Funky E Star | Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
3.66/5
228 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.39%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Water, malts, light candy, hops, yeast and brettanomyces.

Added by koopa on 06-15-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,080
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
228
pDev:
15.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip sept11 2010

A light brown that glows a deep amber when held to the light, decent two finger off white head has decent retention and leaves a couple rings of lace

S butterscotch, some grapefruit a little booze and some funky earthy yeast

T not far from the smell but with some spicy hops and its a little sweeter then it smells

M fairly thick and pretty smooth considering the high alcohol, less carbonation then was visible but still far from flat

D quite unique and each sip left me thinking and the beer was gone before I figured it out

good but weird, different, unusual and a little strange, more then enough reasons to try this beer

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Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice fine cream colored head and some lace. Color is a cloudy amber. Aroma is yeasty spice malt and brettanomyces. Flav is like aroma. Was expecting more but seems kind of shallow. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Session for those who like this, but not me. Maybe an apertif.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[fung'ke e'str]

Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brewery in Belgium.

Bottle purchased at the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. Bottle consumed today with Beerloco and Mrs. Beerloco.

750ml bottle with easter eggs and bunny rabbits all over the label.

Appearance: golden orange body with 2 finger foam crown. Medium retention and decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Apricot, belgian yeast (brett), ginger, and an unsweetened lemon note.

Taste: Sweet hoppy fruits with and sweet malt. Lightly sweet finish with apricot and resiny hops throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly chewy.

Drinkability: Good considering its 9.39% abc and slightly chewy.

This was a nice beer that I was happy to have had the pleasure to both share it with a fellow BA and to add it to the board!

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DoktorZee
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Swiss wine snifter.

Pours a thick, slightly swampy/murky rust-tinged orange full of very large bubbles (think soda water). A scrappy head consisting of just a thin layer of suds on the surface forms.

Wait... did I just pour a glass of perfume? Wow. This smells like a hoppy, flower-petal infusion. It almost reminds me of grandma's perfume, or concentrated flower petals with a little synthetic quality thrown in. A little swirling brings up so of the more common brett characteristics, including a little funk.

The flavor isn't as crazy as the nose suggested, and consists of a hoppy saison/Belgian sort of base topped with brett. Whatever particular strains of brettanomyces were used, they seem to favor the floral side instead of the barn/horse side, which is interesting. There is some nice hop leafy flavors and a moderate dose of malt underneath. I think the "wild" flavors are nicely integrated and complete this flavor nicely.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth for the big bubbles seen in the pour, and the overall weight of this beer is felt in the mouth much more than it is tasted. Good work here as well.

Conclusion: Many of the reviews on this site say this beer is out of balance. This is yet another example of why I try not to trust the collective opinion of BAs too much, as I find this beer to be quite balanced and I enjoy the brettanomyces character a lot and feel that it complements the other already solid flavors. This is my first Mikkeller beer and won't be my last.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
Bottle dating of 8071103 on back of bottle. Not sure what it means.

A- Pours a very cloudy, brownish copper with 2 fingers of off white, frothy head that seems to be lingering around for a while.

S- Smells of ripe dark fruits, not at all what I expected being a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Not getting much of any hop presence. Smells more like a Belgian Dubblel.

T- Rich and malty. Sweet candied sugar taste mixes with over ripe dark fruits to create a sweet, rich, sipping beer. Not getting much of the Brett flavor.

M- Thick, mouth coating goodness. The 9.39% ABV (the bottle says 9.4%) is well hidden. Not much of any warming at all.

O- Surprised. This is my first Mikkeller, and I think they are worthy of trying more. Picked it up because of the Label saying it is a Belgian Wild Ale. The Brett does not shine through in this beer, but it is a rich, heavy, sipper that is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 228 ratings
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