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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) - Mikkeller ApS

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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 96
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of mtstatebeer
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Derekg
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of alelover
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of KFBR392
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Maillard
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

Photo of smakawhat
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of yamar68
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
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!!

Photo of jbertsch
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of KingSlayer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of NiceTaps
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a chalice-style glass.

A- Nice golden color, dark and bright. Bubbly with a huge head that lasts and lasts good lacing , too. To my pleasant surprise, it looks IPA-ish.

S- Fine Euroe-French white wine, oak, light fruits (grape, lemon, pear) , and some bread/yeast. There's some alcohol riding along with the wine aromas.

T- Lots of goodies: light fruits, dry white wine, some malt breadiness, some citrus hop. Distinct and harmonious flavors.

M- Very smooth and light, gentle carbonation. A bit dry yet just tart enough. A lingering finish that shows balance: a bit bitter and a bit sweet.

O- I picked this up on a whim, now I'm looking for it again. This Biere shines as a flavorful, drinkable hybrid. Nice.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy orange-copper with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Grapefruit, tropical, pine, and lightly spicy hops, sweet caramel and bready malts, oak, white wine, vanilla, a bit of sourness, and a bit of booze.

T - Grapefruit, tropical, citrus, pine, and spicy hops, bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, oak, white wine, some sourness and a bit of funk, champagne yeast, a bit of vanilla, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, tart, and warming finish.

D - Excellent balance. The hops and the barrel character blend very well.

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zadams1
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.