Funky E Star - Chardonnay Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.39% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 12-28-2012)
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4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows horsey brett notes, sherbert, woody oak, soft white wine and elderflower. Enticing!
Flavours include more funky Brett, elderflower, pear/apple wine notes, woody oak, sweet malt and sherbert. Very interesting stuff.
Carbonation could be higher to suit the flavours.

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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

easily my favorite incarnation of this beer. pours a reddish color, with a hint of pink, and a bubbly light brown head with some yeast particles in suspension. the nose is sharply white winey, its obvious the chardonnay treatment has left its mark here. still a wild ale underneath, yeasty and bright, not quite as tart as I remember it being. the sauternes barrel version was so sweet that it took over the wild elements, that is not the case here, as the dry acidic wine really helps both flavor and mouthfeel. the oak presence is heavy, and the light summery wine flavors play well off of the funky yeast and medium malt body. carbonation is just short of where id like to see it, but the beer remains light nevertheless because of its newfound acidity and fruitiness. the chardonnay version is definitely the most balanced, drinkable, and interesting of these, but it also appears as the most alcoholic. its more than warming, pushing hot, and feels like liquor going down for a split second. its just more exposed. overall an excellent and complicated beer, worthy of procurement for prices up to about 15 bucks.

Photo of timc100
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this one - fresh bottle.

A: Gorgeous looking beverage. Dark, murky, dirty ruby - close to no light getting through. The head is fantastic. I expected something that would fizz away, and the one here appears closer to a BA strong ale. Light beige, big bubbles, creamy lacing - big alcohol legs.

S: Very, very interesting. Enjoyed with a glass of a hefty oak aged chardonnay. Huge chardonnay dryness with some funk, organic woody oak enhanced by the funk. As it warms more berry fruit sweetness comes through and more barnyard funk. Notes of lemon grass, mint, and some very prominent spiciness.

T: Not very sour at all, and less funk than expected. Huge chardonnay notes as well as oak. There is a little fruit sweetness that comes through. More musty blanket funk comes through as it warms. Really interesting, the chardonnay aging has brought some intense flavors.

P: A little under carbonated. Medium bodied, easy drinking.

O: Happy to have tried this. Definitely was nice to have next to a glass of chardonnay as it was made apparent how much influence on the beer there was. Not nearly as funky or sour as I would have liked and expected out of a wild ale.

Photo of Chico1985
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-colored pour with an off-white head. Pretty much completely translucent, great head retention and some lace left. Surprising amount of funk from the nose, lots of oak, white grape, lemon, bretty pineapples. Sweet caramel malts and bread there as well.

Taste follows mostly but is a bit sweeter. Oak and chardonnay are there but toned down, showcasing more of a brett+malt presence. Definitely tropical bretty fruits, caramel, bread, honey at the forefront. The mouthfeel is big and malty with lowish carbonation. Some alcohol heat but not bad.

Really mixes BSPA and wild ale elements pretty well, though I feel maybe the base beer (with no 'wild' or barrel elements) might be lacking otherwise. But this was quite enjoyable. 375ml solo wasn't much of a problem.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, barrel aged tasting at Beltramo's

On the palate, fruity german esters shine through, great carbonation and mouthfeel, with chardonnay notes on a a refreshing finish.

Overall, this has a great structure and a layered complexity, very enjoyable. This is the best marriage of wine and beer I've come across, and I wish it were a regular offering as it's the ideal beer to serve to "wine only" drinkers.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a creamy, thick tan head that recedes slowly, yet only leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Strong aromas of caramel, Chardonnay, must, pineapple, papaya, guava, white wine vinegar, unripened grapes, and sea salt are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, cream, biscuit, herbs, and grass are chased by flavors of Chardonnay grape, toasted oak, white wine vinegar, unripened table grapes, sea salt, pickle brine, carambola, papaya, mango, pineapple, and must. The finish is very dry with robust Chardonnay barrel, tropical fruit, and caramel flavors.

M: Medium in body and dryish, especially towards the finish. Carbonation is crisp, firm, and a bit prickly. Alcohol presence is so mellow as to be virtually undetectable, rearing its head only briefly on the fade.

O: I did not care for the regular Funky E Star at all, but I can really appreciate this barrel-aged version. There is a lot going on in this beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, chardonnay, oak, vanilla, sour cherries, funkiness, candi sugars, bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, dark fruits, chardonnay, oak, vanilla, sour cherries, candi sugars, bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, funky, and dry finish.

D - Nice sour beer. The chardonnay adds some nice complexity.

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Funky E Star - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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