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It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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Denmark

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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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml served in a Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a clear and beautiful orange amber with a giant 3 finger rocky head that forms cavernous mountains of foam. Incredible 3/4 inch 3D lacing.

S - Strong barnyard funk, horse blanket, dry hay, dusty grain, lemongrass, honey, lavender, old leather, musty wood.

T - Sweet malt with some grassy grain, green apple skins, powdery yeast, honey, pears, lavender. Minty herbal hops and muted orange citrus come out on the finish.

M - Ultra smooth carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Wow! One of the funkiest aromas I've ever come across from a beer. The taste followed the nose only way less funk. The funk almost rounds out the flavors. Very good especially if you like funky brews. I enjoyed this one with some aged cranberry white cheddar.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling reddish orange in color with a long lasting, thick, off-white head that bursts to the rim of the tulip. I've witnessed few beers with a residual lacing as big and gnarly.

The aroma puts the "f" in funk; a virtual wild yeast orgy that flows freely and loudly throughout the room. Notes of dark fruit, grain, straw and herbal mint are later realized. Sweet and minty to the tongue with a phenomenal funk wrapping that goes on and on. Lighter fruits, allspice, nougat and caramel eventually orchestrate to provide balance and complexity.

This one is quite easy to drink. Mouth-feel is medium, and it has a pleasing creamy core.

Seems a bit underrated to me, but then again, I'm not really a funky kinda guy if you know what I mean.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml cellered for a good while Thanks to Gregus. Mikkeller is alway expensive, but pretty much alway unique and good. Clear amberish color, amazing looking head. Frothy and solid looking, like wax. I walked away for 20 minutes and came back to the head still holding like a champ, and lacing still clinging. This beer has great visual appeal. Smell is an appealing, but very delicate aroma. I smell flowers and bright acidic yeast. Not what I was expecting. Beer is surprisingly drinkable. Subtle malt notes, minimal hopping. Seems like the recipe is designed to push the yeast character, which is complex and exciting to the palate. Ph is low and puckers the lips a bit. Thin body, booze is quite well hidden. I could have used a bit more sour. But wonderful beer. Pleasure to have tried.

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3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 poured into my Brooklyn snifter. No bottle date that i can tell...

A- Holy head. Bubbles and fizzes up all the way to the top of the glass. Pours a very good looking orange-red color. Relatively clear, lots of bubbles coming up. Big pillowy slightly yellow head. This thing looks great.

S- Lots of wet barnyard hay. Funky lemon, yeasty aromas, mildly sweet. Bread, malts. Not bad.

T- Spicy Belgian yeast up front, goes right into sweet malty flavors, followed by a lemony, bretty tartness. Finishes off with sweet bready malts.

M- Slick, thin, and alot of carbonation. It is a little over carbonated for me, but not this style.

O- I am not a fan of Belgian beers very much, but i thought this was pretty good. I dont know where this beers horrible reviews came from....

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3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, orange rine, fruit, banana, and subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sugar, wheat, banana, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was just something about this one that was a little off-putting in the flavor. Maybe it was the way the sugar blended with the fruits present??? Who knows, but this could have been a lot better if this were not the case. Glad I got to try it, but that is about it.

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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S- 1 pint 9 ounce bottle into a large snifter

A- A lighter dark amber (if that makes any sense) with nice lacing and a beautiful head

S- subtly sour, grass, hay, herbs, lemon, slight funk

T- much different than expected. A lot of caramel presence, but there are sour components in tact, supported by a beautiful dry finish. A lot of apple, grass, a little lemon, some minerals.

M- Great malt presence. Very easy to drink at the 8% ABV.

O- I like this beer more than I expected to. It reminds me of the BBB from fantome, but a little richer. Good beer and I am now a Mikkeller fan.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours mostly clear medium-dark gold, with a massive, towering meringue head. The type that dominates your tulip glass.

Has a light Belgian aroma. Fruity, spicy, some warm earth. Tart cherry, sweet strawberry.

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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I have no idea where to write this review. I found this bottle just recently, but it is in a 750ml bottle and labeled as a Belgian Wild Ale. I thought it may be the It's Alive that is not retired, but the ABV is off and there are no 750ml bottle reviews...so I'm VERY CONFUSED. So anyways, pours an almost-clear golden amber color with a HUGE, beautiful, frothy cream-colored head. Scent is a bit of Brett with some sugary sweetness to it. Lots of pepper and spiciness to it with a hint of lemon zest and citrus...orange peel. Taste is initially citrusy with hints of funk from the Brett. Not as funky as I was expecting. Has a lot of Belgian yeast flavors and sugar cane. Then I some lemon tartness that finishes sweet and Bretty. Mouthfeel is full and crisp. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is an awesome beer. I can definitely see how people would compare this beer to Orval, but IMO it can't compete. In fact, any beer that is a tribute to Orval can't compare...this one may be the closest though.

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