Funky E Star - Chardonnay Barrel Aged | Mikkeller ApS

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Funky E Star - Chardonnay Barrel AgedFunky E Star - Chardonnay Barrel Aged

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.39%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by PeterIngemi on 12-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by mrfrancis:
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a creamy, thick tan head that recedes slowly, yet only leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Strong aromas of caramel, Chardonnay, must, pineapple, papaya, guava, white wine vinegar, unripened grapes, and sea salt are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, cream, biscuit, herbs, and grass are chased by flavors of Chardonnay grape, toasted oak, white wine vinegar, unripened table grapes, sea salt, pickle brine, carambola, papaya, mango, pineapple, and must. The finish is very dry with robust Chardonnay barrel, tropical fruit, and caramel flavors.

M: Medium in body and dryish, especially towards the finish. Carbonation is crisp, firm, and a bit prickly. Alcohol presence is so mellow as to be virtually undetectable, rearing its head only briefly on the fade.

O: I did not care for the regular Funky E Star at all, but I can really appreciate this barrel-aged version. There is a lot going on in this beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a semiopaque/semitransparent dark yellow, not hazy but thick in its own way. It develops a pillowy sort of eggshell-colored head that rises to one finger high and displays solid retention while leaving patchy and leggy lace behind it.
The nose is sour, tart and funky, a little sharp with vague band-aid notes pointing to the yeast. A little bit of honey-like softness is detectable against all the stronger notes. It's just a little spicy with a green apple and lemon sort of juiciness.
The flavor brings out the funk, not so heavy as to overshadow the softer notes that add to the complexity. Green apple tartness, bright and clean, is a main component. Skill with barreling is shown as some nice white wine character comes out in a familiar clean, bright juicy/vinous/mineral combination. It's semi-dry, leaning a little dry as woods come alongside.
It's semi-dry in feel as well as flavor with not shale but a light mineral touch. The body, while bright, reaches medium. It's crisp, a nice nip continuing to the end, but nicely smooth as well while a moderate carbonation keeps it lively.

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Photo of timc100
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this one - fresh bottle.

A: Gorgeous looking beverage. Dark, murky, dirty ruby - close to no light getting through. The head is fantastic. I expected something that would fizz away, and the one here appears closer to a BA strong ale. Light beige, big bubbles, creamy lacing - big alcohol legs.

S: Very, very interesting. Enjoyed with a glass of a hefty oak aged chardonnay. Huge chardonnay dryness with some funk, organic woody oak enhanced by the funk. As it warms more berry fruit sweetness comes through and more barnyard funk. Notes of lemon grass, mint, and some very prominent spiciness.

T: Not very sour at all, and less funk than expected. Huge chardonnay notes as well as oak. There is a little fruit sweetness that comes through. More musty blanket funk comes through as it warms. Really interesting, the chardonnay aging has brought some intense flavors.

P: A little under carbonated. Medium bodied, easy drinking.

O: Happy to have tried this. Definitely was nice to have next to a glass of chardonnay as it was made apparent how much influence on the beer there was. Not nearly as funky or sour as I would have liked and expected out of a wild ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows horsey brett notes, sherbert, woody oak, soft white wine and elderflower. Enticing!
Flavours include more funky Brett, elderflower, pear/apple wine notes, woody oak, sweet malt and sherbert. Very interesting stuff.
Carbonation could be higher to suit the flavours.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of SebD
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a deep merky amber/brown color to it. (Kind of reminds me of a homebrew) It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart berries & grapes, caramel, oak, chardonnay, lemon and some barnyard funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some tart dark fruit, alot of caramel (more than I thought there would be) oak, chardonnay and some lemony funk.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of humulusphile
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, barrel aged tasting at Beltramo's

On the palate, fruity german esters shine through, great carbonation and mouthfeel, with chardonnay notes on a a refreshing finish.

Overall, this has a great structure and a layered complexity, very enjoyable. This is the best marriage of wine and beer I've come across, and I wish it were a regular offering as it's the ideal beer to serve to "wine only" drinkers.

