Mikkeller Special Series Cherry Alive

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


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Danish: En Sour Ale brygget p: Vand, malt, sukker, humle og gr. Lagret p Cantillon fade med sure kirsebr.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
skortila (5733) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2011
Bottled. The aroma has cherries, some tartness, yeast. Hazy, red coloured beer with no head. The taste is very sour and astringent. Has cherries, tartness. Very heavy burning sourness. No balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours brownish as it comes out of the small bottle. Once in the glass it is a brilliant red with a slight brown tinge. I had to force a head to form by pouring straight. It didnt stick around and was quite the lackluster performer. But in this style of beer I dont expect much carbonation to help out. Slight vinegar. Quite a sour nose. There is hints of fruit in there as well, but the acetic aroma overpowers it. Much like a sour beer should be, but not a lambic. Very pungent. Slight nail polish remover aroma as well. Tart, acidic and much like drinking red wine vinegar. A little, albeit faint, hint of sweetness. Pucker-inducing. This is by far the most soured beer I have had to date. Very thin, no carbonation unless forcibly stirred up - and then its really not carbonation to begin with. A slight, slight sweetness on the back of this, but you wont remember it after a bit. I find it very palatable. But then again, I love the sour beers. The pungent, acetic-ness is a little off-putting, but it is good for the beer that this is supposed to be A SOUR ALE. And it is much like a Rodenbach Grand Cru.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pinball (12034) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2011
clear red, smooth small white head. sour aroma, sour cherries, some nailpolish, after a while in the glass, even more nailpolish. very acid and sour flavor, burning , cherries, notes of tart cherries, pretty extreme, somehow nice even though it is pretty acid and wth lots of nailpolish notes. Too extremely nailpolish-sour for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (16242) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours cloudy pink grapefruit and tomato juice. Nose of tart cherry, fermented grapes, old wood and yeast. Taste is extremely tart cherry, general sourness, old wood, vinegar and light yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
bottle(thanks to Blomster) at my leaving FL throwdown(17Dec10)pours light pink with a thin white head, light pinkish hues and loads of bubbles. Horse blanket sour barnyard wild yeast nose with lots of tart cherry skin notes. Flavor is fairly mild, not mouth puckering at all, tart cherry, moldy wood and semi-sweet and tart yeast. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mattyb83 (737) - 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 doesnt come together for me. Thanks Ty!

   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 Im 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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miksu (5053) - Jyvskyl, 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.

   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 its just too far over the top and unbalanced, not to mention exceedingly alcoholic.

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