Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2000 vintage. Hazy dirty yellow with tiny carbonation bubbles for head, looks like champaign. Huge sour/tart aroma up front with sweet sugared apples and cork/woodiness in the background. Flavor again has a huge sour kick initially, with the sweet apples coming through in the middle. Finishes very dry, carbonation cleans your palate completely. No alcohol detectable whatsoever. Resembles a mild geueze IMO. Very nice surprise. Will have to cellar some considering how well this has aged. May have a new breakfast beer!
SanfordBrewer (1458) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 hazy straw color with a thin but persistent white head and lots of effervescence; creamy medium-full body with soft but high carbonation.
aroma: sometimes has strong sulfur, some brett, with subtle hints of apples and sweet vanilla.
taste: nondescript sweetness, brett funkiness but not sharpness, woody vanilla, and only faint hints of apple.
it has a very strong foul smell at first, almost gag inducing, but once i got used to it, some pleasant notes emerged. the flavor is very nice. i wish i could drink it without smelling it. i actually poured the second glass and let it sit for 10 minutes before i approached it -much better.
drpimento (2890) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic aroma that starts spice and perfume then quickly changes to funk, must, apples, bit of leather. Appearance has a nice medium amber with lots of bubble trails. Flavor is a weird blend of tasty cider and band aids. Body is great and made better by the strong carbonation. Great drinking. Would very much like to try it on draft.
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.
ClarkVV (5221) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 750mL bottle shared with Walt and Eyedrinkale on 9/30/2005. Actually I ended up drinking most of the bottle because no one else liked it enough to finish it at 4 in the morning. Pours a glassy, white peach and chardonnay colored golden-yellow, light bubbles forming a pinch of white head that vanishes immediately. Does not leave thick legs on the glass. Aroma of sweet, almost nutty, or barny-like notes, a moderate amount of acidity is foretold from the aroma. Lightly tannic, oily and dry, with a definite blue cheese-like note. Hints of dry, funky yeast in there too. Flavor is initially lightly sweet, moderately acidic/tannic and full of strong yeast. Tastes similar to chardonnay in that the oak character mixed with the yeast imparts a woody-peachy character. Finish dries out significantly, completely leaving any of this meaty/peachy yeast and wood character. Instead there is a prominent lacto flavor, a lovely tartness and a lingering apple-champagne-like quality, very rustic and wonderfully flavorful as it lingers on the palate. Couldnt stop drinking this stuff, even the next morning, after sitting out in the glass it was splendid. Couldnt help but make the connection with lambic. It’s like an apple lambic in some ways, not nearly as dry and tart, but the lactic character and rustic farmhouse nature, with the natural carbonation and tight mouthfeel all provide similarities. Wonderful stuff and at $10 for a bottle at my local store, I will certainly be picking some up.
Nuffield (3987) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy, deep yellow, low head. Aroma: band-aid, a sense of being natural, organic, pure, some bowling alley, and apple. Smooth and sour, excellent going down. One of the best French ciders I’ve had.
docswife (27) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear and golden. Nice small white head leaves some lacing. This cider has a heavy apple aroma. Slightly tart with a sweet finish. Very nice!! Very nice!!
dankman (255) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear orange with a huge white head that clears up as fast as it appears. Sweet noes with some funk. Borderline between nectar and brut, finishes clean, not horribly acidic considering it’s a cider.
mcberko (12418) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 Vintage. 375mL bottle at Brouwer’s Cafe, pours a clear blonde with a large white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is wonderful, with loads of brett and farmhouse character. Flavour is funky as hell, with loads of farmhouse funk, yeast, and champagne. Wonderful stuff. A word class cider.
nickd717 (4041) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Clear bright golden color with a lasting white head. Really nice appearance. Aroma has crisp apple, barnyard, bread, and floral notes. The flavor is really nice. Sweet yet not overly so, slightly acidic, very fresh. The palate is crisp and effervescent with a nice mild astringency. Medium body. A really nice cider! One of the best of the few I’ve ticked.