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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.

Added by Parrotshake on 05-16-2010

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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 05Harley
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: 2011

Purchased @ Hill Farmstead (Harvest Festival 10/1/11) Greensboro, VT

Price - $20/bomber

"Aged three months in Austrian white wine casks". Add to that the New Zealand hops (Nelson Sauvin rich in white wine fruitiness)

Pours a medium shade of hazy amber with little clarity and massive foam if poured too aggressively. With my second glass, I took my time using the correct technique and still got a two fingered head before filling the glass. A couple of streams of bubbles are visible and add to the soapy white head. ZZ Top like leggs adorn the glassware making it kinda sexy, wow.

The nose is interesting and at first smells like a sour which I'm not too fond of. Fruity notes of orange peel, lemon, peaches, apricots and floral hops quickly shine through and bring a smile to my face. As it warms the funk tickles the nose and reveals the Belgian yeast.

The taste is full of fruit sweetness and yet balanced out with a perfect blend of hops and oak flavors. In the end green apple and white wine dominate the aftertaste.

The body is medium with a fairly crisp bubbly bite. Finishes with a dry tangy/tart mouthfeel similiar to a Granny Smith apple.

Overall a fine example of the style. I love the overall fruitiness and mild hop bitterness. Not to mention the well hidden 9% alcohol content. I'm happy to see this listed as a regular in the rotating line up and look forward to more in the future. Thumbs up!!

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Photo of beesy
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a C&C 750ml bottle. No date was located on the bottle.

A - pours a Light orange hugh with a 4finger, off white, rocky head that sticks around the entire drink. VERY high carbonation level, but to be expected with the brett.

S - sour, funk, sweetness, fruity, wine

T - a touch of sourness mixed in with some brett funk. Fruity. Grapes and wine. Lots of white wine apparent on the end of this one in the back if the palate. A touch of oranges. Some sweetness. Very interesting.

M - medium-low. Not that its thick, but the mouthfeel is higher than i would expect by a little.

D - medium low. the sweetness lend a little here.

Overall a fun beer with a very nice flavor! The only downside is the 19.99 pricetag for a 750ml.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Finewinemike for this one

750ml bottle into a Goblet Glass

A- Pours a golden honey orange that's almost copper with 3 fingers of super fluffy off white head that sticks around for quite a while. Really nice retention and alcohol legs.

S- Really strong fruity aromas hit me up front of tropical fruits, orange, lemon zest, pear, vinous grapes, banana, and slight clove. The beer definitely has an astringency to it and getting some slight funky aromas but not to intense. Brett is definitely there.

T- Just like the aroma but so much more complex. Fruity flavors come through with banana, clove, orange, lemon zest, tropical fruits just like the aroma but more Belgian yeast centered. Slight funky brett and funk create a nice slightly tart body but very balanced between sour and creamy. The barrels present a strong oak flavor of vanilla, slight char, and vinous grapes. Really nice

M- Medium bodied with a really clean mouthfeel that has a slightly bitter presence and funk.


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

Andy cracked this one. Thanks homey. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark golden color with three fingers of creamy white head. Good retention with some spotty lacing.

The aroma has a bit of a vegetable essence to it with some orange zest in the background. A little bit of a brett aroma with some lemon to round it out. A dry orange flavor with a good brett funk flavor to it. A little bit of a garden vegetable flavor to it.

Nice light body with good carbonation. This one is dangerously easy to drink. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. There is a large white fluffy head. The color is orange-red, with a bit of haze.

The aroma is full of brett, with orange candy and a clean funk with a hint of spice. There is some grassy hop aroma here as well.

The taste is sweet orange candy with some nice grassy hops. The brett flavor is smoothly integrated and clean. More and more sips reveal how hoppy this is compared to other brett Belgian pale ales. This is really nicely balance and something I figure would have broad appeal.

This has a full mouthfeel because of the fluffy, airy carbonation.

This is amazing, as advertised. I wish it was a little easier to track down as it would go well on a special occasion and is very drinkable.

