It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by chocosushi:
3.55/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A ~ Pours a red/sienna. Great head & very effervescent bubbles of carb. Specks of lace. Head settles into a puff in the center. I don't remember Orval being this color.
S ~ Musty & dusty. . .Fermented citrus. . Raw Sugars. .Durian fruit & hay. .Aloe vera & notes of flowering fields whisper through.
T ~ Boastful notes of papaya, underripe pear, & durian. Brett lends slight mushroom/moss notes. Herbal hops. Tonic water & Aluminum on the finish.
M ~ Good balance but slightly off phenols on the finish. Sort of drags on the palette with a slightly salty, medicinal note.
D ~ Good beer, but only the frame work of Orval. Lacks finesse, but is drinkable. It is merely a shadow of the beer it is imitating but I'm glad I tried it.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2012 14:14:44 | More by chocosushi
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3.74/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: Surprisingly dark burnt orange, even with a bit of pink at the center. HUGE head, foamy, with long retention but little lacing. Lots of sediment, quick and strong column of bubbles.
S: Pungent since the first crack of the cap. Apple and yeast funk are foremost, white grapes and some tropical fruit make up the background.
T: Heavy on the funk, then yeast, apple, and grapes, in that order. Very, very dry. The initial flavor fades quickly as a slightly unpleasant chalk/earth takes over. It's good overall, a lot to pick out, but the finish is off-putting. I'm pretty lenient and open to unique flavors and overall enjoy this, even some of the stranger notes, but they have to be accountable for some of the components that are downright out of place, even bad. No notes of wood from the barrel aging.
M: Prickly carbonation but exceptionally smooth body, almost to the point of a slick stout.
O: My first Mikkeller experience seems to be a well-worn one. Glimpses of genius hidden behind strange off-notes. The nose was great, clean and clear, the taste markedly less so. The mouthfeel was a mix of both; contrasting but well structured, which I enjoy, but a significantly off for the style. I don't discredit them too much for this, as he is a very experimental character, but that only gives him so much leeway.
I should also note that because there is no bottling date I'm not sure how old this is; I feel like age may account for some of the shortcomings.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2014 06:25:21 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.