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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)

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in white wine barrels.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with paper cover and hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of decent cream, pretty good thickness, and excellent retention (especially for the ABV). This head really holds up impressively well. Colour is a nontransparent murky copper.

Sm: HEAVY white wine, light crystal malts, bacteria, and wild yeast. Smells legitimately wild, not sterile and cultured (see Funkwerks). It's quite appealing, albeit mild in strength.

T: Dominant white wine is the dominant flavour from the open, with notes of wild yeast and bacteria beginning at the midpoint and continuing through the finish. The finish is delightfully sour; I'd like more of it to break through the tame foundation but it never does. All around it's balanced but timid. No alcohol comes through. The white wine doesn't add as much as it should; it should've been stronger a la Mikkeller Black Hole White Wine Barrel Edition. Instead, it's a weak unremarkable flavour that leaves me wanting more.

Mf: Smooth and wet - too much so. A touch too thick for the limited amount of flavours. This bothers me.

Dr: Drinkable but largely unremarkable and disappointing considering the brewery and white wine usage. I expected so much more. You could quaff it, but it's certainly not sessionable. I wouldn't get it again, especially at the exuberant price it's sold at in the USA. Wouldn't pair well with food. Hides its ABV well.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a sunrise amber, with a mild haze (like the light mist on a hunters' morn...not that I would know...trust me...), and topped by more than plenty of cream-white foam (damn, I'm glad I didn't aggressively pour this thing!). The nose comprises tart orange, tart lemon, light Brett funk, a decent amount of onion, a bit of cabbage (or something of that ilk) in the very back, and a few hot spots of pine resin here or there. Then things hit the tongue: Hoofah! a blast of Brett right in the kisser (I've gotten compliments on my work in that area...yup...), giving off a lot of blanket, some mild cobweb; there's a bit of orange behind that, along with what seems like oak or cedar or some sort of soft-ish wood. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a pretty damn dry finish, a touch on the sticky side of life (AKA the move-theater-floor side). Overall, I applaud the effort here, but I'm just not a fan of the overt and (for the most part) unrivaled Brett aspect here. It's just too much.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
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 Dope
3.37/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No date, hit the shelves around 2 months ago though so fairly fresh.

A: Pours a clear light orange. Enormous effervescent and frothy light tan head. Head fades at a moderate pace, with decent retention. Tiniest little specks of lacing.

S: Huh, very interesting. Some sweet citrus, very orangey. Some tartness to it too, like orange/lemon peel. A little bit of white wine adds an extra fruity touch. Get some toasted sugar too and maybe some oak? Interesting and unique variety of aromas.

T: Whoa, loaded to the gills with sauvignon blanc. Dry white wine from start to finish. Tastes totally different than it smells. Tart wine and citrus peel up front. Turns almost sour in the middle for a brief instant with some lactic sour notes. Finish is all drying oak and white wine.

M: Somewhat heavy but very dry at the same time.

O: Well, it lives up to the name. If you like sauvignon blanc wine you will like this. I'm not a fan of dry white wines so this was a bit much for me. Not much to discern from the base beer as the barrel dominates here both from a wine and from a drying oak perspective.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml brown bottle, wrapped in black paper, while the cap and cork are found under black foil. Pours out a dense, cloudy amber hue, with a creamy off-white head that settles to a mid-sized cap.

The Brett and the Nelson hops pretty much blend seamlessly in the aroma, while some rich grainy malt makes itself known from the background.

Flavour starts out with a bright acidic zip from the Brett and the Nelson Sauvignon hops, gooseberry and grapefruit rind in the middle, with a dry earthy tartness finishing things off. Things continue to dry out more in the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, effervescent texture with equally effervescent and pin-prickly carbonation.

I'd say this is more of a souped-up Belgian IPA than anything else, however it still slips through the cracks when it comes to pinning down any one type of style. The sour beer folks will get their rocks off over this one, yet what sold me was how the Nelson Sauvignon hops held their own up with the Brett, and how well the two complimented one another so well. Once is more than enough for a go around with this stuff though.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml black foiled, caged, and synthetic corked Burgundy wine bottle (once you remove it from the well-wrapped black paper covering). I like the label's lit cartoon bomb, ready to blow up the unspecified contents of New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, and Austria, all integral to the contents of this offering.

This beer pours a cloudy, dark apricot amber hue, with some visible swirling sediment, and a teeming tower of tightly rocky off-white head, which sinks away in no great hurry, eventually revealing a nice patchwork of honeycomb lace around the glass. More beer than champagne, at this junction.

It smells of funky, musty, tart, fruity, and acrid hops. Same descriptors, but this time for the yeast. Phew. Lots of stuff wafting out of the glass, and it's all fairly well integrated - nothing dominates to the detriment of others. Beyond that, there's some further apple and pear notes, to go along with a so far unloved, but steady, pale bready malt. The taste is still rather funky, but evenly so, especially in light of the Marlborough white wine apery of the hops and the same in the particular German wine barrel treatment. Further tempering the deal are some nice independent citrus hop notes, and a still sturdy, soft, and unassuming pale malt.

