BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015 goodbyeohio (36) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
mine says 6.8%. orange pour with some haze to it and a lasting head. true apple aroma with hints of cheese.. overwhelmingly great to smell though. taste starts appley, for a second, and immediately lands in bitterville with apple seeds, earth, and a somewhat pleasant finish of brett and alkaline earthiness. the lack of sweetness makes it drinkable, but the super-dry character limits the enjoyability. this is a good cider without off flavors, but it really lacks balance.
Bottle (cage is twisted backwards). Pours with a hazed deep golden hued body with a white head that lasts longer than one would expect. Aromas are of very mild sulfur, acidic, and tannic notes, some carbonic burn, clean, lemony, mild vanilla. Flavors are quite tannic with notes of grass, moderately tempered acidity. Bone dry with high bitterness. Strong carbonation with some noticeable warmth for a French inspired cider. udubdawg (30) - Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
deep gold, almost copper, sparkling with many lines of bubbles even after the brief head dissipates.
aroma is incredibly inviting, and the carbonation just flings more of it into my willing nose. there is plenty of sugary fruit here, like candy - apricot, lemon, with a floral/honey behind. but there’s a lower note that is more savory, not light and sweet. MLF-type cellar funky notes are there, but not as much as I’ve come to expect from any English and many french ciders. Definite mineral note in aroma, and it comes through in the flavor too. Some spiciness, more of the same rich fruit. tannin level is ample, mostly astringency, small amount of late but not lingering bitterness. Moderately low acidity, refreshing. Off dry but the hint of sweetness is perfect to round it out. Perhaps a touch heavy in the mouth but I’m really straining to look for faults here. Not too austere, not as sweet as many french ciders (but otherwise most similar to them in style) rich, inviting, and not dominated by funk. Cannot recommend highly enough. JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Dry and tannic.... bigger bodied than many ciders... a bit of a honey essence helps round out the flavor. BuckeyeBoy (7718) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2014
750ml bottle. Pours out a crisp pale straw. Nose is green apple pear and sweetness. Taste is as the nose with apple pear and super dry. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2013
750ml undated but seems fresh. 7.3%. filtered clear body with only a ring of soda bubbles on the outer edge of the top surface. direct apple expression in the nose with some minor accents of honey and pear. clean and juicy apple cider smell. light body with medium-high acidity and a calcium / mineral roughness. a minor burst of carbonation across the back coupled with the acidity give the body momentary life, but it quickly turns watery and thin. the effervescence and acidity is nice, but the body seems weak. this reminds me of the sparkling ciders of Spain - filtered, somewhat acidic, good apple expression with touches of malolactic acid, but as a whole it’s pretty basic. i might prefer slightly less acidity and bitter peel character, and a fully texture. after some time I warm up to this one and find the peel malic acid enjoyable, and the body seems to hold up better with every subsequent gulp. MicroGrog (367) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Bottle purchased from a wine shop on the UWS that did a tasting during last year’s NYC cider week. Had a fresher sample during the Shelton/12%, The-Festival thing as well. Missed notes on that one, but it was very much an easy drinker, which I think is what the cider maker’s son is focusing on now.
First off, 6.8%. :D This is a blend of Pommes, Redfields, & Dabinetts.
Pours out a still, honey gold color, with a persistent ring of head.
Smells of caramelized apples; doughy, with a good bit of acidity.
Dry, but curious taste. Lots of skin. Bittersweet meat. Grassy/citric bitterness. Low tartness, moderately high acidity. Not too winey. Slight sediment in the feel. Woody, cat tongue finish. Very nice. jredmond (8288) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Sample poured at THE FESTIVAL, MA. Pours a clear golden amber body with no head or lacing. Aroma is apple, alcohol, and dry fruit. Mouthfeel is dry, medium to thin, with some carbonation and notes of apple, dusty funk and light fruit.
j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Pouring at The Festival in Worcester. Pours a clear gold with no head. Soft warm apple, light tannins. Medium bodied, light carbonation. Gentle sweetness, toasted apple. Musky, light apple finish. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2011
750mL Bottle purchased at CiderDays 2010. Immense fresh apple aroma, backed with acid and crabapples. Stunning ambered peach color. Flavors and textures are just boggling. Incredible, super dry, super tart, super fresh crisp, immaculate calcium love. Flavors run both green and ripe, with noticeable crab-sourness. Intense. Vibrant, fresh, lively. Incredible.