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Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
83
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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.8%
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 Reagan1984
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian Strong Pale Ale? Doesn’t look like one. Doesn’t smell like one. Oh well, what do I know? (don’t answer that) Bottle says Belgian Wild Ale.

Fairly dark amber with a creamy white head that shows excellent retention. Lots of clumpy lacing. A touch hazy.

Aroma is of the classic Mikkeller Malt with a hint of citrus. I don’t get too much of a Belgian note here. Not bad..

What am I missing here? I don’t really get any Wild or Belgian notes. Tastes like a sweet pale ale. Lots of toffee and fruit. Maybe, and I mean maybe a hint of candied sugar. Really fruity as a matter of fact. I’d say a touch too sweet. Some pine notes in the finish.

Medium bodied, slightly sticky. Very mild carbonation.. again Pale Ale like.

I’m a bit confused by the stated style. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but I think it’s scores are lower since I don’t think it really fits the style that it’s listed under.

Reagan1984, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy copper color. A thin but dense head that randomly serves up lacing. The lacing is chunky.

S-It smells sweet and Belgiany with some decent funkiness. Hints of Belgian spice and noticeable Belgian yeast.

T-The nose was pretty funky, maybe even tart but the flavor is less inspiring. The sweetness takes over and the funkiness really dies off. Belgian yeast tang, spices, and a generic sweetness that is equate to something like rock candy.

M-Medium bodied with some heat on the finish. A little bit sticky. Higher carbonation.

O-I was intrigued by the nose then it really fell off after first taste. Too sweet and not funky enough for me. If the flavor was closer to the nose I would have enjoyed it more.

VelvetExtract, May 19, 2014
Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

st9647v3, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on the shelves locally in 12oz bottles today and HAD to nab this long time want. Perhaps slightly different than the larger bottle, this one says 9.4% ABV and Belgian Wild Ale.

a - popped the bottle and filled my captain lawrence tasting tulip. The beer had a really nice amber color to it, pretty murky but somewhat transparent with a nice frothy yeasty head. Lacing clung to the glass nicely.

s - very nice citric candy and banana clove notes. A bit of funky bubblegum and nice to style. Tartness starts coming out as I swirl the glass and it opens up, but nicely balanced with the other flavors.

t - peppery bubblegum. very faint sweet tart. sublte sweet tart start with subtle bittery finish. I quite enjoy this beer...it is different, but the flavors really work for me...mostly because of the softness and sutbleness.

m - very soft with good carbonation (as I started drinking it, I even started to see the carbonation). I really like the way this beer sits and feels. It is smooth, even, and subtle.

o - I didn't really know what to expect with this beer being called a BSPA or a Belgian Wild Ale and it sort of fits somewhere between a cross of a wild ale and a belgian pale. I think the best way to describe this would be bubblegum beer (I can already see the collaboration with Short's and this recipe). Mikkeller has always been a hit or miss brewer to me and this is a beer I get...this is a beer that is a hit for me. Love it (going to try to stock up on a few of these while they are still on shelves).

cosmicevan, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

AgentMunky, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, Nathan!

Hazed light golden color with a quickly forming, large off-white head that eventually bubbles down into a thin film atop the beer. This doesn't leave much in the way of lacing down the glass.

Some tropical fruit aromas along with funky notes of earthy Brett. There's a hint of acidity and some grass, along with sweet, bready malts.

The flavor carries a lot of earthy funk/Brett, along with grass, hay, and some tropical fruit notes. There's a bit of a strange, chemical-like harshness, though as bad as it sounds, it's not particularly distracting.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Above average, and I would have this again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

ehammond1, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +9%

smithj4, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Ciocanelu, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

ngeunit1, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a foiled, (synthetic) corked, and caged 750ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Back label dated 16/12/14

A: Pours a dark amber hue. Chill hazed at first, this gains some clarity as it comes up to temp. Successive pours are perfectly cloudy. Perched on top is 1 1/2 fingers of sticky eggshell head that leaves some pretty lace patterns on the inside of the glass.

S: Interesting aroma. Initial pour was loaded with grapefruit hops. As it began to warm, out popped some pretty healthy Brett along with toasted caramel malt, honey, tangy berries, and a hint of vanilla.

T: Taste follows the smell pretty much lock step. Maybe with a tad more emphasis on the tropical fruit hops (mango, pineapple, grapefruit). Finishes with a tongue-full of spicy Brett.

M: Starts slightly sweet with tangy fruit overtones. The middle is where the dry, spicy, and peppery Brett presence starts to be known and that continues on into the relatively long finish. Prickly white pepper feeling on my lips.

D: Like other reviewers here, I too expected more of a funky, stinky, sour type of characteristic. What I had to do was forget what I read on the label (Belgian Wild Ale) and how it's categorized on this site (BSPA), and take it for what it was. Hoppy and slightly funky. I like what they were going for. Maybe laying a bottle of this down for a couple of years will bring out some really musty barnyard skankiness or a bit of tart fruitiness?

GbVDave, May 01, 2010
Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[fung'ke e'str]

Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brewery in Belgium.

Bottle purchased at the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. Bottle consumed today with Beerloco and Mrs. Beerloco.

750ml bottle with easter eggs and bunny rabbits all over the label.

Appearance: golden orange body with 2 finger foam crown. Medium retention and decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Apricot, belgian yeast (brett), ginger, and an unsweetened lemon note.

Taste: Sweet hoppy fruits with and sweet malt. Lightly sweet finish with apricot and resiny hops throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly chewy.

Drinkability: Good considering its 9.39% abc and slightly chewy.

This was a nice beer that I was happy to have had the pleasure to both share it with a fellow BA and to add it to the board!

koopa, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

aztraz, May 26, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

jsanford, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DrinkSlurm, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +9%

lupercmda, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very likable sweet funky ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Retro psychedelic label in magenta, yellow, and light green. Offers a barely legible bottling code in the back. Notes style (Belgian Wild Ale) and Alc. by Vol. (9,4%)

A - Hazy medium to deep amber pour. Rich foamy head, medium retention, nice surface memory and good lacing. Quite the looker with that towering head and the swirling haze...

S - Plenty of barnyard notes in the nose, grassy, funky, dashes of caramel...

T - Nice funky sense, the barnyard shines with a great range of yeast, a bit leathery and… quite a bit of caramel, sugary actually… quite intense and woven throughout save in the end with a light citric touch picking up the brett and bitterness. Grassy punctuation throughout.

M - Medium body and carbonation, smooth flow with a hint at a dry finish.

O- Too good a flow. It went down so quickly, without any notice of the Alc. Vol. that it is either it is too dangerous or I was having a quick brewing epiphany. Probably both… And the more reason to long for another.

Notes: Another good take by Mikkeller. Sure, one needs to appreciate a rather sweet bready ale, but if that is the case this is quite a treat.

Daniellobo, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Rutager, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

IronDjinn, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of david18
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

david18, May 23, 2011
Photo of brez8791
1.25/5  rDev -65.9%

brez8791, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3/5  rDev -18.3%

RedneckBeerz, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

whatname, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +9%

Sparky44, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hopped the border to Westchester NY to pick this bottle up.

Appearance is a deep golden color with a short off-white head, which does not sit there for very long. The label and some other reviews lead me to think I would pick up some funk in the nose, but that element was very faint for me. My nose mainly picked up orange, some spice, malts. The taste is sweet, caramel is there, more spice, more of the citrus fruit as well. The belgian yeast is subdued. MF is kinda boozy with some bitterness in the finish. Another interesting beer from Mikkeller...pretty good overall.

mltobin, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

duff247, Dec 19, 2011
Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.