argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
PhillyBeer2112 (2496) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy yellow, chunky brown particulate sediment. Attempted the meter pour, not so well, but did elicit a quick foam and a light rising effervescence in the glass. Nose is complex and hard to describe: apples, bruised apple skin, bubblegum, general funk, funky cheese, something medicinal, a little like povidone solution. Flavor is appley with a biting acidity, lingering medicinal aftertaste. Very very dry, refreshing. Light palate suffered none from essentially no carbonation. Should have had this earlier when it was really hot outside! This was definitely unique and I liked it more the further I got into it.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, soylent green pour with no foam, few bubbles, aroma has a lot of tart apple and green olive, flavors are a dirty martini with a muffaletta on the side, biiter apple finish
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 17, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, enjoyed at Farmstead Inc - Providence, RI. This sidra really altered my perceptions on cider, beer, and fermented beverages. Big blossoming nose of pollen, musty cellar, and light citric acidity. Tall pour of hazy pale golden. Flavors are ranging, wild, and farmyardy. A touch of enteric-like bacteria really elitics a jonge lambic notion. Bright, acidic, and sippable. For something with only 6% alcohol, this has lots of complexity, flavor, and patience. I think there might be some examples without the odd, more plastic-like mustiness from the wild bacteria, but this is still turned my beer world on it’s head a little bit. Will definitely be seeking out more sidras.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by ucusty - thanks David! My second cider. Pale golden pour with fair carbonation. Nose is direct and uncomplicated, apple juice from the can with some funk to it. Mouthfeel is medium, lightly prickly. Slight funk in the taste, but not as complex as one might hope. Decent quaffer I suppose and a nice changeup.
GT2 (7895) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ Carolina Goes Sour thanks to ucusty. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with little carbonation. Aroma of apple cider, sweet apple juice, some lactic notes. At first when this was handed to me I assumed it was a geuze. :0 Taste is tart apples, band-aid. Not bad- fun to try.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to thecheeseman for this one! Hazy yellow pour with a thin short lived fizzy white head. Aroma is extremely lactic and musty. I was really excited about this when i smelled it but, the flavor just wasn’t my thing. Musty, dank, chalky, sulphur, and apple
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cloudy yellow. Aroma-musty, sour wine. Taste-sour, funky slight apples. No carbonation. Aftertaste green olives.
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2010
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Appearance: Pours out a clear, faintly yellow body. Though they were some initial bubbles, they popped out of existence pretty quickly.
Smell: It’s funky, cheesy, and has many a foul accent to it. You really forget about apples entirely. It’s the kind of scent that has you reaching for the bottle for an informative blurb or an explanation or even an apology. Whew, it really brings a tear to the eye.
Taste: Sour apples wrapped in band-aids and cheese crumbles and generously soaked in cleaning agents and cider vinegar. And it’s sharply acidic to boot. Gah! I’d pucker, but I’m already making an "oh, this is brutal and foul face". Finishes sour and still so cheesy.
Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. No appreciable carbonation.
Drinkability: A very, very trying experience. A real character-building beverage!