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

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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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
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. 8/4/9/4/17 2000 vintage 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. Ar 9 Ap 5 Fl 8 Pa 4 Ov 16

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gscratch (8) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
Golden pour with a slight haze (if you don’t unsettle the sediment). Vibrant white head that dissipates rapidly to a champagne effervescence. Nose of cork, leather, funk, fresh fruit. Bright on the palate with strong notes of sour green apple, peach, grass and earth funk - the sourness is quick though leaving a slightly sweet green apple flavour and aroma. This is a really nice treat. Not a daily driver...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (997) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Opens with a gigantic pop. Pours a hazy straw gold with a big bubbled white head champagne-like cap that settles quickly to nothing, leaving an actively carbed body behind. Nose involves tart apple skin, a distinctive farm quality with deep complexity, maybe a hint of rubber, quite a challenging nose. Somewhat sweet, quite tart. Light, very active, refreshing yet soft, with a lengthy farmy yeast and bone-dry finish. Excellent cider, so much to take in, very enjoyable.

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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2004
750 ml bottle, 2001 vintage. Huge bubble action in the pour, bright pale golden color. Lovely oaky/aged apple/champagne aroma, slightly funky and farmy. Medium-sweet flavor, bright and fresh while also oaky, barnyardy and slightly yeasty. Rather dry but not acerbic on the finish, smooth and hinting of vanilla; absolutely world-class and deserving of its reputation. Glad I finally got to try this, and I will have to see how it fares both younger and older.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2004
2002 Label date, Sampled August 2004
Pours with a frothy tan head that quickly disappears after pouring. It is very well carbonated though, and is a pretty, clear, gold color. From afar the aroma is of fresh apples, as I go in for a closer sniff though things change dramatically. I get sharp, funky aromas that remind me of cheese, champagne, and a Lambic-like musty funky barnyard character. The taste is sweet and apple like, yet not in anyway clean like a commercial cider. There are definite funky farmhouse cheese notes here, especially in the finish. There is almost a certain acetone-like finish on this one. There is a really good apple character here, and I am quite surprised by how much sweetness is left. The sweetness really helps to accentuate the apple character of this cider, though it probably mutes some of the complexity. Despite the sweetness, this is still quite light and refreshing. This is very good, and is certainly the best cider I have had up to this point.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle. Hazy yellow body with a patchy network of bubbles. Nose-horsy, barn, band-aid, fresh plastic. Taste-apples, elastic, smokey, earthy, yeasty. Excellent, excellent cider. Great mix of cider, earth, yeast, and smoke. Has that classic wild yeast taste that is unique in unpasteurized French ciders

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 (draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY: 2002 vintage) Hazy orange color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is full of tart apples, sugar, earth notes, barnyard, and random dryness. Smells very earthy and warm. Taste is dry and tart with hints of apples and champagne. The finish is dry and semi-sweet. Tastes like a mix of champagne and a very good saison. One awesome cider and I’m glad I was able to have it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2006 2002 vintage -- Nice golden cider body with minimal head, though it did look like the bottle was going to explode. Excellent aroma, tart with some nice grassy funk. Outstanding flavor, apple with a bit of sourness, light malts with some grass. Very nice and musky. Tart, springy ending.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (990) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2014
750ml bottle, at 5% ABV, but I’m pretty certain it is this cider. Pours a hazy pale gold, with fine trailing bubbles. Smoky notes, leather and dusty apple skin make up the aroma. A little lemon up front is soon overcome by charry wood and tart apple. Smoke and cured meats give it a nicely savoury finish. A high quality dry Normandy cider.


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