It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DarkerTheBetter on 06-06-2008

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and cara), light candy, hops (hallertauer and styrian goldings), yeast and brettanomyces.
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Ratings: 366 | Reviews: 182
Reviews by Bendurgin:
Photo of Bendurgin
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy light brown with a bit of a reddish hue. It has a small cap of bubbly light foam.

The aroma has a strong sweet caramel smell with a vinous aroma. Musty grapes in the aroma with some earthy notes. This one seems a bit all over the place. Earthy dirt notes on the pallet with some sweet toffee. Pretty subdued flavor, nothing offensive but less than exciting.

the body is light with slightly low carbonation. Overall this one is okay. A little messy overall but this one is drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mverity
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle that I split with scotchzi. Pours a perfect amber-brown-tan. Healthy amount of light tan head with very sticky lacing. Aroma is a funky butterscotch, toffee, earthy. Really great smell. Taste is more funky than the aroma; but otherwise follows the smell. Great carbonation lends to the bubbly mouthfeel. Light in body, but it works very very well for this beer. Definitely looking forward to the variants I have of this.

Photo of badbeer
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Amber colored with a white head that retains pretty well. Smell is pretty good, I got a lot of horse blanket in it, as well as some earthy notes, and some spices. Taste unfortunately, did not have as much of the horse blanket, or much of what I find enjoyable, best thing to describe it was like Vick's green cough spray. I wanted to like the taste better, but I just kept being distracted by this flavor. Medium bodied and high carbonation. Don't know that I'd have this again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark amber color with a small white head. The aroma has a little bit of funkiness, with some fruit mixed in. No real hops on the aroma. The flavor is where the funkiness comes in. It is not as sour or wild as some other beers, but the flavor is definitely there once the beer has warmed up. By the time I finished my beer, it had been out of the fridge for over and hour and was very good. There are also some hops in the flavor as well as some slight fruitiness. A very good beer. Not too sour or funky, but a very good, drinkable beer that I hope to try again.

Photo of magictrokini
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy auburn with a big, fat, foamy white head. Good lacing. Funky, spicy aroma. Sweeter, fruity yeast rather than the barnyard variety. Malt sweetness as well mixed with apples and melon. Effervescent mouthfeel, kind of velvety, dry finish. Fruity taste, again with green apples and now peach. Some pepper spice aiwht maybe clove; but not the clove that may be found in a German hefe, a bit sharper. Sweet yeast funk as well. Some bread-dough malt from time to time. Easy to drink, but one bottle was my max.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber to brown in color with plenty of haziness. A fingernail of off white head is on top. Brussels lacing. I smell sour Brett. The flavor is Brett forward with a tart cherry note. The body is heavily carbonated and crisp.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored ale slightly hazed with yeast sediment big chunky off white khaki head leaves fine Belgian style lacing, great look to it. Aromatics tart funky yeast notes acidophilus, brettanomyces, the gangs all here...It's Alive! The beer's yeast that is. Great barnyard funky edge to it, acidic hints of yogurt borderline vinegar lactic acid notes, this beer was aged on white wine barrels. I'm not sure what they were going for but I like sour ales. On the second sniff I'm getting ripened pineapple, oak barrel aging effects, a slight buttery note, there's everything in here. Flavor wise, bitter yeast and acidity collide, a hint of band aid, medicinal notes, with big fruit thing ripened pineapple, tropical fruit notes embedded in barnyard/horse blanket type flavor aspects, grassy hay and wet acidity. Some people would say cat piss but I don't find it offensive in the least regards. I find hints of sliced green apple, plump raisins, and other fine infused tart characteristics, this is probably my favorite Mikkeller thus far, I find hit or miss to be their game but this is dead on for a beer called...It's Alive! I'm a fan, of their de Proef gypsy brewed offerings I've had limited contact with their hoppy ales but have found them to be lackluster compared to most American brewed versions. Mouthfeel upfront has a rolling carbonation a bit prickly with acidity and sharp dry finish but the mix of carbonation and dry character seems to treat the beer superbly on the palate. Overall what can I say that I didn't already go try this brew.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with candied light fruits - apricots and pears - with a mild tartness. Also present are moderate amounts of funk and hints of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly grainy pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by soft and lightly tart medium fruit flavors. Midway through the sip hints of funk work their way into things before fading out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer but no one thing stood out as exceptional. Still, it's worth a shot.

Photo of hughesm4
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a light copper color with a decent amount of head.

S. A few random spices come out, but has a little of a winelike odor.

T. Not exactly what I expected. My initial drink tasted more like a white wine. The following drinks where not really consistent. Some where had small amount of a spices, but several drinks where just flat and foul.

M. It leaves a slight aftertaste, and it fills the mouth during the initial drink, but nothing spectacular

D. It goes down decently well, especially for the abv. Probably not something that I would drink again, but it was something that I was glad I tried.

Photo of degerbah
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red-orange with good amounts of head. Bottle was filled all the way up to the bottom of the cork. Aroma is a little acrid and slightly sour. Reminds me of a drier white wine mixed with beer. Not really what I was expecting from reading the bottle, this makes much more sense when listed as a Belgian Pale Ale than as a Wild Ale. It tastes like a hybrid in style, not sour enough to really be a wild ale, but too acrid to be a strong ale. Not a terrible beer and I'm glad I tried it, overall though I am not impressed.

