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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Note: 2003 vintage bottles are 6% ABV.

Unfiltered, unpasterized cider


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2007
750ml. Bottle $7.99 Sam’s Downers Grove One of my first ciders from an actual cidery. Pours a slightly hazed apple juice golden. A quick rising white head that fell just as fast. Looks good. Smells musty upfront. As the cider warms the mustiness falls to the background and green apple comes to the front. Very good. Green apple really becomes present as the cider breathes. Starts off with that barnyard mustiness that’s found in saisons and is quickly overtaken by green apple skin. A good thirst quenching wateriness on the finish. Not as dry as I thought it was going to be. A nice surprise. Light body with a refreshing crispness. Eventually dries out. Easy drinker. I could sit and enjoy this all day. A wonderful cider that would pair well with earthy cheeses. An excellent cider that I’m looking forward to trying other samples from this cidery if I can find them. 4/8/07

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Bottle @ redlight redlight. Pours hazy golden with a fizzy white head that fades to the edges quickly. Apples in many modes, a tart green apple along with a more caramel apple undernote, a little yeasty spice and some musty notes. Tart, apples, sweet, a little drying tannic note, and finishes a little musty. Nicely carbonated.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2007
On tap at Rich O’s. 2005 vintage. hazy orange apple juice color. nice balanced mix of bright clean sour apple jolly rancher and horse blanket. sweet slightly tart apple flavor with a bit of horse blanket. tart medium dry apple finish with a bit of horse blanket. light to medium body. interesting subtle but lively almost fizzy carbonation...very nice. very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
S_Side_Smitty (487) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2013
2011 vintage. Explodes out of the bottle - get out your mop. Otherwise, pours clear and gold with a gigantic white head that dissipates immediately. Aroma is funky sharp barnyard, seltzer water, and faint lemony vinegar. Taste is sweet apples fading to a oaky brettanomyces medicinal-like finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - SEP 22, 2003
2001 Vintage: Dark yellow with just the slightest haze. Musty (decaying wood/forest floor) aroma with just the lightest apple aroma at first. Mellow woody aroma dances about the cheeks and gums as you put this thing in your mouth. Starts sweet finishing with a just the slightest hint of smoke and red/green apple. The lingering apple actually seems to get stronger after the swallow. Leaves my mouth feeling clean. Fascinating stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Cloudy living appearance. Aromas of cider mills and an earthy smoke. Subtle latex. Flavour of fresh off the mill cider, slight lemon puckering. Very refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2005
2003 Vintage. I haven’t tasted quality cider in awhile, and one should expect good things from the makers of Calvados. I was not disappointed. I think the last quality apple product I enjoyed was New Glarus Apple Ale, and this reminded me of its more refined sibling. Some nice tartness and sweetness together. The acidity somewhat takes me aback. I prefered this much more as it warmed to about room temperature, I’m not sure why RB would recommend serving this one at 46.5, which was far too cold to enjoy the nuances of the flavors. Although not a huge cider drinker, this one was one of the better ones I’ve tasted. If I were rating according to style, this would be close to a 5.0

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2006
Hazy yellow with white head, which disappears quickly. Clear apple aroma, with freshness and a slight bitter! Beautifull.....

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
2005 vintage. Pours fairly dark orange for a cider. Aroma is mostly apple (go figure) with maybe a bit of vanilla or cinnamon. Body is tending towards full for a cider with mostly sweet apple flavors. Some good acid gives good balance, decent carbonation makes it drinkable. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2011
I took the metal guard off the top, and the cork popped out on its own - now that’s impresive carbonation. Pours a slightly hazy gold with no head - not particularly attractive to be honest. Aroma is nice - sour apples, celery, white wine. Taste is apples, white wine, maybe a touch of citrus too. Dry finish of sour apples. Palate is extremely bubbly - it expands inside the mouth, more than I’d like in fact. It also leaves me belching every five minuets. I’d like this better with less carbonation. Still, this is very good. Drinkable and enjoyable.


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