Funky E Star | Mikkeller ApS

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Funky E StarFunky E Star

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Mikkeller ApS

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

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Photo of cptnspeed1
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy dark orange/amber with about 3/4 inch of head. The head retains well. This was the first point at which I realized that despite being labeled as a "Belgian Wild Ale" this would have no tartness at all.

S: Nothing in the smell says Belgian of any type. Smells of subdued hops, caramelized sugar and a hint of floral.

T: Caramelized sugar, a touch of hops. Its almost like a relaxed American Barleywine. I don't get much heat from it, especially considering the 9.4% ABV. I knocked it up a half point after it warmed up. An ever so slight bit of Brett funk sneaks in at about 55-60 degrees.

M: Hides the booze well, stays smooth, nice balanced carbonation. Nothing special, but nothing wrong.

O: Not bad, it definitely grew on me as I drank it. I just wish the Brett had more than a non-speaking role.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle, silver foil around the neck. Pours out a cloudy amber hue, loose creamy white head pitted with bubbles.

Candy sweetness, citrus, some mild earth and funk in the nose. Small notes of caramel.

Light sugary and fruit sweetness up front in the flavour, some mild bready, caramel malt in the middle, with equally mild herbal and grassy hops on the finish. Quite balanced and mild for the alcohol content.

Medium-light mouthfeel, a bit thin, medium carbonation with a bit of briskness on the finish.

The double-edged sword strikes in this instance. An okay Belgian style ale, quite mild and well-contained overall, but lacks the marketed "oomph" of Mikkeller's mandate for pushing the limits and offering something new and unique. Quite drinkable for what it is, yet not very interesting compared to what else is out there in this style.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is orange and hazy with a thick white head that falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Looks fine.

Aroma is slightly malty sweet. Mild sour notes in the aroma, not much there at all.

Medium body and really smooth. There is a mild brett character to the whole thing, some sweetness up front. I bet this beer would sour for years on the shelf. Overall its just OK. For a beer called Funky E Star I was expecting more of a brett character.

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Photo of Chris-1911
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karo
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into oversize wine glass
A – 1+ finger cream colored head with decent staying power left nice lacing on top of a brown/orange/red colored brew. Yellow/orange edges with a much darker center intrigue 4
S – Ripe dark fruits, cherry tartness, semi-sweet bready malts with a touch of spice & citrus 3.5
T –Toasted malts & berries/dark fruits fade to a very odd funky middle with bitter floral and sweet bread finish, good but overall this taste experience feels scattered and earthy to me 3.5
M – Medium body with lighter mouth feel, I would prefer a bit less alcohol, a single serving brew 3
O – Left me wondering – spread thin, jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none taste experience. A unique brew that I’m glad I tried but did not impress me 3.5

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Photo of drumminbrewer
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Belgian Wild Ale"...why is it classified otherwise on here? Interesting, let's see. Poured into my St Bernardus glass;

Pours dark, sunset amber, quickly dissipating head that leaves some traces of bubbles on the brim and heavy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Faint nose...I mean, most Brett beers I've had are usually distinguishable by a powerful nose, this one is a lot more restrained. Some citrus, but none of that "fresh cut grass"-ness I'm used to with Brett.

First sip- there's the Brett, but wow is it controlled. Intriguing, usually it's so powerful that other flavors become secondary (dare I say subservient to it), but it's really in the background. Lots of orange.

Solid mouthfeel. Large amount of malt gives it a great deal of body...chewy.

Short finish, barely there. Some lemon zest left on the mid palate, but it's hardly identifiable.

Strange brew. Not bad by any means, interesting for sure, but it doesn't really fall into any category. The only thing I didn't care for was the finish, or lack thereof. Otherwise I think this is really unique-perhaps it just needs a bit more time in the bottle (no bottling date, so maybe it's been in there too long).

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
3.68 out of 5 based on 227 ratings.
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