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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 623   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.


Belgo's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, - MAY 19, 2008
Draught at Ørsted. 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (3843) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"a cool beer. the funky tart aroma reached my nose without lifting the glass. not overly aggressive, and shows no hint of 8% because you are wrapped up in the bretty yeasty goodness. "

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wiosna (153) - - SEP 16, 2014
0,75 pullosta@ Pikkulintu. Sakkainen, tumman meripihkan ruskea. Tuoksussa makeaa käynyttä hedelmää, maussa jotain outoa, vanhaa, jännää hiivaa, myös käynyttä hedelmää. Vähän vanhalta maistuu. Toki päiväys pullossa on 3/2012

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kavu (2257) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2014
0,75l bottle @ Pikkulintu. Pours hazy brown with a low head. Aroma is slightly sour malts. Flavor is sour malts at first, then some alcohol and hops. Interesting.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (824) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2014
A fascinating beer, with layers that begin with sour, funky wild yeasts that reveal toasty caramel and tropical citrus notes before an evident hop presence takes control and holds it together through the long finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kathouse (1016) - Nevada, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Cloudy orange with a thick foam. Brett character and yeast dominate. Not worthy of the high ratings.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VDuquerroux (289) - Airvault, FRANCE - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle, 75cL. Home. A clear orange beer with brown hues. Large off-white foam with great retention. Aroma of cider, vanilla, herbs, spices, "brett". Medium sugary sweet, light sour, light bitter. Refreshing. Medium body and texture, good carbonation, sweet finish with a sour note. Overall, stunning look, delicious brett and vanilla aroma, good balance, great beer :)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EtOHops (14) - - AUG 15, 2014
How: tap /// Where: Les Fleurs du Malt le bar, Lyon, France /// Appearance: hazy orange with thin White head /// Aroma: funk, leather, citric, grassy /// Body: Light /// Taste: bitter, sour

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (1659) - FINLAND - AUG 15, 2014
A reddish brown beer with a quite big and blond head. The nose has fruits, green apples, lether and earthyness, some bananas ja white wine, swetness of fruits. Complex and pleasant aroma. Taste is fruitful, or almost overcooked fruitful, sourness with quite strong sweetness, some grapes, herbal bitterness in the end. Medium+ bodied, high and sparkling carbonation. Interesting and challenging beer, quite balanced even the complexicity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3416) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2014
From my dear woman: Pours hazy orange with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is funk, a lot of funk. Some hints of booze. Some hints of vinegar. Some healthy doses of fruitiness are also present in there. The aroma lingers in the nose (literal nose) after you place the glass down. Taste is funky at the front then a little sour at the back with an aftertaste that lingers for a little bit. The hops are pleasant and provide a nice, but very slight, bitter undertone to the otherwise yeast-forward beer. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pentaz (1240) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2014
Draught @ Mikropolis. Pours opaque orange with a glass coating thick off-white medium head. Aroma is candy, pepper, toasted malts, leather, caramel, funk, soap and cheese. Taste is moderate sweet and bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is moderat. Finishes sweet and astringent with brett.


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