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

bottled
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on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Note: 2003 vintage bottles are 6% ABV.

Unfiltered, unpasterized cider


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Been wanting to try this forever and finally am. Pours super fizzy bright light gold. Nose of earthy apples, including seeds and dirty skins. A bit funky. Some pleasant Band-Aid. Taste adds sweetness and a light tart kick. Lively palate. Dry. Lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Bottle from Red, Wine, and Brew somewhere up near Eastlake, OH.
I think I also tried one of these at a tasting courtesy of Darren, but not sure if it was the same one or not.
This is the best cider I’ve had to date. Pours with a lively champagne-like carbonation that instantly creates a large white head. Aroma is dry with notes of sour apple and yeast. Flavor is a nice combination of sour and sweet apples. Finishes dry. Super easy to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (792) - New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2012
2010 bottle. hazy orange gold pour with bubbly but quickly disappearing head. When a bit chilled - sweaty leather, wet wood, egg, apple. When warmer - apple, caramel, brown sugar. Much nicer when warmer. A nice picnic drink on a warm day.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2178) - New York, USA - APR 25, 2012
Bottled. SOur vineous nose, cloudy pour, tart and earthy. Pretty good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10803) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 22, 2012
2010 750 c&c from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours slightly hazy orange gold with a fizzy, transient white head. Aroma of earthy, ripe - slightly overripe? - apples. Med minus body. Light carb. Flavor is earthy, astringent apple - suggests red apples. This is really drinkable. Much like a local farm cider. I’ve had one better, but just one.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (3143) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
Sample at Monks,1999 bottle, pour resembled ginger ale, tons of sediment, no head or lacing. Aromas of pure red delicious being cut, cinnamon, granny smith skin. Taste was a little on the watery side and boring compared to the aroma when cold but as it warmed more flavor came out. Boozey apples, wood, and other spices were present.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1538) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
1999 Bottle at Monks. Golden greenish yellow. No head. The sweet and sour from the apple blending well together. Mellowed quite a bit. Much of the expected funkiness has been pushed to the background. Delicate honey sweetness works with the sour but still allows a nice acidic bite. Note: Just tried a second 1999 bottle. Much more green apple taste. Less sweet. More murky in the pour. Note 2: Just had a third bottle of the 1999. All bets are off. This one tastes different than the other two. Some definite caramel notes. Obviously expect variations in taste with these older bottles!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1071) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
great looking beverage with sediment in it..which I enjoy. golden colour. apple put in fresh oak barrel. Smells like a wine cellar. nice aroma. rich flavour, somewhat sweet and baked apple taste. very interesting brew!!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (928) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
375ml cork n’ cage bottle. Golden pour with lots of little floaters. No head. Heavy funk on the nose with big cooking apple aromas behind and a fair bit of wood. Not nearly as interesting on the palate but there’s lots of apple pie with an oaky edge.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3190) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2012
The cider pours a golden color with a huge rocky white head that fizzes out in a similar fashion as a sparkling wine. There are a lot of effervescent bubbles all through out the glass of cider and the yeasty haze is very light.

The aroma is particularly appealing seems pretty funky in a sort of hay and farm-animal kind of way at first, but that doesn’t dominate the bouquet. The apple rind is more prevalent here than the fleshy part of the apple but there is plenty of that character in there as well. The Cider has fruity and mineral-y characteristics akin to a nice dry white Italian wine and is not particularly sweet smelling but perfectly balanced in every way.

The flavor is semi-sweet and very red apple-forward right up front but this soon changes to nice light mineral and apple rind notes. The cider is nicely tart but not particularly sour, becomes very dry mid palate, and stays that way for the finish. Some light floral notes balance this out just right.

I quite enjoy a glass (or whole bottle) of cider like this.


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