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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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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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 105
Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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 mverity
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
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 SebD
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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 MarcWP
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer to me from Mikkeller, I've never had the base beer Mikkeller It's Alive! or any of it's other variants. Acquired on sale at the local Binny's; stoked to have this. Expectations are moderately high since I tend to enjoy Mikkeller beers.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Ah yes, pours a nice tall three to four fingers of creamy fluffy tan head on top of a nice burnt sienna orange colored body. Some nice fat fluffy lace.

S - Lots of complexity on the nose in this also. Yeast funk, must, caramel, creamy vanilla, earthy oak wood, cold leather, overripe apple, pear, strawberry, and faint alcohol fumes.

T - Taste follows the nose, although not as strong or as sour as I would have expected. More dry earthiness and wood than tart white wine / champagne. Mild tart, indistinct fruitiness, crisp yeast, caramel, oak wood, earth, and vague tart citrus which I imagine is the lychee.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some faint sugary tartness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, another nicely done beer from Mikkeller, although I can't say how it compares to the original or to the others. Nicely layered and wondrously complex, although I was expecting slightly different results from the white wine barrel aging. I would love to try this again, especially at the nice price point I got it at. Recommended.

Mikkeller It's Alive! (White Wine Barrel Aged With Lychee) ---4/5.

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Photo of stumac
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this with my corn dog. Pours up an amber color with a nice big off white head. Subtle lacing. Nose is sweet and sour, kinda funky. Taste is the same as the nose. I feel like I'm tasting the lychee but I've never had one. I'm getting some fruit tho. Musty, white grape. Medium to full bodied. Sweet finish. I dig it. Very nice

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Photo of dgilks
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber orange colour with a big, foamy off-white head. Very good head retention. Good lacing.

Lots of funk. Tons and tons of Brett. Horse blanket, earth, almost some lemon, nice mild pineapple. Really quite good.

Lovely big Brett flavour with tons of earthiness. Mild tartness. The fruit is a little missing though some oak is detectable. Interesting.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Soft and silky. Very nice.

A delightful funky beer. This has the big Brett punch that I love even if there is no fruit to back it up.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very murky orangish amber in color with some significant amounts of visible carbonation, a fair amount small particles of visible sediment, and a few hints of ruby red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy head that reduces to a finger thick undulating cloud-like surface covering the entire beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light notes of tropical fruits underneath a moderate to strong aroma of brett funkiness. Lighter notes of barnyard and hay with oak and lychee making an appearance towards the finish. Hints of white wine and tartness are also present.

T: Moderate flavors of brett with a definite earthiness and funkiness to it - lighter notes of barnyard funk. Towards the finish there is a certain tartness from the lychee followed by hints of blue cheese and finally a touch of sweetness of the lychee. There is a very light presence of oak from the barrel aging.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I really like this beer, the lychee and white wine barrel aging really add to and improve the base beer here - I did not tire of drinking this beer and it is really refreshing.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that slowly died loan, leaving a large mound on the top of the glass that looks like beer is in the fermenting tank. Lot of lacing is on the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of white wine and sourness are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of sourness from the brett and white wine from the barrel aging. Hints of lychee are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light-to medium bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really interesting and is quite drinkable because it isn't overly sour and the wine barrel aging isn't overdone.

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Photo of schnarr84
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

great sour notes on the nose. lots of white wine barrel comes through as well. bunch of funkyness and tartness on the mouthfeel; tons of lemon-ish citrus as would be expected. medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. one finger of light head on a gentle pour. didnt catch much of the lychee but it definitely was in there on the after taste. tasted like a pretty well balanced lambic with a twist. whether it was worth the 16$ price tag or not is in question, but it was a mikkeller beer so i had to buy it and try it.

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Photo of sirtomtom
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured fresh from the fridge from a 12.7 fluid ounce bottle in a wine glass. Paid about $15 for the bottle(I was splurging, called the day Mikkeler day, bought their double cherry I reviewed earlier at the same time.)

A: Poured a golden yellow with about a finger of puffy white head. Dissipated slowly

S: Mild vinegar, a touch of malt, and a light floral character. Lychees are very floral scented, a little more should have showed.

T: Very light funk(can't really tell what), a bit of vinegar, malt, and lychee floral. Again a bit more lychee would be nice, and maybe a touch a sweetness, since lychee is just a bit sweet.

M: Light body, a good bit of carbonation

O: A very nice, easy sour from Mikkeler. Following their double cherry lambic, this was very pleasant, not insanely funky. All the flavors end up being very soft and mute, even warmed up. The lychee character only shows when it was rather cold, as it warmed up the sour and funk perk up and overpower the lychee. The lychee should have been the predominant flavor constantly. It certainly could be better and for the price it certainly should be.

