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Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 218
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 22.55%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 218
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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?

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of bbeane
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
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


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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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?

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Photo of Kaiser81
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
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

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Photo of brendan13
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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