USAlive! (Alive) | Mikkeller ApS

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USAlive! (Alive)USAlive! (Alive)

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 (tomahawk, cascade and amarillo), yeast and brettanomyces.

Added by Nickls on 03-02-2009

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Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of pixieskid
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Chou
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been looking at this Big Bottle at the store even since we tried this one at Beerfest. Poured an orangey color, with a large foamy head. Good retention and some thin strings of lacing. Aroma has the distinctive sour bacteria, tart and hoppy. Taste is definately complex with lots of flavor not normally in a beer. Yeast notes with some tartness, floral and grapefruit hops, and the unmistakable smell of wet, wool blankets that have been left in the barn (my daughter works on a ranch). Body is fuller then average, good level of carbonation. Some lingering yeast flavor, dry finish.
A good one to share, to experience some unique flavors.

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Photo of dogfishandi
2.67/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. about 1 year of age.

pours out a nice cloudy light orange color with a big 3-4 fingers of nice retentive off white head. good lace, looks good!

kind of off aroma. definatly not your usual barnyard brett aroma as i was expecting. hard to detect any brett at all, smells more like really old bottle funky. a wierd wet cardboard, concentrate grape juice thing going on. slightly figgy, maybe a touch of apple juice. becomes a little carmelly as it warms.

the taste is much the same, something doesnt seem quite right here. sweet fruity malts, concentrate grape and apple juice funkiness. this just tastes really off. slight caramel malt. no real sourness. some bitterness in the finish.

finishes a little sweet and dry. lots of carbonation. just slightly tart.

this was just awful, im not sure if something went wrong with this batch or it was just a really old bottle, but i could hardly finish a glass. avoid this!

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Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Beer Street Brooklyn in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy dark orange to copper/amber in color. The beer has a quarter finger tall off-white head that reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light amounts of funk with a moderate amount of grapefruit aromas.

T: The beer starts out with some light amounts of caramel malt sweetness that turns a little sour/funky as you continue to taste it - there are some light notes of fruit like apple and grapefruit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and is enjoyable - certainly not sessionable but a decent sipping beer. A little tough to drink on a really hot afternoon in a shop with minimal AC.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Reddish copper color. Clear appearance. Creamy, rocky, white in color, froth. Caramel malt, herbs & wild yeast aromas with bready notes. Mildy toasted sweet malt, fruity touch & spiced flavors. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Oily texture. Resins, wood & citric bitterness in the middle lingers into long finish. ABV well hidden by a solid malty backbone. Flavorful.

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Photo of leschkie
2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep amber with a medium white head, leaving solid lace.

S: Candied orange, some sweet malt, dark sugar, dried fig, much sweeter than I thought'd be.

T: Sweet fruit, notes of stone fruit, some grapefruit, with some earthy character.

M: Medium to full-bodied, creamy, soft carbonation.

O: A solid effort, it wasn't as dry as I thought it would be with tasting It's Alright. I enjoyed it, but nothing mind-blowing.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows caramel, piney and fruity hops, funky brett notes, lemon and soft alcohol.
Flavours are dominated by hops, with piny and grapefruit notes most prominent before the mild acidity and funky brett enter. The alcohol and piny bitterness are very bold in the dry finish.
Carbonation seems a little full on.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

USAlive! pours a redish color, with not much head, but lacy. The smell was a bit on the sweet side, lots of candy aromas, and sugary. The taste however only had hints of the sweet candy flavors, and had a nice strong bitter undertone. Good strong flavors, and the sweetness wasnt overpowering. Overall a really good tasting beer.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of birchstick
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker reddish brown color with a really nice one finger head that retains extremely well. Nose is onion and earthy hops with some fruitiness and a nice Brett must and funk. Taste is pretty similar - starts off with some sweet malts that are pushed aside by some really earthy, onion, and citrus. These are replaced with some fruity Belgian yeast flavors. Ends with a bit of earthy funk and earthy hops, good combo that complement each other nicely. Overall, this is a nice beer. It combines some stuff that I didn't think would work (hops and Brett), but it did so I. A really nice way. Recommended.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, ruddy amber with a thick, pillowy beige head.

