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It's Alive! | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

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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407
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
17.91%
 
 
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Photo of Hopswagger
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a thistle glass:

P: Huge decadent and dense yellowish white head hovering over a bed of streaming bubbles and cloudy golden amber.

S: Viberant pineapple with a funky wild almost barnyard yeast, laced with spices, faint phenol and honey. Reminds me of peroxide.

T/M: The taste follows the nose with huge wild funky yeast in a playful sloshy and bubbly concoction. Touches of pine, honey, citrus, coriander, cloves and alcohol. Finishes dry, somewhat numbing, with a lingering timid bitter funk.

O: My first wild ale and I really enjoyed it. Hard to pinpoint the exact flavors and aromas but truly enjoyable. I will be looking forward to more of this interesting variety. " It's Alive" will be frequently enjoyed in my house.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml served in a Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a clear and beautiful orange amber with a giant 3 finger rocky head that forms cavernous mountains of foam. Incredible 3/4 inch 3D lacing.

S - Strong barnyard funk, horse blanket, dry hay, dusty grain, lemongrass, honey, lavender, old leather, musty wood.

T - Sweet malt with some grassy grain, green apple skins, powdery yeast, honey, pears, lavender. Minty herbal hops and muted orange citrus come out on the finish.

M - Ultra smooth carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Wow! One of the funkiest aromas I've ever come across from a beer. The taste followed the nose only way less funk. The funk almost rounds out the flavors. Very good especially if you like funky brews. I enjoyed this one with some aged cranberry white cheddar.

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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 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 kmatlack
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 poured into my Brooklyn snifter. No bottle date that i can tell...

A- Holy head. Bubbles and fizzes up all the way to the top of the glass. Pours a very good looking orange-red color. Relatively clear, lots of bubbles coming up. Big pillowy slightly yellow head. This thing looks great.

S- Lots of wet barnyard hay. Funky lemon, yeasty aromas, mildly sweet. Bread, malts. Not bad.

T- Spicy Belgian yeast up front, goes right into sweet malty flavors, followed by a lemony, bretty tartness. Finishes off with sweet bready malts.

M- Slick, thin, and alot of carbonation. It is a little over carbonated for me, but not this style.

O- I am not a fan of Belgian beers very much, but i thought this was pretty good. I dont know where this beers horrible reviews came from....

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Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, orange rine, fruit, banana, and subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sugar, wheat, banana, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was just something about this one that was a little off-putting in the flavor. Maybe it was the way the sugar blended with the fruits present??? Who knows, but this could have been a lot better if this were not the case. Glad I got to try it, but that is about it.

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Photo of PerHops
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S- 1 pint 9 ounce bottle into a large snifter

A- A lighter dark amber (if that makes any sense) with nice lacing and a beautiful head

S- subtly sour, grass, hay, herbs, lemon, slight funk

T- much different than expected. A lot of caramel presence, but there are sour components in tact, supported by a beautiful dry finish. A lot of apple, grass, a little lemon, some minerals.

M- Great malt presence. Very easy to drink at the 8% ABV.

O- I like this beer more than I expected to. It reminds me of the BBB from fantome, but a little richer. Good beer and I am now a Mikkeller fan.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours mostly clear medium-dark gold, with a massive, towering meringue head. The type that dominates your tulip glass.

Has a light Belgian aroma. Fruity, spicy, some warm earth. Tart cherry, sweet strawberry.

Flavor brings out similar notes from the nose. Sweetness is restrained though, and earthy notes move forward. It's kind of one dimensional, but pleasant. Alcohol makes its presence known in the finish, which also gets a bit tart and bitter.

Medium body with high carbonation, very smooth on the palate and very drinkable.

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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 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 Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA
Labeled as a tribute to Orval.

Poured into a tulip glass, a nice bronzed amber with a thin ring of white head. Smells of yeast, citrus zest, and bubblegum. Sweet taste, pale malts, very citrusy, pear, pineapple, and a bit of hay. Some hop bitterness coming through, but not much. Almost saisonish. Very complex and enjoyable array of flavors. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of brystmar
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: copper body, *tons* of white frothy head, strong lace, very bubbly.