Photo of lnashsig
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass- pours a crazy amount of foam that fills the glass immediately. Excellent head retention. Smell- tart sour, musty, green apples. Taste- dissapointing. Not much here, not bad by any means. Flat apple juice. Some bitter funk from the brett. Boring, bland, but I guess highly drinkable, since it really doesn't taste like anything. The store owner advised me against this one, and I didn't listen. Oh well, could have spent 14 bucks worse ways than this. Mikkeller dissapoints here for sure.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, with a Charles Smith Vineyards style labeling effort, it would seem. Good name for a wild ale, I gotta say.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden copper hue, with two chubby fingers of densely foamy, fizzy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly fades away.

It smells of somewhat acrid and yet crisp yeast, semi-sweet wheat grain, aged lemon rind, funky tropical fruit, wet straw, lye, and a weak alcohol measure. The taste is kind of biscuity pale malt, neutered citrus, still funky and musty yeast, a growing domestic and south-seas fruitiness, a tame phenolic astringency, and more understated booze warming.

The carbonation is a tad below average, just a meek swirling frothiness to be had, the body a so-so medium weight, a bit fluffy, but otherwise decently smooth. It finishes with a severe push towards dryness, the alcohol, restrained funk, and leafy hops doing all they can in the concerted effort.

Drinkable? Ya. Edgy hops, not quite controlled yeast, and underwhelming malt? You betcha. Enjoyable enough to warrant the price? The jury's still out on that one, but hey, this is Mikkeller, so you pretty much know what that verdict's gonna be, eh? Suggested for only the most stringently ardent fans of the style.

Photo of mutterfudder
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip

A - Dark amber pour. Small dollop of foam on top, but it needed an aggressive pour to get it.

S - Juicy fruits, esters of apple and mango. Smell is wonderful.

T - Huh, this has some of those esters in the flavor. Typical De Proef yeast notes of pineapple and wet fruit. Minor leather flavors, ending with an astringent hop note.

M - The lingering astringency isn't all that palatable to me. However, the nice juiciness of the beer is fantastic.

I liked this well enough, however, at $12.50 a bottle it's not likely something I'll pick up too often.

Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle into a Brooklyn snifter / tulip, split with friends.

Appearance: Hazy fire orange with a creamy and dense white head that sticks for a while and leaves some fine lacing rings.

Smell: Very different and very much something that keeps changing as it goes from good to awesome. I'm getting, weirdly enough, beach and ocean salt-water breeze, the kind of effervescent salty air that comes off the beach as the sun comes up. And there's a shampoo perfumed smell, like really tropical, flowery shampoo, sans feigned medicinals. Vinous white grapes, and some minor funk. What a bunch of good weirdness, and nothing I expected.

Taste: I had a feeling this might happen. The taste doesn't come across nearly as wild as the aroma does. There's an interesting back-end IPA-like bitterness to this, in a lighter way. The perfume and flowery tropical nature is there, but everything is so subdued, light, and skips what could be amazing nuances of flavor before the back-end mild bitterness upon the finish. That said, it's very easy to sip at the ABV level, and no alcohol can be detected.

Mouthfeel: Champagne-effervescent-like and bubbly, while still maintaining a lighter feel overall.

Drinkability: A fantastic bottle to split with friends. We all got weird things from this, probably due to the yeast and the brett overall, though it's missing some good prominent funk we were all hoping for. I could drink a bottle of this, but it's such a different and exciting brew that it's nice to see the responses of others also. With some tweaking in the future this could be amazing stuff, but right now, for the price, I'd stick to spitting the cost (around $12-$14 in my area) with a few friends.

Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Julio's, brought back by Jason. Cloudy orange with lots of white head, lots of lace after. Wierd aroma, but great control. Spiciness with a malted offset. Musty, a funky experience from the wild yeast but very good for what it is. This aroma may fall away with some ageing.

Photo of Brandt
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer poured out of its corked bottle a nice golden amber color with a rocky egshell colored head and showed pretty strong carbonation.

the smell was very complex and had many layers. after pouring the first smell gave off a semi tart dryness with a hint of green apple skin, i then swirled it and the beer let out a whole new brand of smells starting with the expected spicy character from a wild ale with notes of pepper and clove followed by a more bready note from the yeast and a very ripe bannana.

the taste was nearly as complex as the nose starting off with a very bitter astringency similar to the papery casing on a walnut and some good brown malt flavor as well. this was all interwoven with brett throughout and only a trace of alcohol despite the 8% abv.

the finish was a simple dryness that hung on the tongue with a mildy sweet counterpart to make a nice complement of the dryness

really enjoyed this beer and would certainly drink it again!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a mini pint glass.

Appearance - Orange amber body. Mostly clear. Nice white head. Great retention.

Smell - Super bretty. Very earthy with just a hint of acidity. Malty behind it. Simple but good.

Taste - Still very bretty. Not quite the dominance of the aroma, but strong. Lots of earthy flavors. Malty. Simple again, but clean.