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Photo of endovelico
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Staccato. Taken from notes. Bottle.

Appearance: Garnet. Little lacing. Decent head retention. Low perceived effervescence. Slightly muddy.

Smell: Medium high intensity. Barnyard, wood and leather upfront. Caramel, candy, solvent, passion fruit and tangerine at the back.

Taste: Medium high intensity. Barnyard and leather up front. Tangerine, passion fruit and peachy notes at the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium high carbonation. Medium high sourness. Alcohol well hidden. Finishes sweet/sour. Sour cherry candy aftertaste.

Overall: God, i wish i had liked this more. I love the idea but the execution just falls a bit too short. Lacking in complexity and oompth.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the whole is better than the sum of its parts, or whatever. its like the categories this beer is judged on, it doesn't do that well on, but it has intangibles that are outside of this rating scale, mikkeller always seems to do that. this one pours a cloudy flat looking amber tinted medium brown with a minimal khaki head. the nose is a little sour, tannic from the wine, and sweet from the lychees. i already know i am going to like it better than the regular white wine barrel aged version, the fruit seems to add a lot. the flavor starts off yeasty and a little tart and funky, not crazy, but then the sweetness and sourness of the lychee fruit show up, and in a nice oaky cloak they collide with the wine flavors. its a beautiful symphony really, but still something is missing that i cant quite place. id like to see more carbonation in this beer, making the flavors pop a little more, but the medium body is nice. this is also much better when its cold than warmer for some reason. another clever mikkeller brew, maybe inflated a bit on the price, but like all of them, it had to be tried.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

T - Sweet pale and caramel malts, lychee, 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 with lychee adding some nice tartness.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one's a gusher. Pours a muddy rust color with a giant beige head leaving pretty good retention and spotty chunky lacing.

I get more brett in the aroma than anything else. Earthy wet blanket aroma. Fruit comes through a bit although not as much as I'd prefer. A little bit of caramel malt as well. Don't get a lot of vinous smells.

Similar flavor. A lot of brett and just a touch of fruit. A little bit medicinal along with the funk notes. I get little to no wine character as well.

Medium bodied and finishes somewhat dry. Carbonation on the lower side.

Very mediocre. I get very little lychee or wine character. Just another overpriced letdown from Mikkeller.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Another day, another Mikkeller variant. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Voluminous white foam eventually settles to a chunk, thick cap, leaving behind plenty of lacework. The body is a translucent deep reddish brown with tons of visible bubble streams.

S - Loads of brett of the earthy and dirty ilk; not nearly as tropical as the first batch of the non-fruited version. A tad medicinal, as well as farmy and earthy, with some grass, apple skins, and hay. Lychee is present but subtle, and there's some spicy oak and mild vinous character as well. Slight caramel malt backdrop in the background supports this fairly complex bouquet.

T - The taste is more of a tropical fruit melange, with less in the way overtly medicinal and funky notes. There's some white wine character, but it's not particularly oak heavy. A few other reviewers note 'rubber' as a flavor, and while it wouldn't have occurred to me I can see that as an element of the brett character. Lychee is indistinct, but is mixed among other brett and malt created tropical notes. Some sweet malts again show up in the periphery. No obvious alcohol flavor. Finish is a bit better than the non-fruited version.

M - Medium body, smooth on the palate, moderately chewy before yielding to a little dry finish. Not much in the way of tannins considering the fruit addition and barrel-aging. Carbonation is a bit lower than I expected from the appearance, but slots in a a lower medium. Perhaps a touch of alcohol warming near the end of 375ml.

D - I liked this more than the plain version. Probably not worth the price tag, but a solidly crafted brett beer with a nice complementary fruit addition. If you really dig beers like Orval this is worth checking out. I slowly worked through the 375ml bottle while doing some work and it never got fatiguing; I just wouldn't purchase it again with all the other options available to me.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into tulip 20/10//12

A amber liquid with some slight haze, thumbs width of foam has great retention and leaves loads of random lace deep down the glass

S funky and fruity with some oak and faint cider notes, sorta smells like off wine but somehow it smells good, I'm curious of the barrel choice, Sauv Blanc perhaps?

