Brewed by Sidreria Sarasola
Style: Cider
Asteasu, Guipúzcoa, Spain


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Original Basque Cider. Sarasola Sagardoa is a traditional Basque cider from a cider house located in the apple growing hills of Astigarraga.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Bottle from Jubilation. Disclaimer: I’m not a cider guy in experience, knowledge, or appreciation. I was expecting something more interesting, but I’ll discard that probably ill-informed expectation (inspired by the guy at Jubilation) for this review. Aroma: mild, unsweetened, watery apple juice. The smallest hint of something hay and barnyardy. Overall the aroma is boring but fine. Flavor: A bit more interesting here. I can’t tell the subtleties very well, but it’s pretty sour and um, apply. More funky than the aroma, but not very. Actually the start of the finish has some nice dirty sock character. Low carbonation. Ok, I kinda like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8464) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2011
bottle and tank. medium+ must, juicy, fleshy apples, medium+ acid and bitterness. well-balanced, yeast/musty enough without being overbearing or heart-burn inducing (sessioning, of course).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7183) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. This is a traditional Basque apple cider that pours cloudy yellow golden with a few bubbles on top. There is a fermented cider aroma and a sharp vinous fruit flavor with a very sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Great cider. Really funky. Light bodied with no coronation but still a really good drink!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
it is a funky wild cidre with an interesting smoky hint and some fruity tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emerge077 (45) - RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Poured as instructed on the label, at a height of 3 feet (over a sink). Slightly hazed pastel gold, hazy moonstone clarity. A swarm of tiny bubbles rise through the liquid, feeding into a cluster of larger bubbles on the surface. The loose foam subsides into a string of pearls at the edges. Musty gauze aroma, slightly acetic, white wine vinegar, faintly sweet and leafy orchard apples. Ethereal. Light juicy feel, bursting with puckering apple tartness. Lingering peaty notes, possibly from the wild yeast. Some bretty horsehair and chardonnay notes. Good stuff, will seek this out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7501) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2010
bottle, shared with the table at Hop Leaf in Chicago. Poured strictly obeying the instructions on the bottle, making somewhat of a splashy mess but fun! Hazy lemony yellow, nearly no head. Funky, sour geuzey aroma, vinegar, must, barnyard nuances and apple skins. Smooth mouthfeel, very low carbonation, sour with lactic properties, again lots of funk, with tart green apple character rounding eerything out. Very much brings geuze to mind, very interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5477) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2010
750ml bottle pours a hazy yellow with zero head. Nice, horsey, cheesy aroma, barnyard, light fruit, a little fusel alcohol. Flavor is really bland compared to the nose, just apples and some light honey. None of the funk that the nose suggests. Finish is very dry. Great nose, way too mild flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11897) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2010
75cl bottle, thanks ryan. Lightly hazed straw body, no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, apple, wood, fairly tart, moderate funk. Taste is medium sweet, wood, apple. Still, light-medium body, light acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Nose is just a bit medicinal and plastic-y, as is usual in these Basque sidras, some nice fresh apples. Taste is lightly tart, fairly dry, nice apple, some tannic apple skins, light honey. Very refreshing. Not the best Basque sidra, but I was glad to be able to find one stateside.

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