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Argus Cidery Malus Opus
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Brewed by Argus Cidery
Style: Cider
Austin, Texas USA

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RATINGS: 2   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Opus contains subtle apple flavors composed of Gala, Cameo, and Jonagold apples that are aged on sweet, toasted French oak and untoasted American white Oak for a stone fruit and vanilla bouguet and dry finish. Serve chilled.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
A steady pour into my Pilsner tulip produces a touch of a pale, white head. The cider is a pale, lightly hazy (milky almost), pale straw color. The aroma smells of ripe apples and a touch of medicinal, funky, phenolic Brettanomyces like character. This has a nice tartness to it, the beer is quite dry though, and this down plays the cider/ fruit character, but it is still quite floral, with lots of clean, yet dry, cider notes. There is almost a savory character to this beer from the wild / funky yeast character.

This has a nice, spritzy carbonation, not as much as a champagne would, but quite a bit more than a beer. Quite light bodied and refreshing, though the cider is quite complex, almost contemplative. This is quite dry, and fairly funky with lots of signature Brettanomyces character; lightly phenolic, slightly medicinal, with a touch of plastic, and a soft muskiness that is offset by a tart, bright, though dry, floral cider-fruit character. My second pour sees a bit more nutty, yeasty, sediment character here a touch.

Quite an interesting Cider, I like the funky direction this has taken, and the dryness works pretty well here; it does repress the fruit character a fair amount, but it is still the dominant character here. Definitely an interesting concept, it hides its alcohol too well, a surprising 9%.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle. Nose is lightly sour with bright apple notes. Soft, pale cloudy yellow. Up front tartness with fresh apple flesh notes to a dry finish. Beautiful balance and complexity.


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