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Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 218
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 22.55%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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 pokesbeerdude
1.82/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle from Argonaut in Denver. Not sure on the price as I picked this up at least a year a go. Into a NB Globe. Happy Easter!

A: Hazy amber in color with a dense white light tan head, about half an inch thick that doesn't want to fade away. Huge spots of lacing are left behind. Not bad.

S: Very cidery, no noticeable brett notes, and slightly odd smelling. Has some definite notes of chewing tobacco, which is not appealing to me at all. Yikes, this isn't shaping up very well. As it continues to warm it takes on a definite bandaid aroma, and not in a good way.

T: Chewing tobacco flavor and apple cider compine with a slightly astringent hop bitterness. Slightly malty, with a bit of caramel in there. Slightly funky, but really more cidery. Not good. Apple cider ran through a chewing tobacco and bandaid filter is not tasty.

M: Thin, and highly carbonated, finish is surprisingly sweet.

O: Not a good beer at all. Something went horribly wrong with this one. I do not like the overly bandaid/chewing tobacco flavor that lingers and will not disappear. Very disappointed in this one, sad that I saved it for a year.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.02/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to Pete for opening this one up. 750mL brown glass plastic-corked bottle.

Quick review: Nose is immediately off-putting to me (though not to others in the room). Smells to me like those plastic-y stiff bandaids or adhesive. Fruity, I suppose, but unpleasant. Someone commented that it's from "higher alcohols" and is usually considered a flaw. Body is medium-light with some medium caramel malt and a little Belgian pale candi sugar notes. Finish is short and watery and the carbonation level is definitely low.

Couldn't drink it. Don't know if it was an off bottle, but really atrocious.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
2.16/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Tonight I reached for a new glass in my cabinet, a large plain whiskey snifter that I found at a yard sale for only $1. Who said your glasses need to be expensive and from a brewery? I pulled the large bottle out of the fridge and unwrapped the sliver foil of the neck and proceeded to pull out the stubborn plastic cork. After wrangling the cork out I was let down to not hear any pop or hissing noise at all. On the pour I decided to hit this straight on and see what kind of head I could pull out and it actually began to rise quickly and then it went away just as quick. In my glass it appears to be a burnt orange color with some red hues and haze all over making it almost appear murky and dreary. As I give a final swirl there really is no lacing to mention of and this appears to be pretty thin.


In the aroma I am pulling out loads of flowery perfume, caramel oxidation with some lemons and sugary candy thrown in. I also am pulling out some grassy undertones complimented by raisins and tropical fruit. For having brett this beer really shows no sign of tartness or funky sourness typical in most sour beers.


Hmm, up front there are massive amounts of caramel sweetness, and some earthy spicy hops that remind me of tree moss and planting soil. There is a huge array of flavors missing here. Again, no brett to speak of, no sourness, or funk to compliment the Belgian Pale Ale backbone. In the finish I can pull out plastic and something that really leaves me with a bland taste in my mouth almost astringent and like black tea. Overall, I am going to take a shot in the dark and say that this beer might have been stored improperly because my taste are not anything close to some of the other reviews out there.


This will be another beer that I want to try again because I think my experience was untypical. Although I do feel like regardless of the storage the wild sour yeasts should have poked through creating some form of sourness but I guess I was wrong.

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2.39/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

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Photo of gueuzer
2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured form a 11.2 oz bottle. No vintage date.

App- Copper with a lacy cream head that clings to the glass.

Sm- Mostly booze. There are some citrusy hops and the slightest medical brett presence. If you are going to call your beer funky star, it should be funky; this is not.

Ta- Big blows of sweet belgian candi mixed with tropical fruits. Kiwi pineapple and lemon from the hops, bit a biting bitter hop tang mid-palette. There is some band-aid-y brett presence but pretty minimal. Some belgian yeast phenols. The booze that was so present in the nose takes a back seat.

Ov- Another miss by MIkkeller. There are aspects that are intriguing but to put this ridiculous level of hops with candi sugar, a bruiser ABV and brett? It's like dumping jalapenos on a raspberry chocolate torte. If you happen to purchase one of these, sit on it for 3 years in hopes that the hops fade and brett blossoms. If you haven't purchased it, don't. In addition, I know I already said it, but if you are going to name your beer Funky Star, it needs to be funky. I'm talking sweaty pedio barnyard funk! Not this uber-tame Orval-level of funkness.

