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Cidre Dupont Réserve

Brewed by Domaine Familial Louis Dupont
Style: Cider
Victot-Pontfol, France


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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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This natural cider has matured six months in oak casks which had previously contained calvados and has been bottled at the domaine dupont 14430 Victot-Pontfol France. ABV Varies year to year from 6.5 ti 7.5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
dodskenta (62) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle straight from the cidery. Pale golden in color. Beautiful aroma, musty and slightly tart apples, funky oak, fresh red apples, sweetness. The flavour on this cider is just as good as the aroma, plenty of red apples, caramel sweetness, loads of oak, some barnyard. Big carbonation and dry finish. Absolute top stuff!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2015
world-class. funky, dry, weird. one of my favorite ciders. something to behold! any beer drinker that likes belgians or sours should give it a shot. truly something else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1115) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2015
Pours clear golden with no head. Aroma of apples, vanilla, light wood and caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and light acidic. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AAEA (192) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
750ml ($30) The particular one me and my GF enjoyed was a 2010/2011 and was from a good friend and owner of the valley beverage company. Nothing short of perfect. just the right amount of age to allow for the complexity that one might expect from wine. The rare keep getting rarer with ever cork. if you get a chance to find one of this vintage you’re in for a treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
apickles (203) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle direct from the cidery 2012. Golden, slightly cloudy cider without a head. Smells oaky and sweet, very fizzy in the glass and the mouth - champagne style bubbles. Quite an oak sweet taste like the smell but had a dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14486) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle. 750cl. Shared with Maja Klinkby. Pours clear golden with quickly diminshing bubbles. Funk, barnyard, wood and mild tannins. Red apples. Crisp and dry. Lovely. Could drink lots of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (1855) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle direct from the cidery. Pours a very slighty hazy golden colour with a head but plenty of sparkle. The aroma is sweet apple. The taste is initially sweet apples before more tart nots come in. Some woody flavour too. High carbonation giving a full mouthfeel. Refreshing with a dry finish. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2116) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
750 ml bottle.

As the top-rated cider on the site, I was eager to a hold of this one, >$20 pricetag notwithstanding. I saved it for a winter Saturday afternoon of writing, where I could savor the flavors over the span of a few hours. It opens with an ample puff and smokes for a moment. Poured into the long-stemmed tulip that I like for ciders, it immediately presents a vigorous churning white head that then disappears in seconds, leaving a rich gold liquid with the occasional trail of rising bubbles.

The aroma is complex. The oak from the calvados is present; of course apple but this element is actually relatively subdued; some unwelcome sulfuric notes; rotten wood, a touch of rubbing alcohol, the proverbial horseblanket. The flavor provides an interesting combination of gentle apple sweetness in the mid-sip with a dry tannic aspect later on. Wrapped around all of this are multiple layers of apple flavor: simple and light juice, musty cider, rich and somewhat sharp calvados. The combination is intriguing and far from straightforward. Mouthfeel is full without pushing over into sticky; mouth-filling carbonation is not too sharp; a bit more warmth on the back of the throat than one might expect at 6.9%. In the end I like this a lot, but I’m not sure it has much on the better Washington ciders and it suffers all the more for its price point. A good reference but not a regular drinker.

tl;dr summary: Complex BA cider bests its French competition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (4251) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle thanks a ton to Clownisseur! Pours clear golden, small white fizzy head as expected, no lacing. Aroma is apple, a bit of brandy, some funk, mushroom. Flavor has lots of apple goodness along with some vinous barrel notes and an ever-present note of funky mushrooms. Light sweet with a dry finish. Light body. This is my second BA cider, and the second time I have gotten the (for me) highly undesirable mushroom notes from it. I guess funk and apples don’t mix in my palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7622) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Medium golden, fine carbonation. Aroma is very funky, with cooked apples and a touch of vanilla. Lots of barnyard on the palate, moderately sweet apples, touch of vanilla, dry finish. Terrific!

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