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Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 217
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
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 ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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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 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 DoktorZee
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of danieelol
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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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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Photo of tylerzander
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.59/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

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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 VWBuggirl
3.56/5  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.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. I'm not sure how to decipher the bottling date (code on the back reads: 8071103).

A - Pours an apple cider brown with very little head apart from a white halo. Some obvious floaties throughout the muddy liquid. No light passes through the body. The only thing working in it;s favor is the nice lacing it leaves behind.

S - I get punched in the face with big sour cherries, pear, and funky yeast. Strong bready malt backbone adds an interesting element. No hops that I decipher. Every once in a while I get a gym sock aroma that is not welcome. Other than that, it's an enjoyable, unique aroma.

T - Heavy on bready malts to begin with. Some grape and cherry as well. A little bit funky and tart on the swallow with a sweet honey finish.

M - Carbonation is quite high while remaining silky smooth. Medium bodied.

O - I would have a hard time classifying this beer into a style. The flavors are bready, fruity, tart, and funky. It is unlike any other beer I have tried, but that is not all good. I'm glad I tried it once, but I won't be getting it again.

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Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nice beer we have today.

Clear amber colour with a big, creamy light tan head. Great lacing and good head retention.

Wonderful funky aroma with a nice balance in there and some spicy clove notes showing that the base beer is lovely too.

Wonderful balance of malt and funk here with the sweetish malt being offset by earthy Brettanomyces character. A hefty dose of hop bitterness cleans out the palate. Great.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A delightful beer. Full of flavour and well developed Brett character.

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Photo of mattsander
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep red, lovely fluffy white head that lasts forever. Decent clarity, nice looking beer.

S: An impressive wallop of dank earthy brett character is about the only thing I can smell on this beer. Its nice for an ounce or two, but the simplicity of this is its downfall I think.

T: Mimics the nose with a mushroomy, earthy kind of medicinal quality to the whole thing. Not an especially enjoyable flavor by itself.

M: Very creamy, fairly light on the palate. The head and carbonation last forever.

A big brett bomb from mehkeller, a bit too one dimensional to be anything more than vaguely interesting.

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Photo of mtlasley
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a murky, hazy brown with hints of burnt red, orange, apricot and amber. A super frothy head comes to almost 3 fingers but dissipates quickly.

Caramel and dark fruits are on the tip of the nose. There's biscuit, sweet sugar, plum, and fig dominating here. As you get past the top sweetness there's some Brett funk mostly dominated by rubber band and band aid. It's not super complex and it's definitely not a strong pale ale.

There's a slight Brett tang on the tip of the tongue followed quickly by caramel and dark fruit and roasting biscuit. There's a very slight rubbery/band aid taste here but I mostly get tropical fruit esters from the Brett. Yet again, not very complex. Extremely drinkable but just not worth the price.

Slightly oily but still slightly dry.

A decent example of Mikeller's ability to mix something up and produce a decent brew. Definitely not something I'd seek out again but a delicious Belgian nonetheless.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Deep amber color. Haze. Off-white,close froth. Copious web on sides & good retention. Aroma profile shows sour fruit, moderate maltiness & wild yeast. Mildy sweet toasted malt, fructose & kind warming alcohol at first sip. Light to medium body, moderate to low carbonation. Sour/sweet palate & acidic fruit flavor –pears & Granny Smith apples. Oily texture. Dry sour/low bitter finish. Refreshing & complex. Comment: I absolutely disagree with considering this beer into Belgian Strong style. Nice spot of new wave Strong Flanders Red and/or Farmhouse style.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
1.82/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle from Argonaut in Denver. Not sure on the price as I picked this up at least a year a go. Into a NB Globe. Happy Easter!

A: Hazy amber in color with a dense white light tan head, about half an inch thick that doesn't want to fade away. Huge spots of lacing are left behind. Not bad.

S: Very cidery, no noticeable brett notes, and slightly odd smelling. Has some definite notes of chewing tobacco, which is not appealing to me at all. Yikes, this isn't shaping up very well. As it continues to warm it takes on a definite bandaid aroma, and not in a good way.

T: Chewing tobacco flavor and apple cider compine with a slightly astringent hop bitterness. Slightly malty, with a bit of caramel in there. Slightly funky, but really more cidery. Not good. Apple cider ran through a chewing tobacco and bandaid filter is not tasty.

M: Thin, and highly carbonated, finish is surprisingly sweet.

O: Not a good beer at all. Something went horribly wrong with this one. I do not like the overly bandaid/chewing tobacco flavor that lingers and will not disappear. Very disappointed in this one, sad that I saved it for a year.

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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 Rickythejeweler
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of Converge
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, murky amber with a creamy white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, candy sugar, oranges in syrup, and lemon zest are most prevalent on the nose. I was expecting some funk from the wild yeast, but I didn't really get any.

T: A sweet, sugary entry reveals notes of oranges in syrup, lemon zest, caramel, sweet cream, and candy sugar. An earthy, musty sourness from the use of wild yeast develops around mid-palate, with a sudden kick of peppery, tobacco-tinged hops coming through immediately afterwards. The finish is fleeting and sweet with caramel and candy sugar flavors balanced by lactic wild yeast and peppery, medicinal hops.

M: Much lighter in body than I would typically expect from a beer of this style. In the mouth, it is very smooth and silky with a bit of syrupy stickiness before the fade. Alcohol presence is minimal, but increases towards the finish.

O: This is an odd, awkward concoction. I think I can safely say that this is not one of Mikkeller's finest moments. Everything is just really out of whack-the flavors and aromas don't really work well together and the beer is rather difficult to drink. I doubt I will seek this one out again.

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