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It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of scruffwhor


3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a very deep, translucent copper amber hue. What an awesome, thick, dense, sticky head. Spongey and very light tan in color. But very small and slow lacing. The aroma makes me think of the produce aisle at my local grocery store, Dominicks. More specifically, like when you bury your nose in th apple display. Particularly, green apples. Very yeasty, fruity taste. Unsweetend apple sauce and caramel malts. The apples and caramel slowly move to a smokey toasted malt. Hints of Tandy leather give an earthy hop finish. Not as funky as expected, but pretty hoppy and earthy. Saddle leather palate earthy. Pretty easy to drink considering the 8% abv. You would never guess the abv. without looking at the bottle.

02-13-2009 04:19:02 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of nrbw23


2.38/5  rDev -35.8%

A- Pours a murky orange color with a foamy white head. Head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells of Belgian yeast, flowery, funky, caramel hops and floral hops.

T- Wow didn't like this at all...totally different from the nose. Pretty complex but it just doesn't go well together. I let this on sit for a while and came back to it and it was pretty much the same taste just a lot stronger. Just didn't taste good at all.

M- Light to medium body and high carbonation.

D- No thanks I'll pass.

02-03-2009 20:14:53 | More by nrbw23
Photo of klewis


2.58/5  rDev -30.5%

A: Pours a hazy amber with a moderate, bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Citric aromas with just a bit of funk.

T: On the first sip, caramel malts with a light lemon zest flavor and a bit of brett. On consequent sips, the brett overwhelmed the palate, replacing the light malty taste with a dry tannic one.

M: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Dry.

D: No thank you sir. If every sip tasted like the first, this would be a solid beer, but this unfortunately did not happen.

01-26-2009 21:47:21 | More by klewis
Photo of Franky3


2.88/5  rDev -22.4%

Caged and corked bottle..pours a orange red ice tea color with about a half inch thick good white head.

Smell- a thick head gives notes of ginger...notes of brettanomyces and possibly cherry...traditional and good belgian scent. A bit of a face warming sour scent.

Taste- Sort of where I believe this beer goes wrong...the smell calls for a bold sharp brew with sticking brett, but delivers a dull, low, back of mout dusty and flat feel. There is something in there that tingles your tonsils, not neccesarily in a good way...it is reminding me of the grape bubbalicious that I never really liked after you have had it in your mouth for too long...

not very drinkable...just not my favorite

01-25-2009 22:12:56 | More by Franky3
Photo of NoLiberty


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

Golden amber color, with slight partial cloudiness. Some suspended particulation. Nice head that stays the whole time with good lacing.

Hop, lily, fermenting haystack, earth, paperwhites and slight sweet wildflower honeyness.

Very present hop character at the start, slight floral that moves through to a middle that's bready and malty with some sweet hop finish. Nice clarity and balance of the flavors.

Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Moves fluidly around the mouth carrying the flavors throughout.

Very drinkable. People put this down very easily and wanted more. That's a good sign.

01-25-2009 01:40:57 | More by NoLiberty
Photo of tmoneyba


4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

Bottle From Champane Wine.

Poured hazy amber color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing.

Moderate to heavy spicy, yeast and bubblegum aroma.

Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation.

Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met with another of my top active bottled beers for style.

01-13-2009 01:55:46 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions prior to me finding out that Buyrite in South Plainfield carries this one.

Appereance: Iced tea color with a light biege 3 finger foam head. Lots of retention and some lacing.

Smell: Faint smell of brett but nothing else really special going on here besides some light berry notes and grape notes.

Taste: A touch of toasty malt that isn't overly sweet. Some brett yeast and peppercorns.

Mouthfeel: Oily and light to medium bodied.

Carbonation: Lots

Drinkability: Fairly easy to kick back. Can be sipped or thrown back.

01-09-2009 19:31:37 | More by koopa
Photo of badbeer


2.7/5  rDev -27.2%

Amber colored with a white head that retains pretty well. Smell is pretty good, I got a lot of horse blanket in it, as well as some earthy notes, and some spices. Taste unfortunately, did not have as much of the horse blanket, or much of what I find enjoyable, best thing to describe it was like Vick's green cough spray. I wanted to like the taste better, but I just kept being distracted by this flavor. Medium bodied and high carbonation. Don't know that I'd have this again.

01-03-2009 04:22:22 | More by badbeer
Photo of yemenmocha


4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours off brown/orange/amber color, hazy, and light coloured head. Nose is miscellaneous soft fruit and spices, with a marshmallow scent as well. High carbonation is noted on the palate, with a soft malty core and sweet candy flavors. Finish is a tad warm and the candy sugar coming back again.

