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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 88
Gots: 52 | 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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Flashyspoons, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Big Brett-filled aroma brings the usual green olive notes and...tomato?

T- More Brett in the flavor and the white wine comes through but mainly in the aftertaste. A little bit of barrel presence and some mild acidity. Alcohol is very well hidden but, unfortunately, the hops are very subdued almost to the point of being undetectable...oh well.

M- Semi-spritzy and tangy. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Another Brett-tastic beer from Mikkel. Not as amazing as I was expecting but certainly enjoyable to the point of seeking out again.

Immortale25, Oct 05, 2013
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Dawkins, Sep 23, 2013
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ystazi, Sep 18, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No date, hit the shelves around 2 months ago though so fairly fresh.

A: Pours a clear light orange. Enormous effervescent and frothy light tan head. Head fades at a moderate pace, with decent retention. Tiniest little specks of lacing.

S: Huh, very interesting. Some sweet citrus, very orangey. Some tartness to it too, like orange/lemon peel. A little bit of white wine adds an extra fruity touch. Get some toasted sugar too and maybe some oak? Interesting and unique variety of aromas.

T: Whoa, loaded to the gills with sauvignon blanc. Dry white wine from start to finish. Tastes totally different than it smells. Tart wine and citrus peel up front. Turns almost sour in the middle for a brief instant with some lactic sour notes. Finish is all drying oak and white wine.

M: Somewhat heavy but very dry at the same time.

O: Well, it lives up to the name. If you like sauvignon blanc wine you will like this. I'm not a fan of dry white wines so this was a bit much for me. Not much to discern from the base beer as the barrel dominates here both from a wine and from a drying oak perspective.

Dope, Sep 16, 2013
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SkiBum22, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

MarkyMOD, Sep 06, 2013
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hctap00, Sep 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Boonemobile, Aug 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with no freshness date. Served in a Teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color with 2 fingers of an off white creamy head with good retention and lacing. Body is lightly hazy with lots of carbonation streaming throughout the glass. Looks amazing.

Smell: Tropical fruit, pineapple, bready malt, white grape, brett and melon.

Taste: Tart white grape, lots of funky tropical brett character, more malt sweetness than I was expecting (though not highly sweet by any means), oak, low medium hop bitterness and even a bit of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Tart, dry bitter finish with a light alcohol warmth.

Overall: Really interesting, complex and tasty beer. It's one drawback is that at times the flavors seem to clash rather than compliment one another.

Jonada, Aug 30, 2013
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BBrewington, Aug 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Boozecamel, Aug 23, 2013
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4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

mynie, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

chippo33, Aug 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

neckbracesub, Aug 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

vermilcj, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mc4z, Aug 11, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

artoolemomo, Aug 10, 2013
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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
94 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.