BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. (2010 bottle labeled 2010.103.1 of 1148). A medium gusher. Pours with a massive white head that fades to a ring over a clear straw hued body with evidently violent carbonation. Big carbonic sting on the first sniff. Aromas of canned peaches, CO2, sweet apple, light sulfur, earthy, lightly musty and some minerals. Dry, somewhat acidic, medium tannin and green apple. A very honest replacement for a brut (dry) champagne. Lightly sulfury, a touch tangy. Very lively (violent) carbonation. Dry, medium alcohol, light to medium body behind the bubbles. Spritzy palate. Nice (at $15), but just a touch pricy for regular consumption.
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear gold, highly carbonated leading to a thin but persistent head (for a while at least). Nose is green apple skins, unripe white grapes & berries, musty & yeasty. Flavor is tart apples, alcohol is apparently with a fruity twang & more yeast character. It has some good things going on but fails to be cohesive.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A good amount of sediment in the bottle here, had to let this one sit for a couple of days to clear up, and even then managed to go from a nice clear straw gold to developing a bit of a haze. Still looks rather nice with a medium sized white head which stays strong for a while thanks in part to the lovely little laser etched nucleation sites on the bottom of my big fat Duvel tulip. Hooray for science! Smells lightly sweet with some light soft baked apple notes. Surprising disconnect between the aroma and the flavors, having none of the big soft apple I was expecting and instead turning cool and dry right away. Warm bit of alcohol on the finish with some soft apple. Improves a bit as it warms. Very nice.
JohnnyJ (4220) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear gold pour, small fizzy white head, pretty typical. Apples, apple peal, tartness, and rather dry and floral. Pretty good for a cider.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing.
Body is clear light yellow.
Aroma is light notes of apple skin, flowers, and alcohol (a bit fusel).
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic.
Light body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent.
Not much going on in the nose. Champagne-like pour is nice, but even after endless swirling it explodes on the tongue into froth...not the best mouthfeel. There are worse, there are much better.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very pale yellow with next to no head. Very sweet aroma of apple, apple skins, spices. Very tart and dry body taste of apple, apple peel, tannins and spices. Reminds me of champagne with its effervescence.
valpoaj (613) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlogged Entry - From GTMW ’09 - Pale gold color with a strong apple aroma...sweet and inviting. Flavor is intense apple...high level of tartness, but a balancing sweetness. Dry finish makes this a pretty good ride for a cider. Very solid rendition of the style!
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] shared by skyview. Pour a clear whitish with a med rocky white head. Very sweet aroma, caramel apple, apple crisp. Flavor is sharp, tart, dry, some alcohol, overripe apples, and a little vinegar.
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle from Skyview) Pours light gold with a white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma of this beer is just excellent, like biting into a fresh (McIntosh?) apple. Besides the apple, there’s really nothing much else, but it matters not. The taste was a little disappointing, the apple aroma would indicate sweetness, but it was actually very dry with a mineral water-like finish that I wasn’t a fan of. If the taste had even halfway matched the aroma, this would be excellent.
JK (4349) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From skyview. Big, sweet apple aroma. Light gold color. Surpriisingly dry for a product with an aroma so sweet. Some yeast in the flavor as well.