ElGaucho (2201) - 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 (5099) - 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 (4392) - 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 (2457) - 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!
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 (2522) - 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 (1513) - 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.