It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS
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United Kingdom (England)
3.89/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2013 19:45:28 | More by wl0307
4.14/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
300th beer review and I’m still alive so I feel this is appropriate.
(4.0) A: Dark figgish-copper colour with a couple fingers of head that slowly falls to a thin blanket with good lacing down the glass.
(4.0) S: Brown sugar, white grape, slight balsamic, banana, and yeasty. Nice mix of belgian qualities with a noticeable yet slight funky-sour aroma. Aroma has hints of a brown ale as well.
(4.25) T: Delicious. Similar to aroma but with a pleasant sweet white grape taste throughout that makes this a bit champagne-like. Belgian ale characteristics are still there with cloves, yeast, and tropical fruit. Varying flavours mesh seamlessly creating a wonderful smoothness.
(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a moderate-lively carbonation. Rich and velvety. Appropriate.
(4.0) D: This is very easy to drink considering the smoothness. Having not had something like this before it's difficult to compare but I thoroughly enjoyed this. Taste profile is a very well integrated mix of belgian ale and wine – can’t find much to complain about here.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2013 03:24:29 | More by Digimaika2
It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
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