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

272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 97
Gots: 51 | 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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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one thanks to TauroE. Clear and deep amber with a white/brown head with nice lacing
Smell has some citrus (grapefruit) funk, barnyard, grass clippings
Tastes of initial sweetness that has a brett and tart grapefruit backing
Mouthfeel very bubbly and fairly dry finish
Overall very good and would buy it again

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

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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.

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