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


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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11413) - 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 (60) - 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 (9593) - 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 (7560) - 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 (13314) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 17, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2010
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.

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