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It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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349 Ratings
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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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 1000lbgrizzly
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Surprisingly dark burnt orange, even with a bit of pink at the center. HUGE head, foamy, with long retention but little lacing. Lots of sediment, quick and strong column of bubbles.

S: Pungent since the first crack of the cap. Apple and yeast funk are foremost, white grapes and some tropical fruit make up the background.

T: Heavy on the funk, then yeast, apple, and grapes, in that order. Very, very dry. The initial flavor fades quickly as a slightly unpleasant chalk/earth takes over. It's good overall, a lot to pick out, but the finish is off-putting. I'm pretty lenient and open to unique flavors and overall enjoy this, even some of the stranger notes, but they have to be accountable for some of the components that are downright out of place, even bad. No notes of wood from the barrel aging.

M: Prickly carbonation but exceptionally smooth body, almost to the point of a slick stout.

O: My first Mikkeller experience seems to be a well-worn one. Glimpses of genius hidden behind strange off-notes. The nose was great, clean and clear, the taste markedly less so. The mouthfeel was a mix of both; contrasting but well structured, which I enjoy, but a significantly off for the style. I don't discredit them too much for this, as he is a very experimental character, but that only gives him so much leeway.
I should also note that because there is no bottling date I'm not sure how old this is; I feel like age may account for some of the shortcomings.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

still great beer here, but unfortunately i think i enjoy the many variations far more than the original here. this is more of a belgian than the others, and as such the brett comes through a lot less. the ak alive version i thought was the supreme wild ale, a perfect example of dryness and brett character, while its alive here is just a bit more generic as they go. hazy rust colored liquid, maybe a touch lighter than that, with a prominent several inches of cream colored fluff. it smells like belgian yeast first, orchard fruit esters and dusty grain ith some amber malt sweetness. the brett is really only on the finish for me, not super dry or effervescent, but farmy, more like a belgian saison here than a true wild ale as i have come to know them from mikkeller, but i like it a lot just the same. the brett pushes the denser grain to the forefront of the flavor, where its sweetness is balanced nicely. the diversity of yeasts and yeast characters make this beer unique and special, but i just dont find the complexity or wonderment i discovered in all the variations of it. great carbonation and a lof of body still. very well made beer, but i would take ak alive over this one any day.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mverity
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.