Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) | Mikkeller ApS

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

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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 kmo1030
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours orange-caramel color with a very robust head that settle to a craggy cap.
the aroma is a subdued pink grapefruit, with citronella notes. there are also notes of vanilla and some graininess. just a whiff of basement mustiness.
the taste is very citrusy and tropical, i get pink grapefruit, orange, lemon and pineapple. the are also sweeter apple cider notes. all the fruit is wrapped in a creamy character that is hard to place, but seems partially malt and partially barrel derived. the finish hangs on for a long time with a grapefruit pith bitterness additionally. with a bit of warmth i find just a little bit of green tea. delicate and complex.
the mouthfeel is medium-ish with a delicate but moderately active carbonation.
overall, it seems to me that there were a lot fo places this beer could have gone wrong but didn't. it walks the fine line between a mess and excellence that a lot of the better examples of this type of beer do. must try for fans our sours.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, tart grapes and a small yeast presence. In the the taste, tart yeast, tart fruit of white grape and peaches, and a note of small alcohol. A small tart bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a a small dry tart grape in the aftertaste. Like a very nice white wine, beautiful tartness!

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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 wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 8/3/12

A murky brownish orange with a two finger dark tan head that falls rather quickly leaving just a patch of lace

S lots of funk as soon as the cork pops, caramel apple, earthy woody notes, tropical fruits, the wine barrel really comes out in the nose

T as funky as the nose but less vinous notes, there's some citric hops however that I couldn't smell with a little grapefruit, tastes pretty good but missing some of the complexity lost in the nose

M just a little foamy would be my only complaint, just a little sticky on the lips, odd for a beer this dry, faint heat and a loooong length

O close to 4.5 for taste so higher here, I loved the nose and the booze is very concealed

something different and something good, a very unique beer from Mikkeller, interesting version of a barrel and if you like brett you will like this

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange-brown with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to an island of foam. Foamy chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of fruit (grapes, apples), white wine, and a sour/funky aroma from the Brett. Taste is funky and bitter right off the bat with some grape-like fruit flavors coming through on the finish. There is also a dry woody quality that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a very bubbly carbonation which I assume is a direct result of the Champagne yeast used in this one. Overall, this is a good beer and my first of the style but I wasn't expecting it to be so funky and bitter in taste based on the aromas.

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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 Rickythejeweler
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Glowing golden copper with a fluffy 3 finger head, and minimal lacing.

S - Funky, sour grapes, strawberry, yeast, white wine.

T - Starts with candi sugar, cereal, grain; middle is white grapes, nectarine, peach, oak; ends with slightly dry white wine and yeast flavors.

M - Moderate carbonation, full bodied, crisp and very drinkable.

O - More complex than I imagined! Very nice brew!

$24.99 Stateline Liquors - Elkton, MD

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Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange color with a massive three finger white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, funky aroma with a prominent musty brett character that nicely compliments the barrel presence and estery notes. Subtle barnyard character with some grass and hay along with toasted oak and light vinous fruit. Perfume with the sweetness of the white wine coming through. Smells really nice.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of wine barrel, funky brett and light fruit. A decent amount of musty funk from the Brett but it isn't as strong as I expected. The wine barrel flavor is very strong with some dry toasted oak and sweet vinous fruit. The dryness of the oak goes very nicely with the dry brett. There's a subtle bready yeast character that adds another dimension to the palate. Pretty sweet from the wine and faint heat toward the finish. ABV is well masked however, making this complex, well balanced beer easy to drink. One of the better Mikkeller beers I've had in a while.

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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 navethechimp
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like what Mikkeller is going for in life. He has a bold approach that is unrivaled and I want to be his friend. Many of his beers are so limit-pushing that my expectations are lowered in terms of overall quality, but my expectations for experience uniqueness are greatly heightened.

This beer fully encapsulates the Mikkeller experience. Thanks to my good friend Townhag, he brought a bottle of this over as we worked on some unrelated business. I was distracted by some intensely stimulating images on the computer screen as he poured this beer into my Denis Meyers art-series Duvel tulip. I glanced over after the raging cork explosion, which was significantly louder than usual, and said friend was just as surprised as the head more than doubled or tripled in size than the level of liquid. The appearance of the beer itself was straightforward--golden haze, not too clear, and like a wild fog.

