gEUS (1616) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at home, shared with the misses. Pours intense golden yellow. Fine carbonation. Nice evolved apple aroma, even with strong sweet white wine flavours. This cide really is a refined piece of art. Thick sweet mouthfeel, nice fruit sour in the bridge. This is a real threat, thanks to Ronald for this kind and truly special gift!
tom10101 (4524) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750 ml) at home. 2013 bottle. Thanks to KCherney for this one! Split 4-ways. Almost clear bright golden with a small bubbly ring of white foam. Aroma was a bit dull at first with only some generic apple fruitiness but after 15+ minutes it opened up a lot letting the farmy horsey character out along Calvados spiciness and tingling alcohol. Taste is bright from the start with gentle tartness, a bit of residual sugar but nothing too much, lots of horsey character, the calvados spiciness is much more present here but not the boozy aspect. Body is medium. Carbonation is moderate. Mouthfeel is a bit tannic. Finish is dry, but much less than the Bordatto ciders we had just before. A very interesting product. I was quite disappointed by the aroma at first, but the taste was great and ultimately the aroma became much better once it opened up. Really good.
Staffan47 (900) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delar en flaska med Isabel en torsdag. Från ett släpp på sb nyligen.
Jäklar! Här har vi en delikat cider. Doften är stiltypiskt fransk med övermogna äpplen som dominerar. Men här finns så mycket mer jag sällan upplevt i en cider tidigare, även från franska premiumgrejer. Kunde inte pricka in att den legat på calvadosfat, men nu när man vet om det var det lättare att känna. Perfekt ton med subtil calvados lyfter ytterligare en nivå. Jag är imponerad. Bästa cider jag någonsin har druckit. (Glöm för helsike inte att köpa fler!!)
beastiefan2k (3044) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I tried this probably at my first ratebeer tasting, which was hosted by Paul. Drove from Staten Island to Jersey before Paul got upscale and moved on up to the Hoboken side. Or maybe it was a different Paul tasting. A Jersey RBian, who did not stay active long, shared this cider. At that time, it was pretty damn cool. Back then an upper teens cost of something was big money. I think we all appreciated the expenditure. Nowadays, its almost commonplace. I feel like this cider was much less available, definitely around but not overly common. I remember constantly seeing it at New Beer but never wanting to spend "that much" on a cider, even if it is barrel aged.
Recently, I moved to Seattle and cider is big there, way bigger than anywhere else in the states. Maybe that is why I kept seeing this bottle for sale; much stronger visibility than I had been used to. I have been tempted to pick up a bottle especially given that the $20 price tag isn’t really that large by contemporary standards. Fortunately, my uncle just brought this to a family gathering just for me. Hooray!.
I like Dupont cider, its the way I imagine cider should be done, effervescent, wild, not too apply, and not too sweet. However. these rules do not stand for ice ciders. This cider seems to be not wild, not effervescent but good, Why? because they make it a bit ice cider like with the calvados barrel. A bit of that heft from alcohol, sweet but worth sipping. Fun stuff but as an ice cider substitute as opposed to the regular Dupont lineup. See you again in 10 years cider.
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #1141 - 28.06.2014 - Bottle from Coop - Pours a bubbly light yellow with little head. Aroma is mild soapy funk, oak. Palate is tart, notes of calvados and apple sweetness Medium-high carbonation. Very refreshing.
mjs (5788) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.75 l, at laiti’s, 20150613, thanks) The cider poured pale golden and hazy. Its head was small and white. Aroma had apples, wood and tartness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were apples, sweetness, wood and tarntess. Aftertaste had apples. A balanced and tasty cider.
linusb (352) - SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2015 Loads of baked apple on the nose! Hint of tropical fruit like mango. Very creamy mouthfeel with small bubbles. Sweeter than expected. Very nice!
FatPhil (12181) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle (Stockmann, Riga) (6:3+:7:3+:14=3.3++)
Slightly thin, and even slightly farty, aroma. Slightly leathery funkiness, but does have a lovely sophisticated apple flesh taste. Pleasant carbonation. Just a pleasant hint of the calvados barrel ageing. A very sophisticated cidre, with no sign of alcohol at all, but lacking the balls that I prefer in ciders. I imagine those who can appreciate champagne appreciating this more than me.
Marduk (4780) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle @Laiti’s thanks. Clear golden yellow color. Farmhouse dust, rotten apples, fruity and yeasty aroma. Apples, sweet, leather, juicy notes in taste. Smoky leather in aftertaste. Crisp mouthfeel. Nice fruity aftertaste. At first smells and tastes bit weird, but really opens up later. Nice one!
VastActiv (4481) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.75l at Laiti’s, Helsinki. Thanks to FatPhil! Colour is deep golden with very small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, apples and some sweetness. Very juicy.