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USAlive! (Alive) - Mikkeller ApS

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 68 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poupae, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

JSchock7, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jackrodgers77, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

jwat, Feb 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

vinny21bal, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

smakawhat, Feb 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Brewer1980, Nov 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

IronTom, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

alexmel7, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

mltobin, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

firesrage, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

brentusaurus, Oct 28, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Clear amber body. Huge cream head. Sticky lacing and an eternal pillow of foam.

Smell - Funky saison yeast aromas. Mild brett earthiness. Some slight acidic notes and deep caramel malt.

Taste - Sharper acidity, but nothing I'd call sour. A little metallic. Some lemony citrus, maybe from hops or yeast. Sweetness comes from a substantial caramel malt base.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium body. Lots of flavors going on in the finish.

Overall - Not what I expected. I think I like it. Strange one though.

Alieniloquium, Oct 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

sbart518, Sep 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

weeare138, Sep 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger thick off white head with nice lacing on a amber with copper uses body.

S: smells very soapy, like dishwater, hint of peppermint, caramel and fresh flowers. This beer smells terrible initially. It has more strawberry aroma one the head goes down.

T: peppermint, red hots without the spice, yeast, toasted malts, a little strawberry initially in the finish then moving to a very medicinal and aspirin finish.

M: medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall: Awful smell really, I had to make sure the review reflected that. I can't really tell hot this beer as received as many decent reviews as it has. I would not get this beer, especially for what you tend to pay for Mikkeller.

kylehay2004, Sep 02, 2013
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3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours with a small head of off white foam on a hazy, amber body. The head fades slowly and leaves nice lace. Phenolic aroma with some spice and lemons, which oddly combine to smell like dish soap. Dry caramel, pepper, and some aspirin. Moderately light body, fairly high carbonation, and a very dry finish. Not great, the aroma is very odd and the flavor follows.

nickfl, Sep 02, 2013
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LambicKing, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Balvenie, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

hayesjw, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

spw109, Jul 27, 2013
USAlive! (Alive) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.