Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2010 Bottle, courtesy redlight. Poured from a good distance, as is proper, the lightly hazy, golden colored body shows just a few fat, clear bubbles at the head. There is, appropriately, no lacing. The nose shows sharp, musty apples, with a good amount of old, saturated wood and some lacto-pedio, funky tartness. Hints of dust and lemon creep in as well. Flavors show the same, very sharp and dusty, with a good amount of lemony, citric acidity and puckering Granny Smith apples. The woody funk is quite evident. Light in body and quite dry, it drinks fairly easy, yet is parching. Solid stuff. Very similar to the Sarasola Sagardoa, only less intense in all facets.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy ChzMan. Hazy whitish yeallow, white carbonation. Nice acidity, like a mild version of the sarasola. Very nice cider.
chef201atc (261) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Beerlando, GodOfThunder, and redlight at Redlight, Redlight – thanks Brent. Pour is still. Cloudy straw colored with a slightly sour nose. Some wet hay/barnyard funk in there as well. Body is light and crisp. Flavor is much like a granny smith - tart, astringent, and very dry. Quite nice.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2009 This is solid. Bright green bottle, but the cider is cloudy gold in appearance. Lots of yeast in the aroma with apple. Flavor has hard cheese, like parmesan or manchego, as well as some oregano. A little barnyard character. Light apple, and low carbonation. Unusual.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle at redlight redlight. Good tart, very dry cider. Typical of the Basque ciders that I’ve had. This seems to be the region to go and get your ciders. Much better than the English ciders in my opinion. No natural carbonation, which is fun to create when you poor it into a glass. Very cloudy. The flavor has lots of sour green apple and wild yeast in it.
GodOfThunder (1243) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Redlight Redlight. Pours a thin and hazy yellow gold. Strong tart aroma of apples and pears. Light and dry with a white wine flavor. Good stuff, but slightly watery.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Skyview Tasting 2.5, 2008 Vintage. Light cloudy yellow color with no head. Light aroma of hay. Plenty more of that in the flavor. A bit barny, light apple and tartness towards the end. Just a hint of cellar. It seems like a noble effort at a Normandy cider.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 750 ml bottle and supplied by Badgerben. Pours a semi-clear straw colored good cider with a thin white bubble ring. Aroma of green apples, butter, a hint of dark pitted fruits and mild yeast. Taste is light to medium bodied, flavors of yeast, light green apples and a touch of rubber. Finish is semi-tart with some wintergreen, tart apple aftertaste that slowly disappears.
travita (3652) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is chemical, butterscotch, plastic, bandaids, and waterbed. The look is cloudy yellowish in color. The taste is sourish, buttery, and fruits.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from tytoanderso - thanks, Tyler! Not really being much of a cider fan, at least so I thought, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into. But I had a hankering for tartness and this fit the bill nicely, although not in exactly the way I expected. Translucent golden pour with big clear carbonation, the nose was sharp sour apple and very inviting. The body was on the thin side. Flavor, however, was far more funky and bretty than you’d guess, and it made for a really nice bev overall. Sweet stuff, Tyler.