Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)
Mikkeller ApS

Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)
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Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Ranked #2
Ranked #933
4.31 | pDev: 9.51%
Mikkeller ApS
Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)
Notes: Aged in white wine barrels.
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Photo of Bitterbill
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce can, best before October 1st, 2019.

It pours a somewhat hazy orange gold with an initial massive head of foam. That settled down quickly leaving good lacing behind.

Grape forward, hop forward, actually spicy, no fruity hop forward smell. Passion fruit for sure. Lots of sweet notes.

Passionfruit and grapes totally up front and delicious. I'm not getting much of the oranges but that's okay. Passionfruit lingers in the finish and aftertaste.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Not sure if it's worth $9 a can but I am enjoying the one can I bought.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color, is slightly carbonated, and a thick head that dwindles down to a half an inch. Smell is sweet and fruity. The grapes from the wine are definitely noticeable. Goes down slightly dry with a little bitterness in the back of the throat. Not as fruity as I expected. An interesting beer and my only tasting of this style. I’m not sure it was worth the $9.99 for a 12 ounce can though.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp at a bottle share. Pours orange with white head. Nose is fruity, orange creamsicle, vanilla, and a bit of spice. Taste is sour and a bit hoppy. Definitely getting the fruit coming through. Mouthfeel is medium and quite dry.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle wrapped inside a black and yellow paper bag. Pours an orangish golden color with a barely off white head in the 1/4" range. Aroma drops substantial amounts of white wine oak and funk throughout the beer. Definitely enjoyable and impressive in that regard. The Nelson hop joins in and provides that additional funky tropical ripe layer. Complex when all that comes together just for the aroma.

The taste is a mix of the Nelson hop, the oak tannin like impressions with the white grapes, the musty feeling, the brett bready stickiness. The mouthfeel has an aggressive carbonation playing lively with a modest malt body.

Overall it is one of the best Mikkeller beers I've had. Couldn't say it would be a repeat purchase, it is pretty pricey, but I still do have one bottle of it, and that one is probably 5 years old already. Should be an interesting future cellar tick. I've had 2 of these thus far.

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Photo of donspublic
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, 1 finger off white head so so retention and good lacing. Hazy amberish in the glass. Has that acidic smell that let's you know it is going to be tart. Starts off with a wine like character, tartness in the middle and a little funk at the end. Nice beer paired with Thanksgiving meal.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chinese gold and filtered with a little champagne like carbonation. Topped with 3 fingers of off white head.

Smells of a tart, lemon like quality, Brett, really floral and fruity. The floral qualities are fresh and aromatic, like a flowering field in spring. Lemon zest, and a very strong air freshener like quality, and dill.

Sweet, Bretty, pears, yellow jello, and finishes with a big, dull bitterness. Barnyard funk and horse blanket. Hints of woodiness as well.

Thick and syrupy body, and very little carbonation, even flat.

Got and drank in Chiang Mai, November 1st, 2017. So glad to have found the style again after so many years. I feel like its under carbonated for the style, and a little syrupy. The taste is great, just a little strange in the bitterness. Smells great.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Dark gold, and somewhere between very hazy and murky. Quite a bit of visible carbonation, and a finger's worth of off-white head that lasts.

S: Citrus, melon and tropical fruit hops over a white wine vinous character. Mild tartness, biscuit malts, and a dryness that I would attribute to tannins. A decent enough aroma, though not huge.

T: Tart and funky Brettanomyces. Citric acid, more white wine, and oaky tannins. This stays fairly dry, then citrus and tropical fruity bitterness from the hops. A biscuity malt body throughout. Some more earthy Brett funk with dry vinous character in the hang as the grapefruit rind fades.

M: A crisp and fairly light body. Good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is noticeable but seems integrated into flavors.

O: This was tasty and a little different, with the wine with hops on top of Brett. I found it a little overly acidic to be any sort of a regular drinker. But definitely a nice funk and hop balance.

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Photo of kitch
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A corked and caged 750ml bottle with no best by or bottled on date (it might have been on the cap but rubbed off) and poured into a Lindemans flute glass.

Appearance: It poured a very nice clear deep copper colour with a one finger off white head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Grape, white wine, oak and brett.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Grape, white wine, oak, brett, apple cider and a hint of tropical stone fruit. Lightly sweet and sour on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied, moderate carbonation and sporadic light warming alcohol.

