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Mikkeller Itís Alive! (White Wine Barrel Lychee Edition)

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark
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belgian ale brewed with lychee fruit and aged in white wine barrels

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
peponi (358) - POLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Aroma: peach, white wine and lychee. Appearance: nice hazy amber color, white head. Taste: low bitterness, peach, white wine, slightly sour, vanilla, nice fresh lychee notes, fruity, balanced. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, fresh fruity finish. Overall: Interesting combination of tastes, I think that a barrel after a high quality white wine delivers a lot of good things.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (609) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Pours a clear, bright, orange/amber with with an active, off-white head that leaves mild lacing. Aroma is mildly tart with noticeable wine barrel notes, vanilla, and some soft, tropical/floral fruit. Taste starts of semi sweet but tart. Fruity tartness, almost a caramel sweetness, a bit of barrel notes, and a touch of a warm alcohol. Almost a touch of whiskey. Really very unique. I?ve never had a beer like it. Medium-full body with a medium-high carbonation. Pretty clean in the mouth with a lively carbonation. Overall one of the most unique beers I?ve ever had. Tart, but sweet with great, toasted barrel notes, and a great mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer-yum (475) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 16, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2014 An excellent beer than manages to hide its strength behind an unusual/unique flavour profile. A delicious accompaniment to any fine meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (2575) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2014
375ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Appearance - dark amber in fact honey like with some red chinks. Nose - firstly apple vinegar then a big savoury almost soy sauce note. Taste - expected sour dominant note, the caramel before finishing in butter. Palate - medium bodied with a tight tangy texture that leads into the finish which keeps going for ages. The fact that there are some sweet notes sitting on top of the basically very sour palate is interesting. Overall - Iím guessing that hint of butter at the end is something to do with the Chardonnay barrel. Interesting beer if not all together for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (841) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2014
375ml bottle, pours golden amber with a bubbly white head. Lychee aroma leaps out, backed with grainy malt, white wine aroma leading to a bubbly dry finish. Really like the dryness and the balance. this is a really well crafted beer. The lychee flavour is unusual and adds something different to a Sour Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dslam (48) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
Golden amber color with good amount of white head. A lot of carbonation ensures a constant head. Very nice sour beer, leaves a very good taste behind. Not that much lychee taste, but a great sour beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lambicboy12 (43) - salt lake, Utah, USA - MAY 17, 2014
1-vanilla citrus orange, 2- orange off-white lingering head 3- Very tart and spicy, some alcohol warmth 4- medium body no astringency 5- A very good beer with a good balance between the malt sweetness and the citrus fruity esters

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (2306) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle at Craigís tasting. Tart, fruity, dry toffee, strawberry finish, a bit too fizzy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (962) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2014
375mL bottle. Pours a burnt orange with sustaining white cap and good lacing. Suspending particles. Huge aroma of funky cheese, green grape skin, apricot. Taste is tart and sweet. Medium-high dry finish from an effervescent and moderately balanced funky slime/crispness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BenH (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle. Amber with little to know head. Sharp funky aroma. Taste of apple juice, funk. Quite tart.

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