Brewed by Sidreria Sarasola
Style: Cider
Asteasu, Guipzcoa, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2587) - 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 (6098) - 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 (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, 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 its 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9102) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
@ 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2010
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 wasnt my thing. Musty, dank, chalky, sulphur, and apple

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Cloudy yellow. Aroma-musty, sour wine. Taste-sour, funky slight apples. No carbonation. Aftertaste green olives.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
ChainGangGuy (4474) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Appearance: Pours out a clear, faintly yellow body. Though they were some initial bubbles, they popped out of existence pretty quickly. Smell: Its funky, cheesy, and has many a foul accent to it. You really forget about apples entirely. Its 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 its sharply acidic to boot. Gah! Id pucker, but Im 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2010
pours a mostly transparent pale yellow, almost urine like, with no head whatsoever..... aroma of subtle tart green apple and vinegar.... mostly tart light apples with a mild degree of acidity. light carbonation and thin mouthfeel

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11920) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Pours piss color with some white bubbles. Dry astringent aroma of golden apple skins. Near medium body with very mild carbonation. Flavor is dry, astringent apple - of a golden flavor. Arguably a bit oaky and somewhat sour. Most definitely dry. A very good drinker.

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