It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged (Lychee Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged (Lychee Edition)It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged (Lychee Edition)

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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 MasterSki on 07-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chilled 375ml bottle poured into a saison glass.
Copper red appearance with lively reddish bubbles.
Aroma of sweet malts, strawberries, lychee and biscuits.
Taste is very reminiscent of a Belgian ale with the trappings of a barrel aged fruited beer.
Bran, yeasty, sweet, lychee, strawberry, basic blended white wine. Nothing overpowering the Belgian style backbone.
Medium body with good solid carbonation.
Overall, an interesting beer and very unique.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.57/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2012 bottle. The leather and smoke notes didn't do it for me. It seemed like an infected barrel.

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Photo of mverity
4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from 2012. Pours a deep golden amber brown with two inches of bubbly supportive head. The head never faded completely, just stayed at about a centimeter. Great lacing and legs. Aroma is of white wine funkiness, white oak, vegetal earthiness and a floral fruitiness. Taste is dry fruity oak, light grassy funk, and a hint of black pepper. Nice body but it's light on the tongue. Tons of carbonation but it doesn't dance on the tongue. This might be my favorite beer from Mikkeller. I'm not picking up on the lychee much, but that grassy fruitiness is probably just the lychee playing in the background; but i'l liken the fruitiness more to a pear or Ranier cherry than lychee.

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Photo of Fireslayer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of williamjbauer
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Mix_Master_Mike
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of NoraFedora
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TDA8
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of SebD
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orangy/amber color to it. It has a nice bubbly off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of white wine, some Brett funk, lemon, apples, some earthiness, oak and some lychees.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some white wine notes, slight tart lemon, Brett funk, green apples, oak, some earthiness and slight lychees.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Beervana
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of SupremePie
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of t8dd
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of MarcWP
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the cellar. 2012 vintage. Into belgian tulip.

Pours a light garnett brown with big fluffy cream colored head that maintains a soapy frothiness and lingers around.

Aroma is deep funk, fruity white wine, lemon, apple peel, bready malts, and. I guess what you would describe as lychee. Definitely get that kumquat citrus character from new belgiums tart lychee.

On the palate you get a band aid like off flavor from the middle to the back of the palate. Besides that some fruity peachiness, light apple juice, old leather funk, doughy malt, and an earthy faint wood.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly fizzy but it feels like it should be a bit more substantial.

The base flavors are all there and pretty tasty except for the band aid off flavor which doesn't detract horribly from the rest of the flavor profile. Problem is nothing POPS. It fades into an old sparkling wine character that leaves you wanting more out of the beer. Don't suspect the two years of age did much to help or hurt this beer.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jklecko2
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged (Lychee Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 105 ratings