Nelson Alive! | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by glid02 on 07-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by DavidST:
Photo of DavidST
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopefully I'm reviewing the right beer, my just says alive on the front, but is a wild ale and 8%. Anyways, poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. This pours a hazy semi thick tea color with a nice but short lived white head. The smell is good, some barn yard funk, a little bit of sourness, some really sweet smells. The feel is medium high carbonination. The taste is very complex, a little bit of sourness, some heavy barn yard funk, a little less sweetness than the smell, a little alcohol burn.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Mikkeller pub in Copenhagen. I was told this was the Nelson Sauvignon that was not aged in barrels.

Pours a hazy golden color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of sugar-coated tropical fruit aromas. As the beer warms the hops turn more toward grassy aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by bright tropical fruits. Midway through the sip the hops gain a good deal of earthiness, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was an interesting beer, although I'd have to imagine that the barrel-aged version would certainly benefit from the additional complexity. Either way this is worth a shot.

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Photo of DeSoto
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been saving this one for a about a month. Love Mikkeller's Barleywine and Draft beer. Should be a great beer to start off the night with.

Bottle Type: 1 PT./9.4 oz
Served into a 15oz snifter
No bottle date given

Appearance: Nice reddish brown hue. Great lacing around the glass. Two finger head with an off-white color. Head retention held for 45 seconds plus

Smell: Interesting nose. A lot of dates and pineapple. A small presence of phenolic plastic in the mix. Never had this in a beer before. Organic but man-made at the same time.

Taste: The taste is intense. The nose is multiplied on the taste buds. A lot of bitterness, sweetness, sourness all at the same time. A first for me. Taste lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: What can I say that I didn't in the taste profile. Not a bashful beer at all. Like eating the sweetness of a ruby red grapefruit and the rind at the same time. This lingers but in a non offensive way.

Overall: My first Wild Ale and it what an interesting drink. A for sure have but not a repeat drinker. One bomber should do you for the night.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of laituegonflable
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished metallic coppery colour; white head, fluffy and webbed out with nice, thick lace. Looks good.

Smell is lovely. Tart with a nice organic funk to it - wet hay but also underripe peach, raspberry and some nice fresh grass clippings. Clean, crisp, fresh. I'm a fan.

Taste is quite sweet upfront. Caramel flavour with vanilla bean that lets some nice organic flavour build around the edges. Barnyard funk, touch of banana and peach, hint of mango as well and some burnt sugar on the back. Could use more tartness, 'tis a lot sweeter than I'd thought. But still very pleasant, with a good balance to it.

Swills well with good body. Some more fizz to cut through would be welcome.

Drinkable as anything, this beer, but it leaves me wanting more tartness.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Local Taphouse as part of the Mikkeller Tap Takeover. This was beer #10 of 20. Halfway there...

Smooth and light bodied, slightly hazy orange colour, with an initially crackling and vivacious head that settles down to almost nothing. Minimal lacing, and very light body.

Nose is sharp and funky, without a lot of true acidity, but with a really direct crushed green vegetation and an big organic funk. Green appleskin comes through, giving it a crispness that balances with the round almost classic Belgian yeast character.

Funky and raw and organic on the palate, with aromatic blue cheese, sharpness and a long funky grain character to finish with, like rye sourdough. It doesn't have a great deal of acidity or tartness to bite the palate, but it has that really big Belgian brett character all over it. Lovely.

Very, very nice wild ale. Very much on the Belgian side of things, without a lot of true acidity. More of the round Belgian funk and the organics of something like Orval.

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Photo of rudzud
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this random 750mL at Julio's after a recent delivery. No clue about this. Different ABV than other Mikkeller wilds, different label, and different wording. Very odd...

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark belgian type orange with a big, fluffy 3 finger head that slumped down into a nice halo and cloud. Good side lacing as well.

S - Somewhat dissappointing. Run of the mill wild ale aromas here with light funk and sour as well as some belgian yeast notes.

T - Pretty nice flavors. Good tart sourness with some light fruit (strawberries?) along with a gentle funk and really good brett sour aspects. The ABV though is definately noticeable.

M - Really, really nice feel on this one. Higher carbonation makes this very light and crisp in the mouth. Only knock would be the ABV is noticeable on the back end.

O - Overall this is a pretty tasty wild ale from Mikkeller. A 750 is a bit much, but the price was good. Not sure if I'd buy again, tasty though.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Andy and poured into a tulip. Pours with a clear honey copper body with about an inch of bubby white head. It settles down to a foam and sparce lace.

A little bit of a sweet tropical fruit aroma. Kind of reminds me a those Halls cough drops. Very syrupy in the aroma with a bit of a band-aid aroma. Band-aids and some candied sugar with a little bit of papaya. This just seems off.

The feel is medium but a bit on the sticky side. Soft carbonation. Overall this one seems a bit off. Too many unatural flavors slumming around here. I wonder if this would improve with a bit of age.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The head is large and the bubbles are huge. The body is golden and the lacing is sticky.

The aroma has some nice apple and peach with an off note of rubber. This almost smells good but doesn't quite get there so I'll put three and a half.

The taste starts with sweet apple and pear then finishes with nice tart grapefruit rind. This strikes a decent balance.

The body is medium and the carbonation mildly prickly. This is about right.

I like this one, it's good enough and I'd drink it again. It is a bit pricey. It may just need a couple months in the bottle.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle caught my eye, but it was the style that made me buy it. Belgian Wild Ale just sounded delicious.

A - Lots of bubbles which produced a 3+ finger head. More of a light golden, khaki color. Body is amber with subtle haze. Head falls to a lumpy 1 finger then holds at 1/2 cm. I like it when I can take down a lump of bubbles at the end of my glass.

S - It is earthy with wheat and hops aromas. Then it mixes with some sweet and sour notes.

T - Tastes very farmhouse like with grassy tones and some lime flavor. Bitter/sour hoppy finish. A little booze is noticeable.

M - Strong carbonation which works well for this beer. Body is well balanced.

O - Upon first smell of this beer I was not excited. Looking for something a bit more sour. Then I opened up my mind to allow accept what the beer gave me and it is very pleasant. A nice balance between farmhouse earthiness and hops.

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Nelson Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 11 ratings