Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) - Mikkeller ApS

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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)

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302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 110
Gots: 61 | FT: 3
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Parrotshake on 05-16-2010

Aged in white wine barrels.
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of yamar68
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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!!

Photo of jbertsch
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
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 NiceTaps
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.37/5  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 Alieniloquium
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
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 jrenihan
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB May 4, 2021.

Beer is amber, almost caramel coloured. A fairly large off-white head on top. Dissipates relatively quickly to a film, leaving some bubbles. Good lacing.

Smell is bready, yeasty. Apple is strong, results in a bit of a cider scent. Brett, some cherry and grape notes.

Taste is similar. Bready, yeast, brett, apple. Slightly tart and quite dry. Some tropical fruit flavours, quite light. Aftertaste has some grape, also some funk that results in a bit of a cheese flavour. Overall, quite nice.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. Not quite as dainty as actual champagne. Bready and a slight bit of pucker.

Overall, very nice. Certainly not the juggernaut that Charlevoix' s Brut is, but a nice beer and am happy to have had it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright cloudy amber color ale with a large dirty white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of Brett notes with funky yeast and light dry vinous notes is very intriguing. Taste is also dominated by dry vinous notes with grassy notes and some funky ester with what seems like Brett notes – extremely complex and somewhat hard to do justice of the taste with my descriptions. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very complex while retaining good drinkability level. I would love to have this one again in the future.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml black foiled, caged, and synthetic corked Burgundy wine bottle (once you remove it from the well-wrapped black paper covering). I like the label's lit cartoon bomb, ready to blow up the unspecified contents of New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, and Austria, all integral to the contents of this offering.

This beer pours a cloudy, dark apricot amber hue, with some visible swirling sediment, and a teeming tower of tight rocky off-white head, which sinks away in no great hurry, eventually revealing a nice patchwork of honeycomb lace around the glass. More beer than champagne, at this junction.

It smells of funky, musty, tart, fruity, acrid hops. Same descriptors, but this time for the yeast. Phew. Lots of stuff wafting out of the glass, and it's all fairly well integrated - nothing dominates to the detriment of others. Beyond that, there's some further apple and pear notes, to go along with a so far unloved, but steady, pale bready malt. The taste is still rather funky, but evenly so, especially in light of the Marlborough white wine apery of the hops and the same in the particular German wine barrel treatment. Further tempering the deal are some nice independent citrus hop notes, and a still sturdy, soft, unassuming pale malt.

The bubbles, well that's where the weight should come down for this style, no? Here, we have a depleted, weak, flabby effervescence, so I'm calling shenanigans, but shall still fulfill the expectations of this piece - the body is a decent medium weight, a wee bit clammy, but otherwise agreeably smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the funk and identity-challenged bitterness doing well to parry any of the limited charms of the nondescript malt.

Well, not a bad beer from Mikkeller, as is the general trend, but this is no Brut, BA. A bang-up BSPA? Sure, why not? However, I'm quite glad that I didn't break out the stemware for this one - the standard pint glass or pick-your-Trappist branded chalice will do. This is just too brutal, in a good way, but not for the style, so drink it for that reason, and not the intended one. Me, I'll be sticking to the veritable French, grape-based stuff, when I get married next week. Glad I got this one out of the way first.

Photo of kmo1030
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours orange-caramel color with a very robust head that settle to a craggy cap.
the aroma is a subdued pink grapefruit, with citronella notes. there are also notes of vanilla and some graininess. just a whiff of basement mustiness.
the taste is very citrusy and tropical, i get pink grapefruit, orange, lemon and pineapple. the are also sweeter apple cider notes. all the fruit is wrapped in a creamy character that is hard to place, but seems partially malt and partially barrel derived. the finish hangs on for a long time with a grapefruit pith bitterness additionally. with a bit of warmth i find just a little bit of green tea. delicate and complex.
the mouthfeel is medium-ish with a delicate but moderately active carbonation.
overall, it seems to me that there were a lot fo places this beer could have gone wrong but didn't. it walks the fine line between a mess and excellence that a lot of the better examples of this type of beer do. must try for fans our sours.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

Photo of IronDjinn
3.47/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml brown bottle, wrapped in black paper, while the cap and cork are found under black foil. Pours out a dense, cloudy amber hue, with a creamy off-white head that settles to a mid-sized cap.

