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It's Alive! | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by DarkerTheBetter on 06-06-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,043
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
416
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
48
Trade:
0
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Photo of wjbent
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Musineer
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rand
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a tulip glass

A: Cloudy, orange-copper appearance, the beer offers a giant fluffy head on a gentle pour. Never fully receding, sticky lacing is everywhere.

S: Vibrant nose, yeasty. Horse-blanket funk meets caramelly sweetness. A little citrus rind along with oak. Some fruity esters edge the bouquet.

T: Esters move up on the palate with notes of berries, bananas, maybe a little bubble gum. Funky, but less than expected from the nose. A little minerally mid-sip, combining with drying oak which leads to a clean, relatively short finish.

M: Relatively light mouthfeel, slightly under-carbonated.

Pretty tasty Belgian-style brew, layered and complex but highly drinkable. Was expecting a little more funk and sour from the title, but as I shared this bottle with a couple of friends, no one seemed to mind.

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Photo of groleau
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickenm
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bunuelian
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tertullian007
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/2/21.

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of candied fruit, rock candy, earth, Brett, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit, fruit punch, earth, Brett, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a Brett presence that still allows some fruity characteristics to come out all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, dark orange colour. Grainy, oaty, sweet smelll, with hints of dates and molasses. Syrupy/heavy mouthfeel, Bready, grainy, malty taste; raisin/fig/sticky fruit notes, but also citrus, orange, and clean hops. Very flavourful and complex.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with a fluffy, unusually distributed, thick sea foam head.

The aromas and flavors are hard to describe to be honest, there aren't many discernible notes. I get a hint of apple, and a perfume of strawberry-banana.

Overall it's a pretty smooth, unoffensive Belgian. It does not go overboard with the yeast bite, and is sweet and slightly tangy.

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Photo of josvemden
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ziet er heel mooi uit. Verwacht een zwaar bier maar Is relatief licht van smaak. Een hele lekkere hopsmaak waar iets zoets aan vooraf gaat. Krijg het er warm van. Ps. Moet iets warmer gedronken worden, vind hem gaandeweg steeds lekkerder.

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4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Mi Orge Mi Houblon. Nice tribute to Orval, poured into Orval chalice. Amber color with silky, thin head. All else smells and tastes like Orval. Uncanny....

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Photo of cyclone
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like honey, stale hops, very mild spicy Brett, and some lightly sweet caramel.

If this was supposed to mimic Orval, it failed in that regard. It's too malty sweet. Neither the hops nor the Brett really shine here, it's just kind of muddled with a sweet malt backbone, and a stale hop character. The Brett is slightly peppery, but I have to emphasize that it's barely there. Possibly a few years in the cellar would help this aspect be more prominent, but who knows.

This is medium bodied, with a somewhat crisp mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

This was a disservice to the greatness of Orval. It did not work.

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3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thefreakinjman
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz B, Enjoyed 10/20/15

A: blood orange to amber color

S: sweet candy, melons, dry straw scents

T: dry grassy at first with fruity pale ale and bitterness at the end

M: Dry, high carbonation, feels like the little brett bacteria hang on to the tongue

O: Like the funk and bitterness together.

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It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 416 ratings
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