Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 217
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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 mtlasley
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
1.82/5  rDev -50.7%
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. (1,137 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,759 characters)

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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 (718 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.8/5  rDev +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. (1,108 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Funky E Star Belgian Strong Pale Ale... also call Belgian Wild Ale as per Bottle.
Highly phychodellic bottle decor and strange presentatin of the name of the beer brought me to this one. Poured into Dogfish snifter glass.

A- Pours a massively hazy and murky dark orange fluid producing a quarter inch off white head that lingers around in as a sticky froth. Lacing is decent with a swirl or two. Tight carbonated look overall.

S- Upfront is a musky smell of overripe citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, and tangerines) and possible notes of plums and currants as well past there prime. Spicy yeast are very present with this beer.

T-M- If this is a Belgian Strong Pale ale its got a hell of alot going on for the style. A flavor explosion expells lots of funky old dried fruit flavors mostly oranges and plumes. This beer has to have Brett yeast strains due to the sweet funk to it. Strange bites of sweet rotten apple come to mind in the backbone with more than enough spicy yeast to go around. Alcohol is noted at warmer temp. Mouthfeel is watery with light carbonation most likely due to the alcohol content which is hidden under the strange flavers of this beer well.

Overall this is a beer that doesn't disappoint a farmhouse style lover... but in the eyes of a Belgian SPA is doesn't quite match. Not bad but not something I could drink every day... Cheers~! (1,374 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a muddy, cloudy brown with a small head. Some lacing but head goes away pretty quickly.

Nose is yeast, roasted, dark fruit. Interesting.

Taste is Belgian hops at first with some dark fruit and spice. This is a strong beer yet it tastes watery. Medium carbonation. Drinkable but not worth what I paid for it. $5.40 (322 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Stamped 8071103. Presumably brewed for Easter, considering the name and the bunnies on the label.

A: Cloudy, muddy brown with yellowish(greenish?) streaks. Opaque, but positively gangrenous in the light. A nice finger of head has decent retention and substance. Unsure of the BSPA classification. Great lace.

S: Delicious! Fruity and deep, with a touch of spice and sour yeast. It smells sort of like a BSDA except for the strange yeast. A slight metallic touch mars an otherwise excellent nose.

T: Typical Mikkeller -- after one sip, I have no idea whether I love it or hate it. Predictably, the truth is somewhere in between. It's light, still ripely fruity, but the funk really takes off. The taste is brief, but super tasty. At times the fruit seems to be covered in crystallized sugar, at others it seems that white grape juice has become infected by wild yeast. Tropical. Some bready malts.

M: Barely drying, smackworthy, and lightly carbonated. I like it.

O: The reason I continue to buy Mikkeller's beers is that they are almost always interesting, if not obviously good. So it is here. Funky E Star is an intriguing drink, but not everyday fare. I'm glad I bought this one, but I won't get another. (1,275 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another interesting beer from Mikkeller. I think classifying this as a pale ale definitely will give some people the wrong idea. First and foremost, the Brett defines this beer- there is a sweet-sour funkiness that dominates the nose and taste. The impression is of very ripe, perhaps even a bit overripe in the nose. The funkiness borders on rubber-bands, without quite crossing that line, perhaps accentuated by the fact that there is an underlying bitter note that underscores the gentle fruitiness and light funk. Just a touch of tartness adds another dimension to the overall taste. Pours a bit turgid, but with a respectable head- restrained, so no gusher, but not flat either. A curious little beer- I enjoyed it. (720 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Swiss wine snifter.

Pours a thick, slightly swampy/murky rust-tinged orange full of very large bubbles (think soda water). A scrappy head consisting of just a thin layer of suds on the surface forms.

Wait... did I just pour a glass of perfume? Wow. This smells like a hoppy, flower-petal infusion. It almost reminds me of grandma's perfume, or concentrated flower petals with a little synthetic quality thrown in. A little swirling brings up so of the more common brett characteristics, including a little funk.

