It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and cara), light candy, hops (hallertauer and styrian goldings), yeast and brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: DarkerTheBetter on 06-06-2008)
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Photo of ndak
1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of Hultkrantz
1.25/5  rDev -66.3%

Photo of largadeer
1.9/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Murky, slightly turbid amber, darker than I was expecting. A gentle pour leaves me with three fingers of head in my glass, which takes a few moments to settle. Head retention is good, but this one is overcarbonated.

Smell: Lightly funky, not overly so, with a sweet toffee backbone from the malt and a touch of herbal hops. Somewhat medicinal overall.

Taste & mouthfeel: Herbal, peppery, slightly tart up front. The malt base is very dry, but there's more bitterness than I'd like and not enough bretty funk or sourness. Like a rough, unrefined Orval with excessive bitterness. The finish is loaded with bitter herbal hops and dry husky grain. After half a glass all I could taste was bitterness - not terribly impressive. Most of the bottle went down the drain.

Photo of nrbw23
2.38/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a murky orange color with a foamy white head. Head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells of Belgian yeast, flowery, funky, caramel hops and floral hops.

T- Wow didn't like this at all...totally different from the nose. Pretty complex but it just doesn't go well together. I let this on sit for a while and came back to it and it was pretty much the same taste just a lot stronger. Just didn't taste good at all.

M- Light to medium body and high carbonation.

D- No thanks I'll pass.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of vinny21bal
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of klewis
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a moderate, bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Citric aromas with just a bit of funk.

T: On the first sip, caramel malts with a light lemon zest flavor and a bit of brett. On consequent sips, the brett overwhelmed the palate, replacing the light malty taste with a dry tannic one.

M: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Dry.

D: No thank you sir. If every sip tasted like the first, this would be a solid beer, but this unfortunately did not happen.

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 JohnQVegas
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle into red wine glass. Opened and poured chilled, rated at 45 degrees and up.

Pours a copper-brown, with a stout light-khaki pillowy head that settles into a thin cap, lots of random big bubbles in the middle with a tenacious grip on the side of the glass.

Nose is interesting. Some very sweet caramel is the first thing to hit the nose, rich and a bit bready, bit of burnt toffee, along with some very light acetic acid and green apples that come off kind of odd, perhaps because of how sweet the nose is. Black pepper makes an appearance as well.

Taste isn't any better. Earthy, organic tasting, lots of band aid. Plasticy. Peppery and spicy underneath, but even that ends up taking an earthy, musty, vegetal character. Bready malt sits underneath it all, present but showing up more in the finish and exhale than anywhere else - half hidden behind the weirdness that sits on top of it. Earthy, peppery bitterness sits on the palate. Not an entirely pleasant experience.

Mouthfeel is actually ok, full bodied and a bit lush, creamy, though a bit grainy and chelky as well, which hurts.

Drinkability is pretty terrible. It's not revolting, but it's definitely not something I'd look forward to.

Photo of badbeer
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
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 Havion383
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of andrewinski1
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is blood orange. There is a light off-white head that only barely covers the body.

The aroma is very vinous. There is a good dose of sweet oak and some tart vinegar notes. There is a good dose of mustyness and dirt in the aroma as well.

The taste starts out with sweet orange malt like flavor. There is a hint of caramel in there as well. The finish has more wild yeast flavor components with just a hint of tartness. Some of the dirt-like flavors come through in the finish as well. The flavor is mostly dirty the more i drink it.

This is medium bodied. This might be passed its prime. I'm not sure how wild I am about Mikkeller's wild ales in general.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into an unmarked chalice glass.

Beer pours a golden brown with a two finger head. Smell of hops and yeast are dominant in the nose. Some citrus notes and also a bit of clove perhaps.

The taste was unique. A hoppy beer with a sour beer aftertaste. Or is it a sour beer with a hoppy beer aftertaste. I don't know. The mouthfeel was very carbonated. The sour beer sensation, which I liked, seemed to go away the more I drank.

The beer is drinkable but not overlly impressive.

Not sure I would seek this one out again.

Photo of Franky3
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Caged and corked bottle..pours a orange red ice tea color with about a half inch thick good white head.

Smell- a thick head gives notes of ginger...notes of brettanomyces and possibly cherry...traditional and good belgian scent. A bit of a face warming sour scent.

Taste- Sort of where I believe this beer goes wrong...the smell calls for a bold sharp brew with sticking brett, but delivers a dull, low, back of mout dusty and flat feel. There is something in there that tingles your tonsils, not neccesarily in a good way...it is reminding me of the grape bubbalicious that I never really liked after you have had it in your mouth for too long...

not very drinkable...just not my favorite

Photo of Bendurgin
2.93/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of revkibosh
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick head that hangs around.

S: Smells wonderful right out of the bottle, fruits and flowers with that typical Belgian undertone. Smell alone, this is a wonderful beer.

T: eh... doesn't taste the way it smells. Fruity and floral at the start, very earthy in the middle with an almost smokey flavor, and lasting bitterness on the end. The more I drink the more the bitterness lasts. Each new sip tastes more fruity in the front and bitter on the end. Doesn't work for my tastes. Not terrible, but not great.

M: very carbonated. Based on the pour this is to be expected. Leaves my mouth very dry.

D: aside from the flavor this beer is very drinkable... the 8.0% is well hidden.

Overall this beer is decent. I just don't like the taste all that much. The complexity is amazing but I don't like the combination of flavors.

edit: I let this beer "open up" while I drank a different one and thought I'd comment on the change.

umm... Wow, the smokiness has changed to cigarette butts... Not even kidding. While the nose has gotten funkier and sweeter smelling, almost candy like, the flavor has, shall we say, developed. It still has the fruity front, but the smoky flavor that was once there has become more prominent and the aftertaste is straight ashtray. Not as bitter as before but not better. Still very interesting and complex flavors but good god...

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shared the bottle with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy sunset orange. Head is off-white, sticky, loose and rocky. Massive head retention. Drops off after a few minutes. Massively sticky.

Smell: massive hit of Belgian yeast from the start. Clove in abundance with some overripe banana coming through. Powdery Brett. Earthy with hay and grass. Slightly musty. Some slightly sweet malts. Faintly bready. Some nice citrus. Cracker dry.

Taste: Massive clove. Seriously massive. Backing earthy spiciness hits at pepper and nutmeg. Cardamom? Powdery Brett plays right behind the base yeast. Some bready malts and slight citrus hopping as. Earthy and slightly spicy. Tiny layer of funk. Yeast heavy. Bread crust. Slightly cooked malts.

Mouthfeel: Modertely light body with a solid carbonation.

Overall: Unique to say the least. Belgian yeast layered over a pronounced Brettanomyces funkiness is just crazy. Not sour, not really funky, not Belgian. This is a beer made of nots because I have no idea what it is.

Photo of kiddynamite920
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very clumpy and thick head, leaving sticky lacing. Pretty standard for the style. Beer is more orange than pale yellow.

S: Aroma is tart, funky, citrusy and is dusty a smell? Perhaps moldy would work better. Definitely noticeable Brettanomyces, but not too much Belgian pale qualities come through.

T: Funky more than citrusy, almost moldy cheese in flavor. Has a bit of sweetness towards the end, but this one definitely leaves a Brett flavor in your mouth.

M: Thin and low carbonation, has a creamy mouthfeel that just fades into funk quickly. Not overly enjoyable.

O: I was drawn to this beer by its stark label, don't regret buying it and trying it but I dont see myself seeking this out ever again. A mediocre base beer with an overly funky character.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.