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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) - Mikkeller ApS

Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)

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BA SCORE
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242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%


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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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 19:30:21 | More by mrfrancis
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy light amber color with a large off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus, white wine, yeasty funk, bread dough, little pepper

T-bready malt, white wine, slight yeast funk, mild tartness of sour grapes, lemon, slightly grassy

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and and smooth, alcohol well-integrated

O-great balance and easy drinking, unique combination of flavors

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:52:01 | More by MDDMD
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy orange in color with big amount of sediment. Fizzy white head is about 1 finger and retains nicely.

Smell is good, some dry white wine aromas along with a big Belgian yeast aroma. Little bit of funk.

Taste follows te nose. Slight white wine tartness and a little but of funk. Dry finish with a very light malt sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 01:37:37 | More by Fcolle2
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 16:19:58 | More by Damian
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Big Brett-filled aroma brings the usual green olive notes and...tomato?

T- More Brett in the flavor and the white wine comes through but mainly in the aftertaste. A little bit of barrel presence and some mild acidity. Alcohol is very well hidden but, unfortunately, the hops are very subdued almost to the point of being undetectable...oh well.

M- Semi-spritzy and tangy. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Another Brett-tastic beer from Mikkel. Not as amazing as I was expecting but certainly enjoyable to the point of seeking out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 05:11:44 | More by Immortale25
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No date, hit the shelves around 2 months ago though so fairly fresh.

A: Pours a clear light orange. Enormous effervescent and frothy light tan head. Head fades at a moderate pace, with decent retention. Tiniest little specks of lacing.

S: Huh, very interesting. Some sweet citrus, very orangey. Some tartness to it too, like orange/lemon peel. A little bit of white wine adds an extra fruity touch. Get some toasted sugar too and maybe some oak? Interesting and unique variety of aromas.

T: Whoa, loaded to the gills with sauvignon blanc. Dry white wine from start to finish. Tastes totally different than it smells. Tart wine and citrus peel up front. Turns almost sour in the middle for a brief instant with some lactic sour notes. Finish is all drying oak and white wine.

M: Somewhat heavy but very dry at the same time.

O: Well, it lives up to the name. If you like sauvignon blanc wine you will like this. I'm not a fan of dry white wines so this was a bit much for me. Not much to discern from the base beer as the barrel dominates here both from a wine and from a drying oak perspective.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:56:29 | More by Dope
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Jonada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with no freshness date. Served in a Teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color with 2 fingers of an off white creamy head with good retention and lacing. Body is lightly hazy with lots of carbonation streaming throughout the glass. Looks amazing.

Smell: Tropical fruit, pineapple, bready malt, white grape, brett and melon.

Taste: Tart white grape, lots of funky tropical brett character, more malt sweetness than I was expecting (though not highly sweet by any means), oak, low medium hop bitterness and even a bit of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Tart, dry bitter finish with a light alcohol warmth.

Overall: Really interesting, complex and tasty beer. It's one drawback is that at times the flavors seem to clash rather than compliment one another.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 02:18:27 | More by Jonada
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mynie

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

How many times will I end up paying a dollar an ounce for stale, middling Denmarkian beer before I “get the picture” and start spending my money on something useful, like that Kickstarter that’s trying to raise enough money to get Mike O’Malley to shoot a reboot pilot for Get the Picture? This time I had an excuse, though. This time, Mr. Mikkeller was wearing a fancy new paper scarf, and he looked as handsome as man from the talkies, he did, all done up with black paper and a face and a moustache. Looked like a regular Skeeter Valantino… I—I couldn’t’ say no. Not to that paper.

Uhh… fuck. Sours tend to hold up. And this one was somehow, for some reason, not priced as exorbitantly as the rest of them (is it poisoned? A gimmick beer brewed with ground-up human teeth?). And—heeey, lookie here, there’s some words coming out of the sketch of the man on the bottle: “Nelson Sauvin Brut.” I’ve heard of that. It’s a beer de Chamaple, one of those things that, like the hybrid dog-turkeys of old, refuse to be pigeonholed and demand to act as emissary from two terrifyingly incongruous kingdoms.

