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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
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194
Ratings:
410
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
17.91%
 
 
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Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of detlefchef
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Curious, I could have sworn this was a fresh batch. Maybe not. It sure wasn't worse for wear. In fact, it was lovely. Thick, lingering head. Beautiful brilliant amber color.

Certainly some malt to it, but the bret did a fine job of using up the sugar, so it was pretty dry. Not really at all sour.

As the guy I was tasting with said, "This is what I want beer to taste like. There's lot's of beer-like flavors." Now, sounds simple, but it's true. There was some funk, some malt, some great balance. It did taste like what a beer should.

I guess that's the only thing that would keep this from being exceptional, it didn't have layers of things going on. Of course, that's not always a bad thing.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich burnished brown leather with a ridiculously frothy massive head leaving thick chunks of foam on the glass as it ever so slowly dissipates. The nose has bright sour citrus, red fruit, a touch of pleasant funk along with belgian spices. The taste brings sour raspberry, lemon, along with clove and almost a touch of banana, very light sourness and funk - tasty stuff. I did find it to seem a bit diluted at this abv though i was highly impressed with the look and taste.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml cellered for a good while Thanks to Gregus. Mikkeller is alway expensive, but pretty much alway unique and good. Clear amberish color, amazing looking head. Frothy and solid looking, like wax. I walked away for 20 minutes and came back to the head still holding like a champ, and lacing still clinging. This beer has great visual appeal. Smell is an appealing, but very delicate aroma. I smell flowers and bright acidic yeast. Not what I was expecting. Beer is surprisingly drinkable. Subtle malt notes, minimal hopping. Seems like the recipe is designed to push the yeast character, which is complex and exciting to the palate. Ph is low and puckers the lips a bit. Thin body, booze is quite well hidden. I could have used a bit more sour. But wonderful beer. Pleasure to have tried.

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Photo of Brandt
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer poured out of its corked bottle a nice golden amber color with a rocky egshell colored head and showed pretty strong carbonation.

the smell was very complex and had many layers. after pouring the first smell gave off a semi tart dryness with a hint of green apple skin, i then swirled it and the beer let out a whole new brand of smells starting with the expected spicy character from a wild ale with notes of pepper and clove followed by a more bready note from the yeast and a very ripe bannana.

the taste was nearly as complex as the nose starting off with a very bitter astringency similar to the papery casing on a walnut and some good brown malt flavor as well. this was all interwoven with brett throughout and only a trace of alcohol despite the 8% abv.

the finish was a simple dryness that hung on the tongue with a mildy sweet counterpart to make a nice complement of the dryness

really enjoyed this beer and would certainly drink it again!

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Photo of BarrelO
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

400th review!

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. I can't quite make out the date stamp on the cap, but I think it says "1911012." I guess that means best buy November 19, 2012.

A: Dark orange body. Massive rocky off-white head leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Lots of barnyard funk and citrus.

T: The funk continues to make its presence felt. Some citrusy notes. Crisp clean bitterness. Finishes dry.

M: Effortlessly light with lots of carbonation.

D: This owes more than a little debt to Orval, but it's pretty much exactly what I look for in a BSPA. Incredibly easy to put down.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

300th beer review and I’m still alive so I feel this is appropriate.

(4.0) A: Dark figgish-copper colour with a couple fingers of head that slowly falls to a thin blanket with good lacing down the glass.

(4.0) S: Brown sugar, white grape, slight balsamic, banana, and yeasty. Nice mix of belgian qualities with a noticeable yet slight funky-sour aroma. Aroma has hints of a brown ale as well.

(4.25) T: Delicious. Similar to aroma but with a pleasant sweet white grape taste throughout that makes this a bit champagne-like. Belgian ale characteristics are still there with cloves, yeast, and tropical fruit. Varying flavours mesh seamlessly creating a wonderful smoothness.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a moderate-lively carbonation. Rich and velvety. Appropriate.

(4.0) D: This is very easy to drink considering the smoothness. Having not had something like this before it's difficult to compare but I thoroughly enjoyed this. Taste profile is a very well integrated mix of belgian ale and wine – can’t find much to complain about here.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark amber color with a small white head. The aroma has a little bit of funkiness, with some fruit mixed in. No real hops on the aroma. The flavor is where the funkiness comes in. It is not as sour or wild as some other beers, but the flavor is definitely there once the beer has warmed up. By the time I finished my beer, it had been out of the fridge for over and hour and was very good. There are also some hops in the flavor as well as some slight fruitiness. A very good beer. Not too sour or funky, but a very good, drinkable beer that I hope to try again.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy auburn with a big, fat, foamy white head. Good lacing. Funky, spicy aroma. Sweeter, fruity yeast rather than the barnyard variety. Malt sweetness as well mixed with apples and melon. Effervescent mouthfeel, kind of velvety, dry finish. Fruity taste, again with green apples and now peach. Some pepper spice aiwht maybe clove; but not the clove that may be found in a German hefe, a bit sharper. Sweet yeast funk as well. Some bread-dough malt from time to time. Easy to drink, but one bottle was my max.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle picked up at Capone's just under a year ago.

