goodbyeohio (36) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid amberish gold pour with thickness, sediment, and active carbonation. There is wood, funk, grass, leather, and smoke all in the nose. A slight bit of pukey bile which is forgiveable given the complexity here. Extremely dry on the palate with notes of brandy booze, tire fire, apple pits, and a big brett hit evoking sour citrus and dusty basement. The 11% is definitely felt and this drink will not disappoint the drinker seeking out amped-up versions of the expected Dupont cidre flavors. A 375 is probably best split amongst 2, and a 750 for 4. Really flavorful but will probably be hard to repeat more than once a year.
madvike (2664) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Pours clear amber with no head. Nose is plasticy, dry bitter apple with a bit of boozy warmth. A touch of oakiness too. Taste has the same plastic notes with real bitter pungent apples, dry and tannic, with a little oakiness. Warm, but not boozy at all, surprising for 11%. Medium thin with minimal carbonation. Very good stuff.
DuffMan (6494) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with my wife on our 18th anniversary (for which the classic gift is porcelain, in case any of you were wondering). This bottle is the 2011 vintage. It pours a deep and vibrant golden, crystal clear, with medium carbo, and no yeast sediment at all (surprising, given that is supposedly unfiltered). Aroma features musty apples with dry woody undertones and a petroleum note. The palate is really quite restrained in the apple department, with funk and dry wood and latex all in greater prominence. Itís like someone took the base cider, strained it through a barn blanket, and then let it sit on a cobwebby old sun-bleached deck before scooping it up with a latex ladle and pouring it into the bottle. Really really dry. Both of us enjoyed it, but I would have liked the apple character to pop a little more.
keanex (1385) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Crystal clear golden body with a quickly dissipating head that forms a thin ring around the edges.
Aroma: The aroma smells pretty distinctly of Brett, notably very barnyard and dare I say horse blanket? I hate that term but....Rubber and leather arenít far behind.
Taste: This is like Brett gone too far. Thereís no flavor other than leather and a hint of rubber. Itís not really too bad, but thereís no substance to back it. The finish is super dry and oaky.
Palate: Light and highly carbonated.
Overall: I was expecting something much different this is just Brett hiding everything else. If you REALLY love Brett flavors and aromas try this.
njnut (205) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured in tulip glass a pale yellow. Some carbonation, no head. Aroma was of sour apples, it reminded me of the apples left laying around a crabapple tree when chopped with a mower. Some aroma of brett maybe from the 3rd and last fermentation with Champange yeast. Winey, sour and bitter but alcohol seems to hide well in this. Taste was of sour apple and yeast. Very light in the mouth and very dry. Enjoyed but not a favorite it was fun to try.
CanIHave4Beers (3166) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle says 2011
Pours a deep gold color, almost still, with a light haziness.
The aroma is apple flesh, a touch of calvados, mild basement and funky notes.... some really nice floral aromas are in there as well.
The flavor is very dry and floral, nicely tart & earthy with a great minerallity. Itís got some apple flavor, itís more of a fleshy apple flavor than a apple-skin flavor and has some hints of calvados, but it does not come across as overly boozy or anywhere near 10% abv.
Reading through ratings there must be bottle/batch variation at play here,
I went into this expecting to genuinely not enjoy this very much, or at least enjoy it as a novelty at best, but the bottle I got was absolutely fantastic cider.
andregoncalves (1332) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - SEP 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle from madeincalvados.com. Color is dark gold with thin to medium head. Carbonation is soft. Taste is light sour and light sweet and light to medium bitter. Nice dryness in here. Aroma is apple and brett.
ClubGonzo (3869) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep crystal clear golden body with a moderate amount of bubbles. For an unpasteurized and unfiltered cider, this is pretty damn clear! Nose is intense apple juice, sawdust, green leaves and hints of oak and alcohol. Taste is dry wooden notes, bitter apple juice, lemon-ish acidic touches and hints of apple peel. Medium body, soft to moderate carbonation. Dry finish, but (with the exception of slowly increasing inner warmth) otherwise more or less completely devoid of evidence pointing towards the 11 % ABV. Iím impressed by that alone. Otherwise, this is a dry and quite nice cider which will could substitute for a dry white wine any day.
douglas88 (5812) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small bottle from Bushwacker. Pours a clear dark copper color with a small white head. A rich sweet fruity nose with sweet apples, wood and huge apple pie. The flavor is almost entirely dry, tart, green apples, sawdust, quite fizzy, earthy dusty tart finish. Good.
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Slightly hazy yellow colour, minor head, which disappears very fast. Aroma is sulphur, some wood, mild sweet apples with some slight acidic and cheesy notes as well. Flavour is apples, some vinegar, mild sulphur as well as some alcohol sweetness as well. Feels a bit thin even though being high in alcohol.