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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) - Mikkeller ApS

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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 87
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

kscaldef, Nov 21, 2011
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Photo of Damian
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Damian, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of MarcWP
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

SkiBum22, Sep 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Guinnsslvr, May 01, 2013
Photo of jisak74
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jisak74, May 05, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Hazed dark amber with a huge, thick, light-khaki colored head that sticks around for what seems like forever, but surprisingly doesn't leave behind too much stick on the glass.

A very nice aroma of pears, apples, lemon, peaches, white grapes, some wood, and a hint of sourness. This is not entirely funky, but there's a mild barnyard hint present as well. This is a very (white) fruit-forward aroma.

The flavor isn't nearly as successful, especially as the beer warms. The flavors of pear and apple are dominant, with a mild sour component. As the beer warms, it seems to become less and less sour and take on more of a fruit juice character.

Thin to medium bodied with initially high carbonation, but it seems to lose it's body quite quickly.

An above average, interesting, sweet and fruity (mild) sour. This reminded me of one of Fantome's fruitier saisons.

ehammond1, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

doremite, Jul 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

hctap00, Sep 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ste5venla, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of 05Harley
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: 2011

Purchased @ Hill Farmstead (Harvest Festival 10/1/11) Greensboro, VT

Price - $20/bomber

"Aged three months in Austrian white wine casks". Add to that the New Zealand hops (Nelson Sauvin rich in white wine fruitiness)

Pours a medium shade of hazy amber with little clarity and massive foam if poured too aggressively. With my second glass, I took my time using the correct technique and still got a two fingered head before filling the glass. A couple of streams of bubbles are visible and add to the soapy white head. ZZ Top like leggs adorn the glassware making it kinda sexy, wow.

The nose is interesting and at first smells like a sour which I'm not too fond of. Fruity notes of orange peel, lemon, peaches, apricots and floral hops quickly shine through and bring a smile to my face. As it warms the funk tickles the nose and reveals the Belgian yeast.

The taste is full of fruit sweetness and yet balanced out with a perfect blend of hops and oak flavors. In the end green apple and white wine dominate the aftertaste.

The body is medium with a fairly crisp bubbly bite. Finishes with a dry tangy/tart mouthfeel similiar to a Granny Smith apple.

Overall a fine example of the style. I love the overall fruitiness and mild hop bitterness. Not to mention the well hidden 9% alcohol content. I'm happy to see this listed as a regular in the rotating line up and look forward to more in the future. Thumbs up!!

05Harley, Dec 16, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml black foiled, caged, and synthetic corked Burgundy wine bottle (once you remove it from the well-wrapped black paper covering). I like the label's lit cartoon bomb, ready to blow up the unspecified contents of New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, and Austria, all integral to the contents of this offering.

This beer pours a cloudy, dark apricot amber hue, with some visible swirling sediment, and a teeming tower of tight rocky off-white head, which sinks away in no great hurry, eventually revealing a nice patchwork of honeycomb lace around the glass. More beer than champagne, at this junction.

It smells of funky, musty, tart, fruity, acrid hops. Same descriptors, but this time for the yeast. Phew. Lots of stuff wafting out of the glass, and it's all fairly well integrated - nothing dominates to the detriment of others. Beyond that, there's some further apple and pear notes, to go along with a so far unloved, but steady, pale bready malt. The taste is still rather funky, but evenly so, especially in light of the Marlborough white wine apery of the hops and the same in the particular German wine barrel treatment. Further tempering the deal are some nice independent citrus hop notes, and a still sturdy, soft, unassuming pale malt.

The bubbles, well that's where the weight should come down for this style, no? Here, we have a depleted, weak, flabby effervescence, so I'm calling shenanigans, but shall still fulfill the expectations of this piece - the body is a decent medium weight, a wee bit clammy, but otherwise agreeably smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the funk and identity-challenged bitterness doing well to parry any of the limited charms of the nondescript malt.

Well, not a bad beer from Mikkeller, as is the general trend, but this is no Brut, BA. A bang-up BSPA? Sure, why not? However, I'm quite glad that I didn't break out the stemware for this one - the standard pint glass or pick-your-Trappist branded chalice will do. This is just too brutal, in a good way, but not for the style, so drink it for that reason, and not the intended one. Me, I'll be sticking to the veritable French, grape-based stuff, when I get married next week. Glad I got this one out of the way first.

biboergosum, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mdaschaf, Jun 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Dawkins, Sep 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ipc2000, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Sammy, Mar 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Ciocanelu, Jul 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Corkpuller, Dec 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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

ThunderChunk, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. No bottle info. Bought this about a year ago, I think.

Appearance - Much darker than I thought it would be. Deep burnt orange. Mostly hazy. Giant head that lasts forever. Thick lacing and a pillow of foam.

Smell - The wine is apparent from a couple of feet away. Strong Brett presence. Really strong. A little it of a lemony aroma, maybe from the hops. Can't tell.

Taste - Acidic Brett notes without being really tart. Earthy flavors from the yeast. Same lemony flavor, but it has a dose of bitterness. Like a lemon pith flavor. Smooths out nicely in the back with a nice malt finish.

Mouthfeel - The finish really brings this beer together. The Brett flavors linger long enough to keep it interesting but without being harsh. Medium low carbonation, but it never feels heavy.

Overall - This grew on me as I drank it. At first it's a Brett bomb, but it really comes together as an excellent beer.

Alieniloquium, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

flayedandskinned, Aug 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mc4z, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

cfrobrew, Aug 20, 2014
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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.