Only unlike the grotesquely delicious and uncannily loyal dog-turkey, this is champ-ale’s good parts don’t offset one another like some kind of abomination of god. They instead accentuate one another, and the result is like one of the most intense and refreshing saisons you’ve ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 06:07:41 | More by mynie
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which seems to have some retention. Scant amount of lacing left behind. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a medium amber which glows orange when held up to the light.

Nose- Smells a lot like a lambic which is to say it's quite enticing. Tart apples, peaches, cherry, and other fruits. What differentiates it from most lambics is the palpable white grape. Some acetic acid on the nose as well. Very nice.

Taste- Very representative of the nose with a little more subtlety. Apples, peaches, cherry, and white grape with a slight yeast finish. Some melon as well. The yeast, while subtle, adds a much needed bitterness to balance the sublime fruits that appear. Somewhat of a dry finish. Some cinnamon notes on the finish. The yeast is very well hidden and seems to suggest grapefruit. Citrus and stone fruits start to appear. This beer is quite complex and I can easily see why it is so highly rated. It's like a mix between a saison and a lambic. There is some funk to it as well. It isn't very strong but there is some straw, horse blank, and stinky cheese. Very well put together. Solid beer that should show more aspects as I continue drinking it.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with lots of carbonation. Perfect for this style of beer.

Drinkability- Yes, yes, and yes. Very easygoing. Crisp and refreshing with a complexity matched with subtlety that keeps you going. What doesn't keep you going is the price.

Overall- Really good beer. It may have been a mistake to get the highest rated beer in the style for my first try of said style, but I don't care. This is definitely worth a try. However, I do not think I would repurchase (maybe on a special occasion)- the 22 bucks is just too much. However, it is pretty much a world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 02:56:06 | More by artoolemomo
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one thanks to TauroE. Clear and deep amber with a white/brown head with nice lacing
Smell has some citrus (grapefruit) funk, barnyard, grass clippings
Tastes of initial sweetness that has a brett and tart grapefruit backing
Mouthfeel very bubbly and fairly dry finish
Overall very good and would buy it again

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 12:37:32 | More by alaimoa
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one sounded very interesting so against my better judgment I dropped $24 on a bottle. Dumb. Appearance is dark orange with a filmy head and lacing up the sides of the wine glass (seemed appropriate). Aroma is brett, wine, grapes, alcohol, slight bit of rubber, medicine, vicks vapo rub, robitussin, Flavor is brett, wine, alcohol and sort of this abrasiveness that I can't place. This feels like a ghetto version of Russian River Temptation, nowhere near as good and just sort of harsh. This may be my last Mikkeller beer, they aren't very good and the prices are ridiculous.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 03:58:39 | More by ArrogantB
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredible fruit presence backed by powdery Brett character and a high phenol presence- this wine barrel aged ale is one in which to be reckoned.

Pouring deep amber, the look of winter honey comes to mind. Copper and tawny- the beer is lightly hazed as it releases an ivory white head that caps the beer confidently and recedes with broken lacing patterns- It has a very charming look!

Strong phenol and earth presence exudes from the beer's aroma: horse blanket, pepper, spice, peat, and medicinal notes all come alive in a strong melange of soil, caramel, and honey. Surprisingly, the challenged scents come together in a very rich tobacco-like sweet herbal-ness.

To taste, the beer's sweetish upstart gives way to a breath of earthen tobacco, tea, bruised peach, pear, and apple matrix at its apex of rich taste. Following, the taste of spicy peppercorn, peat, weathered wood, leather, tobacco and light band-aid all ensue to capture the supreme balance to the sweet and fruity upstart. But as the beer concludes, it leaves the palate rewarded with deep earthen wood tones with wine-like influences.

