ClarkVV (4841) - 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. Thereís somewhat more richness/concentration of flavor than in the Bouche, but nowhere near what Iíd expect/desire for this abv. Itís pretty much like the Bouche Brut but with a lot more gratuitous alcohol. I donít get it.
riversideAK (5936) - 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 (3044) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, 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.
Prufrockstar (1698) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Bottle thx to Eugene. Clear straw yellow. A few bubbles. You know what? I have no fucking clue what to say about ciders. Itís dry. Delicate. A little bready yeast, alcohol. Overall: tasty fancy cider.
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like old towel, fresh apple, and oxidized apple.
Medium acid, full body, just off dry, high bitterness, medium-low astringency. Tastes like fresh and oxidized apple, and orange. The funky bitterness reminds me of naturally pickled vegetables (without the salt of course).
Sophisticated and complex, with an amazingly well integrated high abv for a cider.
DYCSoccer17 (3546) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 24, 2015
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
2013 bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this smells like urine...literally urine. Like stale piss. There is just a waft of apple tartness, but this is just really urine-like. Transparent yellow body with a small, rapidly dissipating white head. Starts with a very harsh, bitter, astringent flavor. Light apple flavors, but this is just all sorts of bitter and dry. This is really hard to drink, and one of the worst beverages that Iíve had.
OldMrCrow (2240) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle. 2013 bottling.
Maize pour with some sediment. Intense funk atop green apple. Very dry at the first sip, but not at all acidic. Zero hint of the alcohol -- dangerous! Absolutely delicious. As one progresses, one finds hints of sweetness in the very long finish. Glorious complexity. I think this is the best of the Dupont ciders Iíve had to date, including the Reserve.
DocLock (8956) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle fro, WHole foods. Pours hazy, bright gold with minimal white head and a lot of carbonation. Nose is tart apple, yeasty funk. Tastes yeasty, funky tart, with apple and some honey notes. Complex and delicious.
zvikar (4092) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the last tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. 2013. Pours yellow with a small head, aroma of funk, apples, wood, sulfur, flavor is sourish and dry, apples, slightly bitter, medium bodied.
FatPhil (12181) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 1, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle (Sarkozy, Vilnius)
Apple thin, a dry aroma. Pale apple juice colour. Dry and drying champagne palate. This was made with champagne yeast or what? Dry, and harsh. No body. No evidence of any apples being harmed in the production of this cidre. I like this as much as I like grappa.