It's Alive! | Mikkeller ApS

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It's Alive!It's Alive!

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

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

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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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Poured from 750mL bottle into tumbler pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-amber color with a large blonde head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind thick lacing.

Smell: Smells of sweet, bready malt with musty Belgian yeast. Notes of citrus and apple.

Taste:Begins with champagne flavors before rounding out to sweet, bready malt flavors. Finish is of grapefruit with an earthy, champagne yeast backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with balanced, natural carbonation. Finish is dry.

Overall: A good beer- a lot like champagne. Not the best, but worth having. The shelf talkers for this beer at BevMo said that this is Orval-inspired; I can kinda see that, but this is definitely its own animal.

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It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 56.9% out of 100 with 415 ratings
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