The smell was unbeerlike. When I first smelled it I yelled "RAID!", but it actually smells a little bit more like Monsanto's Roundup. It's like Roundup with a hint of pineapple and other tropical fruits. The flavor profile follows the aroma, but reserves the funky odd qualities for the end of the flavor-time sequence, with the beginning being primarily a fruity hop/brett bouquet harmonizing with the malt sweetness. This maltiness is not overwhelming though at all, for it creates just enough mouthfeel to not combat the drinkability you expect from a Belgian-style ale.

Overall I'm pretty stoked on this juice/poison-like beer. It's really intense and fully earns its place in the Mikkeller beerography. Would I buy it again? It's expensive.

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Photo of jlenik
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: clearly this beer is well carbonated ;) the beer itself is quite dark for a "Belgian strong pale ale" (dark amber) but the head is quite white.

s: the initial smell is of hops and grapefruit. some sweetness also breaks through.

t: citrus, grapefruit, hops, brett and grapes/white wine. I wasn't sure what this beer was going to taste like based on the description but it definitely holds true to its description.

m: somewhat sweet but mostly dry. the hop presence helps with the dry finish.

o: I bought this on a whim since there were only two left at the store and I'm thoroughly pleased. Tart yet delicate.

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Photo of impending
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed deep orange amber, towering creamy tan head slow to subside, very nice lacing.

Aroma has strong vinous notes. An earthy tartness sits next to a delicate sweet fruitiness including grapefruit and pineapple. Much unlike any other strong pale.

Considerable grapefruit, vinous qualities continue into the flavor. Brett stays restrained, just one of the many flavors that appear briefly. A dry crispness begins the grassy grapefruit aftertaste which has mild earthy bitters. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Nice complexity.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red/light brown in color. Slighty hazy with a thin white head and some visible carbonation

Smells of juicy red grapefruit and blood oranges. A nice wooden aroma and slight Belgian sugar

Very tasteful, slight tart at the beginning with a cherry like taste. Transitions to a citrus grapefruit orange flavor with a bittering wooden taste. Finishes clean with fresh fruits and barrel tartness

Medium to light body, highly carbonated but not too filling. Finishes clean and lightly bitter

It's a great beer with complex fruity flavors and the barrel treatment complements it nicely. Pricey but worth a try

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for hannydawg for this bottle.

Pours a murky, copper/orange color with a tan/yellowish head. It's big and billowy, leaving spiderweb lacing in its wake. Aroma is funky, with some hay and barnyard touches. There's a touch of acidity with some citrus and lightly sweet fruitiness. Taste is less funky, with a hint of astringency and a mild acidic tart note. Alcohol warms the back of the throat, but that's about it, making this a bit of a sleeper. There's a touch of oak and a dry wine character. The feel has some slickness to it, and the carbonation is there, though not effervescent. Finish is dry.

This is a wonderfully complex beer, definitely worth the try if you're feeling wild.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a cloudy Honey colour with alarge faomy White head that reduces to a consisten one fingered film.

S - Plenty of green grapes, pineapple and apple. Quite pungent

T - Up front it is a sweet grape flavour, before some vineous funk kicks in.Very fruity flavours of green grapes , citrus and may be a little grapefruit. A little earty also.

M - Medium to full body with meium carboantion and a little sticky.

O - An impressive offering from Mikkeller. Plenty of flavour in this one.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thorpe and I have been talking about this beer forever. Finally, beer served in a Russian River -tion glass. Beer is yellow, hazy, soft white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation.

Aroma is Nelson hops, that sort of fruity / grass / vegetal earthiness that comes along with these hops, nice, some yeast sneaks through too.

The hops in this beer are the winners, effervescent, mildly grassy vegetal hop presence with an underlying citrus sense, flavors are light and dance, finish is mildly dry. Decent beer overall. I'd have it again.

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Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What's this? Two good Mikkeller beers in one week?

