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It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 10
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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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jrallen34

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Mikkeller. This is an Orval clone.

This pours a super dark orange with an off white head, very flimsy head that falls quickly, light lacing...Aroma is super light, sweet apricots mostly with a touch of sourness on the end...The taste is ok, a little sweet and sour, lots of herbal notes. This is actually a pretty good clone of Orval, really close, this is just a little sweeter.

If you like Orval give this a shot to just compare the two, if you don't know Orval, skip it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 15:30:20 | More by jrallen34
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a mini pint glass.

Appearance - Orange amber body. Mostly clear. Nice white head. Great retention.

Smell - Super bretty. Very earthy with just a hint of acidity. Malty behind it. Simple but good.

Taste - Still very bretty. Not quite the dominance of the aroma, but strong. Lots of earthy flavors. Malty. Simple again, but clean.

Mouthfeel - Verging on dry. Just a bit of sweetness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Simple flavors. I like the balance of this right now. Would probably be way too bretty with age.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:31:33 | More by Alieniloquium
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear consistency. There was a massive, fluffy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A combination sweet/musty aroma, with traces of fruit and yeast.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, esters, light fruit, malt, and a hint of a woody element. An interesting and lively flavor with a good personality. Well done.

M: A super-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, tasty and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 12:37:36 | More by avalon07
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, orange rine, fruit, banana, and subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sugar, wheat, banana, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was just something about this one that was a little off-putting in the flavor. Maybe it was the way the sugar blended with the fruits present??? Who knows, but this could have been a lot better if this were not the case. Glad I got to try it, but that is about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 16:24:40 | More by thagr81us
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in snifter, the beer pours a hazy copper/brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is mostly fruity (but also a bit light), it smells like tart apples, vinegar, funk, peppery spice, and some pears. Unfortunately, a lot of that doesn't come out in the taste. It tastes like some bready malt, yeast, peppery spice, and a little bit of tart fruit. There's also a bitter finish, but something just seems a little bit "off" about the taste. Mouthfeel is medium, it has moderate and soft carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's smooth and not hard to drink at all. I'll have to revisit this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 22:08:50 | More by bluejacket74
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty, slightly dark, slightly hazy golden amber with a VERY thick buttery off-white head. The bottle I got fizzed like nobody’s business, so have a towel handy! Aroma is average strength, fruity, yeasty and somewhat sweet with a malty hint. Flavor is mainly fruity, sweet but not too sweet, and has malt and yeast hints plus just a bit of butterscotch. Texture is fairly fizzy, leaving a rather persistent tingle on the tongue and lips.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 02:03:44 | More by Cyberkedi
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-11-2013 00:39:53 | More by WOLFGANG
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dgilks

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had just run out at The Pumphouse in Sydney but the bartender offered me a glass from his growler of the beer. Thanks mate!

Hazy, dark amber colour with a smooth, foamy head. Poor head retention.

Lots of barnyard funk on the nose with a touch of tropical fruit. Slightly earthy. Really nice Brettanomyces character.

More funk with only the lightest of acidic touches. This is what a Brett beer is all about. Plenty of fruit as in the aroma and some malt.

Medium-full body with low carbonation. Smooth.

A nice beer with lots and lots of funk. I feel like it lacks a bit of depth and is a little one dimensional in terms of the funk but that is what you get from Brett.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2012 09:13:04 | More by dgilks
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champ103

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy reddish/orange color. A two finger off-white head forms, and gently recedes to a ring. Some sticky lace is left down the glass.
S: This has an odd aroma. It is not bad, I just can't tell what it is. Some fruity and malty sweetness up front. An odd soapy and perfume like aroma as well.
T: Follows the nose. Malty sweet with some fruity flavors. Though that odd soapy and perfume character again.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little thin and watered down though. Not hard to drink, but the alcohol is noticeable just enough to make this a slow sipper.

I am kind of at odds with this beer. Not bad at all, but nothing really special. All in all, I have had better Brett beers. It is worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 03:51:09 | More by champ103
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, ruddy amber wih a puffy, thick khaki head.

S: Lots of brettanomyces funk on the nose with some spiced pear, green apple, talc, caramel, and candy sugar scents beneath it.

T: Notes of caramel, candy sugar, grass, lemon, spiced pear, green apple, chalk, talc, and tart, lactic brettanomyces assault the palate. The finish is sharp and lactic with huge brettanomyces funk underscored by subtle notes of orchard fruits, caramel, and candy sugar.

M: Medium-bodied and syrupy. Carbonation is very, very firm. Alcohol is subdued.

O: This is an interesting strong ale. With its overpowering wild yeast character, it should please fans of lambics, American wild ales, and the funkier, yeastier saisons. A very solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 18:44:06 | More by mrfrancis
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

05-29-2013 19:22:31 | More by DmanGTR
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-05-2012 05:24:05 | More by whartontallboy
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Craft Beer Co. into a goblet.

A: Clear orange body under a solid finger of dense tan foam. Tremendous retention, heavy lace. Gorgeous beer.

S: Big bad Brett: grass, barnyard, leather, perfume, spice, and a bit of tropical fruit. Complex and outstanding.

