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Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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103 Reviews
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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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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...

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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 Phyl21ca
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 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 jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 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 mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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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 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 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 Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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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 jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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 wordemupg
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip sept11 2010

A light brown that glows a deep amber when held to the light, decent two finger off white head has decent retention and leaves a couple rings of lace

S butterscotch, some grapefruit a little booze and some funky earthy yeast

T not far from the smell but with some spicy hops and its a little sweeter then it smells

M fairly thick and pretty smooth considering the high alcohol, less carbonation then was visible but still far from flat

D quite unique and each sip left me thinking and the beer was gone before I figured it out

good but weird, different, unusual and a little strange, more then enough reasons to try this beer

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Photo of rudzud
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a random bottle at Julio's. It was something like $4...

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a hazy golden orange with a creamy one finger head that slowly slumped down to a quarter inch head and som enice side lacing.

S - Interesting belgian notes, with some nice spice and yeast qualities. There are some light Brett notes, light funk.

T - Somewhat of a let down. The flavors are abit diminished. Not strong enough to really be either style (a belgian strong pale ale or wild ale). The flavors are the nose, just slightly muddled.

M - Worst part of the mediocrew beer. There is some carbonation, but the ABV is far to prevalent in this one.

O - Yet another disappointing "wild ale" from Mikkeller. Wasn't worth the few George Washingtons this cost me. Definately wouldnt buy again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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