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

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36 Ratings
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It's Alive - Grand Marnier Barrel AgedIt's Alive - Grand Marnier Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Resuin on 06-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
36
Reviews:
8
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy orange amber color with an inch and a half off-white head that sticks around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, it smells like oranges/orange peel, vanilla, oak and some pears. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some bready malt and some earthiness. There's more bitterness to this brew than I expected. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a decent brew, but I don't think it's worth the $16.99 price tag at all. Still, it was nice to try once.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Resuin
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MacQ32
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DRBiser
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of MinorThreat
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of goblue3509
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ajzy
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of BeersAndBears
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Westyn
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ronricorossi
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of mattboyer182
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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