Funky E Star | Mikkeller ApS

Funky E StarFunky E Star
BA SCORE
3.66/5
228 Ratings
Funky E StarFunky E Star
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 GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
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

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcmchew
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmg480
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karo
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of JFrank78
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NightINgale
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tim007007
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chris-1911
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a sour apple crumble. Can't go wrong with that.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Andy_Luft
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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Photo of rostencrantz
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of personpitch
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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