Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 217
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Famers' Cabinet.

Pours a clear dark golden orange color with pale apricot edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly funky aroma with zesty spice, bread, yeast and crisp light fruit.  Subtle cream, bretty funk, apple and pear.  Pale malt.  

Medium bodied with subtle creaminess and earthy funk.  Dry Brett funk with an earthy barnyard presence that gives off notes of straw and grass .  Pale malts underneath with some estery light fruit.  Hints of apple, pear, banana, orange peel and mango.  Alcohol phenols but only sligt heat in finish.
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a dark peach hue with a finger head of sudsy beige. Amber highlights and a surprising amount of lace.

Smell -- Interesting... Citrusy hops and candi sugar are most evident, mild horsey and lemon brett character, and some tea-like bitterness. Very interesting.

Taste -- Juicy citrus hops, candi sugar, faint toffee, orange pekoe, and a twist of lemon. Lots of candi sugar - was this necessary? Surprisingly firm pine resin-esque bitterness. Finish is funky brett, smarties, and low hop resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with medium frothy carbonation. Feels good.

Overall -- Definitely unique, though I wish there was more of the aforementioned funk than candi sugar. That said, Brett + American hops is a good combo. I wish more brewers were so daring

Additional Notes: Had on tap a few months ago, was much better then - less candy sweetness, more funk, and more of that low tea-like bitterness. (932 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy but fluffy almost 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly, decent lacing, over slightly hazy orange red colored beer with hints of cranberry hue.

Nose is hard to really distinguish, there's lots of fruit and Belgian aromas, belgian yeast for sure, with some fruity esters, some Belgian sweet malts golden and reddish, hint of a candi sugar like aroma, the more I nose it the more I get more of the Belgian malts and a bit of booze, and quite a bit of that candy aroma, touch of toffee and caramel.

Taste is fairly strange, first starting with the Belgian malt flavors, candi sugar and candy all around sweetness, hint of nutty toffee and slight syrup flavor. Then moves to Belgian yeast, light fruity esters, hint of spices, and tons of carbonation. The esters and sweet candy bring some booze to the front, alcohol taste actually, with some tingle and warmth. The Brett doesn't really come through until the back end, a very light funk with some bready malt tastes, a bit of an earthy farmhouse slight barnyard like taste. There comes a slight bitterness as well towards the back end, hint of fruity hops with the funk from the Brett, and a hint of citrus. The finish dries way out but somehow still feels sticky and sweet, with a bit of the funk lingering and fruity flavors.

Mouth is a bit fuller bodied but with lots of carbonation that make it feel lighter, and some booze.

Overall interesting but not great, the Brett really doesn't showcase in this, it seems more about the malts, candy, and fruity ester flavors. Hops are there but don't really come through until the back end like the Brett. Not sure what they were trying to do with this beer but it seems like the main flavors they were going for are way on the back end and muted. (1,759 characters)

Photo of mtlasley
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a murky, hazy brown with hints of burnt red, orange, apricot and amber. A super frothy head comes to almost 3 fingers but dissipates quickly.

Caramel and dark fruits are on the tip of the nose. There's biscuit, sweet sugar, plum, and fig dominating here. As you get past the top sweetness there's some Brett funk mostly dominated by rubber band and band aid. It's not super complex and it's definitely not a strong pale ale.

There's a slight Brett tang on the tip of the tongue followed quickly by caramel and dark fruit and roasting biscuit. There's a very slight rubbery/band aid taste here but I mostly get tropical fruit esters from the Brett. Yet again, not very complex. Extremely drinkable but just not worth the price.

Slightly oily but still slightly dry.

A decent example of Mikeller's ability to mix something up and produce a decent brew. Definitely not something I'd seek out again but a delicious Belgian nonetheless. (948 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark orange/copper colour with a couple of centimetres of head that slowly falls away leaving a bit of lacing down the glass.
S - Tropical fruit hop aromas quickly followed by a funky brett quality with some spice hints. A fair amount of pale malt and candi sugar sweetness is evident.
T - Much like the smell; tropical fruit with funky barnyard brett spice but quite an overbearing sweetness. Some warming alcohol comes through as well.
M - Medium bodied with a slightly sticky, resinous mothfeel, low to medium carbonation.
D - An interesting beer and worth a try. Couldn't drink much in one sitting though. (621 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick, cream-colored head over a mostly opaque brownish-orange body. Good sticky lacing.

Aromas of northwestern piney hops, whole wheat bread, and a bit of pepper.

Thick and heavy on the palate, with a resinous hop bite. Some honey and caramel-like sweetness. Fairly cloying.