S: funky and complex! Fruit, Belgian yeast, malts, spices, and plenty of funk. This is a saison if I've ever smelled one.

T: all the characteristics of a rich Belgian golden ale with the funk of a saison. Spices, funky Brett yeast, and malty sweetness kick things off. Turns bitter as the hops show themselves midway through, then finishes dry with more spice and funk. Gets even better as it warms.

M/D/O: medium bodied, lots of carb. Smooth and easy to drink with very wide appeal. A delicious beer with good balance; a great introduction to the saison style for newbies.

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Photo of marqoid
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a tulip. Pours a dull amber with a large off white head that did not last more than 30 seconds.
S: Not what I was expecting. Some caramel, oak, toffee, alcohol. I don't get any sourness or Brett.
T: Even less of what I was expecting. Minimal hop, sourness, or Brett. Much like the nose, caramel, oak, toffee, but really pretty flat.
M:This has a good feel on the tongue, a little slick, but too much alcohol for 8%.
O: This makes me think of the typical run of the mill amber ale with a bit of oak. I was really hoping for more hops and more Brett.

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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 Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty, slightly dark, slightly hazy golden amber with a VERY thick buttery off-white head. The bottle I got fizzed like nobody’s business, so have a towel handy! Aroma is average strength, fruity, yeasty and somewhat sweet with a malty hint. Flavor is mainly fruity, sweet but not too sweet, and has malt and yeast hints plus just a bit of butterscotch. Texture is fairly fizzy, leaving a rather persistent tingle on the tongue and lips.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So you know those scenes where a bunch of friends are mulling around in the kitchen, standing over some food or desert they've made, maybe something in the microwave, and whatever it is, as they check it out, it starts growing and expanding, like a souffle that's blowing up in the oven or a bag of popcorn expanding as it's heated. And then there's the one friend who gets at eye level with the food, stares blankly, and whispers - "it's alive" - .

Well, that's no doubt how this beer got its name. I have never seen a beer with such explosive, ever-expanding head. And I suppose that when the brewer poured his first glass, he thought this same thing to himself, and knew the name of his new beer.

Light and fluffy, the beer itself is a light yellow amber. Smells are pretty plain, but pleasant - very light fruits, citrus, bread, and thick floral smells. The taste is that same collection of smells after they go to funk dance-off. Very wild and Bretty. I think the taste takes a hit with the body. Those notes get lost a little bit in the ensuing explosion in your mouth. Still, very fun to drink and maybe even more to pour!

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter
A - Poured a good shimmering amber color. It is not crystal clear but nice. The head was huge and had a slight redish hue to it. Huge and bubbly with good lace on the head.
S - very nice smell on this beer. The fruits and malty sweetness hit on the front end. Very fresh and lively crisp fruits. Then it opened up to floral and herbal notes in the middle with a slight funk background. Then the nose goes almost oaky, woody earthen and the peppery spices kick in. Very nice and complex nose that covers a range of notes.
T & M - The beer is very carbinated and incredibly light on the mouth. The sweetness hits you in the front and brings the crisp fruits with it. Then the mouth becomes funky oaky and woodsy on the back end quickly. There is not as much pepper to balance the sweet front end as I would have liked.
O - Where did all the aroma go in the taste. Such a great variety of smells and the taste came up short. I would have enjoyed a little more sour spice to complex it out and help finish the beer. With that being said a very interesting brew.

-Cheers

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

Had on tap at Bar Great Harry in Brooklyn, New York. Served in a tulip glass. I'm surprised to see its been retired. I'm not a huge Belgian Strong Pale Ale fan, so hopefully this can impress.

Look: cloudy, almost murky orange, one of the darker BSPAs that I've seen. Thin, off white head that retains relatively well and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: I get some citrusy hops, pale, bready malt, and some brett character with some barnyard funkiness. Perhaps a name like "It's Alive!" should've clued me into the fact that this was going to have some wild yeast.

Taste: follows the nose with a big brett taste, a bit of mustiness. Hints of fruitiness, some citrus notes and a dry finish.

