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 beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dull rustic-orange with a 3 finger, foamy ivory colored head that was well lasting.Visible carbonation was a mixture of slow steady rising micro bubbles with spontaneous rapidly rising macro bubbles. The lacing left a random spotty spongey patching down the sides of the glass.

S: The nose yielded sour oranges and pale grains along with musky scents of lemon. A mildewy floral hopping closes things out. The nose was subtle from the brettamyoces, pale and soft, and somehow was expecting more here.

T: sharp and acidic with funky sour oranges that blast the tastebuds from the start thanks in part to the lively carbonation. Things settle down after the initial sip with soft mildew lemons and sour citrus. Alcohol is well detected here with a tart yeasty nature delivering hints of sour fruit (pears), bananas, warm pineapple and warm grapefruit. the overall flavor was musky and tart wit a warming sour alcohol presence just before the finish of lingering sour citrus.

M: light bodied, very smooth, and despite the visible nature fairly soft carbonation wise. A sour funky citrus laces the tongue.

D: Wild and funky but overall well done and toned. A sour citrusy, Belgian pale, good for a single serving (bomber) but not intriquing enough to warrant repeatability or future purchase. One try is suffice and only moderate when compared to their other fantastic beers they brew.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
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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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 750 ml single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $11. Cork date reads as 11/03/12.

A: Dark amber, not quite brown, almost copper in color, khaki colored head, about half an inch of so, extremely dense and sticking around quite nicely. Pretty cloudy beer. Fair amount of carbonation coming to the top on this one as well.

S: Bret, funk, and a fair amount of malt, the two mixed together results in a sort of pie crust smell? That's the best way to describe it, not quite barnyard funk though, more sour, acidic phunknasty. I like it a lot.

T: Wow, weeeird. Not at all what I expected. Has some of the more common Belgian pale tastes, a little bit of spicy hops, a fair amount malty sweetness, and dare I Slightly puckering, but the sour is pretty subdued. Big time struggle between yeast and malt for who wants to dominate this one. Odd power struggle, but it works. Slightly astringent as well. One of the most complex beers I've tried. Very interesting. Definitely a workout for the palate. Even some sour apples in here. A little bit of lemon rind too.

M: Extremely dry, wow, slight bit of alcohol heat, prickly carbonation, flavors really linger too, everything sticks around.

D: One 750ml is more than enough for me on this one. It is ridiculously complex, yet only somewhat flavorful. Nothing quite makes me say, dude, take another drink, this is amazing, its more like, take another drink, did you really taste that. I highly recommend this beer to anyone that wants to challenge their palate, this one is a workout, almost to the point of being annoying. Still good, but wow.

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Photo of Nick3
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burnt orange in color with an off-white head. Beer has a malty aroma with citrus and some mild brett funk. Taste is very similar with a finish that is slightly bitter, sour and dry. Alcohol is well masked. The beer got better as it warmed and as I drunk it but I was a bit disappointed overall.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle picked up at Capone's just under a year ago.

A: The bottle was a gusher after the cork popped, requiring fast action to get it into a glass as opposed to the floor. The ale has a visible red hue, darkening what starts out as a copper colored brew. Despite the high carbonation, the head is practically nonexistent.

S: A dry horseblanket aroma lies just behind a rather fruity body, both the work of tireless yeast.

T: The taste s very dry, all the sweetness having been sucked out of it. Grainy malts fight with, and lose to, the brettanomyces with its funk. The ale is very reminiscent of Orval, although I suppose that that was the intent. A vegetal flavor, the remnants of some hops, leaves an odd finish that is barely noticeable against the brett.

M: The mouthfeel is light, despite the funkiness. The sharpness of the finish makes me want another sip.

D: The heft of the 8% alcohol never gets in the way, allowing the funk to shine through. Another Danish standout.

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Photo of cvfish
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a light copper color and produced a fluffy white head that had little retention and left moderate lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas that were produced by this beer were all about the Belgian funk, with a little sweetness and grain

T - The taste of this beer had some sweet grainy notes, lots of funk, and a lot of earthiness mixed in with a yeasty aftertaste

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a light amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is mixed for me, while it was and enjoyable break from what I am used to, I wouldn't come back for this again

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Photo of Gavage
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a spotty head.

Smell: yeast, barnyard funk, bubblegum, and fruit sweetness is easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: nice malt base with some big yeast tones, pears, tart green apples, some funk and a bit of sourness. Bitterness is decent and balancing. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Some dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the funk, yeast and sourness lingers on the tongue a while.

Drinkability: this wild ale is a slow sipper. Nice flavor but one bottle will be enough in a session.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, light copper color with orange highlights. It had a small, foamy, off-white head that left a little lace.

S - It smelled funky, but it was mild. Some caramel notes and sweet fruits.

T - It tasted candy sweet with a bubblegum-like flavor. There was a nice yeasty taste, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a very dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty interesting Belgian-style pale ale. It tasted nothing like it smelled but it was very good.

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

Appearance: Medium orange not much carbonation. Head died relatively quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Not what I expected. A little funky, dry, almost want to say soft cheese, old bread. Missing the faintly tangy sour smell I hoped for though.

Taste: A continuation of what I perceived on the aroma. Pleasant and unique, the higher ABV supplies a nice warmth that some other wild beers are missing. Again, it's lacking some pungency and sour flavors I look for in beers of this type.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, not a problem to finish the 1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle but I'm not craving more from there.

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Photo of peabody
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out slightly cloudy amber to red ice tea color with one finger of white suds. Different sized bubbles don the glass. Lacing occurs.
Smell is bubble gum and then sour apple and lemon zest. Some sugary caramel and some alcohol are way in the back.
Taste is tobacco and dirty socks. Some caramel and some malt but mostly spices like corriander and clove.
Mouthfeel is somewhat clean but this is cold now and as it warms it might get dirty.
Ok as a session brew but it needs more of the sour.

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