timgburns (5) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma has a heavy brandy and mulled apple nose - very Christmasy but without being sickly. A rich slightly cloudy cider appearance of golden/amber. Taste is a rich balanced sour saison with sweet notes. Clean and fresh with a slight creamy and very long finish. No or very little carbonation. Try it before it goes!
zacgillbanks (2174) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Hazy golden coloured with a cider-like apple fruity and citrus flavour, brandy/sherry notes and a warming, creamy vanilla, oak and spicy tart fruit finish. Tastes way below it’s 10% ABV, Excellent!
allmyvinyl (2941) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Great Grog. Pours clear golden yellow, long lasting white head. Aromas of cider and brandy, boozy motherlover. More cider than beer. Bitter taste, light apple sweet, good balance. Loved this.
jerd16 (187) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy golden color with frothy - but substantial - clean white head. Clean cider-apple aroma, without the unpleasant farmhouse notes. Almost like a perry with more depth thanks to some sherry, citrus notes and a dash of light malt. Fairly sweet flavor with citric-acid pangs. Yeast. Very light for the abv and extremely quaffable. Refreshing brett-sour dryness in the finish. A little warming alcohol in its wake. Very nice.
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First up i love the original beer and the low/no carbonation of this ’premier cru’ did disappoint me a little. The beer itself does work despite the carbonation, the apple brandy and the original beer meet up well and there is a balance of flavours that does work. A huge dry finish and Wild Beer have another success.
Garrold (1154) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hop Hideout, Sheffield. Hazy, dark straw colour. Film of white head. Homemade cider. Pear drops. Barley sugar. Some marzipan. Taste is woody dry. Some cider acidity. Underlying, toffee apple sweetness. Thick, vintage cideresque, chewy palate. Dry finish. Hint of sweetness remains, though. Comes across nowhere near 10%. The made up word "cideresque", looks lovely, I think.
McNeillR (1122) - SCOTLAND - APR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rusty golden with a healthy whisked white head. Sumptuous apple and peppery sawdust nose. Rich sweetness abides here, warping the once yeasty tang of the Ninkasi but moving it off centre rather than planking it. Thick oaky malt sweetness in the middle, with a soft boozy skewer. As if someone had left the ripest toffee apple in the fire a bit too long. Carbonation has kicked on since bottling, and impressive Brett crunch on the finish shows its not going to flatten out any time soon.
Bottle, Cornelius, Edinburgh
ghendrix (93) - Cardiff, WALES - MAY 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy golden with lasting white head. Aromas are apples, vinegar, pepper, yeast, light fruits. Taste is quite sweet, tart/sour, only light bitter and light spice. Finish is dry warm alcohol and apples - only the hint of yeast to remind you that you didn’t just sip a dry scrumpy. Really drinkable if you like some sourness in a beer.
Beersiveknown (2791) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home from Beer Ritz
v similar to regular ninkasi but has lost its freshness, in its place some warming alcohol and vanilla notes. Still tart but somehow less Belgian yeast notes. A nice warming sipper but after having been wowed by the unaged offering, this one was a little disappointing.
PaulW (98) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Took a few minutes for the aroma to come through this deep golden beer which pours with a good head. Smells of apple skins and maybe grass. The palate is dry and lingers, but this is neither a saison of Dupont sophistication nor the funkiness of others. Decent hit of booze, possible cidery start, but the taste disappers pretty quickly. Nice to sip and work through, but not great. This either needs to be more refreshing and lighter or more complex. Kind of does neither.