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Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-27-2011 21:43:21 | More by Diomede
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

11-22-2011 03:33:27 | More by brandoman63
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-21-2011 16:41:33 | More by DoctorB2B
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-18-2011 03:11:49 | More by nmann08
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New York

5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-16-2011 23:02:12 | More by KGarrett
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2011 05:03:04 | More by HopStoopid120
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2011 02:17:02 | More by cestlavie
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-15-2011 21:39:21 | More by bmur112
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 20:52:20 | More by imperialking
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 18:24:20 | More by kkrez
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 16:20:41 | More by randomdanger
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No date, 12oz into tulip.

A- Murky deep orange pour (pale ale?) Two finger soapy off white head that slowly deflates to a quarter inch cap. Lacing is sticky and just sheets to the glass.

S- Typical Mikkeller smell of alcohol. Getting sweet malts, a slight juicy characteristic. No hint of brett.

T- Sweet malts, strawberries and a slight plastic taste I can only assume is the brett. Juicy up front with a quick dry finish. Alcohol taste is there but not nearly as over powering as a lot of mikkeller beers.

M- Medium bodied, slight alcohol warmth. Sticky on the lips.

O- I went into this not knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:27:42 | More by korguy123


2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750mL to snifter. $16 for the bottle. Best by date of 16/1/14, sampled 7/18/11.

Psychedelic label. White bunnies with a CMYK-colored fractal in the background. Synthetic cork and cage. This beer was brewed and bottled at De Proef.

A: One finger khaki colored head, quick to diminish. Murky body with a rustic orange color. Spare lacing.

S: Floral with a wet woodsy, resiny aroma. Cereal and grain. Age seems have brought about light notes of toffee and caramel.

T: The nose gave some hope to this beer. Unfortunately, there were no redeeming qualities to be had on the palate. Kind of a mess flavorwise.

M: Light body, slick texture with a soft, fizzy effervescence. Light wild yeast influence. Drinks closer to a 6.5% than the advertised 9.4%.

O: I kind of wish that Mikkeller didn't brew ANY good beers. At all. And I also wish that they would cut it out with their slick brand recognition and catchy label design. That way I wouldn't feel compelled to try *every *single *one that I see, hoping that it will be as good as, you know "that one that I had a really long time ago." Anyway...I'm batting like .200 with these guys.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 17:27:13 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 02:17:10 | More by biboergosum
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3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Belgian Wild Ale"...why is it classified otherwise on here? Interesting, let's see. Poured into my St Bernardus glass;

Pours dark, sunset amber, quickly dissipating head that leaves some traces of bubbles on the brim and heavy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Faint nose...I mean, most Brett beers I've had are usually distinguishable by a powerful nose, this one is a lot more restrained. Some citrus, but none of that "fresh cut grass"-ness I'm used to with Brett.

First sip- there's the Brett, but wow is it controlled. Intriguing, usually it's so powerful that other flavors become secondary (dare I say subservient to it), but it's really in the background. Lots of orange.

Solid mouthfeel. Large amount of malt gives it a great deal of body...chewy.

Short finish, barely there. Some lemon zest left on the mid palate, but it's hardly identifiable.

Strange brew. Not bad by any means, interesting for sure, but it doesn't really fall into any category. The only thing I didn't care for was the finish, or lack thereof. Otherwise I think this is really unique-perhaps it just needs a bit more time in the bottle (no bottling date, so maybe it's been in there too long).

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:47:06 | More by drumminbrewer
Photo of Reagan1984


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 17:42:45 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of gueuzer


2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured form a 11.2 oz bottle. No vintage date.

App- Copper with a lacy cream head that clings to the glass.

Sm- Mostly booze. There are some citrusy hops and the slightest medical brett presence. If you are going to call your beer funky star, it should be funky; this is not.

Ta- Big blows of sweet belgian candi mixed with tropical fruits. Kiwi pineapple and lemon from the hops, bit a biting bitter hop tang mid-palette. There is some band-aid-y brett presence but pretty minimal. Some belgian yeast phenols. The booze that was so present in the nose takes a back seat.

Ov- Another miss by MIkkeller. There are aspects that are intriguing but to put this ridiculous level of hops with candi sugar, a bruiser ABV and brett? It's like dumping jalapenos on a raspberry chocolate torte. If you happen to purchase one of these, sit on it for 3 years in hopes that the hops fade and brett blossoms. If you haven't purchased it, don't. In addition, I know I already said it, but if you are going to name your beer Funky Star, it needs to be funky. I'm talking sweaty pedio barnyard funk! Not this uber-tame Orval-level of funkness.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:55:31 | More by gueuzer
Photo of elNopalero


4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

XicanoBeerRun came through with another goodie. Psychedelic label and clever name aside, I have no idea what I’m getting into here. But sometimes it’s good to come in with no expectations.
This beer pours with virtually no foam. It’s cloudy, hazy, yeasty. Split a 12 ounce bottle with XicanoBeerRun and we both commented how the same beer looked so different in our separate glasses. Who poured first? Who got the last of the bottle? Here it makes a big difference.

