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It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 183
Hads: 383
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 14
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,198 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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 (606 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice addition to the Mikkeller lineup. As expected the beer has a cleverly sculpted blend and balance of wild yeasts and bacteria to stimulate and challenge a beer drinker's palate.

The beer pours a medium caramel color that looks surprisingly like a Pale Ale. But the beer takes on a highly carbonated tone that is both efforvescent and lively to the eye. Initially great head formation fades soon enough atop a Belgian Wild Ale that has cut through all proteins and substantial sugars that would have lead to better head retention.

Mouthwatering aromas of under-rippened fruits: think blackberries, raspberries, apples, pears, and grapes to name a few. Throw in a dusty scent of grandma's attic and a hint at caramel malts and we have a beer.

Flavors represent the same, but in reverse. Camelized malts make a greater impact than expected with a medium malt and raw barley taste. The astringent fruits soon follow with also a medium boldness and later hits the jawls with a light, acidic sharpness. The funkified nature of the beer also hits a moderate stride with a white wine vineous note that will be sure to challenge the novice beer drinker. The crab-apple, lemony, berry-ey, peppery notes rise at mid-palate and gain intensity into both the finish and aftertaste. Hop flavor and bitterness also show extra depths of complexity and variation, as if the beer needed it.

The caramel malts make the beer seem a bit sweeter and heavier than it really is. The bolserous carbonation lifts the beer from the mouth and makes drinkability decidedly easy. Acidity and tartness helps to thin the beer to help out in the upcomming summer months. Moderately astringent and sharp at times, but that's the name of the game when considering the wild brews.

Comparisons to Orval come to mind. But this beer takes on a more caramel flavor and not as aggressive with the 'wild' character. Still, musty, horse-y, and dusty throughout. Even the dry-hopped character of the beer draws comparisons. (1,992 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a shiny amber color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of fruity ester is very interesting with nice Belgian style malt and a slightly dry hoppy finish. Taste is also dominated by some fruity ester with some Belgian style malt with some lingering sweetness and some very light Poppering style hops at the end. Full body with great carbonation and no signs of the alcohol. Very well done though not very close to Orval as suggested by the label. (501 characters)

Photo of largadeer
1.9/5  rDev -49.3%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,322 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, light copper color with orange highlights. It had a small, foamy, off-white head that left a little lace.

S - It smelled funky, but it was mild. Some caramel notes and sweet fruits.

T - It tasted candy sweet with a bubblegum-like flavor. There was a nice yeasty taste, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a very dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty interesting Belgian-style pale ale. It tasted nothing like it smelled but it was very good. (496 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was certainly an odd one. Not really sure what to make of it here, but anyway, here we go. Served chilled and poured into a pint snifter.

The pour here was rather intresting. Ruddy brown in color with a nice tow inches of head creeping up and over the sides. Nice texture to it, as even when it fades it tends to leave behind copious amounts of side glass lacing. Brown sugar, dark fruits, earthy tartness all come up quite easily in the aroma. Not the funky monster I would normally expect, rather it was a bit subdued, mellow if you will without much, if anything really coming up toward the surface. Same for the taste, an odd mixture of sweetness, dark fruits, like tart and an overall earthy quality that all seem to come together nicely, albeit not the way I had really envisioned it. Smooth, nice delicate body and amply carbonated, we have no issues here, just wish it was a little bit more bolder in flavor.

Overall not at all what I was expecting but still delivered it quite nicely. I would not have a problem going for this one again, but maybe after it has a couple of years on in it. (1,104 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a large, frothy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of toasty, candyish caramel, spices (particularly pepper), citrus juices, bitter herbs, flowers, must, mildew, and a faint, faroff note of Edam cheese.

Taste: Toasty, candied caramel maltiness with a medium sweetness. Splash of tropical citrus fruits. A spoonful of NyQuil. Green peppercorns, maybe some ginger, too. Strong herbal, floral qualities, all a bit perfumy, and with a decent hit of bitterness. Hint of cheese. Sharp musty yeastiness. Finishes markedly dry with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus body. Very slight oiliness.

Drinkability: A beer inspired by Orval as a homage of sorts, but certainly quite unique in its own right with a complex, zany array of flavors. Fairly decent overall. (836 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
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 (523 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA
Labeled as a tribute to Orval.

