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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This version of the It’s Alive has the mango to give it that sweet fruity tropical fruit taste, while the Chardonnay barrel aging gives it a vineous character. Brett gives the tartness. Complex beer – it is very much alive!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5256) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
pours unclear bright golden orange with a creamy eggshell white head offering good retention and lacing. leathery and peppery bretts-plenty, oranges and borderline rotten fruits (mangoes), cherries, candies, slightly off caramel, grapefruit, some perfumey flowers, spices - some dill. lively to average carbonation, light body, dry bretty and grassy-very spicy finish. overall a slightly off caramel combined with overripened mangoes - remains tasty and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1899) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle shared by czar, thanks a lot LJ! Pours a clear golden with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of intense leather, fruits, herbs and lightly sour (or vinous maybe?). Taste is of fruits, lightly tart and bitter. Flavors are of fruits (not quite something I’d call mangoes but still fruity), wood and caramel (not too disturbing but a bit of a downer). Pretty dry overall, body and carbonation were medium. Overall a good one but not a great one, I’ve had better Alive! beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2349) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle 375ml. Pours dark amber with low beige head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of wine, acetic, fruits. Taste is of wine, acetic acid, some roasted malt, bitterness, some metal. Oxidyzed. Palate: Light-medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall: OK. But I don’t this the base beer is that awesome. Nice sourness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3614) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle (375 ml). From kbudd19, thanks!

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber/golden with a small white head and little lacing.

Aroma: Brettanomyces, peach, mango, sweat, light sweetness and chardonnay.

Taste: Light sweetness with leathery brettanomyces, caramel, peach/mango, light tartness and light medicinal notes.

Palate: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is a tad watery unfortunately. A tad winey too. Moderately dry finish with a light warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Like most Mikkeller beers, it’s not exceptionnal and it’s not bad either... a "generic" Mikkeller sour. Not much different that other It’s Alive versions I have tried. The fruits are there, but doesn’t change the profile of the beer. It’s quite easy to drink for an 8% abv beer and it’s also tasty enough that I didn’t have a problem finishing the whole bottle by myself. The main flaw is the weak mouthfeel. Decent/good.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmahut (1365) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours in dark amber body, clear, low frosty white head. Aroma is quite malty, caramel with citrusy notes, evident mango sweetness in the background, funky, little bit of wine character. Aroma is pretty gentle for a sour ale. Taste has mild sour bitterness, malty sweetness with light caramel, funky after taste, no mango in the taste at all. Body is medium, soft carbonation. Pretty light sour ale, good for sour beginners.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rammer (324) - Moscow, RUSSIA - DEC 28, 2014
The aroma of Belgian lambics, a little mango, slightly sour taste, feel the winebarrel, but the mango did not feel it. Nice drink, but expensive

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11620) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Poured a hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour fruit and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & tropical fruit flavor with a medium to heavy fruit, wood & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1515) - SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
Det här var en bra och komplex öl med fina toner av syra, tropiska frukter och gräs. Kroppen var stabil och balansen satt där den skulle. Slutsats; riktigt trevlig öl.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (7253) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2014
375 ml bottle. BBE 16.01.2019.
Pours hazy orange color with a small head. Nice tangy grapefruit aroma with wood and some sweet notes from the mango I presume. Some alcohol comes through on the flavor, dry wooden notes, grass, grapefruits and gooseberries, maybe faint mango too, apricot on the aftertaste, weirdly. Decent but not that special despite the specs.
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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6874) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2014
375 ml bottle. Pours a copper amber colour with a foamy head. Aroma of citrus, mango jam, white grapes and some urinal cake. Flavour of tart wooden notes, sweet mango jam, white grapes, yeast, some berries, caramel sweetness and alcohol. Medium bodied. Alcohol comes through a lot, thus finishing bone-dry. A bit thin. Gimmicky.


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