Overall, not bad ... with the name and categorization on the bottle, was hoping for something a bit wilder. But it was quite interesting, nonetheless. (444 characters)

Photo of hoser
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I find myself confused about this beer and I think that was the breweries intention. Not sure if I rated this worse than the rest as stated this beer is a little hard to wrap your head around.

This seems like a hoppy Flanders Brown/IPA hybrid and a pretty good one but I probably won't buy another bottle.

Long live Mikkeller! (329 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of Kaiser81
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to greg (wethorseblanket) for sharing this bottle

A - 2 fingers worth of pillowy head. Lots of lacing, clear golden color.

S - Belgian pale malts and yeast mixed with some citrus and light funkiness

T - Interesting taste. Light hops and malt. A little bit of spice on the back end, and some mild citrus flavors. No real funkiness.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Maybe due to the temp it was served at?

D - It's ok. I'd prefer other things, but it's not bad. (476 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled procured by Sammy, 750ml into a tulip. Best before December 14, 2016. Funky label for sure.

Poured a dirty brownish orange, with an offwhite head. A light film remains and some mildly sticky lace is produced. Nose is interesting, I kept getting some green apple and spice notes, almost of a cinnamon feel. The though of an apple pie keeps coming to mind. A hint of funk too? Taste again has this spice I kept detecting in the nose, dry yeastiness, funk and boozy feel to it, even at an ABV that's relatively pedestrian for Mikkeller. More green apple. Interesting and yet modestly complex. Carbonation is medium high, and mouthfeel that's a few notches below being full. Mild tartness and definite dryness in the finish. An interesting offering, but I'm not completely sold on it. (789 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian Strong Pale Ale? Doesn’t look like one. Doesn’t smell like one. Oh well, what do I know? (don’t answer that) Bottle says Belgian Wild Ale.

Fairly dark amber with a creamy white head that shows excellent retention. Lots of clumpy lacing. A touch hazy.

Aroma is of the classic Mikkeller Malt with a hint of citrus. I don’t get too much of a Belgian note here. Not bad..

What am I missing here? I don’t really get any Wild or Belgian notes. Tastes like a sweet pale ale. Lots of toffee and fruit. Maybe, and I mean maybe a hint of candied sugar. Really fruity as a matter of fact. I’d say a touch too sweet. Some pine notes in the finish.

Medium bodied, slightly sticky. Very mild carbonation.. again Pale Ale like.

I’m a bit confused by the stated style. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but I think it’s scores are lower since I don’t think it really fits the style that it’s listed under. (919 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a muddy, cloudy brown with a small head. Some lacing but head goes away pretty quickly.

Nose is yeast, roasted, dark fruit. Interesting.

Taste is Belgian hops at first with some dark fruit and spice. This is a strong beer yet it tastes watery. Medium carbonation. Drinkable but not worth what I paid for it. $5.40 (322 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. I'm not sure how to decipher the bottling date (code on the back reads: 8071103).

A - Pours an apple cider brown with very little head apart from a white halo. Some obvious floaties throughout the muddy liquid. No light passes through the body. The only thing working in it;s favor is the nice lacing it leaves behind.

S - I get punched in the face with big sour cherries, pear, and funky yeast. Strong bready malt backbone adds an interesting element. No hops that I decipher. Every once in a while I get a gym sock aroma that is not welcome. Other than that, it's an enjoyable, unique aroma.

T - Heavy on bready malts to begin with. Some grape and cherry as well. A little bit funky and tart on the swallow with a sweet honey finish.

M - Carbonation is quite high while remaining silky smooth. Medium bodied.

O - I would have a hard time classifying this beer into a style. The flavors are bready, fruity, tart, and funky. It is unlike any other beer I have tried, but that is not all good. I'm glad I tried it once, but I won't be getting it again. (1,093 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -3%

Pours a dirty golden color with a white head. The aroma is very floral, some Brett, a bit of fruit and spice. The taste has that Brett farmhouse thing going on, once again floral and spicy, not so much sour though there is a slight underlying tartness. Alcohol is noticed but it's pretty well hidden. Full bodied, crisp and plenty dry. Overall, this was an interesting brew and worth the try. (397 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hopped the border to Westchester NY to pick this bottle up.

Appearance is a deep golden color with a short off-white head, which does not sit there for very long. The label and some other reviews lead me to think I would pick up some funk in the nose, but that element was very faint for me. My nose mainly picked up orange, some spice, malts. The taste is sweet, caramel is there, more spice, more of the citrus fruit as well. The belgian yeast is subdued. MF is kinda boozy with some bitterness in the finish. Another interesting beer from Mikkeller...pretty good overall. (575 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy copper color. A thin but dense head that randomly serves up lacing. The lacing is chunky.

S-It smells sweet and Belgiany with some decent funkiness. Hints of Belgian spice and noticeable Belgian yeast.