T: Toasty malt joins the parade of Brett craziness; the complexity isn't quite as big here, though, as grassy, fruity, and herbal flavors dominate. Bitingly dry finish. Very good.

M: Lively, frothy, soft. Pleasant.

O: Maybe a couple weeks drinking almost nothing but traditional real ales put me into funk withdrawal, but this beer absolutely hit the spot. The nose was especially glorious. One of my favorite Mikkeller experiences ever.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 03:29:56 | More by woosterbill
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a brew! Poured with a nice small (in a small sample glass) off white head and a little lace. Aroma is an incredible floral with yeast, malt and some hop. Flavor's about the same with massive malt and a little earthiness. Great, chewy body and carbonation. Color is a copper amber. Finish is like flavor. Deliscious. Brett. adds a lot to the the beer with the flavor and edge. Could even be a session for slow drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 02:46:36 | More by drpimento
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aasher

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours like the muddy creek out back. It looks like dark, murky muddy water with an off white head that laces the glass beautifully. It smells great. It's tart, it's sour and it has this light fresh fruity-like sweetness that rounds it out. I know this beer hasn't been made in a little while but it could be more. It could be more tart, it could bolder, it could be more fruity, it could be more sour. I would guess I'd rate this an A- if fresh, but right now I can't do it. Some sours get stronger with age, this one lessens. It's tart but not tart enough. It drinks smoothly enough but it's not what it could be. It's drinkable but not overly so. This beer I'm sure could be better. Regardless, I'm glad I could try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 09:55:47 | More by aasher
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-23-2014 01:48:55 | More by KAF
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a dirty light brown with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops. Wow, what an inviting aroma! Flavor is quite ASA-like: lots of wheat and citrusy hops. I didn't get any funky or sour or even Belgiany notes from this, so I'm not sure why it's classified as a BSA...but in any case, I don't really care because this was quite an awesome beer!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 19:43:20 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-24-2011 07:00:59 | More by jophish17
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Pencible

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark copper with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled spicy and wild and funky and tart, with a bit of floral hops and wheat and other subtleties.
T: It tasted like tart and funky yeast with sweet tropical fruits and honey malt, and a bit of white grape and other subtleties. It had a smooth and tart aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation.
D: This was a great wild ale that was delicate and complex and very clean. It wasn't too funky, as the brett was well integrated and balanced. Body was decent, and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was incredibly easy to drink. Great brew fresh that may improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:52:56 | More by Pencible
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ADZA

Australia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally decided to crack this brew after it has been sitting in my collection for a while now and must admit i had forgot about it anyways it pours a deep mahogany hue with decent carbbonation that leaves a two finger head and some lacing here and there,the aroma is candied fruit and alcohol infused toffee,it has an above average mouthfeel with tastes of boiled candy,toffee,dried fruits and finishes with a nice bitter edge to mash the sweet and sour tastes perfectly,overall a nice beer indeed thats very easy to drink but cos ive been spoiled by this brewer i know he can do better although it is a nice drop.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 09:59:21 | More by ADZA
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cdwil

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-01-2014 22:07:42 | More by cdwil
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good theme beer for Halloween, but not one the fine people at the party would care for, so I enjoyed this one solo.

Appearance - pours a hazy, almost milky, dark and dirty orange. Pretty frisky head falls back and holds at a thin cover in a Belgian glass. Good strands of lace for the glass decor.

Aroma - funky with a bit of tart fruitiness. Resolves to a tangy, honey aroma and then mostly funk. Certainly on style and better than most wild types I've sniffed.

Taste - fairly light and a watery kind of grain flavor. Quite a bit of hop bite on the swallow, not much flavor to it per se, but certainly dry and bitter. The funk, a level that would have been too much a year ago, now to me seems better blended. Some light honey flavor, and some olivey type stuff on the aftertaste, Orval-like.

Mouthfeel - very smooth with moderate crispness.

Drinkability - I'd *almost* have this again, lol. Not quite, that funk still doesn't quite pass muster on the re-buy option, but this was reasonably drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 19:39:19 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-03-2014 18:29:07 | More by Gagnonsux
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srandycarter

California

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark raw apple juice. Near white head reduces fast to ring. Lots of cling lace.

S - Deep sweet caramel. Like a barleywine.

T - Taste follows smells. Sweet caramel center, although not cloying in the finish. Bittering and almost a slight menthol in the finish.

M - Nice medium body, good coating and carb, nice balance.

D - For the style, a fun and very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 03:23:33 | More by srandycarter
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cosmicevan

New York

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into a unibroue tulip.

A - Poured a brownish rubyish amber with a spurt of carbonation upon pour that raced to the top of the glass at first and then trickled sporadically from the bottom to the top. Had a really nice frothy yeasty head with extremely sticky lacing.

S - In a word...candy. Cloves, spices, hops, citrus-like sweetness. Tropical fruit candy.

T - Tangy flavor. Not overwhelming. Kind of an even blend of all the flavors from the nose without any one dominating the flavor. Has a bit of the funky sour flavor from the brett, but subdued.

M - Kind of lively, but extremely smooth. Feels like beer, but so subtly. Leaves a touch of a bitter aftertaste, but not dry at all.

D - Very easy drinker. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 02:41:59 | More by cosmicevan
It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
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