obguthr (3310) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
degbert (901) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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; it’s pretty one-dimensional. Faint nutmeg/clove on the finish. At best, mediocre.
emerge077 (36) - RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
CanIHave4Beers (2756) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
BillKismet (3163) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2011
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
MicroGrog (283) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Notes)Yard’s 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.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy gold pour with light carbonation. Champagney and apple aroma. Medium bodied, apple and honey with a tiny unpleasant buttery note. Dry finish.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a just hazy gold. Subtle apple and dry champagne notes. Light sweetness on the nose, soft and subtle with some vinous hints. Medium bodied, dry and tangy. Nice dryness with some earthy tones to it. Finishes slowly with a light warming alcohol note and dull apples.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy pale gold with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, wild yeast, apple, and hay. Taste of vanilla, tart green apples, and a dry woody, finish.
OldStyleCubFan (76) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to the guys at Wine 101 for the great deal on the case. I can’t imagine a better cider. Its funky, cheesy and very lambic like. Bone dry, cloudy, tart, almost no sweetness.
A lambic lovers cider...perfect.