Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) - Mikkeller ApS
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3.75/5 rDev -13.6%
Live review of a 750mL bottle.
A: Clear dark golden with a fluffy white head and lacing.
S: Sweet white wine, rustic tartness, spicy alcoholic yeast, light perry or cider. Good, mild.
T: Dry earthy tartness, almost silky apple juice and apple cores, pine and oak... interesting orange juice character. Good.
M: Silky, moderate body, dry finish is not oppressive, but comes off like a dry wine.
O: Decent and well-balanced.
02-08-2012 01:33:07 | More by ne0m00re
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
I really like what Mikkeller is going for in life. He has a bold approach that is unrivaled and I want to be his friend. Many of his beers are so limit-pushing that my expectations are lowered in terms of overall quality, but my expectations for experience uniqueness are greatly heightened.
This beer fully encapsulates the Mikkeller experience. Thanks to my good friend Townhag, he brought a bottle of this over as we worked on some unrelated business. I was distracted by some intensely stimulating images on the computer screen as he poured this beer into my Denis Meyers art-series Duvel tulip. I glanced over after the raging cork explosion, which was significantly louder than usual, and said friend was just as surprised as the head more than doubled or tripled in size than the level of liquid. The appearance of the beer itself was straightforward--golden haze, not too clear, and like a wild fog.
The smell was unbeerlike. When I first smelled it I yelled "RAID!", but it actually smells a little bit more like Monsanto's Roundup. It's like Roundup with a hint of pineapple and other tropical fruits. The flavor profile follows the aroma, but reserves the funky odd qualities for the end of the flavor-time sequence, with the beginning being primarily a fruity hop/brett bouquet harmonizing with the malt sweetness. This maltiness is not overwhelming though at all, for it creates just enough mouthfeel to not combat the drinkability you expect from a Belgian-style ale.
Overall I'm pretty stoked on this juice/poison-like beer. It's really intense and fully earns its place in the Mikkeller beerography. Would I buy it again? It's expensive.
02-07-2012 06:49:00 | More by navethechimp
4.47/5 rDev +3%
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.
01-25-2012 01:26:39 | More by jlenik
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
750ml into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed deep orange amber, towering creamy tan head slow to subside, very nice lacing.
Aroma has strong vinous notes. An earthy tartness sits next to a delicate sweet fruitiness including grapefruit and pineapple. Much unlike any other strong pale.
Considerable grapefruit, vinous qualities continue into the flavor. Brett stays restrained, just one of the many flavors that appear briefly. A dry crispness begins the grassy grapefruit aftertaste which has mild earthy bitters. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Nice complexity.
01-23-2012 05:49:50 | More by impending
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Deep ruby red/light brown in color. Slighty hazy with a thin white head and some visible carbonation
Smells of juicy red grapefruit and blood oranges. A nice wooden aroma and slight Belgian sugar
Very tasteful, slight tart at the beginning with a cherry like taste. Transitions to a citrus grapefruit orange flavor with a bittering wooden taste. Finishes clean with fresh fruits and barrel tartness
Medium to light body, highly carbonated but not too filling. Finishes clean and lightly bitter
It's a great beer with complex fruity flavors and the barrel treatment complements it nicely. Pricey but worth a try
01-18-2012 03:00:28 | More by VaTechHopHead
4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
Thanks for hannydawg for this bottle.
Pours a murky, copper/orange color with a tan/yellowish head. It's big and billowy, leaving spiderweb lacing in its wake. Aroma is funky, with some hay and barnyard touches. There's a touch of acidity with some citrus and lightly sweet fruitiness. Taste is less funky, with a hint of astringency and a mild acidic tart note. Alcohol warms the back of the throat, but that's about it, making this a bit of a sleeper. There's a touch of oak and a dry wine character. The feel has some slickness to it, and the carbonation is there, though not effervescent. Finish is dry.
This is a wonderfully complex beer, definitely worth the try if you're feeling wild.
01-14-2012 04:38:10 | More by EgadBananas
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Drank from my Duvel tulip
A - Pours a cloudy Honey colour with alarge faomy White head that reduces to a consisten one fingered film.
S - Plenty of green grapes, pineapple and apple. Quite pungent
T - Up front it is a sweet grape flavour, before some vineous funk kicks in.Very fruity flavours of green grapes , citrus and may be a little grapefruit. A little earty also.
M - Medium to full body with meium carboantion and a little sticky.
O - An impressive offering from Mikkeller. Plenty of flavour in this one.
01-13-2012 13:29:29 | More by eric5bellies
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
Thorpe and I have been talking about this beer forever. Finally, beer served in a Russian River -tion glass. Beer is yellow, hazy, soft white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation.
Aroma is Nelson hops, that sort of fruity / grass / vegetal earthiness that comes along with these hops, nice, some yeast sneaks through too.
The hops in this beer are the winners, effervescent, mildly grassy vegetal hop presence with an underlying citrus sense, flavors are light and dance, finish is mildly dry. Decent beer overall. I'd have it again.
01-04-2012 18:02:19 | More by drabmuh
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
What's this? Two good Mikkeller beers in one week?
Doesn't look like much, pouring a muddy amber with a head that quickly settles to a thin film.
Musty, vinous nose; a lot of white wine and brett, the former lending a mix of pineapple and leathery funk. Has a bit of a champagne character, too, and lesser notes of green apple.
The palate has a gentle acidity, big vinous flavors and juicy, fruity, leathery brett notes. Pineapple, white grapes, light earthines; a lot of depth here. Alcohol is well hidden. Brett lingers in the finish, which is quite earthy and leathery, slightly chalky. Really nice stuff, one of the better Mikkeller beers I've tried.
01-04-2012 05:39:05 | More by largadeer
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a clear light orange color with a good white head. Moderate amount of white lacing. Nose carries light white wine plus some funk. A bit earthy with mild funk. Light acidity comes through in the flavor. Light body with effervescent carbonation. Really quite good. Probably my favorite Mikkeller beer to date.
01-01-2012 18:17:07 | More by Thorpe429
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.
The beer is a honey orange color and has a thick, fizzy white head. Lasting retention and the tulip glass is coated with lacing. The aroma brings floral and vegetable notes, reminiscent of Cantillon Mamouche. Green peppers, plants, very vegetal. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Hops emerge in the finish. Complex and intriguing, this is enjoyable in small quantities.
01-01-2012 18:15:02 | More by Huhzubendah
Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.