It's Alive! | Mikkeller ApS

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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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Photo of jellikit
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange. Slight haze. Thin, white head.
Smell: mango and wine.
Taste: Chardonnay. Malt. Booze.
Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: very tasty wine beer. I love it.

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Photo of mahakaya
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-Soapy froth and a orangey amber body. Really active coming out of the bottle.

S- Lightly herbaceous, a bit musty, some mouldy hay, damp grass and other pleasantries.

T- Very herbaceous, but with little caramel rotten apple middle, and cardamon finish. Over bitter, and too green tasting.

F- Very carbonated, a little soapy though, too soapy.

O-Interesting. I think i should have let it sit for a year or so.....

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Photo of ahommell
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of aleigator
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange, amber color, with a fizzy, soon disappearing head.

Fruity, sour aromas of orange and peach, also grass.

Sour Brettanomyces driven first impression, coated up by bready, soft malts. Also ripe, fruity orange, which goes well with the sourness. Then dry, noble hops hit the palate, which give the beer a well balanced, decent complexity. Sweet molasse becomes detectable for a glance, which soon gets swallowed by the hoppy sourness. This actually reminds me of Orval in some way, but adds a very well fitting fruit note to the beer, while it isn’t very aggressive on the hops. Leads to a bitter finish, very dry aftertaste, which dries up the mouth completely.

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Photo of tabhill
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip. A dark red-bronze hue with bountiful sudsy white foam that condenses into thin soapy lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is tannic, sweet, fruity, moderately funky. Mixed fruit cup (peaches, berries, pineapple, melon, pears), bubble gum, soap, musty straw, a whiff of horse blanket. A few tart gooseberry notes.

Palate is more fruity than funky, quite drastically so. The aforementioned fruit flavors dominate, with more low key bandage and burlap phenolic notes in the background. Was expecting more sour elements. A good showcase of the "pie cherry" many folks taste in certain members of the brett family but with sweeter fruits (particularly peach and pineapple) and a few peppery spice notes here and there. Does become more dry and vinous over time. Less carbonation than expected and a rather thick body, at least to my palate. The malt contribution is most noticeable in the finish, slight toast and green weedy hops.

A mid-range sour beer. I prefer other Mikkeller efforts in this style space. Was appreciated by my friends who would generally shy away from anything too funky. I might taste this again down the road to see if the present assessment holds up.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dwkasper
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bad phenolic off flavors just like about 50% of mikkeller beers I try

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Photo of sirhc3034
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber to brown in color with plenty of haziness. A fingernail of off white head is on top. Brussels lacing. I smell sour Brett. The flavor is Brett forward with a tart cherry note. The body is heavily carbonated and crisp.

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of DeadGuyRyan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of sjrodriguez
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of LeeEvolved
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Johnct
4.6/5  rDev +23%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +7%

Pours dark orange with shiny ruby hues and a bit hazy. Huge pillowy fluffy head, gets shredded by bubbles soon, receding to a few floating messy specks and a thick sticky lace.
Smells great, with orchard fruit (red and yellow apple, pear, quince, apricot) rolled in candi sugar, a touch of tartness, even a faint tropical note. Sweet smell amplified by caramel, butterscotch, banana chips, reminding of spongecake and dominating over the Brett funk (a bit of wood, moldy, spicy), hopefully not entirely.
As a first note, it's surprisingly light. Starts fruity, a bit bitter, but mostly sweet and sour, with lime, green apple, white grape, faint pear and sour cherry, with a cider-like acidity. Yeasts take over, with a big earthiness. Somewhat typical Belgian mix of spice & herb (pepper, faint coriander, lemongrass, floral tea) followed by light Brett funk (some mold, hay, faint stave, green grass, twigs). Malts enhance the earthy notes with bread crust, with a lower level of sweetness than in the smell and just a few drops of candi sugar. Finishes with a woody dry feel, funky, with some earthy/green hop showing up to provide a mild bitterness.
Medium to light body, as is the carbonation, just slightly prickly. Taste reminds of a champagne, but the body doesn't. Aftertaste is funky with some lingering fruit, but not much. The sugars seem to settle in more seriously in time, but it doesn't become too sweet.
I prefer the Orval. Getting that out of the way, this was indeed a nice Belgian-style ale with nice saison characteristics, not as funky as the Lychee/Wine Barrel version (only one that i tried, pretty sure the others are great too), but lighter and actually.. almost a different thing entirely.

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Photo of gfg0020
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of caljzy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TubaDan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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