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Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 200
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 stakem
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 SFLpunk
2.05/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to Pete for opening this one up. 750mL brown glass plastic-corked bottle.

Quick review: Nose is immediately off-putting to me (though not to others in the room). Smells to me like those plastic-y stiff bandaids or adhesive. Fruity, I suppose, but unpleasant. Someone commented that it's from "higher alcohols" and is usually considered a flaw. Body is medium-light with some medium caramel malt and a little Belgian pale candi sugar notes. Finish is short and watery and the carbonation level is definitely low.

Couldn't drink it. Don't know if it was an off bottle, but really atrocious.

SFLpunk, Mar 02, 2011
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 mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 Bmoyer0301
2.15/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance:

Tonight I reached for a new glass in my cabinet, a large plain whiskey snifter that I found at a yard sale for only $1. Who said your glasses need to be expensive and from a brewery? I pulled the large bottle out of the fridge and unwrapped the sliver foil of the neck and proceeded to pull out the stubborn plastic cork. After wrangling the cork out I was let down to not hear any pop or hissing noise at all. On the pour I decided to hit this straight on and see what kind of head I could pull out and it actually began to rise quickly and then it went away just as quick. In my glass it appears to be a burnt orange color with some red hues and haze all over making it almost appear murky and dreary. As I give a final swirl there really is no lacing to mention of and this appears to be pretty thin.

Smell:

In the aroma I am pulling out loads of flowery perfume, caramel oxidation with some lemons and sugary candy thrown in. I also am pulling out some grassy undertones complimented by raisins and tropical fruit. For having brett this beer really shows no sign of tartness or funky sourness typical in most sour beers.

Taste:

Hmm, up front there are massive amounts of caramel sweetness, and some earthy spicy hops that remind me of tree moss and planting soil. There is a huge array of flavors missing here. Again, no brett to speak of, no sourness, or funk to compliment the Belgian Pale Ale backbone. In the finish I can pull out plastic and something that really leaves me with a bland taste in my mouth almost astringent and like black tea. Overall, I am going to take a shot in the dark and say that this beer might have been stored improperly because my taste are not anything close to some of the other reviews out there.

Drinkability:

This will be another beer that I want to try again because I think my experience was untypical. Although I do feel like regardless of the storage the wild sour yeasts should have poked through creating some form of sourness but I guess I was wrong.

Bmoyer0301, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of stagger
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yowch! This is quick becoming one of my favourite beers. I think I'm extra partial to the flavours of Special B malt, so this funky little monster gets extra love from me.

Pours a slightly boggy amber-brown with a thin well-off-white head leaving lacing. Big caramel notes in the nose. Big caramel flavours up front give way to a strong prune/dried fruit presence and ending with a soft brett/Orval note that I imagine will grow if cellared. Carbonation is soft and pleasant, and I had no problem whatsoever finishing a whole 750 by myself in a short time.

A very, very nice Belgian-style strong ale that I'll be drinking regularly if it continues to be available.

stagger, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 wordemupg
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip sept11 2010

A light brown that glows a deep amber when held to the light, decent two finger off white head has decent retention and leaves a couple rings of lace

S butterscotch, some grapefruit a little booze and some funky earthy yeast

T not far from the smell but with some spicy hops and its a little sweeter then it smells

M fairly thick and pretty smooth considering the high alcohol, less carbonation then was visible but still far from flat

D quite unique and each sip left me thinking and the beer was gone before I figured it out

good but weird, different, unusual and a little strange, more then enough reasons to try this beer

wordemupg, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very hazy brown-orange, one big thumb of off white head retaining nicely leaving lots of sticky lacing
S - strange... very floral perfumy but not in a hoppy way, sweet sugary candy and tropical fruit, light bready malts and a definite alcohol sweetness
T - still strange... light bready and caramel malts and some dank hops up front, quickly gives way to a very floral and perfume concoction, almost like there is actual perfume in it, interesting and tough to pinpoint
M - very carbonated, a bitter tartness that is somewhat from the alcohol, but also a chemical like feel
T - generally confused about the flavours here, there's hints of belgain and pale ale, but the overpowering perfume/chemical flavour and feel mixed with the strong alcohol makes it almost not beer like, interesting and props for taking a risk but its a bit too odd

joemcgrath27, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of hoser
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I find myself confused about this beer and I think that was the breweries intention. Not sure if I rated this worse than the rest as stated this beer is a little hard to wrap your head around.

This seems like a hoppy Flanders Brown/IPA hybrid and a pretty good one but I probably won't buy another bottle.

Long live Mikkeller!

hoser, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick, cream-colored head over a mostly opaque brownish-orange body. Good sticky lacing.

Aromas of northwestern piney hops, whole wheat bread, and a bit of pepper.

Thick and heavy on the palate, with a resinous hop bite. Some honey and caramel-like sweetness. Fairly cloying.

Overall, not bad ... with the name and categorization on the bottle, was hoping for something a bit wilder. But it was quite interesting, nonetheless.

BeerImmediately, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 750ml bottle caged with a synthetic cork and silver foil wrapping. I can confirm what has been mentioned earlier in regards to the cork; it is synthetic, takes forever to work its way out and when it does there's no pop and makes you worry that the beer is going to be dead flat.

Pours a striking reddish oak amber color with a hazey translucency. Generates a rich thick white creamy head that sticks together and leaves random lacing.

Sweet malt aroma with elements of spice and grass like dry yeast.

Tastes of caramel and malt with sour and bitter yeast flavors.