Overall: Very nice. A top Mikkeller beer and this is right on the fence of a buy beer and a must buy beer.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a frosty, murky amber-orange with a off-white foamy head. The medium-thin head retains well, with a good bit of lacing left behind. Effervescent champagne aroma, with light fruit notes mixed in as well. The taste is very much shimmering champagne, with fruit notes mixed. Extremely strange mixture between the two, and yet it still works. Feel is bubbly, effervescent, with a medium consistency. Overall, it's a great beer, but not something I would pick up again. It's a pricer bottle, and quite honestly was purchased to commemorate an achievement and try a new beer style. It'll most likely be relegated to that role in the future. Definitely a unique beer drinking experience. It would be at home on New Year's Eve, shared with a few friends.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

20cl on-tap at Mikkeller & Friends, Nørrebro, Copenhagen (55 Danish Krone):
This one was a very nice beer from start to finish, I really enjoyed sipping away at it despite the fact it definitely did not seem like a 9% beer when I tried it; I guess a good balance will do that to beers. There was some light bitterness & a few floral hops alongside touches of grapefruit & plenty of grapes that made it a very easy beer to drink & one that seemed quite lively & fresh; definitely one that I'd recommend you try if you get the chance.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a not completely clear amber with a thumb of tan head. Stellar lacing, nice head retention & dropped bright

S: Grassyness, grapefruit rind

T: Follows the nose, some tartness/sourness out on the edges as well up front. More grapefruit, sourness, & grassiness as this warms, a little orange peel as well. Finishes a little dry, crisp & a little tartness & plenty of grapefruit

MF: Medium body with lively carbonation

Drinks very easy, a well put together example of the style, the price however, makes it a one & done

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Curran last night, thanks man.

This one pours a dark copper reddish color, completely clear, with a very small head.

This one is tough to unpack here. Definitely some wine barrel notes, with white grape and orange hop flavor. The use of Nelson in a style like this is pretty genius, with Nelson's trademark wine-like notes.

This is absolutely delicious, and fairly unique- unlike any other beer I've ever had. The wine barrel adds some real nice layers to this, but doesn't overwhelm- there's a bit of oak, apricot, and white wine, with some orangey citrus, white wine, and a bit of grassiness from the Nelson hops. It kind of feels weird to say this, because it's basically an oxymoron, but this feels like a Belgian pale ale without an overabundance of Belgian yeast. The Brett is nicely folded in there, too- with some leathery and slightly musty funk going on, a bit of green apple. There's a bit of a hard chalky mineral flavor here, too, that's not overwhelming.

The carbonation on this one is pretty high, with a crisp and spritzy mouthfeel, with just a small amount of tartness.

This is really unique, and I wish I could describe it better. I really enjoyed it and it's far and away one of Mikkeller's best beers.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear dark copper color and a micro thin lacing ring.

S - Tropical fruit with some resin and Belgian yeast.

T - Tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, some tartness, white grape, tart green apples. Gets a little sweet on the back end.

M - Medium body with gentle pricklies, semi-dry.

O - Not bad, wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is very complex tropical fruit and Belgian yeast. The flavor is complex tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, malts, Brett/earthiness and a mix of slight sweetness and funky bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large shared 2009 bottle.
Mellowed and blended aging effects but likely past prime.
Murky light brown body with a thin bubbly head. Moderately strong and very complex aroma.
Rich and complex flavor with hints of chocolate, dark fruits, apple cider, and faint spices.

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Photo of petmoo23
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great stuff. Smells funky, tastes funky, got the hops, grapey sweetness, awesome beer.

Only negative is the white grape juice appearance and almost no foam. Not a pretty pour.

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Photo of Myotus
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A huge thanks to nollie77 for this trade!
Poured gently from a 750ml bottle (2014 vintage) into a beer flute.
LOOK: Pours with three finger's worth of dense, off-white foam that dissipates into a finger's worth after a minute and a half. A moderate amount of very thick, rocky lacing is left from the head shrinkage. Honey orange in color with a slight cloudiness. There is an abundance of small rising bubbles. Lacing is very thick and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of Gala and Fiji apples, pears, and white grapes deliciously entangle with mild aromas of hay, chardonnay, oak, sour yeast, earthy yeast, and subtle aromas of spicy, earthy, and bitter hops.
TASTE: Mild sour and earthy yeast flavor first strike the palate. Strong flavors of Gala and Fiji apples, pears, and white grapes immediately follow. Mild oak and hay and subtle chardonnay flavors continue this incredible and unique symphony. Finally, subtle spicy, bitter, and earthy hops make their debut as all previous flavors persist, except for the fruit flavors, which all grow stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and finishes crisp. The sourness from the beer is not too strong and gently teases the tongue.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

on tap in Mikkeller and Friends
Beautiful looking beer with great foam and lacing. Great carbination, near perfect mouth feel and just a wonderful dry mouthfeel. Really everything I like about Champagne I felt in this beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.33/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance – Pours a semi translucent dark color with a mix of brown, copper, ruby, and amber. Has a massive head and huge lacing.

Smell – Brett, grape, white wine, and bitter lime.

Taste – Brett, grape juice, and somewhat bitter white wine.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and dry. I’m surprised that this is 9%abv. Feels like 5% tops. Although it had a massive head with great lacing, it felt somewhat flat.