12-27-2008 01:41:11 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a dirty light brown with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops. Wow, what an inviting aroma! Flavor is quite ASA-like: lots of wheat and citrusy hops. I didn't get any funky or sour or even Belgiany notes from this, so I'm not sure why it's classified as a BSA...but in any case, I don't really care because this was quite an awesome beer!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

12-26-2008 19:43:20 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 1: Sour/Wild Ales. i contributed this one, purchased at merchants fine wine in dearborn, mi.

750ml bottle, corked and caged and topped with silver foil. sampled nov 27/08.

pours orangey amber with a touch of haze. a huge fluffy tan head forms, dropping very slowly and leaving tons of clumpy lace.

aroma is good. grapefruit, orange, bit of tangerine. bread and biscuit. touch of cracker. fresh green hops - floral and a bit perfumey. more like an ipa than a wild ale (indicated on the bottle) or belgian pale (in the listing here). jasmine and light spice. bit of caramel. nowhere near as wild as i was expecting.

taste is good. just over medium bitterness level. bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. light citrus. bit of grapefruit and lemon. mot much other funk or sour character. again, more like an ipa than a wild ale.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. just over medium body.

drinkability is pretty good. nice balance. good overall, just not really fitting into the expected style parameters.

12-11-2008 01:04:32 | More by grub
Photo of DrJay


3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

Grub cracked this one on Day 1 of the 2008 Biergotter Tasting. Thanks!
This one had a gigantic, frothy beige head that produced big, chunky clumps of lacing. Semi-clear and a red/amber colour. The aroma was full of hops of the floral/soapy variety and there was a bit of fruity tartness, some sweetness, and faint earthy funk, perfume and jasmine. Bitterness was a bit assertive, but still nicely balanced. The flavour was very floral and perfumy, with many of the same characters that were in the aroma. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, decent texture. Pretty good overall, but outclassed by the other beers we enjoyed this evening.

12-08-2008 01:53:26 | More by DrJay
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

Big thanks to grub for opening up this one! Last beer of day 1 of insane DrJay visit epic tasting.

Pours a hazy copper orange, huge off white head forms, tons of lace on the glass, great retention, forms a solid layer. Smell is neat, sweet and spicy, fruits, musty grapes, grapefruit and orange peel, wood, very fragrant and perfumy, some jasmine, bit of funk, neat. Taste is similar, perfumy, floral, very spicy, jasmine tea bitterness, bit of funky woodiness, light fruits, interesting stuff, a bit astringent and drying in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodieed with medium carbonation, not too bad. From the name I was expecting more of a wild ale, but for a Belgian pale this had some pretty cool character to it. Thanks Russ!

12-07-2008 17:02:15 | More by Viggo
Photo of froghop


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

pours a semi-clear amber with a large beige head that goes down quickly, good lacing.

smell is of fruits, caramel, spices, white pepper, coriander.

taste is warming, lots of spice, apricot, peach, orange, and lemon, a touch of caramel, some hops, a few malts, end is dry and just a little bitter, aftertaste has a spiciness that lingers.

12-01-2008 04:20:33 | More by froghop
Photo of spointon


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

I poured this one from a 25oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A= This ale poured a bright orange color with a huge 3" rocky tan head. Incredibly, the head dropped quickly to just about zero and did not leave any lace.

S= Incredible complexity in the nose, comprised of a mild sourness, a spiciness, and a faint grainy sweetness.

T= As one would expect, this wild ale was quite sour on the tongue. Also present were flavors of faint malts and a strong peppery spiciness. Finish was short and remained spicy, while hiding all alcohol.

MF= This was a medium bodied ale with a high sharp carbonation feel. Crisp to say the least.

D= Though I am not a big fan of sour ales, this was one of the more enjoyable ones I have had. The peppery spiciness saved this from being a one-trick sour pony. Could be a good gateway beer into the style.

11-08-2008 04:14:03 | More by spointon
Photo of ATLbeerDog


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

From a 22oz bottle - Pours a somewhat cloudy orange/red color with small quickly dissipating head. Average carbonation. Smells super sweet with plenty of bread and fruity yeast notes. First sip is very bready and biting with mild tartness. Extremely tasty. Great and welcomed bitter finish. Nice medium bodied.

11-02-2008 01:13:31 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of revkibosh


2.95/5  rDev -20.5%

A: Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick head that hangs around.

