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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Reviews: 194 | Ratings: 410
Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice homage/clone/tweak on a classic Orval… Rather bretty…

Presentation: 75 cl capped De Proef Bottle. Simple silver-grey label with black typography noting style, and 8.0% Alc. by Vol. Offers a semi smudged bottling number on the cap. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Initially a clear, then hazed, medium amber pour. Towering foamy head, good retention, nice surface memory and good lacing.

S - Long funky nose, very fresh and bretty, plenty of fresh funk…

T - Rich funky sense, brett, leather, barnyard, all that funk, very fresh… with citric, grassy and grainy notes… Hint of light spices in the final tingle after touches of malt, with some caramel/sugar insinuation that never quite reaches the surface.

M - Light-medium body with generous if finely tuned carbonation and a nice long dry finish over a rather smooth creamy sense.

O - Very nice flow, assertively bretty, funky and complex if one likes that range.

Notes: Something away from Orval, or those I have had in some malt, sweet/caramel sense, but rather nice and memorable.

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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 woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Craft Beer Co. into a goblet.

A: Clear orange body under a solid finger of dense tan foam. Tremendous retention, heavy lace. Gorgeous beer.

S: Big bad Brett: grass, barnyard, leather, perfume, spice, and a bit of tropical fruit. Complex and outstanding.

T: Toasty malt joins the parade of Brett craziness; the complexity isn't quite as big here, though, as grassy, fruity, and herbal flavors dominate. Bitingly dry finish. Very good.

M: Lively, frothy, soft. Pleasant.

O: Maybe a couple weeks drinking almost nothing but traditional real ales put me into funk withdrawal, but this beer absolutely hit the spot. The nose was especially glorious. One of my favorite Mikkeller experiences ever.


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Photo of Sabtos
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with a fluffy, unusually distributed, thick sea foam head.

The aromas and flavors are hard to describe to be honest, there aren't many discernible notes. I get a hint of apple, and a perfume of strawberry-banana.

Overall it's a pretty smooth, unoffensive Belgian. It does not go overboard with the yeast bite, and is sweet and slightly tangy.

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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 ADZA
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally decided to crack this brew after it has been sitting in my collection for a while now and must admit i had forgot about it anyways it pours a deep mahogany hue with decent carbbonation that leaves a two finger head and some lacing here and there,the aroma is candied fruit and alcohol infused toffee,it has an above average mouthfeel with tastes of boiled candy,toffee,dried fruits and finishes with a nice bitter edge to mash the sweet and sour tastes perfectly,overall a nice beer indeed thats very easy to drink but cos ive been spoiled by this brewer i know he can do better although it is a nice drop.

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

750ml corked and capped bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured a slightly cloudy amber orange colour. White head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent covering with lots of lacing climbing the glass... steady carbonation stream...

Aroma - Quite floral (lilies ?) and perfumed, peppery, spicy, hints of clove, yeasty notes, light brett funk, earthy, juicy fruits (oranges, lemons, apricots, white grapes, pear), sea salt, light mustiness, faint caramel sweetness...

Taste pretty much mirrors the aromas... very floral and perfumed, light biscuit maltiness mixed with some earthy brett notes, spicy tart fruits (apples, pears, grapefruits, lemons), yeasty, quite sour, light clove... reminded me a lot of Orval

Mouthfeel - Quite sharp and dry then smoothes out a little... light / medium bodied... a pretty quaffable and refreshing brew..

Overall - A pretty good take on a Belgian pale ale. If you like Orval you'll definitely like this... well worth a try

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good theme beer for Halloween, but not one the fine people at the party would care for, so I enjoyed this one solo.

Appearance - pours a hazy, almost milky, dark and dirty orange. Pretty frisky head falls back and holds at a thin cover in a Belgian glass. Good strands of lace for the glass decor.

Aroma - funky with a bit of tart fruitiness. Resolves to a tangy, honey aroma and then mostly funk. Certainly on style and better than most wild types I've sniffed.

Taste - fairly light and a watery kind of grain flavor. Quite a bit of hop bite on the swallow, not much flavor to it per se, but certainly dry and bitter. The funk, a level that would have been too much a year ago, now to me seems better blended. Some light honey flavor, and some olivey type stuff on the aftertaste, Orval-like.

Mouthfeel - very smooth with moderate crispness.

Drinkability - I'd *almost* have this again, lol. Not quite, that funk still doesn't quite pass muster on the re-buy option, but this was reasonably drinkable.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very cloudy, murky light-brown color with a small but persistent head. Excellent nose presenting a lot of light fruitiness, delicious yeasty lemongrass aromas, grassy floral hops, and a light leathery funk. Quite hoppy initially to taste, grapefruity, highly bitter, with spicy phenols developing later. Brett character is light, similar to Orval, but provide a good contrast. Well-attenuated and very dry at the close.

Very tasty beer--more of a saison with light brett than anything else, though the hops taste American.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark raw apple juice. Near white head reduces fast to ring. Lots of cling lace.

S - Deep sweet caramel. Like a barleywine.

