Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 701   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

Belgo's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Belgo (154) - Křge, - MAY 19, 2008
Draught at Řrsted. Bright orange/coppercoloured. Thin white head, that disappeares rather quickly. The aroma hits you with hops and a boatload of citrus (mostly limes and grapefruit). Brett aromas of moist wood and some horsy aromas too. On the palate it is razorsharp! All of the above mentioned elements are there in the taste plus a hint of sage and just a touch of rosemary. Modest bitterness mingles with firm sourness in a very dry and refreshing finale, that just goes on and on. I could still taste it as I went home 30 minutes after drinking the last sip. If there is one thing that should be considered in developing the recipe for future brews, it would be that the alcoholcontent of 8% by vol. doesn’t really add anything to the beer in terms of volume or complexity. I feel that the beer would probably be just as good at around 6% alcohol, but who knows? But once again, I’ve found a new current favourite beer, and once again it’s from Mikkeller.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (813) - ITALY - MAY 27, 2016
Limpido color rame con fragile schiuma bianca. Aroma di pesca e lievito con sentori di toffee, malto e legno; gusto mediamente dolce con una punta di acidulo delicato, nei sapori richiama gli aromi e regala un finale mediamente asciutto, conciso e amarognolo. Poco corposa ma dissetante, piacevole!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1629) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 5, 2016
backlog, numerous occasions. Light brown amber color with a dence head. Aroma is brett, grass and hey. Dry with slight hints though from the candysugar, slight esters. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlazerT (444) - POLAND - APR 17, 2016
Bottle. Sensoric. Deep amber, medium hazy with semi-densed, white head. NIce brett aroma with nice, sweet carmale notes. Plesant funky notes - citrus, apple, wood. Little bit dull and boring comparing to BA versions, but still interesting. Taste is dominantly semi-dry broken by semi-sweet malty notes. Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, finish is brett and caramel. Nice, drinkable, refreshing beer for begginers of wild ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 24, 2016
750ml bottle poured hazy orange gold & very frothy smells mostly of fruit & toffee taste is more spicy peppery caramel malty bit sour & bitter finishing tarty long & bitter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matbli (232) - Poznań, POLAND - JAN 24, 2016
Bottle 330 ml, pours cloudy dark amber with high, pillowy white head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, barnyard and white wine. In taste mainly sweetness with some nice bitterness in finish. I expected it will have a bit of sourness in it’s wildness. All in all nice drinkable considering the abv.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMJL (376) - Gliwice, POLAND - JAN 17, 2016
W aromacie karmel, lekkie owoce, kwaśność w dzikim typie, słodkie białe wino, landrynki. Nalewa się z wysoką, dosyć rzadką i szybko opadającą kremową pianą. W barwie bursztynowe, dosyć klarowne. W smaku karmelowe, z nutami opiekanymi, brzoskwiniowe estry, przyprawowość, lekka winność. Raczej słodkie. Mocno wysycone. Delikatna kwaśność. Dzikości od brettów nie wyczuwam - zapewne została przykryta uciążliwym karmelem. Goryczka niewysoka ale obecna - ziołowa z lekką podbudową alkoholową. Dosyć ciężkie i zamulające

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (754) - POLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Piana obfita, kremowa, trwała i z ładnym lejsingiem. Barwa bursztynowa, opalizująca. Aromat raczej słodki i dość delikatny, czuć białe owoce (gruszki, agrest, liczi, ananas), czuć suszone morele, mandarynki, sporo nut dzikich, stajennych i kwiatowych. W smaku powtórka z zapachu w podwójnej intensywności. Jest trochę miodowej słodyczy, jest trochę bretów, są motywy pestkowe, głogowe, przyprawowe i winne. Goryczka średnia, ziołowo grejpfrutowa, długa. Piwo jest pełne, treściwe, nawet nieco oleiste, choć nie wyklejające czy lepkie. Nagazowanie średnie, szampańskie, chwilę musujące na języku.
Udane piwo, godnie nawiązujące do Orvala. Po dłuższej chwili degustacji pojawia się tu nuta landrynkowa, która nieco zaburza przyjemność spożycia... Powoli mogę chyba nazwać się Brett Head’em? :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
ccubaka (30) - LATVIA - JAN 8, 2016
Strong,a bit bitter aftertaste , a bit sour. Great and refreshing beer. Aroma is very nice. This is very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DroolYeast (916) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2015
Tap @ basement beer bar. Aroma of sweet fruit, caramel. Clear amber with white head, mostly diminishing. Taste is moderate sweet, light bitterness. Medium body, oily feel, light carb., sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mesjasz (856) - Lodz, POLAND - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle. Hazy orange color, big white head. Aroma of fruits, funky, spices.

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