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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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 yeahnatenelson
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of korguy123
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No date, 12oz into tulip.

A- Murky deep orange pour (pale ale?) Two finger soapy off white head that slowly deflates to a quarter inch cap. Lacing is sticky and just sheets to the glass.

S- Typical Mikkeller smell of alcohol. Getting sweet malts, a slight juicy characteristic. No hint of brett.

T- Sweet malts, strawberries and a slight plastic taste I can only assume is the brett. Juicy up front with a quick dry finish. Alcohol taste is there but not nearly as over powering as a lot of mikkeller beers.

M- Medium bodied, slight alcohol warmth. Sticky on the lips.

O- I went into this not knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised!

Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.
 

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 zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper/amber color with a small, white head of foam. There was some lacing left behind as the head gradually receded.

S - It smelled like candy. Not any candy in particular, just candy. There was a mild funky aroma.

T - This was very sweet for a "funky" beer. Candy-like with some sugary sweetness. There is a mild funky/farmhouse spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and a little sticky. A medium bodied ale that highs its high ABV quite well.

D - This is a very interesting brew. Sweetness with funkiness.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a burnt gold or darkish amber with a foamy white head, but the aroma takes over immediately. Smell reminds of an American barley wine. Very rich and malty with tons of hops, it could pass for SN's Bigfoot. Taste incorporates all of that and a smokiness. The Brett adds a little bit of funk but no sour notes. Drinks like a mix between a British barleywine and a Belgian pale ale. Unique brew to be sought out.

Photo of timtim
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

murky brown-orange with a tan head that holds and leaves a good bit of lace. hard to get over the brown-orange color. just looks muddy. nose has a malt character similar to many other mikkeller beers (yeast series?) along with drying (maybe like soggy roses?) flowers, a touch of mushroom, some dark sugars, the teeniest touch of brett-like funk and an odd smoked tea sent. taste exhibits most of what is going on in the nose, but the flavors are a bit muddy and flabby. a lot hoppier than expected. some notes that remind me of butter mints. a tad all over the place, and not nearly enough funk. good carbonation levels on a medium-full body. quick finish with a lingering smoked tea aftertaste. overall, a decent, but not amazing offering from the mikeller. unhappy E star.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed, orange color, head is tightly packed with dense tan foam. Great look, although the lacing is spotty.

Candi sugar is big on the nose, backed up with some peppery phenols and an herbal hoppiness. A little more power here would be nice.

This is a hoppy Belgian style beer for sure. Sweetness leads, with Pez and something like cherry coming forward. Bitterness is the next note, with a pepper-tinged herbal flavor. Finishes with this herbal component as well.

Last to be recognized is first on the label. There is a mild farmhouse flavor here, although I would describe this beer as less funky even than a faro (similarly not as sweet). The point is, the sweetness far outweighs any acidity.

Finishes with the herbal touch and a slightly pervasive but not cloying sweetness. The "funk" can probably take credit for that, keeping the carbonation up and finishing ever-so-slightly dry. Interesting, kind of different, but ultimately I was hoping for more of a "funky Belgian IPA" from the label than a fairly straightforward, if hoppy, Belgian strong pale.

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 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 david18
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer among a number of sour beers at a sour beer event at Rattle N Hum in Manhattan. It was great to taste so many sour beers side by side and this one really stood out. Not because of its sourness as much as the hop character that came through.

Beer poured a light orange with a frothy head that disappeared quickly.

Aroma had a surprising amount of hops, which really stood out when sampled next to other sour beers. There was also a bready quality to the aroma.

The flavor was quite sour, not as sour as many but very good with a little bit of a hop after taste.

Overall this was not my favorite of the day but ti was the most interesting and I would recommend it to anyone who comes across it.

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

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Pours a murky reddish-brown color with a small but potent head of bubbly off-white foam. The head recedes to a thin film and ring around the glass, that laces very well.

S - Lots of floral hops upfront, with sour apple, candi sugar, brettanomyces yeast and barbeque sauce. Some odd spiciness and touches of dark fruits as well. Certainly not very tropical or light; quite strange though. A little acidic, with a bit of funk.

T - I don't really know. Musty hay, floral hops, past-ripe apples and funky sourness. Odd spiciness in the finish along with bready yeast and unripe fruitiness. There's a candy like sweetness to it as well. Maybe some toffee and bready caramel malt. Sort of all over the place, I don't know if I like this.

M - Medium carbonation with a nice smooth feel to it. The body is nice a smooth like a BSDA almost. Distinctly Belgian for sure.

D - A strange offering from Mikkeller to say the least. My first beer that falls under the "funky" category, with some sour qualities I'm not used to. Enjoyable, but I don't see myself revisiting it.

Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving traces lace. Crystal clear amber/red color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Fruity sour nose. Flavor is fruity sour and sweet, high ABV is hidden. Expensive at $15.00 for a 375ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another interesting beer from Mikkeller. I think classifying this as a pale ale definitely will give some people the wrong idea. First and foremost, the Brett defines this beer- there is a sweet-sour funkiness that dominates the nose and taste. The impression is of very ripe, perhaps even a bit overripe in the nose. The funkiness borders on rubber-bands, without quite crossing that line, perhaps accentuated by the fact that there is an underlying bitter note that underscores the gentle fruitiness and light funk. Just a touch of tartness adds another dimension to the overall taste. Pours a bit turgid, but with a respectable head- restrained, so no gusher, but not flat either. A curious little beer- I enjoyed it.

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

Photo of chugalug06
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy amber color. Big straw colored foamy head. Nice lacing.

S - Mild fruit. No funk. Disappointing. Not sure why it says Wild Ale...???

T - Very light and airy. Not at all wild or entertaining. Fits Strong Pale, but not Wild.

