Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.39% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: koopa on 06-15-2009

Water, malts, light candy, hops, yeast and brettanomyces.
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Reviews by tylerzander:
Photo of tylerzander
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - in the glass a cloudy sienna color with a gorgeous light tan mousse-like head, starts at about a pinky width in height with excellent retention and lacing

S - mostly fresh apple cider and white grape aroma, hinting of some acidity, with some hints of tropical fruit complexity to it; also some mid-range crystal malt notes of caramel and golden raisin

T - sweet caramel malt followed by slightly medicinal (in a good way) phenolic finish that lingers

M - a pretty hefty mouthfeel, surprising for a "wild ale," but not syrupy; a high carbonation level lightens the effect of the crystal malt on the palate

D - probably would like to see this beer a little drier and a little funkier; has a deeply complex aroma which I don't get sick of but the taste and mouthfeel slightly disappoint in comparison; still, a beer worth mulling over and held my attention well for one bottle, anyways

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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~!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of ehammond1
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very hazy brown-orange, one big thumb of off white head retaining nicely leaving lots of sticky lacing
S - strange... very floral perfumy but not in a hoppy way, sweet sugary candy and tropical fruit, light bready malts and a definite alcohol sweetness
T - still strange... light bready and caramel malts and some dank hops up front, quickly gives way to a very floral and perfume concoction, almost like there is actual perfume in it, interesting and tough to pinpoint
M - very carbonated, a bitter tartness that is somewhat from the alcohol, but also a chemical like feel
T - generally confused about the flavours here, there's hints of belgain and pale ale, but the overpowering perfume/chemical flavour and feel mixed with the strong alcohol makes it almost not beer like, interesting and props for taking a risk but its a bit too odd

Photo of stagger
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy and cloudy bright orangey and amber color ale with a large frothy head with a thick foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of light funky notes with light tart notes and sweet malt base. Taste is sweeter then expected with light tart notes with light funky notes. Body is quite full with limited filtration and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and quite refreshing though a bit too sweet for my own taste.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into oversize wine glass
A – 1+ finger cream colored head with decent staying power left nice lacing on top of a brown/orange/red colored brew. Yellow/orange edges with a much darker center intrigue 4
S – Ripe dark fruits, cherry tartness, semi-sweet bready malts with a touch of spice & citrus 3.5
T –Toasted malts & berries/dark fruits fade to a very odd funky middle with bitter floral and sweet bread finish, good but overall this taste experience feels scattered and earthy to me 3.5
M – Medium body with lighter mouth feel, I would prefer a bit less alcohol, a single serving brew 3
O – Left me wondering – spread thin, jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none taste experience. A unique brew that I’m glad I tried but did not impress me 3.5

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.39/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750mL to snifter. $16 for the bottle. Best by date of 16/1/14, sampled 7/18/11.

Psychedelic label. White bunnies with a CMYK-colored fractal in the background. Synthetic cork and cage. This beer was brewed and bottled at De Proef.

A: One finger khaki colored head, quick to diminish. Murky body with a rustic orange color. Spare lacing.

S: Floral with a wet woodsy, resiny aroma. Cereal and grain. Age seems have brought about light notes of toffee and caramel.

T: The nose gave some hope to this beer. Unfortunately, there were no redeeming qualities to be had on the palate. Kind of a mess flavorwise.

M: Light body, slick texture with a soft, fizzy effervescence. Light wild yeast influence. Drinks closer to a 6.5% than the advertised 9.4%.

O: I kind of wish that Mikkeller didn't brew ANY good beers. At all. And I also wish that they would cut it out with their slick brand recognition and catchy label design. That way I wouldn't feel compelled to try *every *single *one that I see, hoping that it will be as good as, you know "that one that I had a really long time ago." Anyway...I'm batting like .200 with these guys.

Photo of jsanford
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA.

Pours a cloudy dark orange-amber with a slight white haze. Nose is a subdued blend of sweet malt, apples, and young Brett. Taste is much stronger then the nose suggests, lots of earthy, cheesy, funky Brett with a fairly sweet malt profile. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly creamy, with a touch over medium-bodied and moderate carbonation. Overall a fun experiment in Brett, but not something I can drink too much of.

Photo of peabody
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours out a golden yellow very clear liquid and makes a nice head of white foam. Lacing is minimal around my glass.
Smell is the king here. Funky grape skin/green apple/allspice and a slight burning yeast make this a fantastic smelling beer.
Taste is just a tad sour and the malt is strong but the 9.39% can't be detected. The spice is not as strong in the taste and the fruit isn't as prevelant as it was in the nose.
Mouthfeel is very clean as you would expect from a sour but the malt does hang around keeping the mouth in a sweet mode and salivating state yearning for the next taste.
Overall this is a really good sour that I would buy again even if it is 13 bucksw for the small bottle.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color. It poured with a half finger high off beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: The taste has notes of Belgian yeast, hints of tropical fruits and is accompanied by a light to moderate amount of sourness from the brettanomyces.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The sourness helps to take an ordinary Belgian Pale Ale and make it much more interesting. I liked that the sourness was not that strong and you could still taste the underlying beer.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle, silver foil around the neck. Pours out a cloudy amber hue, loose creamy white head pitted with bubbles.

Candy sweetness, citrus, some mild earth and funk in the nose. Small notes of caramel.

Light sugary and fruit sweetness up front in the flavour, some mild bready, caramel malt in the middle, with equally mild herbal and grassy hops on the finish. Quite balanced and mild for the alcohol content.

Medium-light mouthfeel, a bit thin, medium carbonation with a bit of briskness on the finish.

The double-edged sword strikes in this instance. An okay Belgian style ale, quite mild and well-contained overall, but lacks the marketed "oomph" of Mikkeller's mandate for pushing the limits and offering something new and unique. Quite drinkable for what it is, yet not very interesting compared to what else is out there in this style.

Photo of cptnspeed1
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy dark orange/amber with about 3/4 inch of head. The head retains well. This was the first point at which I realized that despite being labeled as a "Belgian Wild Ale" this would have no tartness at all.

S: Nothing in the smell says Belgian of any type. Smells of subdued hops, caramelized sugar and a hint of floral.

T: Caramelized sugar, a touch of hops. Its almost like a relaxed American Barleywine. I don't get much heat from it, especially considering the 9.4% ABV. I knocked it up a half point after it warmed up. An ever so slight bit of Brett funk sneaks in at about 55-60 degrees.

M: Hides the booze well, stays smooth, nice balanced carbonation. Nothing special, but nothing wrong.

O: Not bad, it definitely grew on me as I drank it. I just wish the Brett had more than a non-speaking role.

Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't quite believe this gets only 82 at the moment.
Pours with a nice creamy head that stayed all the way to the last sip.
Beautiful, fruity aroma and the taste is rich and complex.
ABV not dominant ... In fact is well disguised
I loved it and will definitely have again.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Deep amber color. Haze. Off-white,close froth. Copious web on sides & good retention. Aroma profile shows sour fruit, moderate maltiness & wild yeast. Mildy sweet toasted malt, fructose & kind warming alcohol at first sip. Light to medium body, moderate to low carbonation. Sour/sweet palate & acidic fruit flavor –pears & Granny Smith apples. Oily texture. Dry sour/low bitter finish. Refreshing & complex. Comment: I absolutely disagree with considering this beer into Belgian Strong style. Nice spot of new wave Strong Flanders Red and/or Farmhouse style.

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Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.