Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2240) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weark (343) - Morges, 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Osprey87 (2049) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
niklasdietz (85) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Saved this one appropriately enough for New Year’s Day. The beer is a slightly hazy dark amber color with a medium thick foamy off-white head that diminishes slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Vinous aroma with notes of oak, malt and yeast. Medium to full body with flavors of vine fruits and berries, oak and funky yeast. The finish is as advertised, with a dry Champagne-like aftertaste and a touch of hops. Enjoyable beer all around and a good way to start 2014.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yorker (1351) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2013
75 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy amber with a white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma and flavour are white wine, a little brett, grapefruit, citrus, and some wood - with a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (3021) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Hazy orange body, large white head, soapy lacing. Tropical fruits, citrus, white wine grapes, oak, must, and wet hay. Vibrant, medium bodied, lively carbonation, assertive acidity and tartness. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACD (672) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 25, 2013
75cl bottle, around a year old. Hazy orange, nice lasting clean white head. Amazing nose: lots of mellow tropical fruity funk, red berries, lightly tart lemon, orange fruit chews, and sweet nectarines. Taste is equally astonishing: drinks like a funky dry white wine. Loads of great peach, orange, lightly tart lemon, white melon, slightly dusty yeastiness. So dry. Great balance. Lingering mango and sweet melon alongside a slight musty citric bite. Wonderful brew. Had this with smoked salmon - incredible.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
spacecube (972) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2013
750 bottle, shared round the table, pours light golden with a bubbly champagne like effervescence which mellows into small but lasting head. Aroma is juicy fruit hop, brett, light caramel and wheat malt with a very white wine and grape dimension . Nicely balanced flavours and dry short finish. This went to everyone’s heads just after a small glass. A memorable beer.

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