Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)
Mikkeller ApS

Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)
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From:
Mikkeller ApS
 
Denmark
Style:
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Ranked #2
ABV:
9%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,496
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 9.79%
Ratings:
375
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 09, 2022
Added:
May 16, 2010
Wants:
  122
Gots:
  72
SCORE
95
World-Class
Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)
Notes: Aged in white wine barrels.
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Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

Rerate: 750 ml "champagne" bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.0%. Cloudy orange to amber colour, huge head, slightly off-white. Intense aroma of brettanomyces ("farmhouse kitchen") and N.S- hops (I’m upping it 1 point). Flavour like first rating.

Original rating: Bottle, kindly shared by my beer pal Christian. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Spicy aroma of brettanomyces and Nelson Sauvin hops. Effervescent spicy flavour, notes of gooseberries, white grapes and brettanomyces.

May 09, 2022
 
4.12 by Wer34truh from Minnesota on Jan 22, 2022
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3.02/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by aleigator from Germany

Pours a slightly clouded amber color with a bigger, stable head.

Smells of intense blue cheese, leather and flowery herbs among caramel and lighter oak. Got a juicy white wine grape hoppiness to it, blending into old apples and lime zest.

Its mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a well developed, sparkly effervescense.

Tastes of dry, bitter hops whichs apperance get enhanced by an equally dry wood quality, entangled into tart funk and floral white wine grapes. The acidity in this gets more pronounced, pretty much filtering everything out from the palate with the exeption of dry hops and sweet caramel malts. Finishes even sweeter, heavier on the malts, with some balancing dry hops, light leather and an ongoing tartness.

Solid, with a peaking, unpleasantly unbalanced sweetness, numbing down pretty much anything else, apart from the prominent dry- and tartness in this.

Aug 29, 2020
 
4.06 by samEBC from Belgium on Aug 19, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Gajo74 from New York

From the can it pours a clear amber and caramel color. A thumbnail length frothy head retains well and leaves rings of lacing.

The aroma is vinous as it takes on the the characteristics of the Chardonnay barrel. Notes of grape, white raisin, date and oak. The malt aroma evokes cracker and honey. Throughout, there is a lightly funky tartness that smells like fermenting fruit and includes orange and passion fruit.

Fruity, dry and vinous with lots of oaky flavors, green and white grape, white raisin; very Chardonnay like. However, there is also a bit of a rustic and funky quality that evokes tartness, including flavors of lemon and lime. Flavors of peppery yeast, cracker and honey malt, orange, passion fruit and a developing earthy bitterness. Somewhat lost in the mix at first, the hops flavors eventually come through with flavors of mango and gooseberry. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and with a tart and dry finish.

I honestly don’t know much about this style as it’s only my 2nd time trying it. I can say with certainty, however, that it’s damn tasty. Great character from the Chardonnay barrels, also very Saison like. I will be on the lookout for this.

Aug 17, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DoctorZombies from Florida

Opaque dark copper/light brown pour with off white head; good cap retention; solid ring; medium lacing. Orange and lite funk/barnyard nose. Tart fruit up front; semi sweet; grape must; oak; orange candy; passion fruit. High minus carbonation; medium minus body; dry oak finish; no hint of 9% abv. Overall, there is plenty of fruit and carbonation; horsey funk linger. I like!

Jul 09, 2020
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2.84/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Too much for me, beer-champagne mix is what this tastes to me.

May 05, 2020
 
4 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Oct 06, 2019
Photo of Bitterbill
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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.

Sep 07, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

COD 2018 White wine-grape and pear notes. Thanks Stephen

Jul 20, 2018
 
4.52 by festizio from California on May 06, 2018
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3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by DrainBamage from Michigan

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.

Apr 12, 2018
 
4.25 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Mar 05, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

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.

Dec 02, 2017
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Nov 24, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by donspublic from Texas

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.

Nov 23, 2017
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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by patre_tim from Thailand

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.

Nov 01, 2017
 
3.5 by fosters9 from New York on Oct 17, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CanCusherKen from New York

barrels add nice flavor, wine aftertaste,

Oct 11, 2017
 
4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Jul 29, 2017
 
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jun 29, 2017
 
4.87 by Cearo from Tennessee on Apr 10, 2017
 
3 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Apr 07, 2017
 
3.75 by Narthax from Texas on Jan 30, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by macrosmatic from Florida

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.

Jan 26, 2017
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4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by pineapple_playa from Michigan

on point.

Jan 25, 2017
 
4.25 by Davit from California on Jan 23, 2017
 
4.19 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jan 01, 2017
 
3.79 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Nov 12, 2016
 
4.1 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts on Nov 06, 2016
 
4.75 by Tigerbrau from Louisiana on Oct 29, 2016
 
3.59 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Oct 22, 2016
 
4.03 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Sep 21, 2016
 
3.97 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Sep 15, 2016
 
4.11 by dcmchew from Romania on Aug 05, 2016
 
4.5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jun 26, 2016
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4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by kitch from Hong Kong

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.

Jun 22, 2016
 
4.68 by VonZipper from New York on Jun 21, 2016
 
4.5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Jun 09, 2016
 
4.22 by Kplummer82 from California on Jun 05, 2016
Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 375 ratings