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It's Alive - Grand Marnier Barrel Aged | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Resuin on 06-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked it up in July at a plea in Boulder, Colorado. Really couldn't resist a try. I never would have imagined Grande Marnier.

Flows from the bottle a very nice orangey copper sort of a color. Maybe similar to raw honey with a slightly off white, crispy head. Looks just as I would expect, distant and uneven long lacing.

The smell is fantastic, very inviting. It has that wild ale sort of smell to it, that funk. But also you can really pick up the wood of the barrel easily and all the booze in this nice bouquet of citrus and minerals. Unfortunately it has this sort of astringency to the nose a bit.

Astringency pulls through into the beer and really clamors it up. At first it is almost harsh, luckily as it warms up it blends in a bit but is still very apparent. It is boozy with the astringency of the liqueur alcohol and citrus rind sort of deal going on. This beer really sopped up all the flavor that was in the barrel. Retains a lot of white pepper spice which aids the heat of the booze well. Has a touch of dry vanilla with the wood character, a heavy mineral sort of thing going on as well. Or maybe this is just a combination of the flavors intermingling. Pummeling citrus rind sort of bitterness. There is this straight sugar kind of sweetness hitting near the back end of this beer as well that is scoured off by the dryness and the grapefruit/orange/lemon peel bitterness. Has an overall, overhanging light funk that I really enjoy about wild ales.

Mouthfeel is okay, but the astringent alcohol dryness is a bit bothersome. Well, quite bothersome. Though it is light on the palate as I expected it would be. Almost crunchy... crisp and breathy.

Overall, an interesting expedition. I was glad to have tried it for the sole purpose to see what Grande Marnier would do to a beer. I wasn't crazy about it, it was a bit of a punch, it was certainly wild. But going out to buy this again to drink it out of enjoyment, I won't. I enjoy most everything Mikkeller does even when it isn;t quite what I expected. I enjoyed this, but mainly for reasons of interest.

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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a translucent deep caramel/light brown color and leaves about a finger of off-white head.

Smell: Some orange rinds, lemon, light but present funky brett, lemon, oak - a lot going on in this one, very interesting.

Taste: A lot of the same notes as from the nose but the brett is noticeably lighter: orange & lemon rinds, oak, some light peach and pear notes.

Mouth-feel: High carbonation (perhaps a bit too much) and a light mouth-feel. Goes down very smooth, especially for the ABV.

Overall: An interesting beer - the high carbonation changes the flavor profile for me and brings out some interesting flavors. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one and I detect some flavors from the time in the Grand Marnier especially some orange influence. Surprisingly light body as well.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very vibrant in appearance. Mouthfeel is creamier than expected. I am not picking up the grand marnier much here but this is pleasant nonetheless. Has a wet hay/barnyard sort of feel, which is slightly restrained.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper orange juice color with a nice dense finger of tan head, great retention and lacing.

S - Funky belgian/refreshing brett type aromas, some definite sourness (with horseradish - i often associate certain sour flavors with horseradish, I dont know why)

T - Dry tart brett type flavors. Grandma makes an appearance only at the finish/aftertaste. Not really sour at all.

M - Incredibly light dry and refreshing, decent carbonation, lighter bodied.

O - Very tasty but not at all sour and not really getting much of a grandma influence.

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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down a little and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of funk are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts out as being funky and has notes of Grand Marnier towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite funky, particularly in the smell. The cognac only makes an appearance in the latter portion of the taste, helping to balance out the horse blanket flavors, and lingers a little through the finish.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

while still a wonderfully interesting and complex beer, this might be my least favorite of the alive series ive had so far. I think the grand marnier barrels just made it too heavy, sort of a juxtaposition to what the beer originally set out to be, although the flavor profile is very unique. the pour is in fact a little more orange hued than the others, with the same vibrant white head and slight hazy. the nose is very sweet, almost too sweet, candied tangerine and maple syrup essences, with the same crazy mikkeller wild yeast as the others, a bizarre combination. the flavor is also sweet, brown sugar and molasses, with just a faint orange peel kick. its also got a lot more of a noticeable booze content, although all of these are the same, this one really flaunts it, and I think it weighs things down. the yeasty funk is sort of crowded out until the end by the sweetness, so the finish is oddly refreshing and lighter. im not sure this one works as well as the others, but I still liked it for what it was. the carbonation is still nice, although the drinkability is down compared to the white wine versions, that's for sure.

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