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


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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2011
750 ml bottle shared at the Cider Tasting. Pours a pale hazy straw yellow hue, a small offwhite frothy head dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are tart apples, a faint waft of vinegar, quite tart with apple, faint honey. Initial is lighter bodied throwing a thorough apple cider feel up front, touches of tartness, effervescencence, some vanilla, and lemon. Backend throws a touch of tartness, lively carbonation, with some stinky cheese like funk. Finish is a bit bland, tart. The aroma is much more powerful and pleasing than the cider itself. Ok. Nose grabbed me, but the cider itself was average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (7714) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle thanks to Sarah. Pours a hazy pale yellowish gold with a white head that dissipates completely. Aroma has some sweet apples but is mainly tart and a backing blue/stinky cheese. Flavor begins with a lot of tartness but mellows into a sweetness and has a strong funky cheese in the aftertaste.

   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 (8497) - 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 (7307) - 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 (8853) - 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 (47) - 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 (7624) - 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 (5568) - 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.

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