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USAlive! (Alive) - Mikkeller ApS

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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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 (tomahawk, cascade and amarillo), yeast and brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: Nickls on 03-02-2009)
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Photo of GreenMountainBoy


2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

03-04-2012 14:59:10 | More by GreenMountainBoy
Photo of stakem


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears copper in color with a finger of off-white head. It retains fairly decent leaving patchy lace on the glass as it slowly recedes.

The smell of the brew includes a hint of caramel malt sweetnesd with some earthy notes. Also present is citrusy fruits like grapefruit. A bit of cardboard quality rounds out the nose. Overall a bit perplexing, yet mild and not all that appealing.

The taste includes some fruity quality of grapefruit that also includes a rindy bitterness of pulp and zest. Some earth and peppery spice mixes with cardboard-like oxidation and earthy funk. The flavor of this brew is what you would expect from the aroma, it is disjointed and doesn't really come together.

It is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. An interesting mix of flavor that wasn't bad, just unique without much appeal. It is quite oily and bitter as it warms up with just a bit more focus on some natural fruity/alcohol esters. This brew is not something I would go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 14:01:23 | More by stakem
Photo of mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Murky deep copper - this is not an attractive beer. Brisk carbonation creates a fluffy head that quickly vanishes.

S: Heaps of Brett character - wet dog and rain covered leaves. Little else, I get no indication of the dry hops used.

T: Mimics the Brett-bomb of the nose. Complex, heavy, deep, bitter. Finishes long and dry with a pear like fruitiness.

M: The dryness is my favorite part of the beer, lovely carbonation and a crisp finish.

O: It seems odd to dryhop a beer intended for long aging (w/ Brett). By the time the Brett has evolved into something interesting, the dry hop character has been totally lost. An interesting beer and a very 'pure' Brett character for those who search it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 18:01:23 | More by mattsander
Photo of Archemedies


4/5  rDev +2%

02-21-2012 02:42:09 | More by Archemedies
Photo of ygtbsm94


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-30-2012 07:28:55 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of benbou17

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-20-2012 17:40:45 | More by benbou17
Photo of KAF


3/5  rDev -23.5%

01-17-2012 21:41:57 | More by KAF
Photo of N8DAGR8


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-09-2012 14:11:01 | More by N8DAGR8
Photo of bbadger


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-08-2012 04:15:29 | More by bbadger
Photo of imperialking


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-07-2012 04:54:54 | More by imperialking
Photo of emdawg

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-01-2012 05:55:14 | More by emdawg
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:11:07 | More by korguy123
Photo of JAHMUR


4/5  rDev +2%

12-10-2011 18:47:58 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of ROGUE16


4/5  rDev +2%

12-07-2011 13:44:03 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber with an off-white head that holds and leaves lace. nose is caramelly malt with hints of grapefruit and funk. very inviting to me. kind of smells orval-inspired with us hops and more caramel. taste follows the nose to reveal layers of caramel, funk and hops with a mild dose of bitter in the end. proves my theory about the orval thing... taste is very orval-like in it's brett character, but the sweetness is more caramel and the hops are more citrusy and fruity. medium-full body with just a touch of stickiness. overall, a very nice example of what happens when the US goes wild.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 17:30:39 | More by timtim
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-19-2011 03:45:14 | More by DoctorB2B
Photo of bpfrush


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-16-2011 02:02:40 | More by bpfrush
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr


3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

11-15-2011 19:00:03 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2011 06:24:44 | More by patm1986
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a large (750ml?) bottle into a schooner. The foil at the top of the bottle notes a date: 03/02/15 - perhaps a best before? Could get some more of these and lay them down.

A - pours a slightly cloudy light brown, with a one finger tan head that resolves after a couple minutes leaving some thin lacing.

S - fruit notes on the nose, sweet plum along with some floral elements. Light bready sweetness and perhaps even a hint of pineapple.

T - tart and bitter, with lots of lemon in the finish; very unusual in that it has only light to moderate hops bitterness up front, nearly no malt to balance it off and then a very bitter finish. The the bitterness builds and builds through the finish almost like a lemon rind stuck in the back of the throat. Intensely bitter in the end. Tastes nothing like it smells. (Where did the sweetness go?)

M - medium bodied with lots of carbonation; effervescent with just a hint of alcohol warming

D - initially seems quite drinkable, though the bitterness in the finish is quite powerful (would be curious to know the IBUs on this one). May be too powerful for some.

The bottle used to list this as a Wild Ale (in 2011) rather than a Strong Pale Ale; hard to say which one it really is in the end. It's no longer listed as a Wild Ale in 2012. From the bottle there's no appreciable funk, which was a bit surprising. Overall a very interesting beer and one definitely worth trying. Just watch out for the bitter, bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 22:39:13 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed and lightly rusted orange amber with nice cap of frothy white bubbles. Scent is a nice mix of citrusy hops and earthy, light funk along with a lightly bready malt backbone. Taste brings the components of scent to a whole new level, all the best notes of an IPA (bitter and citrusy) combine with a Belgian Pale (bready yeast, light sweetness) and completed wonderfully with the Brett (earthy, light barnyard funk)... complex. Medium bodied, grainy and dry. A nice beer from Mikkeller who continues to make interesting and tasty brews.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 14:32:43 | More by rfgetz
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives without much of a head atop the hazy amber liquid; just a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Caramel melt with some pith and funk

Taste: A hint of caramel at the outset and then the beer moves in a tart lemony direction, with tropical fruit and barnyard funk developing by mid-palate; a grassy, herbal hop character adds a bitter edge but the funk builds after, the swallow and lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation; a bit flabby

Overall: A very complex brew, with the caramel, pith and funk all playing a role; I would prefer a livelier mouthfeel

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 01:06:43 | More by brentk56
Photo of BARFLYB


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Kraftworks.

US Alive pours into the glass a amberish/orange color with a small tint of red although that could of been the setting. A small off white cap that eventually bounces leaving little squiggles. smell is a mix of floral hops and some brett scent, going into some pepper and some citrus scents including tropics orange, grapefruit. Taste is pretty decent. Not as hoppy as the nose would lead one to believe. I do get some grapefruit and orange mixing in with some floral taste. The brett is understated but there. I do get more spice, black pepper, yet it does not intrude. A nice pale ale from Belgium with a kick of brett. I dug this but wonder if a fresh bottle might be a different experience, as I was expecting more brett.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 14:01:36 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of AgentMunky


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a gorgeous half-pint glass in the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. From notes. Reviewed 7 June 2011.

A: Clearish; pretty. Light, white, creamy head fades fast leaving really great lace. Nicely orange.

S: Smells like an IPA. Fresh, semi-vegetal hops provide exciting topnotes. Some grapefruit...and some sweetness, from both malt and, seemingly, yeast.

T: Whoah. QUITE bitter. Quite. Raw grapefruit juice. Hops are slightly soapy, but with a nice tinge. A bit of lambic sourness. The finish is lemon peels and more hops. Drying and pleasant.

M: Carbonation, dryness, and sourness (almost too much).

O: Too bitter and sour for me. It's strength shows after half a glass. Not precisely *recommended*, but worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 01:30:28 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 18:24:22 | More by Phyl21ca
USAlive! (Alive) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.