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

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopher (592) - New York, USA - JAN 2, 2012
best cider iíve tasted. itís sour and funky, thereís something crazy going on in there. like a light apple-y lambic, bright and tart, dry and delicious. itís light but full of flavor, mostly green apples, citrus, oak, and barnyard.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Corked bottle from your mother. Thanks!
Pours an average orange with an aroma of apples and spring air. Flavor is barnyard apple and attic must with leather accents. Freakiní nice. Watery mouthfeel but who cares. This cider rocks. The best sour-that-isnít-supposed-to-be-a-sour Iíve ever had. AWESOME. Iíll buy more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4687) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2011
375 ml bottle. Teresaís. Pours a slightly cloudy dark gold body with a few big bubbles of head that quickly disappeared. The nose is pretty great. Apple skins, a little caramel apple, some light funkiness. It smells very natural. Flavor is just lightly tart, a little pucker, but not crazy. Like biting into crisp green apple kind of tartness. Really bright and rather crisp. Mouthfeel is very dry, especially on the finish. Nice soft gentle carbonation, a little more than I expected, but it helps bring out the tartness better. Very very solid stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (3437) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Apple and pear nose, fresh and clean, with a kiss of lime. Clear yellow with a very slight greenish hue. Soft on the palate. Flavor is very distinctly lime, but just shy of being as tart as the unsweetened real thing. Still very tart though. Pear notes are in the background. Medicinal antiseptic overtones. I often find this in the so-called higher quality ciders, but to me it tastes like an infection. Certainly very unique, somewhat enjoyable if you are acclimated to sour ales and ciders. Without the bandaid quality, I could probably get into it.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
degbert (1004) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bottle. Nose is strong -- apple, vinegar, lactic/cheese notes, not much sweetness in the aroma. Pours a cloudy yellow. Dry as a bone, crisp, but with an odd, cardboardy edge -- wonder if this bottle is corked slightly? Not enough apple in it; itís pretty one-dimensional. Faint nutmeg/clove on the finish. At best, mediocre.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
emerge077 (38) - RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Picked this up based on an article on lambicandwildale.com that billed it as "a drink that lambic drinkers might enjoy". Poured at a height of 6", only a small pour into the glass at a time (recommended traditional method for Basque cider). First pour was bright gold, the last was pastel yellow, murky with a bit of sediment. A few juice-like bubbles, appear and rapidly fade. Aroma is heavy on sterile gauze and horsehair from the Brettanomyces, not the best. Orchard apples and wet hay. Taste is softly tart apple, with some spiciness in the back, very dry finish, no residual sweetness. Virtually still like unblended lambic. Fairly quenching, not especially complex, but worth a try.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Bottle dated 2008. Pours with a fleeting head and very mild carbonation. the cider is basically clear and is pale yellow, haziness appears as the bottle progresses and eventually the cider becomes basically still. The aroma is very similar to the funkiness of an old bottle of Orval featuring some farmyard funkiness and a good limestone basement character. There are some fleeting fruit notes most notably strawberry and tart apple rind. The flavor is dry and displays a fair amount of sourness bordering on puckering. There is some fruit rind both of citrus and apple along with a tart apple flavor all around. Strawberry shows up in the flavor as well and is very welcome here indeed.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BillKismet (3295) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Flat, cloudy, yellow, urine color The nose pierces the nose with sharp ascetic acid vinegar smell, the barnyard funk of bacteria fermentation and a bit of apple skin. The flavor itself is absent any apple quality. Rather, it is a tincture of apple cider vinegar water. Brett and some horseyness. Not my thing at all.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MicroGrog (302) - FT: Stale Polotmavż in Queens, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2011
(Notes)Yardís sampling mug. I think we decanted this as best we could by following the picture on the bottle. Cloudy gelatin, pissy color. Smell is pungent with browned, overripe fruit. Lemon, white wine, apricots, a wet, macerating pile of hay minus the barnyard animals. Juicy. Feel is watery with the weak carbonation & wild stuff eating everything, but manages to deliver a half sour apricot/apple blend. Dry & yeasty. Near rancid(but not quite) fruit sweetness. Lemony finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle. Hazy gold pour with light carbonation. Champagney and apple aroma. Medium bodied, apple and honey with a tiny unpleasant buttery note. Dry finish.


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