M - Awesome carbonation! Light flavor and perfect bitterness.

O - Not too sure which style to review against... The label says Belgian Wild Ale and BA Description says Belgian Strong Ale..??? Either way, a nice brew, not worth the $$, but still nice.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an appealing clear coppery-mahogany with a decent pale buttery-tan head that leaves some substantial lacing. Aroma has malty, fruity and floral notes as well as hints of caramel and hops; though not strong, it still tempts the palate. Flavor is indeed funky - caramel, woody, malty and nutty notes with a fruity and floral undertone and more than a hint of hops. Smooth, full-bodied texture has a firm tingle that leaves a persistent fizz in the fruity and slightly honey-sweet finish.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Stamped 8071103. Presumably brewed for Easter, considering the name and the bunnies on the label.

A: Cloudy, muddy brown with yellowish(greenish?) streaks. Opaque, but positively gangrenous in the light. A nice finger of head has decent retention and substance. Unsure of the BSPA classification. Great lace.

S: Delicious! Fruity and deep, with a touch of spice and sour yeast. It smells sort of like a BSDA except for the strange yeast. A slight metallic touch mars an otherwise excellent nose.

T: Typical Mikkeller -- after one sip, I have no idea whether I love it or hate it. Predictably, the truth is somewhere in between. It's light, still ripely fruity, but the funk really takes off. The taste is brief, but super tasty. At times the fruit seems to be covered in crystallized sugar, at others it seems that white grape juice has become infected by wild yeast. Tropical. Some bready malts.

M: Barely drying, smackworthy, and lightly carbonated. I like it.

O: The reason I continue to buy Mikkeller's beers is that they are almost always interesting, if not obviously good. So it is here. Funky E Star is an intriguing drink, but not everyday fare. I'm glad I bought this one, but I won't get another.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy copper, 1 finger off-white head, nice lacing ring sticks along with tons of spots on the glass, some carbonation bubbles at the bottom of the glass.

S - Clean yeast, tropical fruits, light hops; as it warms more funk and pepper are detected.

T - Starts with a blast of flavor: brettanomyce, candi sugar, mixed berries, fermented fruits; mid palate is caramel and light hops; finishes light and dry with yeast and a peppery hoppiness.

M - Medium body, moderate-high carbonation, feels heavy at first but quickly disappears.

O - Excellent beer, nothing less than another masterpiece from Mikkeller! Hides the abv very well, I could session this!

8071103, $6.49 at Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD

Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an 11.2 oz bottle at the Camel Total Wine in late November for $5.99. I am not a huge fan of the funk but i have liked their brews in the past and thought i would give it a try.

Beer poured a cloudy orange-red with a pretty decent head up front.

Nose is strong on funky citrus and tropical hops.

Taste is strong on tropical, mango and pineapple lead the charge. Only a slight sour flavor from the brett.

Mouthfeel has some hint of the belgian smoothness but not as much as hoped.

Overall i love the tropical flavors. The abv is well hidden and it is definitely far from a sour fest.

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 facundoCNB
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy orange pour with 2 fingers of foamy head giving off great amounts of lacing. smells of jasmine, wine barrels, perfume, lemon, very funky! a sweet candy like flavor of caramel up front with a slight grassy bitterness, not that funky at all in taste.. nothing like how it smells. very slight hint of that jasmine scent is in the flavor. very drinkable beer, unlike most sours this is fairly easy going, medium body, low carbonation. creamy and very refreshing. you can't feel the high alcohol percentage.

a nice offering from mikkeller.. i was expecting a sour beer from the the scent, but was surprised by something totally different.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Swiss wine snifter.

Pours a thick, slightly swampy/murky rust-tinged orange full of very large bubbles (think soda water). A scrappy head consisting of just a thin layer of suds on the surface forms.

Wait... did I just pour a glass of perfume? Wow. This smells like a hoppy, flower-petal infusion. It almost reminds me of grandma's perfume, or concentrated flower petals with a little synthetic quality thrown in. A little swirling brings up so of the more common brett characteristics, including a little funk.

The flavor isn't as crazy as the nose suggested, and consists of a hoppy saison/Belgian sort of base topped with brett. Whatever particular strains of brettanomyces were used, they seem to favor the floral side instead of the barn/horse side, which is interesting. There is some nice hop leafy flavors and a moderate dose of malt underneath. I think the "wild" flavors are nicely integrated and complete this flavor nicely.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth for the big bubbles seen in the pour, and the overall weight of this beer is felt in the mouth much more than it is tasted. Good work here as well.

Conclusion: Many of the reviews on this site say this beer is out of balance. This is yet another example of why I try not to trust the collective opinion of BAs too much, as I find this beer to be quite balanced and I enjoy the brettanomyces character a lot and feel that it complements the other already solid flavors. This is my first Mikkeller beer and won't be my last.

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
Bottle dating of 8071103 on back of bottle. Not sure what it means.

A- Pours a very cloudy, brownish copper with 2 fingers of off white, frothy head that seems to be lingering around for a while.

S- Smells of ripe dark fruits, not at all what I expected being a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Not getting much of any hop presence. Smells more like a Belgian Dubblel.

T- Rich and malty. Sweet candied sugar taste mixes with over ripe dark fruits to create a sweet, rich, sipping beer. Not getting much of the Brett flavor.

M- Thick, mouth coating goodness. The 9.39% ABV (the bottle says 9.4%) is well hidden. Not much of any warming at all.

O- Surprised. This is my first Mikkeller, and I think they are worthy of trying more. Picked it up because of the Label saying it is a Belgian Wild Ale. The Brett does not shine through in this beer, but it is a rich, heavy, sipper that is quite enjoyable.

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