BelgianBeerGal (2604) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled at Big Beers and Barley Wines. I haven’t had regular It’s Alive so I can’t really compare this to the original. This seemed a little thin and meh... Predominately barrel and sour notes. okay I suppose.
emacgee (3430) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a soft red-orange with a profuse sticky offwhite head. Breaks down and leaves a billowing lace in the glass. Nose shows some peppery notes with overripe pineapple and ripe fruit. Spicy alcohol and some tannic oak and cranberry. The flavor is sharper than I expected, very dry and tannic. Peppery/spicy notes and very bretty. Vinous notes and warming alc. Nice.
daknole (7193) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gold pour, white head. Aroma of tropical fruit, tart white wine, light oak, yeast, and brett funk. Flavor is nice and yeasty, funky, fruit, white wine notes, light grapey flavors.
Holmen1 (1073) - NORWAY - SEP 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fra flaske på Mikkellertreffet på Cardinal: Uklar ravfarge. Masse skum. Mye brettanomyces, syrlige frukter og krydder. Iflg Mikkeller selv "urversjonen" av It’s Alight! Brygget hos deProeuf med Orvalgjær og brett. 100% spontangjæret, men har ikke så aggresiv syrlighet som en lambic. Ikke sikker på om jeg liker dette, må prøves igjen.
FullObs (132) - Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
37.5 cl bottle. Pours hazy amber witha big foamy head. Not sour at all but a nice funk, very mild tartness. mandarin, wood, and a big vinous character to this. Growing on me. Pretty good.
beersearcher (1950) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not nearly as good as the regular Alive. The flavors in this one seem to be fighting each other. The funk is too strong. The wine notes taste off to me and it doesn’t have something to tie them together.
bhensonb (8954) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours hazy dark amber with a foamy/creamy dirty beige head. Aroma of "heavy" white wine, oak, sour light pitted fruit. Goes bubble gum a bit. Med + body. Flavor is light sour, winey, light pitted fruit with a lot of oak.
mixmasterob (828) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear deep golden pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma was musty, light funk cheese, grainy, very vinous. Love the white wine presence. Flavors were lightly sweet, bready with notes of brett, vanilla, oak and white wine. Fizzy mouthfeel, somewhat syrupy with a nice coating factor. Not sour by any means yet a nice ’wild-ness’ to it. Awesome stuff.
marcus (4999) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours amber with a pretty off-white head and a chardonnay aroma. There is a light fruit and wine flavor with an oaky finish.
dlinn (146) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I can see where they were going with this, and I generally like mikkeller beer. I want to say that it was a well-Rounded beer full of oak and wine flavors, but it comes across with sweaty/bad breath flavors and aromas. If you pull it apart it might be due to charred oak from the barrel. In any case, I’m not a fan.