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Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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 BretSikkink
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of david18
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of silentjay
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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).

Photo of stakem
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
2.05/5  rDev -44%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Bmoyer0301
2.15/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

Photo of stagger
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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

Photo of hoser
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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?

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of bbeane
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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!!

Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.