The bubbles, well that's where the weight should come down for this style, no? Here, we have a depleted, weak, flabby effervescence, so I'm calling shenanigans, but it shall still fulfill the expectations of this piece - the body is a decent medium weight, a wee bit clammy, but otherwise agreeably smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the funk and identity-challenged bitterness doing well to parry any of the limited charms of the nondescript malt.

Well, not a bad beer from Mikkeller, as is the general trend, but this is no Brut, BA. A bang-up BSPA? Sure, why not? However, I'm quite glad that I didn't break out the stemware for this one - the standard pint glass or pick-your-Trappist branded chalice will do. This is just too brutal, in a good way, but not for the style, so drink it for that reason, and not the intended one. Me, I'll be sticking to the veritable French, grape-based stuff, when I get married next week. Glad I got this one out of the way first.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Hazed dark amber with a huge, thick, light-khaki colored head that sticks around for what seems like forever, but surprisingly doesn't leave behind too much stick on the glass.

A very nice aroma of pears, apples, lemon, peaches, white grapes, some wood, and a hint of sourness. This is not entirely funky, but there's a mild barnyard hint present as well. This is a very (white) fruit-forward aroma.

The flavor isn't nearly as successful, especially as the beer warms. The flavors of pear and apple are dominant, with a mild sour component. As the beer warms, it seems to become less and less sour and take on more of a fruit juice character.

Thin to medium bodied with initially high carbonation, but it seems to lose it's body quite quickly.

An above average, interesting, sweet and fruity (mild) sour. This reminded me of one of Fantome's fruitier saisons.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Hazy amber-orange pour with huge, meringue-like three finger head with great lacing and retention. Huge citrus nose at first that quickly give way to a sour, almost musty, vinous aroma that lets you know there's plenty of Brett in this one. The Nelson Sauvignon hops eventually poke their head out, but are pretty much overpowered by the funk of the Brett. The taste follows suit with lots of apple cider tartness and mouth puckering sourness. Hints of pear, lemon zest, apple, melon and a touch of orange emerge early, but are quickly overpowered by the funk of the Brett which dominates. The NS hops are there in a subtle way, but not enough for me. As it warms, the sourness fades a bit and gives way to some subtle sweetness and lots of white wine and oak notes with a touch of pepper. The mouthfeel reminds me a lot of champagne with a nice crisp, dry finish. Nelson Sauvignon are my favorite hops, which led me to grab this. I'm slightly disappointed as the hops are definitely not the star with this beer. And I'm not a fan of Brett in my beer. With that said, this was surprisingly drinkable and I could see why it would be a great beer for those that enjoy Brett. Another great interpretation from Mikkeller, just not my cup of tea...

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Photo of mulder1010
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML poured into a Tulip

A-- Poured a dark, golden, hazy, straw color. Solid looking one finger head. Recedes pretty quickly and leaves a lot of soapy foam on the sides of the glass. Good head retention to this. Swirling gets two fingers of head, off white or white brown, and recedes pretty quickly again.

S-- Interesting nose. Vinegar, lemon, funk, bread. Sure this is not a sour??

T-- White wine, lemon, vinegar, toasted bread, Peach, Carmel. How very different.

M-- Brett adds a very different quality to this. Just a little bit of pucker but some lemon and peach fruitiness to this. Also get the wine barrel at the end and finishes quite dry and crisp with a touch of sourness.

D-- Good because it is different. Gives flavors of a sour and qualities of one and then mixes in the BSPA in. In some ways it works and in other ways it does not. Like how the Brett is mixed in but at times it is a little aggressive. Starting to get his stuff in an odd way. Would buy again for the reason it is very different.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
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 ne0m00re
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 750mL bottle.
A: Clear dark golden with a fluffy white head and lacing.
S: Sweet white wine, rustic tartness, spicy alcoholic yeast, light perry or cider. Good, mild.
T: Dry earthy tartness, almost silky apple juice and apple cores, pine and oak... interesting orange juice character. Good.
M: Silky, moderate body, dry finish is not oppressive, but comes off like a dry wine.
O: Decent and well-balanced.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

Amber in appearance with a fizzy white head that fades to a ring at best.

Aroma is fruity along the lines of pear, grape, ripe apple, and lemon/lime.

The flavor is acidic up front and fairly tart, offering fruity notes of pear, white grape juice, tart apple, and a fairly significant sense of lime on the finish. Pretty dry also.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, but not overly so.

The rating made me expect more. And as this beer touts nelson sauvin hops, i was hoping for a strong nelson hop presence which i also didnt get. But perhaps the nelson sauvin hops added to the fruity flavor. Only speculating. A nice medium-sourness beer, but it's not complex enough to warrant its rating my opinion.

