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Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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.

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4.9
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2013
This has got to be one of the best beer I’ve ever had. It is truly a work of art. Poured into a wine glass, it displays a bright redish hue with an off white head. The nose is complex, very fruity, a little funky, and a little bit of the wood comes through. The flavors are huge and change with almost ever sip. Its tart up front, juicy in the middle, and ends with a nice dry finish that sends this one soaring for me. Very well put together, will purchase again even at twenty two dollars a bottle, worth every penny.

4.2
Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Thanks to Tom for sharing this beauty. This beer is everywhere all at once -- it’s basically a superhero. A pale, golden, dry, tropical, winey, hoppy, superhero. Not at all sure what to make of it, but that’s part of the superhero allure.

4.3
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2013
750, corked, baled, and papered. Holy hell. I have no idea what this beer is, but it’s delicious. Pours a bright sparkling medium gold with a dense and creamy whitish head. Sharp grapefruit nose that gives way to a bit of lemony white wine as it warms. Very intensely fruity from the hop. Bright sparkling body, very light for the abv, showing no trace of the alcohol anywhere. Grapefruit, white wine, lemons, and mineral dryness on the mid palate. Really fascinating and very drinkable. Got a lot of different reactions from this one, many of which included some variation on how many different beers seemed to be bunked up in the same bottle. So good.

4.3
FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
A soft pour into my Teku glass produces a pale tan colored head that starts out two-fingers in height and leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows an absolutely gorgeous, bright, shining, brilliantly clear, amber hue when held up to the light. The nose, as expected, smells of tropical fruit and Brettanomyces funk; grassy, tropical, funky, mango, guava, peach syrup, funky tropical fruit notes that are quite floral. I really like how hoppy the nose is; lightly herbal and woody, but lots of bright, funky fruit character. As the beer warms up, nutty, spicy, woody oak notes round out the aroma.

Lightly sweet tasting, which is accentuated by the tropical fruit notes, but the finish is dry and funky with phenolic Brettanomyces notes that lean towards medicinal notes, definitely a bit musky, and perhaps a touch of plastic character. The beer is quite effervescent, this works well with the Brettanomyces flavors, and the lightly viscous body that makes this beer quite quaffable. The hop character contributes flavors of tropical fruit, lychee, guava, mango, lots of floral peach, kumquat marmalade, and Meyer lemon. The malt character here is quite light in relation to the other notes, but still does contribute flavors of English biscuit, hints of whole grain cracker, and a touch of caramelized malt character that is here just enough to support the vibrant hop character. The wood character plays a supporting role, it contributes soft notes of vanillin, a definite biting, spicy edge to the hop character and a finish that has some woodiness to it; this is only just so though, as the wood character is really quite restrained and works really well to support the hop and Brett character.

This is a quite good beer; the mix of bright, funky, fruity hops, and funky Brettanomyces character hits my funky / hoppy spot quite well. The hop character and the Brett achieve a really nice balance here; I am not sure of the age of this bottle, but the hops are still quite vibrant, and they balance very well with the Brett character at this moment in time. Somehow this is almost a guilty pleasure, certainly simple in its focus between hop and Brett, but this really is a mix of flavors that really appeal to me at this moment in time. This beer just keeps getting better and better with each pour, this is the first Brut beer that I have had that has actually been clear from the first pour to the last, and this is certainly the best Champagne style beer that I have had to date.

3.2
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle that I bought somewhere. Pours a deep bronze, nearly dirty penny copper. Hazed with a huge offwhite head. Nose is funky, caramel and gooseberry driving, along with an oaky edge and dank wet wood. On tasting, low bitterness, hops are faded. Light Brett is coming through but has a wine like note on the finish. Lacking funk overall on the palate, on the sweeter side with some oxidation coming through. Interesting but a shadow I’m sure.

4.6
BiereLuc (1275) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2013
Jolie bière limpide à la teinte orangée avec une coiffe d’une bonne densité. L’effervescence est régulière. Le nez est principalement axé sur les levures sauvages avec une petite touche fruitée qui évoque le vin blanc annoncé sur la bouteille. En bouche, le gros fun commence! L’acidité est balancée par une touche vanillée; l’amertume trouve son match avec le côté plus fruitée; l’alcool se laisse oublier dans un pétillement digne d’un bon champagne. Dieu que j’aimerais en avoir une autre bouteille en réserve.

3.4
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Bottle shared by NobleSquirrel. Thanks, dude! Pours a deeper dark amber biscuity hue, darker with good haze, some floaties and frothy tannish head atop. Dies to a firm layer, laces ok. Aromas are a bit sweet, touches of fruity apple, pear and biscuit. Some touches of champagne yeast, pear and biscuits, bread and dough. Some white grape, biscuits. A bit sweet and sticky with a touch of dust. Initial is lighter end of medoum bodied, a good deal of white grape, kiss of champagne yeast. Dry and gentle pear, apple sweetness kiss in. A touch of body, biscuits and white grape. Mellow yet growing dry earthy hops, some melon and white grape. Touch of spicy yeast. Gentle sweetness, a bit biscuity. Some spice, a touch of tartness, dry earthy hops and mellow yeast hits the palate. Pretty nice, a bit sweet on the nose and backend. But overall, pretty well put together, some good hops and spicy yeast. Nice flavors.

3.4
crossovert (12874) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Amber pour, brett-domianted. It has some vinous fruit notes, some dy tannic oak, its decent.

3.7
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle. Thanks Brian! Pours amber with white head. Brett nose, fruity, cherry, woody. Flavors Brett, horsey, cherry pits, slight tartness. Some woodiness. Full mouthfeel. Dry finish. Solid.

4.4
Inbreak (5885) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2013
UPDATED: APR 11, 2015 10.05.2013, 0,75l bottle @ home: Big slightly fizzy longlasting head. Aroma is fresh funky, mild brett, citrus, over ripe mountain berries, wet grass, citrus peel, tropical fruits, hay, wet leafs, oak. Taste is dry and fresh, oak, citrus, brett, lemon peel, passion fruit, grass, overripe mountain berries. Medium bitterness, slightly dry citrucy mouthfeel. Very nice.


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