- My Rating: A-
It’s Alive! (grey label, original version) – Mikkeller, 8% ABV, 750ml, (Copenhagen, Denmark)
“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.”
- Style: (Belgian-style) Strong Ale
- Taste Profile: creamy sweet/sour -> caramel malts/grapefruit -> grapefruit hoppy bitter finish.
- Where I got it : Sherbrooke (EDM)
- How much: $14 (after 10% off), June 2012
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
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.
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.