Funky E Star | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
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 kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy nontransparent dirty gold.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, caramel, light fruit ester hops, and cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy unexpected nuts, some caramel, cream on the climax, and biscuity yeast - especially up front. The yeast is likely the best aspect of the flavour, though I do like the light cream on the open. The balance is structurally off, but sound in terms of flavours. Most of the flavour is in the first act/half. The build is exploratory (which may be a polite term), but at least it's bold. The candied sugar comes through mainly in the aftertaste. No alcohol is detectable.

Mf: Delightfully smooth and wet, with some welcome cream. Near perfect thickness. Sadly, the flavours pale in comparison.

Dr: Very drinkable but disappointingly unremarkable. I expect more from my favourite brewery. I wouldn't get this again - especially at this price.

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Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of photomike
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A – Light ice tea. White head has pink highlights, great lace, but just ok retention.

S – Strange, stale, mildew funk on top of bready malt and light honey.

T – Earthy, dry, herbal, mildewy staleness smacks you in the face. Straw and black pepper are tough to find, but are definitely there. Light, honey sweetness on the backend.

M – Medium light body with a lingering staleness.

O – The label doesn’t disappoint; Funk is an apt description. Unfortunately the Funk feels imbalanced, and the particular style of funk just isn’t my favorite: more skunky contamination and less of the tart and earthy barn notes that I gravitate towards.

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Photo of timtim
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

murky brown-orange with a tan head that holds and leaves a good bit of lace. hard to get over the brown-orange color. just looks muddy. nose has a malt character similar to many other mikkeller beers (yeast series?) along with drying (maybe like soggy roses?) flowers, a touch of mushroom, some dark sugars, the teeniest touch of brett-like funk and an odd smoked tea sent. taste exhibits most of what is going on in the nose, but the flavors are a bit muddy and flabby. a lot hoppier than expected. some notes that remind me of butter mints. a tad all over the place, and not nearly enough funk. good carbonation levels on a medium-full body. quick finish with a lingering smoked tea aftertaste. overall, a decent, but not amazing offering from the mikeller. unhappy E star.

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Photo of Dan25D
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of tsauce2
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a fluted taster glass

A: SRM is light amber. Translucent and clear filtered. Head is light tan with brown lines that pull up around the carbonation as it bubbles to the top. Head is 1/2 in, and dissipates to cover the top of the beer. Medium/heavy carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Malty and slightly funky. Honey is noticable and a hint of alcohol is noticable.

T: Follows the nose. Malt and medium funk come through, but the honey (i'm assuming this is where the sweetness comes from) mellows everything out and leaves a sweet aftertaste with light funk notes.

M: Medium body. MF comes from malt and sweetness, but light hops are noticable. The barnyard/funk component serves as a point of contrast for the malty and sweet notes.

O: A good beer from Mikkeller. Not an all-star, but a funky one for sure. I did like the saison aspect to this beer, and found the sweetness not overpowering but very complimentary.

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Photo of AlexChillton
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Diomede
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of KGarrett
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bmur112
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of korguy123
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No date, 12oz into tulip.

A- Murky deep orange pour (pale ale?) Two finger soapy off white head that slowly deflates to a quarter inch cap. Lacing is sticky and just sheets to the glass.

S- Typical Mikkeller smell of alcohol. Getting sweet malts, a slight juicy characteristic. No hint of brett.

T- Sweet malts, strawberries and a slight plastic taste I can only assume is the brett. Juicy up front with a quick dry finish. Alcohol taste is there but not nearly as over powering as a lot of mikkeller beers.

M- Medium bodied, slight alcohol warmth. Sticky on the lips.

O- I went into this not knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised!

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2.39/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750mL to snifter. $16 for the bottle. Best by date of 16/1/14, sampled 7/18/11.

Psychedelic label. White bunnies with a CMYK-colored fractal in the background. Synthetic cork and cage. This beer was brewed and bottled at De Proef.

