Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in white wine barrels.

Added by Parrotshake on 05-16-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
355
Reviews:
103
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
121
Gots:
71
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Fcolle2
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
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 HollyHops
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ipc2000
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Damian
4.64/5  rDev +10%
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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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Big Brett-filled aroma brings the usual green olive notes and...tomato?

T- More Brett in the flavor and the white wine comes through but mainly in the aftertaste. A little bit of barrel presence and some mild acidity. Alcohol is very well hidden but, unfortunately, the hops are very subdued almost to the point of being undetectable...oh well.

M- Semi-spritzy and tangy. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Another Brett-tastic beer from Mikkel. Not as amazing as I was expecting but certainly enjoyable to the point of seeking out again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Dope
3.37/5  rDev -20.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
4.22 out of 5 based on 355 ratings.
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