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Mikkeller It’s Alive! (Rhubarb Edition)

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

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


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (222) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
Poured from a 750cc bottle. Hazy dark orange with generous off-white head. Aroma is dry malt, grass, an a hint of rhubarb. Flavour is light caramel, some funk, notes of citrus, and a hint of rhubarb. Generous carbonation. Refreshingly crisp and a perfect wild ale for a summer patio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle in Glenwood Springs, thanks to Steve_0. Pours a hazy dark orange appearance with a creamy tan head. Light berry, bread, herbs, and spices in the nose. Twangy, tart fruity flavor. Quite of herbal notes, light fruit, bread, and light cardboard. A bit past its prime but fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (3304) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle in Glenwood Springs. Pour is murky amber orange with a big white head and great lacing. Pineapple, mango, herbal, bread and cardboard notes, somewhat earthy, and spicy aroma. Taste is pineapple, dirty, mango, medicinal, lemony, straw, orange peel, and papaya with a medium sour finish. Medium body with medium-to-high carbonation. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Murky orange-brown pour with a light beige head. Aroma is funky, sour. Taste is sour, tart rhubarb, dry finish. A little funk. Great lacing. A very tasty sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (34875) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2014
75 cl bottle at Tørst/Luksus. Pours hazy dark orange with a small white head. Smooth fruity and slight citric. Lingering citric fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickTheRick (602) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
Orangée un peu cuivrée, très trouble mais qui laisse tout de même paraître de fines bulles très "alive". Ces bulles ne forment toutefois pas une mousse très épaisse. Des notes boisées et épicées émanent du verre, c’est très étrange et difficile à décrire. Les choses se précisent en bouche, mais c’est tout aussi étrange. Le sucre candi s’amalgame à une acidité fruitée assez explosive et le tout se complète dans une finale un peu boisée. Est-ce que j’aime ça? Je suis encore perplexe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2014
750 ml bottle. The beer is a deep copper colored body with a frothy and lasting white to off-white head. Nice lacing. Flavor is nicely tart with significant rhubarb and spontaneous tasting yeasts. A wild ale. Rhubarb crumble. Puckering but definitely balanced. A medium body with a nice tartness and dry mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation adds a lively component and brightens the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle at Mikkeller&Friends - Thanks to Fredrik. Clear amber/brown - offwhite head. Nice bretty. Dry oxal rhubarb taste - notes in the aroma. Ripe rhubarb. Peppery. Red rhubarb. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2117) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Muddy amber in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas are of earthy berry, funk, dry malts, and white pepper. Loads of complexity in the mouth with more field berries, an oddly substantial malt presence, wet earth, minerals, and a distinct sourness. The mouthfeel gives a strange sense of being dry, tart, and full bodied all at the same time. All in all, a hard beer to qualify, but one that I had a lot of fun trying to decode.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
A steady pour into my large Triple Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger thick, plus an additional two fingers above the rim of the glass, light tan colored head. The beer is a ruddy, lightish amber color that shows a lightly hazed, pale red / gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart and fruity, with a grassy, toasted straw like character. The fruit character has a wine like character to it, a bit like a funky white with perhaps a touch of complexity from a Rosé like character; notes of berries, perhaps some strawberry notes, a definite, distinctly rhubarb like character, with a backdrop of lightly phenolic, funky, musty, Brettanomyces aromatics.

Lightly tart up front, and it picks up a bit more tartness as it flows across the palate. There is a touch of nutty, dried grass character in the finish, as well as a bit of pale cracker like malt. The finish gets a bit phenolic and sharp, though only lightly so, mixed in with some higher alcohols, a bit of peppery, grass character, and some medicinal notes. The beer is fairly dry, this mutes the rhubarb character just a touch, but it still contributes a noticeable tartness, a rounded, red-berry like note, and a bit of not really grassy, but definitely rhubarb like character.

This is quite nice, it is well balanced, and the rhubarb character is still quite noticeable, but accentuates standard, funky beer notes quite well without getting in the way of the rest of the beer.

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