It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged | Mikkeller ApS

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Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wordemupg on 04-23-2011

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Photo of Tackledorange
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it poured a hazy golden colour with about a 2 and a half finger head that left pretty decent lacing. it has a very floral or fruity smell to it with a small presence of alcohol. the taste has lots of floral and fruity accents with a little bit of some biscuity malts with a fairly dry finish almost like a white wine. it was fairly carbonated and pretty light mouthfeel and surprisingly refreshing considering its 9% abv.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge.

A- orange to light amber with lots of lacing and retention.

S- citrus notes with nice dark fruit tartness and some funk going on.

T- almost starts like a weiss beer, but then the dark fruit tartness comes in, and a noticeable but not overpowering hop bitterness finishes of the beer.

M- thinner, with some dryness like a lot of wild beers

O- Liked this a lot. Didn't know what to expect but liked the result. Has a nice mix of the citrus fruits, dark tart fruits, and hop finish.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex (Masterski) for breaking this out for our little bottle pre-tasting. Poured into mini-snifter.

A - Pours light rusty copper, off-white head, nice lacing, thin cap, and thick collar round the glass.

S - Oak notes, grapes, slight funk, decent sour/tartness in there too.

T - Oak, funky, barnyard, brett. The sour/tart notes I detected on the nose aren't there on the palate. Very "Orval-esque". Medicinal finish that is a bit off-putting.

M - Light body, lively spritzy carbonation, dry finish.

O - I enjoyed this one (besides the finish). It was very easy to drink with nice oak notes. I preferred the nose a bit more over the palate, but still, not bad to all overall.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle purchased a Andrew Hilton Wine in Lethbridge, AB. Served in a hotel tumbler. Best before November 8th, 2018 - got to this one in time thankfully.

A - Pours with a quick-dissolving buy voluminous off-white foam that settles to a chunky ring and partial thin cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Hazed copper-brown body with some tiny bubbles moving quickly about.

S - Huge brett nose - a mix of green apples, farm, lemons, and tropical fruits. Upon closer inspection a slightly buttery oak and white wine aroma joins in. Maybe a hint of candi sugar and pale malt in the background.

T - Taste is much sweeter, with more pilsner malt and candi sugar coming through. There's some nice pineapple brett notes, but significantly less funk and sourness. Wine and barrel character imparts a light initial sharpness as well as some dry oak mid-palate. I should probably get another bottle and see how this develops. Not bad, but a bit dull compared to the aroma.

M - Zesty carbonation, dry tannic finish. Medium-full body, but no hint of the 9% alcohol.

D - Didn't got down quite as easily as George, but was still quite enjoyable. Not sure it's worth the price premium over something like Orval, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, more Danish-only beyond the big titular banner name.

This beer pours a cloudy brownish orange hue, with a tonne (we're all a l'il Euro with this one here folks...) of dense foamy, rocky off-white head, which leaves a full circumference of chunky lace around the glass as it surreptitiously recedes. It smells of tart lemon and cherry juice, pale malt, and funky barnyard yeast. The taste is semi-sweet malt, neutered sour fruit (at least in comparison to the nose), and musty, funky yeast. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and smooth enough to withstand appeal. It finishes with a blend of sweet nondescript malt, and tart aforementioned yeast.

An interesting offering, one which emulates the Cantillons of the world well enough, at least at first. The comparison drops off quickly, though, leaving us with a more temperate wild ale. I guess this is what makes this an American version of the wild yeast lottery. Overall, still genuinely drinkable, as the well-elevated booze is pretty much invisible to this drinker.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into pint glass april22 2011

A hazy golden orange with a massive tan head that sits there to the bottom of the glass never falling below a two finger head with a peak, glass is just caked right down the glass in an unorganized manner

S funky and earthy with some vanilla and barnyard, oak and more Brett with a little fruity vinous notes

T as it smells but a little toned down with some green apple perhaps

M less bubbles then expected after seeing the foam but still far from flat, just a little heat and a lingering aftertaste

O interesting brew to say the least, lots of funk and pretty easy to drink, not something I'd drink a few of but one bottle is perfect

a little sour but no pucker involved, I can't think of anything off the top of my head to compare this too, I want to say Orval but I think that's only because of the funk. This ones worth looking for its unusual and you gotta love that

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