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

It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged (Lychee Edition)It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged (Lychee Edition)
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Mikkeller ApS
Wild Ale
3.78 | pDev: 13.49%
Mar 09, 2017
Jul 15, 2012
Very Good
It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged (Lychee Edition)It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged (Lychee Edition)
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Ratings by Fireslayer:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Fireslayer from Wisconsin

Feb 06, 2015
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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by dabeerbuddha from Canada (ON)

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.

Mar 09, 2017
4.13 by WastingFreetime from Wisconsin on Mar 04, 2016
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2.57/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by DaftCaskBC from Canada (BC)

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

Mar 14, 2015
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4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by mverity from Florida

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.

Mar 05, 2015
3.35 by williamjbauer from Colorado on Jan 29, 2015
3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Nov 25, 2014
3.8 by Mix_Master_Mike from New York on Nov 17, 2014
4.25 by delgotit99 from Indiana on Sep 21, 2014
4.2 by dcmchew from Romania on Aug 18, 2014
3.5 by NoraFedora from Illinois on Jul 19, 2014
4.5 by TDA8 from Indiana on Jun 26, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by SebD from Canada (ON)

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.

Jun 22, 2014
4.25 by krome from Illinois on Apr 19, 2014
4.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Apr 19, 2014
4 by Beervana from Canada (BC) on Apr 15, 2014
3.75 by SupremePie from Vermont on Apr 06, 2014
4 by t8dd from Illinois on Mar 28, 2014
3.75 by Lare453 from Florida on Mar 28, 2014
4 by afsdan from Colorado on Mar 21, 2014
3.25 by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON) on Mar 09, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by MarcWP from Arizona

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.

Jan 30, 2014
4 by Poupae from Thailand on Dec 27, 2013
4 by jklecko2 from California on Dec 02, 2013
3.75 by vermilcj from Ohio on Dec 01, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mfnmbvp from Illinois

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.

Nov 23, 2013
3.75 by ali1987 from Florida on Nov 15, 2013
4.25 by nickfl from Florida on Nov 11, 2013
4 by Lovely85 from Florida on Nov 11, 2013
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Nov 11, 2013
3.75 by woodchip from North Carolina on Nov 04, 2013
4.25 by TheAnk from Massachusetts on Oct 12, 2013
4 by Gonzoillini from Illinois on Oct 12, 2013
3.25 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin on Sep 19, 2013
2.75 by CityofBals from Illinois on Sep 12, 2013
4 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts on Sep 05, 2013
3.75 by tom10101 from Canada (QC) on Aug 26, 2013
3.25 by acurtis from New Jersey on Aug 03, 2013
3.25 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Aug 03, 2013
3 by oso from Illinois on Jul 31, 2013
It's Alive - White Wine Barrel Aged (Lychee Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 105 ratings