, mild citrus, and some honey, flavor starts off crisp but dry, toasted malts and hops are in the middle with a bitterness that does not seem to come from the yeast finish is also dry and can barely tell any brett is there flavor wise, some cardboard in the finish later on, by the end sourdough bread is quite prominent, light tasting but flavors seem to evolve, bitter, toasted, and surprisingly very dry mouthfeel, light to medium bodied, tons of carbonation, taste lingers well for its style, could drink more of this than just the small bottle, low in alcohol and none in the taste, dryness would get to me after awhile though, did not know what to expect from this one, bought because it said wild ale on it, might drink again, do not think it will cellar very well as it is very low in alcohol and the brett character seems a little light, worth trying

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a hop bite, yeasty, with some citrus, and spice notes. The taste is slightly sweet, yeast, hoppy, bitter, with some licorice and citrus, also some spicyness. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but would not buy again.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 04/20/2009. Bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of skunk, sour barnyard funk, brett, and lemon. Flavor is mildly funky/sour with a wheaty finish and a touch of bitter hops. Crisp and tasty. Quite a nice Belgian ale.

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Photo of malcontent
4.26/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yikes! This puts the "pale" in pale ale. Lighter than the average straw of most macro lagers and the head and feeding carbonation is distressingly soda-ish. At least the clarity is impressive.

I think this is actually a really fun nose. Yes, I just used the word "fun" when describing aroma. Farmhouse funk, strawberries and hay all hit my senses. Good stuff.

Wow! This manages to combine the funky, brett characteristics of a saison/wild ale with a huge, biscuity malt body. The malt actually lingers on well after that tartness has dissipated. The finish is Godly in its cleanliness.

Mouthfeel is appropriately sprightly and goes down easy. This is in that class with Hennepin as exceptionally drinkable saisons. Don't really understand the low ratings for this unless the "Belgian Pale Ale" tag this site has bizarrely applied to this beer is driving said scores. Label reads "wild ale" and it tastes like one.

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Photo of popery
3.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's certainly a funny beer. I don't think that the beer quite achieves its goal of being a session wild. I generally like Mikkeller's beers a lot, but he didn't knock this one out of the park. I'd prefer a Berliner Weissbier or any number of blended Belgian sours. That said, it's not a bad beer and I probably would expect less if the bottle's price wasn't upped by import costs and other expenses of getting a beer to my store from afar.

The beer pours a light yellow that is slightly hazy as some sours are wont to be. The nose is the best part. It's citric, like candied lemon peel, with a tinge of barnyard funk from the brett. The flavor is similar, but the malt flavor is a bit thin. Also, there's an acrid flavor, possibly from the bret, that is a bit unsettling. The beer just doesn't quite come together perfectly. The aftertaste lingers and almost tastes like a macro lager. The beer needs some work, but it's probably quite difficult to pull off a small wild without at least some blending or aging to round off the corners.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett yeast with some Belgian malt and some funky notes at the end. Taste is a mix between dirty leather and barnyard notes with some refreshing but dry finish. Additional hops presence would have improved this beer. Body was quite full with good carbonation. Well done though fall way short of Orval which is still reference for the style.

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Photo of scruffwhor
1.99/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I must agree with radshoesbro...
It's not alright.

Once I add the yeast,I see a hazey and pale sunlight hue. Very quick head with no foam or stickage. The aroma has some normal funky yeasty aromas, but that mixed with feet, cheese, and mold are not a good combo. The taste starts with pilsnery malt, then corn husk adjunct mixed with some nasty yeast flavors. Not the Brett that I'm familiar with. Then again no brett is the same. Nonetheless. This beer is very hard to finish. The palate is funky, musty, and gritty. The aftertaste makes me think ofan adjunct lager brewed with brett. Good carbonation though.

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Photo of radshoesbro
1.89/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

this is not alright, not even a little bit.

this actually looks like urine. it pours a pee straw/yellow/orange with a bit of a head that completely goes away. on top of that there is absolutely no carbonation and not even a hint of lace. i had to vigorously swirl my glass around just to get a few bubbles!

it smells like sweet apples with almost a funky mold smell. it's a very "off" smell.

tastes like watered down carbonated apple juice and leaves this absolutely disgusting dry yeasty aftertaste.

very light and absolutely not drinkable at all. this is a drain pour.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Picked up an 11.2 oz single from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Around $5.

A: Light gold, with a stark white head, excellent carbonation moving around inside the beer. Slightly hazy. Very little head retention. No lacing to speak of.