Doesn't look like much, pouring a muddy amber with a head that quickly settles to a thin film.

Musty, vinous nose; a lot of white wine and brett, the former lending a mix of pineapple and leathery funk. Has a bit of a champagne character, too, and lesser notes of green apple.

The palate has a gentle acidity, big vinous flavors and juicy, fruity, leathery brett notes. Pineapple, white grapes, light earthines; a lot of depth here. Alcohol is well hidden. Brett lingers in the finish, which is quite earthy and leathery, slightly chalky. Really nice stuff, one of the better Mikkeller beers I've tried.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear light orange color with a good white head. Moderate amount of white lacing. Nose carries light white wine plus some funk. A bit earthy with mild funk. Light acidity comes through in the flavor. Light body with effervescent carbonation. Really quite good. Probably my favorite Mikkeller beer to date.

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

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is a honey orange color and has a thick, fizzy white head. Lasting retention and the tulip glass is coated with lacing. The aroma brings floral and vegetable notes, reminiscent of Cantillon Mamouche. Green peppers, plants, very vegetal. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Hops emerge in the finish. Complex and intriguing, this is enjoyable in small quantities.

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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 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 spicelab
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With thanks to [email protected]

Opaque apricot with a pillowy white head that leaves decent snail trails as it falls over 5 minutes or so.

Lovely mellow mustiness to the aroma. Slightly sour granny smith apples, vegetal funk, candy sugar, white grapes and mild pepperiness.

Cidery and somewhat tart profile of apple skins, grapefruit, lemon pith, grapes and slight oak. Funk and acidity are quite moderate, making it a joy rather than an ordeal to drink.

Pretty spot on. Body is biggest on the mid-palate, but light on the front. Everything else is middling - carbonation, tartness acidity and dryness.

I'd put off drinking this for a while assuming it would be a chore to finish, but couldn't have been more wrong. It's bloody delicious, with complexity that is accommodating rather than testing.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml. C&C bottle into Lost Abbey tulip. Purchased from Discount Liquor in MKE...pricey bottle.

A: Pours a copper almost ruby color with a very lively white frothy head, that appears to be alive, and breathing. Surges up, falls back. Leaving fantastic lacing on the glasses. Perdy.

N: Ohh bright citrus notes explode out of the glass, followed by beautiful notes of Brett and funk. Some very spendid Sauvignon Blanc notes...dominant pear backed by tangerine, melon, apple, a bit of wood or oak coming through.

T: The taste is more of the same. Exploding with sweet fruit like pears, melon, apples, some nice and tart white grape notes...full flavor profile. A good amount of creaminess.

M: This beer really feels like a thick Sauvignon Blanc, or a light pear-cider. Really interesting, with some lively notes, and a good mouthfeel. Flavors stick around nicely, and isn't sticky for the viscosity it holds.

D and O: A pretty good beer. Fairly interesting, easy drinking for the 9% A.B.V. It reminds me of the Luciernaga by Jolly Pumpkin, but I'd prefer Lucie. Good beer, nothing outstanding.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nelson Sauvignon Brut has a golden colored body with a fine haze to it. The off-white head is a couple of fingers tall and creamy looking, with good retention and some solid lacing.

The aroma has a ton of vinous characteristics, with white wine and all sorts of white grapes standing out immediately. A little bit of wood, some light sweetness and a good punch of lightly tart wild yeast round things out.

The wild yeast adds some tartness and some funk right away, but those flavors are soon replaced by white wine. White Grapes mix with a little bit of oak. Melon and apple come through also, as part of a fruit bouquet that is quite pleasant. The malt is lightly sweet, and there is just a touch of bitterness in the background that rounds things out. The flavor associate with the bitterness is actually that of what grapes also.

A moderate body is overshadowed by carbonation that is quite lively. Not bad.

I was really interested to try this one, and bought it as soon as it showed up at my local store. I am glad I did, as this beer was a very nice one to try. Complex and interesting, my only complaint about this one is that it's expensive, but that is what you get from Mikkeler.

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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 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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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) from Mikkeller ApS
4.23 out of 5 based on 345 ratings.
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