Funky E Star | Mikkeller ApS

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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
Ratings:
228
Reviews:
106
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
15.22%
 
 
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Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Famers' Cabinet.

Pours a clear dark golden orange color with pale apricot edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly funky aroma with zesty spice, bread, yeast and crisp light fruit.  Subtle cream, bretty funk, apple and pear.  Pale malt.  

Medium bodied with subtle creaminess and earthy funk.  Dry Brett funk with an earthy barnyard presence that gives off notes of straw and grass .  Pale malts underneath with some estery light fruit.  Hints of apple, pear, banana, orange peel and mango.  Alcohol phenols but only sligt heat in finish.
 

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hopped the border to Westchester NY to pick this bottle up.

Appearance is a deep golden color with a short off-white head, which does not sit there for very long. The label and some other reviews lead me to think I would pick up some funk in the nose, but that element was very faint for me. My nose mainly picked up orange, some spice, malts. The taste is sweet, caramel is there, more spice, more of the citrus fruit as well. The belgian yeast is subdued. MF is kinda boozy with some bitterness in the finish. Another interesting beer from Mikkeller...pretty good overall.

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Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Zach136
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on the shelves locally in 12oz bottles today and HAD to nab this long time want. Perhaps slightly different than the larger bottle, this one says 9.4% ABV and Belgian Wild Ale.

a - popped the bottle and filled my captain lawrence tasting tulip. The beer had a really nice amber color to it, pretty murky but somewhat transparent with a nice frothy yeasty head. Lacing clung to the glass nicely.

s - very nice citric candy and banana clove notes. A bit of funky bubblegum and nice to style. Tartness starts coming out as I swirl the glass and it opens up, but nicely balanced with the other flavors.

t - peppery bubblegum. very faint sweet tart. sublte sweet tart start with subtle bittery finish. I quite enjoy this beer...it is different, but the flavors really work for me...mostly because of the softness and sutbleness.

m - very soft with good carbonation (as I started drinking it, I even started to see the carbonation). I really like the way this beer sits and feels. It is smooth, even, and subtle.

o - I didn't really know what to expect with this beer being called a BSPA or a Belgian Wild Ale and it sort of fits somewhere between a cross of a wild ale and a belgian pale. I think the best way to describe this would be bubblegum beer (I can already see the collaboration with Short's and this recipe). Mikkeller has always been a hit or miss brewer to me and this is a beer I get...this is a beer that is a hit for me. Love it (going to try to stock up on a few of these while they are still on shelves).

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nice beer we have today.

Clear amber colour with a big, creamy light tan head. Great lacing and good head retention.

Wonderful funky aroma with a nice balance in there and some spicy clove notes showing that the base beer is lovely too.

Wonderful balance of malt and funk here with the sweetish malt being offset by earthy Brettanomyces character. A hefty dose of hop bitterness cleans out the palate. Great.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A delightful beer. Full of flavour and well developed Brett character.

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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up this bottle for $5.99 at Merchants in Dearborn, the first and only time (so far) that I've seen it. I was a little skeptical due to spotty experience with Mikkeller, but in the end I bit the bullet and gave it a try. Too bad for me:

It pours a murky dark amber color with an off-white foam of spitty consistency. It smells sweet and malty, with caramel and maybe some yeast. The ABV is evident in the nose too.

It tastes slightly better than it smells, but only slightly. Very strong tasting, it tastes more like a Belgian barleywine than anything else. I don't get any wild flavors at all, just sweet malts and alcohol and smarties. Yech.

Too strong, didn't like it, don't recommend it. A real misnomer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
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 AgentMunky
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Stamped 8071103. Presumably brewed for Easter, considering the name and the bunnies on the label.

A: Cloudy, muddy brown with yellowish(greenish?) streaks. Opaque, but positively gangrenous in the light. A nice finger of head has decent retention and substance. Unsure of the BSPA classification. Great lace.

S: Delicious! Fruity and deep, with a touch of spice and sour yeast. It smells sort of like a BSDA except for the strange yeast. A slight metallic touch mars an otherwise excellent nose.

T: Typical Mikkeller -- after one sip, I have no idea whether I love it or hate it. Predictably, the truth is somewhere in between. It's light, still ripely fruity, but the funk really takes off. The taste is brief, but super tasty. At times the fruit seems to be covered in crystallized sugar, at others it seems that white grape juice has become infected by wild yeast. Tropical. Some bready malts.

M: Barely drying, smackworthy, and lightly carbonated. I like it.

O: The reason I continue to buy Mikkeller's beers is that they are almost always interesting, if not obviously good. So it is here. Funky E Star is an intriguing drink, but not everyday fare. I'm glad I bought this one, but I won't get another.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of grainy pale and caramel malts with good amounts of what I've learned to associate with Wild IPA's - funky hop aromas that smell slightly like gummy bears. As the beer warms more funk wafts out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined by good amounts of grapefruit flavors tempered by a very mild funkiness. As the sip progresses the funkiness takes over a bit and carries through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another with no problem.

Overall this is a middle-of-the-road Wild IPA - it's far from being bad but it's also not quite over the "above average" hump. Worth a shot, especially if you like the combination of brett and hops.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, murky amber with a creamy white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, candy sugar, oranges in syrup, and lemon zest are most prevalent on the nose. I was expecting some funk from the wild yeast, but I didn't really get any.

T: A sweet, sugary entry reveals notes of oranges in syrup, lemon zest, caramel, sweet cream, and candy sugar. An earthy, musty sourness from the use of wild yeast develops around mid-palate, with a sudden kick of peppery, tobacco-tinged hops coming through immediately afterwards. The finish is fleeting and sweet with caramel and candy sugar flavors balanced by lactic wild yeast and peppery, medicinal hops.

M: Much lighter in body than I would typically expect from a beer of this style. In the mouth, it is very smooth and silky with a bit of syrupy stickiness before the fade. Alcohol presence is minimal, but increases towards the finish.

O: This is an odd, awkward concoction. I think I can safely say that this is not one of Mikkeller's finest moments. Everything is just really out of whack-the flavors and aromas don't really work well together and the beer is rather difficult to drink. I doubt I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very likable sweet funky ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Retro psychedelic label in magenta, yellow, and light green. Offers a barely legible bottling code in the back. Notes style (Belgian Wild Ale) and Alc. by Vol. (9,4%)

A - Hazy medium to deep amber pour. Rich foamy head, medium retention, nice surface memory and good lacing. Quite the looker with that towering head and the swirling haze...

S - Plenty of barnyard notes in the nose, grassy, funky, dashes of caramel...

T - Nice funky sense, the barnyard shines with a great range of yeast, a bit leathery and… quite a bit of caramel, sugary actually… quite intense and woven throughout save in the end with a light citric touch picking up the brett and bitterness. Grassy punctuation throughout.

M - Medium body and carbonation, smooth flow with a hint at a dry finish.

O- Too good a flow. It went down so quickly, without any notice of the Alc. Vol. that it is either it is too dangerous or I was having a quick brewing epiphany. Probably both… And the more reason to long for another.

Notes: Another good take by Mikkeller. Sure, one needs to appreciate a rather sweet bready ale, but if that is the case this is quite a treat.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an appealing clear coppery-mahogany with a decent pale buttery-tan head that leaves some substantial lacing. Aroma has malty, fruity and floral notes as well as hints of caramel and hops; though not strong, it still tempts the palate. Flavor is indeed funky - caramel, woody, malty and nutty notes with a fruity and floral undertone and more than a hint of hops. Smooth, full-bodied texture has a firm tingle that leaves a persistent fizz in the fruity and slightly honey-sweet finish.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
3.68 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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