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It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
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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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-24-2014 14:19:13 | More by neckbracesub
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-11-2014 05:28:46 | More by DaftPatrick
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-11-2014 02:35:03 | More by bismarksays
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psdonnelly

Alabama

3/5  rDev -19.1%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-09-2014 00:25:20 | More by salthemonster
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

05-06-2014 06:25:21 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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jzlyo

Iowa

4/5  rDev +7.8%

04-30-2014 23:34:27 | More by jzlyo
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

04-27-2014 14:21:19 | More by KAP1356
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Beervana

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-15-2014 01:45:13 | More by Beervana
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JefferyYoung

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

04-08-2014 15:01:29 | More by JefferyYoung
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-22-2014 12:47:50 | More by vermilcj
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-21-2014 03:46:02 | More by afsdan
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%

still great beer here, but unfortunately i think i enjoy the many variations far more than the original here. this is more of a belgian than the others, and as such the brett comes through a lot less. the ak alive version i thought was the supreme wild ale, a perfect example of dryness and brett character, while its alive here is just a bit more generic as they go. hazy rust colored liquid, maybe a touch lighter than that, with a prominent several inches of cream colored fluff. it smells like belgian yeast first, orchard fruit esters and dusty grain ith some amber malt sweetness. the brett is really only on the finish for me, not super dry or effervescent, but farmy, more like a belgian saison here than a true wild ale as i have come to know them from mikkeller, but i like it a lot just the same. the brett pushes the denser grain to the forefront of the flavor, where its sweetness is balanced nicely. the diversity of yeasts and yeast characters make this beer unique and special, but i just dont find the complexity or wonderment i discovered in all the variations of it. great carbonation and a lof of body still. very well made beer, but i would take ak alive over this one any day.

03-14-2014 15:40:20 | More by StonedTrippin
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Brinks

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

03-14-2014 12:01:47 | More by Brinks
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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

China

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-06-2014 05:17:06 | More by Troublebar
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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-06-2014 03:17:53 | More by KCBeerNerd
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kew

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-01-2014 22:35:15 | More by kew
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cdwil

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-01-2014 22:07:42 | More by cdwil
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JSchock7

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-01-2014 05:32:49 | More by JSchock7
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ilikebeer03

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.1%

02-22-2014 07:21:57 | More by ilikebeer03
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-20-2014 01:29:00 | More by Crimsontider22
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vinny21bal

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

02-08-2014 23:45:40 | More by vinny21bal
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-03-2014 17:36:55 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.