It's Alive! | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
415
Reviews:
194
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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15
Gots:
48
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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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a large, frothy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of toasty, candyish caramel, spices (particularly pepper), citrus juices, bitter herbs, flowers, must, mildew, and a faint, faroff note of Edam cheese.

Taste: Toasty, candied caramel maltiness with a medium sweetness. Splash of tropical citrus fruits. A spoonful of NyQuil. Green peppercorns, maybe some ginger, too. Strong herbal, floral qualities, all a bit perfumy, and with a decent hit of bitterness. Hint of cheese. Sharp musty yeastiness. Finishes markedly dry with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus body. Very slight oiliness.

Drinkability: A beer inspired by Orval as a homage of sorts, but certainly quite unique in its own right with a complex, zany array of flavors. Fairly decent overall.

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Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Crazy lacing & head retention

S: Pears, sourness & dirt

T: Funk, pears, a little bit of lemony hop up front. Green appple peel, a touch of dirt as this warms, a touch of dryness, the Brett is working for me. Finishes fruity & dirty with a bit of piney & lemon hops sneaking in through considerable funk

MF: Medium bodied, with firm carbonation, great balance

This drinks really easy if you are into Brett, A nice take on the style, albeit a touch pricey

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

This was certainly an odd one. Not really sure what to make of it here, but anyway, here we go. Served chilled and poured into a pint snifter.

The pour here was rather intresting. Ruddy brown in color with a nice tow inches of head creeping up and over the sides. Nice texture to it, as even when it fades it tends to leave behind copious amounts of side glass lacing. Brown sugar, dark fruits, earthy tartness all come up quite easily in the aroma. Not the funky monster I would normally expect, rather it was a bit subdued, mellow if you will without much, if anything really coming up toward the surface. Same for the taste, an odd mixture of sweetness, dark fruits, like tart and an overall earthy quality that all seem to come together nicely, albeit not the way I had really envisioned it. Smooth, nice delicate body and amply carbonated, we have no issues here, just wish it was a little bit more bolder in flavor.

Overall not at all what I was expecting but still delivered it quite nicely. I would not have a problem going for this one again, but maybe after it has a couple of years on in it.

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

750 mL bottle poured into a mini pint glass.

Appearance - Orange amber body. Mostly clear. Nice white head. Great retention.

Smell - Super bretty. Very earthy with just a hint of acidity. Malty behind it. Simple but good.

Taste - Still very bretty. Not quite the dominance of the aroma, but strong. Lots of earthy flavors. Malty. Simple again, but clean.

Mouthfeel - Verging on dry. Just a bit of sweetness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Simple flavors. I like the balance of this right now. Would probably be way too bretty with age.

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

A: Hazy orange with a thick, bubbly head that leaves a generous amount of lacing on the glass.

S & T: Brettanomyces, citrus, spices, peppercorn. Decent tasting brew with a lot of things going on. Fun and interesting. Definitely identifiable as a Belgian strong pale ale.

M & D: nice feel with a good brett aftertaste. The beer has a prevalent brett aroma and taste, but I wouldn't say this beer is sour. There is no pucker or tartness in the flavor or finish. Overall, a decent beer. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored ale slightly hazed with yeast sediment big chunky off white khaki head leaves fine Belgian style lacing, great look to it. Aromatics tart funky yeast notes acidophilus, brettanomyces, the gangs all here...It's Alive! The beer's yeast that is. Great barnyard funky edge to it, acidic hints of yogurt borderline vinegar lactic acid notes, this beer was aged on white wine barrels. I'm not sure what they were going for but I like sour ales. On the second sniff I'm getting ripened pineapple, oak barrel aging effects, a slight buttery note, there's everything in here. Flavor wise, bitter yeast and acidity collide, a hint of band aid, medicinal notes, with big fruit thing ripened pineapple, tropical fruit notes embedded in barnyard/horse blanket type flavor aspects, grassy hay and wet acidity. Some people would say cat piss but I don't find it offensive in the least regards. I find hints of sliced green apple, plump raisins, and other fine infused tart characteristics, this is probably my favorite Mikkeller thus far, I find hit or miss to be their game but this is dead on for a beer called...It's Alive! I'm a fan, of their de Proef gypsy brewed offerings I've had limited contact with their hoppy ales but have found them to be lackluster compared to most American brewed versions. Mouthfeel upfront has a rolling carbonation a bit prickly with acidity and sharp dry finish but the mix of carbonation and dry character seems to treat the beer superbly on the palate. Overall what can I say that I didn't already go try this brew.

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

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Tone
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber/orange color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, slight floral, slight citrus, slight spice, and hint of tart malt. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight grass, slight wheat, slight tart malt, slight floral, sweet malt, and hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.94/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like honey, stale hops, very mild spicy Brett, and some lightly sweet caramel.

If this was supposed to mimic Orval, it failed in that regard. It's too malty sweet. Neither the hops nor the Brett really shine here, it's just kind of muddled with a sweet malt backbone, and a stale hop character. The Brett is slightly peppery, but I have to emphasize that it's barely there. Possibly a few years in the cellar would help this aspect be more prominent, but who knows.

This is medium bodied, with a somewhat crisp mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

This was a disservice to the greatness of Orval. It did not work.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of aasher
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours like the muddy creek out back. It looks like dark, murky muddy water with an off white head that laces the glass beautifully. It smells great. It's tart, it's sour and it has this light fresh fruity-like sweetness that rounds it out. I know this beer hasn't been made in a little while but it could be more. It could be more tart, it could bolder, it could be more fruity, it could be more sour. I would guess I'd rate this an A- if fresh, but right now I can't do it. Some sours get stronger with age, this one lessens. It's tart but not tart enough. It drinks smoothly enough but it's not what it could be. It's drinkable but not overly so. This beer I'm sure could be better. Regardless, I'm glad I could try it.

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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 Sweffin
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Mi Orge Mi Houblon. Nice tribute to Orval, poured into Orval chalice. Amber color with silky, thin head. All else smells and tastes like Orval. Uncanny....

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has an excellent pale and crystal malt scent along with a some yeast fruitiness and a bit of farmhouse funk. The taste us decent as well. It has a crisp pale and crystal malt flavor along with a dry earthy farmhouse funk. The Brett character provides a mild sourness, but mostly a dry earthy flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer got bad reviews, but it's actually quite enjoyable. I'm not sure it's true to style, but it has good malt and yeast character.

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It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
3.74 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
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