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.
conway (1126) - - APR 5, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Hazy light gold with active carbonation and no head. Aroma is plastic and earthy funk. Taste is sour apple with a weird bacon and bandaid finish. Crisp dry palate. Pretty weird.
daniele (4888) - ITALY - MAR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Anno 2011 Quasi chiaro schiuma evanescenye naso non molto pulito floreale in bocca lieve mela cotta acidita liutyosto comtenuta una lieve nota dolce
DuffMan (6146) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very hazy umber-hued, low carbonation. Aroma is very complex: funky and cheesy and appley. Equally complex palate of sweet apple pie, vanilla, spice, cobwebby spaces, light cheese rind, raw dough, wet clay, leather. Holy smokes this is an incredible drinking experience!
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Andy’s for New Years. Faintly hazed straw gold thin white head. Big and dirty, funky, cheesy. Big contrast, sweet ahs full of apples. Long sweet apples and caramel. Tasty.
wnoble (1214) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011. Nose is leather, funk, apples, tart skins, rubber, acetone, blue cheese. Flavor is stilton washed down with applejuice, yeast, funks, basements, slight rubber. Pretty nice. Not as dry as I recall the regular version being for some reason.
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 vintage. Pours clear dark golden color with fizzy white head. Musty apple aroma. Sweet and slightly tart apple flavor with some mustiness. Light body with lively carbonation. Excellent.
jcr (2112) - 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 (4123) - 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 (34) - 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 (1735) - 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.