emacgee (3433) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted this a couple of times at Milltown. Bright hazy gold pour with a thin crackling head. Earthy nose with some acidity and mild funk, apple skins. Tart and crisp palate with a tart acidic apple character in the flavor with a mild wild character. Tasty enough
OldMrCrow (1518) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottling sampled June 2011.
Attractive golden pour with a nice white head. Nose of apple, must, and saison yeast, flavor follows, not particularly tart or dry but very enjoyable with the rustic yeast-forward textures. Not sure I prefer this to a farmhouse beer at the same price point, but very nice nonetheless.
PorterPounder (4610) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - cage corked 375 ml bottle. Dark golden pour, little to no head. Fresh apple aroma, golden delicious if I had to peg it, nice and natural. Flavor is smooth and crisp, apples of course, more of a mellow apple flavor, not sour like a Granny Smith, more akin to a Gala variety. Crisp mouthfeel, just the right amount of spritz. Nice change of pace.
DuffMan (5192) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2008 vintage, shared @ the Purple Pig. Hazy medium yellow gold, finely bubbled brisk carbonation. Aroma is quite geuzy, sour and musty, with petroleum vapours. Flavours are predominantly musty and woody, sour apple must, barnyard, and just a hint of burnt grass smokiness. Very dry short finish. Low sweetness. Outstanding!
magsinva (600) - Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle - 2008 vintage - pours golden lemon with a a noticeable white head and tiny bubbles. Aroma a bit funky, barnyard and apples. Taste is aggressively sour apples on the first sip softening into barnyard on the finish. Palate is lightly creamy with average carbonation. Overall its definitely complex, but I’m having trouble getting past the barnyardy-ness. More a cider you would drink to appreciate, then from its deliciousness factor.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I took the metal guard off the top, and the cork popped out on its own - now that’s impresive carbonation. Pours a slightly hazy gold with no head - not particularly attractive to be honest. Aroma is nice - sour apples, celery, white wine. Taste is apples, white wine, maybe a touch of citrus too. Dry finish of sour apples. Palate is extremely bubbly - it expands inside the mouth, more than I’d like in fact. It also leaves me belching every five minuets. I’d like this better with less carbonation. Still, this is very good. Drinkable and enjoyable.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle. juicy nose of red delicious skin and honeycrisp nectar. powerful effervescence in the glass, hazy gold. barnyard yeast forward, sweetens into the finish, gentle mouthfeel
Odde (305) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2009 bottle. green apples, funk, high carb/fizzy, too sweet. some medicinal off-flavors. challenging.
KAggie97 (3530) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2004 Vintage.
Pours a viscous cheddar yellow with an aroma of barn attic-aged apples, musty horse blanket, and dusty air. Flavor is barn-stored apples crushed in a dusty horse blanket, old leather, and citrus-infused vinegar. Oily yet light on the tongue. Very tasty; seems to be the cloning of a good cider and a great geueze in a barrel left in a barn’s attic for years. Delicious. Wish I had bought a few more.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed from a 750ml bottle in a wine glass. The beer pours a medium yellow/amber color, with a smallish white head. Strong notes of leather and funky barnyard notes come through in the aroma, illustrating the array of brettanomyces-based compounds. The palate shows a strong farmhouse/barnyard character up front and through the middle, before transitioning to a more traditional apple/cider character. The finish is an interesting combination of the two, with the final note tending more toward leather than malic character. Carbonation is assertive without being over-the-top. Overall, the brett character adds tremendous complexity, but borders on being almost unpleasant at times. True to the assertion of being a farmhouse cider.