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Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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83
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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.16%


Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.39% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

(Beer added by: koopa on 06-15-2009)
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 13:12:40 | More by metter98
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jsanford

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 18:51:53 | More by jsanford
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oline73

Maryland

2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 02:40:28 | More by oline73
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.
 

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 05:24:27 | More by corby112
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 04:10:13 | More by Rifugium
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david18

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 19:11:40 | More by david18
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 19:23:22 | More by kingcrowing
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 03:22:06 | More by Alieniloquium
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.76/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:39:28 | More by jazzyjeff13
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KVNBGRY

Florida

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:10:28 | More by KVNBGRY
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 01:07:46 | More by facundoCNB
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heygeebee

Australia

4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Jim's. BB 2018.

Pours a murky copper. Sudsy coarse very off white head stays for a while, but then subsides to scummy film. Lace everywhere

Aromas on the nose!! Brett, vinegar.... Then a little Christmas cake.

Taste is sour up front then the complexity of the BSPA kicks in. Very integrated. Hints of dried fruits, raisins, sherry. On Belgian style.

Mouthfeel quite light for style, but ABV warms.

It is what is says it is... Belgian strong with Brett. Nicely done Wild/Sour hybrid.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 11:51:47 | More by heygeebee
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Rwalford74

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 11:18:16 | More by Rwalford74
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peabody

Kentucky

3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 00:58:43 | More by peabody
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and dark fruit malts, sour and funky yeast, vanilla, candi sugars, bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, dark fruits, sour cherry, some funkiness, candi sugars, a bit of vanilla, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Nice Wild Ale. Could use a bit more kick but the smooth sourness is nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:30:30 | More by ngeunit1
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The golden amber color was deeper in shade than most BSPAs, and the the head atop was three finger thick. The smell was not typical of a wild ale, as I did not get any Brett character via the nose. I could only detect sour cherries and honey via the nose. The taste was similar to the smell, with honey like sweetness, and green apple sourness. There was a bit of an unexpected hop bite to this as well. The body was on the light side of medium, and aided in the quenching nature of the beer. The alcohol was very well hidden, and the strength lable was shocking compared to the experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 06:45:43 | More by rajendra82
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beergoot

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle and label lists the style as "Belgian wild ale".

Body poured out semi-cloudy and amber orange; head was two-fingers, sticky and chunky. Strong caramel and toffee scent with some roasted grain notes; hints of ripe citrus fruits. Black licorice flavor coated in a bold caramel malt sweetness; sweet biscuit; toasty; nice, subliminal alcohol presence simmering underneath. Medium-heavy body; thick, chewy and resinous in feel.

A really solid strong ale with a strong biscuit and honey character. Toasted grains and hop bitterness are the driving taste profiles and do a very good job of taming the ABV. Heady, complex. Another fine beer to knock back with a good hardwood fire burning in the fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 00:26:19 | More by beergoot
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 23:21:31 | More by jdhilt
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Best before on the bottle listed as 15/03/18.

A - Light amber in color, with a medium cloudiness. One finger tan head dissipates after a couple minutes leaving just a hint of lacing on the glass.

S - Nice Brett funk on the nose mixed with some overripe fruit - apricot or apple. Some sweetness intermixed with the funk. Big fruit esters on the nose.

T - initial flavors include some mild resinous hop bitterness intertwined with some funk and sweet and sour fruit, backed by a malt profile with almost a cake-like quality to it. Very balanced and even throughout the taste experience; the finish is subtle, with a sour funkiness balanced with a sweet mandarin orange bitterness.

M - body is medium and the carbonation is light; moderate booziness. Still fairly rich in its finish due to the sweet malt profile.

Overall this is a very tasty beer; it has a mild Brett funky quality but also tastes like a balanced Belgian-style IPA with a sweeter than average malt profile. A great starter beer for folks that want to try something with a bit of Brett funk and aren't ready for the heavy hitters. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 04:11:48 | More by DoktorZee
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danieelol

Australia

4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent golden orange with great head/lacing.

Smell is big, big Brett. Also some spices behind that. Caraway, fennel. Pineapple, dates, leather. Also has lots of malt, verging on a barleywine.

Taste brings Bretty notes, booze, some sweet notes, more pineapple, Christmas cake.

Mouthfeel is big, Bretty bitter and sweet.

Massively, massively complex beer. Inspired combination of spices, malt and Brett. Halfway between a spiced barleywine and a sour ale, love to see a BA version of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 12:48:40 | More by danieelol
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 20:21:18 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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tylerzander

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 04:01:54 | More by tylerzander
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 04:19:07 | More by DonDirkA
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:29:26 | More by StonedTrippin
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VWBuggirl

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 00:02:34 | More by VWBuggirl
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Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.