A: The bottle was a gusher after the cork popped, requiring fast action to get it into a glass as opposed to the floor. The ale has a visible red hue, darkening what starts out as a copper colored brew. Despite the high carbonation, the head is practically nonexistent.

S: A dry horseblanket aroma lies just behind a rather fruity body, both the work of tireless yeast.

T: The taste s very dry, all the sweetness having been sucked out of it. Grainy malts fight with, and lose to, the brettanomyces with its funk. The ale is very reminiscent of Orval, although I suppose that that was the intent. A vegetal flavor, the remnants of some hops, leaves an odd finish that is barely noticeable against the brett.

M: The mouthfeel is light, despite the funkiness. The sharpness of the finish makes me want another sip.

D: The heft of the 8% alcohol never gets in the way, allowing the funk to shine through. Another Danish standout.

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Photo of crossovert
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle with a WHITE label and silver foil.

Pours into my tulip a rich orange/plum color, murky, with a rocky off-white head that leaves a frosting of lacing.

The smell is definitely unique, a mix of noble hops and brett with some candi sweetness. The hops are really full, slightly piney, they mix with the sugar and the fruity yeast creating a candy-like scent with a bit of funk.

The mouthfeel is low carbonated almost syrupy, not what I expected. The beer is slightly funky, slightly bitter, and slightly cloying. It has a huge caramel, barleywine like presence. The hops are still an integral part of the taste and provide a piney bitterness. There is also a huge dark fruit presence (rasins, dates). There is also some wood, spices, and earthiness.The alcohol is there but it blends with the other flavors. If you mixed Orval with a barleywine you'd have something like this, a sublime and original brew.

This is another hit form Mikkeller, quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. And they are certainly one of the true innovators of the brewing industry.

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Photo of berpwillie
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy copper orange with spare head but much more heavu in the lacing. delicious and lively but very flat at the same time. bit of a funky hay flavor. very cloudy but lively carbonation is still very noticable. medium body with a sticky oily texture. slightly bitter to the finish. over all very good beer, but don't let the smell fool you, the taste doesn't quite follow through.

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Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just couldn't say no to Mikkeller and I'm glad that I didn't.

Pours a luscious amber with a thick head that quickly fades. I absolutely love the presentation here.

Funky fresh with grape, pear and apple notes from the funk. Aging this in wine barrels is a brilliant tactic. It accentuates the grape.

A cooling rush of funk coats my tongue, leaving behind a plethora of grape and apple notes. Not very heavy on flavor but it gets the job done.

The mouth warms up due to the 8% level. Personally, a bit of aging would only strengthen the appeal of this ale. The carbonation is overwhelming at this stage.

Well worth a try if you're a Mikkeller fanboy like I.

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Photo of rand
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
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 avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml capped bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Odell branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a honey-like hue, effervescent with a slightly off white fluffy head that sticks around leaving good amounts of lacing from start to finish.

S: Not as much funk as I had anticipated - it's there but slightly muted and quickly washed out with sweet carmel malt and bready belgian yeast - where's the funk??? Also, not much going on in the hop department for a "pale ale".

T: Alright, here we go! Super funk - wet leather and saw dust, earthy burnt wood - black pepper corn gives way to sweet grainy malt, green apples, fresh baked bread, mild hop and a slight hint of booze on the back end.

M: Medium bodied with vigorous carbonation similar to champagne, dry finish with a lingering funky bitterness.

Overall damn tasty funky pale ale that, in my opinion, comes close to a saison/farmhouse in style - maybe even more so than a pale ale. Easy drinker that I could post up on all night.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored ale slightly hazed with yeast sediment big chunky off white khaki head leaves fine Belgian style lacing, great look to it. Aromatics tart funky yeast notes acidophilus, brettanomyces, the gangs all here...It's Alive! The beer's yeast that is. Great barnyard funky edge to it, acidic hints of yogurt borderline vinegar lactic acid notes, this beer was aged on white wine barrels. I'm not sure what they were going for but I like sour ales. On the second sniff I'm getting ripened pineapple, oak barrel aging effects, a slight buttery note, there's everything in here. Flavor wise, bitter yeast and acidity collide, a hint of band aid, medicinal notes, with big fruit thing ripened pineapple, tropical fruit notes embedded in barnyard/horse blanket type flavor aspects, grassy hay and wet acidity. Some people would say cat piss but I don't find it offensive in the least regards. I find hints of sliced green apple, plump raisins, and other fine infused tart characteristics, this is probably my favorite Mikkeller thus far, I find hit or miss to be their game but this is dead on for a beer called...It's Alive! I'm a fan, of their de Proef gypsy brewed offerings I've had limited contact with their hoppy ales but have found them to be lackluster compared to most American brewed versions. Mouthfeel upfront has a rolling carbonation a bit prickly with acidity and sharp dry finish but the mix of carbonation and dry character seems to treat the beer superbly on the palate. Overall what can I say that I didn't already go try this brew.

