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Mikkeller It’s Alive! (White Wine Barrel Lychee Edition)

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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
belgian ale brewed with lychee fruit and aged in white wine barrels


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6626) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2015
Medium pale beige head. Hazy brownish red body with strong carbonation. Tropical fruit, strawberry and barnyard aroma with salty cow dung notes. Dry-sweet and faintly acidic barnyard, lychee, and strawberry taste with salty wooden notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, flattish mouthfeel. Dry-salty wooden barnyard and fruit aftertaste with wooden spicy notes. A bit harsh at first, but fantastic when you get further. (0.375l bottle at Øl & Brød, Copenhagen.)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (729) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
(375ml bottle @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Apr 14 2015) Pours hazy deep orange with a moderate off white head and lace. Aroma sweet and funky with brown sugar, stewed fruit, overripe lychee, a little woody, a wet, earthy, barnyard funk. Palate sweet and a bit tart. Caramel and brown sugar, stewed pear and apple, lychee juice, even a little orange juice. Funk builds nicely in the middle, oak and some white wine and grape notes too. Finish is dry and softly bitter, woody, citrus peel, lingering lychee, a bit astringent. Medium full body with effervescent carb. Great beer, really pleasantly surprised me! Not sour, just funky and sweet/dry balanced. Fruit is nice, lychee present but not overpowering. Love it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (308) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2015
WOW - brilliant from go to whoa - so easy to smash - impeccable balance - get cherries more than lychees - oh yeah.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olr1984 (1267) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2015
375ml bottle pours a hazy dark orange with an off white head. slight tart fruit with a bit of a oak taste

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle from 2012. Pours a deep golden amber brown with two inches of bubbly supportive head. The head never faded completely, just stayed at about a centimeter. Great lacing and legs. Aroma is of white wine funkiness, white oak, vegetal earthiness and a floral fruitiness. Taste is dry fruity oak, light grassy funk, and a hint of black pepper. Nice body but it’s light on the tongue. Tons of carbonation but it doesn’t dance on the tongue. This might be my favorite beer from Mikkeller. I’m not picking up on the lychee much, but that grassy fruitiness is probably just the lychee playing in the background; but i’l liken the fruitiness more to a pear or Ranier cherry than lychee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4562) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a clear orange-amber body with a medium white head. Nose is bretty stable notes, grape peel, cranberries, wood, barnyard funk, mild tropical sweet fruits, straw and hints of citric peel and white wine. Taste is straw, nuts, bretty tobacco-like burnt rubber-like tones (although very nice tasting!), red berries, wood, vanilla, hints of grape peel and white fruit syrup. Medium body and carbonation, dry finish. Sometimes, a beer is both dry and a bit sweet, and funky yet fruity. This is one of them. Complex and original, with the lichi undoubtedly playing a subtle part in the sweet/dry composition. Highly likeable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2015
From notes. Tasted some time near the fall of 2012 from a corked and caged 375mL bottle. Pours hazy orange with an average white head that leaves average lace. The nose is sour with lychee, some bread malt, vinous oak, and a perfumed aroma that reminds me of scented soap. The flavor is a bit sweeter up front, not sour at all, but super funky and vinous, lots of lychee. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long funky and vinous lychee finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (927) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle shared with BBGTC. Pours a orange color with a small white head. Aroma is tropical fruits, tangerine, lychee and a light acidic touch. Taste is lightly sweet with hints of wood, tangerine and grapes. Fairly mellow and pleasant taste. Not too ’bretty’ in my opinion. Medium dry with a medium body. Co2 levels are avg.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (12129) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2015
KRS 081114. Deep golden colour with a n off-white head. Aroma is yeast, white wine, brett. Flavour is yeast, white wine, brett, sourness, citrus, oak. OK beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inbreak (2643) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2015
14.01.2015, 0,375l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sour-ish fruity, whitewine barrel, overripe mountain cranberries, sorrel, berry skin, mild tropical fruits, oak, mild vinegar. Taste is slightly dry, whitewine barrel, berry skin, heather, overripe mountain cranberries, hay, grass, old rope, mild brett. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice one.


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