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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) - Mikkeller ApS

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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 88
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in white wine barrels.

(Beer added by: Parrotshake on 05-16-2010)
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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.

MarcWP, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Damian
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a flute

Gorgeous appearance. The beer poured a slightly hazed, medium amber color and was topped by a four-finger, light tan, meringue-like crown that nearly spilled out of the glass. The light, airy mass faded to a lasting cap and deposited chunks of bubbly, frothy lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was amazingly dynamic and one of the most complex I have ever come across in a beer. Belgian yeast notes were immediately recognizable. Good amount of white wine flavor. Quite funky and oaky. Lots of fruity sweetness and brett-like tartness. Notes of grapefruit zest were apparent as well. There was also a grassy hop presence that became stronger as the beer warmed.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was incredibly interesting. The white wine and barrel character came through strong right off the bat. Lots of fruity, Belgian yeast notes. The beer was anchored by semi-sweet, bready/caramel malt base. Good dose of bretty tartness and crisp lemon notes. Smooth, grassy, Saaz-style hops were quite apparent, particularly on the crisp, dry finish. Really nice overall balance and very easy drinking for 9%.

The mouthfeel was creamy, smooth and supple. Pillowy soft on the palate. The liquid contained a super fine, frothy effervescence.

The use of wild yeasts, Nelson Sauvin hops and Sauvignon Blanc barrel aging really turned this Belgian ale into a spectacularly complex and enjoyable beer. This was one of the most interesting offerings I have had in a long time, and one of the best beers ever from Mikkeller. I would recommend drinking this one as fresh as possible in order to enjoy all that hoppy goodness.

Damian, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Skunkyluvmuffin, Friday at 05:44 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

GonzoHomebrewer, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

cfrobrew, Aug 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

saeh, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

bobv, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Roze, Jul 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

DrBier, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Kirk, Jun 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

heygeebee, Jun 19, 2014
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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.

Tele, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

SimonTja, May 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Axnjxn, May 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

MikeCactusGordon, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Jakethesnake503, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

srgj88, Apr 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

thebouch01, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Gregvg, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

dipso123, Jan 31, 2014
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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.