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Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium.

It’s Alive! is Mikkellers answer and tribute to the trappist beer Orval. It’s Alive is an easy-to-drink beer, with a lot of hops. The color is amber, the foam is high, white and dense. The potent Brettanomyces culture makes It’s Alive continue to develop in the bottle.
Ingredients : Water, malt (pale and cara), light candy, hops (hallertauer and styrian goldings), yeast and brettanomyces.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VictorStr (993) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2013
@ Mikkeller and Friends. Aromen är betydligt bättre än smaken. Dock en bra balans i kroppen.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sulawang (544) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2013
Visual: Cool name, it makes you think of the yeast and bretts used to make this beer. Mikkeller has never let me down, and I highly doubt it would start to do so tonight. Pours medium-light brown with a MASSIVE ultra-CREAMY head, very sticky lacing, lots of foamy retention, and a plethora of activity = all top notch. 20130925_200042 Nose: (First have to sip off all that foam to get to the meat... ) Partial red fruity caramel sweetness (almost strawberries) and cereal, rather muted in comparison to the visual. (3/10-aromatic strength). Attack: incoming sweet and sourness, ultra-creamy/light fizzy mouthfeel Mid-palate: (MAIN) sweet(8/10) caramel malts, cane sugar, grapefruit (HINTS) chamomile Finish: light burpy, yeasty, soft/gentle grapefruit hopped bitter end. Summary: Superb visual and excellent clean flavour. Excellent drinkability and balance. It would need a bit more depth to make it in the A, A+ range, but still highly recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freretoc (441) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 19, 2013
Une couleur ambrée magnifique, une mousse qui tient bien et toute belle. Une bière houblonnée tout comme il faut et qui libère une explosion en bouche avec des touche caramélisée. Franchement un must

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1494) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2013
On tap. Pours an orange brown with medium head. Aromas of oranges and toffee. Flavours of pine, toffee, brown sugar, and bitter orange peel. Poured cold - likely better a bit warmer. Belgian Strong? With all these hops?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
pours hazy golden with a rocky off-white head, very good retention and lacing. herbal grassiness, caramel-plenty and almost plain, brown sugar and dark golden candi - some sweetness, spicy and toasted caramel malts, fruitiness - apricots, mineral. bright carbonation, medium body - oily and almost sticky, slightly sweet and grassy-herbal finish. moderate to low funk. ok..

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1584) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle 750ml. Pours amber with high creamy beige head. Intense lacing. Aroma is of malt, caramel. Taste is of malt, caramel, alcohol, candi sugar, slight bitterness. Palate: Light-medium body. Overall: Nice. Belgian. Malty (way more than orval?). A bit heavy: there is sugar in there. Not overly complex.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2182) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2013
750ml bottle shared at home. Pours copper with good white head. Aromas of bretty funk, berries, caramel, mango and melon. Light sour and bitter taste. Lively carbonation, medium bodied, bitter finish. Very easy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (5906) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 29, 2013
Tap at Mikk&friends. Crazy, glowing salmon-orange, cloudy, lace. Hoppy, bretty, fruity, caramel nose, like a big Orval. Light funky, with peaches, orange, melon. Complex. Malty, yeasty flavor. Caramel, peaches, toffee, funk, grass, booze. A bit of a mess, though heading in intesting directions. Too malty, too boozy, though nice fruit and funk going on.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7002) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle at home, from Drankengeers, 25/08/13. Pours golden amber with a good sized off white head. Nose is dark fruits, bitter orange, light hoppy backnotes, light spice, candied sugars. Taste comprises candyfloss, orange, sugars, subtle hop presence, toasted malt. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, light alcohol in the finish. Decent Belgian affair.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rxeight (1047) - Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Draft at 3for floyds. Aroma is totally sour. Sour apples and a touch of lemon. Taste starts out with a bit of sour but finishes with no sour and a ton of brett.


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