Brewed by Sidreria Sarasola
Style: Cider
Asteasu, Guipúzcoa, Spain


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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Original Basque Cider. Sarasola Sagardoa is a traditional Basque cider from a cider house located in the apple growing hills of Astigarraga.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
750 ml bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k. I have only had one other Basque Cider, excited to try this. The pour is chill haze golden yellow, with no head. The aroma is fresh tart apple, along with a soft Brett leathery yeast. Behind the apple and funk is a sweetness, honey, though a bit more sugary than that. The taste is the fresh apple, along with the tart funky yeast of the nose. The sweetness is very much present as well, giving the overall taste a funky sweet apple pie sort of character. The palate is medium bodied, along with a very small amount of soft natural carbonation, sweet tart funky apple finish. There is a hint of plastic in the finish. Overall, a very interesting and tasty Cider. Thanks for sharing this one Eugene.

mike67 (1197) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2015
750 ml bottle. Pours hazy golden with a lot of bubbles. Aroma is of apples, barnyard and some vinegar.Body is full, bitter-sharp. Taste is pleasantly sour, tart and moderately fruity. Long, rustic finish. Reminds me of good sour beer.

alexsdad06 (10413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Sampled at Liberty’s from notes. Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with no head. The aroma and flavor have sweet apple, some skins, mild funk, a light tart character, light spice, dry, carries a bit of pop to the finish. Better than most ciders for me.

scarletfire65 (1466) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Bottle at home. Aroma is funky bretty barnyard. Old musty apples as well. Low carbonation, almost flat. Tastes cellared, earthy, woody, leathery, band aids, definitely some serious Brett - like yeast strain here. Very funky and complex. Not for your girlfriend.

JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear yellow to gold pour with a thin white head. Aroma of sour apple and slight nail polish remover. Apple flavor with leathery funk before a sour, acidic finish.

Lowenbrau (4277) - Asturias, SPAIN - MAY 14, 2015
75 cl bottle from Museo Sidra Astigarraga. @home 14-05-2015.
BBD: not found. Nº Embotellado: 5205 S.S. Nº Kupela: blanck.
2013 produced.
In short: bitter stale cider.
Pours cloudy dark gold-ornage with littte vanishing white head. Poor lacing. Vinegar and sulphur nose, leather, wet aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, oily texture. Taste is little tart, bitter dominated, stale fruit flavours. "Medium" mouthfeel, flavours do not linger so much. One of the less lively basque ciders i ´ve tasted.

tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2015
incredible! super funky. nothing really like it in the beer world, except maybe a few different geuzes. this is marvelous.

andrewje41 (3880) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle poured and shared. Thanks Chris C! What a fun cider this is. By the way, the bottle is fantastic. It gives you pouring instructions that are not easy to perform, though we tried our best. Pours a super light, cloudy yellow color with no head. Sweet green apple aroma. Taste has a little bit of every side. Flavor is a little salty, with some sour green apple. Pretty sweet as well. A little soapy as well, but mostly hidden towards the finish. Nice, unique sour. Fun stuff.

phaleslu (10247) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Small pour at Liberty’s Bar & Bottle. Pours a lightly cloudy pale gold with almost no head. Notes of tart apples with plenty influence from the skins, along with funk, herbs, spice, wood, and a hint of sweet vanilla. Light-bodied, with a funky, tart, dry, biting mouthfeel and moderate to medium carbonation. Pretty unique and tasty.

madvike (3260) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle - Hooray! Wisconsin is starting to get more distro on Spanish cider! Woo hoo! This one pours yellow with no head. Nose is dry, leathery apple, Chardonnay, light tartness. Taste is dry, with oaky white grape, apple skin, lightly tart apple pulp, and a bit of leather on the finish. Thin and slick with minimal carbonation.

biggsbowler (625) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle - Pours golden yellow. Smells and tastes of apples and slight sourness. The taste is unique and quite interesting.

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