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It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 29 | 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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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -19.4%

11-16-2011 05:09:03 | More by HopStoopid120
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psdonnelly

Alabama

3/5  rDev -19.4%

05-09-2014 23:40:34 | More by psdonnelly
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jamesgaither

Kansas

3/5  rDev -19.4%

06-23-2014 00:26:25 | More by jamesgaither
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Paonz

Hawaii

3/5  rDev -19.4%

04-17-2013 05:29:07 | More by Paonz
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imperialking

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-07-2012 04:55:14 | More by imperialking
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hughesm4

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 01:32:18 | More by hughesm4
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Cloudy, amber orange, pours with a large, rocky, white head - keeps a nice cap, leaves sheets of sticky lacing,

Smell: Somewhat light, with Belgian yeast and some hops - some Belgian yeast, a mild spiciness, some light fruity esters - citrus hops - some light minerality that kind of reminds me of pool chemicals, and lots of phenols

Taste: Somewhat strange - pale, pale malts, very light - some Belgian yeast, with some clove, some spiciness - some light funk, some light fruits, some citrus - very phenolic, like bitter Band-Aids - not really sour, slightly tart, but mostly watery - woody flavors, some light sweetness

Mouthfeel: Lightbody, overly carbonated, with a phenolic stickiness

Overall: It's... not great

This is really strange. It's lightly sweet, lightly fruity, lightly funky, definitely phenolic, and watery. It's doesn't really make sense to list this as Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but I guess it doesn't really fit into any categories.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 17:57:35 | More by angrybabboon
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky head that leaves a rather spotty lacing pattern

Smell: Rotting pears, ginger, clove, watermelon rind with phenolic hints of acetone

Taste: Rather sweet and fruity (in a wild ale way, of course), up front, with pear, watermelon and peppery spice flavors; by mid-palate, some earthy/oaky flavors add complexity; after the swallow, however, a blast of phenolic acetone elements arrive to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Try as I might, I just cannot get past the finish in this schizophrenic beer

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 23:18:08 | More by brentk56
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 750ml corked bottle split with psycohops. Poured into twin shaker glasses, the ale appears akin to murky iced tea with a finger of off white foam. The head settles to a thin layer as it warms. Nose and taste - spoiling tart apples, mild funk, candied apples, smarties candies. Super dry and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 04:55:00 | More by ClockworkOrange
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jnezda

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this after buying all the Mikkeller's that cam e to @LoneStarBev. I was hoping for more of a Belgian than what I got but all in it was a good beer.

Pours light amber with thin fine head that has little staying power. Some lacing left and the color really is a light amber that retains its hazy appeal long after the head fades.

On the mild side for all flavors, including some light fruit, apricots, dates, raisins pears. No too nutty and limited to no hoppiness or bitterness. For a mild Belgian it fulfilled it role but left something to be desired on almost all counts.

I know I have said this with a number of reviews but for the price this beer should be passed over. Very good beer for the style but seems to be about twice the price of some of its competitors.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 05:34:03 | More by jnezda
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rhinos00

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my Corsedonk tulip glass.

A- Pours a semi-clear amber with a healthy, pillow fluffy white head.

S- Very subtle lemon, citrus aromas. Some funk with nice brett is detectable as well.

T- Completely opposite of the aroma. I was truly expecting something sour and funky. What I got was something that had mellow, bland flavor that tasted more like a weak Belgian Pale Ale than the wild ale description on the bottle. All surprises aside, the taste was just not that impressive.

M- Medium bodied. Just had a watered down characteristic that I didn't really care for. Finished dry.

D- Okay. It was pretty easy to put this down even though it didn't have much of a taste profile.

Overall, once I put the anticipated taste aside, the beer definitely became more drinkable. Still, given the price tag on this beer, I would probably not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 03:50:33 | More by rhinos00
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Hennepin tulip

A- pours a dark shade of orange with a puffy two finger offwhite head. The beer isn't really *cloudy* as much as it's...dark. Some sediment in here too

S- slight hints of brett in the nose, and not much else

T- I'm going to assume there's a lot of brett in here, because I get that typical flavor...and not much else. A little bit of sweetness from the yeast, and that's about all

M- medium bodied. Fine.