For a strong pale ale this offering from Mikkeller rides the fine line that sit between moderate and heavy bodied and the body is well balanced with what could only be called the right level of carbonation. This is a smooth and refreshing strong pale ale with interesting twists such as the initial sweetness that blends away with bitter sour notes before light alcohol, and slightly warming, finish.

Taste may not be for everyone and Mikkeller need to work on the cork issue, the crew there puts so much effort into the beer yet they scrimp on cork?

SleepyMonk, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice fine cream colored head and some lace. Color is a cloudy amber. Aroma is yeasty spice malt and brettanomyces. Flav is like aroma. Was expecting more but seems kind of shallow. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Session for those who like this, but not me. Maybe an apertif.

drpimento, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml synthetic corked 7 caged bottle. Brewed at De Proef.

Pours a nice clear reddish/roange/amber/ brown. The head is large, foamy, and slightly off-white. It recedes decently quickly leaving some large spots of nice lacing.

There is a lot of caramel in the scent. Also some funk. There are some hops in there too, some nice grassy herbal notes come out of those.

The taste is very, very smooth. It has some roasty caramel flavor, a nice semi-bitter hop bite, and a speckle of yeast. This one is obviously pretty fresh and the wild yeast hasn't done its full duty yet. So this one is more of a real belgian strong ale than a wild ale. There is some nice fruit that comes in at the end.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice, a bit syrupy though.

Overall, it is another ok but not amazing experimental brew form Mikkeller.

crossovert, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 bbeane
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... starts with a nice thick head with good retention, leaves some lacing. Beer is a murky copper color

S- I was getting wiffs from a few feet away as my gf poured it. Has a strong sweet, tart smell... apples, plum,dark fruits

T- Tastes good... Sweet candied sugars mixed with pale malts. Starts of sweet and finishes with a mild bitterness

M- Medium body with light/medium carbonation... very smooth and sleak with a nice crisp finish

D- Very tasty and easy to drink... not so easy on your wallet though. Was definitely worth the money... dangerous how easy this one goes down with a 9%+ abv

CHEERS!!

bbeane, May 08, 2010
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 Kaiser81
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to greg (wethorseblanket) for sharing this bottle

A - 2 fingers worth of pillowy head. Lots of lacing, clear golden color.

S - Belgian pale malts and yeast mixed with some citrus and light funkiness

T - Interesting taste. Light hops and malt. A little bit of spice on the back end, and some mild citrus flavors. No real funkiness.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Maybe due to the temp it was served at?

D - It's ok. I'd prefer other things, but it's not bad.

Kaiser81, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 21, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of grainy pale and caramel malts with good amounts of what I've learned to associate with Wild IPA's - funky hop aromas that smell slightly like gummy bears. As the beer warms more funk wafts out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined by good amounts of grapefruit flavors tempered by a very mild funkiness. As the sip progresses the funkiness takes over a bit and carries through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another with no problem.

Overall this is a middle-of-the-road Wild IPA - it's far from being bad but it's also not quite over the "above average" hump. Worth a shot, especially if you like the combination of brett and hops.

glid02, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a few confused looking, slow rising, bubbles and a solid white foam.

The aroma is distinct with dark belgian candi sugar and what seems to be hops. It's underwhealming funky with, what I perceive to be tomato paste, brown sugar, and sweet raisin.

On the palate I was expecting a box of band-aids. It's not that. It's actually light bodied, kind of watery, with notes of raisin, white pepper,candi sugar, and fruity hops. The alcohol is perfectly masked. Unfortunately, so is the flavor. Drinkable? Yes. Awesome? No. Everything about is just so subdued.

I'm a fan of all beers funky and off-the-wall, but this one falls short all the way around. When I read Belgian Wild Ale, I want a Wild Ale. This was not. The brett could possibly help this out in the long run. For now, I can't recommend it.

brownbeer, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Mikkeller.. this one is listed as a BSPA and it is.. with a healthy dose of Brett. I had one bottle the other night but didn't review. I enjoyed it, though.

A- Big fluffy head, slightly off-white (eggshell) and a nice orangey base beer with good ruby and tangerine highlights. A bit hazy.

S- Fruity- very much so. Very ripe strawberries and a bit of peach. Also.. brett is here. For such a young bottle I'm surprised at it's strong presence. Not complaining, though... One of the best aromas I've ever encountered.

T- Alcohol is here, but in a bit of a boozy (good) way in the background. Vinous fruitiness (hmm) and a bit of what tastes like champagne yeast. The brett is , not as powerful as it was in the nose. Hop bitterness comes through and is a bit disarming at first.. kind of surprised me. I usually like hops.. and I like them here.. but I think some time to smooth them out would do this a favor.

M- Crisp... great carbonation, full body, nice complexity.

D- High. ABV is not really evident, even though a trace of the alcohol is noted in the flavors it works well. Easy drinkin'. I suggest letting this one go for a while though, I think it has really good potential.

Not as good as It's Alive! or USAlive! but this one is still

ShogoKawada, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of brendan13
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark orange/copper colour with a couple of centimetres of head that slowly falls away leaving a bit of lacing down the glass.
S - Tropical fruit hop aromas quickly followed by a funky brett quality with some spice hints. A fair amount of pale malt and candi sugar sweetness is evident.
T - Much like the smell; tropical fruit with funky barnyard brett spice but quite an overbearing sweetness. Some warming alcohol comes through as well.
M - Medium bodied with a slightly sticky, resinous mothfeel, low to medium carbonation.
D - An interesting beer and worth a try. Couldn't drink much in one sitting though.

brendan13, Aug 05, 2009
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
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Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.