Medium throughout, the beer's tendency is to be dry as a bone. But its caramel and fruit beginnings provide the unresolved sweetness that prevents the ale from dryness that it sorely needs. Its close of powdery wood and earth accompanies the expected medium warmth to give a lasing memory of spice, cedar and wine astringency- its a miraculously sculpted mouthfeel even if it favors early earthen sweetness.

I love the wine influence, the Brettanomyces, and the tobacco notes that the ale generates. Surprisingly, the medicinal notes that ensue don't detract from the taste as much as I would have expected- the ale is quite masterful even in its flaws.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 06:08:41 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that hardly died own.
S: Moderate aromas of barnyard funk from the brett are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some sour flavors along with notes of white wine from te barrel aging process.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little tart and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that the brett and white wine barrel aging make this beer interesting and a lot easier to drink compared to other beers in the style. It hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:23:22 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and a moderate amount of orange + copper + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy off-white head that slowly reduce to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brett along with some lighter aromas of white wine, oak, and some lighter citrus fruit notes (orange and lemon stand out). Additionally there are some very light notes of melon.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of oak and white wine with some moderate notes of citrus and tropical fruits. There are moderate to strong flavors of brett which contributes the tartness/sourness to the beer.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to significant amount of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish with some acidic prickliness.

O: This beer is really enjoyable, the notes of brett take the biere de champagne to the next level... I really found this beer to have a great aroma and taste wonderful - I would gladly celebrate any number of special occasions with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:20:23 | More by dbrauneis
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spoony

Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a nice, nearly three-finger head of off-white/light khaki foam. The head drops into a one finger cap at a leisurely pace and leaves some lacing. The brew is pretty clear and orange-tinted honey in color with a decent show of carbonation.

S-The smell is pleasant, but a touch on the mild side. I get honey, sweet doughy yeast, light-colored fruit (like apple and pear), some grass, musty white grapes, and a floral/medicinal alcohol as it warms to room temperature.

T-The taste is more intense and concentrated than the smell. This brew is full of honeysuckle, vinous/musty/lightly tart white grapes, floral alcohol, and just a whiff of dry, powdery yeast and oak. Also some straw and grass in there. Nice and complex with a long finish.

M-The feel is slightly sweet, soft (but not creamy), medium body to full body (for the style), and drying on the finish.

O-The vinous characteristics of this beer are really enjoyable. It is complex, nicely balanced, with well-integrated fruit, sweetness, and alcohol. Perhaps the mouthfeel and flavors are not entirely in line with other bieres de champagne, but I found this one really enjoyable. Relatively speaking, the smell is a little weak and it is a pricey brew, but I would happily pay to drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 18:28:48 | More by spoony
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

this is one of those white whales for me, something ive been hunting for forever and finally acquired. much anticipation here. it pours an orangey hued light bronze color into my flute, with some aspects of the champagne style carbonation, rapidly rising bubbles and a hard to control white head, but its not quite as excited as I expected it to be, and it does settle rather quickly. the smell is really complex and different, funky yeast, chardonnay or some other fairly standard white wine, citrus bitterness from the hops, and a yeast strain that is unfamiliar to me. the taste is refreshingly hoppy. the nelson sauvin variety offers a lot of fruity characters, some tropical, some citrus, all delicious. its cool because while it does provide all that fruit, it retains a high degree of bitterness, a testament to the hops versatility and to mikkellers talent as a brewer. the yeast has some funk to it, and the bitterness in the finish is lemony. a lot more wine shows up from the barrel treatment that expected, and pushes the flavor more towards a 50/50 hybrid than anything else. maybe not quite as complex as the nose, but its definitely got a lot going on. wholly unique. the mouthfeel was a little lacking for me. a biere brut needs to have nuclear carbonation throughout, and this one doesn't. it starts pretty high, but it fizzles out before my glass is gone. the body is nice though, medium and smooth, punctuated by flashes of bubbles. overall this is a very interesting creation, maybe not quite as good as I wanted it to be, but its really a remarkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 16:02:15 | More by StonedTrippin
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Opened in celebration of getting our first homebrew (a Nelson/Motueka hopped saison) bottled.

