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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Made from unsprayed apples using the methode champenoise, this sparkling cider goes through a secondary fermentation in the bottle, after which it is disgorged by hand. No sulfites are added, to preserve its fresh, crisp flavor.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 2, 2013
750mL Bottle. Thanks for sharing, Chas! Dry, peppery aroma backed with a little reduced apple juice and lots of minerals. Flavors quickly open with a whole lot of natural apple funk. Earth, white pepper, dust, ethyl acetate, and other wooly creatures. There’s a light snap of acidity and a good sparkle. Personally, I don’t care for the taste of apples fermented with their own yeast, as it gets a little too tape and foot tasting, but I appreciate the quality of this one and the underlying apples. I think it’s a good example of a rustic, mousy natural cider.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
From notes. Gold. White soda-like carbonation. Nice balance of acid, sweet, and musty earth. Crisp, dry finish. Medium body, slightly juicy, slightly soda-like. Nice cider.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Thanx to Cheeseman for sharing this.Poured like apple juice with a nice apple sweetness nose.Flavor was ceisp apple juice that was we crbonated.This inised off slightly art.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Deep gold with a quickly dissapating white head. Aroma is sweet red apples with a light tartness. Taste is reasonably tart, with light apple and heavy carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
750ml bottle from Porterhouse; Nose of dark red apples with a light tart note; clear dark gold with a huge four finger head that quickly disapates to a quarter inch then lasts; flavor is tart apples with an acidic note; very dry and tart.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12612) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2008
Yellow with a slight chill haze. Fresh, appley nose with a slight leathery accent. Bone dry, with a faint fruitiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2008
shared by thecheeseman: pours a great filtered apple juice colour with a very small white head. aroma is a fantastic clear cider aroam good floral aroma almost like smelling fresh apple blossom and some vanilla. flavour is very upfront with a good clean apple, some acidity that plays on the tongue very good dry finish, great palate. thanks cheesman

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Clear light yellow color, loose white foam top. Crisp, fresh cut apples, light spice, slight alcohol. Refreshing light taste, lasting crisp, tart finish. Alcohol very well-hidden.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
Merritt Island Throwdown, thanks CheeseMan! Warm honey color with nice foamy white head. Astringent nose of apple brandy, chardonnay, biscuity. Fizzy, thin palate. Dry apple skin and seed flavors. Nice tartness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
Maybe my cider-philia is getting the better of me. Pours a crystalline golden yellow, with a steady bead coming forth. The aroma is sweet apples, yeast, floral notes. The flavor is glorious, crisp, acidic and direct. The apples are the star here, but this cider finishes very dry, with the essence of green apples, hitting you at the end. Amazingly, the 10% alcohol is virtually non-existent in the flavor, this is an awesome cider.


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