goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear light straw color with a medium white head. Aroma of tart apple with much lighter aromas of malt and yeast. Flavor tastes like apple cider (not hard cider), light malt and a spiced/bitter finish. Tastes like coriander. Light body with well hidden alcohol. Warming sensation.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale gold with a huge head then nothing. Lively carbonation. Yeasty and bitter aromas with some spices. Tart apples in the nose as well. Warm biscuit flavors with some spices. Alcohol and apples with dough. Some champagne qualities. Bubbly, crisp and light. Finishes with apples and alcohol.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottle was very difficult to open, the wax dipping over the wire cage cost our crew one cut finger, then the cork broke, and finally with a corkscrew the rest of the cork was removed. After all that the brew poured a very clear light golden color, small champagne bubbles throughout, capped with a big small bubbled white head. Slightly tart and mild acidity to the aroma with an apple aroma and a bit of estery spice. Taste was very dry, sweet up front with a cider quality to it, finishing with a touch of spice and some remaining sweetness to bring the apple into the aftertaste.
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2008 I did not vibe off this at all. The pale lager appearance wasn’t appetizing in the slightest. There was a faint Norman cider aroma, the key being faint. Real Norman cider is fuller, better. The palate is bland, vaguely appley. For its size, the body was actually quite light, like they attenuated this beer down to the barest essentials. But that guts it, and I’m not into fruit beers that don’t bring a little something else to the table. Comes off like an imitation of Norman cider. I’ll stick with the real stuff, thanks. 3-1-2-2-3
Interesting - a re-rate of this beer proved a completely different experience. I found the second sampling (Apr 2008) to have an appley aroma with some malt and light wood and a pleasing vinous character. The body straddled between cider and champagne. Pears and peaches crept in there. It did not strike me as overattenuated. I scored a 7-3-7-4-15. The score above is a blend of my two experiences with this beer.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden with a nice medium head. Aroma is citrusy and fresh apple. Tastes sweet with some apple, although a little thin and noticeable booze. Finishes kind of sweet. Seems to green or else unbalanced. Almost like a thin ephemere apple.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled bottled at Man Land, Portland
Pale yellow, moderate carbonation. White head, small lacing. Nose of small Belgian yeast & citrusy carbonation. Cider flavors with lots of dryness & alcohol. Lots of farmhouse character with a bite of tart cider. Very nice!