Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 27, 2013 beer4eternity (226) - Tauranga, - JAN 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An excellent review by ComradeK leaves not much else to add. Very appealing yeasty aromas. Tastes wonderful. Undoubtably the finest beverage I’ve had from Dominion Breweries.
I purchased a bottle of this and went away on honeymoon. Upon returning I went to work and came back to find my new wife had demolished it. The following review is her testimony. Needless to say I trust her in matters of cider.
"It’s alright I suppose. What does it smell like? Apples? Don’t be some f---ing stupid. Yes it tasted of bloody apples as well. Yes it was okay. Okay I gave it 5 out of 10 for taste. Did I enjoy it? Yes, fine. I enjoyed it. Leave me alone."
And there you go. ComradeK (1230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2011
330ml bottle. It looks like pretty standard commercial cider, pouring a pale champagne yellow, with trailing bubbles. It smells really quite alluring, with some sweet, juicy, Normandy cider-like notes mingling with the tart, dry leathery smell of a West Country cider. It tastes very English to start, with tart, bittersweet apple and apple skin being predominant. The next note to come through is an appealing sourness, followed by a sweeter, fruity finish. This is quite well-balanced cider, sitting between a tart scrumpy and a sweet Normandy cider in style. Much like the pear version, this is very good, especially considering its commercial Antipodean origins.