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Sidra Natural Zapiain

Brewed by Zapiain S.A.T.
Style: Cider
Astigarraga, Guipúzcoa, Spain


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Tradition and knowledge are important for both natural cider and the Zapiain family. It is a natural drink with body, fizzy with its own bubbles from its own fermentation. It is light and easy to drink. A pleasure for both its customers. It should be drunk cold, but not too cold, in a long wide glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1727) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle in Barcelona. Appearance is hazy gold. No head. Taste is medium high sour. Aroma is tart, citric, apple.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonas (5978) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle. Neon yellow. Yeasty applesauce aroma. Sour green apple start, dry, lemon. Mellow medium light body. Quick finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2014
In short: A nice Sidra with a stronger than average farmhouse funky character. Nice
How: Bottle at Atari Gastroteka, San Sebastian Spain.
The look: Partly cloudy yellow-blonde body with no head to speak of.
To me a typical Sidra is: Funky aroma of medium intensity with many light color fruits in the back (not just apples). Body is medium in size, a texture that is both juicy and doughy and with minimal carbonation. Taste is a lot less apple-forward than a regular cider with apples but also various light color tropical/citrus/exotic fruits. Yeast presence accompanied by a bready sensation. Typical Sidras have a mild sourness and ends with a mild-medium acidic bite. Thirst quenching and also a bit nourishing.
This one: More intense farmhouse character, more doughy bread, a little more carbonation than average. Slightly above average example of the style. The wild farmhouse character of Sidras is apparently obtained by fermenting the liquid with a dead cow in the tank according to an internet rumor I just started in this rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (5412) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Sampled a couple of times while in Basque country. Pours a cloudy, dandelion gold with zero head. Nose is solid, cheesy, apple skins, apple juice, some mild lemon, a little earthiness. Flavor is the same, sweet and tart, earthy and funky with a little bit of yeast. Lightly chalky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (9900) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 11, 2014
750ml bottle sample (Black Door, Helsinki)
Lovely light pressed apple juice aroma. A touch of cider yeast. Very pale and slightly hazy. Dry in spades, very sharp, almost a vinegary corner. Smoothish palate, doesn’t feel harsh. Slightly dirty taste, some yeast, some higher aromatics that make me think I’ll go blind. Quirky, and not for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NBird (455) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2013
I wish I could get this in Australia!!! Currently again in san sebastian where it is available in abundance. Pours a goldy yellow with carbonation visible on pour. Smells,. Sour apples, a lambic style Brett funk a little musky too. Tastes.. Bright slightly sour apples, slight funk/cheesey, crisp and dry mouthfeel. - I love this sidra, it reminds me of the basque country, I just wish some distributor would bring to my home town- hint hint international beer shop, Perth WA !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heavy (2217) - Split, CROATIA - DEC 16, 2012
27/11 From Txotx (barrel) at Sidreria Galtzagorri, Bilbao. It poured hazy lighter yellow body with medium sized head (poured from high, of course). Now, my notes are in a smartphone that is not here currently so just rating it to keep in the order. Quite good, easy going Basque cider!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14013) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle at Atari, Barcelona. Cloudy amber - white edges. Nice apple and bretty aroma. Light sour apples. Fruity. Crispy dryness. Nice fresh. High drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. has a fruity slightly tart apple aroma. Fruity tart apple flavor. Has a fruity tart apple finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pumpmaster (1196) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Tap at the Txapela bar at the Ramblas in Barcelona (Boqueria market). Not bad.

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