Palme (3311) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
0.75l bottle from 2010. What a great looking bottle and what a genius twitch-plastic-cork! It pours a crystal clear golden body - no head what so ever. On the aroma I get grapy-citrus tones next to the not-to-sweet apply profile this kind of ciders often has. Could just be the old fantasy going a bit nuts, but I also get hints of smoked - almost burned oaky wood. Perhaps also a hint of icy snow! Not extreme, neither sweet or dry. Balanced I guess? Oh, when tasting it itís quite on the sweet side - without being to sweet. Almost like a juiced up, fermented and carbonated apple nectar added some sort of inc. Lotís of sweet apples with some undertones of flowers. Sparkling? Well, not to sure thatís the best name on this one. Quite nice to have a glass of, but Iím glad I got to share some of this bottle with my girlfriend. 27.04.2012
ClubGonzo (3995) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample @ Hardanger Frukt og Siderfestival 2011, ōystese. Light pale golden body, minuscule and very temporary white head. Nose is yeast, tart red apples with hints of molasses. Taste is yeasty apple tones, wood, hints of grass and sulfur. Hints of pear and hay. Medium carbonation, easily drinkable. A bit strange though, and despite it being the winning cider at the festival competition, I just fail to see the grandness in this. Or maybe Iím just not skilled enough in the Ways of Cider. Not bad, though.
tfredvik (1108) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2012 Original rating, 2011.02.26: 8-3-9-4-18=4.2
Pale yellow, clear. Intense aroma of apples! Taste is light acidic, a flavour of apples and more apples plus some subtle hints of oak. Lively carbonation, pleasantly dry. Crisp and refreshing, a long time favourite!
[75 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet]
Re-rating, 2012.08.03: 6-2-7-4-13=3.2
My original rating of this cider was based on notes I made long before my ratebeer career, and itís definitely time for a re-rating! The appearance isnít very tempting, the colour is very pale yellow, too close to water. The aroma is by no means intense, itís rather vague but there are nice notes of apples. The usual fermented apples are not there at all, these apples are fresh, ripe and straight from the tree! The taste is moderate sweet, one of the sweetest ciders Iíve ever had (not counting the sugary "ciders" from Norwegian grocery stores). There is hardly any dryness or tartness. Interesting to see that itís actually possible to make a nice sweet cider! The flavours are also very different from most other ciders Iíve tried, no fermented apples, this is more like a sweet, sparkling wine with a touch of green apples. The alcohol is quite obvious, giving a magnificent sirupy mouthfeel. A very nice cider, but far from what I remembered it to be.
[75 cl bottle shared with my wife and brother-in-law, 9.5% ABV, from Vinmonopolet Storo, Oslo]
Sigmund (5088) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle, vintage 2008, sparkling, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 9.0%. Pale golden colour. Pours moderately fizzy with a very short-lived white head. Moderate carbonation in the glass. Aroma and flavour of fermenting sweet eating apples (varieities: Gravenstein, Summerred and Aroma), hints of sulphur and oak. Definitely drinkable.
MPA (793) - Amager (form. NÝrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - AUG 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2005 vintage (cellphone rating). Golden with quite a lot of bubbles. Apples, juice and sweetness hits the nose. Flavour is sweet and fruity with apples and some spices.Reminds a lot of a liqueur. Very nice.
OleR (4801) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml corked bottle. Fully diminishing platina blond head. First pour is brilliant straw yellow with a golden touch. Haze from the yeast in the next pour. Honey, over-ripe yellow apples and yeast in the aroma. Taste is sweet apple-marmelade with an acidic twist. Strong yeast notes and a distinct sting of alcohol. Filling. Dries up in the finish.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Very very light golden colour with no head. A lot of aroma with notes of apples. Also flavour of apples and with a strong alcoholic finish.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. A pale golden cider with no head. Apple and alcohol aroma and taste. Medium body with a light dry, sweet alcoholic finish.
Ungstrup (29224) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A light yellow cider with a rim of white head. The aroma is sweet apply with light notes of wood. The flavor is sweet with notes of apples and alcohol, the latter giving a slight burn in the throat, leading to a dry woody finish. Thanks to Papsoe for sharing.
yespr (31080) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2007
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
From 75 cL bottle. Pours pale yellow with almost no head. Sour aroma with some sweetness in the second line. Fucking sour. Dry and sour finish. A complete mismatch with my tastebuds.