8 Wired Dry Oaked Sparkling Cider

8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Zeffer Brewing Company

Style: Cider
Warkworth, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A tart, dry and oaky cider. Made from new Zealand grown Sturmer Pippin and traditional cider apples. After pressing the fruit on the Zeffer farmhouse, the juice was fermented with wild yeast. To naturally mellow the acids we then let it undertake a 3 month malolactic ferment in oak. Voila! Cider as (we think) it should be. Dry and not back sweetened. Special thanks to Zeffer Brewing Co. for lending us their machinery, brains and manpower. Cheers.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (4537) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2016
0.75l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. Looks like a cider this. Pretty much crystal clear and pale golden in color. A small quickly fading white head that turns in to a sidesticking little thing. Smells quite nice. Apply not directly sweet but a nice fruity apply sweetness. Blue grapes and canned pear juices. Quite nice indeed. Not tart, not sweet but quite different. Champagne grape-like almost. Mouthdrying and a little astringent. Yellow small tart apples and good traces of cork. Different but still really tasty. 14.01.2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (1986) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUN 17, 2015
Bottle at Erzbierschof Zri with SinH4. Pours very clear yellow, a bit pale. Aroma of sour apples, but still a sweet taste. Very tart, dry and crisp, but still sweet. Interesting indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (4437) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2015
Finally I get to try a *real* cider. Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is apples, pure apples, sweet but not artificial, some wood. Taste is sour apples, extremely dry and tart, a hint of alcohol towards the end. Amazing dry-sour finish. Bone-dry, but still a luscious character. Spritzy carbonation. Wow, *this* is how cider should taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Martinus (4588) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2015
Clear golden cider colour. Candy aroma, yeasty, banana, apple, hint of wood. Apple flavour, sweet apples, apple skin. Fizzy. Finish apple, yeast, candy. Expected more.
(from 75cL bottle shared @ home)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Inbreak (5354) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2015
14.01.2015, 0,75l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Tiny shortlasting head, completely clear and very light color. Aroma is slightly dry fruity, yellow apples, hay, apple skin, grass, oak. Taste is dry, apple skin, hay, sour apples, grass, oak. Medium bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Fair enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (1318) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle shared with bbgtc. Pours a crystal clear pale golden with a white, fluffy head. Aroma of ripe apples and a slight acidic note. Taste is dry apples, slightly acidic. Light body fizzy on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (5653) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a clear pale yellow body with no head to speak of. Nose is vanilla, oak, butterscotch, yellow apples, hints of apple cores and green apple juice. Taste is dry wooden apple peel tones, apple cores, green apple juice, yellow apple peel and hints of vanilla and straw. Light body, medium carbonation. Pretty nice and smooth; dry yet not sour as some ciders tend ot be in this territory. Sort of Champagne-ish, in a way. Not bad, but not amazing either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (12031) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2015
being a bit of a sucker for spanish ciders, i was looking forward to trying one all the way from nz.. clear pale yellow, small white head. Aroma of apple and oak, quite civilized, no obvious sourness or the like. however, there is a mild hint of horse blanket which suits the cider very well. Flavor is very dry, resembling the better english ciders, with notes of apple, quite a lot of wood, and lots of apple peel bitterness. in general the flavor is mild, and the cider appears rounded and mellow. Not entirely my favourite kind of cider, but certanly well done. resembles english cider.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (6275) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2014
apple aroma,pale, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly sour, medium body, sour nice apple finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (8545) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2014
Nice cider, yellow coloured and clear. Has a white head, diminishing. Yeasty aroma, champagne-notes. Faint apples, mix of green apples and ripe apples.

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