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Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is Mikkeller.

dark amber, cloud-tastic, with 2 inches of tense, thick foam. i did not expect this appearance at all--this would be patterned throughout.

grapefruit epic. sour citrus just came to town and immediately assumed mayoralty. lemon peel is deputy, followed by a supporting cast of candied belgian sugar in the light brown variety and an overwhelming resurgence of the side-of-the-road-lemonade-stand-with-outstanding-meyer-lemon-appeal.
i mean, this is filled to the max with citrus and cooked sugar. it's amazing.

there's a funk in the grapefruit and lemon zest flavor progressions. i'm literally tasting something that seems to feature lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit juice, a fukkkin watermelon jolly rancher, and various sweet and sour candied fruit objects. this is actually more pleasing than anything i would've imagined, because i thought it would be very much like a thin, sour version of a single hopped nelson sauvin forward ale.

lush. smooth. slightly bitter. the acidity has a dryness that opens your palate greatly, inviting that puckered reaction. though it's dry and mildly sour, it is more refined than anything i've had in terms of its intent and idea of style.

i've heard that this was good. great even.
i had not prepared for this to be EXCELLENT.
i really enjoy Mikkeller. i do.
this is essentially the best beer i've had from them and challenges for the best beer i've had in 2011.
it has everything i want: full, sleek body; citrus hop aroma and flavor; candied sugar complexity; and a simple, smooth body.

This is perfect.

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a virtually opaque glowing reddish-brown with a thick, cream colored head that holds very well and leaves tons of lace. the nose gives off wonderful aromas of big nelson sauvin (fruit, grass, citrus, melon, pineapple...) and sauvignon blanc (pear, lemon, grass pineapple, more citrus, wet rock) notes that harmonize extremely well and play with a caramelly malt backbone, some mildly vanilla-laced oak notes, and a brett presence (must, pineapple, funk) that is healthy, but not main stage. taste reveals what i am hoping for; a balanced sweet and dry blend of fruit, earth and grass. chewy medium-full body that seems light and fluffy. the brett is there, but just enough to amplify the other flavors, and it comes in on the back end like you want it to. a lot going on here, but it is all in chorus, so it is pumped up like a human microphone, and works very well. one of mikkelller's best efforts in my memory. delicious!

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

A: Pours a hazy brown with lots and lots of eggshell white head. A solid blanket retains well and leaves thick walls of lacing.

S: Complex, tangy, sweetness; grapefruit, pear, and orange notes, with a sweet yeasty base. There's definitely some sauvignon blanc notes there.

T: Also tangy, sweet, and complex. A similar mix of fruits through the mid palate, with a dry citrus finish. Vinous, again in a sauvignon blanc sort of way, though I'm not sure how much of that is because that's what I expected.

M: Medium body, medium but relatively prickly carbonation.

Overall I like this quite a bit. It's somewhere between a belgian pale and a sauvignon blanc, just as the label promises, and that's something unique and surprisingly good.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow what an amazing beer. I bought this bottle upon hearing several people recommended it at the Hill Farmstead harvest festival. The beer has a nice golden light caramel color with pillowy lacing head. The aroma is a fresh grapefruit with some yeasty notes in the mix and totally knocks your socks off. The taste really captures the aroma and has a solid malt backbone to give this beer a lot of depth. Medium body with nice carbonation. The white wine barrel aging really did wonders for this beer. One of my all time fave beers.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Says Nelson Sauvin Brut on the label but I think this is the same beer.

Huge sticky cream colored head fills my whole glass. Caramel colored body.

Pear, white grape, brett stand out well in the aroma. Citrus and candied grapefruit round it out.

Soft brett and slight acidity in the taste. Orange/grapefruit right with white grape juice. Chardonnay barrels are in there. Some orange/kiwi/pear sweet and sourness. Bitter hop bite and brett on the finish that comes out of nowhere. Really strange mixture of flavors and sensations that work very well together. Mouthfeel is kind of odd and not as carbonated as I thought it might have been after the pour.

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Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a rocky, dense head of foam. Clear, rich amber in color. Very herbal and earthy up front in the nose, with a mixture of grapefruit, citrus and white wine. Tart citrus and lemon in the aroma with a underlining funk there that reminds me of being in my sister's tack room with her horses. Smells of animal, worn leather, fresh hay and old dusty barn.

Some carbonation on the palate at first, then it becomes soft and creamy, losing most it's carbonation rather quickly. A little sweet, candied malt going on. Lots of herbal, dried grass and fresh hay flavors with a developing mixture of grapefruit, berries and citrus rind. The beer has a nice white wine, tart character that carries throughout the brew as well, keeping it refreshing and thoughtful. I'm getting some lovely toasted oak and more pronounced wine flavors as the beer warms. It finishes dry and earthy in the mouth. I'd be interested to see how this one might develop over a year or two.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow an amazing unique beer with only a slight flaw. It pours a slight hazy brown amber with a gorgeous thick rocky head leaving thick curtains of lacing in its wake. The nose is pure california sauv blanc with a dusting of new zealand gooseberries. Bright, juicy ruby red grapefruit, bitter orange zest, shadings of light oaky vanilla along with a lemon grass herbal edge and a hint of slate. The taste is pure grapefruit, gooseberries, a hint of barrel, almost a semillon richness to balance the sauv blanc qualities and honeysuckle - very vinous. My only issue is the beer finishes very dry with mouth drying tannins. Sadly i would love to age this beer but when the hops fade i think the oakiness will be even more pronounced. That said a truly amazing beer.

