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

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3.96/5
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116 Ratings
It's Alive - White Wine Barrel AgedIt's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wordemupg on 04-23-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,019
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
116
pDev:
10.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper-orange with a finger frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet pale and caramel malts, vanilla, oak, white wine, funky and tart Brett, lemon zest, citrus hops.

T - Sweet pale and caramel malts, oak, vanilla, white wine, tart and funky Brett, lemon zest, citrus hops, some mild bitterness, hint of booze and acidity.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart, and funky finish.

D - Great mix of flavors with good tart and funkiness. The barrel adds some nice character.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

my bottle says 8% abv, not 9. i was a bit underwhelmed by this, after eager anticipation and really enjoying the USAlive, this one didnt seem to do it as well. pours hazy copper color with plenty of yeast floaters and a small off white head that fades fast. the nose is a little funky, but more acidic than anything. the wine barrel as apparently tamed rather than intensified some of the better features of the USAlive, particularly its crazy interesting yeasty characteristic, as well as the carbonation, which was really lacking in this one. flavor is dry and malty, with some gentle acidity from the wine barrel, but not as much of that barnyard classic wild ale hustle that i am used to. a little fruity in the finish, this is a beer that seemed to not quite unite elementally, one that was disected rather than brought together by the wine barrel, which really didnt do much for this. ive got the lychee version in the fridge too, so we'll have to see how that one goes, but for 15 bucks you can afford to skip this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of fdig23
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small foil-wrapped bottle.

Appearance: Mildly murky amber with a nice contrasting white head

Nose: Brett jumps right out of the glass here with a pungent barnyard and moldy cheese aroma. Lemon, bread, and a hint of rubbery petrol from the wine-barrel are also present.

Taste: The funky hay bale and gasoline combination is up front with savory notes like almond paste, bleu cheese and maybe even a bit of truffle present. It finishes with gasoline and oak.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery. Nothing special

Overall: Really interesting and different beer. The brett and wine-barrel combination here produced some flavors that I hadn't picked up in other examples of the style.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip. 8% alc by vol. Price: $14.99 in NJ.

Appearance
Really cloudy mahogany with 3-4 fingers of really creamy off-white head. Excellent head retention and thick clouds of lacing.

Nose
Pear, oak, potpourri, apple and barnyard.

Taste
Very, very oaky which is nice. Some nutty flavors come along for the ride. Nectarine, pear, tart green apple, peach and lemon juice. Big Belgian funk with horse blanket, potpourri and dried hay. Touches of white wine, coriander and pink peppercorn on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, clean, tart and dry.

Overall
Subtly tart with big barnyard and oak flavors. Very complex, dry and refreshing. No detection of the 8% abv. This is downright delicious!

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml. It's Alive, original info, is an ALL TIME FAVORITE.,.... 4.75 out of 5. I think. It fuuu cking rucks. This one? Unproven... but I am hopeful.

Into stella glass. Best I could muster up.. a bit out of my element.

A- Darker than I remember the original, big snowy head on this. prangey copper yellow.

S- smells like happiness. Brett, flowers, glowing good times. I want to freeze this beer int he winter and skate on it. Then unfreeze it in the springtime and drink it.

T- UM, THIS BEER IS EXACTLY WHAT I HOPED / WANTED.

all the goodness of it's alive! meets white wine barrel. Strong brett, lotsa golden ale goodness. Floral sweetness, honeysuckle. White wine tannins and tartness in the finish. OHMYGOD AWESOME.

M- Crisp, sweet, dry, zippy, mild for the ABV, full-bodied.

O- RARELY DO I SAY IT BUT WOW. this beer had high expectations. They were exceeded. I love It's Alive, and this is a nice twist on it.

gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme more now now now now gimme it pour it down my face hole omg gimme more.

This beer r0xxx.

PS- this is one of the worst reviews I;ve ever written, but I like this beer, so get bent.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having the pleasure to drink "It's Alive!" for the first time a few years ago, with the cryogenic hibernation of the wild ale in white wine barrel aging, it's now apparent that It's Alive! is still alive!

The darker-than-expected amber beer is certainly a few shades darker than the wild or sour ales that which I have become accustomed, but the same head character- with all it's rocky froth cap and lacy broken rings- all remain firm and withstanding. Still, the beer underneath sure does look like Irish red ale.

Strong earthen scents of leather, dried and dusty oak, dried limes, musty sea air, pepper and horse hair rise immediately, but a quick balance of bread crust, caramel, and biscuit reside closely behind the more pungent and rustic scent.

