Funky E Star
Mikkeller ApS

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #343
ABV:
9.39%
Score:
84
Ranked #39,660
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 14.63%
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
230
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84
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Notes: Water, malts, light candy, hops, yeast and brettanomyces.
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FLima from Brazil

3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with a thick thin beige head with short retention.
Sweet aroma with notes of molasses, Bretta during opening, toasted malts, pine, apricot, pears and apple puree.
Pleasant flavor with notes of pears, toasted malts, molasses, candi sugar, elegant and subtle funkiness from Bretta, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, some citrusy, licorice, plums, vinegar drops, raisins and Belgian yeast. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9.39% is superbly well hidden. This is an example how to hide such high abv content.
Interesting and pleasant to drink Belgian Strong “not so” Golden Ale with great complexity. Although spices and fruity notes were average down, Brettanomyces and different to style malt combination gave it an original twist. A bit on the sweet side, though. I felt like a mix of Flanders Red Ale with Belgian Strong Golden Ale.
I bought this over 4 years ago (and who knows when this was bottled) and this has aged perfectly.

Dec 17, 2017
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.92/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 1/21/2026. January 2016 bottle date?

Pours a cloudy dark amber color. The head is half a finger high and off-white in shade. Even with what little head there is, retention is poor. No lacing sticks to the glass, either. U-g-l-y, you ain't got no alibi.

Hmm, I really don't pick up much funk on the nose. Really, it's hard to discern this from a standard strong Belgian ale. On the other hand, the aroma offers notes of candied sugar, lychee, vanilla, and pears. It offers a pleasant sweetness, but there isn't much in the way of nuanced spice or balancing bitterness. Even letting this open up some, the brett is still almost completely hidden. That's disappointing.

The flavor works better. It starts off with a gentle vanilla note, giving way to some ester flavors near the middle and finish. Want something that tastes like lychee? Here's your beer. I'm impressed with the lychee notes, but little else. At least it ends with a gentle bitterness that cleanses the sweet qualities well. If it sounds like I forgot about the brett, apparently so did Mikkeller.

While the head didn't suggest it, this has nice levels of carbonation. It's pleasantly creamy and soft, with said carbonation making it dry and (fairly) easygoing. Post-swallow, a moderate amount of residual sugar remains on the palate. The roundness doesn't befit a wild ale, but it suits the sweet qualities nicely.

Eh, it's alright. It's not that it's a bad or flawed beer, it's that it lacks the qualities that would have made it great - like, I dunno, palpable brett characteristics. I wouldn't buy it again given the price point.

2.92/5: Looks like it's just an E Star

Apr 24, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber with speckly trails. 3.75
Some dough and flower then barn and hay. 3.75
Rusk, apple, autumn leaf, a hit of barnyard and a chalky end. 3.75
Almost end, round, chewy. 3.75

Where’s the funk? Too sweet and round - “wild” rather than lambic doesn’t tell me much about how this was designed. Whatever Brett is there needs a year to work. 3.75

Jul 08, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong orange color profile giving up approximately half inch of off white head. Impressive. Aroma wasn't funk-e. A little bit of toasted pale malt, off fruit.

Brett grist, dryness, more pale malt, citrus mouthfeel. Mimosa time. A little bit of everything from hops, bitterness, citrus, tartness, sourness, sweetness, delivered by a pale ale with ample bitterness and malt.

Dec 27, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3%

Pours a dirty golden color with a white head. The aroma is very floral, some Brett, a bit of fruit and spice. The taste has that Brett farmhouse thing going on, once again floral and spicy, not so much sour though there is a slight underlying tartness. Alcohol is noticed but it's pretty well hidden. Full bodied, crisp and plenty dry. Overall, this was an interesting brew and worth the try.

Nov 23, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy copper color. A thin but dense head that randomly serves up lacing. The lacing is chunky.

S-It smells sweet and Belgiany with some decent funkiness. Hints of Belgian spice and noticeable Belgian yeast.

