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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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3416) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
750 ml bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k. I have only had one other Basque Cider, excited to try this. The pour is chill haze golden yellow, with no head. The aroma is fresh tart apple, along with a soft Brett leathery yeast. Behind the apple and funk is a sweetness, honey, though a bit more sugary than that. The taste is the fresh apple, along with the tart funky yeast of the nose. The sweetness is very much present as well, giving the overall taste a funky sweet apple pie sort of character. The palate is medium bodied, along with a very small amount of soft natural carbonation, sweet tart funky apple finish. There is a hint of plastic in the finish. Overall, a very interesting and tasty Cider. Thanks for sharing this one Eugene.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lowenbrau (2524) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 14, 2015
75 cl bottle from Museo Sidra Astigarraga. @home 14-05-2015.
BBD: not found. Nş Embotellado: 5205 S.S. Nş Kupela: blanck.
2013 produced.
In short: bitter stale cider.
Pours cloudy dark gold-ornage with littte vanishing white head. Poor lacing. Vinegar and sulphur nose, leather, wet aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, oily texture. Taste is little tart, bitter dominated, stale fruit flavours. "Medium" mouthfeel, flavours do not linger so much. One of the less lively basque ciders i ´ve tasted.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2015
incredible! super funky. nothing really like it in the beer world, except maybe a few different geuzes. this is marvelous.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (1195) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle poured and shared. Thanks Chris C! What a fun cider this is. By the way, the bottle is fantastic. It gives you pouring instructions that are not easy to perform, though we tried our best. Pours a super light, cloudy yellow color with no head. Sweet green apple aroma. Taste has a little bit of every side. Flavor is a little salty, with some sour green apple. Pretty sweet as well. A little soapy as well, but mostly hidden towards the finish. Nice, unique sour. Fun stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7386) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Small pour at Liberty’s Bar & Bottle. Pours a lightly cloudy pale gold with almost no head. Notes of tart apples with plenty influence from the skins, along with funk, herbs, spice, wood, and a hint of sweet vanilla. Light-bodied, with a funky, tart, dry, biting mouthfeel and moderate to medium carbonation. Pretty unique and tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3072) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle - Hooray! Wisconsin is starting to get more distro on Spanish cider! Woo hoo! This one pours yellow with no head. Nose is dry, leathery apple, Chardonnay, light tartness. Taste is dry, with oaky white grape, apple skin, lightly tart apple pulp, and a bit of leather on the finish. Thin and slick with minimal carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggsbowler (487) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle - Pours golden yellow. Smells and tastes of apples and slight sourness. The taste is unique and quite interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2014
Tap at Ginger Man. Hazy golden color, pale, with light bubbles. Funky nose, quite acidic, green apples, farmyard, some juicy fruits. Seriously sour flavor of lemon and green apples, very acidic. Fun, could not drink a lot.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5012) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Another great Basque cider, though a touch below some of the others I’ve had in this category. Pours golden clear without much head or lacing. A smokey, meaty feel with lots of apple peel and a good crabapple dose. Finishes tangy, and a good drink overall. Cider makers must learn from the Basques. They predate European language patterns. Tap at Churchkey.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (2977) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey. Slightly hazy yellow with no head. Aromas of funk, apples, light vinegar. Tastes of apples, tabasco, vinegar, tart fruit. Light body with a dry finish. Still to very very slight carbonation. Can’t say I’ve had many of the style but this was a solid Basque cider.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4583) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Pours hazy yellow with a white head that goes away pretty quickly (poured high). The aroma has tart apple, some richness, light funk and seems like all part of the apple are there (seed, skins and flesh). Very inviting. It has a medium body that is pretty lush and has a light bit of biting carbonation. The flavor is very rustic and herbal with dry apple notes. There’s also a pulpy flesh apple aspect to it and the finish has some dry Christmas style spices going on. Very good. The Spanish ciders are changing my entire look on the style.


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