bhensonb (11526) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 c&c (2009) from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Purs gold with a foamy/fizzy/transient white head. Aroma of mixed, slightly cooked (or very ripe) apple skins. Near medium body. Lightly sweet, astringent, finishing with a touch of ripe mushy apple. Not quite so tasty as the non-organic.
mkgrenwel (577) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is funk right up front, similar to a gueuze. Barnyard and cheese. Flavor is much more mellow, mostly just a nice sparkling apple cider that dries out slightly in the back. Carbonation is lively, slightly easing the sweetness of the fruit. I want more than just apple, but can’t really find it. Every time I go back for a sip I get that funky wild yeast aroma, expect to find it in the flavor, and find myself a little disappointed it’s not there. Definitely better and more interesting than any Western ciders I’ve ever had, but because of that, I’m wishing it went even further and was straight sour. Certainly a nice quaffer for a hot day, and close to being more.
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy tan. Blasted out of the bottle. Looks a little rough, really. The aroma is quite farmy, with pedio, leather and apple skins. Starts sweetish, with some nice sugars, then finishes with more tartness. There remains sweetness underlying, however. The apple taste is fresh, with a little bit of acidic bite and a skin-like note. Very drinkable, and refreshing. Pretty good example of French cider.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2010 vintage. Dark amber, lively effervescence (very--the cork exploded out of the cage), and the glass even retains a small head, which is unusual. Very aromatic, can smell it even before lifting the glass to the nose. Big, musty, natural, funked out farmhouse aroma. Digging it. The effervescence level is high, making it a little too gassy and burp-generating. But that’s also what makes it look so alive. The meaty part of the palate has balancing sweetness. The flavors are just as musty and funked out as the aromas, with that under-the-skin astringency and crabapple dryness that makes ciders so enjoyable.
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 375ml from New Beer. 4.5% abv. Poured into a Ommegang chalice. Cork put a small dent in my ceiling after only a half twist of the cage.
Big, fizzy, faltering head. Regenerative froth. Insanely active gold body. This thing is pissed off!
Hard to smell it because of so much CO2 filling up my nose. Minerally, apple peel, & sulfur. Finally settling down a tad, I get fragrant, floral apple flesh, creamy/concentrated apple juice, & just enough acidity.
Taste is lighter then the smell would suggest. Sizzling, but softly beaded carbonation. Bittersweet apples & unripened tart fruit flesh. Thin. A bit yeasty. Lots of wood. Big, lingering vanilla finish. Not as good as the regular stuff(& vastly different at every turn), but it’s still pretty tasty as far as ciders go.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: sun-bleached orange with a steady stream of bubbles thanks to bottle-conditioning. Pours vivacious with a solid head and bubbly collar.
Nose: freshly pulped apples and orchard musk. Tingle of tartness and tannins in the back; apple skins. Green pears. Musk, leather, and hay dust along the edges. Cinnamon powder.
Palate: pulpy, chewy, fresh. Skins and seeds and musk follow fresh pressed apple flesh. Full mouthfeel – chewy and bubbly in front, then creamy and juicy with a dry musky finish. Tartness in the middle follows into the finish. Green pear musk.
Final Thoughts: whoa… A champagne of ciders to be sure. Of the earth. Terroir. Dirtoir. Laden in orchard bloom, musk, dew, and juicy breeze. It would be interesting to see how this cider would age and so I must acquire another bottle or three.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into snifter. This is one great cider! Aroma is full of fresh apples with subtle hints of cinnamon spice. Tea-esc subtle flavor mixed with apple that makes for a great drinking cider.
deyholla (7003) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 on tap @ bangers and lace. Pours a yellowish gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges quickly. Aroma is full of fresh sweet apples with a hint of backing tartness. Flavor has a nice combination of sweet and crab apple with a nice tart apple finish.
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2007 year. Corked pops off rather easily and bubbles quickly start flowing up the neck. Poured quickly into a glass but still lost a tish into the sink. Cloudy pale yellow orange color with a slight white head. Apple aroma with an underlying funky note. Light mouthfeel with carbonation. Soft apple notes with a slight barnyard quality that slowing comes to be about mid drink and then lingers. Overall, not bad. Could us s little more funk.
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL c&c. Pours a clear straw to gold with a fizzy white head that lasts for three seconds. Earthy apple skin nose..honeycrisp apples. Taste is sugary, honeycrisp apple heavy, clean and pure with no phenol character. No white wine vinous character thankfully. Almost an oily palate for cider. Petillant carbonation, medium effervescence. My favorite Dupont cider.