T-The nose was pretty funky, maybe even tart but the flavor is less inspiring. The sweetness takes over and the funkiness really dies off. Belgian yeast tang, spices, and a generic sweetness that is equate to something like rock candy.

M-Medium bodied with some heat on the finish. A little bit sticky. Higher carbonation.

O-I was intrigued by the nose then it really fell off after first taste. Too sweet and not funky enough for me. If the flavor was closer to the nose I would have enjoyed it more.

May 19, 2014
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MV_CHI-NS from Illinois

5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Carmine/rosewood body with a beige/isabelline head.

Aroma: Earthy, sweet, spicy - notes of blackcurrants, cherries, raspberries, and hint of caramel.

Taste: Much like the aroma, only with the inclusion of raisins, apples, and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Tart with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall: I've not had many wild ales, but this one - for want of a better phrase - is awesome, particularly for spring/summer.

May 11, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a pint.

Appearance - Deep orange. Big cream colored head. Retains forever. Lace sticks to the glass.

Smell - Tropical fruit. Sweet doughy malts. Some brett. Very yeasty, to the point that it detracts.

Taste - Bretty up front. No tang, just some earthiness. Sweet caramel, more rich and deep than the smell. Tropical fruit sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. A little sweet.

Overall - Not an interesting beer, but it's tasty.

Nov 23, 2013
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2018. Picked up quite a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The name and Danish description don't give much away - what the hell is this?

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright reddish-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Some sediment visible. Yields a huge head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet, spicy malt; brings to mind a Christmas ale. Hints of clove, cinnamon, ginger, spice, caramel, sugar, funkiness, mild vinegar and earthy yeast. Faintly vinous and rather complex - intriguing.

Tastes of spicy caramel malt and funky yeast with a sweet, lingering finish. Notes of clove, cinnamon, spicy phenolics, caramel, sugar, mild dried fruit, subtle funk, earthy yeast and a twinge of vinegar. Slightly sour, with a yeasty, herbal character upon swallowing. Little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, with soft carbonation and a velvety body. Vaguely astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh, herbal spice, sweet caramel and yeast.

Nice but weird, not to mention hard to categorise. A sweet 'n sour beer. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are distinctly spicy and sweet. A mélange of caramel malt, spice and mild funk. Decent body though a shade more effervescence would improve the texture. The ingredient list doesn't include any specific spices, so I presume the flavour is entirely the work of the yeast. Quite incredible, as the spice is enough to make you think of a Christmas beer. Anyway, an unusual but well-rounded effort from Mikkeller. If you like funk and/or spice then this is for you. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Oct 21, 2013
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KVNBGRY from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber

Appearance - Cloudy, deep amber. When held up to a light it has a ruby red hue. There is a quite large and sticky off white head that leaves great lacing.

Aroma - Brett, candi sugars, and some fruit.

Taste - Follows the nose. Brett funk is most noticeable. Classic candi sugar in the middle, finishing with more Brett, and a little fruit.

Mouthfeel - Slick, oily, with a drying finish. Right amount of carbonation.

Overall - Decent "belgian wild ale". I would think of this as a sweet/sour amber saison. Though the Brett isn't souring, it gives it a little funk. If you're into this style, I'd recommend it. It may not be for you if you're not used to da funk.

Aug 27, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy orange pour with 2 fingers of foamy head giving off great amounts of lacing. smells of jasmine, wine barrels, perfume, lemon, very funky! a sweet candy like flavor of caramel up front with a slight grassy bitterness, not that funky at all in taste.. nothing like how it smells. very slight hint of that jasmine scent is in the flavor. very drinkable beer, unlike most sours this is fairly easy going, medium body, low carbonation. creamy and very refreshing. you can't feel the high alcohol percentage.

a nice offering from mikkeller.. i was expecting a sour beer from the the scent, but was surprised by something totally different.

Apr 26, 2013
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heygeebee from Australia

4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Jim's. BB 2018.

Pours a murky copper. Sudsy coarse very off white head stays for a while, but then subsides to scummy film. Lace everywhere

Aromas on the nose!! Brett, vinegar.... Then a little Christmas cake.

