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Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.39% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Water, malts, light candy, hops, yeast and brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: koopa on 06-15-2009)
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Reviews by stagger:
Photo of stagger
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%

Yowch! This is quick becoming one of my favourite beers. I think I'm extra partial to the flavours of Special B malt, so this funky little monster gets extra love from me.

Pours a slightly boggy amber-brown with a thin well-off-white head leaving lacing. Big caramel notes in the nose. Big caramel flavours up front give way to a strong prune/dried fruit presence and ending with a soft brett/Orval note that I imagine will grow if cellared. Carbonation is soft and pleasant, and I had no problem whatsoever finishing a whole 750 by myself in a short time.

A very, very nice Belgian-style strong ale that I'll be drinking regularly if it continues to be available.

stagger, Sep 30, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.35/5  rDev -9%

Pours clear amber with a few confused looking, slow rising, bubbles and a solid white foam.

The aroma is distinct with dark belgian candi sugar and what seems to be hops. It's underwhealming funky with, what I perceive to be tomato paste, brown sugar, and sweet raisin.

On the palate I was expecting a box of band-aids. It's not that. It's actually light bodied, kind of watery, with notes of raisin, white pepper,candi sugar, and fruity hops. The alcohol is perfectly masked. Unfortunately, so is the flavor. Drinkable? Yes. Awesome? No. Everything about is just so subdued.

I'm a fan of all beers funky and off-the-wall, but this one falls short all the way around. When I read Belgian Wild Ale, I want a Wild Ale. This was not. The brett could possibly help this out in the long run. For now, I can't recommend it.

brownbeer, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Mikkeller Funky E Star Belgian Strong Pale Ale... also call Belgian Wild Ale as per Bottle.
Highly phychodellic bottle decor and strange presentatin of the name of the beer brought me to this one. Poured into Dogfish snifter glass.

A- Pours a massively hazy and murky dark orange fluid producing a quarter inch off white head that lingers around in as a sticky froth. Lacing is decent with a swirl or two. Tight carbonated look overall.

S- Upfront is a musky smell of overripe citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, and tangerines) and possible notes of plums and currants as well past there prime. Spicy yeast are very present with this beer.

T-M- If this is a Belgian Strong Pale ale its got a hell of alot going on for the style. A flavor explosion expells lots of funky old dried fruit flavors mostly oranges and plumes. This beer has to have Brett yeast strains due to the sweet funk to it. Strange bites of sweet rotten apple come to mind in the backbone with more than enough spicy yeast to go around. Alcohol is noted at warmer temp. Mouthfeel is watery with light carbonation most likely due to the alcohol content which is hidden under the strange flavers of this beer well.

Overall this is a beer that doesn't disappoint a farmhouse style lover... but in the eyes of a Belgian SPA is doesn't quite match. Not bad but not something I could drink every day... Cheers~!

wesbrownyeah, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of EastBay_Nick
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +8.7%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%

On tap poured into a 12oz glass.

Pours a nice deep amber color with a small light yellow head. Nose is a bit mild but it malty and slightly funky, although it's certainly not in your face about it.

Taste is really quite good, there's a nice light funk that's subdued enough to make this deadly drinkable - 9.4%, wtf?! This drinks like 6%, be careful. There's some grassy, tangy lemony notes that come trough pretty strongly on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light but creamy and a tad bit sweet. Super well balanced, one of my new favs from Mikkeller!

kingcrowing, May 15, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, Nathan!

Hazed light golden color with a quickly forming, large off-white head that eventually bubbles down into a thin film atop the beer. This doesn't leave much in the way of lacing down the glass.

Some tropical fruit aromas along with funky notes of earthy Brett. There's a hint of acidity and some grass, along with sweet, bready malts.

The flavor carries a lot of earthy funk/Brett, along with grass, hay, and some tropical fruit notes. There's a bit of a strange, chemical-like harshness, though as bad as it sounds, it's not particularly distracting.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Above average, and I would have this again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

ehammond1, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2018. Picked up quite a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The name and Danish description don't give much away - what the hell is this?

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright reddish-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Some sediment visible. Yields a huge head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet, spicy malt; brings to mind a Christmas ale. Hints of clove, cinnamon, ginger, spice, caramel, sugar, funkiness, mild vinegar and earthy yeast. Faintly vinous and rather complex - intriguing.

Tastes of spicy caramel malt and funky yeast with a sweet, lingering finish. Notes of clove, cinnamon, spicy phenolics, caramel, sugar, mild dried fruit, subtle funk, earthy yeast and a twinge of vinegar. Slightly sour, with a yeasty, herbal character upon swallowing. Little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, with soft carbonation and a velvety body. Vaguely astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh, herbal spice, sweet caramel and yeast.

