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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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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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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

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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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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