Funky E Star - Chardonnay Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Appearance: It has a deep merky amber/brown color to it. (Kind of reminds me of a homebrew) It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart berries & grapes, caramel, oak, chardonnay, lemon and some barnyard funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some tart dark fruit, alot of caramel (more than I thought there would be) oak, chardonnay and some lemony funk.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

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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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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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Funky E Star - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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