It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 183
Hads: 378
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 13
Gots: 43 | 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 andrewinski1
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is blood orange. There is a light off-white head that only barely covers the body.

The aroma is very vinous. There is a good dose of sweet oak and some tart vinegar notes. There is a good dose of mustyness and dirt in the aroma as well.

The taste starts out with sweet orange malt like flavor. There is a hint of caramel in there as well. The finish has more wild yeast flavor components with just a hint of tartness. Some of the dirt-like flavors come through in the finish as well. The flavor is mostly dirty the more i drink it.

This is medium bodied. This might be passed its prime. I'm not sure how wild I am about Mikkeller's wild ales in general. (687 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy light brown with a bit of a reddish hue. It has a small cap of bubbly light foam.

The aroma has a strong sweet caramel smell with a vinous aroma. Musty grapes in the aroma with some earthy notes. This one seems a bit all over the place. Earthy dirt notes on the pallet with some sweet toffee. Pretty subdued flavor, nothing offensive but less than exciting.

the body is light with slightly low carbonation. Overall this one is okay. A little messy overall but this one is drinkable. (529 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 06-29-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Pours a clear and bright copper color, topped by a massive, rocky off-white head. Both retention and lacing are super; in fact, this may be the most lace I've ever seen on a beer.

S: Aromas are sweet and fruity, plus have a tangy yeast odor. I also smell floral and grassy hops.

T: Spicy and dry, the taste has a sour and tart twang to it. There's some unusual spice flavor that I can't identify and can't decide if I like it or not.

M: Body is medium, with a high amount of carbonation. The finish is complex, very dry and spicy with a slight sour aspect as well.

O: Overall this was an interesting and unique beer, my first from Mikkeller. I'm not sure I'd seek it out again, but I am glad I tried it.

Thanks to TheBishopco for this one! (882 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure about the style category here, but I guess I'll rate it against BSPAs...

Pours a rather dark and cloudy orange colored body, with a very soapy tan head. Decent lacing.

Aromas are inviting. Sweet and tangy. Lime, leather, barnyard hay, and toffee. Interesting.

Flavors and mouthfeel seem to fall somewhere between a BSDA, BSPA, and American Wild Ale. Rich, sweet, and tangy. Lime-like tartness is prevalent, as is caramel, with a lemongrass-like finish. Carbonation is fairly light for the style, leaving it a bit sticky on the palate.

This should definitely be listed as an American Wild Ale. Pretty complex and unique, but deeper and richer/stickier than a BSPA. (680 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, ruddy amber wih a puffy, thick khaki head.

S: Lots of brettanomyces funk on the nose with some spiced pear, green apple, talc, caramel, and candy sugar scents beneath it.

T: Notes of caramel, candy sugar, grass, lemon, spiced pear, green apple, chalk, talc, and tart, lactic brettanomyces assault the palate. The finish is sharp and lactic with huge brettanomyces funk underscored by subtle notes of orchard fruits, caramel, and candy sugar.

M: Medium-bodied and syrupy. Carbonation is very, very firm. Alcohol is subdued.

O: This is an interesting strong ale. With its overpowering wild yeast character, it should please fans of lambics, American wild ales, and the funkier, yeastier saisons. A very solid offering. (738 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Craft Beer Co. into a goblet.

A: Clear orange body under a solid finger of dense tan foam. Tremendous retention, heavy lace. Gorgeous beer.

S: Big bad Brett: grass, barnyard, leather, perfume, spice, and a bit of tropical fruit. Complex and outstanding.

T: Toasty malt joins the parade of Brett craziness; the complexity isn't quite as big here, though, as grassy, fruity, and herbal flavors dominate. Bitingly dry finish. Very good.

M: Lively, frothy, soft. Pleasant.

O: Maybe a couple weeks drinking almost nothing but traditional real ales put me into funk withdrawal, but this beer absolutely hit the spot. The nose was especially glorious. One of my favorite Mikkeller experiences ever.

Cheers! (715 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice homage/clone/tweak on a classic Orval… Rather bretty…

Presentation: 75 cl capped De Proef Bottle. Simple silver-grey label with black typography noting style, and 8.0% Alc. by Vol. Offers a semi smudged bottling number on the cap. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Initially a clear, then hazed, medium amber pour. Towering foamy head, good retention, nice surface memory and good lacing.

S - Long funky nose, very fresh and bretty, plenty of fresh funk…

T - Rich funky sense, brett, leather, barnyard, all that funk, very fresh… with citric, grassy and grainy notes… Hint of light spices in the final tingle after touches of malt, with some caramel/sugar insinuation that never quite reaches the surface.

M - Light-medium body with generous if finely tuned carbonation and a nice long dry finish over a rather smooth creamy sense.

O - Very nice flow, assertively bretty, funky and complex if one likes that range.

Notes: Something away from Orval, or those I have had in some malt, sweet/caramel sense, but rather nice and memorable. (1,059 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had just run out at The Pumphouse in Sydney but the bartender offered me a glass from his growler of the beer. Thanks mate!

Hazy, dark amber colour with a smooth, foamy head. Poor head retention.

Lots of barnyard funk on the nose with a touch of tropical fruit. Slightly earthy. Really nice Brettanomyces character.

More funk with only the lightest of acidic touches. This is what a Brett beer is all about. Plenty of fruit as in the aroma and some malt.

Medium-full body with low carbonation. Smooth.