Nice but weird, not to mention hard to categorise. A sweet 'n sour beer. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are distinctly spicy and sweet. A mélange of caramel malt, spice and mild funk. Decent body though a shade more effervescence would improve the texture. The ingredient list doesn't include any specific spices, so I presume the flavour is entirely the work of the yeast. Quite incredible, as the spice is enough to make you think of a Christmas beer. Anyway, an unusual but well-rounded effort from Mikkeller. If you like funk and/or spice then this is for you. Worth sampling if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

A heavy orange appearance, similar to some of the better ipa's you're used to seeing if you're in the elite ipa scene. .5" of head on the top of it, I thought the retention was average, lacing a little bit above average. Different aroma of bright fruit, zest, not really offering anything in the way of funk though, which is a wash, sometimes funk is good, sometimes it ain't.

There is more brett and funk in the taste and mouthfeel though. Fruit is still there, tropical and citrus. None of that dark fruit shit. Hides the alcohol extremely well, this was a fun beer to drink. The body is perfect, not heavy, not light, some bitterness, from a little more hopping than I expected. What a hodgepodge of a bit of everything. Some tartness like a sour, some sweetness, some brett, some hops. . .

This beer kind of came and went really quickly in Reno, and I haven't seen it since. I would pick another bottle of it up, and age it next time. One of the few beers that truly defies categorization, but not for the sake of it, one that can pull it off.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of jtladner
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jtladner, May 22, 2013
Photo of daveytheformer
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance is a cloudy orange color with thick off white head that fades to a sticky ring around the head.

Aroma is of sweet fruit and candy. A little whiff of malt also.

Tastes of lemon citrus and a little sour apple. Sweet spice profile and a little metallic.

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation.

Overall is a good beer I'd probably try again.

daveytheformer, May 18, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of grainy pale and caramel malts with good amounts of what I've learned to associate with Wild IPA's - funky hop aromas that smell slightly like gummy bears. As the beer warms more funk wafts out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined by good amounts of grapefruit flavors tempered by a very mild funkiness. As the sip progresses the funkiness takes over a bit and carries through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another with no problem.

Overall this is a middle-of-the-road Wild IPA - it's far from being bad but it's also not quite over the "above average" hump. Worth a shot, especially if you like the combination of brett and hops.

glid02, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

330ml bottle. In the current age of Internetese vernacular, do we really need the pronunciation guide provided on the label?

This beer pours a cloudy medium amber colour, with two fingers of tight foamy honeycomb head, which leaves a decent multi-tiered array of traditional lace around the glass as it slowly settles. It smells of citrus, grain, candy sugar, yeast, and some serious funk, y'all! The taste is crazy-ass ashy funk, that's the only way I can describe it. Fucking hell, this hurts at first, to the unsuspecting, naive palate. Once settled down, and more centered (huh?), I can detect some generic Mikkeller malt, sweet and weirdly smoky, accompanied by some soft earthy yeast, and latent funk, still musty and vaguely cheesy, but trailing off in a quite agreeable fashion, amongst some (I'm here too!) leafy hops. The carbonation is very much on the down low, the body an unassuming medium weight, generically, but not underwhelmingly smooth. It finishes somewhat sweet in malt, and more funky in well, da funk.

Woooowee. What a smack upside the head, one long coming. Once the dust settles, this is one very well rendered, um, Belgian, help me out here, Wild, uh, Ale? Seems about right to me.

biboergosum, Oct 21, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

AlexChillton, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of cacostaj
3/5  rDev -18.5%

cacostaj, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

Spicey unique yeasty concoction. A little brett. Yeast somewhat funky, average mouthfeel, great lace on reddish body. Boozy. Earthy overall.A bit of sourness.Dry finish. Good till 2016 and probably would be more interesting flavour if waited till then.

Sammy, May 06, 2011
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

whatname, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Ciocanelu, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +8.7%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

aztraz, May 26, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

750 mL bottle poured into a pint.

Appearance - Deep orange. Big cream colored head. Retains forever. Lace sticks to the glass.

Smell - Tropical fruit. Sweet doughy malts. Some brett. Very yeasty, to the point that it detracts.

Taste - Bretty up front. No tang, just some earthiness. Sweet caramel, more rich and deep than the smell. Tropical fruit sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. A little sweet.

Overall - Not an interesting beer, but it's tasty.

Alieniloquium, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

beergorrilla, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of DonDirkA
4.63/5  rDev +25.8%

Pours a hazy golden brown with a white head that settles quickly to about a half finger. Nose is tropical with mango, papaya, some yeasty bready notes, a little musty with that Brettanomyces funk, a hint of banana, some citrus and grapefruit. The taste is orange, papaya, grapefruit, tropical notes, a bit of pine bitterness, some definite funky Brett notes but not in that typical musty kind of way. Its more bright and fruity. The mouthfeel is kind of light with a good amount of carbonation. This is definitely a delicious wild ale. I'm loving these sours and wild ales, I wish AZ got more of that style. Mikkeller is awesome, I don't think I have had anything bad from him.

DonDirkA, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Flaherbear
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Flaherbear, Jun 18, 2014
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Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.