S: Aromas of brettanomyces funk, pineapple, lemon, lime, and bitter orange are present on the nose.

T: Notes of lactic, oaky tartness from the brettanomyces dominate the entry and are followed by notes of lemon, lime zest, kumquat, bitter orange, tangerine, unripened pineapple, minerals, and caramel. The finish is tart and funky with a pleasant, if rather offbeat, combination of brettanomyces, pineapple, bitter orange, and lemon.

M: Medium-to-full in body, dryish, and satisfying. Carbonation is rather crisp. Alcohol presence is very restrained. This one could easily creep up on you.

O: After being disappointed by It's Alright!, I was a little hesitant to give USAlive! or It's Alive! a shot. Obviously I've finally gotten around to trying at least one, and can say that I'm quite impressed. The citrusy hop flavors really merge well with the brettanomyces. Recommended.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had a couple of the single hop ales from Mikkeller, but this my first belgian of his. Some confusion as too which "Alive" this was, due to the label and self description as a Belgian Wild, not as strong ale. No worries. From a 750 ml bottle into my Darkness tulip.

Pours a hazy copper with a righteous, 3-finger, belgian head. Some of the most clumpy, clingy, lacing I have ever seen. Superb retention. Well done sir!

Fruity, funky, ester-y, pear, a touch of booze, and some note I just can't put an adjective on; I'll go with leather. The complexity is beyond my expertise, but I like it.

Not as tart as I thought, but plenty of funk. In-fact the funk is quite dominating. Leathery, some tobacco, but a nice hit of earthy hops and toffee malt come through with enough strength to balance.

Exceedingly drinkable for both the style, and the ABV. Bone dry, in typical Wild Ale fashion, and well carbonated.

Overall this was not quite what I expected, but I did like it. I'm still learning my Brett brews, and I think this might actually be a bit green in that regard. Thinking of getting another to throw in the cellar for a year or two. Either way Mikkeller really does know what they're doing. Cheers!

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Photo of JimmyTango
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of bluesplit63
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger extremely slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, spices, earth, funk, and pear. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, earth, funk, spices, bread, pear, and earthy funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There was just something about the flavor on this one that was a little off-putting for me. There just seemed to be too much earthiness and funk going on without anything to really balance it out. The aroma on the other hand was quite nice. Glad I got to try this one based on the style on the bottle. I suggest you do the same if you like earthy funkiness.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of bottlerocket24
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
2.5/5  rDev -37%

Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears copper in color with a finger of off-white head. It retains fairly decent leaving patchy lace on the glass as it slowly recedes.

The smell of the brew includes a hint of caramel malt sweetnesd with some earthy notes. Also present is citrusy fruits like grapefruit. A bit of cardboard quality rounds out the nose. Overall a bit perplexing, yet mild and not all that appealing.

The taste includes some fruity quality of grapefruit that also includes a rindy bitterness of pulp and zest. Some earth and peppery spice mixes with cardboard-like oxidation and earthy funk. The flavor of this brew is what you would expect from the aroma, it is disjointed and doesn't really come together.

It is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. An interesting mix of flavor that wasn't bad, just unique without much appeal. It is quite oily and bitter as it warms up with just a bit more focus on some natural fruity/alcohol esters. This brew is not something I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of mattsander
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Murky deep copper - this is not an attractive beer. Brisk carbonation creates a fluffy head that quickly vanishes.

S: Heaps of Brett character - wet dog and rain covered leaves. Little else, I get no indication of the dry hops used.

T: Mimics the Brett-bomb of the nose. Complex, heavy, deep, bitter. Finishes long and dry with a pear like fruitiness.

M: The dryness is my favorite part of the beer, lovely carbonation and a crisp finish.

O: It seems odd to dryhop a beer intended for long aging (w/ Brett). By the time the Brett has evolved into something interesting, the dry hop character has been totally lost. An interesting beer and a very 'pure' Brett character for those who search it out.

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Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev +0.8%

USAlive! (Alive) from Mikkeller ApS
3.97 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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