MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brilliant green apple pith and skin offer tartness, sweetness, wilderness, and, moreover, fresh goodness...Bold but soothing bubbles project the gum-drying hay and yeast past the complex fruitiness...The sun’s shining brightly on the countryside...
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle (2005 I believe), from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI, shared with MartinT, tiggmtl, Rastacouere, beerbuzzmontreal and Yowie. Gorgeous unfiltered, luminous hazy gold with more lasting fizzy head than is usual...ultra-fresh crisp, light nose, with plenty of vanilla and oak, rustic twiggy character...flavor is tart, fresh, reminiscent of Granny Smith and Cortland apples, somewhat "green" and farmy but overall clean and simple with a light acidity and very clean, moderately tart finish. This is an absolutely stunning low-gravity cider, we were all pretty impressed and I’m rather surprised by the low ratings here...subtle and rustic and eminently drinkable.
sfontain (736) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Absolutely horrendous. My fianceé and I each took one sip before pouring out the entire remainder of the 750 mL bottle. Band-Aid and cough syrup all over the aroma and flavor. Just disgusting.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy goldish blond color, plenty of carbonation, including the gushing of foam from the bottle as I opened it. The nose is old, wood, oak, dust, old memories, antique furniture; yet there’s apple in there. Not a bright happy lively fruity apple, but a wise bearded apple who’s seen worse winters than I have. The flavor is dry and zesty with a wave of funky apple, oak and lavender. Very complex and refreshing with a touch of sulpher. Lively, heardy. Damn, this is nice. I really didn’t encounter the sweetness people were talking about here.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright golden orange color with a large white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma of tart apples dust and earth with a little horse blanket peeking in. Very lively carbonation, which I was expecting after the cork nearly took my head off. Sweet apples, followed by a slight dry dustiness. A little funky, with loads of sweet apple. I agree with austinpowers on this one. A surprising treat.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2005
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Initial tartness gives way to a sweet, yeasty flavor. Would be very tasty except for the moldy undertones. Also has a bit of mildew. I had to wash my mouth out because the flavor wasn’t diminishing. An acquired taste, perhaps.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a hazy yellow copper with a quick fizzy head. The aroma is of apples and a touch sour. The flavor is tart, sweet, a touch wild, and perhaps somewhat bitter as if it had added hops - very strange (perhaps an apple skin flavor?). The pallet is cleansing and fizzy. Overall, not very good.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2004
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Cloudy orange color,small white head that had a decent lasting time with a small lace left behind.Small amount of large yeast floating throughout the brew either due to the brew itself or just a poor,pour on my part.Sour apple aroma that gives strong hints of being a lambic more then a hard cider,hints of ban-aid and barnyard as well.The flavor is apple and band-aid with a light sweetness up front then a change to a sourish apple and pharmacological soup taste.Just not a good cider at all,low on the apple and high on the bad flavors.It's worth trying atleast once but damn,i wouldn't go beyond that.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2004
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
This would go nicely over a salad. An afwul smell of vinegar and a very sharp unhinged earthy oak smoked aroma. This had a sour ale taste that just bites, and is very hard to drink.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2004 I'm shocked how different MY bottle of Pays D'Auge was from everyone else's! Mine was overly sweet, even more so than Woodchuck Amber. And the Pays D'Auge has a slight band-aid taste along with lots of mustiness and perhaps some peat. But it isn't in the least bit dry and should be considered truly a dessert cider due to its being the sweetest cider I've ever had, bar none! Unfiltered, too. I enjoyed it, but many will not.