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It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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cdwil, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

threedaggers, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

deschutes_fan, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Jose9e, Dec 23, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle that I split with scotchzi. Pours a perfect amber-brown-tan. Healthy amount of light tan head with very sticky lacing. Aroma is a funky butterscotch, toffee, earthy. Really great smell. Taste is more funky than the aroma; but otherwise follows the smell. Great carbonation lends to the bubbly mouthfeel. Light in body, but it works very very well for this beer. Definitely looking forward to the variants I have of this.

mverity, Dec 22, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Zkscharf, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

brauseboof, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

scottDC, Nov 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

aztraz, Oct 26, 2013
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Asics, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

RobertColianni, Oct 22, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

wl0307, Oct 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

polopaul20, Oct 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.