It's Alive! | Mikkeller ApS

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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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Photo of jojox
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice gold hue. Lots of CO2 and head. Doesn't seem to be moving.

s - malt and funk. Some sour.

t - Wow. VERY funky. Bread, yeasty barnyard and weird funky. Not usual. Quite a bit pissy/earthy, I can't describe it but it must be some crazy brett character. Horse blanket? A strange bitter aspect at the end. HOps??

m - a bit harsh but OK.

d - I dunno. I kinda got used to it by the end but I can't really say it was pleasant and I wanted to open another. My cat Jingle loved it.

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Photo of nick76
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is wild and funky, there is pepper and ginger as well as sour fruit, malt, herbs, and cedar. The appearance is amber with a huge head. The flavor is like the aroma but not overly funky. The palate is thin. Overall not bad for a wild beer. It's more than I expected.

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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 SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper body with two fingers of head with decent retention, but little lacing.

S - Big juicy fruit aroma, with strawberry and raspberry sweetness, green apple tartness, sour cherry funk, hints of leather and earthy funk, all while being quite vineous.

T/M - A lot more bitterness than I expected. Big funk, big hops. As it warms, I picked up nice rose nectar, raspberry, and honey sweetness, in addition to the big funk. Alcohol is present and warming. A lot different than expected. Finish was a bit watery. Mid bodied.

D - Shows great complexity, and weak balance. The funk is fantastic, but even a sucker like me would love to see some more sweetness to balance out the huge funk. Fun, but not overly drinkable.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep, translucent copper amber hue. What an awesome, thick, dense, sticky head. Spongey and very light tan in color. But very small and slow lacing. The aroma makes me think of the produce aisle at my local grocery store, Dominicks. More specifically, like when you bury your nose in th apple display. Particularly, green apples. Very yeasty, fruity taste. Unsweetend apple sauce and caramel malts. The apples and caramel slowly move to a smokey toasted malt. Hints of Tandy leather give an earthy hop finish. Not as funky as expected, but pretty hoppy and earthy. Saddle leather palate earthy. Pretty easy to drink considering the 8% abv. You would never guess the abv. without looking at the bottle.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.43/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a murky orange color with a foamy white head. Head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells of Belgian yeast, flowery, funky, caramel hops and floral hops.

T- Wow didn't like this at all...totally different from the nose. Pretty complex but it just doesn't go well together. I let this on sit for a while and came back to it and it was pretty much the same taste just a lot stronger. Just didn't taste good at all.

M- Light to medium body and high carbonation.

D- No thanks I'll pass.

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Photo of klewis
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a moderate, bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Citric aromas with just a bit of funk.

T: On the first sip, caramel malts with a light lemon zest flavor and a bit of brett. On consequent sips, the brett overwhelmed the palate, replacing the light malty taste with a dry tannic one.

M: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Dry.

D: No thank you sir. If every sip tasted like the first, this would be a solid beer, but this unfortunately did not happen.

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Photo of Franky3
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Caged and corked bottle..pours a orange red ice tea color with about a half inch thick good white head.

Smell- a thick head gives notes of ginger...notes of brettanomyces and possibly cherry...traditional and good belgian scent. A bit of a face warming sour scent.

Taste- Sort of where I believe this beer goes wrong...the smell calls for a bold sharp brew with sticking brett, but delivers a dull, low, back of mout dusty and flat feel. There is something in there that tingles your tonsils, not neccesarily in a good is reminding me of the grape bubbalicious that I never really liked after you have had it in your mouth for too long...

not very drinkable...just not my favorite

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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 tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle From Champane Wine.

Poured hazy amber color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing.

Moderate to heavy spicy, yeast and bubblegum aroma.

Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation.

Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met with another of my top active bottled beers for style.

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Photo of koopa
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions prior to me finding out that Buyrite in South Plainfield carries this one.

Appereance: Iced tea color with a light biege 3 finger foam head. Lots of retention and some lacing.

Smell: Faint smell of brett but nothing else really special going on here besides some light berry notes and grape notes.

Taste: A touch of toasty malt that isn't overly sweet. Some brett yeast and peppercorns.

Mouthfeel: Oily and light to medium bodied.

Carbonation: Lots

Drinkability: Fairly easy to kick back. Can be sipped or thrown back.

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Photo of badbeer
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Amber colored with a white head that retains pretty well. Smell is pretty good, I got a lot of horse blanket in it, as well as some earthy notes, and some spices. Taste unfortunately, did not have as much of the horse blanket, or much of what I find enjoyable, best thing to describe it was like Vick's green cough spray. I wanted to like the taste better, but I just kept being distracted by this flavor. Medium bodied and high carbonation. Don't know that I'd have this again.

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

Pours off brown/orange/amber color, hazy, and light coloured head. Nose is miscellaneous soft fruit and spices, with a marshmallow scent as well. High carbonation is noted on the palate, with a soft malty core and sweet candy flavors. Finish is a tad warm and the candy sugar coming back again.

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

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a dirty light brown with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops. Wow, what an inviting aroma! Flavor is quite ASA-like: lots of wheat and citrusy hops. I didn't get any funky or sour or even Belgiany notes from this, so I'm not sure why it's classified as a BSA...but in any case, I don't really care because this was quite an awesome beer!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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Photo of grub
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 1: Sour/Wild Ales. i contributed this one, purchased at merchants fine wine in dearborn, mi.

