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
Ratings:
415
Reviews:
194
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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15
Gots:
48
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -19.8%

10/02/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This is a tongue twister. Team taste buds is having issues with signals. One swallow is sweet-ish, the next less so, & the next not at all. Never any sweet or bitterness but far from all together sweet. Hate to submit to the suggestion, but it does strike me as an organic/evolving taste. All this w/a funky finish. Can't imagine what a bottle gets you.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of revkibosh
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick head that hangs around.

S: Smells wonderful right out of the bottle, fruits and flowers with that typical Belgian undertone. Smell alone, this is a wonderful beer.

T: eh... doesn't taste the way it smells. Fruity and floral at the start, very earthy in the middle with an almost smokey flavor, and lasting bitterness on the end. The more I drink the more the bitterness lasts. Each new sip tastes more fruity in the front and bitter on the end. Doesn't work for my tastes. Not terrible, but not great.

M: very carbonated. Based on the pour this is to be expected. Leaves my mouth very dry.

D: aside from the flavor this beer is very drinkable... the 8.0% is well hidden.

Overall this beer is decent. I just don't like the taste all that much. The complexity is amazing but I don't like the combination of flavors.

edit: I let this beer "open up" while I drank a different one and thought I'd comment on the change.

umm... Wow, the smokiness has changed to cigarette butts... Not even kidding. While the nose has gotten funkier and sweeter smelling, almost candy like, the flavor has, shall we say, developed. It still has the fruity front, but the smoky flavor that was once there has become more prominent and the aftertaste is straight ashtray. Not as bitter as before but not better. Still very interesting and complex flavors but good god...

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3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Cloudy, amber orange, pours with a large, rocky, white head - keeps a nice cap, leaves sheets of sticky lacing,

Smell: Somewhat light, with Belgian yeast and some hops - some Belgian yeast, a mild spiciness, some light fruity esters - citrus hops - some light minerality that kind of reminds me of pool chemicals, and lots of phenols

Taste: Somewhat strange - pale, pale malts, very light - some Belgian yeast, with some clove, some spiciness - some light funk, some light fruits, some citrus - very phenolic, like bitter Band-Aids - not really sour, slightly tart, but mostly watery - woody flavors, some light sweetness

Mouthfeel: Lightbody, overly carbonated, with a phenolic stickiness

Overall: It's... not great

This is really strange. It's lightly sweet, lightly fruity, lightly funky, definitely phenolic, and watery. It's doesn't really make sense to list this as Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but I guess it doesn't really fit into any categories.

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Photo of hughesm4
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a light copper color with a decent amount of head.

S. A few random spices come out, but has a little of a winelike odor.

T. Not exactly what I expected. My initial drink tasted more like a white wine. The following drinks where not really consistent. Some where had small amount of a spices, but several drinks where just flat and foul.

M. It leaves a slight aftertaste, and it fills the mouth during the initial drink, but nothing spectacular

D. It goes down decently well, especially for the abv. Probably not something that I would drink again, but it was something that I was glad I tried.

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Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky head that leaves a rather spotty lacing pattern

Smell: Rotting pears, ginger, clove, watermelon rind with phenolic hints of acetone

Taste: Rather sweet and fruity (in a wild ale way, of course), up front, with pear, watermelon and peppery spice flavors; by mid-palate, some earthy/oaky flavors add complexity; after the swallow, however, a blast of phenolic acetone elements arrive to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Try as I might, I just cannot get past the finish in this schizophrenic beer

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3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 750ml corked bottle split with psycohops. Poured into twin shaker glasses, the ale appears akin to murky iced tea with a finger of off white foam. The head settles to a thin layer as it warms. Nose and taste - spoiling tart apples, mild funk, candied apples, smarties candies. Super dry and bitter.

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3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of semanka
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Hennepin tulip

A- pours a dark shade of orange with a puffy two finger offwhite head. The beer isn't really *cloudy* as much as it's...dark. Some sediment in here too

S- slight hints of brett in the nose, and not much else

T- I'm going to assume there's a lot of brett in here, because I get that typical flavor...and not much else. A little bit of sweetness from the yeast, and that's about all

M- medium bodied. Fine.

O- not great. Not bad. Also not worth the price though

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Photo of jnezda
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this after buying all the Mikkeller's that cam e to @LoneStarBev. I was hoping for more of a Belgian than what I got but all in it was a good beer.

Pours light amber with thin fine head that has little staying power. Some lacing left and the color really is a light amber that retains its hazy appeal long after the head fades.

On the mild side for all flavors, including some light fruit, apricots, dates, raisins pears. No too nutty and limited to no hoppiness or bitterness. For a mild Belgian it fulfilled it role but left something to be desired on almost all counts.

I know I have said this with a number of reviews but for the price this beer should be passed over. Very good beer for the style but seems to be about twice the price of some of its competitors.

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Photo of chickenm
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rhinos00
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my Corsedonk tulip glass.

A- Pours a semi-clear amber with a healthy, pillow fluffy white head.

S- Very subtle lemon, citrus aromas. Some funk with nice brett is detectable as well.

T- Completely opposite of the aroma. I was truly expecting something sour and funky. What I got was something that had mellow, bland flavor that tasted more like a weak Belgian Pale Ale than the wild ale description on the bottle. All surprises aside, the taste was just not that impressive.

M- Medium bodied. Just had a watered down characteristic that I didn't really care for. Finished dry.

D- Okay. It was pretty easy to put this down even though it didn't have much of a taste profile.

Overall, once I put the anticipated taste aside, the beer definitely became more drinkable. Still, given the price tag on this beer, I would probably not buy it again.

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Photo of photomike
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with BA NPAwesome. Thanks Nat!!!

Pours a hazy orange brown with an orangy white head. Moderate retention. Not a lot of light passes through it. Kind of an ugly color, but its got a nice head on it.

Smell is crazy. Very funky and spicy with a strong fruity flavor reminiscent of overripe, fermented orange. Tart on the nose with some vapor.

Taste is musty and dry, with some vague, nondescript fruit flavors. Lightly tart with a bitter finish that reminds me of orange peel.

Mouthfeel is sparkly and effervescent. Medium bodied with a slightly oily finish. Nice.

Highly drinkable for 8%. Very dry with little detectable alcohol. Somewhat refreshing and it goes down easy.

Overall, very funky and unusual. Hard to evaluate, but definitely worth at least one try.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
3.74 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
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