Pours a thick reddish amber with a large and resilient tannish head. Looks excellent.

Smells quite dry, tart, vinous, pretty sharp sour grape/berry character, some citrus, some nice floral character too, complex and very very good.

Tastes of bright orange citrus, grape and red berries, passionfruit, dry musty flowers, nice sourness but not aggressively acidic, this is damn good.

Mouthfeel has lots of very fine and subtle carb, feels soft and dry, elegant and refreshing and pretty drinkable.

This is a phenomenal beer, has characteristics of a biere de champagne but also of a hoppy sour, like Juicy but better IMO.

9.3/10

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 00:03:08 | More by AlexFields
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TallSaint

New York

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

April 7th, 2013. Bottle

This beer pours a gorgeous light brown with a hint of orange and a loose two-finger white head.

The nose is brilliantly balanced. Nelson Sauvin dominates with tropical fruits and lychees. Brett sits underneath this unique hop profile with a musty earthiness and a bit of cherry pie character. It's vinous as well, with a touch of wood.

On the palate Nelson Sauvin dominates upfront with tropical fruits, grapes, gooseberries, and sherbet. This hoppiness is overtaken in the mid-palate by a sweet/vinous maltiness as well as a classic Brett influence that comes through as earthiness and some funk. In the back Brett again exacts its influence through a nice tartness. A bit of acetic acid from the brett comes through in the back as well, adding the slightest touch of vinegar that is well integrated into the vinousness and adds to the overall winey-ness of this brew. The finish was not as clean as I expected but it does not detract in any way, it is long and complex.

Overall this is a fantastic brew that is very complex. Nelson Sauvin was the perfect hop to use. It's tropical fruit, gooseberry and grape flavors made it the perfect match for a white wine barrel. It also integrates extremely well with the Brett, even though they seem to have very polar flavors.

Awesome job Mikkel, I could drink this all day long...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 09:04:05 | More by TallSaint
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass. Pours a hazy (with floaties), amber-orange color, big frothy off-white head, and good lacing. Aroma is pale malts, apricot, citrus and earthy hops, wood, vinuous, and barnyard. Flavor is caramel, lemon, orange, wood, spicy, brett, and vinuous. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, crisp, bitter, and a touch of an alcohol burn. Good beer, nice complexity, dangerously quaff-able.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 00:43:59 | More by mtstatebeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from the first US release in mid-2011, purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Shared at the Dry Hop industry party in the accompanying taster glasses.

A - Lightly tanned foam settles to a solid cap, leaving behind plenty of splotchy lacework. Murky dark orange-brown color.

S - Very funky, with lots of tropical brett character. White wine and oak, and and some of the smokey De Proef brett flavors I get from the Flemish Primitive series. More malt sweetness than I was expecting from a Brut, but that may be due to the age. There's some light melon that could be residual from the hops but is more likely a brett flavor.

T - Taste is similar, with tropical fruits yielding to dusty and earthy brett. Some sweet caramel and fruity malts, and a lightly medicinal, smokey and leathery finish. I'm not always a huge fan of De Proef's brett, but it's more restrained here. Less oak and vinous character here.

M - Smooth, lightly dry, full in body, with pleasant soft carbonation. Chewy texture, and extremely well-hidden alcohol.

D - I was expecting more spritz and dryness, but as a funky Belgian Strong Pale this is pretty enjoyable. Probably not worth $23, but I'd love to try an extremely fresh bottle or draft sample to see how much the Nelson Sauvin hops contribute.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 18:01:33 | More by MasterSki
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has the deep bronze appearance of a DIPA. I could get a lot of head on the pour, but it was a thin head that quickly dissipated. A slight amount of carbonation was active throughout.

Smell: Absolutely on par with a brut champaign aroma. Bright apricots, pears, tangerine, floral citrus, and some very heavy sticky hops. Very bright, so similar to a brut champaign but at the same time has a darkness that is lacking in regular champaign.

