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Funky E Star - Sauternes Wine Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
87
very good

34 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.39% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 12-29-2012)
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

t0rin0, Jun 06, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. I presume that the array of pink fruit-like things on the label are grapes, an ode to the Sauternes barrels that this was aged in?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium red brick amber hue, with three fingers of tightly foamy, rather creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice frilly honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of rather sour and tart white grape juice, a further acrid funkiness, pale grainy malt, a touch of caramel/toffee, nutty orchard fruit, vanilla-heavy oak, a bit of candi sugar, a certain earthy dryness, and a hint of metallic booze. The taste is sweet caramel malt, quickly tempered by more tart, concentrated white grape flesh, a moderate musty funk, some soft oaken barrel notes - more vanilla than grainy staves - and further peach apricot stone fruit esters. The ABV is pretty well sublimated here.

The bubbles are quite understated, and just capable of basic structure duties, the body a decent medium weight, and actually fairly smooth, in an airy, frothy sort of way. It finishes well off-dry, the sticky white wine nature, caramel malt, and other lingering fruitiness strong enough in the face of any latchkey funk.

A nicely rendered, pleasant portrayal of white wine barrel aging. The sour beer retains its character, with an extra kick from the inherent musty funk of the Sauternes, while the wood and malt work well to keep the extra funk in check. A subtle, complex offering, one well worthy of slow (chosen, or forced, as it were) contemplation.

biboergosum, Jul 16, 2013
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jmgrub, Jan 06, 2013
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GRG1313, Feb 13, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Raul was delivered this bad boi on the house because they were out of another brew - the chaos at The Playground, I tell ya, stand up folks.

Now, back to this hot n sassy thing. Wild, wild like Nev Campbell and Denise Richards in a pool wild. A lil faint, a lil subtle... but it sneaks up on you like a good girl should.

Holla.

RaulMondesi, May 20, 2013
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DrBier, Jul 04, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml green glass bottle labeled as a Belgian Wild Ale.

A; Pours clear amberish orange with lively carbonation yielding a 1/2-inch fine white head which fades to a thin cap leaving rings and sheet lace.

N: Fruits (peaches and apricots), honey, floral and funky notes. Oaky, with earthy mushroomy mustiness.

T: Fruity and funky with mild tannic oak acidic zest. Nutty and vinous with a mild sweetness.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Lingering fruity and dryness with oaky must finish.

O: Would have again. Layers of oak, funk and white grape contribute nicely.

wethorseblanket, Apr 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

arash1000, Jan 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 23, 2013
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3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

9.39% ABV confirmed. Cost was $14.00 for the 12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with standard pressure cap. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Brewed and bottled at De Proef. Expectations are high; Mikkel is my favourite brewer, period. Served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Note: I've never had Sauternes wine. I know nothing about wine.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, great cream, very good thickness, and very good retention for the 9.39% ABV. Body colour is a semitransparent translucent pale auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A nice appearance, but there's nothing unique or special about it.

Sm: Acidic to the point of approaching vinegary. Sugary pale and biscuit malts. Light tart peach. Heavy lactic notes. Fermented sugars. Underlying slight caramelization. It's assertive. A bit of raisin. Intriguing and quality, though I don't know that I'd call it a great aroma per se. It's certainly funky. A moderate strength aroma. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Fermented sugars. Heavy funkiness. Traces of tart peach. Caramelized raisin (though that diction makes it sound better than it is). Pale malts. Light biscuit malt. Lactic yeast and even light brett yeast notes. It's interesting, with some emergent timid sweetness on the climax. I don't get hardly any wine; maybe some background white wine. Certainly no dessert wine notes. Balanced but surprisingly simple. The notes it does have are subtly gracefully executed, but it lacks the complexity I'd expect not only from Mikkel but from a posh wine barrel aged beer in general.

Mf: Crisp and clean. Smooth and wet to stay refreshing, yet lightly tingly and coarse in the second act to bring out the flavours. Excellent carbonation. Good palate presence.

Dr: Drinkable for the high ABV and enjoyable but far from excellent. I do like it, but it's overpriced. Not Mikkel's finest offering, but certainly not one of his worst. It will scratch the funkiness itch if it's seized you, but I wouldn't get this again. It's just not as impressive as it needs to be - or as I know Mikkel's beers can be.

B-

kojevergas, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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GoodOmens, Sep 18, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 12.7 oz bottle poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a slightly browned amber with a touch of ruby, hazy, no head or lacing to speak of.

S: this deffiantly smells alot more tart and funky then the chard barrel version. I get some sweetness along with some citrus notes, some tart funk and a touch of wine barrells, smells delicious.

T: this I very yummy... Some great tart Brett character along with some sweet and citrusy notes... This brew lacks that bitter earthy oak bite that the chard barrel version had, which is deffiantly a plus IMO, this versions is much more funky and well rounded.

M: medium bodied with low carbonation, nice and drinkable for the abv.

O: this is a pretty solid Belgian wild, great Brett character and balance going on here... Enjoyed it more then the chard barrel version, give this one a go if you are looking for something a little different and a whole lot funky.

PeterIngemi, Dec 29, 2012
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4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - Sweet caramel malts, oak, sauternes, sour cherry, funky, dark fruits, vanilla, and a bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, sauternes, oak, vanilla, sour cherry, dark fruits, some acidity, funk, and a bit of booze.

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

D - Nice sour beer. The Sauternes barrel really adds some great character and complexity to the beer.

ngeunit1, Jan 28, 2013
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Funky E Star - Sauternes Wine Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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