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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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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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patm1986

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is Mikkeller.

dark amber, cloud-tastic, with 2 inches of tense, thick foam. i did not expect this appearance at all--this would be patterned throughout.

grapefruit epic. sour citrus just came to town and immediately assumed mayoralty. lemon peel is deputy, followed by a supporting cast of candied belgian sugar in the light brown variety and an overwhelming resurgence of the side-of-the-road-lemonade-stand-with-outstanding-meyer-lemon-appeal.
i mean, this is filled to the max with citrus and cooked sugar. it's amazing.

there's a funk in the grapefruit and lemon zest flavor progressions. i'm literally tasting something that seems to feature lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit juice, a fukkkin watermelon jolly rancher, and various sweet and sour candied fruit objects. this is actually more pleasing than anything i would've imagined, because i thought it would be very much like a thin, sour version of a single hopped nelson sauvin forward ale.

lush. smooth. slightly bitter. the acidity has a dryness that opens your palate greatly, inviting that puckered reaction. though it's dry and mildly sour, it is more refined than anything i've had in terms of its intent and idea of style.

i've heard that this was good. great even.
i had not prepared for this to be EXCELLENT.
i really enjoy Mikkeller. i do.
this is essentially the best beer i've had from them and challenges for the best beer i've had in 2011.
it has everything i want: full, sleek body; citrus hop aroma and flavor; candied sugar complexity; and a simple, smooth body.

WOW.
This is perfect.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 09:16:06 | More by patm1986
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, tart grapes and a small yeast presence. In the the taste, tart yeast, tart fruit of white grape and peaches, and a note of small alcohol. A small tart bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a a small dry tart grape in the aftertaste. Like a very nice white wine, beautiful tartness!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 19:56:21 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cmack15

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow what an amazing beer. I bought this bottle upon hearing several people recommended it at the Hill Farmstead harvest festival. The beer has a nice golden light caramel color with pillowy lacing head. The aroma is a fresh grapefruit with some yeasty notes in the mix and totally knocks your socks off. The taste really captures the aroma and has a solid malt backbone to give this beer a lot of depth. Medium body with nice carbonation. The white wine barrel aging really did wonders for this beer. One of my all time fave beers.
Cheers

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 15:33:51 | More by Cmack15
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CashMoneyVagrant

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a rocky, dense head of foam. Clear, rich amber in color. Very herbal and earthy up front in the nose, with a mixture of grapefruit, citrus and white wine. Tart citrus and lemon in the aroma with a underlining funk there that reminds me of being in my sister's tack room with her horses. Smells of animal, worn leather, fresh hay and old dusty barn.

Some carbonation on the palate at first, then it becomes soft and creamy, losing most it's carbonation rather quickly. A little sweet, candied malt going on. Lots of herbal, dried grass and fresh hay flavors with a developing mixture of grapefruit, berries and citrus rind. The beer has a nice white wine, tart character that carries throughout the brew as well, keeping it refreshing and thoughtful. I'm getting some lovely toasted oak and more pronounced wine flavors as the beer warms. It finishes dry and earthy in the mouth. I'd be interested to see how this one might develop over a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 01:37:16 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
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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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AgentMunky

California

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a crystal champagne flute and Koningshoeven chalice.

A: The head comprises 80% of the flute, rendering it undrinkable. Poured into the chalice, the head is large but manageable. It turns out that the beer itself is a cloudy-clear amber-red.

S: Brilliant! All the tropical glory and underhanded bitterness of the Nelson Sauvin hop triumph through the nose, tempered, rebuffed, and complemented by funky wild yeast.

T/M: This is superlative. The ideal mix of sour, tart, funky, bitter, floral, fruity, and fun. Carbonated, as a bière de Champagne should be, with a prickly-spicy mouthfeel. The yeastiness is rich and deep, but the Nelson Sauvin hops carry the freaking day. Funky fruit, fun-sour, delicate-dry, lingeringly fruity bitter.

O: Damn. This is truly amazing. Highly recommended, utterly worth the obscene price tag, and an exemplar for where the the style should be headed. Would have again. Top notch.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 06:42:09 | More by AgentMunky
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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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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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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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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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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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Trilogy31

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow an amazing unique beer with only a slight flaw. It pours a slight hazy brown amber with a gorgeous thick rocky head leaving thick curtains of lacing in its wake. The nose is pure california sauv blanc with a dusting of new zealand gooseberries. Bright, juicy ruby red grapefruit, bitter orange zest, shadings of light oaky vanilla along with a lemon grass herbal edge and a hint of slate. The taste is pure grapefruit, gooseberries, a hint of barrel, almost a semillon richness to balance the sauv blanc qualities and honeysuckle - very vinous. My only issue is the beer finishes very dry with mouth drying tannins. Sadly i would love to age this beer but when the hops fade i think the oakiness will be even more pronounced. That said a truly amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 03:06:34 | More by Trilogy31
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a virtually opaque glowing reddish-brown with a thick, cream colored head that holds very well and leaves tons of lace. the nose gives off wonderful aromas of big nelson sauvin (fruit, grass, citrus, melon, pineapple...) and sauvignon blanc (pear, lemon, grass pineapple, more citrus, wet rock) notes that harmonize extremely well and play with a caramelly malt backbone, some mildly vanilla-laced oak notes, and a brett presence (must, pineapple, funk) that is healthy, but not main stage. taste reveals what i am hoping for; a balanced sweet and dry blend of fruit, earth and grass. chewy medium-full body that seems light and fluffy. the brett is there, but just enough to amplify the other flavors, and it comes in on the back end like you want it to. a lot going on here, but it is all in chorus, so it is pumped up like a human microphone, and works very well. one of mikkelller's best efforts in my memory. delicious!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 15:02:37 | More by timtim
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, thanks a ton Chris! 750ml into a tulip. Best before May 4, 2021.

