Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle. Hazy yellow body with a patchy network of bubbles. Nose-horsy, barn, band-aid, fresh plastic. Taste-apples, elastic, smokey, earthy, yeasty. Excellent, excellent cider. Great mix of cider, earth, yeast, and smoke. Has that classic wild yeast taste that is unique in unpasteurized French ciders JK (6090) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2006
My first French cider and I loved it. Cloudy appearance like a wit with sediment. Some barnyard to the aroma as well as apples. Sweet sugar and sour funky weirdness. hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2006
2000 vintage. Explosive head on pour, lots of fine bubbles make up a head that disappears into the thinest coating. Sour aroma filled with funk and overly ripe apples. Light bubbly mouthfeel, reminiscent of champagne. Sour candy like taste, apples and aged wood. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2005
2002 vintage. Pours a hazy pale golden, no head to speak of. Aroma is dry, apples, and a rich oak, maybe some ceder as well. Taste begins with sweet apples, quickly moves into a more dark, oaky, almost smokey flavor. Yes, certainly a smoke tinge. Finish is bitter, dry. Very light mouthfeel, but I find it appropriate. Very interesting stuff. jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2005
2002 vintage. Tastes like a combination of champagne and natural apple juice. Aggressively carbonated like champagne. Had little floaties in the body. Over a excellent cider.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2005
750 ml Bottle. 2004. Hazy golden hue with small ring of head. Nose is of barnyard and grass/hay, must and flowers, apricot, cedar and of course, a slight apple note. Effervescent and full in the mouth with a definite sugary sweetness. Flavors of tart apples, acidic citrus, sugary peach juice, yeasty chalkiness and a bitter twinge in the finish. Nice and dry! This was my first rated cider and the cork damn near took my eye out! Great lively cider. ClarkVV (6637) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2005
2003 750mL bottle shared with Walt and Eyedrinkale on 9/30/2005. Actually I ended up drinking most of the bottle because no one else liked it enough to finish it at 4 in the morning. Pours a glassy, white peach and chardonnay colored golden-yellow, light bubbles forming a pinch of white head that vanishes immediately. Does not leave thick legs on the glass. Aroma of sweet, almost nutty, or barny-like notes, a moderate amount of acidity is foretold from the aroma. Lightly tannic, oily and dry, with a definite blue cheese-like note. Hints of dry, funky yeast in there too. Flavor is initially lightly sweet, moderately acidic/tannic and full of strong yeast. Tastes similar to chardonnay in that the oak character mixed with the yeast imparts a woody-peachy character. Finish dries out significantly, completely leaving any of this meaty/peachy yeast and wood character. Instead there is a prominent lacto flavor, a lovely tartness and a lingering apple-champagne-like quality, very rustic and wonderfully flavorful as it lingers on the palate. Couldnt stop drinking this stuff, even the next morning, after sitting out in the glass it was splendid. Couldnt help but make the connection with lambic. It’s like an apple lambic in some ways, not nearly as dry and tart, but the lactic character and rustic farmhouse nature, with the natural carbonation and tight mouthfeel all provide similarities. Wonderful stuff and at $10 for a bottle at my local store, I will certainly be picking some up. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2005
2003: Pour is golden yellow...smell is yeast, apples, bright aroma...nice lactic flavor along with some nice apples...finished nice and dry...delicious... BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2005
2004 Bottle @ the weekly RB Poker GatheringPhilip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Golden plate color, no retentiveness in the head, but very fizzy and carbonated (like champagne). The nose is funky with some bretty and dry dusty hay mixed with apples. The flavor is a touch sweeter with a bit more crisp tart apple taste. The fail is funky and barny. Nice.
2003 Vintage. I haven’t tasted quality cider in awhile, and one should expect good things from the makers of Calvados. I was not disappointed. I think the last quality apple product I enjoyed was New Glarus Apple Ale, and this reminded me of its more refined sibling. Some nice tartness and sweetness together. The acidity somewhat takes me aback. I prefered this much more as it warmed to about room temperature, I’m not sure why RB would recommend serving this one at 46.5, which was far too cold to enjoy the nuances of the flavors. Although not a huge cider drinker, this one was one of the better ones I’ve tasted. If I were rating according to style, this would be close to a 5.0