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Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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83
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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

Sammy, May 06, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -18.5%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

metter98, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev 0%

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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

womencantsail, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +8.7%

GRG1313, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

spycow, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -13%

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.

Knapp85, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

zeff80, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

biboergosum, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

JAHMUR, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

drabmuh, May 21, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

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...

StonedTrippin, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev 0%

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.

jlindros, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Rifugium, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of oline73
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

oline73, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

mdfb79, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

MarkyMOD, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

kojevergas, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +8.7%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

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.
 

corby112, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

stakem, Apr 07, 2011
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Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.