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USAlive! (Alive) - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Nickls on 03-02-2009

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and cara), light candy, hops (tomahawk, cascade and amarillo), yeast and brettanomyces.
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Photo of MV_CHI-NS
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Carmine/rufous body with a crisp isabelline/snow head.

Aroma: Blackcurrants, cherries, raspberries, quince, and a slight 'peppery' spice undertone.

Taste: Much like the aroma, but with what I would best describe as...imagine grapefruit not as a fruit, but rather as a wild nut/berry hybrid - that comes like a tidal wave as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, tart, refreshing.

Overall: Again, Mikkeller gets it right with 'USAlive!'. Should you come across this, get it, as you will not be disappointed.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.92/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a medium orangey color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of Brett with light tartness and dry hoppy notes which are very well balanced. Taste is a complex mix between some Brett notes with some medium barnyard and light tart undertones with a great mix of floral and dry hops which are mix with a semi-sweet Belgian-style malt base. Body is slightly fuller then average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Very well brewed and while being different kind of remind me of the quality of Russian River beers.

Photo of drpimento
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very interesting and very good. Having this version of Mikkeller's It's Alive now. This one's aroma is milder, but the floral component is more pronounced in the flavor. Poured with nice off white head and good lace. Aroma is as above and with yeast malt hops and brett. Flavor's similar with a little more acid than the euro version. Incrediblly full flavored. Excellent body and carbonation. Again complimented so well by the Brettanomyces. Clean finish and almost a session for sipping.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The sister to It's Alive! . Thanks to aparris85 for hooking it up.

A- Darker than It's Alive!, this beer is a robust orange brown with a snowy, frothy head that laces immediately. Peaks and valleys, craters of foam.

S- Grapefruit, floral hops. Sweet, lilac. Similar to Its Alive!, perhaps a bit more twang of citrus here.

T- A lot more hops than the nose would believe. Piny, bitter, fruity hops. Orange, pineapple. Chalky, a bit of an increase on the bitterness of It's Alive... must be the US hops. Very tasty. More of a Belgian IPA and less of a saison when compared to It's Alive.

M- Chalky, but crisp, bitter, great hop flavorings, nice body, no sign of ABV... fantastic.

D- A worthy rival to It's Alive. I can't decide which I like better... I have another bottle of each that I plan to age. We'll see where it goes, and I'll update if necessary. A great beer, though. Mikkeller is really on my awesome list as of late.

Photo of wordemupg
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle with silver foil poured into Corsendonk chalice oct26 2009

A slightly cloudy amber with tonnes of carbonation and a massive beige head that has great retention and lots of lace. this is a pretty sexy looking beer, when the head finally dies down it leaves a 1/4in film with a little island in the middle

S lots of hops, pine, citrus, some caramel and maybe some bread. this to me smells like a huge DIPA and a sweet one at that, there is however something I just can't place, I'm assuming it's the wild yeast

T again lots of DIPA flavors with just some mild grapefruit not mentioned in the smell. I'm liking the taste of the smell I can't place, a little funky but adds a complexity to this ale that is unlike anything I can think of. I do taste booze but it's well concealed

M nice and creamy with carbonation that makes it feel even thicker, no problems here

D I plan on drinking this again soon, it's a unique brew that sinks like the Bismark. my only real complaint with this beer is I only just became aware of it. very nice and well worth drinking

I'm trying to grade this beer based on its style, however as far as I know this is the only Belgian Wild Ale I've ever had. I'm worried that this may not be a world class version of this style and every other one I drink will get straight 5's. now that I think about it I need to get to know this style in great depth

Photo of ricke
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber color, slightly hazy due to the bottle conditioning. A really big off-white head with both thick and creamy, and airy, parts. Very good head retention and beautiful chunky lacings.

S: A very fascinating smell. Fresh fruity hop aromas (grapefruit, gooseberries, kiwi fruit) mix with pine-needles and fairly big dose of earthy brett. Here is also some grass, resin and a biscuity backbone. This smell is fantastic.

T: Even better than the smell, absolutely amazing. Very tasty hop flavors of exotic fruits, citric notes, pine-needles, resins and slightly raw floral notes. A big brett character sits side by side with the hops. Earth, yeast, some caramel. In the finish, there is a rather big and very pleasant bitterness coupled with a great combination of chewy malts, spicy and peppery hops and faint mineral notes.

M: Medium body, very creamy with soft carbonation. The beer slides oh so easily down the throat.

D: The taste of this one was as close to beer heaven is it gets, I guess. The rather aggressive hop profile and equally aggressive brett character works fantastic together and the beer is just really really taste. Almost ridiculously easy to drink.

Photo of alexmel7
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of korguy123
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy burnt orange pour. Four finger cream colored head soapy head. Deflates to finger width cap. Lacing left behind is like wallpaper glue.

S- Definitely get the candy sugar and dry hopping (citrus and pine). The brett is there but quite subtle (wet hay and musty blankets) Typical Mikkeller medicinal alcohol aroma peeking through.

