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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 307
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 117
Gots: 61 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Parrotshake on 05-16-2010

Aged in white wine barrels.
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Photo of jlenik
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of impending
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5


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.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
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...

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Photo of spicelab
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
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 know...trust 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.

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Photo of gbbass16
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, that's the first response. Appearance is a brownish gold with a thick foam. Smell, is sour with citrus. Mouthfeel is perfect for what you would want, viscous with a foamy finish. Taste is what gets ya. Sour, lemon peels and then the aging in the sav blanc barrels comes thru big time. Alsmost has a champagne ending. One of my top beers I have in 2011. Thanks to Matt at Brown Derby in Springfield, MO for pulling one out for me when I walked in the door!!!

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Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Hazed dark amber with a huge, thick, light-khaki colored head that sticks around for what seems like forever, but surprisingly doesn't leave behind too much stick on the glass.

A very nice aroma of pears, apples, lemon, peaches, white grapes, some wood, and a hint of sourness. This is not entirely funky, but there's a mild barnyard hint present as well. This is a very (white) fruit-forward aroma.

The flavor isn't nearly as successful, especially as the beer warms. The flavors of pear and apple are dominant, with a mild sour component. As the beer warms, it seems to become less and less sour and take on more of a fruit juice character.

Thin to medium bodied with initially high carbonation, but it seems to lose it's body quite quickly.

An above average, interesting, sweet and fruity (mild) sour. This reminded me of one of Fantome's fruitier saisons.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: 2011

Purchased @ Hill Farmstead (Harvest Festival 10/1/11) Greensboro, VT

Price - $20/bomber

"Aged three months in Austrian white wine casks". Add to that the New Zealand hops (Nelson Sauvin rich in white wine fruitiness)

Pours a medium shade of hazy amber with little clarity and massive foam if poured too aggressively. With my second glass, I took my time using the correct technique and still got a two fingered head before filling the glass. A couple of streams of bubbles are visible and add to the soapy white head. ZZ Top like leggs adorn the glassware making it kinda sexy, wow.

The nose is interesting and at first smells like a sour which I'm not too fond of. Fruity notes of orange peel, lemon, peaches, apricots and floral hops quickly shine through and bring a smile to my face. As it warms the funk tickles the nose and reveals the Belgian yeast.

The taste is full of fruit sweetness and yet balanced out with a perfect blend of hops and oak flavors. In the end green apple and white wine dominate the aftertaste.

The body is medium with a fairly crisp bubbly bite. Finishes with a dry tangy/tart mouthfeel similiar to a Granny Smith apple.

Overall a fine example of the style. I love the overall fruitiness and mild hop bitterness. Not to mention the well hidden 9% alcohol content. I'm happy to see this listed as a regular in the rotating line up and look forward to more in the future. Thumbs up!!

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Photo of beesy
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a C&C 750ml bottle. No date was located on the bottle.

A - pours a Light orange hugh with a 4finger, off white, rocky head that sticks around the entire drink. VERY high carbonation level, but to be expected with the brett.

S - sour, funk, sweetness, fruity, wine

T - a touch of sourness mixed in with some brett funk. Fruity. Grapes and wine. Lots of white wine apparent on the end of this one in the back if the palate. A touch of oranges. Some sweetness. Very interesting.

M - medium-low. Not that its thick, but the mouthfeel is higher than i would expect by a little.

D - medium low. the sweetness lend a little here.

Overall a fun beer with a very nice flavor! The only downside is the 19.99 pricetag for a 750ml.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Finewinemike for this one

750ml bottle into a Goblet Glass

A- Pours a golden honey orange that's almost copper with 3 fingers of super fluffy off white head that sticks around for quite a while. Really nice retention and alcohol legs.

S- Really strong fruity aromas hit me up front of tropical fruits, orange, lemon zest, pear, vinous grapes, banana, and slight clove. The beer definitely has an astringency to it and getting some slight funky aromas but not to intense. Brett is definitely there.

T- Just like the aroma but so much more complex. Fruity flavors come through with banana, clove, orange, lemon zest, tropical fruits just like the aroma but more Belgian yeast centered. Slight funky brett and funk create a nice slightly tart body but very balanced between sour and creamy. The barrels present a strong oak flavor of vanilla, slight char, and vinous grapes. Really nice

M- Medium bodied with a really clean mouthfeel that has a slightly bitter presence and funk.