A nice beer with lots and lots of funk. I feel like it lacks a bit of depth and is a little one dimensional in terms of the funk but that is what you get from Brett. (677 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orval Chalice
A ~ Pours a red/sienna. Great head & very effervescent bubbles of carb. Specks of lace. Head settles into a puff in the center. I don't remember Orval being this color.

S ~ Musty & dusty. . .Fermented citrus. . Raw Sugars. .Durian fruit & hay. .Aloe vera & notes of flowering fields whisper through.

T ~ Boastful notes of papaya, underripe pear, & durian. Brett lends slight mushroom/moss notes. Herbal hops. Tonic water & Aluminum on the finish.

M ~ Good balance but slightly off phenols on the finish. Sort of drags on the palette with a slightly salty, medicinal note.

D ~ Good beer, but only the frame work of Orval. Lacks finesse, but is drinkable. It is merely a shadow of the beer it is imitating but I'm glad I tried it. (747 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 15/3/12

A slight haze in a golden amber body, about as many tiny bubbles as you could fit in the glass make it hard to well fit in the glass, even the gentle pour ends up with half a glass of soapy foam that ends up as an eraser top island after leaving spider web lacing well down the glass

S smells like some mildly funky brown sugar with a little fruit and dark bread

T some more hops then I could smell but not by much, some thistle and earthy notes maybe even a little tea bag, the Brett is mild and although a decent brew I was hoping for more

M a little foamy from all the bubbles with just a little heat from the booze but its pretty mild, a fruity funky aftertaste is faint but lingers

O maybe I'm missing the point with this one but I wasn't all that impressed, its decent beer but considering the price tag I wont be buying a second

not worth 15$ but there was only one way to find that out, looks great but perhaps it needs some age or something, I remember loving USAlive this ones not as impressive (1,053 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml capped bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Odell branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a honey-like hue, effervescent with a slightly off white fluffy head that sticks around leaving good amounts of lacing from start to finish.

S: Not as much funk as I had anticipated - it's there but slightly muted and quickly washed out with sweet carmel malt and bready belgian yeast - where's the funk??? Also, not much going on in the hop department for a "pale ale".

T: Alright, here we go! Super funk - wet leather and saw dust, earthy burnt wood - black pepper corn gives way to sweet grainy malt, green apples, fresh baked bread, mild hop and a slight hint of booze on the back end.

M: Medium bodied with vigorous carbonation similar to champagne, dry finish with a lingering funky bitterness.

Overall damn tasty funky pale ale that, in my opinion, comes close to a saison/farmhouse in style - maybe even more so than a pale ale. Easy drinker that I could post up on all night. (1,047 characters)

Photo of kiddynamite920
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very clumpy and thick head, leaving sticky lacing. Pretty standard for the style. Beer is more orange than pale yellow.

S: Aroma is tart, funky, citrusy and is dusty a smell? Perhaps moldy would work better. Definitely noticeable Brettanomyces, but not too much Belgian pale qualities come through.

T: Funky more than citrusy, almost moldy cheese in flavor. Has a bit of sweetness towards the end, but this one definitely leaves a Brett flavor in your mouth.

M: Thin and low carbonation, has a creamy mouthfeel that just fades into funk quickly. Not overly enjoyable.

O: I was drawn to this beer by its stark label, don't regret buying it and trying it but I dont see myself seeking this out ever again. A mediocre base beer with an overly funky character. (764 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a beautiful, rich red with a thick foamy head with phenomenal retention that leaves behind a lovely lace. The nose is potent with aromas of dirt, mold, pears, and prunes.

My initial reaction with the first sip was that the beer tasted like liquid blue cheese. A real earthy funk lurks throughout this beer: lots of mold, lots brett, and bits of candied fruit. There is a bit of hop presence that attempts to balance the mold, but it doesn't quite cut through.

As it sits, the funkiness mellows a bit (or your taste buds simply get used to it), but the beer really touts its wild side. While I very much enjoyed the entire bottle, I don't know that I would ever seek it out again. It's not for the faint of heart or the unadventurous, and it seems a little one dimensional. However, if you enjoy wild ales, you should really pick this one up at least once. (869 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 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 Hopswagger
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a thistle glass:

P: Huge decadent and dense yellowish white head hovering over a bed of streaming bubbles and cloudy golden amber.

S: Viberant pineapple with a funky wild almost barnyard yeast, laced with spices, faint phenol and honey. Reminds me of peroxide.

T/M: The taste follows the nose with huge wild funky yeast in a playful sloshy and bubbly concoction. Touches of pine, honey, citrus, coriander, cloves and alcohol. Finishes dry, somewhat numbing, with a lingering timid bitter funk.

O: My first wild ale and I really enjoyed it. Hard to pinpoint the exact flavors and aromas but truly enjoyable. I will be looking forward to more of this interesting variety. " It's Alive" will be frequently enjoyed in my house. (742 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of kmatlack
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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.... (778 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -12%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of PerHops
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Flavor brings out similar notes from the nose. Sweetness is restrained though, and earthy notes move forward. It's kind of one dimensional, but pleasant. Alcohol makes its presence known in the finish, which also gets a bit tart and bitter.

Medium body with high carbonation, very smooth on the palate and very drinkable. (574 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich burnished brown leather with a ridiculously frothy massive head leaving thick chunks of foam on the glass as it ever so slowly dissipates. The nose has bright sour citrus, red fruit, a touch of pleasant funk along with belgian spices. The taste brings sour raspberry, lemon, along with clove and almost a touch of banana, very light sourness and funk - tasty stuff. I did find it to seem a bit diluted at this abv though i was highly impressed with the look and taste. (481 characters)

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