Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought at the Dupont domain. After the reserve, this was my 2nd favourite of their lineup. A very creative cider inspired by Westmalle Triple. They selected their most bitter varietal to emulate the craft beer world fondness of bitterness and for Normandy’s usual sweet ciders, that’s one dry and bitter beast, by far the most bitter cider I’ve had in the region. Darker than most - they sell the 2014 vintage as I write this rating. At 11%, it is a heady beverage, but this is all rather well hidden and contained. The nose in particular is still quite juicy and could be mistaken for a Brut were it not for the gentle alcohol undertone. In mouth, it is explosively tasty, bitter from the entry, tannic, but never harsh. Very balanced and pleasant almost groundbreaking cider going through spontaneous fermentation at first like they all do, but then innoculated with lab yeast and refermented in the bottle for carbonation in the bottle. That should sound familiar to the beer geek and somehow, the bitterness which people are so fond of in beer seems to fall on deaf tastebuds on a site of beer lovers as I notice pretty much all the Dupont lineup is better regarded.
gEUS (1713) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
side by side tasting of Cuvée Colette with the Triple. Both more refermented and drier than all other available ciders.
In general, the longer fermentation makes both the CC and Triple drier and less sweet than the "regular" versions. Nonetheless still outstanding. Cuvée Colette really has a champagne touch to it, very dry "zéro dosé" dry, soft dry sherry notes, pinot meunier alike. The triple plays on the bitterness and tannins (and "non-dégorgé"). Cuvée Colette: 3.9, Triple: 3.7
tom10101 (5211) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by JulienHuxley, thanks! Split 2-ways. Clear golden with a small ring of white foam and not much lacing. Flavors is farmy forward with loads of booze/alcohol, green apples, white wine, oak, peppery notes, honeyed notes and hints of vanilla. Taste is moderaly sweet with quite an alcohol heat. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Boozy finish with vanilla and green apples. Nice farmy notes but way too boozy for nothing. The lower abv Dupont ciders are masterpiece, this one is overdone.
JulienHuxley (5578) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Tom. Clear deep gold pour with thin foamy white head. Aroma is quite interesting with lots of caramelized apple, farmy notes, funky, boozy notes. Taste is quite harsh, very dry with tons of alcohol, dry, cidery, boozy finish. Palate is med-full bodied with good carbonation. Decent, but way too boozy.
Koelschtrinker (16811) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAR 20, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Recht trockener Beginn mit erkennbarem Alkohol. Zurückhaltende Apfelnoten, die sich nur wenig steigern. Trotz der schweren Alkoholigkeit vergleichsweise süffig, leicht herb. Okay. 8/9/8/9/11/8
SlovakSniper (4993) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Vintage 2014 à 11% d’alcool. Liquide doré avec bulles très fines qui explosent doucement à la surface. Au nez, pelures de pommes et aspect boisé sec, traces de vin blanc, sucre étouffé et alcool vaporeux. Au goût, alcool blanc et très sec, pommes en demi-ton, astringence en fin de gorgée. Corps champenois. Plus ou moins facile à boire. Je n’aime pas trop cette proposition.
slowrunner77 (9948) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 11, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Haven’t had a ton of high abv ciders, as they are generally too expensive for the estimated enjoyment level, and this is a prefect example. Nice enough, surprisingly dry for 11%. Must and yeast, apple flavor and aroma surprisingly one note, but pleasant. Meh.
ClarkVV (5704) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2013 bottle, drunk 11/19 and 11/20/15.
Deep golden liquid looks somewhat viscous, but is otherwise clear with no head and a very small amount of bubbles visible.
The nose dosent smell terribly different than most Dupont ciders. Lots of pepper, dry appleskin and various other phenols, but with significantly less lactic character and a bit more rich honey and light alcohol warmth.
The flavor is certainly an odd one. Sweet, somewhat, up front, but immediately transitioning to an almost grainy, alcohol-heavy dryness featuring vanilla, light applesauce and moderate to moderately light tartness. There’s somewhat more richness/concentration of flavor than in the Bouche, but nowhere near what I’d expect/desire for this abv. It’s pretty much like the Bouche Brut but with a lot more gratuitous alcohol. I don’t get it.
riversideAK (6104) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dry tangy Apple nose soft sweetness maybe yeast notes honey. Clear gold pour no foam etc. dry green apple tang no sweetness good carbonation. Some alcohol burn. Cool stuff.
beastiefan2k (3509) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2015 Purchased this about a year ago and just seem to never get to drinking it. Well finally pooped it open, or Pruf did anyway. Apparently 2012 bottle. The cider is missing all that funk and tartness I expect from Dupont. Slightly dry and brown green apple skins. A little fecal. Surprisingly dull and not what I wanted or expected from this cidery.