Taste: Right on point with the nose. The palette just gets attacked but wonderful bright citrus fruit flavor. The pears and heavily saturated tangerines are so balanced and wonderful. There is a serious dryness going on here with a beautiful hop balance which keeps it from totally wrecking the palette. Complex heavy waves of citrus fruit attack throughout the aftertaste. Keeps me coming back for more.

Mouthfeel: Like I said above, dry, but at the same time, so juicy and complex.

Overall: Mikkeller knocks it out of the park. I love this brew. Makes me think of new years but at the same time has such wonderful beer aspects to it. Worth all of the $19.99 I spent on this bomber. Not something to drink all the time but something that is a must try. Nelson Sauvin hops continue to show their diversity and overall deliciousness.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 22:47:00 | More by KFBR392
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sampling at Bar Volo. A malt liquor with lots of fruitiness. Very Good drinkability for such high alcohol. Peachy coloured body with a little head and lace. A big bold taste, grape, apricot. full mouthfeel. Sour fruit aroma. A worthwhile big beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 22:55:39 | More by Sammy
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a champagne flute.

What a really pretty beer. Crystal clear with lively rising carbonation, some cola bubbles, but then settles to pinhead which rise very fast. The color is real gorgeous a deep orange bronze body, with hints of pinkish red it almost makes me think of rose looking at it. Head is soapy but with lots of staying power, builds nicely with speckled lacing. Truly looks sparkling, great looking beer.

Nose has that wild funk, but a nice controlled sweetness with a sense of Belgian candy sugar I am guessing. Subtle crabapple and orange tangerine. Light and airy. Almost smells like a decent fruit or apple wine, with a nice funk component. Might be some nice caramel hiding in the back it seems also.

Palate has a nice faint crispness. Hop front with a nice mix of brett like sharp pepper. Light effervescent with a hint of apricot and hop like grass. Mellow finish with all the taste seemingly in front of the palate. Little bit of wet honey, and a small sweetness on the finish. Belgian sensing sweetness is downplayed but it lets the hop and funk just really travel.

This is easily the most hop forward brut champagne beer, and the funk on this just accents it nicely. This is something really special and tasty, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 22:15:21 | More by smakawhat
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to alelover for this surprise bottle! I haven't had this since New Years Ever '11/'12 and I loved it then, can't wait to see how it's evolved.

It pours a glowing sort of burnt tangerine color with a bit of steady beading. It's capped off with a healthy finger or two of sticky eggshell head... dramatic lacing and even a bit of booze legs.

Incredibly floral on the nose... hibiscus and juniper with layers of citric fruits - namely grapefruit and orange. It has the pungency of a sweet perfume without any sense of overly aggressive acidity or artificiality. I could honestly keep my nose in the glass forever... super lush, super smooth. A slight suggestion of alcohol is detectable after a few extra degrees of warmth.

The sweetness is pretty dried up on the palate. Instead of that floral citrus type character that dominates the nose, there's a bittersweet pulpy fruit profile. The wine barrels show themselves in a bigger way and the grapefruit that beautifies the nose plays a more subtle role on the tongue. Faintly tart, tastefully sweet.

This is really fantastic at the moment. The nose is unmatched. Thanks Joel!!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 18:10:33 | More by yamar68
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

Amber in appearance with a fizzy white head that fades to a ring at best.

Aroma is fruity along the lines of pear, grape, ripe apple, and lemon/lime.

The flavor is acidic up front and fairly tart, offering fruity notes of pear, white grape juice, tart apple, and a fairly significant sense of lime on the finish. Pretty dry also.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, but not overly so.

The rating made me expect more. And as this beer touts nelson sauvin hops, i was hoping for a strong nelson hop presence which i also didnt get. But perhaps the nelson sauvin hops added to the fruity flavor. Only speculating. A nice medium-sourness beer, but it's not complex enough to warrant its rating my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 03:30:20 | More by jbertsch
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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.