Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2014 75 cL bottle from Beer Run, 12/14/13. This is the 1000th brewery I have rated. Poured from about 2.5 feet. Pours a hazy pale orange color with a thin wisp of white fizzy head. Aroma of tart apples with some barnyard and earth. The taste is tart, dry apples with pepper and an earthy finish. Medium bodied, lingering tartness, low carbonation, refreshing. This bottle will be emptied quickly. Very nice cider.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tepid murky lemon. Huge Granny Smith nose, skin and flesh, lightly sugary. More balanced flavor is honey and green apple, sticky light grass and grape sweetness mid, moderate acid through sticky, doughy finish with more skin sourness balancing. Quenching and crisp with enough dryness to temper the sweeter grape notes, #1 amidst 40+ US sours in the same day.
Lubiere (10999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pale blonde cider with a very thin white head. In aroma , a superb mix of Gueuze, horse blanket, Brett, sour apple, beautiful. In mouth, a nice tart cider with wild yeast, Brett, horse blanket, lactic acid, very nice, smooth, complex, and pleasing. Bottle at Six Ten, Tampa.
beastiefan2k (2804) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 750mL screw top bottle purchased at Binny’s ($10). Poured into an Isastegi Basque cider glass. Very hazy pee yellow in color, no head of course (I tried the traditional method of pouring but I was afraid to go deep). Aroma is only mildly sweet apple, very light like a slightly sweet Granny Smith. That has the tart aspect, lactic (milky tart). Nice long tart finish on the aroma. Flavor is very tart in the finish. Lots of musky apple yet all dry with a mineral feel from the a stronger than expected carbonation. Long tart Granny Smith apple. Light feel to the thing. My first French Basque cider and its ust awesome.
Travlr (15613) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at DC Epic Sour Tasting 2014. Cloudy pale yellow color. Aroma of funky sour apple flesh and skins. Taste is softly sour and fruity. Delicious.
jbruner (2914) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared thanks to scitchzi! Pours a hazy yellow from the bottle with no real head or lacing. Aroma of sour apple funk, nice sweetness. Taste follows, like a sour cider with a mild finish. Very nice, a cider I can drink.
emerge077 (47) - RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright pale gold, perfectly clear, poured from a height of 2’ it produced an inch of rapidly fading fizzy white foam. Clean aromas of orchard apples, light must and cheese rind from the wild yeast. Firmly tart, sour green apple, cheese rind, dry new oak. Juicy and drinkable. Very light trace funk, a good intro Basque cider.
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL from P St Whole Foods in DC. Pours low carbonation, fizzing out white soda foam. Beautifully bright glowing straw pour with green highlights. Nose is pretty funky off the bat: some crazy moldy peach, ripened pithy papaya, fresh and tropical like a passionfruit Berliner Weisse. Taste is holy monkey sour, bracing citric tang with fresh strawberry acid, pomelo pulp, strawberry limeade. Quenching, refreshing. Quick, lactic lemonade finish. Extremely light bodied. Really awesome. My first Basque sidra I think and I will now be on a quest for more!
deyholla (7954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear pale yellow with a white head that dissipates completely. Aroma has a nice combination of dry apple and a bit of tartness. Flavor starts with a slight sweet apple but really is full of a nice tartness with a hint of dryness.
DialSquare (3342) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Proof. Light yellow pour with almost no head. Aroma is tart funk and apple. Tastes are moderately tart, earthy, sweet apple. Finishes dry. Kind of one dimensional, but very nice.