Maverick34 (2162) - New York, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. SOur vineous nose, cloudy pour, tart and earthy. Pretty good stuff.
bhensonb (10699) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 750 c&c from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours slightly hazy orange gold with a fizzy, transient white head. Aroma of earthy, ripe - slightly overripe? - apples. Med minus body. Light carb. Flavor is earthy, astringent apple - suggests red apples. This is really drinkable. Much like a local farm cider. I’ve had one better, but just one.
PhillyCraft (3074) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Monks,1999 bottle, pour resembled ginger ale, tons of sediment, no head or lacing. Aromas of pure red delicious being cut, cinnamon, granny smith skin. Taste was a little on the watery side and boring compared to the aroma when cold but as it warmed more flavor came out. Boozey apples, wood, and other spices were present.
NikkTwist (1517) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1999 Bottle at Monks. Golden greenish yellow. No head. The sweet and sour from the apple blending well together. Mellowed quite a bit. Much of the expected funkiness has been pushed to the background. Delicate honey sweetness works with the sour but still allows a nice acidic bite. Note: Just tried a second 1999 bottle. Much more green apple taste. Less sweet. More murky in the pour. Note 2: Just had a third bottle of the 1999. All bets are off. This one tastes different than the other two. Some definite caramel notes. Obviously expect variations in taste with these older bottles!
Bendrixian (1056) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
great looking beverage with sediment in it..which I enjoy. golden colour. apple put in fresh oak barrel. Smells like a wine cellar. nice aroma. rich flavour, somewhat sweet and baked apple taste. very interesting brew!!
Atheist_Peace (927) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml cork n’ cage bottle. Golden pour with lots of little floaters. No head. Heavy funk on the nose with big cooking apple aromas behind and a fair bit of wood. Not nearly as interesting on the palate but there’s lots of apple pie with an oaky edge.
CanIHave4Beers (3142) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The cider pours a golden color with a huge rocky white head that fizzes out in a similar fashion as a sparkling wine. There are a lot of effervescent bubbles all through out the glass of cider and the yeasty haze is very light.
The aroma is particularly appealing seems pretty funky in a sort of hay and farm-animal kind of way at first, but that doesn’t dominate the bouquet. The apple rind is more prevalent here than the fleshy part of the apple but there is plenty of that character in there as well. The Cider has fruity and mineral-y characteristics akin to a nice dry white Italian wine and is not particularly sweet smelling but perfectly balanced in every way.
The flavor is semi-sweet and very red apple-forward right up front but this soon changes to nice light mineral and apple rind notes. The cider is nicely tart but not particularly sour, becomes very dry mid palate, and stays that way for the finish. Some light floral notes balance this out just right.
I quite enjoy a glass (or whole bottle) of cider like this.
wlajwl (3745) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is apple skin and a slight mustiness. The flavor is apples, fruit (cherry or raspberry) and is dry in finish. Quite funky in flavor, very unique among the ciders I’ve had due to the fruitiness that gives it a hard to define quality but very good even if its hard to describe.
italianjohn (2279) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Very carbonated clear golden pour lots of receding frothy white head that leaves a ring ..... aroma is of barnyard, soured and fresh apples ... earthy and funky .... taste is crisp, earthy and of fresh apples, little funk and a little dry and sweetness that lingers into the finish ... mouthfeel is well balanced, smooth and a little lively .... awesome stuff has really aged well
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2009. Cloudy golden colour with a white foam. Dry, fruity, apples, earth, yeast, actually rather smoky and a bit funky as well. Nice!