It's Alive! | Mikkeller ApS

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It's Alive!It's Alive!

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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 Matt141
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, dark orange colour. Grainy, oaty, sweet smelll, with hints of dates and molasses. Syrupy/heavy mouthfeel, Bready, grainy, malty taste; raisin/fig/sticky fruit notes, but also citrus, orange, and clean hops. Very flavourful and complex.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of angrybabboon
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Cloudy, amber orange, pours with a large, rocky, white head - keeps a nice cap, leaves sheets of sticky lacing,

Smell: Somewhat light, with Belgian yeast and some hops - some Belgian yeast, a mild spiciness, some light fruity esters - citrus hops - some light minerality that kind of reminds me of pool chemicals, and lots of phenols

Taste: Somewhat strange - pale, pale malts, very light - some Belgian yeast, with some clove, some spiciness - some light funk, some light fruits, some citrus - very phenolic, like bitter Band-Aids - not really sour, slightly tart, but mostly watery - woody flavors, some light sweetness

Mouthfeel: Lightbody, overly carbonated, with a phenolic stickiness

Overall: It's... not great

This is really strange. It's lightly sweet, lightly fruity, lightly funky, definitely phenolic, and watery. It's doesn't really make sense to list this as Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but I guess it doesn't really fit into any categories.

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Photo of spointon
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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 polopaul20
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of crossovert
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle with a WHITE label and silver foil.

Pours into my tulip a rich orange/plum color, murky, with a rocky off-white head that leaves a frosting of lacing.

The smell is definitely unique, a mix of noble hops and brett with some candi sweetness. The hops are really full, slightly piney, they mix with the sugar and the fruity yeast creating a candy-like scent with a bit of funk.

The mouthfeel is low carbonated almost syrupy, not what I expected. The beer is slightly funky, slightly bitter, and slightly cloying. It has a huge caramel, barleywine like presence. The hops are still an integral part of the taste and provide a piney bitterness. There is also a huge dark fruit presence (rasins, dates). There is also some wood, spices, and earthiness.The alcohol is there but it blends with the other flavors. If you mixed Orval with a barleywine you'd have something like this, a sublime and original brew.

This is another hit form Mikkeller, quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. And they are certainly one of the true innovators of the brewing industry.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of alleykatking
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spilt a bottle with my employee at a party.

A- Pours a hazy dark copper/amber color. When held up to the light there was some orange tints toward the sides of the glass. Nice slight eggshell white 1 and a half finger head that dies away leaving some lacing on the sides.

S- Little more funk than what I'm used to with this style. Some fruity hints came out with this (pear and grapes). Big sourness to the aroma. Slight malt sweetness to this as well. Some barnyard scents to this as well.

T- Well this has a sour beer taste to say the least. Big sour hint to this (reminds me of a wine upfront and finish to this). Some sweet malts in the middle mingle with a fruity taste.

M- Medium mouthfeel to this. Big carbonation to this makes the beer a fine sipper. Leaves a big sourness in the palate and aftertaste.

D- I couldn't drink this beer all the time but...well every once in a while this is a perfect tasting beer.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 (fake) corked and caged 750ml bottle into 25oz wine glass.

Cloudy dark burnt orange hue with a thick and very fluffy off-white two finger head, which slowly settles to a thin cap, with a thin island floating in the middle.

Plenty of sharp and spicy phenols mixed with very dry musty aromas. There's also so dark fruit aromas and a bit of orange peel.

For the style the flavor is relatively light, but still very complex. More orange peel mixes with some more phenolic spices. Some fruit flavors, including apple and plum, are in the background. The overall flavor is very tart. Full bodied, highly carbonated.

Somewhat tame for a Wild Ale, but it still has the same complexities. Very drinkable, and a good introduction to the style. Recommended.

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Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of peabody
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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 MaseFace
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of adamette
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. corked, caged and silver foil wrapped bottle that I found in the basement of HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI while on a brief tour there. I subsequently purchased the bottle but I do not recall how much I paid. The cork looks synthetic and has a date written on it: 11/02/12, presumably the "best by" date. 8.0% ALC./VOL. written on label as well as the description "Belgian Wild Ale." Poured into my Brewery Ommegang gold rimmed trappist style goblet.

A Pours an orange brown body under a generous 3 inch fluffy off white head that leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. This is a much more "normal" looking beer compared with the last two Mikkeller beers that I observed. 3.5

S Nice Belgian yeast smell with some malt and the smell is appropriately muted. 4.0

T Nice light roast malt (a touch of roasty to it) and that nice Belgian yeast taste that I just love. There is also a grain (barley?) or spice element to the beer which is interesting but this beer is on the basic side, doesn't push too many horizons in taste. It reminds me of one of the Petrus beers that I tasted and rated about a year ago. I will say that the alcohol is well hidden. This tastes like a beer with maybe a 5.0% ABV. 4.0

M Light with only the minimal barley taste and light roast malt to keep it from being very thin. Although the head is full and fluffy the beer lacks a fullness. That is not a criticism but just an observation. 3.0

D Fair to good. It is light enough and the well hidden alcohol helps the drinkability but there is just something that makes my interest lack. 3.5

Notes: Glad to have tried this one but the Struise Mikkeller (Eliot Brew) remains my favorite from the brewery to date.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of magictrokini
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy auburn with a big, fat, foamy white head. Good lacing. Funky, spicy aroma. Sweeter, fruity yeast rather than the barnyard variety. Malt sweetness as well mixed with apples and melon. Effervescent mouthfeel, kind of velvety, dry finish. Fruity taste, again with green apples and now peach. Some pepper spice aiwht maybe clove; but not the clove that may be found in a German hefe, a bit sharper. Sweet yeast funk as well. Some bread-dough malt from time to time. Easy to drink, but one bottle was my max.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of neckbracesub
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Kirk
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of stumac
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this brew pours up a murky apricot color with a nice white head. verrrry nice lacing, mi amigo. the nose is hops straight up, floral hops dominate, a little funky, some light fruits, subtle light raspberry, apricots. I taste hops again, dry earthy character, Brett!!!!, very light fruits, a pretty dry brew. medium to full bodied, low to medium carbo. quite alright....

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