T-The nose was pretty funky, maybe even tart but the flavor is less inspiring. The sweetness takes over and the funkiness really dies off. Belgian yeast tang, spices, and a generic sweetness that is equate to something like rock candy.

M-Medium bodied with some heat on the finish. A little bit sticky. Higher carbonation.

O-I was intrigued by the nose then it really fell off after first taste. Too sweet and not funky enough for me. If the flavor was closer to the nose I would have enjoyed it more. (722 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/02/11 notes. Brought to a tasting by Travir (RB); thanks Gene.

a - Pours a mahogany amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruit, raisins, sweet fruit, floral/earthy light funk notes, and light spice.

t - Tastes of light fruit, light fruit, spice, yeast, fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An interesting brew that I enjoyed. There is some definite funk and some definite sweet fruit in both the nose and the taste. I found the nose a little more funky and the taste a little more sweet. Would like to try this one again. (617 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

you never know with youre going to get with a wild ale, and you certainly never know what youll get from mikkeller, so this is a bit of a double whammy. pours a dark copper and hazy color, with a hint of caramely red to it, and a frothy off white head that settles to patches. the nose is funky for sure, sweet, and almost german malty. tons of farm and booze. the flavor is not quite as far out there as the nose. its definitely malt forward, nutty and sugary, but somehow dry at first. then a yeasty wash of wetness and even some bitter hops carries you well through the finish. its not as funked out as the nose suggests, but its got a cool earthy vibe that im not used to. its really bright and expansive in the mouth. medium body feels heavier from the sediment. alcohol is definitely big in this one. overall another clever mikkeller beer, but i wont buy this again. its a little weird, even for me. quite tasty with some fresh toasted garlic parmesean pumpkin seeds though... (982 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Hopstoopid120 for sharing.

A: Lightly hazed red-orange body with a 1/2" of frothy, sticky eggshell foam. Nice.

S: Very spicy, with an interesting mix of cheesy funk and sweet fruit. Weird, but not bad.

T: Dry and spicy up front, with some toffee malt, fruit, and more spicy yeast. Tasty, but nothing really memorable.

M: Smooth medium body, soft carbonation. Nice.

O: I didn't know what to expect from this beer, and was rather surprised at how mediocre it was - everything I've had from Mikkeller has either been spectacularly good or spectacularly bad, so I assumed that a Bretted Belgian would go one way or the other. In fact, this beer was just ok, and I suppose that's interesting in its own way.

Cheers! (764 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber

Appearance - Cloudy, deep amber. When held up to a light it has a ruby red hue. There is a quite large and sticky off white head that leaves great lacing.

Aroma - Brett, candi sugars, and some fruit.

Taste - Follows the nose. Brett funk is most noticeable. Classic candi sugar in the middle, finishing with more Brett, and a little fruit.

Mouthfeel - Slick, oily, with a drying finish. Right amount of carbonation.

Overall - Decent "belgian wild ale". I would think of this as a sweet/sour amber saison. Though the Brett isn't souring, it gives it a little funk. If you're into this style, I'd recommend it. It may not be for you if you're not used to da funk. (682 characters)

Photo of VWBuggirl
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This has a dark hazy copper, almost brown color to it. It formed a moderate head that is slightly off white but didn't linger long. This is

S: You can definitely get the brett in the nose of this. I smell it immediately and it is fairly overpowering. This is great for me since I love brett, but if you aren't a fan, skip this beer.

T: Wow! This is extremely malt forward. With as malty as it is, I would have expected a darker, richer color. After the malt settles, the brett follows and is funky just how I like it. The blend of malt and funk is interesting for sure. At the very end of the taste, you can detect the alcohol, which isn't at all surprising as the abv is 9.39. I do wish the alcohol wasn't as strong.

M: The carb could be a touch less. It is almost too sharp for this beer, though that is much better than being under-carbed with the malt backbone in this.

O: This is a pretty good beer, though not highly drinkable due to the malt, funk, and abv. I wouldn't go out of my way for this. It sort of missed the mark. (1,039 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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~! (1,374 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml synthetic corked 7 caged bottle. Brewed at De Proef.

Pours a nice clear reddish/roange/amber/ brown. The head is large, foamy, and slightly off-white. It recedes decently quickly leaving some large spots of nice lacing.

There is a lot of caramel in the scent. Also some funk. There are some hops in there too, some nice grassy herbal notes come out of those.

The taste is very, very smooth. It has some roasty caramel flavor, a nice semi-bitter hop bite, and a speckle of yeast. This one is obviously pretty fresh and the wild yeast hasn't done its full duty yet. So this one is more of a real belgian strong ale than a wild ale. There is some nice fruit that comes in at the end.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice, a bit syrupy though.

Overall, it is another ok but not amazing experimental brew form Mikkeller. (818 characters)

Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.