otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: sun-bleached orange with a steady stream of bubbles thanks to bottle-conditioning. Pours vivacious with a solid head and bubbly collar.
Nose: freshly pulped apples and orchard musk. Tingle of tartness and tannins in the back; apple skins. Green pears. Musk, leather, and hay dust along the edges. Cinnamon powder.
Palate: pulpy, chewy, fresh. Skins and seeds and musk follow fresh pressed apple flesh. Full mouthfeel – chewy and bubbly in front, then creamy and juicy with a dry musky finish. Tartness in the middle follows into the finish. Green pear musk.
Final Thoughts: whoa… A champagne of ciders to be sure. Of the earth. Terroir. Dirtoir. Laden in orchard bloom, musk, dew, and juicy breeze. It would be interesting to see how this cider would age and so I must acquire another bottle or three.
jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2011 vintage. Pale golden body with a fizzy white head. Aroma of tart apple, leather, lacquer, barnyard, peaches, musty basement. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and moderately acidic. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately acidic. Medium body, watery/sticky texture, lively carbonation. Great balance of apple and funkiness. Taste of apple, then leather, then peach, then barnyard finished with a dry tartness. Complex and refined.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 bottle shared at Levi’s. Ugly, farty apple factory aroma. Taste makes up for it. Slightly hazy yellow-orange body. Not much of a head. Doesn’t taste like it aged well.
goodbyeohio (24) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle, 2009 vintage squarely indicated on the front label. 10912 is the code on the bottom front of the label, FWIW. pours a golden orange with a super retentive head. there is apple in the aroma, but it is enrobed by notes of bleu cheese, must, leather, and fresh carpet. it hits the palate equally with applesauce, smoke, and basement flavors. the taste is probably the most complex i’ve experienced in a cider. the lingering flavor is concentrated apple with a hint of campfire, which is suprisingly tame for something produced with such wild methods. this really represents the apex of cidermaking, at least until someone develops a new layered experience. drinking this makes me want to seek it out at the source, learn from its maker, and eat a meal in Victot-Pontfol paired with this exquisite beverage. The best I’ve had to date.. thanks Sean!
Lukaduke (1475) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium to light gold color with a finger of white fizzy foam. The nose is ripe tannic apples, dusty fieldgrass, touch of cured meat and stone. The palate follows with a touch of sweet baked apple on the front end... from there some warm spice rolls in with cured meat and a bit of funky must.
PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Teresa’s yesterday. Poured hazy golden. Not much lace or head to note. Smell/flavor are Liquid apple tart with some notes of cinnamon stick, crust, and ripe apples. Very clean and easy drinking 4.5% cider with an awesome yeast presence. Excellent!
OmegaX (1132) - Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Harold, for sharing. Nose is big apples, earthy notes, light tart notes, pear. Pour is golden. Palate is medium. Taste is sweet apples with a drier finish. Champagne like, with a light farmhouse quality, slightly earthy. Fresh green apple taste. Nice stuff.
Chipalsa (1265) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle shared with the ol’ OmegaX. This cider was awesome; with an aroma of blue cheese, honey, apples and a leafy earthiness as well. It tasted plentiful of sweet cider with a tart, almost acidic finish. As it warmed up it became an apple tart with a splash of caramel and even more lambic-acidity. Very well done, and looking for more vintages now.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lightly hazed blonde cider with fine bubbling, no head. In aroma, super complex mix of apple pulp, Brett, foliage, and lactic notes. In mouth, superb cider, where apple pulp meets fresh cheese, burning leaves, light peaty character, very nice. On tap at Farmhouse Vermont.
nimbleprop (3872) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Meridian Pint’s DC Beer Week Cider Event. Pours a clear, straw, honey gold with one ring of white head. Nose has a ton of funk, lots of cheese, like brie baked with honey, very horsey too, some grass. Flavor follows on, very wild, sweet, honey, apples, grass, super cheesy, yogurt, a little almond. Sweet and cheesy finish. This is like a cider, mead and gueze had a threesome.
andregoncalves (806) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle from madeincalvados.com. 2010 vintage. Cloudy golden appearance with thin head. Balanced taste. Aroma is sweet green and white.