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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) - Mikkeller ApS

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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 85
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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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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smakawhat

Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
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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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.

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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.

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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
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