Taste is sour up front then the complexity of the BSPA kicks in. Very integrated. Hints of dried fruits, raisins, sherry. On Belgian style.

Mouthfeel quite light for style, but ABV warms.

It is what is says it is... Belgian strong with Brett. Nicely done Wild/Sour hybrid.

Mar 08, 2013
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Rwalford74 from Australia

4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't quite believe this gets only 82 at the moment.
Pours with a nice creamy head that stayed all the way to the last sip.
Beautiful, fruity aroma and the taste is rich and complex.
ABV not dominant ... In fact is well disguised
I loved it and will definitely have again.

Feb 16, 2013
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peabody from Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours out a golden yellow very clear liquid and makes a nice head of white foam. Lacing is minimal around my glass.
Smell is the king here. Funky grape skin/green apple/allspice and a slight burning yeast make this a fantastic smelling beer.
Taste is just a tad sour and the malt is strong but the 9.39% can't be detected. The spice is not as strong in the taste and the fruit isn't as prevelant as it was in the nose.
Mouthfeel is very clean as you would expect from a sour but the malt does hang around keeping the mouth in a sweet mode and salivating state yearning for the next taste.
Overall this is a really good sour that I would buy again even if it is 13 bucksw for the small bottle.

Feb 02, 2013
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 and dark fruit malts, sour and funky yeast, vanilla, candi sugars, bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, dark fruits, sour cherry, some funkiness, candi sugars, a bit of vanilla, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Nice Wild Ale. Could use a bit more kick but the smooth sourness is nice.

Jan 28, 2013
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The golden amber color was deeper in shade than most BSPAs, and the the head atop was three finger thick. The smell was not typical of a wild ale, as I did not get any Brett character via the nose. I could only detect sour cherries and honey via the nose. The taste was similar to the smell, with honey like sweetness, and green apple sourness. There was a bit of an unexpected hop bite to this as well. The body was on the light side of medium, and aided in the quenching nature of the beer. The alcohol was very well hidden, and the strength lable was shocking compared to the experience.

Jan 20, 2013
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beergoot from Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle and label lists the style as "Belgian wild ale".

Body poured out semi-cloudy and amber orange; head was two-fingers, sticky and chunky. Strong caramel and toffee scent with some roasted grain notes; hints of ripe citrus fruits. Black licorice flavor coated in a bold caramel malt sweetness; sweet biscuit; toasty; nice, subliminal alcohol presence simmering underneath. Medium-heavy body; thick, chewy and resinous in feel.

A really solid strong ale with a strong biscuit and honey character. Toasted grains and hop bitterness are the driving taste profiles and do a very good job of taming the ABV. Heady, complex. Another fine beer to knock back with a good hardwood fire burning in the fireplace.

Dec 29, 2012
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving traces lace. Crystal clear amber/red color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Fruity sour nose. Flavor is fruity sour and sweet, high ABV is hidden. Expensive at $15.00 for a 375ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

Dec 23, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color. It poured with a half finger high off beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: The taste has notes of Belgian yeast, hints of tropical fruits and is accompanied by a light to moderate amount of sourness from the brettanomyces.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The sourness helps to take an ordinary Belgian Pale Ale and make it much more interesting. I liked that the sourness was not that strong and you could still taste the underlying beer.

Dec 02, 2012
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DoktorZee from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Best before on the bottle listed as 15/03/18.

A - Light amber in color, with a medium cloudiness. One finger tan head dissipates after a couple minutes leaving just a hint of lacing on the glass.

S - Nice Brett funk on the nose mixed with some overripe fruit - apricot or apple. Some sweetness intermixed with the funk. Big fruit esters on the nose.

T - initial flavors include some mild resinous hop bitterness intertwined with some funk and sweet and sour fruit, backed by a malt profile with almost a cake-like quality to it. Very balanced and even throughout the taste experience; the finish is subtle, with a sour funkiness balanced with a sweet mandarin orange bitterness.

M - body is medium and the carbonation is light; moderate booziness. Still fairly rich in its finish due to the sweet malt profile.

