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L’Hermitière Cidre Demi-Sec

Brewed by Cidrerie Traditionnelle du Perche
Style: Cider
Le Theil-sur-Huisne, France


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Our medium-sweet cider is light and fruity with apple and floral aromas - a perfect drink to pair with desserts, cakes and pastries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (6925) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2014
Champagne Bottle at YNWA Beershop. Fluffy white quickly disappearing head. Clear yellow body. Powerful apple aroma. Higyly carbonated apple flavor with little acidicy and a long finish. A bit too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11052) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2014
Beer & Ball Champions League night. Olympiakos - Manchester United. Hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of apple, pear, wood and sulphur. Quite sweet apple flavour with wood and sulphur

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13802) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle @ christian. Olympiakos- man u. Pours hazy golden with a white bubbly head. Barnyard, sulphur, svovl and red apples. Sparkling and dry with sweet red apples and a bit of barnyard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11149) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle, bought @ YNWA Beershop, Kolding. Pours clear golden with a small, frothy, white film head. Aroma has apples, sweet sugar, light sulphur. Medium, sparkling carbonation, fine dry mouthfeel. Flavour has fine sweet apples, soft oak and funk, quite elegant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (5989) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
6/1/13. 750mL bottle from Grassroots. I looked through some previous ratings before buying this (I usually don’t), and I’m glad I did. First pour from the bottle is hazy golden orange with a big, short lived, fizzy but fluffy off-white head that lasts as a ring on the edge and sticks enthusiastically. Funk, baby diaper, barnyard, sweet apples, Brett, and a touch of plastic (maybe also Brett) fill the aroma. Sweet apple flavor, borderline apple juice, with a touch of funk and yeast. I could smell this crazy cider all day. So crazy bubbly it’s almost fluffy on the tongue. This is some interesting stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (10023) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle sample at The Festival. Hazy golden amber color, champagne bubbles. Aroma of fresh fruit, apples, pears, berries, light citrus. Taste is a touch sweet, full mouthfeel. Verybtasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3209) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 24, 2013
So, It’s a bit of a risk going from a Brut to a Demi-Sec... but I’m really in the mood for Norman cider right now so out of the basement they come!
Pours a pale golden, looks like Champagne with all the tiny bubbles, the rise and fall of the head, etc... you know how this goes. Although with this one there is so much bubbliness, that somehow it’s keeping this consistent small head.. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like that... cool.

The aroma is really something, acidic with lots of cork and musty character, oh my this smells nice. Funky but inviting, very low on apple character, but some apple skin and some oakiness. Wow.

The flavor is indeed a touch sweet, but nothing of what I was bracing myself for, and the finish is basically dry. The flavor is not as intriguing or complex as the aroma, but it has a very nice straightforward fleshy apple character, some light apple skin bitterness, some nice cherry character. The tartness is pleasant and at a fairly moderate level. The more I drink it the more I like the sweetness, it reminds me almost like a soft sweetness the likes of which you find in an Angel-food cake or something like that.

The bubbliness is really very enjoyable, prickly and lively... well fitting for the flavor profile that’s going on here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a gigantic frothy white head that dissapates fairly quickly in the glass. A good deal of carbonation in this cider, it’s lively on the tongue. Aroma is lots of barnyard mustiness and farmhouse funkiness, fermenting apples, yeast and woodiness. Really terrific aroma on this cider, it’s just lovely. Taste is mildy sweet apple flesh. Not a lot of tart skins in the taste, more of a medium sweetness you’d associate with flesh/juice of the apples but I guess that’s what you’d expect as this is a demi-sec and not brut cider. You also get slight notes of spice, even though none have been added. A really terrific cider, highly flavorful, easy to drink and the aroma is just wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3164) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Poured at CiderDays 2012. Insane clove and cinnamon aroma, somehow. Amazing that this comes without any spice addition, just the varietals and production. Stays vivacious through the middle with the sweetness adding a good base for the flavors to shine. A quick turn of acid keeps this balance. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (6181) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow. Aroma is moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard/manure, horseblanket), with notes of fresh apples and pears (with skins), oak, apples, brown sugar, black cherry, band-aid, light note of smoke. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation. Wow! The nose on this thing is outrageously delightful...super clean and chock full of all sorts of elements from the process...fruit, yeast, fermentation effects, etc. And incredibly rich and enticing. Close your eyes. Yes, that’s the smell of black cherries. In a cider without cherries added. Are you fucking kidding me? Beautifully integrated wild yeast, as if the nose is half lambic. Yes, I would prefer this to be less sweet and more tart, but it’s a demi-sec, not a brut, so it’s as advertised. God, I just hope we end up getting some of the brut and poire, ’cause this is master class. Sheesh.

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