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Photo of mobyviacheslov
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy, and burnt orange. Color resembles that of a pale ale. Head is creamy, and subsides to about 1 finger. Decent lacing from the receded head.
S - Nose is very hoppy and piney. There is a slight apple note as well. I hadn't researched this beer before buying it, and was expecting a gueze/lambic style, so the lack of sour odors was surprising. Now that I've looked up the beer, I realize that's not the style they were going for. I haven't tasted yet, but I'm not getting much of the brett-funk odor.
T - Very dry, very bitter hop forward. In fact, the hop profile seems to be masking much of the brett-dryness and funk. After a swish in the mouth, I do find an apple flavor, but not the sour notes of the apple, just the fruit flavor (if this makes sense?). Outside the piney hops, there is a grass flavor, and just a very minor sweetness from the high alcohol content. The finish is bready and reveals just a little more brett, but still hop dominated.
M - Thicker than your average hop-driven beer (pale ale/IPA), but similar mouth feel. Very crisp and dry.
D - Honestly, if you like your hops, this is very easy drinking. The brett-funk that turns some people off is not dominating, so its really just a matter of liking the dryness. The ABV is not obvious, so a 750ml bottle per person is too easy.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling reddish orange in color with a long lasting, thick, off-white head that bursts to the rim of the tulip. I've witnessed few beers with a residual lacing as big and gnarly.

The aroma puts the "f" in funk; a virtual wild yeast orgy that flows freely and loudly throughout the room. Notes of dark fruit, grain, straw and herbal mint are later realized. Sweet and minty to the tongue with a phenomenal funk wrapping that goes on and on. Lighter fruits, allspice, nougat and caramel eventually orchestrate to provide balance and complexity.

This one is quite easy to drink. Mouth-feel is medium, and it has a pleasing creamy core.

Seems a bit underrated to me, but then again, I'm not really a funky kinda guy if you know what I mean.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I have no idea where to write this review. I found this bottle just recently, but it is in a 750ml bottle and labeled as a Belgian Wild Ale. I thought it may be the It's Alive that is not retired, but the ABV is off and there are no 750ml bottle reviews...so I'm VERY CONFUSED. So anyways, pours an almost-clear golden amber color with a HUGE, beautiful, frothy cream-colored head. Scent is a bit of Brett with some sugary sweetness to it. Lots of pepper and spiciness to it with a hint of lemon zest and citrus...orange peel. Taste is initially citrusy with hints of funk from the Brett. Not as funky as I was expecting. Has a lot of Belgian yeast flavors and sugar cane. Then I some lemon tartness that finishes sweet and Bretty. Mouthfeel is full and crisp. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is an awesome beer. I can definitely see how people would compare this beer to Orval, but IMO it can't compete. In fact, any beer that is a tribute to Orval can't compare...this one may be the closest though.

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Photo of mutterfudder
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip

A - Dark amber pour. Small dollop of foam on top, but it needed an aggressive pour to get it.

S - Juicy fruits, esters of apple and mango. Smell is wonderful.

T - Huh, this has some of those esters in the flavor. Typical De Proef yeast notes of pineapple and wet fruit. Minor leather flavors, ending with an astringent hop note.

M - The lingering astringency isn't all that palatable to me. However, the nice juiciness of the beer is fantastic.

I liked this well enough, however, at $12.50 a bottle it's not likely something I'll pick up too often.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber color, with slight partial cloudiness. Some suspended particulation. Nice head that stays the whole time with good lacing.

Hop, lily, fermenting haystack, earth, paperwhites and slight sweet wildflower honeyness.

Very present hop character at the start, slight floral that moves through to a middle that's bready and malty with some sweet hop finish. Nice clarity and balance of the flavors.

Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Moves fluidly around the mouth carrying the flavors throughout.

Very drinkable. People put this down very easily and wanted more. That's a good sign.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with candied light fruits - apricots and pears - with a mild tartness. Also present are moderate amounts of funk and hints of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly grainy pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by soft and lightly tart medium fruit flavors. Midway through the sip hints of funk work their way into things before fading out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer but no one thing stood out as exceptional. Still, it's worth a shot.

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It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
3.74 out of 5 based on 410 ratings.
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