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Photo of mattsander
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep red, lovely fluffy white head that lasts forever. Decent clarity, nice looking beer.

S: An impressive wallop of dank earthy brett character is about the only thing I can smell on this beer. Its nice for an ounce or two, but the simplicity of this is its downfall I think.

T: Mimics the nose with a mushroomy, earthy kind of medicinal quality to the whole thing. Not an especially enjoyable flavor by itself.

M: Very creamy, fairly light on the palate. The head and carbonation last forever.

A big brett bomb from mehkeller, a bit too one dimensional to be anything more than vaguely interesting.

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Photo of oline73
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber with a finger and a half of off white head that leaves a layer.

Smell: Very perfume like, quite herbal and sweet with some dark fruit notes and a very mild tartness.

Taste: Follows from the smell. Quite sweet with some caramel and dark fruit notes. Again, perfume like. The finish is quite sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this one was way too sweet. It took over everything else. Not my favorite.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy nontransparent dirty gold.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, caramel, light fruit ester hops, and cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy unexpected nuts, some caramel, cream on the climax, and biscuity yeast - especially up front. The yeast is likely the best aspect of the flavour, though I do like the light cream on the open. The balance is structurally off, but sound in terms of flavours. Most of the flavour is in the first act/half. The build is exploratory (which may be a polite term), but at least it's bold. The candied sugar comes through mainly in the aftertaste. No alcohol is detectable.

Mf: Delightfully smooth and wet, with some welcome cream. Near perfect thickness. Sadly, the flavours pale in comparison.

Dr: Very drinkable but disappointingly unremarkable. I expect more from my favourite brewery. I wouldn't get this again - especially at this price.

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Photo of stakem
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle opened on 3/8/11. Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. Poured into a wine glass, this brew appears a hazed amber brown color. It has some lighter orange and yellow coloration around the edges. The head appears a creamy tan that dissolves and holds close to the edge of the glass. A light swirl revives the cap. Leggy thin patches of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is reminiscent of apple cider. A little bit of pear and all together a sweetness of fruit. Somewhat like orange rind mixed with caramel malt. Slightly spicy in the back that is almost like cinnamon.

The taste is apple and pear skins, modestly bitter and rindy. A little bit of funk is mixed in with a taste of plastic and sulfur. The abv is warming throughout the back of the throat. It finishes with a dry fruit skinned flavor that is like a hybrid of pear, apple and mango.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Lots of rind-like fruity flavors that are bitter and bold with alcohol. It's all thrown together into one big funky mess that is interesting. It's not bad and worth a try but 10oz was more than enough for me.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up this bottle for $5.99 at Merchants in Dearborn, the first and only time (so far) that I've seen it. I was a little skeptical due to spotty experience with Mikkeller, but in the end I bit the bullet and gave it a try. Too bad for me:

It pours a murky dark amber color with an off-white foam of spitty consistency. It smells sweet and malty, with caramel and maybe some yeast. The ABV is evident in the nose too.

It tastes slightly better than it smells, but only slightly. Very strong tasting, it tastes more like a Belgian barleywine than anything else. I don't get any wild flavors at all, just sweet malts and alcohol and smarties. Yech.

Too strong, didn't like it, don't recommend it. A real misnomer.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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

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Photo of womencantsail
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden amber color with a large white head and tons of carbonation bubbles in the glass.

S: The nose starts out with a nice tropical fruitiness of pineapple and mango, along with some citrus notes. However, these enjoyable aromas give way to solvent and ethanol.

T: The industrial cleaner character does not translate to the flavor, thankfully. The citrus and tropical fruits do, however, and are really what this beer is about. A bready malt base with a light bitterness on the finish. Though the name of the beer leaves me wondering, where is the funk?

M: A medium bodied beer with a very aggressive carbonation and perhaps a touch dry on the finish.

D: I would have liked this beer more were it not for the nose. The flavors were decent enough, but the solvent aroma really does this one an injustice.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 750ml bottle caged with a synthetic cork and silver foil wrapping. I can confirm what has been mentioned earlier in regards to the cork; it is synthetic, takes forever to work its way out and when it does there's no pop and makes you worry that the beer is going to be dead flat.

