bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2011 Clear pale yellow; some bubbles but mostly still. Smells like apple champagne. Taste is somewhat sweet, with just a lightly tart champagne complexity. Not as sweet or fruity as Crispin Original, and finishes a little drier. Palate is light and crisp. Fairly high carbonation. The "Brut" touch is nice overall, but really not that different from Crispin Original. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Very light, clear yellow with a lot of fine bubbles. The aroma is white wine and some dry apples. The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of very dry apples notes with a little bit of sugar mixed in. A nice cider. topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Pours golden with a little white head. Aroma is light apples and sugar. Flavor is sweet apple, light tart notes, and a dry finish. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Side by side tasting with Original. degbert (1773) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Clear,12oz twist-off bottle. Clear golden yellow color. A touch of fizz.
Aroma of pure crisp apples, gently juiced. This is the Brut, as opposed to their regular variety. This has more of a vinous, wine-like character. Nice fresh apple juice flavor minus the sweetness. Leaves the lightest touch of tartness of fresh fruit. Very refreshing. I’d rather sample thier cider as a blend of the Original and the Brut.
Bottle. Pours a clear, extremely-pale gold with no head but prominent carbonation. Nose is candied apple, almost overly so; there’s a faint hint of Jolly Rancher or Apple Pucker. It drinks dry, but not as dry as, say, a Basque or Normandy cider; there’s still a little sugar there, balanced well with the malic acidity. The label says both ’brut’ and ’extra-dry’ -- if this was champagne, it would be extra dry, NOT brut. Good, though.
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2011
The aroma is very sweet and not dry at all with nothing but apples and almost no alcohol. The appearance is clear yellow with a small amount of carbonation but it looks almost still. The taste is a bit off dry but still mostly just apples. The palate is way more carbonated than the appearance and watery thin. Overall a nice cider. thegreenrooster (4402) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Pour is a pee yellow with a short fizzy head. Aroma is apples and white wine. Flavor is sugar some and granny smith apples. Finish is watery and dry. An ok cider and nothing artifical stands out. DrnkMcDermott (3100) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Loose bottle, $1.80 @ Binny’s. Nice fizz when pouring, good apple juice smell. Very clear, no sediment in the clear bottle. Nice apple taste. Not much of a cider, I guess, but I can’t find much to complain about. Certainly not dry enough to be called "brut." maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle from Whole Foods - Short Pump on 10/31/2010. Very clear very pale straw body with a small fizzy white head that quickly diminishes. Very light apple aroma with some vanilla notes. Sweet apple flavor with some vanilla notes. Light body with moderately high carbonation.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear straw golden with tiny rising bubbles. The aroma picked up a blend of sweet and tart apples accented by a little oak and a faint hint of pineapple.. tangy and intriguing. The flavor found a little more of the sweet apples than tart ones (but both were there).. dry on the edges with green apple skins and related spices. Light-bodied with prickly effervescence on the palate.. nice, dry feel and flow.. I enjoyed it.