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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) | Mikkeller ApS

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360 Ratings
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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

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Ranking:
#790
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
360
pDev:
9.53%
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

this is one of those white whales for me, something ive been hunting for forever and finally acquired. much anticipation here. it pours an orangey hued light bronze color into my flute, with some aspects of the champagne style carbonation, rapidly rising bubbles and a hard to control white head, but its not quite as excited as I expected it to be, and it does settle rather quickly. the smell is really complex and different, funky yeast, chardonnay or some other fairly standard white wine, citrus bitterness from the hops, and a yeast strain that is unfamiliar to me. the taste is refreshingly hoppy. the nelson sauvin variety offers a lot of fruity characters, some tropical, some citrus, all delicious. its cool because while it does provide all that fruit, it retains a high degree of bitterness, a testament to the hops versatility and to mikkellers talent as a brewer. the yeast has some funk to it, and the bitterness in the finish is lemony. a lot more wine shows up from the barrel treatment that expected, and pushes the flavor more towards a 50/50 hybrid than anything else. maybe not quite as complex as the nose, but its definitely got a lot going on. wholly unique. the mouthfeel was a little lacking for me. a biere brut needs to have nuclear carbonation throughout, and this one doesn't. it starts pretty high, but it fizzles out before my glass is gone. the body is nice though, medium and smooth, punctuated by flashes of bubbles. overall this is a very interesting creation, maybe not quite as good as I wanted it to be, but its really a remarkable brew.

edit: definitely changes a lot over time, and there is absolutely a little batch variability here, but thats to be expected. other experiences have not been quite as good as the first.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Opened in celebration of getting our first homebrew (a Nelson/Motueka hopped saison) bottled.

Pours a thick reddish amber with a large and resilient tannish head. Looks excellent.

Smells quite dry, tart, vinous, pretty sharp sour grape/berry character, some citrus, some nice floral character too, complex and very very good.

Tastes of bright orange citrus, grape and red berries, passionfruit, dry musty flowers, nice sourness but not aggressively acidic, this is damn good.

Mouthfeel has lots of very fine and subtle carb, feels soft and dry, elegant and refreshing and pretty drinkable.

This is a phenomenal beer, has characteristics of a biere de champagne but also of a hoppy sour, like Juicy but better IMO.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

April 7th, 2013. Bottle

This beer pours a gorgeous light brown with a hint of orange and a loose two-finger white head.

The nose is brilliantly balanced. Nelson Sauvin dominates with tropical fruits and lychees. Brett sits underneath this unique hop profile with a musty earthiness and a bit of cherry pie character. It's vinous as well, with a touch of wood.

On the palate Nelson Sauvin dominates upfront with tropical fruits, grapes, gooseberries, and sherbet. This hoppiness is overtaken in the mid-palate by a sweet/vinous maltiness as well as a classic Brett influence that comes through as earthiness and some funk. In the back Brett again exacts its influence through a nice tartness. A bit of acetic acid from the brett comes through in the back as well, adding the slightest touch of vinegar that is well integrated into the vinousness and adds to the overall winey-ness of this brew. The finish was not as clean as I expected but it does not detract in any way, it is long and complex.

Overall this is a fantastic brew that is very complex. Nelson Sauvin was the perfect hop to use. It's tropical fruit, gooseberry and grape flavors made it the perfect match for a white wine barrel. It also integrates extremely well with the Brett, even though they seem to have very polar flavors.

Awesome job Mikkel, I could drink this all day long...

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

Bottle from the first US release in mid-2011, purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Shared at the Dry Hop industry party in the accompanying taster glasses.

A - Lightly tanned foam settles to a solid cap, leaving behind plenty of splotchy lacework. Murky dark orange-brown color.

S - Very funky, with lots of tropical brett character. White wine and oak, and and some of the smokey De Proef brett flavors I get from the Flemish Primitive series. More malt sweetness than I was expecting from a Brut, but that may be due to the age. There's some light melon that could be residual from the hops but is more likely a brett flavor.

T - Taste is similar, with tropical fruits yielding to dusty and earthy brett. Some sweet caramel and fruity malts, and a lightly medicinal, smokey and leathery finish. I'm not always a huge fan of De Proef's brett, but it's more restrained here. Less oak and vinous character here.

M - Smooth, lightly dry, full in body, with pleasant soft carbonation. Chewy texture, and extremely well-hidden alcohol.

D - I was expecting more spritz and dryness, but as a funky Belgian Strong Pale this is pretty enjoyable. Probably not worth $23, but I'd love to try an extremely fresh bottle or draft sample to see how much the Nelson Sauvin hops contribute.

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

Appearance: Has the deep bronze appearance of a DIPA. I could get a lot of head on the pour, but it was a thin head that quickly dissipated. A slight amount of carbonation was active throughout.

Smell: Absolutely on par with a brut champaign aroma. Bright apricots, pears, tangerine, floral citrus, and some very heavy sticky hops. Very bright, so similar to a brut champaign but at the same time has a darkness that is lacking in regular champaign.

Taste: Right on point with the nose. The palette just gets attacked but wonderful bright citrus fruit flavor. The pears and heavily saturated tangerines are so balanced and wonderful. There is a serious dryness going on here with a beautiful hop balance which keeps it from totally wrecking the palette. Complex heavy waves of citrus fruit attack throughout the aftertaste. Keeps me coming back for more.

Mouthfeel: Like I said above, dry, but at the same time, so juicy and complex.

Overall: Mikkeller knocks it out of the park. I love this brew. Makes me think of new years but at the same time has such wonderful beer aspects to it. Worth all of the $19.99 I spent on this bomber. Not something to drink all the time but something that is a must try. Nelson Sauvin hops continue to show their diversity and overall deliciousness.

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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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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 360 ratings
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