Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bought directly at the cidery. A fairly big operation, but as with many other Pays d’Auge cideries, they seem to be all about Calvados, offering many vintages that could be my father for instance, but only one Brut cider, and one at 4% with residual sugar levels that I would say are above average even for a Normandy brut. Very juicy, apple-forward example. Kinda corky and earthy which seems to be a tendency if I read other ratings and may therefore not be related to the cork taint itself in spite of my initial light fear. Not a particularly complex, nor funky example. Just juicy, more bitter than acidic apple varieties. Not bad, but there are so many similar examples out there that this is not one I’d seek again.
zvsn (1533) - ISRAEL - MAR 27, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting, thanks rayaron. Clear copper orange color. Aroma is funky, apples, barnyard, stinky cheese and notes of sulfur. Sweet-sour, green tart apples, a bit of acetone, funky. Light and dry. Decent.
DuffMan (9283) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, cider tasting with the HBB crew. Lightly hazy gold, lively head that fades quickly. Aroma is funky, basement mustiness, rind of Brie, underlying apples. Big funk up front, lots of musty cork, lightly medicinal, with apples and honey. Very dry finish, light. I liked this, but the sweetness seemed a little clashy with the funk.
rayaron (1303) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAR 24, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Tom L place. Very clear golden with quickly diminishing white head. Aroma of red apple, sulfur and some yogurt. Sweetish flavor, sourish, notes of red apple, sulfur and leaves, very dry. Light-bodied.
FatPhil (13313) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle (Stockmann, Riga)
Quite a sharp dry aroma, clearly apple, apple skins, a little estery, bit not sweet. Very dry in the mouth. Slightly watery body, but it’s a 4% French cider, so I expect that. Nice dry apple skins, dried apple. Simple, but very tasty. Nicely refreshing.
Travlr (20933) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy golden color, champagne head. Aroma of dry and musty apple slices. Taste is slightly tart apple skins and flesh. Nice.
BeerandBlues2 (11974) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark gold to orange with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is phenols, medicinal, apples, straw and honey. Flavor is apples, medicinal phenols, light honey, and a dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation.
magsinva (1100) - Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from the Ashburn Wine Shop - pours golden amber with a big barnyard nose. I mean very barnyard. And not a good, isn’t that cute, barnyard, but a something might have died, barnyard. Taste is sweet, but god I just got another whiff. I’m done. Pass.
DiarmaidBHK (4151) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Ashburn Wine Shop. Pours red with no head. Looks like that Redd’s apple ale crap. Has a funky aroma to it and not in a good way. Dry on the tongue as you would expect. Not a ton of apple here. Meh! Meh! Meh!
heavy (2665) - Split, CROATIA - JUN 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.75 l corked bottle from last trip to Graz with Marko. It poured hazy yellow body with medium iszed head. Sourish riped apple aroma, corky. Sweetish flavor, real apples, bit stale, wood, cork, comes to tart palate. Quite rich in body, quite sweet for a brut, having long finish with only a bit of sourness. Very nice thing, one of the better ciders I’ve had for sure.