Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
2012 vintage poured into Barrelworks Teku. Cellared at 50 degrees for two years on it's side.
Pours a burnt orange with two finger cream head that settles to a nice 3 ml layer. Carbonation seems to have actually lightened compared to when fresh.
Aroma is deep bread, candied orange, blood orange flesh, yellow raisin, fresh fig pulp, lemon peel, and light red wine. The nose has morphed into an earthier, breadier character than the brighter fruit and white wine notes of the young beer.
The flavor has also seen the same changes that were present on the nose. The hops have faded leaving behind a maltier based flavor with a touch more elevated yeast presence. Orange pulp, light tamarind, bread dough, sweet floral tea, and pink wine overtones dominate the palate. Has really aged nice and considering that fresh it was phenomenal, this is still very much at the same level it was before.
Mouthfeel is heavier side of light with slightly spritzy carbonation a couple of notches down than it once was. Still a good 70 percent on the carbonation scale. Drinks crisp and not quite dry with some residual sugars on the finish.
This has aged gracefully and though I think I preferred it fresh this has it's own intriguing set of nuances that makes it special. Much like champagne picks up truffle, earth, mineral qualities as it cellars this seems to go the same route thanks to a substantial malt base and Brett yeast presence.
06-14-2014 00:14:24 | More by MarcWP
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
A: 4.5 Clear reddish copper with a one inch off white head.
S: 4.25 Lots is citrusy hops and a bit of dank. Fruity and floral with a little bit of funk.
T: 4.5 Slightly tart. Juicy and a bit sweet up front with lots of citrus and a good hop presence. Tropical fruit accompanies the dry oak flavors from the wine barrels. Finishes with slight bitterness.
M: 4.25 Slightly under carbonated but overall a nice feel. A little viscous with a pleasant dryness.
O: 4.5 Very flavorful and easy drinking. Not particularly sour or funky, but those characteristics go well with the barrel and hops.
06-03-2014 23:30:19 | More by Tele
4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
A: Pours a hazy orange-tinged amber with a tight, creamy off-white head.
S: Aromas of bitter orange, kumquat, lemon, lime, grapefruit, papaya, mango, and tangerine are supported by subtle scents of biscuit and caramel.
T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, minerals, lemon, lime, grapefruit, bitter orange, kumquat, mango, and tangerine are underscored by delicate flavors of lychee, white pepper, white tea, and herbs. The finish is dry and is quite herbal with herb and grass flavors mingling with pronounced notes of lemon, lime, kumquat, and bitter orange.
M: Medium in body and very dry. Carbonation is incredibly firm and crisp. Alcohol is subdued. Dangerously easy to drink.
O: Another awesome Belgian-style ale from Mikkeller. I cannot recommend this one highly enough.
01-09-2014 19:30:21 | More by mrfrancis
Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.