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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium.

Ingredients : Water, malt (pale and cara), light candy, hops (Tomahawk, Cascade and Amarillo), yeast and brettanomyces.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
storskurk (94) - DENMARK - OCT 18, 2013
Duft af vingummi og humle. Flot kobbergylden og sjovt nok helt klar. Karamel bagerst på tungen. Medium-heftig Brett karakter træder frem derefter og så en heftig bitterhed der blander sig med funky smag helt til slut. God, fyldig krop velafbalanceret mellem bitterhed, malt og funkness. Simply perfect. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2221) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2010
Very interesting and very good. Having this version of Mikkeller’s It’s Alive now. This one’s aroma is milder, but the floral component is more pronounced in the flavor. Poured with nice off white head and good lace. Aroma is as above and with yeast malt hops and brett. Flavor’s similar with a little more acid than the euro version. Incrediblly full flavored. Excellent body and carbonation. Again complimented so well by the Brettanomyces. Clean finish and almost a session for sipping.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - NOV 4, 2009
Pours Clear brown with a tall thick creamy head.Great aroma very hoppy, fresh and floral with a hint of brett. The flavour is very complex. Strong hoppy flavour like an american IPA strong and flaral with a very welcome bitterness, and very citrus as well. you can really taste the Amarillo hops. The finish is a bit malty with the sourness of the brett coming through. There is a slight chocolate flavour mid palate and the whole flavour lingers and really stays with you. This is one of the Best Beers I have ever had. It is as if they have taken my 2 favorite styles, (American IPA, and Orval) and forced them together like an amazing beergasam that starts out soo strong and intenses, them amplifies, and finishes in the most interesting way. And then stays with you all night. All in all Awesome.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (4701) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle: Poured a medium orangey color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of Brett with light tartness and dry hoppy notes which are very well balanced. Taste is a complex mix between some Brett notes with some medium barnyard and light tart undertones with a great mix of floral and dry hops which are mix with a semi-sweet Belgian-style malt base. Body is slightly fuller then average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Very well brewed and while being different kind of remind me of the quality of Russian River beers.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3735) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2013 Thx! to Man-ki who no longer could remember where he go this one from. 750 ml. bottle sampled. Pours copper amber with a thick, solid, mid. sized white head. Nose is a blast of grapefruit hops (this already has some age on it), crunchy brett, orange peel, light funk, tangerine, light eathly hops,… Taste is bitter grapefruit, tangy brett, spices, tangerine & grapefruit peel, surprisingly bitter, bitter herbs & more bitter spices,… Body is lightly fizzy, fuller brett body,… Comparable to fresh Orval but some less body & complexity,… Still, very, very lovely.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hirigalzkar (2283) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2009
Bottle. Look: Amber. Very nice creamy and thick white head. Smell: Hops. Extreme citrusy aroma. Some cookies. A lot more complex than your average IPA though. A bit more funky. Taste: Fruity and hoppy. Nice special dry funky bitterness in aftertaste. Orange, grapefruit. Overall: Simply one of the best beers ever. Refreshing and easy to drink, still very complex!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
finol (2148) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2009
Bottle from Ölbutikken. Pours amber with yellowish head. Smells of lemon and oranges. Malty taste with belgian yeast and lots of hops. Complex tastes but easy if you prefere to sit back and relax with it! Wonderfull!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
In short: A very funky (bretty) and leathery golden ale hopped like an American IPA. Kick-ass.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed about one year after the beer was bottled. Sent to me by Savy1982, thanks a lot Kyle
The look: Partly cloudy golden body topped by large off-white head
In long: Nose is a blend of brett funk, a bouquet of flowers and citrusy hops. Taste expands on the nose. Moderately funky, a good brett presence but not to the point of dominating the beer. A lot of floral, piney and fruity hops that are overall a bit resinous. Also a lot of grapefruits. A lot leather, I have rarely experience so much leather in a beer. Sharp finish that is both bitter and tart. This thing is hopped like an American IPA. I’ve had many so-called bretty IPA in the past few years. Most were interesting but none really succeeded at blending these two elements I like so much. Now this one comes out of nowhere does it perfectly and it is not even described as a bretty IPA. I’d go as far as to say that there is a little Orval going on here. And since Orval is objectively the best beer in the world then this is also a great beer. I got this as a “filler” in a trade that was centered around other bottles. I had no expectations. This was as unexpected as a Motorhead song dedicated to those who love tranquility and harmony.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid dull ruddy muddy brown with 2f off white head. Nose is huge piney hops, caramel malt, yeasty spice esters, pineapple, tangerine. Tastes rich, hoppy, with big spice, piney hops, caramel malt, very complex, very piney. Gets a tad dry late, but remains extremely delicious throughout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (3087) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2011
Great hoppy aroma! Lots of citrus, tropical fruit, sweet fruit bread, and yeast. Chewy malts, more hops, snd more wicked fruits. Great sweet hoppy finish with some yeasty esters. Impressive beer, great stuff!


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