Pours a striking reddish oak amber color with a hazey translucency. Generates a rich thick white creamy head that sticks together and leaves random lacing.

Sweet malt aroma with elements of spice and grass like dry yeast.

Tastes of caramel and malt with sour and bitter yeast flavors.

For a strong pale ale this offering from Mikkeller rides the fine line that sit between moderate and heavy bodied and the body is well balanced with what could only be called the right level of carbonation. This is a smooth and refreshing strong pale ale with interesting twists such as the initial sweetness that blends away with bitter sour notes before light alcohol, and slightly warming, finish.

Taste may not be for everyone and Mikkeller need to work on the cork issue, the crew there puts so much effort into the beer yet they scrimp on cork?

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Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a yellow hazy looking beer. The head was pretty large and needed time to settle before trying to drink it. The smell of the beer was a bit tart from the Brett, there was also some hops I was picking up and yeast. The taste has a funk to it for sure, in the aftertaste there was some sweet bread notes in there as well. The mouthfeel was drinkable despite the funk. Overall it's a pretty nice spring brew and worth trying with family around Easter dinner.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, murky amber with a creamy white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, candy sugar, oranges in syrup, and lemon zest are most prevalent on the nose. I was expecting some funk from the wild yeast, but I didn't really get any.

T: A sweet, sugary entry reveals notes of oranges in syrup, lemon zest, caramel, sweet cream, and candy sugar. An earthy, musty sourness from the use of wild yeast develops around mid-palate, with a sudden kick of peppery, tobacco-tinged hops coming through immediately afterwards. The finish is fleeting and sweet with caramel and candy sugar flavors balanced by lactic wild yeast and peppery, medicinal hops.

M: Much lighter in body than I would typically expect from a beer of this style. In the mouth, it is very smooth and silky with a bit of syrupy stickiness before the fade. Alcohol presence is minimal, but increases towards the finish.

O: This is an odd, awkward concoction. I think I can safely say that this is not one of Mikkeller's finest moments. Everything is just really out of whack-the flavors and aromas don't really work well together and the beer is rather difficult to drink. I doubt I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA

Poured a slightly hazy amber, with a small white head and good lacing. I detected almost nothing in the aroma. Taste is funky, light, notes of apple and mango, with sweet malts in the finish. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A – Light ice tea. White head has pink highlights, great lace, but just ok retention.

S – Strange, stale, mildew funk on top of bready malt and light honey.

T – Earthy, dry, herbal, mildewy staleness smacks you in the face. Straw and black pepper are tough to find, but are definitely there. Light, honey sweetness on the backend.

M – Medium light body with a lingering staleness.

O – The label doesn’t disappoint; Funk is an apt description. Unfortunately the Funk feels imbalanced, and the particular style of funk just isn’t my favorite: more skunky contamination and less of the tart and earthy barn notes that I gravitate towards.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of cptnspeed1
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is orange and hazy with a thick white head that falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Looks fine.

Aroma is slightly malty sweet. Mild sour notes in the aroma, not much there at all.

Medium body and really smooth. There is a mild brett character to the whole thing, some sweetness up front. I bet this beer would sour for years on the shelf. Overall its just OK. For a beer called Funky E Star I was expecting more of a brett character.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of drumminbrewer
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Belgian Wild Ale"...why is it classified otherwise on here? Interesting, let's see. Poured into my St Bernardus glass;

Pours dark, sunset amber, quickly dissipating head that leaves some traces of bubbles on the brim and heavy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Faint nose...I mean, most Brett beers I've had are usually distinguishable by a powerful nose, this one is a lot more restrained. Some citrus, but none of that "fresh cut grass"-ness I'm used to with Brett.

First sip- there's the Brett, but wow is it controlled. Intriguing, usually it's so powerful that other flavors become secondary (dare I say subservient to it), but it's really in the background. Lots of orange.

Solid mouthfeel. Large amount of malt gives it a great deal of body...chewy.

Short finish, barely there. Some lemon zest left on the mid palate, but it's hardly identifiable.

Strange brew. Not bad by any means, interesting for sure, but it doesn't really fall into any category. The only thing I didn't care for was the finish, or lack thereof. Otherwise I think this is really unique-perhaps it just needs a bit more time in the bottle (no bottling date, so maybe it's been in there too long).

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