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Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 599   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.


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3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Pours a somewhat hazy burnt orange with a frothy, dense head with good stability that leaves heavy lacing. Aroma is not very strong; citrus hops. Taste is bright and sweet, with toasted malt flavors, at first. It has a sour middle, and a moderately bitter, hoppy finish with hints of orange rind and pine trees. Medium body and carbonation, with plenty of frothy head in each sip.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (364) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2014
Draft at Hopcat GR - 2011 vintage - pours a orangey amber . Faint raisin aromas with some hibiscus . Taste is mildly bitter , finishes sweet . Not bad . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brouwerij (883) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper orange with off-white head. Settles quickly with sparse, stringy lace. Aroma is caramelized sugar, candy sugar, hint of honey, slight toffee and nutty, mildly bitter, resinous hops, with a lightly funky, floral brett background. Flavor is mildly bitter, toffee and lightly nutty malt, and a caramelized sugar, malty, lightly funky finish. Good belgian tones, relatively mild on the brett character. Soft carbonation, light body, juicy texture. Perhaps a bit thin.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zenkis (497) - Ogre, LATVIA - APR 3, 2014
It could be dark version of saison- light to medium bodied athough texture seems quite syrupy, above medium intensity aroma of belgian saison alike or "old" yeast, leather, a bit swetty, daker malts sweetness, aroma is not about hiops so much. Taste is more hops oriented - light sweet plus above medium bitter both from herbal hops and malt-yeast workaround. Pours orange to dark orange with huge white-off soapy top, medium lasing. Dry to medium dry finish, dry-hoppy bitter aftertaste, pleasant smooth-syrupy texture. Nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (450) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 3, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 75 cl. Super bière encore de chez Mikkeller. Jolie couleur ambrée, arômes de houblon agréables. Belle amertume, équilibrée.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4350) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Pours a lasting huge, frothy white head atop a highly carbonated brown-orange coloured body. Nose is yeasty and filled with floral hops. Some decent malt base of bruised honeydew, bitter pine needle hops and funky yeast. A solid performer from an established Danish microbrew. Very nice. 750ml bottle purchased from Metro Liquors University Heights.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (2960) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 4, 2014
Dobre piwo z wielka i trwala piana, oblepiajaca puchar. Piwo koloru amber, pachnace amerykanskim intensywnym chmielem. Gozkawe i karmelowe zarazem. lekko zblizone do Orvala, zwlaszcza w aromacie. Etykieta bardzo prosta ale kryje piwo zlozone i bogate. Polecam

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geiserich (3101) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle: Amber color, off-white head. Quite sourly, tart aroma, fruitiness of green rasperries, lemon, farmhouse yeast. Flavor is better then aroma. Light malty notes, some caramel, mainly hop bitterness, lemon peel, rasperries.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1028) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
Rating #898 - January 9, 2014 - On tap at Craft Beer Market. The only real geeky beer in the joint. Clear golden pour with a sticky white foam that bubbles away fairly quick. Wondrous aromas of brett and floral hops. Palate is light malty sweet, a little brett funk, and some strong hoppy trappist notes, really earthy, spicy. Phenomenal sour homage to a trappist gem.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
VastActiv (2175) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Originally rated 13072012. Colour is dark brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, some sourness, tarteness and yeast. Horrible.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
txolo (154) - SPAIN - DEC 28, 2013
Olor fétido/ácido y lupulado. Fétido en el buen sentido, el típico olor brettanomyces, muy compleja, de burbuja picante y regusto amargo, entrada sorprendente y sabor extraño, cerveza que conjuga brettanomyces (que da toda la personalidad) con la mente de Mikkeller y queda esto. Dificil de describir para nosotros.


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