Poured into a tulip glass, a nice bronzed amber with a thin ring of white head. Smells of yeast, citrus zest, and bubblegum. Sweet taste, pale malts, very citrusy, pear, pineapple, and a bit of hay. Some hop bitterness coming through, but not much. Almost saisonish. Very complex and enjoyable array of flavors. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable. (432 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a De Molen beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. I love this brewery, so expectations are above average. [I had to retype this review, because beeradvocate logged me out by the time I submitted it, so I'm a little pissed]. Reviewed live. Not paired with food or anything. Served refrigerator cold but allowed to warm up over the course of drinking it.

A: Pours a four finger head of good cream and thickness, and great retention for the ABV. Colour is transparent copper. Generally appealing.

Sm: Yeasty. A honey adds a welcome note to the balance. Some hops towards the end. Clean malts.

T: Yeasty - but not as much as expected. Clean malts. Some caramelization notes. Pleasant cream. Some hop bitterness right on the finish, which I don't like. Well balanced and built, but not as bold as I'd want. I like it. Enjoyable and flavorful.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. Some dryness on the finish from the hops is not ideal. Complements the flavours well overall.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV. Not watery. Hides its ABV well. I like it and would try it again especially on tap. I don't think it would age well in a bottle. Wouldn't pair particularly well with any food, but would suit it generally. An enjoyable Belgian Wild.

B- (1,339 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,553 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/23/2012 on the cork. Cork did no pop off. Pours hazy reddish orange color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of oak, raisin, red wine, pear, caramel, apple, wine vinegar, earth, grass, hay, herbal, pepper, leather, funk, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and high complexity. Taste of oak, raisin, pear, caramel, pepper, earth, hay, leather, molasses, grass, clove, funk, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of oak, dark fruit, caramel, molasses, pepper, earth, herbal, grass, leather, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavor; no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is ok; definitely needs more carbonation. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian wild ale. The taste was a bit odd at first, but it grew on me; nicely complex and smooth to sip on. Enjoyed this quite a bit despite low carbonation. (1,203 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has an excellent pale and crystal malt scent along with a some yeast fruitiness and a bit of farmhouse funk. The taste us decent as well. It has a crisp pale and crystal malt flavor along with a dry earthy farmhouse funk. The Brett character provides a mild sourness, but mostly a dry earthy flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer got bad reviews, but it's actually quite enjoyable. I'm not sure it's true to style, but it has good malt and yeast character. (631 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange with a thick, bubbly head that leaves a generous amount of lacing on the glass.

S & T: Brettanomyces, citrus, spices, peppercorn. Decent tasting brew with a lot of things going on. Fun and interesting. Definitely identifiable as a Belgian strong pale ale.

M & D: nice feel with a good brett aftertaste. The beer has a prevalent brett aroma and taste, but I wouldn't say this beer is sour. There is no pucker or tartness in the flavor or finish. Overall, a decent beer. I'd drink it again. (505 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a spotty head.

Smell: yeast, barnyard funk, bubblegum, and fruit sweetness is easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: nice malt base with some big yeast tones, pears, tart green apples, some funk and a bit of sourness. Bitterness is decent and balancing. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Some dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the funk, yeast and sourness lingers on the tongue a while.

Drinkability: this wild ale is a slow sipper. Nice flavor but one bottle will be enough in a session. (589 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best By Date March 2012; Sampled July 2008
A soft pour easily produces over three-fingers of foamed that is a dirty, light tan color. The beer is a full amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, orange-tinged, light amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is very fruity smelling; aromas of berries, aromatic apples, sauvignon Blanc, some light zinfandel grape notes and some Asian pear are each noticeable. Funky, though not overwhelmingly so; it is more spicy than funky with ample notes of woody black pepper, cedar, ginger and clove. A backdrop of bready malt notes round out the complexity in the nose. Really it is the woody, peppery notes that make this such an interesting beer to smell.

Despite resting for almost ten minutes it is still incredibly well carbonated and it fizzes up as soon as it hits my tongue. The beer tastes fairly sweet which really accentuates fruit flavors up front. It then starts to get funky towards the middle and into the finish. The fruit notes remind me of currants, some generic berry notes, a touch of apple and some light pear. As to the funk, well this is dominated by huge phenolic notes that are a mix of some band-aide notes, lightly rotting vegetal notes and a curing plastic / acetone note that lingers on in the mouth after each sip. Underneath the strong phenolics is a solid, if not piquant, spiciness that provides flavors of pepper, fruity young ginger and lingering clove. At times the phenolics seem to contribute more of a spicy, wood-like character that is almost like cedar, but does seem to pick up a turpentine edge.

