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Nelson Sauvignon (BA Chardonnay)

Rating: 4.05

A second beer in succession from Mikkeller now and the second from one of their bars as well, this one follows on from their Vesterbro Wit and is a beer that I managed to try on-tap at their Nørrebro bar in Copenhagen recently. The beer is one of a few variations that Mikkeller made of their Nelson Sauvignon offering, with this one aged in Chardonnay barrels, although they usually opt for ageing it in Australian white wine barrels. This one was one of the beers from the brewery that I was particularly keen to try before my trip to Denmark and I’m glad that I managed to find it on-tap somewhere relatively easily. A rotating offering from the brewery, this will be the fourteenth beer of theirs that I’ll have reviewed but I still have a couple more to add after this one as well.

Nelson Sauvignon (BA Chardonnay)

Appearance (4/5): This one was a bright and very slightly copper tinged amber colour in the glass with a hazy body and a thin, quarter centimetre head on top that turned patchy in the centre but held well around the edges of the glass.
Aroma (8/10): Initially this one quite a fruity beer on the nose with some funk and yeast showing in the early going but there was also some sourness towards the middle and a few fresh notes as well. There was some grapes and a bit of acidity coming through alongside some apples, pears and a touch of bitterness at the end and quite a nice balance on the nose overall.
Taste (8/10): The taste was quite a sour one with a lot of grapes and apples coming through to open things up alongside some funky flavours and strong Belgian yeast. There was some orange and citrus in there too with some lemon, hay and fresh grass not far behind. Towards the end some faint grapefruit and touches of bitterness made themselves known alongside a tiny bit of oak sweetness.
Palate (4/5): This one was a medium bodied but quite fluffy beer that didn’t come close to seeming light a 9% abv. offering given how balance and easy to drink it was. There was a light and very strongly carbonated feel to the beer that was also very crisp and dry with some tart showing as well; excellent stuff and incredibly well-balanced at the same time.

Overall (17/20): This one was a very nice beer from start to finish, I really enjoyed sipping away at it despite the fact it definitely did not seem like a 9% beer when I tried it; I guess a good balance will do that to beers. There was some light bitterness and a few floral hops alongside touches of grapefruit and plenty of grapes that made it a very easy beer to drink and one that seemed quite lively and fresh; definitely one that I’d recommend you try if you get the chance.

Brewed In: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewery: Mikkeller
First Brewed: 2009
Type: Bière de Champagne/Brut
Abv: 9.0%
Serving: Draught (200ml)
Purchased: Mikkeller & Friends, Nørrebro, Copenhagen
Price: 55 Danish Krone (approx. £6.05)

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  1. April 6, 2016 at 08:26

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