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.
tom10101 (4791) - 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 (5418) - 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 (15600) - 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 (4626) - 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 (8997) - 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 (5137) - 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 (6010) - 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 (3212) - 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 (1776) - 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. It’s 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.