Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)
Mikkeller ApS

Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)
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Style:
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Ranked #2
ABV:
9%
Score:
95
Ranked #957
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 9.51%
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
368
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Notes: Aged in white wine barrels.
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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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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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 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 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Smakawhat
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a champagne flute.

What a really pretty beer. Crystal clear with lively rising carbonation, some cola bubbles, but then settles to pinhead which rise very fast. The color is real gorgeous a deep orange bronze body, with hints of pinkish red it almost makes me think of rose looking at it. Head is soapy but with lots of staying power, builds nicely with speckled lacing. Truly looks sparkling, great looking beer.

Nose has that wild funk, but a nice controlled sweetness with a sense of Belgian candy sugar I am guessing. Subtle crabapple and orange tangerine. Light and airy. Almost smells like a decent fruit or apple wine, with a nice funk component. Might be some nice caramel hiding in the back it seems also.

Palate has a nice faint crispness. Hop front with a nice mix of brett like sharp pepper. Light effervescent with a hint of apricot and hop like grass. Mellow finish with all the taste seemingly in front of the palate. Little bit of wet honey, and a small sweetness on the finish. Belgian sensing sweetness is downplayed but it lets the hop and funk just really travel.

This is easily the most hop forward brut champagne beer, and the funk on this just accents it nicely. This is something really special and tasty, very enjoyable.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass. Pours a hazy (with floaties), amber-orange color, big frothy off-white head, and good lacing. Aroma is pale malts, apricot, citrus and earthy hops, wood, vinuous, and barnyard. Flavor is caramel, lemon, orange, wood, spicy, brett, and vinuous. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, crisp, bitter, and a touch of an alcohol burn. Good beer, nice complexity, dangerously quaff-able.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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 womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this, Richard.

A: The beer pours a lightly hazed golden-amber color with a soapy white head.

S: What is this? A Mikkeller beer that smells good? White wine and unripe melon give this beer a very fruity nose. There's a slight catty note, which I find in a lot of Sauvignon Blancs. A bit of grass as well as hints of lemon and oak.

T: This is actually lightly hoppy with some citrusy notes. A lot of green melon, peaches, lemon, and grapes. There is a nice sweet flavor, hints of grass, and some tannic oak.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: I was very impressed by this one. The wine flavors really came through and added a pleasant flavor to the beer.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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