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It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 333
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 Stoffel
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 750 ml single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $11. Cork date reads as 11/03/12.

A: Dark amber, not quite brown, almost copper in color, khaki colored head, about half an inch of so, extremely dense and sticking around quite nicely. Pretty cloudy beer. Fair amount of carbonation coming to the top on this one as well.

S: Bret, funk, and a fair amount of malt, the two mixed together results in a sort of pie crust smell? That's the best way to describe it, not quite barnyard funk though, more sour, acidic phunknasty. I like it a lot.

T: Wow, weeeird. Not at all what I expected. Has some of the more common Belgian pale tastes, a little bit of spicy hops, a fair amount malty sweetness, and dare I say...mint? Slightly puckering, but the sour is pretty subdued. Big time struggle between yeast and malt for who wants to dominate this one. Odd power struggle, but it works. Slightly astringent as well. One of the most complex beers I've tried. Very interesting. Definitely a workout for the palate. Even some sour apples in here. A little bit of lemon rind too.

M: Extremely dry, wow, slight bit of alcohol heat, prickly carbonation, flavors really linger too, everything sticks around.

D: One 750ml is more than enough for me on this one. It is ridiculously complex, yet only somewhat flavorful. Nothing quite makes me say, dude, take another drink, this is amazing, its more like, take another drink, did you really taste that. I highly recommend this beer to anyone that wants to challenge their palate, this one is a workout, almost to the point of being annoying. Still good, but wow.

pokesbeerdude, May 13, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged, into White Birch flute. Yay Mikkeller... had the it's allright!, time to try the it's allive!

A- Brilliant gold, copper accents, and a fluffy, snowy head that lasts for days. Instant chunks of lacing and snowcapped awesomeness in the glass.

S- Yeasty, mild funk (but very mild), slight lavender or lilac... grassiness and a bit of hops... pretty interesting.

T- Phenomenal. Grassy, floral, hoppy, yeasty... a crisp, clean pale with a lot going on. Well, it's not really clean, it has a pretty wide spectrum of flavors here.. but it finishes very well. Kind of bitter and slightly chalky, but oh-so-perfect for the beer at hand. Unlike any Belgian I've had, kind of a cross between a Belgian IPA, a saison, and a trippel. Really interesting stuff.

M- Crisp, great body, great carbonation... a delight to drink.

D- 750ml done and done. I love this beer. I am going back to clean out stock, as I have found what I've been looking for in a beer.

Mikkeller is really quickly becoming my favorite brewery, US or abroad. This is some amazing stuff. Not for everyone? Fine by me. Gimme some more!

ShogoKawada, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
2.93/5  rDev -21%
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.

Bendurgin, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of stumac
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this brew pours up a murky apricot color with a nice white head. verrrry nice lacing, mi amigo. the nose is hops straight up, floral hops dominate, a little funky, some light fruits, subtle light raspberry, apricots. I taste hops again, dry earthy character, Brett!!!!, very light fruits, a pretty dry brew. medium to full bodied, low to medium carbo. quite alright....

stumac, Oct 10, 2009
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From 750 mL bottle to wine glass. Attractive minimalistic presentation. Synthetic cork and cage. $18 at my bottleshop.

A: Pours with a 1 finger fizzy foamy head that dimishes quickly. The body is muddy and tawny brown. Lacing is spare.

S & T: Brett dominates the nose. Heavy barnyard as well as a funky wet horseblanket aroma comes through. Semi fruity yeast esters. The darker fruit flavors are a surprise: Grape, berries, raisin and plum. Short flavor duration, lightly sweet and moderately sour and acidic. The malts (pale and cara) are quiet as are the hops (hallertauer and styrian goldings). Nice flavor although I want more INTENSITY of flavor in a wild ale.

M: I also prefer some other bugs like pedio or lacto to enhance the mouthfeel. I wish the label of wild ales would list exactly which wild yeasts were used since Brett-only beers are a completely different experience. I just want to have a vague idea of what I'm getting into. Medium body with a thin texture that is creamy and gritty at the same time. Lightly chalky.

D: It's Alive drinks well and is a satisying brew, but not the mouth-killer I expected. I'd buy it again, but not for $18.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt, 9.4 oz bottle with Silver label (stamped 22/04/16 on back)

Pours a very healthy head, almost overtaking the top of a Duvel Tulip which is massive and left very heavy lacing. Smell of strong juicy fruit bubblegum flavors, caramel, a bit of funk, belgian malts and a caramel presence.

Taste of bubblegum / fruity flavors from the foam on top. The Brett is bringing out this aroma and it was quite nice. Taste of
heavy leather followed by caramel and some moldy brett characteristics. Later , wet dog hair and slobber flavors really come out and make you wonder. The leather flavors that come our are similar to those in Adam from HOTD., although not nearly as thick or pronounced. A bit of twang mixed with belgian candy sugars, heavy carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.