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Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light bodied dark amber in color with a soapy cream colored head. It smells of 100% brett. It has plenty of Champagne yeast. It tastes dry and tart. Their is plenty of brett and wild yeasts. It's dry and funky. It's not overly complex either. It drinks light and fizzy, plenty of carbonation. It's ok. It's weird that this review is this short but there wasn't too much to say. It was solid but not worth the money.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev -9%
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 laituegonflable
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden colour with nice off-white head, medium-dense and some pretty amazing lace hangin' around. Bead is steady, visible through very, very slight cloud. Looks good; lace is something else.

Nose has a distinct pong to it. Bit fruity with noticeable cherry notes and a berry tartness, plus a good leathery, leathery nip at the back giving just touches of a funkiness that is something other than just a bit tart.

Tastes a lot funkier than it smells. Lots of off-the-wall, unusual flavours abounding here. Cheese and leather combine with a musty kind of flavour and a slight citric twang. Finish has a slightly buttery edge with some lemon zest to it as well. Not really exploding with flavour, but there's hell lots of character to it. Overall, there's a genuine mould flavour to it, but it's uplifted so it's not too bitter, just a nice airiness late mid.

Decent body on the front, quite thick with a dry finish. Bit of a sizzle - not bad.

An interesting drop, very unique - largely for its funkiness, but even more for its surprising subtlety. Could I drink this every day? Yes. Would I? Probably not. Might be good paired with food and just for a casual sip.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
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 flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sampling at Bar Volo. A malt liquor with lots of fruitiness. Very Good drinkability for such high alcohol. Peachy coloured body with a little head and lace. A big bold taste, grape, apricot. full mouthfeel. Sour fruit aroma. A worthwhile big beer to try.

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Photo of crusian
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle from Stein's Deli in New Orleans, thanks Dan!!
Pours with a ton of head. more than half the glass, and I tried to keep the head down...
nose is a lot of nelson hops, melon, white grape, and a bit of funk. Reminds me a lot of welches white grape juice.
doesnt smell tart.. though I thought it was going to be.
man, i want to taste this beer, but the head is way to big...
taste is very unique. funky, earthiness, following the nose, along with all the aforementioned flavors on the nose also. a bit sweet on the finish that turns dry and bitter. There has to be brett in this. This is interesting, but not sure I can drink a lot of it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely idea for a beer, and it's beautifully packaged in paper. Bottle is caged and corked. Looks pretty good before I even pop it.

Satisfying thunk out of the bottle from the cork, the beer pours a pleasant, orange-golden colour, with a sturdy and fine head of cream-white foam. There's a little haze from disturbed sediment, although on first pour I tried to leave it clear. Lacing is good. Overall, looks an extremely fine brew.

Loads of oak on the nose, with tart hints of brett and a twangy citrus tone wavering behind everything. Bit of green apple skin and a fug of sweaty leather. It's a ripe old beer, this one.

Minimal tartness on the palate, which is surprising, but there are loads of soft fruit characters that give some of those vinous notes anyway. Green apple again, peach, and melon. Oak barrel noticeable. Bit of gritty bitterness on the back that shapes out the finish nicely. Quite a dry finish, very wine-like indeed. Mouthfeel is sparkling, and perhaps a little too lively.

A very interesting brew this one, and one I'm very pleased to have tried. Cheers to the guy at Platinum Cellars in Bellevue Hill for chucking this in to my last purchase. It's certainly a unique and exciting brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright cloudy amber color ale with a large dirty white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of Brett notes with funky yeast and light dry vinous notes is very intriguing. Taste is also dominated by dry vinous notes with grassy notes and some funky ester with what seems like Brett notes – extremely complex and somewhat hard to do justice of the taste with my descriptions. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very complex while retaining good drinkability level. I would love to have this one again in the future.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of Jonada
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with no freshness date. Served in a Teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color with 2 fingers of an off white creamy head with good retention and lacing. Body is lightly hazy with lots of carbonation streaming throughout the glass. Looks amazing.

Smell: Tropical fruit, pineapple, bready malt, white grape, brett and melon.

Taste: Tart white grape, lots of funky tropical brett character, more malt sweetness than I was expecting (though not highly sweet by any means), oak, low medium hop bitterness and even a bit of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Tart, dry bitter finish with a light alcohol warmth.

Overall: Really interesting, complex and tasty beer. It's one drawback is that at times the flavors seem to clash rather than compliment one another.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red amber color with a huge white head. Great lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells like white grapes, oak, strong brett flavor, apples, and some alcohol.

Taste opens with grapes and moves into a strong funk and fruit flavor. Finishes with a clean sweet apple flavor and a small amount of tart flavors.

mouthfeel is moderate, with a lot of carbonation.

Overall, this is really good, and worth the $12 I paid for it.

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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
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