750ml bottle, corked and caged and topped with silver foil. sampled nov 27/08.

pours orangey amber with a touch of haze. a huge fluffy tan head forms, dropping very slowly and leaving tons of clumpy lace.

aroma is good. grapefruit, orange, bit of tangerine. bread and biscuit. touch of cracker. fresh green hops - floral and a bit perfumey. more like an ipa than a wild ale (indicated on the bottle) or belgian pale (in the listing here). jasmine and light spice. bit of caramel. nowhere near as wild as i was expecting.

taste is good. just over medium bitterness level. bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. light citrus. bit of grapefruit and lemon. mot much other funk or sour character. again, more like an ipa than a wild ale.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. just over medium body.

drinkability is pretty good. nice balance. good overall, just not really fitting into the expected style parameters.

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Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grub cracked this one on Day 1 of the 2008 Biergotter Tasting. Thanks!
This one had a gigantic, frothy beige head that produced big, chunky clumps of lacing. Semi-clear and a red/amber colour. The aroma was full of hops of the floral/soapy variety and there was a bit of fruity tartness, some sweetness, and faint earthy funk, perfume and jasmine. Bitterness was a bit assertive, but still nicely balanced. The flavour was very floral and perfumy, with many of the same characters that were in the aroma. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, decent texture. Pretty good overall, but outclassed by the other beers we enjoyed this evening.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to grub for opening up this one! Last beer of day 1 of insane DrJay visit epic tasting.

Pours a hazy copper orange, huge off white head forms, tons of lace on the glass, great retention, forms a solid layer. Smell is neat, sweet and spicy, fruits, musty grapes, grapefruit and orange peel, wood, very fragrant and perfumy, some jasmine, bit of funk, neat. Taste is similar, perfumy, floral, very spicy, jasmine tea bitterness, bit of funky woodiness, light fruits, interesting stuff, a bit astringent and drying in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodieed with medium carbonation, not too bad. From the name I was expecting more of a wild ale, but for a Belgian pale this had some pretty cool character to it. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of froghop
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear amber with a large beige head that goes down quickly, good lacing.

smell is of fruits, caramel, spices, white pepper, coriander.

taste is warming, lots of spice, apricot, peach, orange, and lemon, a touch of caramel, some hops, a few malts, end is dry and just a little bitter, aftertaste has a spiciness that lingers.

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Photo of spointon
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 25oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A= This ale poured a bright orange color with a huge 3" rocky tan head. Incredibly, the head dropped quickly to just about zero and did not leave any lace.

S= Incredible complexity in the nose, comprised of a mild sourness, a spiciness, and a faint grainy sweetness.

T= As one would expect, this wild ale was quite sour on the tongue. Also present were flavors of faint malts and a strong peppery spiciness. Finish was short and remained spicy, while hiding all alcohol.

MF= This was a medium bodied ale with a high sharp carbonation feel. Crisp to say the least.

D= Though I am not a big fan of sour ales, this was one of the more enjoyable ones I have had. The peppery spiciness saved this from being a one-trick sour pony. Could be a good gateway beer into the style.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bottle - Pours a somewhat cloudy orange/red color with small quickly dissipating head. Average carbonation. Smells super sweet with plenty of bread and fruity yeast notes. First sip is very bready and biting with mild tartness. Extremely tasty. Great and welcomed bitter finish. Nice medium bodied.

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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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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is curiously lackluster. Not bad in any particular way, but it really doesn't have any spark or zing to it. Pours a hazy orange amber with a nice head that sticks around. Smells very earthy and with a fairly big hit of dry malt. Tastes earthy as well, but fairly plain. Nice bitter finish, but no hoppy zing or Belgian yeast fruit and spice or candi sugar sweetness. Just sort of dry and bready with some earthy hops and fairly flat in flavor. Some spicy hops at the end that carry through in the mouthfeel, which is a bit rough around the edges. Not bad, but not memorable.

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Photo of waltonc
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed some of this courtesy of abfraser. Deuces wild, brutha.

We had this right after the Isabelle Proximus. Quite a contrast. This one is more of a copper/carmel color. Significant carbonation levels.

Smell: quite floral. Kind of reminds me of jasmine tea.

Taste: Malt, funk, floral notes. Very interesting blend of flavors. Not mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel: Not too light and not too thick.

Drinkability: Not bad.

The description of this beer on BA is "Belgian Pale Ale." Is that right? Doesn't taste like it to me.

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Julio's, brought back by Jason. Cloudy orange with lots of white head, lots of lace after. Wierd aroma, but great control. Spiciness with a malted offset. Musty, a funky experience from the wild yeast but very good for what it is. This aroma may fall away with some ageing.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with a couple of friends over the weekend. Pours a dark copper color with a full champagne-like head into a snifter. Good retention. Smells of sweet carmel type candy with a good amount of mustiness to boot. With some warming you cna get more funk on the nose. Taste is sweet and malty at first. Finishes extremel dry with no aftertaste. I get some pheno/ bandaid flavor in the finish that intensifies as the beer warms. Good active, fizzy mouhtfeel. Solid wild ale, nothing spectacular.

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It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
3.74 out of 5 based on 411 ratings.
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