However in flavor, the balance reverses. First the mouth is met with a caramel malt coat with bread, grain, and toffee. And then the earthy complexities begin piling on. First of limes and salty brine, but then of leather and wood, before finishing peppery and almost peaty. Vinous notes provide a glimpse into the white grape, cider, sharp acidity, light pear fruits, and mineral taste to finish.

Medium-light overall, but the beer does carry an inherent heafty weight in comparison to many of the wild or sour ales out there- this one simply delivers an inordinate amount of residual sweetness that's intentional. But the beer is sure to release its malty textures, yet retain its champagne-like carbonation for a zesty and racy finish. Mild astringency, alcohol warmth, and vinous acidity all accompany the straw-like hop bitterness to finish the session.

With its high phenolic and estery balance, pungently earthen complexities, and curious malt sweetness; it's only logical to expect the oak and wine influences to both pull the beer together and complicate the palate with each and every sip.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle.

Pours hazy copper with a inch-plus head of white. A partial skim coat and smeary lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with vinegar-drizzeled fruits, grass, wet hay, and grapefruit. Tannic
and vineous with grapeskins and peach pits following through.

Light bodied with crisp yet creamy mouthfeel.

Tart stone fruit, grass-rubbed apples, grapefruit must, and oaky-vineous
notes starts the palate. Wet paper, figgy malt, and fruit skins follow through.

Finishes with pineapple skins, sweetish malt, and grass-rubbed peach pits.

This beer is a bit malty and sweet with subdued funk. The vineous, pineapple and cider notes offer promise but overall the sweet malt gets in the way.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml into a dfh snifter

A: pours a hazy browned golden amber with a puffy finger of tanned head after a cautious pour, some nice spots of lacing. Appearance reminds me of a Flanders style.

S: loads of Brett funk and oak, and a deffinate white wine character, the Brett funk adds a sour lemony aroma, along with cherry skin notes and sour apple/pear, this is a nice smelling brew for sure, smells well balanced and sour.

T: yum, this is very nice, a touch of earthy Brett funk and oak,
I get a nice light tart cherry skin along with a touch of lemony sourness, I feel like the white wine notes come through on the finishalonh
With some tart green apple notes, really rounding this one off nicley. Everything is incredibly well balanced here from the funk to the sour level, to the oak and vinous wine notes, very nice.

M:medium body with creamy carbonation and a crisp dry finish, nice.

O: this is a very nice wild ale, I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to any fan of sours, great balance, great flavor and aroma, awesome!

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation LB.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a wispy thin white head which fades to the rim and small cap leaving trace lace.

N: Vinous, funky barnyard, grassy sweetness, wood, citrus, floral and fruit.

T: White grapes, some barrel wood notes, brett funk, mild citrus and barnyard must.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Dry brett on finish.

O: Nice, especially the funk and wine character.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour a cloudy orange with an off-white head. Subtle tartness of lemon on the nose. Some white wine, a bit of Bretty funk, oak, and light spice notes. Light straw, some grass, and a definite barnyard as it warms. Light rubber band in there, too. The flavor is not bad. White wine, grass, Brett/barnyard funk, and spices. Some lactic tartness, a definite rubber band note, and a fairly heavy dose of tannins on the finish, making it very dry.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the label on this one. By the way, the picture on this site is not the right picture for this beer. Pours a hazy, copper colorwith medium, off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is VERY funky! I love the aroma on this one. Lovely oak with white chardonnay aromas (reminds me of Bruery's Oui Oui). White grapes with sweet pears and strawberries. Funky barnyard with sweet, fruity esters. Love the aroma on this beer. Taste is not nearly as sour as it smells. This beer smells like it is going to be SOUR, but it's just mildly sour. Sour in the way of JP's saisons. Mainly just funky. The funk is awesome on this beer. In fact, it reminds me of a JP beer. Musty, barnyard flavors with slightly tart stone fruits and white grapes. Some green grapes with a ton of oak. The oak flavor is superb. Such a well-crafted beer. So much going on, very complex. Drinkability is very high, can't believe the ABV on this one. Mouthfeel is creamy and dry. Overall, this is such a great beer. Might be the best beer I've ever had from Mikkeller. It reminds me of an orgy of Sanctification, Jolly Pumpkin funk, Oui Oui, and Orval. I think that basically sums it up right there. Can't wait to see what age does to the other bottle I bought.

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It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 116 ratings
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