Mouthfeel - Verging on dry. Just a bit of sweetness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Simple flavors. I like the balance of this right now. Would probably be way too bretty with age.

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Crazy lacing & head retention

S: Pears, sourness & dirt

T: Funk, pears, a little bit of lemony hop up front. Green appple peel, a touch of dirt as this warms, a touch of dryness, the Brett is working for me. Finishes fruity & dirty with a bit of piney & lemon hops sneaking in through considerable funk

MF: Medium bodied, with firm carbonation, great balance

This drinks really easy if you are into Brett, A nice take on the style, albeit a touch pricey

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper body with two fingers of head with decent retention, but little lacing.

S - Big juicy fruit aroma, with strawberry and raspberry sweetness, green apple tartness, sour cherry funk, hints of leather and earthy funk, all while being quite vineous.

T/M - A lot more bitterness than I expected. Big funk, big hops. As it warms, I picked up nice rose nectar, raspberry, and honey sweetness, in addition to the big funk. Alcohol is present and warming. A lot different than expected. Finish was a bit watery. Mid bodied.

D - Shows great complexity, and weak balance. The funk is fantastic, but even a sucker like me would love to see some more sweetness to balance out the huge funk. Fun, but not overly drinkable.

Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, orange rine, fruit, banana, and subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sugar, wheat, banana, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was just something about this one that was a little off-putting in the flavor. Maybe it was the way the sugar blended with the fruits present??? Who knows, but this could have been a lot better if this were not the case. Glad I got to try it, but that is about it.

Photo of alleykatking
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spilt a bottle with my employee at a party.

A- Pours a hazy dark copper/amber color. When held up to the light there was some orange tints toward the sides of the glass. Nice slight eggshell white 1 and a half finger head that dies away leaving some lacing on the sides.

S- Little more funk than what I'm used to with this style. Some fruity hints came out with this (pear and grapes). Big sourness to the aroma. Slight malt sweetness to this as well. Some barnyard scents to this as well.

T- Well this has a sour beer taste to say the least. Big sour hint to this (reminds me of a wine upfront and finish to this). Some sweet malts in the middle mingle with a fruity taste.

M- Medium mouthfeel to this. Big carbonation to this makes the beer a fine sipper. Leaves a big sourness in the palate and aftertaste.

D- I couldn't drink this beer all the time but...well every once in a while this is a perfect tasting beer.

Photo of philipquarles
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

75cl bottle. Pours kind of a nasty yellow-brown with a smallish off-white head. Sweet, yeasty smell. Brown sugar and some very light Brett character. Faintly fruity. Not very pleasant. Very yeasty taste, again fairly sweet with a bit of fruit. Very restrained Brett notes. Hops evident toward the end. Light-medium body. An underwhelming take on this style, that I really just don't want to drink much of.

Photo of jellikit
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.
Appearance: Orange. Slight haze. Thin, white head.
Smell: mango and wine.
Taste: Chardonnay. Malt. Booze.
Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: very tasty wine beer. I love it.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dull rustic-orange with a 3 finger, foamy ivory colored head that was well lasting.Visible carbonation was a mixture of slow steady rising micro bubbles with spontaneous rapidly rising macro bubbles. The lacing left a random spotty spongey patching down the sides of the glass.

S: The nose yielded sour oranges and pale grains along with musky scents of lemon. A mildewy floral hopping closes things out. The nose was subtle from the brettamyoces, pale and soft, and somehow was expecting more here.

T: sharp and acidic with funky sour oranges that blast the tastebuds from the start thanks in part to the lively carbonation. Things settle down after the initial sip with soft mildew lemons and sour citrus. Alcohol is well detected here with a tart yeasty nature delivering hints of sour fruit (pears), bananas, warm pineapple and warm grapefruit. the overall flavor was musky and tart wit a warming sour alcohol presence just before the finish of lingering sour citrus.

M: light bodied, very smooth, and despite the visible nature fairly soft carbonation wise. A sour funky citrus laces the tongue.

D: Wild and funky but overall well done and toned. A sour citrusy, Belgian pale, good for a single serving (bomber) but not intriquing enough to warrant repeatability or future purchase. One try is suffice and only moderate when compared to their other fantastic beers they brew.

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle picked up at Capone's just under a year ago.

A: The bottle was a gusher after the cork popped, requiring fast action to get it into a glass as opposed to the floor. The ale has a visible red hue, darkening what starts out as a copper colored brew. Despite the high carbonation, the head is practically nonexistent.

S: A dry horseblanket aroma lies just behind a rather fruity body, both the work of tireless yeast.

T: The taste s very dry, all the sweetness having been sucked out of it. Grainy malts fight with, and lose to, the brettanomyces with its funk. The ale is very reminiscent of Orval, although I suppose that that was the intent. A vegetal flavor, the remnants of some hops, leaves an odd finish that is barely noticeable against the brett.

M: The mouthfeel is light, despite the funkiness. The sharpness of the finish makes me want another sip.

D: The heft of the 8% alcohol never gets in the way, allowing the funk to shine through. Another Danish standout.

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It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
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