O- not great. Not bad. Also not worth the price though

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 20:01:59 | More by bigfnjoe
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photomike

California

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with BA NPAwesome. Thanks Nat!!!

Pours a hazy orange brown with an orangy white head. Moderate retention. Not a lot of light passes through it. Kind of an ugly color, but its got a nice head on it.

Smell is crazy. Very funky and spicy with a strong fruity flavor reminiscent of overripe, fermented orange. Tart on the nose with some vapor.

Taste is musty and dry, with some vague, nondescript fruit flavors. Lightly tart with a bitter finish that reminds me of orange peel.

Mouthfeel is sparkly and effervescent. Medium bodied with a slightly oily finish. Nice.

Highly drinkable for 8%. Very dry with little detectable alcohol. Somewhat refreshing and it goes down easy.

Overall, very funky and unusual. Hard to evaluate, but definitely worth at least one try.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 21:53:51 | More by photomike
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lnashsig

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 22:59:36 | More by lnashsig
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark golden amber/chestnut brown with a tick one finger foamy yellowish beige head. Decent retention, slowly fades into a lasting ring. Not much lacing.

Bready/yeasty aroma with subtle light fruit notes and earthy tartness. Hints of apple and pear as well as a grassy straw character compliment the earthy brett.

Very yeast medium body with slight roasted malt, peppery spiciness and a sour/tart earthy dry finish. There is some slight crisp light fruit character but this is overpowered by the funky tart brett flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 21:29:54 | More by corby112
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-07-2014 17:10:09 | More by VeganUndead
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Nick3

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burnt orange in color with an off-white head. Beer has a malty aroma with citrus and some mild brett funk. Taste is very similar with a finish that is slightly bitter, sour and dry. Alcohol is well masked. The beer got better as it warmed and as I drunk it but I was a bit disappointed overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 06:32:10 | More by Nick3
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

10-12-2013 09:44:22 | More by ReeseMax3
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

12-29-2012 19:54:26 | More by NickyDee21
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-21-2014 12:45:34 | More by mklisz
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metalgdog

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-15-2013 00:37:39 | More by metalgdog
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bahnfire

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-05-2013 01:03:03 | More by bahnfire
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ccrida

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, It's Alive! is copper with a large, off-white head, fairly slow settling and some what rocky, with pretty heavy, sugary looking lace. Darker then I was expecting, or prefer, but nice head, which is really the main thing I'm looking for here.

Smell is good and funky, with traces of caramel and hops that I wasn't expecting, as well as wafts of alcohol. It gets sweeter as it warms, tropical fruits, although I served it at cellar temp. An 'interruption' let it warm to room temp.

Taste is pretty acrid, very peppery, with a musty note from the brett that is a bit moldy. Not to exciting, the bitterness of the hops is amplified by the bugs, although the (unusual for the style IMHO) richness of the malt helps temper that. I wish I had aged this for another year at least to let the bugs do their thing and develop some complexity, I expect they'd soften the sharpness of the yeast and hops. Still, it grew on me as I worked though the bottle and let it warm up, but that also made the ABV more apparent.

Mouthfeel is actually on the thinner side, well a bit watery but medium bodied, with a drier finish, a bit sharp.

Drinkablity is not to stellar at this point, just not too exciting or tasty, a bit thick, very bitter and lacking depth. For the price, you'd be better served to sit on these for a while. The cork had a nice pop, but the beer barely moved. I'd hope with some time under it's belt, it would overflow a bit!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 00:12:26 | More by ccrida
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DmanGTR

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-29-2013 19:22:31 | More by DmanGTR
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Troublebar

China

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-06-2014 05:17:06 | More by Troublebar
It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.