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

9.39% ABV confirmed. Brewed & Bottled at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Cost was $13.99 at a local SoCal bottle shop. 12.7 fl oz green glass bottle (Mikkel should know better...) with standard pressure cap served into a 50cl New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. This is my favourite brewer, so expectations are quite high.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger light beige-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention for the high ABV (~4 minutes). Lacing is decent, with some clinging to the sides of the goblet. Body colour is a murky caramel-brown with red hues; kind of a muted dull colour. Lacks vibrance or real appeal; it's a strange shade. No yeast particles are visible, but I did see some yeast go in during the pour. No bubble show. Nontransparent but translucent.

Sm: Funky and lactic. White wine when I look for it, but the lactic sourness is dominant. Some fruit; I want to say a berry of some sort. Green sour apple is prominent. Some pear and oak, with some sweetness that seems to come from the fruit rather than from malts. Fragrant and appealing. The oak and lactic sourness in particular are remarkable. A moderate to notable strength aroma. Any yeasty notes are swallowed up by the lactic character. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Funky and lactic, with prominent white wine notes throughout and a dry pear/crystal malt climax with sprinklings of sour green apple about the climax. Some light tartness, but nowhere near as much as I'd like. Not real sour, but enough to satisfy. Balanced but disappointingly simple (especially for a barrel aged beer). It's a tasty funky brew, and a real success in the style, but it leaves something to be desired. I do like it, but I expected better - especially from Mikkel.

Mf: Starts wet and dries towards the climax to coax out the flavour - especially the pear. Smooth throughout and quite effervescent from the crystal malt. Near perfect carbonation. Refreshing. Ideal thickness for the style. Complements the flavour profile very well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but it falls short of my expectations. For the style, it's a solid offering, but I know Mikkel can do better. I suspect the clinical, scientific precision of a brewery like De Proef holds back Mikkel's spontaneously fermented beers; it's not an ideal environment for the yeast. I wouldn't shell out the dough for this one again, but it will please fans of the style. Another solid offering from Mikkeller.

Low B-

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How to make a beer truly distinctive? Put it in a barrel! And its becoming more and more obvious that the marriage of wine barrels to Belgian ales spawn a beer with unlimited complexity and refreshing palatability.

While pouring a rustic deep amber hue, the beer portrays highlights of orange, ruby, and brown through nearly a haze-free translucence. Somewhat fizzy, the beer's initial release of ivory foam begins to recede immediately to develop a skirt around the glass before completely dissipating mid way through the session.

Sharp sour-ish notes of tart apples, under ripened orchard fruit, sour grapes, and barnyard funk zips right through the nose convincing the olfactory senses that this is indeed a wild ale. But shortly after come the scents of caramel and honey that not only temper the tartness but support a cookie dough undercurrent. Light white pepper and wine like spice complement the sour tone and balance the sweeter notes.

The sweet and sour interplay alternates on the palate not unlike Thai or Chinese cuisine. Medium caramel and marmalade sweetness lays on the earl y palate but then the tangy tartness of white cider vinegar, citrus peels, souring fruit, and white grape seeds cut through the malty sweetness in middle palate. But finishing somewhat honey-sweetened, the beer takes on oak and nutty flavors giving impressions of peanut brittle to finish. The "polar-opposite" flavors seem to be two different beers in the mouth battling out for attention.

Medium-light in body, the beer's residual sweetness keeps the beer firm although the acids and tannin continually poke holes in its malty cloak. I keep looking for the beer to turn the corner in finish- shedding its malty weight and allowing the beer to finish undeniably dry, earthy, and warm, but it remains regrettably balanced until the very end.

Chardonnay Barrel-aged Funky E makes me taste flavor combinations that I have never experienced in beer before- the closest I can think of is Lindemann's Faro. It's certainly a curious beer that I'd like to try with spicy curry dishes or pad Thai.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Funky E Star - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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