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It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 359 | Reviews: 180
Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -17%
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

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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 ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Charles Smith Vineyards style labelling effort...

This beer pours a medium golden copper hue, with two fingers of dense, somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly fades away. It smells of pale sweet wheat grain, some aged lemon, and mild crisp yeast. The taste is sweet biscuity malt, citrus, yeast, and a slight booze warming. The carbonation is a bit below average, the body medium weight, a bit fluffy, but otherwise decent. It finishes with a severe push towards dryness, the alcohol and leafy hops doing all they can in the concerted effort.

Drinkable? Ya. Edgy hops, neutered yeast and underwhelming malt? You betcha. Enjoyable enough to warrant the price? The jury's still out...

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
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

Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

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It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.