A: One finger khaki colored head, quick to diminish. Murky body with a rustic orange color. Spare lacing.

S: Floral with a wet woodsy, resiny aroma. Cereal and grain. Age seems have brought about light notes of toffee and caramel.

T: The nose gave some hope to this beer. Unfortunately, there were no redeeming qualities to be had on the palate. Kind of a mess flavorwise.

M: Light body, slick texture with a soft, fizzy effervescence. Light wild yeast influence. Drinks closer to a 6.5% than the advertised 9.4%.

O: I kind of wish that Mikkeller didn't brew ANY good beers. At all. And I also wish that they would cut it out with their slick brand recognition and catchy label design. That way I wouldn't feel compelled to try *every *single *one that I see, hoping that it will be as good as, you know "that one that I had a really long time ago." Anyway...I'm batting like .200 with these guys.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. In the current age of Internetese vernacular, do we really need the pronunciation guide provided on the label?

This beer pours a cloudy medium amber colour, with two fingers of tight foamy honeycomb head, which leaves a decent multi-tiered array of traditional lace around the glass as it slowly settles. It smells of citrus, grain, candy sugar, yeast, and some serious funk, y'all! The taste is crazy-ass ashy funk, that's the only way I can describe it. Fucking hell, this hurts at first, to the unsuspecting, naive palate. Once settled down, and more centered (huh?), I can detect some generic Mikkeller malt, sweet and weirdly smoky, accompanied by some soft earthy yeast, and latent funk, still musty and vaguely cheesy, but trailing off in a quite agreeable fashion, amongst some (I'm here too!) leafy hops. The carbonation is very much on the down low, the body an unassuming medium weight, generically, but not underwhelmingly smooth. It finishes somewhat sweet in malt, and more funky in well, da funk.

Woooowee. What a smack upside the head, one long coming. Once the dust settles, this is one very well rendered, um, Belgian, help me out here, Wild, uh, Ale? Seems about right to me.

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Photo of drumminbrewer
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian Strong Pale Ale? Doesn’t look like one. Doesn’t smell like one. Oh well, what do I know? (don’t answer that) Bottle says Belgian Wild Ale.

Fairly dark amber with a creamy white head that shows excellent retention. Lots of clumpy lacing. A touch hazy.

Aroma is of the classic Mikkeller Malt with a hint of citrus. I don’t get too much of a Belgian note here. Not bad..

What am I missing here? I don’t really get any Wild or Belgian notes. Tastes like a sweet pale ale. Lots of toffee and fruit. Maybe, and I mean maybe a hint of candied sugar. Really fruity as a matter of fact. I’d say a touch too sweet. Some pine notes in the finish.

Medium bodied, slightly sticky. Very mild carbonation.. again Pale Ale like.

I’m a bit confused by the stated style. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but I think it’s scores are lower since I don’t think it really fits the style that it’s listed under.

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Photo of gueuzer
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured form a 11.2 oz bottle. No vintage date.

App- Copper with a lacy cream head that clings to the glass.

Sm- Mostly booze. There are some citrusy hops and the slightest medical brett presence. If you are going to call your beer funky star, it should be funky; this is not.

Ta- Big blows of sweet belgian candi mixed with tropical fruits. Kiwi pineapple and lemon from the hops, bit a biting bitter hop tang mid-palette. There is some band-aid-y brett presence but pretty minimal. Some belgian yeast phenols. The booze that was so present in the nose takes a back seat.

Ov- Another miss by MIkkeller. There are aspects that are intriguing but to put this ridiculous level of hops with candi sugar, a bruiser ABV and brett? It's like dumping jalapenos on a raspberry chocolate torte. If you happen to purchase one of these, sit on it for 3 years in hopes that the hops fade and brett blossoms. If you haven't purchased it, don't. In addition, I know I already said it, but if you are going to name your beer Funky Star, it needs to be funky. I'm talking sweaty pedio barnyard funk! Not this uber-tame Orval-level of funkness.

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Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 49.6% out of 100 with 228 ratings
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