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Mikkeller Nelson Sauvignon

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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Danish: Brygget af basismalt og under mæskníngen og gæringen tilsat enzymer for at opnå en så høj forgærbarhed som overhovedet muligt. Til både bitter-, smags- og aromahumle er brugt den New Zealandske humlesort ‘Nelson Sauvin’ som er opkaldt efter sine druekarakterer, der bringer minder til den New Zealandske hvidvinsdrue Sauvignon Blanc. Af gær er benyttet både champagnegær og brettanomyces og pga. enzymerne er øllen gæret meget langt ned og dermed er slutresultatet en meget tør øl. Efter endt gæring har øllen ligget 5 måneder på hvidvinsfade fra Østrigske Weingut Kollwentz og opnået yderligere karakter. Til slut er den flasket på 750 ml champagneflasker med et ekstra højt CO2 indhold.

English: Nelson Sauvignon is a New Year beer it is fermented with ale yeast, brettanomyces and enzymes. Then it has been aged three months in Austrian white wine casks. Very dry, very vinous and very delicious.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Natai (86) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pours cloudy with the slightest white head. Bret is clear in the aroma with hints of grapefruit. Refreshing, crisp and smooth with a touch of sour at the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2137) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2014
750, paper wrapped. What a stunning, unexpectedly nuanced and glorious beer from Mikkeller. Outrageous nectar and tropical fruit on the nose, with nectarine, pineapple, unripe strawberry, blood orange, and peach mixing with a gorgeous light funk and light vinous character. The flavor brings much of the same, with what I’m guessing may have been Brett Claussensii bringing stunning funky fruit character to match the Belgian esters and lovely bright, vibrant white wine notes. Could absolutely annihilate a whole bottle of this, and ridiculously drinkable for the ABV. An absolute winner.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (1485) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Pours cloudy deep amber with low frothy white head. Aroma of white wine, grass, green grapes, gooseberry. Taste is balanced barrel sweet and light fruit tart. Very, very good! Light, smooth body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (953) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Pours hazy deep orange with a frothy white head. Aroma is funk, honey, white wine, oaked notes, citrus. Taste is funk, honey, oaked white wine, citrus, apricot. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is oak, honey, white wine. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (1736) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 9, 2014
750ml bottle from 2D2Dspuma. Dec 2013.
In short: a wild malty belgian ale.
Pours hazy amber with some off white head. Some head retention and lacework. Vinous, sour, caramel and grassy aromas. Medium body, high carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste is malty, tartness well integrated, sweet caramel, alcohol well integrated. Enjoyable, but getting tired of bretts everywhere. They tend to hide anything else and become palate saturating.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2168) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle, no date but I got this one in 2012. I’ve had this a number of times now and it’s gone from awesome to pretty good to very good. I’d never turn it down.
Cloudy bronze in appearance with a creamy white head. Smells of plum, grape and tangerine. Alcohol is apparent but it’s still dangerously drinkable. Lots of juicy-type fruit flavour like citrus. It’s quite dry and effervescent which helps its drinkability.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weark (222) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle from Erzbierschof / hazy amber color, frothy off-white head / aroma is vinous, cider, very fruity, citrusy, raisin, woody, bret, hints of malt, very complex / Aroma is vinous, woody, malty, pine, fruity, citrusy / Medium body, medium-high bitterness, fizzy carbonation, sour & dry, long bitter dry & sour fruity finish / really interesting but very complex beer, I’m a little bit blocked by the sourness

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Osprey87 (1186) - London via, WALES - JAN 9, 2014
750ml bottle BB Oct 2022. A vibrant dark orange colour, hazy, sparkling, big thick white head with nice lacing. Smell - bretty, lemon, peach, intensely sweet cider, some floral notes in the background. Very good. Body is medium, slightly foamy, spritzy carbonation, slightly tacky finish. Taste - semi-sweet tangerine, caramel, a little earthy, dry minerally finish leading to a cider vinegar linger. Rounded yet refreshing. Tasty, surprisingly quaffable...good stuff. Very expensive though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2014
It pours a hazy golden-to-amber color that reminds me of apple juice. There is a little bit of foamy white head that settles down to about a 1/4 finger layer after a few minutes. It laces the glass well and has a fair amount of carbonation present.

It smells fruity and funky, with a dominate aroma of pears and apples present. That is mixed with some lemon zest, a clear brett presence, and some notion that this was aged in sauvignon blanc barrels, for sure.

The taste is complex, to say the least. I get a lot of citrus (grapefruit and lemon especially), some funk, a touch of wood as though the barrel itself is asserting itself, and a sharp acidic bite in the middle of the palate. It finishes fairly clean and leaves a bit of that sharp tang on the tongue, along with the memory of pears and apples.

The drinkability is fairly high, with the effervescence lending some help there. The funk lowers it out of the highly drinkable range, but it isn’t enough of a serious detractor to lower it beyond a 4.

My main beef here is that it is really expensive for what you’re getting, coming in at almost $1/oz, which is a bit too high in my opinion. It’s certainly an interesting celebration beer, but I would probably steer someone looking for this type of beer toward a different Belgian strong.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
niklasdietz (41) - DENMARK - JAN 3, 2014
Great IPA. Aroma is among the most persuasive I have had. Just couldn't keep my nose out of it. Full of pears, apples and late-summer fruits. Mouthfeel is crisp and with a short and delicate bitterness. Pours a light hazy orange in tap...on this account with no head worth mentioning.


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