Feel: medium bodied, subtle carbonation, and a dry finish. As for how drinkable it is, well, I dunno if I'd have more than one but drinking mine wasn't difficult.

Overall: this is only my second of Mikkeler's beers and I like it. Its not spectacular but its still pretty good. I'm still new to wild beers, so the restrained brett character, lack of acidity, etc was easy for my palate to appreciate. I think it is worth a try but I don't know if I would've paid for a bottle of this, given how expensive Mikkeler products are. On tap, it was fairly priced. Cheers!

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Photo of TexIndy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Other reviews mention corked and caged but my just had a crown?!?! There was a pretty faded date on the crown but couldn't read it all except for ending in 12 so figure it's best by 2012. Was a hazy orange color with lots of carb streams. It had a massive 3+ finger head that never got below a full finger of foam cap. Great lacing and sticking obviously. Knocking the score since too much head - don't say that too often.

The aroma was wild ale with brett funkiness in there along with hops, lots of spice and candied sugar. Good but was missing something. Taste was also just good as it needed some more of the tart and funk to balance the dry from the spices. Very dry and spicy finish. Mouthfeel was creamy but over carbonated.

Overall, a good but not great wild ale for me. Not many wild ales choices here in TX but for $17.99 it would need to be a lot more re-memorable before I'd buy another. [N;O]

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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 lnashsig
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass- pours a crazy amount of foam that fills the glass immediately. Excellent head retention. Smell- tart sour, musty, green apples. Taste- dissapointing. Not much here, not bad by any means. Flat apple juice. Some bitter funk from the brett. Boring, bland, but I guess highly drinkable, since it really doesn't taste like anything. The store owner advised me against this one, and I didn't listen. Oh well, could have spent 14 bucks worse ways than this. Mikkeller dissapoints here for sure.

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a stang, bad choice of glass ware I think

looks like: medium copper in color, very little head retention

smells like: vaguely sweet, not a lot on the aroma front maybe a hint of must

tastes like: It's again sweet, very malt forward, slight hints of fruity esters, just a bit of mustiness and a faint sourness

feels like: Very little carbonation, thin on the mouth, rather dry

There are some redeemable things about this beer but on the whole it was "just ok." I'm really tempted to drain pour it, not because it's not palateable but because I was expecting something much better and much different and I didn't get it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, with a Charles Smith Vineyards style labeling effort, it would seem. Good name for a wild ale, I gotta say.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden copper hue, with two chubby fingers of densely foamy, fizzy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly fades away.

It smells of somewhat acrid and yet crisp yeast, semi-sweet wheat grain, aged lemon rind, funky tropical fruit, wet straw, lye, and a weak alcohol measure. The taste is kind of biscuity pale malt, neutered citrus, still funky and musty yeast, a growing domestic and south-seas fruitiness, a tame phenolic astringency, and more understated booze warming.

The carbonation is a tad below average, just a meek swirling frothiness to be had, the body a so-so medium weight, a bit fluffy, but otherwise decently smooth. It finishes with a severe push towards dryness, the alcohol, restrained funk, and leafy hops doing all they can in the concerted effort.

Drinkable? Ya. Edgy hops, not quite controlled yeast, and underwhelming malt? You betcha. Enjoyable enough to warrant the price? The jury's still out on that one, but hey, this is Mikkeller, so you pretty much know what that verdict's gonna be, eh? Suggested for only the most stringently ardent fans of the style.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into a Globe glass

A - Poured a nice tint of ruby red, about 2 inches of head that left lacing all over the glass.

S - Very sweet, smelt like sweet candy, lots of sweetness!

T - Tangy in flavor, very odd but not bad. Also a bit of sourness.

M - Very subtle, bit of carbonation, nothing crazy on this brew.

D - Easy to drink, very glad I got to try this brew.

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Photo of dizknee24
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 cork and caged
A- Pours a dark cloudy orange brown with a thing 1 finger white head that dissipates fast

S- sweetness of spice and citrus.

T- Tastes sooo interesting. not amazing not terrible but i liked it.

M- Medium body with a decent amount of carbonationand a sour finish.

mikkeller does not dissapoint

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It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.
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