MicroGrog (449) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2017
On tap at Wassail on the LES.
Fat champagne goblet glass thingie. Yeah, more champagne then anything, yes.
On the darker side of pale gold. Clear, suddy, inviting.
Tight, tart, bubblegum/yeasty smell thing going on. Slight straw farmyard funk.
Taste is all yeast upfont, melting into bitter greens melon & pinching, bitter, tannic apple skins. Minor farm funk at the end. English sort of dry.
This is sort if a hybrid English/French breed. Not close to my favorite, but pretty good. svandyke (257) - USA - MAR 19, 2017
Bottle from Earth Fare- Great lacing and head. Barnyard and apple nose. Taste is a very pleasant sour with mild hint of sweet at the end. Doesn’t feel oily or slick, but is slightly fizzy vyvvy (6731) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2017
It clear golden with a white head. The aroma has tart apples, hay, wood and rustic heavy. It has a medium crisp body with lively carbonation. The taste has a bit more bite than the aroma with some acidity and tartness. Very rustic cider. Excellent. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle. Medium yellow, decent carb. Aroma is loads of funk, apple, apple peal, slight pear, hint of cottage cheese. Flavor is a match. Enjoyable stuff, good balance between tart, dry, sweet, fruit, and funk. Liked it bunches. Suspect I will never see this again for some reason. Patrickctenchi (6731) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Bubbly, clear gold with an active and quick white head.
Old, basement-stored apple aroma.
Taste is sweet, aged, mushy apple....old hay...
Funkier nose than taste....
shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle. Musty hay and apple juice aroma. Hazy golden yellow with giant but short lasting head and strong effervescence. Mildly sweet apple juice and mildly bitter musty hay flavor. Good body. Not very dry. Pleasant. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Apple must and perfume with game-y/farm-y mallic acid touches. Light-bodied, sweet, carbonic, and juicy with a pleasant balance of acid and sugar, finishing tart. Simple, rustic, and beautiful, easy and refreshing. drfabulous (8577) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2016
750 ml bottle cork and caged from Whole Foods. Very nice funky nose. Taste is light apple, saison, and brett. The brett really does it for me. weihenweizen (4111) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Refrigerated 75 cl green bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy golden with small white head. Aroma is nice rich cider, medium body, medium carbonation, and a little lacing. Taste is pressed Apple and some lacing. Ernest (7819) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of band-aid, apples, autumn leaves / twigs, rosemary. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, lightly to moderately astringent.
Likely a dupe of some of the other 5.5% brut ciders listed here, but no matter...this is very rustic, farmy stuff...lots of Brett character (nearly too much, the band-aid is a little stronger than ideal), much like a good vintage of Etienne Dupont. Quite acidic too, with just enough residual sugar to make it lip-smacking. Good amount of tannic grip too. This is exactly how I like cider. An easy high 3 / low 4 winner.