T - Taste follows smells. Sweet caramel center, although not cloying in the finish. Bittering and almost a slight menthol in the finish.

M - Nice medium body, good coating and carb, nice balance.

D - For the style, a fun and very drinkable beer.

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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 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 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 ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear copper-orange with a big finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet pale and caramel malts, funky brett, tartness, vanilla, lemon zest, citrus and grassy hops.

T - Sweet pale and caramel malts, funky brett, tartness, lemon zest, citrus and grassy hops, some mild bitterness, a touch of vanilla.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart, and funky finish.

D - Well balanced BSPA. Great brett character.

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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 GbVDave
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into a DT tulip.

Cork dated: 11/03/12

A: Pours a relatively clear, coppery-gold color. Sitting on top is a frothy and bubbly, off-white/light-orange colored, three finger head that leaves a healthy webbing of lace behind.

S: At once, fruity and funky. Aromas of apple, tart berry, apricot followed by a distinct, dirty, funky, Brett smell. Also noticed were aromas of caramel, toasted sourdough bread, and lightly toasted malt.

T: Upfront flavors of green apple, funky Brett, tart berry, caramel, and bread dough. Rounding out the flavors are dry toasted malt, yeasty spiciness, and bitter, dirty hops.

M: Pretty dry. Any sweetness brought to the table by the caramel and fruit is reigned in by the spicy Brett, astringent hops, and dry & toasty malt profile.

D: Better than expected. This beer is meant to be consumed at warmer than cellar temps. I was able to pick up a lot of subtle details of this beer the warmer it got.

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

I am surprised to learn that this beer is retired? I just had this on tap at ChurchKey in Washington, DC. Poured into a snifter glass. Beer was served at almost room temperature which is the norm at ChurchKey. Pours pale coppery amber with a lovely, medium, staying, creamy, white head but then fizzles quickly. Retains nice lacing throughout however. Picking up some funky aroma, bread, grapes, oak, and floral notes. Light vinious. High, prickly carbonation, fine dry and mild creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is quite mild, some sugary grape-like sweetness, and esters. Vinious and warming. Good fresh hoppy bitterness to the finish as well.

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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 IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml caged and corked brown magnum with silver foil around the neck and cap.

Hazed amber/rustic copper hue in appearance, still translucent but getting closer to opaque.

There's a woody, musty aroma on the nose, dry grains and earthy, spicy, dry green herbal hops. Faint toasted bready malt.

Incredibly curious flavour, it almost tastes like a liquid version of earthy, nutty cheese. Dry, that's for sure. Dry, lightly toasted malt up front, earthy and twiggy in the middle, herbal and mildly astringent hoppy finish, then it suddenly smooths out with a neutral grain aftertaste, eventually accumulating more of a puckering astringent character long into the aftertaste, woody and nutty holds out the longest.

The mouthfeel tends to fluctuate, starts out musty and dry, gets mildly slick in the middle, builds a bit of carbonation and fullness towards the finish.

In the end I'm not sure how I fully feel about this stuff, it's decent in it's seperate aspects, but the way it all comes together doesn't completely gel with me. An earthy ale, that's fore sure, but not necessarily something my palate wants to return to.

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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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Photo of Crosling
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker orange color with a long lasting foam, but it doesn't have the mountain-like froth of Orval. Aroma is pleasant, similar to Orval, but doesn't quite have the full aromatics of the original. Flavor is spot on in terms of the trappist pale style...this is a beer style hardly ever replicated because it's hard, but they nailed it, imo. Flavor is a lot like Orval, dry and hoppy, with a little touch of brett. I'm not crazy about the beer, but it's a good recipe and well brewed.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip.
Pours orange/amber beer, slightly hazy with nice off-white head, good retention.
Smell - funky, vinous, grassy, malty.
Taste - tart, boozy, estery, dry.
Medium body and carbonation, not very impressed by this one.

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3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A foam brick of three fingers of light tan head is quick to reach the top of my glass and curls over the edge with stick bubbles clinging to the side of the glass on the outside. head has excellent retention and turns rocky as it slowly fades leaving lots of lace. Body is a brownish murky amber tone. nose is crisp with some soft hops and fresh fruit tones. A very fruity pale ale kind of feel. With the first couple you really get that same pale ale kind of feel as the hops are very up front. Hops are fruit rind based in terms of flavor. There is a hint of a tartness, just after the hops kick in but it is so muted and really just a led down in terms of what I was looking for in terms of sour or tartness. The beer stays very crisp on the tongue throughout the palate. Mouthfeel is dry and softly hoppy. This is a very easy to drink beer even though it is a bit of a let down if you were looking for any tartness.

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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 rye726
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy stained cedar with a silky beige head. Not much lacing, but great color.

Nose has ripe plums and cherries, funky yeast, caramel and subtle hops.

Taste is much hoppier than I expected with floral hops up front and through the finish. Sweet pitted fruits and tart wild yeast keep a nice balance.

Medium body has a crisp carbonation and is quite refreshing. Nothing like Orval, but still a very nice ale.

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It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
3.74 out of 5 based on 410 ratings.
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