Decent, nothing great. I enjoyed their yeast series Brett more than this one but they are different beers entirely.

alpinebryant, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of impending
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

impending, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of sommersb
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

sommersb, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mikkeller bar.

The beer has a thin off white head that leaves some lacing. It has a see through golden orange body.
Smells sweet, fruity, and funky.
It tastes funky and has a slight sourness to it.
It is fairly medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.
Nice and easy drinking. Nothing to write home about.

MattSweatshirt, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

RobertColianni, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.73/5  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.

BeerImmediately, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of stealth
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

stealth, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of klewis
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

klewis, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of ToasterChef
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. The first thing I notice about this beer is high amount of carbonation clinging to the sides of my glass. It's more than I expected. The liquid itself has a rusty orange color. On top was a thin tan head that settled to a skim.

There is a lot of funk in the nose, like a stinky cheese. I can also detect a slight sweetness and a bit of grass.

The flavor starts out big and malty. There is a good amount of sweetness--all of the carbonation helps it feel airy, like ginger ale without the ginger. It is a bit sour in the finish, but not as Brett heavy as some US uses of this yeast. The end is also a little bit bready. Both the sourness and bready flavors linger on after I swallow.

The beer is full bodied and has lots of carbonation. It leaves a noticeable coat, but it isn't very sticky. I was afraid the level of carbonation would be too much, but it works. I'm curious to know how it felt when poured from a bottle.

It's Alive is pretty drinkable. Its a filling beer. I wouldn't want more than one, I think it would sit too heavy. There is a good amount of funk--it isn't limiting at all.

ToasterChef, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at a tasting, and found it quite intriguing, but couldn't really put my finger on enough of anything to warrant a review. I made a mental note of it, and vowed to get my hands on a bottle. Well, I did, so here's the review.

Poured into a Leffe goblet, it shows a slightly hazed amber body. Foaminess not quite what you'd expect for a Belgian Strong Pale, but it does appear adequately carbonated.

I get plenty of stone fruit and leather in the aroma, along with some apple and very light ethanol. Some musty "cellar" quality noted as well. Almost smells like a farmhouse ale. Some caramel and IPA-like piney hop sneaks in as it warms. Very nice.

Wow, this is a real style mash-up. Is it a Belgian Pale, farmhouse ale, or Belgian IPA? It starts off with a wave of sweet, cake-y malt. Some leathery Brett funk muscles its way in after that, and isn't shy about it, either. Then, some piney hops sweep in, provide some pleasing bitterness, and dry things out. I suspected the hops were American, but then I found that we're dealing with Hallertau and Styrian Goldings. Interesting. Yet at the very mention of Hallertau, I do taste a lot of the hop character of Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner in here. This is highly complex and very good.

Feel-wise, this manages to avoid being overcarbonated. While definitely carbonated, it's very soft and lush. Amazing, this definitely adds to the drinkability quotient of this beer.

Well, I'm impressed. This beer is basically American, in its scope and ambition. This is not surprising coming from Mikkeller and DeProef, though, as both are among the more experimental European brewers. I'm finishing this 750ml bottle in no time, and filing this beer under "right up my alley." This is tasty, tasty stuff, and ridiculously easy to drink.

Patrick999, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of ilikebeer03
3/5  rDev -19.1%

ilikebeer03, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +7.8%

salthemonster, May 09, 2014
Photo of Bnoise11
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Bnoise11, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into tumbler pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-amber color with a large blonde head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind thick lacing.

Smell: Smells of sweet, bready malt with musty Belgian yeast. Notes of citrus and apple.

Taste:Begins with champagne flavors before rounding out to sweet, bready malt flavors. Finish is of grapefruit with an earthy, champagne yeast backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with balanced, natural carbonation. Finish is dry.

Overall: A good beer- a lot like champagne. Not the best, but worth having. The shelf talkers for this beer at BevMo said that this is Orval-inspired; I can kinda see that, but this is definitely its own animal.

Mosstrooper, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Diomede
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Diomede, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Silver foil says 15/12/14

A- Hazy, orange copper colored body with a big, frothy head made up of big and small bubbles. Lacing is extra-sticky and makes interesting sheets of lace

S- I have a cold, but I smell candy sweetness mixed with some tangy bitterness. Reminds me of candied oranges

T- Bold and all over the place with flavor. Buttery yams and caramel peaches? Also some orange zest in there

M- Almost too much body and almost too much carbonation. Not too much though

D- I'm going to enjoy this entire bottle quite thoroughly tonight

EnojysAnyBeer, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of andrewinski1
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

andrewinski1, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of polopaul20
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

polopaul20, Oct 17, 2013
It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.