Reddish brown with little clarity in the body. Voluminous white head, chunky retention and webbed lacing. Nose is evidently bretty, some lemon, malt sweetness and just a pinch of the Nelson Sauvin comes through. More bretty flavour, dry wine and oak notes, malt sweetness and the Nelson Sauvin is much more pronounced. Fruity and melony, a bit funky with a bit of lemon. Really fantastic. Sweet on the palate, moderate effervescence. My first brut, and although I'm not sure if this type of flavour is characteristic of the style, I'm sold. Great complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 19:01:33 | More by liamt07
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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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gbbass16

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, that's the first response. Appearance is a brownish gold with a thick foam. Smell, is sour with citrus. Mouthfeel is perfect for what you would want, viscous with a foamy finish. Taste is what gets ya. Sour, lemon peels and then the aging in the sav blanc barrels comes thru big time. Alsmost has a champagne ending. One of my top beers I have in 2011. Thanks to Matt at Brown Derby in Springfield, MO for pulling one out for me when I walked in the door!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 22:30:36 | More by gbbass16
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spicelab

Australia

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With thanks to Lukie@IBS.

Opaque apricot with a pillowy white head that leaves decent snail trails as it falls over 5 minutes or so.

Lovely mellow mustiness to the aroma. Slightly sour granny smith apples, vegetal funk, candy sugar, white grapes and mild pepperiness.

Cidery and somewhat tart profile of apple skins, grapefruit, lemon pith, grapes and slight oak. Funk and acidity are quite moderate, making it a joy rather than an ordeal to drink.

Pretty spot on. Body is biggest on the mid-palate, but light on the front. Everything else is middling - carbonation, tartness acidity and dryness.

I'd put off drinking this for a while assuming it would be a chore to finish, but couldn't have been more wrong. It's bloody delicious, with complexity that is accommodating rather than testing.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 11:19:50 | More by spicelab
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jlenik

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: clearly this beer is well carbonated ;) the beer itself is quite dark for a "Belgian strong pale ale" (dark amber) but the head is quite white.

s: the initial smell is of hops and grapefruit. some sweetness also breaks through.

t: citrus, grapefruit, hops, brett and grapes/white wine. I wasn't sure what this beer was going to taste like based on the description but it definitely holds true to its description.

m: somewhat sweet but mostly dry. the hop presence helps with the dry finish.

o: I bought this on a whim since there were only two left at the store and I'm thoroughly pleased. Tart yet delicate.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 01:26:39 | More by jlenik
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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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mrandypandy

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged, corked and wrapped bottle. Fancy presentation.

A - Pours a medium orange with a huge billowing white head. Lots of head on pour, good lacing on the glass.
S - Fruity, citrus notes with a nice dose of earthy barnyard funk to the nose.
T - Nose carries over to the taste. Strong citrus flavors of tangerine and grapefruit. A brett earthiness in the finish. a touch of wood from the barrel.
M - High carbonation. Medium body. Finishes a bit on the sweeter side.
O - Pleasantly surprised by this one. Also surprised I'm the first reviewer. But, it's a rather well done wild ale that is good now and would be interesting to try with some age on it as well. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 01:55:49 | More by mrandypandy
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beesy

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a C&C 750ml bottle. No date was located on the bottle.

A - pours a Light orange hugh with a 4finger, off white, rocky head that sticks around the entire drink. VERY high carbonation level, but to be expected with the brett.

S - sour, funk, sweetness, fruity, wine

T - a touch of sourness mixed in with some brett funk. Fruity. Grapes and wine. Lots of white wine apparent on the end of this one in the back if the palate. A touch of oranges. Some sweetness. Very interesting.

M - medium-low. Not that its thick, but the mouthfeel is higher than i would expect by a little.

D - medium low. the sweetness lend a little here.

Overall a fun beer with a very nice flavor! The only downside is the 19.99 pricetag for a 750ml.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 01:49:49 | More by beesy
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ha! Wow! The nose on this is completely wine grape. It's awesome.

Flavor is definitely influenced by grapes as well as it gives a noticeable sweetness with a grape kind of sugar thing going on. There was a wild yeast used on this, right? Because I am getting something mildly wild on here. And I say mildly because it is so well mixed up with all of the other characteristics of the beer. I really wish Mikkeller would make more beers like this. If he had earlier on in his career, he'd be selling a lot more beers now.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 06:18:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head that stayed around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and fruity, the brew smells like grapes, tropical fruit, green apples, sauvignon blanc wine, funk, lemon peel, pears, and some earthy aromas. It tastes like sauvignon blanc wine/grapes, funk, oak, lemon peel, yeast, hay, green apples and a bit of apricot. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has high but also soft carbonation which helps makes this brew easy to drink. I think this is a pretty good beer. It's pricey at $19.99 a bottle, but I think it's definitely worth trying even at that price.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 21:16:32 | More by bluejacket74
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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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Parrotshake

Australia

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

From Mikkeller: New Years Beer. Brewed with Nelson Hops and enzymes. Aged in white wine barrels.

Pours a hazy orange with a few bits of sediment here and there and finger or so of compact white head.

Sweet dried mango, orange peel/grapefruit, caramel malt and floral nose. Quite inviting.

A mass of fruit- mango, peach, passion fruit. Hoppier and less vinuous/barrel character than I expected at first. Caramel, some white wine and woody notes and a very dry finish with peppery alcohol and a dirty Brett character. Tastes sweet at first but balances out brilliantly. Lingering mouth-coating bitterness.

Full-bodied and creamy, utterly refreshing. Split 3 ways with some good pals and good food, but I could easily have polished it off myself. Great stuff, too bad it's a one off.

Serving type: bottle

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