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Funky E Star - Mikkeller ApS

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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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lvoutlawjlh

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-11-2012 21:29:57 | More by lvoutlawjlh
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-11-2012 04:18:31 | More by artemh
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 03:06:30 | More by rfbenavi80
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sammo

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-07-2012 02:15:44 | More by sammo
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 22:38:48 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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Public87strain

California

2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

06-14-2012 23:10:00 | More by Public87strain
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aztraz

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

05-26-2012 19:02:48 | More by aztraz
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csiewert

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-09-2012 23:53:47 | More by csiewert
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-22-2012 15:42:35 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

04-08-2012 23:48:36 | More by JohneHoodlum
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

1.78/5  rDev -51.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 21:08:22 | More by pokesbeerdude
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 16:40:19 | More by jlindros
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Unchi

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-15-2012 13:43:51 | More by Unchi
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 17:48:23 | More by Rickythejeweler
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 05:45:33 | More by Converge
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arizcards

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 23:58:27 | More by arizcards
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 20:34:08 | More by mrfrancis
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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~!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:37:17 | More by wesbrownyeah
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electtodefer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

02-08-2012 00:08:24 | More by electtodefer
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daledeee

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 23:32:59 | More by daledeee
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MareInfinitus

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-26-2012 22:31:37 | More by MareInfinitus
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AgentMunky

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:40:37 | More by AgentMunky
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-25-2012 02:41:49 | More by DaveHack
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mrshoes

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-23-2012 05:55:16 | More by mrshoes
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:51:19 | More by Georgiabeer
Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.