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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 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.

chugalug06, Sep 12, 2011
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.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Sep 09, 2011
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.

Cyberkedi, Sep 07, 2011
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.

jsanford, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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 rtepiak
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the bret funk make for an interesting finish. this is not a stand alone beer. the older the more diluted hopping... sterling gold bittering. sazz. nice and lean with a low FG. nose of mild funk and floral notes of orange blossom. medium bittering... but also a beligian IPA outside of dominating abv esters. brown sugar. perfume. jasmine floral notes. mostly pilsner and rye... touch of wheat. have tannins my be from ramped up primary from troublesome saison yeast. hurts the teeth a bit. too high abv.

rtepiak, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into oversize wine glass
A – 1+ finger cream colored head with decent staying power left nice lacing on top of a brown/orange/red colored brew. Yellow/orange edges with a much darker center intrigue 4
S – Ripe dark fruits, cherry tartness, semi-sweet bready malts with a touch of spice & citrus 3.5
T –Toasted malts & berries/dark fruits fade to a very odd funky middle with bitter floral and sweet bread finish, good but overall this taste experience feels scattered and earthy to me 3.5
M – Medium body with lighter mouth feel, I would prefer a bit less alcohol, a single serving brew 3
O – Left me wondering – spread thin, jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none taste experience. A unique brew that I’m glad I tried but did not impress me 3.5

rsdaugherty, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of cptnspeed1
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy dark orange/amber with about 3/4 inch of head. The head retains well. This was the first point at which I realized that despite being labeled as a "Belgian Wild Ale" this would have no tartness at all.

S: Nothing in the smell says Belgian of any type. Smells of subdued hops, caramelized sugar and a hint of floral.

T: Caramelized sugar, a touch of hops. Its almost like a relaxed American Barleywine. I don't get much heat from it, especially considering the 9.4% ABV. I knocked it up a half point after it warmed up. An ever so slight bit of Brett funk sneaks in at about 55-60 degrees.

M: Hides the booze well, stays smooth, nice balanced carbonation. Nothing special, but nothing wrong.

O: Not bad, it definitely grew on me as I drank it. I just wish the Brett had more than a non-speaking role.

cptnspeed1, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 oline73
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

oline73, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

rudzud, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of saintwarrick
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a burnt gold or darkish amber with a foamy white head, but the aroma takes over immediately. Smell reminds of an American barley wine. Very rich and malty with tons of hops, it could pass for SN's Bigfoot. Taste incorporates all of that and a smokiness. The Brett adds a little bit of funk but no sour notes. Drinks like a mix between a British barleywine and a Belgian pale ale. Unique brew to be sought out.

saintwarrick, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.
 

corby112, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Rifugium, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Hopstoopid120 for sharing.

A: Lightly hazed red-orange body with a 1/2" of frothy, sticky eggshell foam. Nice.

S: Very spicy, with an interesting mix of cheesy funk and sweet fruit. Weird, but not bad.

T: Dry and spicy up front, with some toffee malt, fruit, and more spicy yeast. Tasty, but nothing really memorable.

M: Smooth medium body, soft carbonation. Nice.

O: I didn't know what to expect from this beer, and was rather surprised at how mediocre it was - everything I've had from Mikkeller has either been spectacularly good or spectacularly bad, so I assumed that a Bretted Belgian would go one way or the other. In fact, this beer was just ok, and I suppose that's interesting in its own way.

Cheers!

woosterbill, May 30, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed, orange color, head is tightly packed with dense tan foam. Great look, although the lacing is spotty.

Candi sugar is big on the nose, backed up with some peppery phenols and an herbal hoppiness. A little more power here would be nice.

This is a hoppy Belgian style beer for sure. Sweetness leads, with Pez and something like cherry coming forward. Bitterness is the next note, with a pepper-tinged herbal flavor. Finishes with this herbal component as well.

Last to be recognized is first on the label. There is a mild farmhouse flavor here, although I would describe this beer as less funky even than a faro (similarly not as sweet). The point is, the sweetness far outweighs any acidity.

Finishes with the herbal touch and a slightly pervasive but not cloying sweetness. The "funk" can probably take credit for that, keeping the carbonation up and finishing ever-so-slightly dry. Interesting, kind of different, but ultimately I was hoping for more of a "funky Belgian IPA" from the label than a fairly straightforward, if hoppy, Belgian strong pale.

BretSikkink, May 29, 2011
Photo of david18
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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 silentjay
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a murky amber/brown with a small white head that quickly settles to a thin film, but leaves chunks of lacing. an appearance that is good for the style.

kind of an odd, yet enticing aroma that is sweet and tart. the candy sugars definitely make their appearance here, while the brett sticks in the back, but definitely counteracts the sweetness nicely.

again, nice balance of sweet and tart, but then, out of nowhere comes an odd bacony/smoky/funky/earthy/fruity flavor that is very unique, obviously hard to describe and tasty. The sweetness prevails, but the funk and tart balance works well.

nice medium body with fluffy, yet light carbonation, but without that tingling and drying in some of the better sour/funky/brett beers.

nice, unique beer that may disappoint the sour fanatic or belgian fanatic or sweet malt fanatic, but it implements a bit of many different styles to create an overall good beer that I would gladly drink again.

silentjay, May 20, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance is a cloudy orange color with thick off white head that fades to a sticky ring around the head.

Aroma is of sweet fruit and candy. A little whiff of malt also.

Tastes of lemon citrus and a little sour apple. Sweet spice profile and a little metallic.

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation.

Overall is a good beer I'd probably try again.

daveytheformer, May 18, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a 12oz glass.

Pours a nice deep amber color with a small light yellow head. Nose is a bit mild but it malty and slightly funky, although it's certainly not in your face about it.

Taste is really quite good, there's a nice light funk that's subdued enough to make this deadly drinkable - 9.4%, wtf?! This drinks like 6%, be careful. There's some grassy, tangy lemony notes that come trough pretty strongly on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light but creamy and a tad bit sweet. Super well balanced, one of my new favs from Mikkeller!

kingcrowing, May 15, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Sammy, May 06, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

liamt07, May 06, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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 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.

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