T OK maybe I get the lychees, and yes I do eat lychees every now and then and know how they taste, a little rubber band and yes I often chew rubber bands and know how they taste, not overly funky as the vinous woody notes have no trouble shining through the funk but I can't grasp the rubber notes

M medium-full with decent carbonation and a lingering apple funk on the finish, no issues here

O this one wouldn't be for everyone but I didn't mind it one bit, interesting... well everything really there's a fair bit of random stuff going on, leave it to Mikkeller to create something I couldn't imagine

If I could do it over I'd sit on this one for a few years to bring out the funk, hindsight's 20/20 and considering how expensive this one is I may never see the future. well worth trying but resist the urge and wait it out

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Photo of mortarit
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Be ready, pop tha cap and here it comes all over the counter.
The smell is a light sweet honey dew scent.
No real head that forms.
The taste is bretty but not overwhelming. After taste is what's biting.
The coloring is what the norm I have come in touch with in the this style.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml into a dfh snifter

A: looks just like the white wine barrel version of its alive: 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: again much like the white wine barrel version : 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. The only difference I find here is there is a hint of light sweet berriness in the aroma as well.

T: touch of earthy Brett funk and oak,
I get a nice light tart cherry skin along with a touch of lemony sourness and some distant hint of berry, I feel like the white wine notes come through on the finishalonh
With some tart green apple notes, really rounding this one off nicley. The finish here also mixes A light berry note in with the white wine grape notes. Everything is nicley balanced here, as it was in the other version just with a nice slight addition of berry notes.

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, I enjoyed the addition of the lychee, and although it did not drastically change the brew, it added some nice berry notes and preserved the integrity of what was already a great brew.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. 375 ml bottle.

A: Pours a hazy dark orangish under a solid two-inch thick off-white head which yields splotches and spots of lace.

S: Earthy funk, oak, lots of different fruits.

T: Vinous and oaky, mild funk, fruits such peach/pear, earthy. Would not have guessed lychee, but there it is.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Finishes dry and earthy with white grape and mild fruity funk.

O: Lots of varied fruits combine nicely. Enjoyed, though somewhat expensive.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly tart and sour and is of malt, fruit, wine, and wood. Taste is much the same with a medicinal finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but there are no real lychee aromas or flavors that I can distinctly pick out.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of light, airily foamy dirty beige head, which leaves some random speck blobs of lace around the glass as it slowly sinks into a puddle, like one you would see on the top of fermenting white wine must.

It smells of tart, indistinct pitted fruit, a mild lactic sourness, a subtle fleshy, somewhat sweet lychee fruitiness, some tame barnyard funk, and a bit of earthy, musty yeast. The taste is bready, biscuity malt, sour plum and cherry, a softly sweet, pithy lychee sweetness, a milky yeast funkiness, and some mild, stereotypically understated wood. No evidence of the 8% ABV whatsoever.

The bubbles are fairly restrained, just a tug here, a pull there, the body a solid medium weight, still showing the effects of a decent standard malt, which cuts through the normally invasive acidic and sour natures of the ilk, to provide at least a halting smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with the bready caramel malt jousting with the funk, underwhelming fruit, and wily lingering barrel notes.

A decent wild ale, one which does us the favour of giving more than a passing nod to the malt side of things, without forgoing any of the sass that one might expect for the style. However, the lychee guest ingredient suffers among its heady fellow players, as it gets lost in the sweetness of the grain, its tartness possibly mistaken for that of another.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with an off-white head. Not much lychee, but good tart lactic notes. A bit of melon, citric tartness, and some white wine. A light funk of grass and damp oak. The taste is a bit rubbery, but good otherwise. Tart fruit, lactic and citric acidity, light lychee, and a hint of melon. White wine, a little bit of funk, grass, and straw. Nice dryness on the finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml green glass bottle with foiled over pressure cap served into a conical mini-pint glass in me friend Bo's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high, given the brewery - which is me favourite worldwide.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Paired with chocolate.

A: Pours a three finger head of beige colour, poor cream, off-putting thin quality, and good retention. Body colour is a transparent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lychees and white wine are indeed present. Clean malts, some of them biscuit. Yeast. Little tart character or bacteria. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Lychees and white wine go quite well together. Has a dessert wine quality that I like. Nicely sweet, with hints of fruity tartness. Clean malts. Some caramelization. It's a bit simple, but I do like it. It's not horribly sour, but it's pleasant and enjoyable. Decently balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat tingly. Neither too thick nor too thin. Nicely light. I wouldn't go so far as to call it refreshing.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but I wouldn't get it again - especially not at this price. I like it, but it's far from stellar. I might try it on-draught. Something of a letdown from Mikkeller.


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Photo of Etan
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7oz into a Maine Beer Company wine glass.

A: Pours a dark murky orange with a nice tuft of beige foam.

S: Horseblanket and lacto tartness, hint of lychee behind.

T: Harsh, dry wine barrel tannins with horsey funk and some lactic tartness underneath. The slightest bit of fruit, which comes out a little more as it warms.

M: Foamy, a bit over-carbonated.

O: Not undrinkable, but not very good either. The oak is overbearing and the fruit is almost imperceptible, and the foamy mouthfeel certainly doesn't help.

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It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged (Lychee Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
3.82 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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