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Mikkeller Special Series Cherry Alive

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Formerly brewed at Mikkeller
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Danish: En Sour Ale brygget på: Vand, malt, sukker, humle og gær. Lagret på Cantillon fade med sure kirsebær.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Little nip bottle. Hazy red/orange color. Boozy modeling glue, or rubber cement, notes in the aroma. Slight tartness present, too. Sweet cherry flavor with a super tart, acidic, finish. I never ate paste, or particularly rubber cement, when I was growing up but I imagine this is similar to how it tastes. As this warms it starts to develop a large boozy burn in the finish to go along with a large acidic sourness. Interesting, and big beer, that just doesn’t come together for me. Thanks Ty!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2011
25cl bottle. Holdbar til: 1/5/2020, so I’m guessing this one is about exactly one year old. A gentile pour yields a thick, hazed dark copper beer with some reddish/pink hues when held up to the light. Big acetone aroma at first (nail polish remover and rubber cement). That tones down and a Laffy Taffy sweetness develops. Some tart cherry. Smells all of 9% for sure. Flavor is fairly caustic with lots of harsh acetone. The amount of alcohol seems absolutely unnecessary to me. Tart cherry skin, red grape tannin and red wine vinegar. Not too sour until the finish where there is a good amount of gripping acid that stings the throat. Fairly watery throughout with not a whole lot going on other than the fruit tannin and the acetone. Slick and slightly greasy texture. Low carbonation leading to the aforementioned acidic finish. Oh well... Thanks Mikkel!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Munkky (10) - DENMARK - JAN 9, 2011
A crazy wild beer with lots of sourness the first time I tasted it I was sold. It is an extremely intense little beer which is fine to share.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miksu (4830) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2010
0.25 l bottle, thanks hanniku and Timo A! Hazy reddish brown aroma. Sweet and sour aroma with cheyry and almondy cherry stone, solvent and acetic acid. Sweet and sour flavor with cherry and strawberry. Solventy and acetic finish. Too solventy and acetic for me. Full bodied.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Pinkish wax-dipped 25cl bottle. Best by 2020. Poured vigorously, the ruby red grapefruit colored liquid yields just a small patch of off-white suds at the head. Momentarily, the patch has disbursed to a pencil lead thin edge, as soapy, wet micro-spots glide down the glass, returning to the body. The nose is massively acetic, showing exceeding red wine vinegar notes amidst a mash of sour red cherries and sugar glazed cereal malts. Yeast is sharp and musty, hinting at horseblanket, farmhouse wood, and maybe even a little dry hard, sharp cheese. I even got some unexpected sulfuric egg notes out of this, a major turnoff in my book. Vanilla softens things just a bit, but overall the nose maintains a razor sharp, crushing vinegar and sour cherry profile, with a bit of unfortunate acetone harshness. The first sip confirms the acetic dominance, causing an immediate puckering reaction that only intensifies as it reaches the glands at the back of the mouth. Red wine vinegar is at the forefront, followed by massively sour cherries, and then sweeter sugar glazed cereal and wheat malts. The acetone that was apparent on the nose is, for the most part, absent from the taste, but I keep coming back to the insanely acetic vinegar here, and I have a pretty high tolerance for the stuff. This beer borders on salad dressing, honestly, and is more acetic than all but a handful of brews in my memory banks. The palate shows a moderate body that gets most of its heft from the sticky sugars that account for its 9% ABV. Carbonation is soft to average, with a fine-bubbled consistency. The acetic acids burn after the swallow, drying out to the point of becoming downright astringent. Disappointing. I had high hopes for this, but it’s just too far over the top and unbalanced, not to mention exceedingly alcoholic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
12/17/10. Bottle shared by fata2683 - HUGE thanks, Keith! Nice woody and sour cherry aroma with acid and vinegar. Puckering sour cherry flavor that ends with big tannic wood dryness that almost leaves your mouth chalky.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Pours with no head, pale red, sour, some boozy taste. Cherry and sour. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GodOfThunder (1244) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Thanks to Zach, blazer. Strong acidic vinegar aroma. Flavor mimics. Whew!!!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 19, 2010
A nice pink-red with barely no head. The aroma is vinyl, red fruits, some vinegar. The taste is extremely sour, harsh and dry. Lack elegance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heavy (2075) - Split, CROATIA - NOV 17, 2010
2/10 0.33 l can courtesy of Marko, thanks! It poured murky brown-orange-reddish body with smaller head that went down soon. Vinegar aroma, only a little bit of sour cherry; strange and harsh, yet nice and elegant. Very sour, typical wild lambic sourness dominates the flavor, cherry is only slightly present, no mercy for sweetness here. Medium body, with, of course, long sour cherry finish which was actually very nice and showed all the qualities of this brew. Alcohol...perfectly hidden! Those are the ales you simply like or not, you can enjoy in one or find it completely pesky. I don’t mind having one, such a good sour ale/lambic.


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