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Brewed by Sidreria Isastegi
Style: Cider
(Guipuzcoa) Tolosa, Spain

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bob_w (300) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2013
came across this by chance, visiting a spanish bistro. this is one of the most interesting ciders i’ve ever had. cloudy pale straw color, funky farmy aromas. sharp acidic quality, a little sulfur. tangy, tart, farmy. there’s a curious salty, meat-like note in the finish -- very subtle -- similar to salami! i love this! this is what i’d imagein a cider made by hanssens would taste like.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6010) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2013
750 ml bottle from Bushwackers. A really cool presentation. One of my first (or first?) ventures into Basque cider. Pours a cloudy yellow color, almost green, almost no carbonation. Some particulates floating around. A sour apple funky barnyard nose. Really interesting flavor: tart apples, sawdust, some cheese, funkiness. Certainly quite dry, cider bone dry flavors. Is unique. I wonder what this is fermented with? The softness/no carb for the most part is actually OK with me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4007) - Burgos, SPAIN - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle from Eroski, Santander. Unclear yellow greenish colour. Nose is sour apple, tannin, leather, wood. Flavour is sour apple, a bit acidic, leather. Fairly dry. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3708) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Sidra natural! I love it not poured correctly but hipsters are not spainards, huge bump cause I can

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2248) - New York, USA - MAY 17, 2013
I’ve had this a few times. Golden pour, pretty sour/tart, and some serious yeastiness. Good cider. different from your american ones.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2728) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle shared by levifunk...thanks Levi! - Pours pale yellow with no head. Nose is band-aid, super dry apple and a bit of funkiness. Taste is real nice and tannic, dry and light apple with lots of dry funk. Has a dry finish, slick and no carbonation. Very nice stuff.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2172) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 15, 2013
One of the most precious ciders I’ve had in many years. Significant and full barnyard aromas as the major component of aromatic profile. Only lightly sour. Golden in color, medium effervescence. Floating yeast bodies and some cloudiness in my sample. More brett aroma in my glass compared to a clear pour. Some mild tannic astringency. Lightly sweet. Soft, rustic, balanced, and approachable. This is truly beautiful.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours still hazed gold, with a few bubbles coming up. Tart and rustic, medium acidity, light apple sweetness, light earthy notes, and a super dry finish. Awesome awesome stuff.

2.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
jredmond (5328) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle from Astor Wines shared with Linh. Wow, not sure if this was a bad bottle (because it was still good according to the expiry) but this sucker was a drain pour. Pours a very nice, hazy orange amber body with champagne body. Aroma is strong tart fruit, lemon, strong leather and shoe polish. Mouthfeel is funky and starts out nice with a great tart lemon and funkiness, but the shoe polish is BRUTAL. Overpowering. So much so, that I have to question whether this was contaminated or not. I will probably pick up another bottle on my next trip to Astor, because I’m very curious...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle. No head (still, but poured vigorously to aerate it as well as I could). Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is notes of barnyard, horseblanket, sour apples, lemon juice, band-aid, oak, light note of cheese. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic. Light to medium body, watery texture, flat/soft carbonation, moderately astringent, lightly alcoholic. Very cool stuff...highly rustic/farmy and very lambic-like in the nose, and equally lambic-like in the mouth (aggressive sourness). Neat ghostly haze. Very nice.


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