Brewed by Domaine Bordatto Etxaldea
Style: Cider
Jaxu, France


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Basadere, named for the “wild woman” of Basque mythology, is a hearty, unfiltered, acidic cider that is made with a blend of 30 estate-grown, heirloom apple varetials.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emerge077 (50) - RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Brett-heavy basque cider. Bright clarity, golden color. Crisp and effervescent, rapid carbonation visible. Tangy yeast, tart acidity from the apples. Sterile gauze in the aroma, wet musty hay, completely dry and attenuated. Flavors of washed rind cheese, apples with moderate acidity, it’s pretty dry overall with a dominating dry Brett aftertaste that lingers, wet hay farmhouse notes, cheesy. Recommended to Lambic & Wild Ale fans.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6729) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is notes of apple juice, band aid / plastic, caramel, cheese. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately astringent. Pretty dirty...lots of plastic phenols make it kinda hard to enjoy the nose. Aftertaste also suffers. Fizzy and astringent too. All in all, a disappointment, since I usually enjoy French ciders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Pour from a 2012 bottle at Perennial. Pours a semi-cloudy gold with a small eggshell white head. Aroma of apples, musty funk, florals (wildflowers, really), and faint herbs. The flavor is the same, with a more pronounced apple character. Some oak, too. Medium-bodied, with a dry mouthfeel and low carbonation. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8601) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Pale amber body, no head and little visible effervescence. Musty apples, lightly malic and oak-y. Tart, semi-sweet, a bit sour and mealy with simplicity of grape juice. Watery body with low carbonation and faint plastic off-notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10850) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle at Perennial. Pours orange with white head. Nose/taste of apple, effervescent apple, light sugar and apple pit/core. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2014

Bottle might have been from Chamber Street Wines, picked it up last year when I started hunting some of the less obvious stuff down. 6% ABV on the label.

Chalice. Sweaty bottle. No salty snacks in sight. Watch out for that cork.

Pours out a spritzy, ever so slight murky mellow gold. Decent white wash head.

Unusual combination that smells of pears & ink. The usual rubber notes are faint. Grape must. Yeasty crackers. Cream soda. Apple sauce.

Taste is rich & sweet upfront, while being very green/medicinal all the way through. Moderate acid, bit of a pucker, incredibly leafy. Leather.

Texture is full of sawdust & Asprin. Soda-like carbonation. Bit of dry mouth.

Seems a bit more pedestrian then Basa Jaun. Easier, way sweeter, less acidity, less funk, less harsh in general. Nothing special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
Light musty apple aroma and cold gold color. A light fruity apple flavor with a touch of fizz. Lovely light cider.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
750ml split with GT2. SImilar darker golden color to the Basa Jaun, quick fizz. Nose is fairly muted, some peach, more apple-juicy and simple. Taste is lightly acidic, no funk, bright apple juice and peach. Clean and refreshing, but nothing like the Basa Jaun.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 10, 2014
> A bright, more apple-juicy cider with mild acid and major tannic skin and barrel character

[ Bottle ][ Beer Study Chapel Hill NC ][ 75cl ][ $16 ][ Lost Abbey Teku ][ 4/10/14 ]
>> After a stubborn champagne cork, the bottle pops with heavy carbonation. Bubbling, high carbonation pour yields a chill hazed deep orange gold like the Basa Jaun though slightly lighter color. Nose doesn’t hold a candle to the Basa Jaun. It is simpler, mild peach, flash of peach vinegar, sweet sauerkraut, something meaty like honey ham. Taste is simple- clean apple juice, very tannic barrel, lots of dusty/woody character. Palate is lightly acidic, slightly too woody/skin tannic for me. Overall, when drinking this I am thinking "cider" the whole time. Seems silly but with the best ciders I’ve had, I’m never thinking that. Rather, my head spins with a thousand flavors and ’cider’ or ’apple juice’ is never one of them. In this vein, it reminds me more of an English or American cider, which in of themselves are a step below Basque, Norman, and Breton ciders.

>!< Very simple, big woody tannic and skin balance

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10784) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle at home with scallops, swordfish, and asparagus. Pours very effervescent, lightly hazy gold with a large, fizzy, rapidly diminishing white head. Aroma is heavy medicinal and band aid phenols, earthy apples and light biscuit. Flavor is heavy phenols, sweet and tart apples with a dry finish. Light body and moderate to high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (8120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy deep orangish gold with a thin white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is extremely funky with a roasted apple note and a decent amount of horse blanket. Flavor has a combination of horse blanket, earthy apples and a bit of roasted apples.

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