There’s such a vibrant, yeasty, estery aroma on the nose. Really, it gives meaning to the term ‘bouquet’. And what a wonderful bouquet it is! Really, really appealing.

The flavors carry though to the palate. It’s a complex beer, but in a good way. Great body, wonderful mouthfeel, and I don’t get a hint of the 9.30% abv in the least. A light summer fruitiness comes through on the palate, but not sweet. More on the savory side.

This beer tastes terrific. Great finish, almost oaky or barrel aged in its smoothness with a bit of funk to keep it exciting. Well-balanced. It’s complex but rewarding.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 19:17:23 | More by elNopalero
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a dark peach hue with a finger head of sudsy beige. Amber highlights and a surprising amount of lace.

Smell -- Interesting... Citrusy hops and candi sugar are most evident, mild horsey and lemon brett character, and some tea-like bitterness. Very interesting.

Taste -- Juicy citrus hops, candi sugar, faint toffee, orange pekoe, and a twist of lemon. Lots of candi sugar - was this necessary? Surprisingly firm pine resin-esque bitterness. Finish is funky brett, smarties, and low hop resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with medium frothy carbonation. Feels good.

Overall -- Definitely unique, though I wish there was more of the aforementioned funk than candi sugar. That said, Brett + American hops is a good combo. I wish more brewers were so daring

Additional Notes: Had on tap a few months ago, was much better then - less candy sweetness, more funk, and more of that low tea-like bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 00:17:16 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up this bottle for $5.99 at Merchants in Dearborn, the first and only time (so far) that I've seen it. I was a little skeptical due to spotty experience with Mikkeller, but in the end I bit the bullet and gave it a try. Too bad for me:

It pours a murky dark amber color with an off-white foam of spitty consistency. It smells sweet and malty, with caramel and maybe some yeast. The ABV is evident in the nose too.

It tastes slightly better than it smells, but only slightly. Very strong tasting, it tastes more like a Belgian barleywine than anything else. I don't get any wild flavors at all, just sweet malts and alcohol and smarties. Yech.

Too strong, didn't like it, don't recommend it. A real misnomer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 02:19:49 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Nerudamann


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

Look - reddish color, somewhat murky, with about half a finger of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - somewhat spicy/hoppy in smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - definitely spicy at first, kinda like a pumpkin spice. The middle and finish is filled with an earthy muskiness. Very interesting taste in general. Texture is very well balanced.

Overall - very interesting brew! Well worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 04:07:41 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of chugalug06


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy amber color. Big straw colored foamy head. Nice lacing.

S - Mild fruit. No funk. Disappointing. Not sure why it says Wild Ale...???

T - Very light and airy. Not at all wild or entertaining. Fits Strong Pale, but not Wild.

M - Awesome carbonation! Light flavor and perfect bitterness.

O - Not too sure which style to review against... The label says Belgian Wild Ale and BA Description says Belgian Strong Ale..??? Either way, a nice brew, not worth the $$, but still nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 04:26:46 | More by chugalug06
Photo of Arenbeer


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

12oz bottle into a tulip glass

$5.99 at Dicicco's in Brewster

A- Pours a nice dark orange brown with no head at all just some big off white bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Not much retention and small alcohol legs that don't stick around to long.

S- Wow that smells absolutely awesome! Big Belgian notes up front with yeasty bread, banana, and clove spice that's quickly followed by a nice hint of funk or barnyard. Definitely some alcohol in the background but no to overpowering, also has some hints of floral hops or grass.

T- Nothing like the taste but in a good way. Up front I get lots of candied sugars with hints of dark fruits like raisins and plums. As it start to go down the throat the bitter grassy hops come out and totally change the overall flavor. Finishes off with a slightly tart funk from the brett but nothing to crazy. Very strange considering the aroma was a lot more typical belgian like but the taste is more dark fruity and bitter.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a decently bitter and slightly tart finish.


Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 00:23:59 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an appealing clear coppery-mahogany with a decent pale buttery-tan head that leaves some substantial lacing. Aroma has malty, fruity and floral notes as well as hints of caramel and hops; though not strong, it still tempts the palate. Flavor is indeed funky - caramel, woody, malty and nutty notes with a fruity and floral undertone and more than a hint of hops. Smooth, full-bodied texture has a firm tingle that leaves a persistent fizz in the fruity and slightly honey-sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 02:19:59 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of jsanford


3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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
Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.