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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
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.39% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

GRG1313, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

bsuedekum, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

chippo33, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
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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3/5  rDev -24.1%

arash1000, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
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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5/5  rDev +26.6%

bluesplit63, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

jmgrub, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of PeterIngemi
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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Funky E Star - Sauternes Wine Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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