Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great cider. Quite bitter finish. One of the best ciders i’ve tried. Very dry flavour and a fruity aroma.
Frank (2222) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 2004 Vintage Sampled February 2007: Opens w/ a bang. Pours crystal clear orange yellow w/ a short lasting foam of a head. Nose is funky, sweaty, musty and cheesy w/ a very definite apple character. The apples become more apparent once tasted due to a moderate sweetness--which is thankfully balanced by brisk and effervescent carbonation. Head and shoulders above the last bottle I tried and a very fine pour indeed. Could easily substitute for champagne at any dinner w/ open minded people.
Original rating: The opening of this bottle was quite eventful. No. It didn’t gush. Upon opening an odd cluster of sediment rose to the top of the bottle in a large semi-gelatinous mass. I don’t know if that’s supposed to happen but that’s what happened. The cider was very hazy. In fact, very close to the appearance of sweet, non-alcoholic cider. Upon closer examination, I found a rather unappealing lump of black sediment at the bottom of the glass (this is the first pour, mind you). The nose is pungent and bretty with a bit of tart apple. Bone dry with an appealing strong apple flavor. So far, so good, right? But here’s where things go horribly wrong. The finish tastes like bandaids and antibacterial soap. Gross. I really, really wanted to enjoy this cider--I gave it every chance in the world as I like bretty beers like lambic--but, honestly, this stuff kinda sucks. (2.0)
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orange tan with a huge head that fades quickly. Aroma of tart and sweet apples, and a hint of vinegar. Flavor is initially a nice tart apple. The finish was a bit off and had an almost cloriseptic like flavor. Very good up until the finish.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
10.31.04 750ml bottle (2003). Hazed pale straw color with silvery-white highlights and a massive white head. The aroma is all apples and champagne; not unlike a sparkling reisling. Very inviting to smell. The flavors up front are apply, sweet, pulpy, and juicy. Midway through the experience a real funk sets in and the cider gets nice and barny with dusty notes, brett. Huh. Sharp and bitter grapeskin finish is very refreshing. Fascinating, I love it!
ElGaucho (2114) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBMNG 10/30/04. Bottled 2002 Vintage. Here’s another style, like lambics and gueuzes and sakes, that probably shouldn’t be on Ratebeer. But, nevertheless, I don’t mind trying these styles and I guess I don’t mind telling you how I feel about them. Apple aroma (shocker!), somewhat like Martinelli’s (I’m sure the Dupont family is crazy mad reading that) with alcohol; more refined, however. Sophistication in the nose. As others in our MN Ratebeer gathering group mentioned, buttered popcorn or caramel apple are other notes identified in the aroma. Hazy light gold in color with lots of sparkles. Nice flavor, although could use a little more sweetness and tartness. A little dull and subdued. Too much of the skin flavor pervardes. Subtle.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light yellow-golden brew.Dumb as it sounds this had the aroma of buttered or caramel popcorn and tasted the same.It was after a few sips that I got a sour apple taste and was left with that after taste.All the bubbly made it seem like champagne.Thin on the palate.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Bottle of 2002 vintage. Very fizzy and active with carbonation. This spray hit my nose with each whiff. Very light golden color. Aroma is very interesting with notes of sour apples and a little bit of vinegar. The vinegar sourness is like a light lambic. Also has a touch of horseblanket and band-aid notes. Taste is a touch sweet and not sour at all very light with Jonathon apples. Reminds me of white grapes. The taste is just too mild for me, but maybe that is an authentic cider. Smells better than it tastes.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 2002 Vintage; Tasted October 21, 2004: Hazy golden color with a sharply fizzy head that diminishes rapidly. Quite a tart apple aroma with some woodiness. The taste is much the same. Some additional honey elements. Not sugary or syrupy at all. Brutally carbonated. Outstanding.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 2001 vintage: Lightly hazed yellow. Retentive layer of white foam. Brettanomyces, white grapes, sharp minerals, apple must, and bandage in the aroma. Understatedly musty and woody. Surprisingly full in texture and somewhat filmy, with restrained spritz to the carbonation. Snappy and lemony with a medicinal brett bite that is softened by a savory fusion of bandage and extremely ripe apples. Brief, but remarkably quenching tartness gives way to honey-drizzled white grapes and musty wood flashes with a slight tannic tingle. Just enough spritz to carry the brett spiciness. Mutedly medicinal with rich notes of soft apple must and honeydew. Chewy and leathery, yet continually snappy, with an elegant mixture of pineapples and lemons under a soft phenolic bedding. Richness outweighs the musty dryness in the finish, as it continues with a lasting brett & white grape impression. Beautiful.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gold Coloring With Small Head. Sweet Apple Aroma. This Was a Very Enjoyable Cider... And Appreciate More, Having Been to the Normandie Region and Having Tasted Calvados as Well. Tart Apple Flavor..Dry At End..Almost Furry on The Tongue.. After Letting It Sit for a Spell...The Apple Taste Became More Descriptive. ...Like Actually Biting Into a Ripe Apple...Very Crisp. Definitly One of the Best Ciders I’ve Ever Had!