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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

263 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 87
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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 ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one sounded very interesting so against my better judgment I dropped $24 on a bottle. Dumb. Appearance is dark orange with a filmy head and lacing up the sides of the wine glass (seemed appropriate). Aroma is brett, wine, grapes, alcohol, slight bit of rubber, medicine, vicks vapo rub, robitussin, Flavor is brett, wine, alcohol and sort of this abrasiveness that I can't place. This feels like a ghetto version of Russian River Temptation, nowhere near as good and just sort of harsh. This may be my last Mikkeller beer, they aren't very good and the prices are ridiculous.

ArrogantB, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of jklecko2
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jklecko2, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of jakubh17
5/5  rDev +15.2%

jakubh17, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Ciocanelu, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of doremite
4/5  rDev -7.8%

doremite, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of ThunderChunk
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

ThunderChunk, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of nesarebad
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

nesarebad, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mdaschaf, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ShanePB, Jun 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

spycow, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Dirt
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Dirt, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Reggae4203
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Reggae4203, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredible fruit presence backed by powdery Brett character and a high phenol presence- this wine barrel aged ale is one in which to be reckoned.

Pouring deep amber, the look of winter honey comes to mind. Copper and tawny- the beer is lightly hazed as it releases an ivory white head that caps the beer confidently and recedes with broken lacing patterns- It has a very charming look!

Strong phenol and earth presence exudes from the beer's aroma: horse blanket, pepper, spice, peat, and medicinal notes all come alive in a strong melange of soil, caramel, and honey. Surprisingly, the challenged scents come together in a very rich tobacco-like sweet herbal-ness.

To taste, the beer's sweetish upstart gives way to a breath of earthen tobacco, tea, bruised peach, pear, and apple matrix at its apex of rich taste. Following, the taste of spicy peppercorn, peat, weathered wood, leather, tobacco and light band-aid all ensue to capture the supreme balance to the sweet and fruity upstart. But as the beer concludes, it leaves the palate rewarded with deep earthen wood tones with wine-like influences.

Medium throughout, the beer's tendency is to be dry as a bone. But its caramel and fruit beginnings provide the unresolved sweetness that prevents the ale from dryness that it sorely needs. Its close of powdery wood and earth accompanies the expected medium warmth to give a lasing memory of spice, cedar and wine astringency- its a miraculously sculpted mouthfeel even if it favors early earthen sweetness.

I love the wine influence, the Brettanomyces, and the tobacco notes that the ale generates. Surprisingly, the medicinal notes that ensue don't detract from the taste as much as I would have expected- the ale is quite masterful even in its flaws.

BEERchitect, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Jspriest, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

montrealbcr89, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

oldp0rt, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Anonymous1
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Anonymous1, Jun 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Jamison85, May 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

paulys55, May 27, 2013
Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +15.2%

captainbearcat, May 27, 2013
Photo of tom10101
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

tom10101, May 19, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that hardly died own.
S: Moderate aromas of barnyard funk from the brett are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some sour flavors along with notes of white wine from te barrel aging process.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little tart and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that the brett and white wine barrel aging make this beer interesting and a lot easier to drink compared to other beers in the style. It hides its alcohol very well.

metter98, May 19, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and a moderate amount of orange + copper + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy off-white head that slowly reduce to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brett along with some lighter aromas of white wine, oak, and some lighter citrus fruit notes (orange and lemon stand out). Additionally there are some very light notes of melon.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of oak and white wine with some moderate notes of citrus and tropical fruits. There are moderate to strong flavors of brett which contributes the tartness/sourness to the beer.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to significant amount of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish with some acidic prickliness.

O: This beer is really enjoyable, the notes of brett take the biere de champagne to the next level... I really found this beer to have a great aroma and taste wonderful - I would gladly celebrate any number of special occasions with this beer.

dbrauneis, May 19, 2013
Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

smithj4, May 19, 2013
Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.