The flavor isn't as crazy as the nose suggested, and consists of a hoppy saison/Belgian sort of base topped with brett. Whatever particular strains of brettanomyces were used, they seem to favor the floral side instead of the barn/horse side, which is interesting. There is some nice hop leafy flavors and a moderate dose of malt underneath. I think the "wild" flavors are nicely integrated and complete this flavor nicely.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth for the big bubbles seen in the pour, and the overall weight of this beer is felt in the mouth much more than it is tasted. Good work here as well.

Conclusion: Many of the reviews on this site say this beer is out of balance. This is yet another example of why I try not to trust the collective opinion of BAs too much, as I find this beer to be quite balanced and I enjoy the brettanomyces character a lot and feel that it complements the other already solid flavors. This is my first Mikkeller beer and won't be my last. (1,531 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy nontransparent dirty gold.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, caramel, light fruit ester hops, and cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy unexpected nuts, some caramel, cream on the climax, and biscuity yeast - especially up front. The yeast is likely the best aspect of the flavour, though I do like the light cream on the open. The balance is structurally off, but sound in terms of flavours. Most of the flavour is in the first act/half. The build is exploratory (which may be a polite term), but at least it's bold. The candied sugar comes through mainly in the aftertaste. No alcohol is detectable.

Mf: Delightfully smooth and wet, with some welcome cream. Near perfect thickness. Sadly, the flavours pale in comparison.

Dr: Very drinkable but disappointingly unremarkable. I expect more from my favourite brewery. I wouldn't get this again - especially at this price. (1,124 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A – Light ice tea. White head has pink highlights, great lace, but just ok retention.

S – Strange, stale, mildew funk on top of bready malt and light honey.

T – Earthy, dry, herbal, mildewy staleness smacks you in the face. Straw and black pepper are tough to find, but are definitely there. Light, honey sweetness on the backend.

M – Medium light body with a lingering staleness.

O – The label doesn’t disappoint; Funk is an apt description. Unfortunately the Funk feels imbalanced, and the particular style of funk just isn’t my favorite: more skunky contamination and less of the tart and earthy barn notes that I gravitate towards. (653 characters)

Photo of timtim
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

murky brown-orange with a tan head that holds and leaves a good bit of lace. hard to get over the brown-orange color. just looks muddy. nose has a malt character similar to many other mikkeller beers (yeast series?) along with drying (maybe like soggy roses?) flowers, a touch of mushroom, some dark sugars, the teeniest touch of brett-like funk and an odd smoked tea sent. taste exhibits most of what is going on in the nose, but the flavors are a bit muddy and flabby. a lot hoppier than expected. some notes that remind me of butter mints. a tad all over the place, and not nearly enough funk. good carbonation levels on a medium-full body. quick finish with a lingering smoked tea aftertaste. overall, a decent, but not amazing offering from the mikeller. unhappy E star. (775 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a fluted taster glass

A: SRM is light amber. Translucent and clear filtered. Head is light tan with brown lines that pull up around the carbonation as it bubbles to the top. Head is 1/2 in, and dissipates to cover the top of the beer. Medium/heavy carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Malty and slightly funky. Honey is noticable and a hint of alcohol is noticable.

T: Follows the nose. Malt and medium funk come through, but the honey (i'm assuming this is where the sweetness comes from) mellows everything out and leaves a sweet aftertaste with light funk notes.

M: Medium body. MF comes from malt and sweetness, but light hops are noticable. The barnyard/funk component serves as a point of contrast for the malty and sweet notes.

O: A good beer from Mikkeller. Not an all-star, but a funky one for sure. I did like the saison aspect to this beer, and found the sweetness not overpowering but very complimentary. (940 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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! (649 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.39/5  rDev -35.2%
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. (1,137 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of drumminbrewer
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
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). (1,182 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of gueuzer
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
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. (1,130 characters)

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