Drinkability – This wasn’t as good as I expected for one of the top rated Bière Bruts.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured into Barrelworks Teku. Cellared at 50 degrees for two years on it's side.

Pours a burnt orange with two finger cream head that settles to a nice 3 ml layer. Carbonation seems to have actually lightened compared to when fresh.

Aroma is deep bread, candied orange, blood orange flesh, yellow raisin, fresh fig pulp, lemon peel, and light red wine. The nose has morphed into an earthier, breadier character than the brighter fruit and white wine notes of the young beer.

The flavor has also seen the same changes that were present on the nose. The hops have faded leaving behind a maltier based flavor with a touch more elevated yeast presence. Orange pulp, light tamarind, bread dough, sweet floral tea, and pink wine overtones dominate the palate. Has really aged nice and considering that fresh it was phenomenal, this is still very much at the same level it was before.

Mouthfeel is heavier side of light with slightly spritzy carbonation a couple of notches down than it once was. Still a good 70 percent on the carbonation scale. Drinks crisp and not quite dry with some residual sugars on the finish.

This has aged gracefully and though I think I preferred it fresh this has it's own intriguing set of nuances that makes it special. Much like champagne picks up truffle, earth, mineral qualities as it cellars this seems to go the same route thanks to a substantial malt base and Brett yeast presence.

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Photo of Tele
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: 4.5 Clear reddish copper with a one inch off white head.

S: 4.25 Lots is citrusy hops and a bit of dank. Fruity and floral with a little bit of funk.

T: 4.5 Slightly tart. Juicy and a bit sweet up front with lots of citrus and a good hop presence. Tropical fruit accompanies the dry oak flavors from the wine barrels. Finishes with slight bitterness.

M: 4.25 Slightly under carbonated but overall a nice feel. A little viscous with a pleasant dryness.

O: 4.5 Very flavorful and easy drinking. Not particularly sour or funky, but those characteristics go well with the barrel and hops.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy orange-tinged amber with a tight, creamy off-white head.

S: Aromas of bitter orange, kumquat, lemon, lime, grapefruit, papaya, mango, and tangerine are supported by subtle scents of biscuit and caramel.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, minerals, lemon, lime, grapefruit, bitter orange, kumquat, mango, and tangerine are underscored by delicate flavors of lychee, white pepper, white tea, and herbs. The finish is dry and is quite herbal with herb and grass flavors mingling with pronounced notes of lemon, lime, kumquat, and bitter orange.

M: Medium in body and very dry. Carbonation is incredibly firm and crisp. Alcohol is subdued. Dangerously easy to drink.

O: Another awesome Belgian-style ale from Mikkeller. I cannot recommend this one highly enough.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy light amber color with a large off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus, white wine, yeasty funk, bread dough, little pepper

T-bready malt, white wine, slight yeast funk, mild tartness of sour grapes, lemon, slightly grassy

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and and smooth, alcohol well-integrated

O-great balance and easy drinking, unique combination of flavors

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy orange in color with big amount of sediment. Fizzy white head is about 1 finger and retains nicely.

Smell is good, some dry white wine aromas along with a big Belgian yeast aroma. Little bit of funk.

Taste follows te nose. Slight white wine tartness and a little but of funk. Dry finish with a very light malt sweetness.

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Photo of Damian
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a flute

Gorgeous appearance. The beer poured a slightly hazed, medium amber color and was topped by a four-finger, light tan, meringue-like crown that nearly spilled out of the glass. The light, airy mass faded to a lasting cap and deposited chunks of bubbly, frothy lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was amazingly dynamic and one of the most complex I have ever come across in a beer. Belgian yeast notes were immediately recognizable. Good amount of white wine flavor. Quite funky and oaky. Lots of fruity sweetness and brett-like tartness. Notes of grapefruit zest were apparent as well. There was also a grassy hop presence that became stronger as the beer warmed.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was incredibly interesting. The white wine and barrel character came through strong right off the bat. Lots of fruity, Belgian yeast notes. The beer was anchored by semi-sweet, bready/caramel malt base. Good dose of bretty tartness and crisp lemon notes. Smooth, grassy, Saaz-style hops were quite apparent, particularly on the crisp, dry finish. Really nice overall balance and very easy drinking for 9%.

The mouthfeel was creamy, smooth and supple. Pillowy soft on the palate. The liquid contained a super fine, frothy effervescence.

The use of wild yeasts, Nelson Sauvin hops and Sauvignon Blanc barrel aging really turned this Belgian ale into a spectacularly complex and enjoyable beer. This was one of the most interesting offerings I have had in a long time, and one of the best beers ever from Mikkeller. I would recommend drinking this one as fresh as possible in order to enjoy all that hoppy goodness.

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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 368 ratings