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

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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Note: 2003 vintage bottles are 6% ABV.

Unfiltered, unpasterized cider


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JenT (10) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2004
This 2002 Brut Cider fufills every fantasy of tasting a well crafted beer that superceeds a fruity champagne. It is a well-balanced blending of slight musty aroma, slight honey sweet flavor, and bubbly body. At times the fruit flavor tastes like white grapes. A sweet, sour, light summer yeasty french beer made to PERFECTION!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 15, 2005
1999 and 2000 bottles sampled side by side in 2005. Very nice ciders, age has not hurt these at all, perhaps even improving them. Appearance is golden yellow. Soda pop like white head. Aroma of the ’99 is very lambic like. Plenty of musty and horsey aromas. The 2000 still had quite a bit of apple aroma left. Both were very dry with the ’99 just being a touch more. Still carbonated well after 5-6 years. Very nicely done, now time to find some more and age it. Thanks Schroppfy for the 1999 vintage!!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours an exceptionally effervescent and hazy peach amber color. The carbonation and the pour builds a two inch head of fizzy white foam. This leaves a smattering of bubbly lacing that slides back down into the glass. The aroma is bold and full of fresh tart apple. Mmmm... tart and tangy apple, a little bit spicy. Fresh and juicy flavor. A little bit of white wine like an Asti Spumante is in there too. The finish is sharper and pungeant - not unlike a good saison. Medium body, excellent carbonation. Spice, dried apple slices, and a lemony tartness linger in the aftertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Boy am I’m smitten! I love this stuff! <P> Rerate on the ’05. Cider pours a hazy, medium bright gold color with a small, fizzy, diminishing head. Head fades into a white ring around the glass; fed by trails of lively stars of carbonation. Looks like Champagne.<P>The aroma is sweet and wild with moderate-to-heavy yeast notes of horseblanket and barnyard, band-aid, light notes of bread dough and B Vitamin. Vinous with moderate fruit notes of red apple, white grape.<P>The flavor is heavily-to-moderately sweet, lightly acidic with a longer-than-average, moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightlybitter finish. Pleasant genuine apple aftertaste.<P>The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carboanation is fizzy. Simply beautiful!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2013 375 served with some crazy good cod fritters. Served into a Saison Dupont glass. Clear, saturated golden hue. White ring of fizz. A couple nucleation points in the glass that easily amuse me. Smell is of baked apples, hay, sulfur, & a light green apple tartness. Bright & somewhat floral. A less muddled bottle then the one I picked up from New Beer Distributor’s sweat shop factory. Taste is bittersweet upfront, slightly briny, with a rounded, zesty, & juicy center. Some drying wood tannins. Incredibly refreshing. Minor solvent finish. Light chalkiness, moderate acidity, & overactive to a slightly harsher point then champagne. A little heft to the body keeping the finish from being anything more then slightly dry. Love it. :)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
While this may not be the Reserve aged in Calvados, it IS readily available and relatively affordable. Crisp, tart, and refreshing with an even more pronounced Brett character, but without the musty notes. Side note: I have enjoyed this straight up, and blended with small amounts of Calvados ( bring it up to 7.5% ABV like the Reserev), and every combination works very well

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2006 1999 vintage, reviewed 2003. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Hazy light yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of apple, pear, grape, cask wood, bandage, grass, flowers, etc. Flavor is moderately sweet, heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

2000 vintage, reviewed 2002. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Hazy light yellow, sparkling, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard), with notes of cask wood, sour apple, white wine, grass, flowers, etc. Flavor is heavily sweet, heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic. Light to medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation.

2001 vintage, reviewed 2004. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Hazy dark yellow, sparkling, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of cask wood, sour apple, white wine, grass, flowers, bandage, etc. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Medium body, watery (almost syrupy) texture, fizzy carbonation.

2002 vintage, reviewed 2003. Head is initially large, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Hazy dark yellow, sparkling, bottle conditioned. Aroma is heavily yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard), with notes of apple and bandage. Flavor is heavily sweet, heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. The roughest of the lot, so clearly aging another year or two would be preferable. Perhaps a difficult growing season is at fault...this had the lowest sugar measurement of the ’01-’03 vintages.

2003 vintage, reviewed Dec 2004. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of cask wood, toast, apple, grass, caramel, flowers, bandage, etc. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery (almost syrupy) texture, lively carbonation. Back in fine form (compared to the 2002), this is not only the highest ABV of the Bruts so far, but also (not surprisingly) made from a particularly sweet crop of apples (50% more sugar than the 2002 had). It shows. This is almost caramelized and particularly juicy. Seems more restrained in the carbonation department too, which is good. This has plenty of underlying structure beneath the fruit and thus should age particularly well. Here’s the vintage to stock up on, folks!

2004 vintage, reviewed Jan 2005. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of cask wood, toast, apple, grass, caramel, flowers, bandage, etc. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery (almost syrupy) texture, fizzy carbonation. This vintage is again in excellent form, like the ’03, but a bit more fizzy. Dupont rocks!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 2001 vintage: Lightly hazed yellow. Retentive layer of white foam. Brettanomyces, white grapes, sharp minerals, apple must, and bandage in the aroma. Understatedly musty and woody. Surprisingly full in texture and somewhat filmy, with restrained spritz to the carbonation. Snappy and lemony with a medicinal brett bite that is softened by a savory fusion of bandage and extremely ripe apples. Brief, but remarkably quenching tartness gives way to honey-drizzled white grapes and musty wood flashes with a slight tannic tingle. Just enough spritz to carry the brett spiciness. Mutedly medicinal with rich notes of soft apple must and honeydew. Chewy and leathery, yet continually snappy, with an elegant mixture of pineapples and lemons under a soft phenolic bedding. Richness outweighs the musty dryness in the finish, as it continues with a lasting brett & white grape impression. Beautiful.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2006
2000 vintage. Hazy dirty yellow with tiny carbonation bubbles for head, looks like champaign. Huge sour/tart aroma up front with sweet sugared apples and cork/woodiness in the background. Flavor again has a huge sour kick initially, with the sweet apples coming through in the middle. Finishes very dry, carbonation cleans your palate completely. No alcohol detectable whatsoever. Resembles a mild geueze IMO. Very nice surprise. Will have to cellar some considering how well this has aged. May have a new breakfast beer!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
SanfordBrewer (1390) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 hazy straw color with a thin but persistent white head and lots of effervescence; creamy medium-full body with soft but high carbonation.

aroma: sometimes has strong sulfur, some brett, with subtle hints of apples and sweet vanilla.

taste: nondescript sweetness, brett funkiness but not sharpness, woody vanilla, and only faint hints of apple.

it has a very strong foul smell at first, almost gag inducing, but once i got used to it, some pleasant notes emerged. the flavor is very nice. i wish i could drink it without smelling it. i actually poured the second glass and let it sit for 10 minutes before i approached it -much better.


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