Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) | Mikkeller ApS

Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut)
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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.

Added by Parrotshake on 05-16-2010

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4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredible fruit presence backed by powdery Brett character and a high phenol presence- this wine barrel aged ale is one in which to be reckoned.

Pouring deep amber, the look of winter honey comes to mind. Copper and tawny- the beer is lightly hazed as it releases an ivory white head that caps the beer confidently and recedes with broken lacing patterns- It has a very charming look!

Strong phenol and earth presence exudes from the beer's aroma: horse blanket, pepper, spice, peat, and medicinal notes all come alive in a strong melange of soil, caramel, and honey. Surprisingly, the challenged scents come together in a very rich tobacco-like sweet herbal-ness.

To taste, the beer's sweetish upstart gives way to a breath of earthen tobacco, tea, bruised peach, pear, and apple matrix at its apex of rich taste. Following, the taste of spicy peppercorn, peat, weathered wood, leather, tobacco and light band-aid all ensue to capture the supreme balance to the sweet and fruity upstart. But as the beer concludes, it leaves the palate rewarded with deep earthen wood tones with wine-like influences.

Medium throughout, the beer's tendency is to be dry as a bone. But its caramel and fruit beginnings provide the unresolved sweetness that prevents the ale from dryness that it sorely needs. Its close of powdery wood and earth accompanies the expected medium warmth to give a lasing memory of spice, cedar and wine astringency- its a miraculously sculpted mouthfeel even if it favors early earthen sweetness.

I love the wine influence, the Brettanomyces, and the tobacco notes that the ale generates. Surprisingly, the medicinal notes that ensue don't detract from the taste as much as I would have expected- the ale is quite masterful even in its flaws.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that hardly died own.
S: Moderate aromas of barnyard funk from the brett are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some sour flavors along with notes of white wine from te barrel aging process.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little tart and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that the brett and white wine barrel aging make this beer interesting and a lot easier to drink compared to other beers in the style. It hides its alcohol very well.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and a moderate amount of orange + copper + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy off-white head that slowly reduce to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brett along with some lighter aromas of white wine, oak, and some lighter citrus fruit notes (orange and lemon stand out). Additionally there are some very light notes of melon.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of oak and white wine with some moderate notes of citrus and tropical fruits. There are moderate to strong flavors of brett which contributes the tartness/sourness to the beer.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to significant amount of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish with some acidic prickliness.

O: This beer is really enjoyable, the notes of brett take the biere de champagne to the next level... I really found this beer to have a great aroma and taste wonderful - I would gladly celebrate any number of special occasions with this beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a nice, nearly three-finger head of off-white/light khaki foam. The head drops into a one finger cap at a leisurely pace and leaves some lacing. The brew is pretty clear and orange-tinted honey in color with a decent show of carbonation.

S-The smell is pleasant, but a touch on the mild side. I get honey, sweet doughy yeast, light-colored fruit (like apple and pear), some grass, musty white grapes, and a floral/medicinal alcohol as it warms to room temperature.

T-The taste is more intense and concentrated than the smell. This brew is full of honeysuckle, vinous/musty/lightly tart white grapes, floral alcohol, and just a whiff of dry, powdery yeast and oak. Also some straw and grass in there. Nice and complex with a long finish.

M-The feel is slightly sweet, soft (but not creamy), medium body to full body (for the style), and drying on the finish.

O-The vinous characteristics of this beer are really enjoyable. It is complex, nicely balanced, with well-integrated fruit, sweetness, and alcohol. Perhaps the mouthfeel and flavors are not entirely in line with other bieres de champagne, but I found this one really enjoyable. Relatively speaking, the smell is a little weak and it is a pricey brew, but I would happily pay to drink this again.

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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 91.6% out of 100 with 357 ratings
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