Overall this is a very tasty beer; it has a mild Brett funky quality but also tastes like a balanced Belgian-style IPA with a sweeter than average malt profile. A great starter beer for folks that want to try something with a bit of Brett funk and aren't ready for the heavy hitters. Highly recommended.

Nov 21, 2012
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danieelol from Australia

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent golden orange with great head/lacing.

Smell is big, big Brett. Also some spices behind that. Caraway, fennel. Pineapple, dates, leather. Also has lots of malt, verging on a barleywine.

Taste brings Bretty notes, booze, some sweet notes, more pineapple, Christmas cake.

Mouthfeel is big, Bretty bitter and sweet.

Massively, massively complex beer. Inspired combination of spices, malt and Brett. Halfway between a spiced barleywine and a sour ale, love to see a BA version of this.

Nov 19, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A heavy orange appearance, similar to some of the better ipa's you're used to seeing if you're in the elite ipa scene. .5" of head on the top of it, I thought the retention was average, lacing a little bit above average. Different aroma of bright fruit, zest, not really offering anything in the way of funk though, which is a wash, sometimes funk is good, sometimes it ain't.

There is more brett and funk in the taste and mouthfeel though. Fruit is still there, tropical and citrus. None of that dark fruit shit. Hides the alcohol extremely well, this was a fun beer to drink. The body is perfect, not heavy, not light, some bitterness, from a little more hopping than I expected. What a hodgepodge of a bit of everything. Some tartness like a sour, some sweetness, some brett, some hops. . .

This beer kind of came and went really quickly in Reno, and I haven't seen it since. I would pick another bottle of it up, and age it next time. One of the few beers that truly defies categorization, but not for the sake of it, one that can pull it off.

Nov 01, 2012
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tylerzander from Arizona

3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - in the glass a cloudy sienna color with a gorgeous light tan mousse-like head, starts at about a pinky width in height with excellent retention and lacing

S - mostly fresh apple cider and white grape aroma, hinting of some acidity, with some hints of tropical fruit complexity to it; also some mid-range crystal malt notes of caramel and golden raisin

T - sweet caramel malt followed by slightly medicinal (in a good way) phenolic finish that lingers

M - a pretty hefty mouthfeel, surprising for a "wild ale," but not syrupy; a high carbonation level lightens the effect of the crystal malt on the palate

D - probably would like to see this beer a little drier and a little funkier; has a deeply complex aroma which I don't get sick of but the taste and mouthfeel slightly disappoint in comparison; still, a beer worth mulling over and held my attention well for one bottle, anyways

Oct 28, 2012
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DonDirkA from Arizona

4.59/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden brown with a white head that settles quickly to about a half finger. Nose is tropical with mango, papaya, some yeasty bready notes, a little musty with that Brettanomyces funk, a hint of banana, some citrus and grapefruit. The taste is orange, papaya, grapefruit, tropical notes, a bit of pine bitterness, some definite funky Brett notes but not in that typical musty kind of way. Its more bright and fruity. The mouthfeel is kind of light with a good amount of carbonation. This is definitely a delicious wild ale. I'm loving these sours and wild ales, I wish AZ got more of that style. Mikkeller is awesome, I don't think I have had anything bad from him.

Oct 27, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

you never know with youre going to get with a wild ale, and you certainly never know what youll get from mikkeller, so this is a bit of a double whammy. pours a dark copper and hazy color, with a hint of caramely red to it, and a frothy off white head that settles to patches. the nose is funky for sure, sweet, and almost german malty. tons of farm and booze. the flavor is not quite as far out there as the nose. its definitely malt forward, nutty and sugary, but somehow dry at first. then a yeasty wash of wetness and even some bitter hops carries you well through the finish. its not as funked out as the nose suggests, but its got a cool earthy vibe that im not used to. its really bright and expansive in the mouth. medium body feels heavier from the sediment. alcohol is definitely big in this one. overall another clever mikkeller beer, but i wont buy this again. its a little weird, even for me. quite tasty with some fresh toasted garlic parmesean pumpkin seeds though...

Oct 27, 2012
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