FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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%.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.