Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 98
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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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 EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mjmadsen21
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nucmedmario
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of RSchaeffer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DividedAvery
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of N8DAGR8
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ohtheguilt
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of beerdweeb
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of emdawg
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with paper cover and hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of decent cream, pretty good thickness, and excellent retention (especially for the ABV). This head really holds up impressively well. Colour is a nontransparent murky copper.

Sm: HEAVY white wine, light crystal malts, bacteria, and wild yeast. Smells legitimately wild, not sterile and cultured (see Funkwerks). It's quite appealing, albeit mild in strength.

T: Dominant white wine is the dominant flavour from the open, with notes of wild yeast and bacteria beginning at the midpoint and continuing through the finish. The finish is delightfully sour; I'd like more of it to break through the tame foundation but it never does. All around it's balanced but timid. No alcohol comes through. The white wine doesn't add as much as it should; it should've been stronger a la Mikkeller Black Hole White Wine Barrel Edition. Instead, it's a weak unremarkable flavour that leaves me wanting more.

Mf: Smooth and wet - too much so. A touch too thick for the limited amount of flavours. This bothers me.

Dr: Drinkable but largely unremarkable and disappointing considering the brewery and white wine usage. I expected so much more. You could quaff it, but it's certainly not sessionable. I wouldn't get it again, especially at the exuberant price it's sold at in the USA. Wouldn't pair well with food. Hides its ABV well.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Hazy amber-orange pour with huge, meringue-like three finger head with great lacing and retention. Huge citrus nose at first that quickly give way to a sour, almost musty, vinous aroma that lets you know there's plenty of Brett in this one. The Nelson Sauvignon hops eventually poke their head out, but are pretty much overpowered by the funk of the Brett. The taste follows suit with lots of apple cider tartness and mouth puckering sourness. Hints of pear, lemon zest, apple, melon and a touch of orange emerge early, but are quickly overpowered by the funk of the Brett which dominates. The NS hops are there in a subtle way, but not enough for me. As it warms, the sourness fades a bit and gives way to some subtle sweetness and lots of white wine and oak notes with a touch of pepper. The mouthfeel reminds me a lot of champagne with a nice crisp, dry finish. Nelson Sauvignon are my favorite hops, which led me to grab this. I'm slightly disappointed as the hops are definitely not the star with this beer. And I'm not a fan of Brett in my beer. With that said, this was surprisingly drinkable and I could see why it would be a great beer for those that enjoy Brett. Another great interpretation from Mikkeller, just not my cup of tea...

Photo of spicelab
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of nathanjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml. C&C bottle into Lost Abbey tulip. Purchased from Discount Liquor in MKE...pricey bottle.

A: Pours a copper almost ruby color with a very lively white frothy head, that appears to be alive, and breathing. Surges up, falls back. Leaving fantastic lacing on the glasses. Perdy.

N: Ohh bright citrus notes explode out of the glass, followed by beautiful notes of Brett and funk. Some very spendid Sauvignon Blanc notes...dominant pear backed by tangerine, melon, apple, a bit of wood or oak coming through.

T: The taste is more of the same. Exploding with sweet fruit like pears, melon, apples, some nice and tart white grape notes...full flavor profile. A good amount of creaminess.

M: This beer really feels like a thick Sauvignon Blanc, or a light pear-cider. Really interesting, with some lively notes, and a good mouthfeel. Flavors stick around nicely, and isn't sticky for the viscosity it holds.

D and O: A pretty good beer. Fairly interesting, easy drinking for the 9% A.B.V. It reminds me of the Luciernaga by Jolly Pumpkin, but I'd prefer Lucie. Good beer, nothing outstanding.

Photo of cestlavie
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nelson Sauvignon Brut has a golden colored body with a fine haze to it. The off-white head is a couple of fingers tall and creamy looking, with good retention and some solid lacing.

The aroma has a ton of vinous characteristics, with white wine and all sorts of white grapes standing out immediately. A little bit of wood, some light sweetness and a good punch of lightly tart wild yeast round things out.

The wild yeast adds some tartness and some funk right away, but those flavors are soon replaced by white wine. White Grapes mix with a little bit of oak. Melon and apple come through also, as part of a fruit bouquet that is quite pleasant. The malt is lightly sweet, and there is just a touch of bitterness in the background that rounds things out. The flavor associate with the bitterness is actually that of what grapes also.

A moderate body is overshadowed by carbonation that is quite lively. Not bad.

I was really interested to try this one, and bought it as soon as it showed up at my local store. I am glad I did, as this beer was a very nice one to try. Complex and interesting, my only complaint about this one is that it's expensive, but that is what you get from Mikkeler.

Photo of jm1229
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a sunrise amber, with a mild haze (like the light mist on a hunters' morn...not that I would me...), and topped by more than plenty of cream-white foam (damn, I'm glad I didn't aggressively pour this thing!). The nose comprises tart orange, tart lemon, light Brett funk, a decent amount of onion, a bit of cabbage (or something of that ilk) in the very back, and a few hot spots of pine resin here or there. Then things hit the tongue: Hoofah! a blast of Brett right in the kisser (I've gotten compliments on my work in that area...yup...), giving off a lot of blanket, some mild cobweb; there's a bit of orange behind that, along with what seems like oak or cedar or some sort of soft-ish wood. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a pretty damn dry finish, a touch on the sticky side of life (AKA the move-theater-floor side). Overall, I applaud the effort here, but I'm just not a fan of the overt and (for the most part) unrivaled Brett aspect here. It's just too much.

Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.