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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Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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 TDA8
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of sneaks2210
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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 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 ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Kenzie
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of lern
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of TheAnk
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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 dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

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 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 WastingFreetime
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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