crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Considering that my idea of a cider is woodchuck, this was quite an experience. Taste and aroma are mainly apple with some pears, especially in the nose. Fizzy Carbonation. Thick chunks at the bottom. If all you have had is your average cider (hornsby, woodchuck), then definitly give this a shot. You can certainly tell the difference in quality.
ClarkVV (3757) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 750mL bottle shared with Walt and Eyedrinkale on 9/30/2005. Actually I ended up drinking most of the bottle because no one else liked it enough to finish it at 4 in the morning. Pours a glassy, white peach and chardonnay colored golden-yellow, light bubbles forming a pinch of white head that vanishes immediately. Does not leave thick legs on the glass. Aroma of sweet, almost nutty, or barny-like notes, a moderate amount of acidity is foretold from the aroma. Lightly tannic, oily and dry, with a definite blue cheese-like note. Hints of dry, funky yeast in there too. Flavor is initially lightly sweet, moderately acidic/tannic and full of strong yeast. Tastes similar to chardonnay in that the oak character mixed with the yeast imparts a woody-peachy character. Finish dries out significantly, completely leaving any of this meaty/peachy yeast and wood character. Instead there is a prominent lacto flavor, a lovely tartness and a lingering apple-champagne-like quality, very rustic and wonderfully flavorful as it lingers on the palate. Couldnt stop drinking this stuff, even the next morning, after sitting out in the glass it was splendid. Couldnt help but make the connection with lambic. It’s like an apple lambic in some ways, not nearly as dry and tart, but the lactic character and rustic farmhouse nature, with the natural carbonation and tight mouthfeel all provide similarities. Wonderful stuff and at $10 for a bottle at my local store, I will certainly be picking some up.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy, deep yellow, low head. Aroma: band-aid, a sense of being natural, organic, pure, some bowling alley, and apple. Smooth and sour, excellent going down. One of the best French ciders I’ve had.
docswife (27) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear and golden. Nice small white head leaves some lacing. This cider has a heavy apple aroma. Slightly tart with a sweet finish. Very nice!! Very nice!!
dankman (253) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear orange with a huge white head that clears up as fast as it appears. Sweet noes with some funk. Borderline between nectar and brut, finishes clean, not horribly acidic considering it’s a cider.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy golden color,very active carbonation.The head was white and very weak.Sweet apple aroma,with a slight spicey tone to it.Very sweet apple taste,tangy and slightly sour at the end.There is a small particulate matter that seems to be sitting on the bottom of the glass but it doesn't appear to change the taste of the brew.the after taste is definately apple with a slight sweet but mostly sour hint to it.A fine cider IMO i'm surprised the Ciderguy didn't like it as well as i did or Ecrvich,but he's the connisuer,i'm not.stil this is a fine brew.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yes, yes, yes! Finally I taste the unpasteurized cider glory again. Da funk, da cheese, da must, da FUN! See, this stuff pours like medium amber bubbly, highly fizzy, white soda head quickly disappearing. Yeasties in my Jever glass. Smell like the must and oxidation of an empty bushel basket after you’ve finished collecting the windfalls. Damp earth like the root cellar when you go in on a rainy October day to get some parsnips for soup that night. Ever so faintly like gym socks. Taste flowers, clammy must envelops the daisies and pushes me down towards the depths....effervesence lifts me and lays a blanket of tannic, winey apples beneath me to cushion the descent. Finish a mix of earthy sweetness and tart. I fall further. So drinkable. Must.....find....more....ciders. Morrrrrrrrre.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gold Coloring With Small Head. Sweet Apple Aroma. This Was a Very Enjoyable Cider... And Appreciate More, Having Been to the Normandie Region and Having Tasted Calvados as Well. Tart Apple Flavor..Dry At End..Almost Furry on The Tongue.. After Letting It Sit for a Spell...The Apple Taste Became More Descriptive. ...Like Actually Biting Into a Ripe Apple...Very Crisp. Definitly One of the Best Ciders I’ve Ever Had!
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first French cider and I loved it. Cloudy appearance like a wit with sediment. Some barnyard to the aroma as well as apples. Sweet sugar and sour funky weirdness.
JoeMcPhee (8167) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2006 2003 vintage. Deep golden colour, low carbonation. Spicy apple aroma, cinnamon, soft baked apples, light barnyardy funkiness as well. Malic acid aroma. Flavour is sweet and spicy up front with some earthy dusty notes in the middle. Soft malic acidity and some apple skin derived tannins. Lingering soft tannins on the back of the palate that accentuate the lovely dryness. Funky and earthy. Really tasty... this won’t be my last bottle.
Cloudy golden yellow with a beautiful explosion of fine-laced bubbles quickly falling back to leave a fine white lace. Thick fruity apple aroma, malic tartness, rich sweet baked apple aroma. Light wild yeastiness, some leather and funk. Flavour is very fruity, lightly bready, sweet baked apples up front with some leathery wet hay funkiness. Quite tart in the finish with light vanilla oakiness over the whole thing. Gorgeous stuff.
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