S: Barnyard funk, lemons, gauze/medicinal qualities, tons of bret smells going on, a faint hint of light pale malts, not a whole lot though, really really strong the bret though. Funkay!

T: Wow, cereal malts, cooked corn, tastes like a lot of cheap macros. This is not good. Almost no sourness, tastes a lot like straw. Huge cereal malt profile, no hops at all. This is not impressive, not worth the money, and in fact is not "alright"

M: Thin, crisp, quite carbonated. Extremely dry.

D: Meh...this was struggle, I've choked down worse stuff, but this was not good. Huge disappointment, I do not recommend this to others.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.59/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle from Monument Wine and Spirits in Concord, CA. Pours a hazy yellow brown with a nice 1.5 inch high head. Looks...fizzy. Aroma is lemony and with a definite note of have enough of these sours and you can just get a feel for it once you stick your nose in. Earthy lemons. Flavor is more lemons and a nice pale malt base, nothing too aggressive, just mild and flavorful. Green, grassy hops dance around on the finish and mix with just the slightest dry bitterness. Sour quality very reserved on this one, and to its benefit. I was skeptical of this beer, but its a winner and I'm now very impressed.

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Photo of brendan13
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with lots of carbonation bubbles racing to the top. A centimetre of white head which quickly falls to a thin whisp.
S - The smell is dominated by stong funky barnyard brett aroma along with some lemon sourness & a very faint grainy note.
T - Again quite dominated by the brett also with a lemon sourness and a faint grain touch. Bit of a herbal and floral hop note, but not much.
M - Light bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - Not horrible but certainly not something to rush back into. Just not my thing.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.01/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought online from

Poured a very pale washed out yellow colour with a slight haze. White head poured pretty loose and fizzy then faded very quickly to thin covering with thickish edging... light carbonation... no real lacing...

Aroma - Initial blast of brett followed by strong graininess, hint of sick, some urine, quite earthy, sea salt, lemon fruitiness, quite rubbery, quite a lot of vegetal notes, powdery / chalky traces, light floral honey sweetness... altogether pretty unpleasant...

Taste is just slightly better than the aromas... Very strong sweet and lightly toasted graininess, sour apple and lemon fruitiness, earthy, very nutty - hazlenuts and pistachios, almost no hint of the brett, quite woody, honey and caramel notes, chalky, dishwater traces...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Way too sickly to be very drinkable...

Overall - A very poor brew and by far the worst beer i've had from Mikkeller... not recommended...

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.11/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle split with oglmcdgl, thanks for the chance. The name is dead on and not misleading.

A- It's alright is a nice mixture of gold & yellow with some bubbles on top, not even a cap. Some sediment toward the bottom but not a problem.

S- The smell is great, even wonderful with funk & some barnyard. Some lemon zest and bready yeast. A light fruit basket rounded it out.

T- Not what the nose was hinting towards. Not even mildly tart, just a slight taste of some yeast and malt with some buggy tastes, barely. Some ripe fruit and an earthy sense.

M- A very light and crisp body. This "wild" ale is not intruding in any way. Finishes very dry with just a slight after taste.

D- Easy sippin with not much flavor to go with it. As a wild ale it misses the mark, and while classified as a Belgian Pale Ale, I still would take a Struiselensis any day, as that delivers on both styles.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
4.25/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this brew pours up a murky pale yellow color with a decent white head. Whoa! The smell! I literally smell diarrhea! It fades away as the beer warms up, but I also get brett, honey, tart citric acids, earth, hay, funk. The taste is nothing like the aroma! copper, cork, wood, brett, straw, a pencil eraser, very subtle tartness and more so mild, very dry, medium bodied, medium carbo. A VERY interesting beer!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a fizzy, white head.

Smell: Light malts and floral notes make way for a sweaty Bretty scent and particularly distinct aroma of cheese.

Taste: Light, delicate maltiness gives way to a veritable buffet of cheese flavors -- nutty Edam, creamy Brie, and even helping of Bleu Cheese. Subtle floral hoppiness and bitterness. Meager pinch of pepper. The crisp finish is bone dry with a lingering mix of funky sourness and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Aptly named! A lighter version of It's Alive, which was essentially a homage to Orval, so, if you're up for an Orval-Lite, give this one a try.

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Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For those that don't know, this is a tribute to Petite Orval .

Pros: Long lasting foam, sharp color. Nice balance between the various elements. Impressively brewed for a hard to make style.

Cons: Doesn't seem to have a very pure core. Finish is really short.

Overall, this fine ale provides many delights.

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It's Alright! from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 208 ratings