The Brett and the Nelson hops pretty much blend seamlessly in the aroma, while some rich grainy malt makes itself known from the background.

Flavour starts out with a bright acidic zip from the Brett and the Nelson Sauvignon hops, gooseberry and grapefruit rind in the middle, with a dry earthy tartness finishing things off. Things continue to dry out more in the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, effervescent texture with equally effervescent and pin-prickly carbonation.

I'd say this is more of a souped-up Belgian IPA than anything else, however it still slips through the cracks when it comes to pinning down any one type of style. The sour beer folks will get their rocks off over this one, yet what sold me was how the Nelson Sauvignon hops held their own up with the Brett, and how well the two complimented one another so well. Once is more than enough for a go around with this stuff though.

Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 8/3/12

A murky brownish orange with a two finger dark tan head that falls rather quickly leaving just a patch of lace

S lots of funk as soon as the cork pops, caramel apple, earthy woody notes, tropical fruits, the wine barrel really comes out in the nose

T as funky as the nose but less vinous notes, there's some citric hops however that I couldn't smell with a little grapefruit, tastes pretty good but missing some of the complexity lost in the nose

M just a little foamy would be my only complaint, just a little sticky on the lips, odd for a beer this dry, faint heat and a loooong length

O close to 4.5 for taste so higher here, I loved the nose and the booze is very concealed

something different and something good, a very unique beer from Mikkeller, interesting version of a barrel and if you like brett you will like this

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange-brown with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to an island of foam. Foamy chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of fruit (grapes, apples), white wine, and a sour/funky aroma from the Brett. Taste is funky and bitter right off the bat with some grape-like fruit flavors coming through on the finish. There is also a dry woody quality that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a very bubbly carbonation which I assume is a direct result of the Champagne yeast used in this one. Overall, this is a good beer and my first of the style but I wasn't expecting it to be so funky and bitter in taste based on the aromas.

Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light bodied dark amber in color with a soapy cream colored head. It smells of 100% brett. It has plenty of Champagne yeast. It tastes dry and tart. Their is plenty of brett and wild yeasts. It's dry and funky. It's not overly complex either. It drinks light and fizzy, plenty of carbonation. It's ok. It's weird that this review is this short but there wasn't too much to say. It was solid but not worth the money.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Glowing golden copper with a fluffy 3 finger head, and minimal lacing.

S - Funky, sour grapes, strawberry, yeast, white wine.

T - Starts with candi sugar, cereal, grain; middle is white grapes, nectarine, peach, oak; ends with slightly dry white wine and yeast flavors.

M - Moderate carbonation, full bodied, crisp and very drinkable.

O - More complex than I imagined! Very nice brew!

$24.99 Stateline Liquors - Elkton, MD

Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange color with a massive three finger white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, funky aroma with a prominent musty brett character that nicely compliments the barrel presence and estery notes. Subtle barnyard character with some grass and hay along with toasted oak and light vinous fruit. Perfume with the sweetness of the white wine coming through. Smells really nice.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of wine barrel, funky brett and light fruit. A decent amount of musty funk from the Brett but it isn't as strong as I expected. The wine barrel flavor is very strong with some dry toasted oak and sweet vinous fruit. The dryness of the oak goes very nicely with the dry brett. There's a subtle bready yeast character that adds another dimension to the palate. Pretty sweet from the wine and faint heat toward the finish. ABV is well masked however, making this complex, well balanced beer easy to drink. One of the better Mikkeller beers I've had in a while.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of navethechimp
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jlenik
4.46/5  rDev +3%
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.

Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.