It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | 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 stephens101
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling reddish orange in color with a long lasting, thick, off-white head that bursts to the rim of the tulip. I've witnessed few beers with a residual lacing as big and gnarly.

The aroma puts the "f" in funk; a virtual wild yeast orgy that flows freely and loudly throughout the room. Notes of dark fruit, grain, straw and herbal mint are later realized. Sweet and minty to the tongue with a phenomenal funk wrapping that goes on and on. Lighter fruits, allspice, nougat and caramel eventually orchestrate to provide balance and complexity.

This one is quite easy to drink. Mouth-feel is medium, and it has a pleasing creamy core.

Seems a bit underrated to me, but then again, I'm not really a funky kinda guy if you know what I mean.

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.

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of froghop
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle into red wine glass. Opened and poured chilled, rated at 45 degrees and up.

Pours a copper-brown, with a stout light-khaki pillowy head that settles into a thin cap, lots of random big bubbles in the middle with a tenacious grip on the side of the glass.

Nose is interesting. Some very sweet caramel is the first thing to hit the nose, rich and a bit bready, bit of burnt toffee, along with some very light acetic acid and green apples that come off kind of odd, perhaps because of how sweet the nose is. Black pepper makes an appearance as well.

Taste isn't any better. Earthy, organic tasting, lots of band aid. Plasticy. Peppery and spicy underneath, but even that ends up taking an earthy, musty, vegetal character. Bready malt sits underneath it all, present but showing up more in the finish and exhale than anywhere else - half hidden behind the weirdness that sits on top of it. Earthy, peppery bitterness sits on the palate. Not an entirely pleasant experience.

Mouthfeel is actually ok, full bodied and a bit lush, creamy, though a bit grainy and chelky as well, which hurts.

Drinkability is pretty terrible. It's not revolting, but it's definitely not something I'd look forward to.

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....

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/22/2010 (Bottle):

Pours a big foamy off-white head. Semi-turbid body, dark amber in color. Creamy head, good lacing, almost like melted ice cream. Very hoppy sour smelling aroma. Sweet sour aroma. Dry and grapefruity. Chewy taste, some nutty biscuitiness. Light taste. Bitter and sour, but not hoppy tasting. Was expecting more hops. Slight sour taste, and something else. Can't taste the alcohol. Not a fan, not much taste.

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

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 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.

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!

Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Photo of ilikebeer03
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of impending
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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

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!

Photo of TubaDan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Photo of LeeEvolved
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of polopaul20
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of stealth
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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