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

A-Pours hazy chestnut brown with over an inch of rocky off white/khaki head. Reduces slowly, leaving a fat cap of foam floating on the surface and thick, sticky globs of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S-Asian pear juice, white oak, sweet sauvignon blanc and pineapple juice (probably attributable to the Nelson Sauvin).

T/M-Light/medium bodied, with slick, funky yeast and vibrant, chewy carbonation. The flavor profile is complex to say the least. The base beer reminds me of the Goose Island Matilda, but spiked with tropical fruit juice and sweet white wine grapes. The Nelson Sauvin hops are used brilliantly in this. Mikkeller takes full advantage of the fruity goodness of Nelson Sauvin's ability to impart flavors like grape and passionfruit, while relying on the low level dry bitterness to accentuate the vinous character imparted by the Sauvignon Blanc barrels.

O-Not at all what I expected, but still, I'm very pleasantly surprised. This is a fantastic, innovative beer, and I have a feeling I'll be having a few more before they sell out.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this, Richard.

A: The beer pours a lightly hazed golden-amber color with a soapy white head.

S: What is this? A Mikkeller beer that smells good? White wine and unripe melon give this beer a very fruity nose. There's a slight catty note, which I find in a lot of Sauvignon Blancs. A bit of grass as well as hints of lemon and oak.

T: This is actually lightly hoppy with some citrusy notes. A lot of green melon, peaches, lemon, and grapes. There is a nice sweet flavor, hints of grass, and some tannic oak.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: I was very impressed by this one. The wine flavors really came through and added a pleasant flavor to the beer.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged, corked and wrapped bottle. Fancy presentation.

A - Pours a medium orange with a huge billowing white head. Lots of head on pour, good lacing on the glass.
S - Fruity, citrus notes with a nice dose of earthy barnyard funk to the nose.
T - Nose carries over to the taste. Strong citrus flavors of tangerine and grapefruit. A brett earthiness in the finish. a touch of wood from the barrel.
M - High carbonation. Medium body. Finishes a bit on the sweeter side.
O - Pleasantly surprised by this one. Also surprised I'm the first reviewer. But, it's a rather well done wild ale that is good now and would be interesting to try with some age on it as well. Recommended.

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Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark gold colour with a creamy head. Great lacing.

Mild tart, funky aroma with lemon and creamy malt. Fruity hops. Apricot. Goat.

Smooth malt with a light tart lemon note. Mild barnyard funk. Mild bitterness. Noticeable hop character. Peach. Interesting and complex.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

A wonderfully balanced beer with some interesting flavour profiles. Great fruit, funk and malt. Complex and refreshing.

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

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. i believe Dakine contributed this one, so thanks dak!

750ml bottle.

pours hazy golden yellow with a big white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. lemon. bit of cider vinegar. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. orange. bit of tangerine. bit of vanilla.

taste is great. white grape. vanilla and raw oak. lemon. bit of cider vinegar. light alchol. white bread and cracker. orange and a bit of tangerine. white wine character.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a nice dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance. i love the winey barrel character. tasty!

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

Smell : Creamy fruits (banana, peach). It's smells like a cellar with a little acidity (bretta) and woody notes from the cask. Vinous influence is detectable too with white wine/grape flavours. Splendid !

Taste : Fruity, spicy with a woody dryness and medium bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel : Creamy, medium carbonation.

Incredible balance, alcohol is perfectly integrated. Great ! Mikkeller, you are a master !

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Mikkeller: New Years Beer. Brewed with Nelson Hops and enzymes. Aged in white wine barrels.

Pours a hazy orange with a few bits of sediment here and there and finger or so of compact white head.

Sweet dried mango, orange peel/grapefruit, caramel malt and floral nose. Quite inviting.

A mass of fruit- mango, peach, passion fruit. Hoppier and less vinuous/barrel character than I expected at first. Caramel, some white wine and woody notes and a very dry finish with peppery alcohol and a dirty Brett character. Tastes sweet at first but balances out brilliantly. Lingering mouth-coating bitterness.

Full-bodied and creamy, utterly refreshing. Split 3 ways with some good pals and good food, but I could easily have polished it off myself. Great stuff, too bad it's a one off.

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