Drake (7840) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, 11/19/13, 2011 vintage. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin ring of head. Aroma of dry apples, mild barnyard, hay, glue and vinous notes. The taste is sweet apples, tannic notes, mild must and vanilla. Medium bodied, good balance, soft carbonation. Nice cider.
Tmoney99 (9974) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample. Poured hazy orange color with a minimal fizzy head that diminished slowly with good legs. Medium floral sweet apple aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and good legs. Medium sweet apple flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable refreshing beverage.
DrSilverworm (4738) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, 2011 vintage, shared by brandon. Mostly hazy golden orange color. Minimal white head. Nice sort of tropical fruity apple aroma, some guava juice flavor, very interesting. Lightly musty. Moderate sweet taste, very little tart. Soft, smooth carbonation, more dry, lightly slick finish. Interesting cider, with a refreshing tropical type apple flavor.
Miked1687 (570) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Bottle to Tulip. Hazy yellow body with minimal white head. Nose is tart apple, champagne, some oak notes. Taste is a good natural apple sweetness, pretty high carbonation, tart body, finishes Apple skin.
CanIHave4Beers (2878) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle offered.
Pours a hazy straw color, lots n’ lots of bubbles keeping a persistent ring of head on the outside of the glass, there are some little floaties dancing around in there… but not too many. Seems like this is exactly what rustic Norman cider is supposed to look like.
The aroma offers apple, but most particularly apple skins, some leather & a little bit of wet limestone.
The flavor is really very nice, plenty of apple skin, plenty of white grape, wonderfully dry with just light little hints of fruitiness to trick the palate. It’s got a fairly mild minerallity to it, what’s there is nice but it’s pretty focused around earthy and tart apple flavor, it’s not especially funky or sour which I was sort of expecting from the aroma, but it’s really well done letting the apples do all the talking, keeping it dry, subtle nuances within are kept pretty well just that subtleties but they provide a very nice depth to the ciders flavor.
Yeah, it’s a pity it’s not on a shelf near me.
MicroGrog (302) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Astor Wines. 2011 stamped on the cork. Not a mushroom, so I was able to squirrel away the rest for later without trying to hunt down a surrogate cork.
Fluted tulip. Dark/dirty mellow yellow body. A spritz of life before going still.
Mild funk. Mostly yeast, apple skin, & hay upfront. Coarse, sharp, green fruit, ugly rubber.
Super yeasty, but taste starts off kind of juicy, moving towards bitter/acidic apples. Big carbonation. Vanillin & smokey plastic creep in. Soapy. Dry, with an incredibly calcified/chalky finish. Noticeable sufites.
Wasn’t terrible, but it was just a bit too ugly at times to be enjoyable.
biggirlpanties (140) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL 2011 ed shared with GT2. Aroma is light fruity, dusty, woody, hay, lightly floral. Taste is sparkling white wine. Very dry, tannic bitter. Mild sweetness at the front. Heavy carbonation. Reminds me of the good old days cider hunting in Normandy.
GT2 (7716) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL 2011 c&c from Whole Foods in Bend, OR. Cork shoots up opening unwinding the cage. Pours a low haze, deeper golden with fizzing out white soda foam. Nose is excellent Norman terroir with starfruit, apricot, heavier phenols, fresh Bosc pear. Taste is probably not super fresh so it is a overly dry and tannic instead of bright and juicy. Still, the palate is not stale, papery, or oxidized. Heavy effervescence explodes in the mouth with Bosc pear, apricot, and starfruit. Really there is no substitute for real Normandie cidre.
3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013 750ml at Bushwhacker Cider in Portland, 2011 cork date. There’s a good amount of yeast sediment in the bottle but a careful pour yields a hazed golden body with a short-lived bubbly head. Spicy and phenolic ginger and herb-scented apple aroma. Medium sweetness is not at all what I would call brut, more like sec or demi-sec. Lightly malic and astringent green apple skin with sharply effervescent carbonation and mild hints of alcohol. Quenching, salivating acidity with a lingering zesty peppered apple finish. Zero flaws. Very expressive and elegant with a faint touch of barnyard / must. Very similar in nature to the L’Hermitière Cidre Demi-Sec but with more restrained mustiness and lower sweetness.
gowdy (677) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
75cl bottle at Nathalie’s house. earthy, spruce, golden, hazy, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, sticky, average carbonation