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Photo of Bendurgin
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Andy cracked this one. Thanks homey. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark golden color with three fingers of creamy white head. Good retention with some spotty lacing.

The aroma has a bit of a vegetable essence to it with some orange zest in the background. A little bit of a brett aroma with some lemon to round it out. A dry orange flavor with a good brett funk flavor to it. A little bit of a garden vegetable flavor to it.

Nice light body with good carbonation. This one is dangerously easy to drink. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. There is a large white fluffy head. The color is orange-red, with a bit of haze.

The aroma is full of brett, with orange candy and a clean funk with a hint of spice. There is some grassy hop aroma here as well.

The taste is sweet orange candy with some nice grassy hops. The brett flavor is smoothly integrated and clean. More and more sips reveal how hoppy this is compared to other brett Belgian pale ales. This is really nicely balance and something I figure would have broad appeal.

This has a full mouthfeel because of the fluffy, airy carbonation.

This is amazing, as advertised. I wish it was a little easier to track down as it would go well on a special occasion and is very drinkable.

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Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is Mikkeller.

dark amber, cloud-tastic, with 2 inches of tense, thick foam. i did not expect this appearance at all--this would be patterned throughout.

grapefruit epic. sour citrus just came to town and immediately assumed mayoralty. lemon peel is deputy, followed by a supporting cast of candied belgian sugar in the light brown variety and an overwhelming resurgence of the side-of-the-road-lemonade-stand-with-outstanding-meyer-lemon-appeal.
i mean, this is filled to the max with citrus and cooked sugar. it's amazing.

there's a funk in the grapefruit and lemon zest flavor progressions. i'm literally tasting something that seems to feature lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit juice, a fukkkin watermelon jolly rancher, and various sweet and sour candied fruit objects. this is actually more pleasing than anything i would've imagined, because i thought it would be very much like a thin, sour version of a single hopped nelson sauvin forward ale.

lush. smooth. slightly bitter. the acidity has a dryness that opens your palate greatly, inviting that puckered reaction. though it's dry and mildly sour, it is more refined than anything i've had in terms of its intent and idea of style.

i've heard that this was good. great even.
i had not prepared for this to be EXCELLENT.
i really enjoy Mikkeller. i do.
this is essentially the best beer i've had from them and challenges for the best beer i've had in 2011.
it has everything i want: full, sleek body; citrus hop aroma and flavor; candied sugar complexity; and a simple, smooth body.

This is perfect.

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a virtually opaque glowing reddish-brown with a thick, cream colored head that holds very well and leaves tons of lace. the nose gives off wonderful aromas of big nelson sauvin (fruit, grass, citrus, melon, pineapple...) and sauvignon blanc (pear, lemon, grass pineapple, more citrus, wet rock) notes that harmonize extremely well and play with a caramelly malt backbone, some mildly vanilla-laced oak notes, and a brett presence (must, pineapple, funk) that is healthy, but not main stage. taste reveals what i am hoping for; a balanced sweet and dry blend of fruit, earth and grass. chewy medium-full body that seems light and fluffy. the brett is there, but just enough to amplify the other flavors, and it comes in on the back end like you want it to. a lot going on here, but it is all in chorus, so it is pumped up like a human microphone, and works very well. one of mikkelller's best efforts in my memory. delicious!

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Photo of seand
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brown with lots and lots of eggshell white head. A solid blanket retains well and leaves thick walls of lacing.

S: Complex, tangy, sweetness; grapefruit, pear, and orange notes, with a sweet yeasty base. There's definitely some sauvignon blanc notes there.

T: Also tangy, sweet, and complex. A similar mix of fruits through the mid palate, with a dry citrus finish. Vinous, again in a sauvignon blanc sort of way, though I'm not sure how much of that is because that's what I expected.

M: Medium body, medium but relatively prickly carbonation.

Overall I like this quite a bit. It's somewhere between a belgian pale and a sauvignon blanc, just as the label promises, and that's something unique and surprisingly good.

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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.