MicroGrog (303) - 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 (194) - Oceanside, 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 (9412) - Oceanside, 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 (8798) - 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 (915) - 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
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle from Le Comptoir du Terroir, Paris; vintage 2008, 2 years old
Hazy deep blond color; huge foam, reducing quickly; nice fine perlage, sustaining a thin head. Nice aroma of apples, apple skins, wood; it’s also citrusy, some magnesia. Dry cider, as promised; it has a good apple flavor, with a wood touch, and a good level of acidity; it has a light astringency, less than other French ciders, but enough to give it some character. Very good.
Christian (11981) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of funk and apple. Sweet and slightly tart fresh apple flavour
DeanF (1939) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - NOV 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice muddy yellow appearance, lots of earthy notes in the aroma. Taste is also complex and not at all sweet, hints of wood and cheese. Quite a good and unique cider from France’s Calvados region.
Pinball (11704) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cloudy yellow, small white head.
sweet apple aroma.
flaovr is sweet apple, slightly sourish. a little vineagra.
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light light unclear light to medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate apple, applesauce - apple pie. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.