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Zeffer Slack ma Girdle

Brewed by Zeffer Brewing Company
Style: Cider
Matakana, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
’Slack ma Girlde’ is just one of the many quirky names of a true English cider apple. Along with Kingston Black, Foxwhelp and Yarlington Mill it makes up one of over 50 varieties used to make this cider. Those speialised apples are sourced from a small family run orchard in Canterbury. Nearly inedible on the tree, the rich tannins and sharp flavour are transformed in the bottle. Brewed at the Zeffer cidery in Matakana, it’s a kiwi take on the famous English Wes Country style- a golden colour, full flavour and deliciously dry finish. We hope you enjoy! Sam and Hannah

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nosajhongkong (41) - North Point, HONG KONG - SEP 4, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2016 0,5L bottle bought at the Bottle Shop Hong Kong. Appearance: Pours a clear, deep golden colour with fast disappearing white head. Lively and fizzy carbonation and bubbles. Aroma: Mainly ripe red apple, with some light tart, crisp apple. Some tropical fruit such as white grape, citrus and guava. Smells like brett beer when warm. Taste: Medium ripe apple tartness and sweetness. Some oak, wood and spice. Quite strong tannin and apple tartness when swallow. The complexity of the taste is quite smooth. Palate: Very dry and crisp finish with ripe apple and light spice and brett aftertaste. Sharp and rich tannin. Full body with high carbonation. Overall: Very juicy and refreshing ripe apple. Well-balanced sweetness and tannin tartness. It smells similar to brett when it becomes warmer. The dry and full-bodied finish conclude its complexity quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2015
Draft. Pours a clear golden color with a small fast disappearing white head. Has a fruity crisp slightly tart apple aroma. Fruity tart crisp dry apple flavor. Has a fruity dry crisp slightly tart apple finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40484) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2015
From tap. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is crisp and zesty apples. Mild bretty. Citric, apples and crisp zesty. Smooth fruity and citric. Dry. Lingering zesty and light wooden to bretty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wvhoran (455) - Tasmania, - AUG 15, 2015
Draught. Pours clear and gold. Sharp and tart aroma with citrus, a little hay. A touch of sweetness in the flavour with a solid dry finish. Nicely balanced with good character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4020) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
Pours a nice golden color with tons of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, so many so that they seem to be allowing for some head retention on this cider, odd... but cool nevertheless.

The aroma is certainly apple forward but only lightly sweet. It’s a touch on the funky side with some nice wet limestone.

The flavor is really decidedly dry, far moreso than the aroma ever let on. It’s nicely tart & features bitter apples quite well. There is some apple skin and some nice minerallity. Honestly it does a wonderful job of ticking off things that I love in cider, although it falls a touch short of being mind blowing, I can’t put my finger on it... but it skips over the sort of "depth" of flavor that I love about Scrumpy or Norman Ciders... but that’s not to say that it’s not very very good.

The mouthfeel is like a very lively champagne, prickly on the tongue quick at the start and long in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omega (896) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 21, 2013
Quite a funky cider. Little bit perfumed and cloudy on the pour. Quite dry on the finish which lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turnermj (5) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2013 does not count
500mL bottle. Poured clear with a light rust colour. Rich nose with an almost tropical nose, mixed with a slight grassy note. Weight comes through the tannins on the palate which moves to a focused, dry finish. Could enjoy many more of these over the summer months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1114) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a clear medium gold, with long-lasting effervescence. Sharp tannic apple, citrus, mild leather and a touch of mild Swiss cheese make up the aroma. Sharp, tart apple skin up front is moderated by a touch of sweetness. Dusty, leathery tannins lead into some more fruity apple in the mid-palate, with a clean apple finish. It’s refreshing to find a new world cider made with proper cider apples. Whilst this is not the most complex cider I have had, its tart/sweet balance puts it streets ahead of the countless commercial lolly water ciders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours clear golden with a small white hue on top. Nose alludes to a sweet cider with a touch of tart and funk. Some hay there also. Comes across a lot drier than expected in the taste. Some dry hay, grass, underlying lemon biscuit. Spritzy carbonation with a long dry finish but sweetness in between. Odd cider but works very nicely

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ciderpro (5) - - MAY 9, 2013 does not count
Rich deep golden colour. Smells of tropical fruit with a hint of straw. Full bodied with very well balanced acidity and tannins. One of my top ciders

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