S: Smells wonderful right out of the bottle, fruits and flowers with that typical Belgian undertone. Smell alone, this is a wonderful beer.

T: eh... doesn't taste the way it smells. Fruity and floral at the start, very earthy in the middle with an almost smokey flavor, and lasting bitterness on the end. The more I drink the more the bitterness lasts. Each new sip tastes more fruity in the front and bitter on the end. Doesn't work for my tastes. Not terrible, but not great.

M: very carbonated. Based on the pour this is to be expected. Leaves my mouth very dry.

D: aside from the flavor this beer is very drinkable... the 8.0% is well hidden.

Overall this beer is decent. I just don't like the taste all that much. The complexity is amazing but I don't like the combination of flavors.

edit: I let this beer "open up" while I drank a different one and thought I'd comment on the change.

umm... Wow, the smokiness has changed to cigarette butts... Not even kidding. While the nose has gotten funkier and sweeter smelling, almost candy like, the flavor has, shall we say, developed. It still has the fruity front, but the smoky flavor that was once there has become more prominent and the aftertaste is straight ashtray. Not as bitter as before but not better. Still very interesting and complex flavors but good god...

09-21-2008 02:24:42 | More by revkibosh
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

09-10-2008 00:13:01 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of waltonc


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

Enjoyed some of this courtesy of abfraser. Deuces wild, brutha.

We had this right after the Isabelle Proximus. Quite a contrast. This one is more of a copper/carmel color. Significant carbonation levels.

Smell: quite floral. Kind of reminds me of jasmine tea.

Taste: Malt, funk, floral notes. Very interesting blend of flavors. Not mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel: Not too light and not too thick.

Drinkability: Not bad.

The description of this beer on BA is "Belgian Pale Ale." Is that right? Doesn't taste like it to me.

09-08-2008 01:39:51 | More by waltonc
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

09-03-2008 22:08:13 | More by Sammy
Photo of DrDogbeer


3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

Shared with a couple of friends over the weekend. Pours a dark copper color with a full champagne-like head into a snifter. Good retention. Smells of sweet carmel type candy with a good amount of mustiness to boot. With some warming you cna get more funk on the nose. Taste is sweet and malty at first. Finishes extremel dry with no aftertaste. I get some pheno/ bandaid flavor in the finish that intensifies as the beer warms. Good active, fizzy mouhtfeel. Solid wild ale, nothing spectacular.

09-03-2008 15:21:44 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.58/5  rDev -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.

08-28-2008 23:56:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of number1bum


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

Part of NEPA BC split #16.

Pours a dark amber color with a couple inches of fluffy light tan head. Head is pretty light and bubbly, and settles slowly to a nice lace and leaves some messy stick.

There's a lot going on in this nose. At first is it a bit sour and funky, but then takes on some earthy hop characteristics. It's also quite fruity, with apples especially, and has some peppery spice. Spice really comes out more and more with each whiff, and there's just a ton of complexity here. I like it.

Taste starts off bready and earthy, then there is some spice, and then it's really all hops. The hops are really earthy and woodsy tasting overall, with a moderate level of bitterness in the finish. There is some of that apple and fruit flavor, but the hops really dominate this one. I don't get much of any sour or funk either to be honest. The yeast is mostly spicy and earthy, not tart or sour. I was hoping for more sour because it would have played with the hops in a really interesting way. But mostly this just tastes like a hoppy Belgian pale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty crisp, with a tingly carbonation. It gets pretty dry through the finish though with all the bitterness.

This is pretty good, but not spectacular. The nose is really complex and interesting, but that doesn't translate flavorwise as this tastes much more straightforward. For the price, I would hope for more.

08-28-2008 19:57:53 | More by number1bum
Photo of largadeer


1.9/5  rDev -48.8%

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.

08-25-2008 22:14:14 | More by largadeer
Photo of mymrnngjckt


2.88/5  rDev -22.4%

750ml poured into an unmarked chalice glass.

Beer pours a golden brown with a two finger head. Smell of hops and yeast are dominant in the nose. Some citrus notes and also a bit of clove perhaps.

The taste was unique. A hoppy beer with a sour beer aftertaste. Or is it a sour beer with a hoppy beer aftertaste. I don't know. The mouthfeel was very carbonated. The sour beer sensation, which I liked, seemed to go away the more I drank.

The beer is drinkable but not overlly impressive.

Not sure I would seek this one out again.

08-02-2008 19:32:41 | More by mymrnngjckt
It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
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