Monogamy (Nelson Sauvin) | Bellwoods Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our single hop series has been a delicious and interesting experiment into the diverse world of hops. Following an identical recipe but only changing one variable each time (the hop) we've been able to study the exact aromatics and flavours imparted by specific varieties. Not unlike the series launched by Mikkeller, here at Bellwoods our Monagamy brews are all about settling down with one love. Yes, when ordering this beer in the brewpub the jokes are endless (ie. “I'm not so sure about monogamy” or “I tried monogamy once and never really liked it” or the oft hilarious “I guess I'll have it because my girlfriend/boyfriend is sitting beside me”) but stop being a wise-ass. Even the polygamous can't deny the allure of this beer.

NELSON SAUVIN: This incredible aromatic hop variety from New Zealand has deservingly won a place in our hearts. With soft white winey and lychee flavours, Nelson Sauvin is like a sophisticated lady who likes to drink afternoon tea, but talks your ear off about how she just fixed her lawn mower with a paper clip and some aluminum foil like MacGyver.

Added by jrenihan on 11-07-2012

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jerboat
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Corson
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yasky
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from the brewery, 650ml into a tulip. Bottled January 18, 2013.

Hazy golden yellow, white head with a nice lacing a nice film of retention. Nose is all Nelson Sauvin, some white wine, lightly dank, juicy fruity notes underneath with mildly tropical zest leanings. Lightly herbal and leafy character. Very gentle pale malt notes, some sweetness. Taste is an excellent extension of the nose, and again embodies the Nelson Sauvin hop. White wine, leafy, dank and juicy fruit character. Some onion. Very mild sweet malt character. Medium feel, no alcohol. Very moderate bitterness. An excellent single hop beer, I would cream myself if they did a double IPA version of this.

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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh citrus aroma, huge longstanding head with a body that is very hazy, banana-orange in color. Flavor is fresh, zesty citrus with grassy undertones and a clean finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

World Class IPA

The best hoppy Bellwoods, reminds me of Grest Lakes' Thrust! IPA. Highly recommended.

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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light golden colour, slightly hazed, one finger of white head, dense with lots of lace. Smell is of sharp tropical fruits, citrusy and a bit of dank earthy pine but mostly vibrant fruity hops, a bit of cracker like malt, lemony with some grapefruit. Taste is quite hoppy with lots of tropical fruits, grapefruit and sharp lemon rind, malty mid palate into the finish, really well balanced between dank fruits and malt, never seems too bitter, drying. Medium dry carbonation, medium feel, dryness makes this feel a touch on the higher end of carbonation for the style. Just awesome, really flavourful and just a joy to drink, would like to see this one pop up again.

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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass

A- Gold and hazy. Half a finger of white head dissipates quickly.

S- Tropical fruit, with notes of lychee and lemon, with an onion like savory character.

T- berries and lemon, with that savory bitter finish.

F- Low carbonation, but enough to keep it light.

O- If you like Nelson, it's pretty good

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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip. Bottled on Jan 18, 2013.

A - Medium yellow, golden around the edges. A thin layer of bright white head formed and receded to a few scattered bubbles.

S - Pine, musky and grassy aromas accompany a light bitterness with a sweet caramel malt backing.

T - Moderate bitterness with piney, grassy and musky flavours. Sweet caramel malt backbone provides decent balance.

M - Light to medium body with a nice chew. Moderate carbonation. Lots of sticky hop oils.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bellwoods during their "IPA Extravaganza"

Beer is a cloudy golden-orange. Good sized white head, decent retention.

Smell is nice, and full of tropical fruit. Papaya and melon. Also some grassy, herbal notes.

Great taste. Lots of tropical fruit- melon, papaya, mango. Grassy and a bit herbal. Moderately bitter. Quite juicy. Really a nice flavour and a good showcase of the Nelson Sauvin hop, which I find to be very distinctive.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation level.

Overall, very good! Tasty stuff. My favourite of the series thus far.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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Monogamy (Nelson Sauvin) from Bellwoods Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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