As the beer warms up it loses the harshest of the plastic phenolic notes, or perhaps it is just that my palate has become saturated. It almost becomes enjoyable from the beginning to ending of each sip, though the harsh, plastic phenolics never entirely dissipate. This is light and quaffable, especially for an 8% abv beer.

This almost has a Jekyll and Hyde flavor personality (thankfully the aroma is all nice, funky, goodness); up front it is quite fruity, smooth and tasty, but towards the finish it starts to get wild, harsh and phenolic. In the end I would balance this a bit more towards the pleasant notes; even in the finish there are solid, good tasting, flavor contributions, all of which ultimately save this from being un-enjoyable. (2,336 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is curiously lackluster. Not bad in any particular way, but it really doesn't have any spark or zing to it. Pours a hazy orange amber with a nice head that sticks around. Smells very earthy and with a fairly big hit of dry malt. Tastes earthy as well, but fairly plain. Nice bitter finish, but no hoppy zing or Belgian yeast fruit and spice or candi sugar sweetness. Just sort of dry and bready with some earthy hops and fairly flat in flavor. Some spicy hops at the end that carry through in the mouthfeel, which is a bit rough around the edges. Not bad, but not memorable. (584 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours dark orange with shiny ruby hues and a bit hazy. Huge pillowy fluffy head, gets shredded by bubbles soon, receding to a few floating messy specks and a thick sticky lace.
Smells great, with orchard fruit (red and yellow apple, pear, quince, apricot) rolled in candi sugar, a touch of tartness, even a faint tropical note. Sweet smell amplified by caramel, butterscotch, banana chips, reminding of spongecake and dominating over the Brett funk (a bit of wood, moldy, spicy), hopefully not entirely.
As a first note, it's surprisingly light. Starts fruity, a bit bitter, but mostly sweet and sour, with lime, green apple, white grape, faint pear and sour cherry, with a cider-like acidity. Yeasts take over, with a big earthiness. Somewhat typical Belgian mix of spice & herb (pepper, faint coriander, lemongrass, floral tea) followed by light Brett funk (some mold, hay, faint stave, green grass, twigs). Malts enhance the earthy notes with bread crust, with a lower level of sweetness than in the smell and just a few drops of candi sugar. Finishes with a woody dry feel, funky, with some earthy/green hop showing up to provide a mild bitterness.
Medium to light body, as is the carbonation, just slightly prickly. Taste reminds of a champagne, but the body doesn't. Aftertaste is funky with some lingering fruit, but not much. The sugars seem to settle in more seriously in time, but it doesn't become too sweet.
I prefer the Orval. Getting that out of the way, this was indeed a nice Belgian-style ale with nice saison characteristics, not as funky as the Lychee/Wine Barrel version (only one that i tried, pretty sure the others are great too), but lighter and actually.. almost a different thing entirely. (1,715 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a 750ml green bottle, BB 31/07/2018, served chilled in Hapkin’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a semi-murky, dark reddish amber hue, coming with a thin layer of beige foamy head and lively carbonation.
S: lightly caramely sweet, assertively tangy woody, citrus-peel-ish, spice-estery, overripe-pear-ish and lightly funky-yeasty, but the sweet malty edge seems to be constantly on the top; given a good swirl, the creamy perfume of esters intensify.
T: lightly sour-sweet malty and pleasantly grapefruit-zesty on the entry, with a pretty dry palate immediately ensuing along with richly spicy esters, leaving deepening hop bitterness, lightly funky elements and Styrian Golding’s aroma to go with the tangy tannins developing towards the end of each sip; obviously warming at the rear of the palate. Not terribly complex, but the flavour is quite lovely.
M&O: throughout the drink the mouthfeel remains softly refreshing with rather decent and subtle carbonation, against a medium-plus body of Orval-like flavour profile. The attenuation level is not quite as high as the original, nor is the funky Brett’s performance, but all in all this is a highly drinkable Belgian ale with layers of flavours and aroma to offer. (1,247 characters)

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It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.