11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 15, 2005
1999 and 2000 bottles sampled side by side in 2005. Very nice ciders, age has not hurt these at all, perhaps even improving them. Appearance is golden yellow. Soda pop like white head. Aroma of the ’99 is very lambic like. Plenty of musty and horsey aromas. The 2000 still had quite a bit of apple aroma left. Both were very dry with the ’99 just being a touch more. Still carbonated well after 5-6 years. Very nicely done, now time to find some more and age it. Thanks Schroppfy for the 1999 vintage!!! detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours an exceptionally effervescent and hazy peach amber color. The carbonation and the pour builds a two inch head of fizzy white foam. This leaves a smattering of bubbly lacing that slides back down into the glass. The aroma is bold and full of fresh tart apple.
Mmmm... tart and tangy apple, a little bit spicy. Fresh and juicy flavor. A little bit of white wine like an Asti Spumante is in there too. The finish is sharper and pungeant - not unlike a good saison. Medium body, excellent carbonation. Spice, dried apple slices, and a lemony tartness linger in the aftertaste. luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Boy am I’m smitten! I love this stuff!
Rerate on the ’05. Cider pours a hazy, medium bright gold color with a small, fizzy, diminishing head. Head fades into a white ring around the glass; fed by trails of lively stars of carbonation. Looks like Champagne.<P>The aroma is sweet and wild with moderate-to-heavy yeast notes of horseblanket and barnyard, band-aid, light notes of bread dough and B Vitamin. Vinous with moderate fruit notes of red apple, white grape.<P>The flavor is heavily-to-moderately sweet, lightly acidic with a longer-than-average, moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightlybitter finish. Pleasant genuine apple aftertaste.<P>The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carboanation is fizzy. Simply beautiful! MicroGrog (476) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2013 375 served with some crazy good cod fritters. Served into a Saison Dupont glass.
Clear, saturated golden hue. White ring of fizz. A couple nucleation points in the glass that easily amuse me.
Smell is of baked apples, hay, sulfur, & a light green apple tartness. Bright & somewhat floral. A less muddled bottle then the one I picked up from New Beer Distributor’s sweat shop factory.
Taste is bittersweet upfront, slightly briny, with a rounded, zesty, & juicy center. Some drying wood tannins. Incredibly refreshing. Minor solvent finish.
Light chalkiness, moderate acidity, & overactive to a slightly harsher point then champagne. A little heft to the body keeping the finish from being anything more then slightly dry.
Love it. :) QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
While this may not be the Reserve aged in Calvados, it IS readily available and relatively affordable. Crisp, tart, and refreshing with an even more pronounced Brett character, but without the musty notes.
Side note: I have enjoyed this straight up, and blended with small amounts of Calvados ( bring it up to 7.5% ABV like the Reserev), and every combination works very well
whodeytink (10) - Ellicott City, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2016
On tap at White Oak Tavern in Ellicott City. Crystal clear light amber color. Thin head. Aroma of apples and funky barnyard smells. Taste is tart and full of apples. Nice carbonation. This was a very pleasant surprise. Very easy to drink. willisread (3799) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2017
2014 vintage bottle from Craft Brewed. Pours a clearish golden straw with 2 fingers of fine foam that lingers then dissipates. Aromas of hay, horseblanket, Brie rind, prosciutto, faint smoke, dried apple, umami, cobwebs. Fantastically complex. A symphony of aromas as it warms. Champagne-like carbonation on the palate. Dry and funky with a nice lingering farmy, dried apple character thoughout. Musty. Just stellar.