T- The brett kinda smacks you in the tongue. There is a wine quality to it before the hops kick in. Quite juicy with a lingering dry finish. Not as sweet or medicinal as the nose would lead you to believe.

M- Medium bodied, dry finish and sticky on the lips.

O- I wasn't sire what i was going to expect with his one. The brett is spot on, the hops are fading (never any freshness date) but overall a very enjoyable beer

Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Clear amber-copper pour with a huge three finger off-white head with great retention and incredible lacing. I could instantly smell the citrus when I cracked it open. It's a very unique, wild, funky, sour citrus aroma thanks to the Brett. Tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit with a solid bready, caramel malt backbone highlight this incredible nose. The Mikkeller description of the taste being a mix between Orval and an American IPA is absolutely spot on! The bitter piney hops and citrus overload work perfectly with the sourness of the brett and that peppery Orval character. A solid caramel malt backbone really kicks in as it warms and offsets the bitter and sour nicely. The alcohol is well hidden and the mouthfeel is both refreshing and bold with a nice snappy tang on the finish. Hugely drinkable for a big beer. Totally unique and totally delicious. Another world class offering from one of my favorite breweries!

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's, 4/2/11.

A-Pours a murky amber brown with a pool of tan head and no lacing whatsoever.

S-Nicely bretty with a strong pine hop presence.

T-Peppery brett in the front, nice grapefruit hoppiness. Delicious. The beer menu describes this beer as Orval + West Coast hops and I have to say that nails it.

M-Medium bodied and very dry.

O-Excellent. Better than this was in the bottle, better than it was on tap at TND four days later. So if you get a good keg, like I did here, you should drink all of it.


Photo of smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A rusted amber color, somewhat shiny and brass colored hues as well. A nice middle column of carbonation as well, but a little hard to see. Head is a nice solid two to three fingers tall with off white fluffy character and lots of staying power. Solid looker.

Nice wine and wild yeast fruit character. Hints at oud bruin spice and sour character with some soft clove and solid funk. Some very hint of sweetness of very light toasty brown sugar, and citrus fruit also. Real nice balanced mix going on here.

Palate is really delicious. A very different take on a wild going on here, a real nice first blast of sweet brown malts and molasses like sugar. Peppery sugar action on the finish and a nice hot brett dry funk that matches. A real interesting fascinating finish between sweet malt caramel aromatics and hop earth/floral spicy qualities and funky wild yeast punch.

This is like a caramel brett sundae without the fake cherry on top, which makes it even better.

Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Neck foil dated: 03/02/15

A: The cork slid out with nary a sound. Uh oh, did I get a bad bottle? Nah, keep reading. Pours a chill hazed burnt orange, with a 3 1/2 finger thick, rocky, light khaki colored head that retained forever! The head graaaadually melted down to a thick glob that hung around in the center of the glass leaving a lacey mess down the sides.

S: I went into this one, not having read any of the reviews, expecting a sour/funky "Belgian Wild Ale". My first whiff had me wondering if I got a mis-label. Strong piney (American-styled) hops took the forefront with hints of caramel, citrus, and sweet candi.

T: Huge piney hop flavor. Delicious! Rounding out the flavors are cut grass and citrus hops, caramel, white pepper, spices, and a touch of candi sugar. Half-way through the second glass I finally noticed the spicy & funky Brett. I guess proper temp is the key to awakening the slightly funky Brett as I pulled this out of my too cold food fridge and not my beer fridge.

M: Typical APA/AIPA/DIPA mouthfeel: dry, juicy, peppery, oily, and spicy. Finish has a fantastic run of spicy astringency.

D: I kept trying to remember to pace myself to no avail. This beer went down so well. An 8% (let's face it) AIPA/DIPA with a slightly "wild" side? Sign me up, brother!

Photo of dansmcd
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lightly hazy orange amber, with an off white head which remains for a few minutes.

S - Sweet fruity hops, grapefruit and tangerine, balanced against a mild stables funkiness.

T - Follows the nose with the citrusy hop character, some dank brett and wet bread brings some interest.

M - Moderately carbonated, medium body, starts out with a sour acidity before mellowing. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - Very enjoyable sour. Not sure about the nominated style here.

Photo of kwjd
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of a private order to Ontario. Pours a cloudy orange colour with thick white head and tons of lacing down the glass. Smells of cirtus hops, candy suger and something a bit funky (I assume brett?). Nice bitterness mixed in with the Belgian sweetness. Big carbonation level. A very nice beer, which I had more!

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating #1100!! And appropriate, considering it's also Memorial Day! Anyway, pours a cloudy brown/orange with a thick off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of tropical fruits and floral hops. Smells like an IPA, an awesome IPA at that! Flavor is not a fruity but has a nice bitter finish. Definitely quite hoppy with some sweet caramel malt. Nothing Belgian about this one to me. This is a great beer--I really enjoyed this one!

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USAlive! (Alive) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.