jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden with a very small white head.
Sweet, musty aroma, predominately of
apples. Flavor of tart apples with a
funky aftertaste that I can’t pin down.
Kind of like an aged cheese that has
seen better days. Had trouble finishing
PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Vintage 2000, sampled in August 2004) . Uncorks with a smallish pop. Pours with full champagneesque effervescence. Darkish bruised apple yellow. Rich aroma, apples of course, a bit of sulfur, pear may be present. Some notes of horseblanket - on the whole surprisingly lambic-y. Nicely tart with a smooth well rounded and true apple character. Finish is soft, sweet. The brut character is obvious and slightly detracts from drinkability - I prefer a drier finish. On the whole, the lambic-y nature of this was a very pleasant surprise, highly enjoyable.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yes, yes, yes! Finally I taste the unpasteurized cider glory again. Da funk, da cheese, da must, da FUN! See, this stuff pours like medium amber bubbly, highly fizzy, white soda head quickly disappearing. Yeasties in my Jever glass. Smell like the must and oxidation of an empty bushel basket after you’ve finished collecting the windfalls. Damp earth like the root cellar when you go in on a rainy October day to get some parsnips for soup that night. Ever so faintly like gym socks. Taste flowers, clammy must envelops the daisies and pushes me down towards the depths....effervesence lifts me and lays a blanket of tannic, winey apples beneath me to cushion the descent. Finish a mix of earthy sweetness and tart. I fall further. So drinkable. Must.....find....more....ciders. Morrrrrrrrre.
Darkover (1508) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2004 2000 label date. Cloudy orange color with a fizzy beige head that disapears fast. Aroma of apples yeast and flowers. Flavor is pretty similar to lambic, very sour, with the apple flavor. Good, but I found it hard to drink.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 Label date, Sampled August 2004
Pours with a frothy tan head that quickly disappears after pouring. It is very well carbonated though, and is a pretty, clear, gold color. From afar the aroma is of fresh apples, as I go in for a closer sniff though things change dramatically. I get sharp, funky aromas that remind me of cheese, champagne, and a Lambic-like musty funky barnyard character. The taste is sweet and apple like, yet not in anyway clean like a commercial cider. There are definite funky farmhouse cheese notes here, especially in the finish. There is almost a certain acetone-like finish on this one. There is a really good apple character here, and I am quite surprised by how much sweetness is left. The sweetness really helps to accentuate the apple character of this cider, though it probably mutes some of the complexity. Despite the sweetness, this is still quite light and refreshing. This is very good, and is certainly the best cider I have had up to this point.
JenT (10) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This 2002 Brut Cider fufills every fantasy of tasting a well crafted beer that superceeds a fruity champagne. It is a well-balanced blending of slight musty aroma, slight honey sweet flavor, and bubbly body. At times the fruit flavor tastes like white grapes. A sweet, sour, light summer yeasty french beer made to PERFECTION!
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Considering that my idea of a cider is woodchuck, this was quite an experience. Taste and aroma are mainly apple with some pears, especially in the nose. Fizzy Carbonation. Thick chunks at the bottom. If all you have had is your average cider (hornsby, woodchuck), then definitly give this a shot. You can certainly tell the difference in quality.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 edition. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with furious carbonation and a rapidly dissipating white head. Aroma is mostly apples, with sourness and wood. Taste is not surprisingly mostly apple, relatively little tartness, maybe best compared to a macintosh, has a gueuze-like feel, with some of the barnyard components, mildly acidic, and this baffling salty/ smoked bacon flavor near the finish, then drying. I’ve had very little cider tasting experience, so I recognize this as good but can’t compare it to others of this caliber. Very good overall.
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This sucker brought the funk. Medium gold, hint of haze, not really any head, just a constant stream of champagne effervescense. Aroma is faintly barnyard, with some outhouse thrown in for good measure. There is a hint of apples at the very beginning, but it quickly spirals into a celebration of the workings of the yeast and other beasties that are present. Cheddar, apple peel, and cottage cheese mingle with each other. Saison and lambic fans should be happy with this beverage.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1999 on draft at Monk’s. Cloudy gold color with no head or lacing. Aroma of horseblanket, and dry spiced, apple. Spiced taste of brett, and a fresh, dry apple finish. Light carbonation, this was great!