goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy gold color with a thin off-white head and lots of fizzy bubbles. Aroma of crap apples, crisp red apples, horesy funk, and just a hint of plastic. Flavorof sweet apples with a short semi-sweet finish. Lightly acidic and crisp. Lively mouthfeel. The leather and horse really comes out as this warmed.
DrnkMcDermott (3054) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2014 Sampler from bottle at Binny’s, Orland Park. Hey, French farmhouse cider. First thing I notice is that it’s really cheesy, like some Belgian beers I have known. Then an applejack character comes around to remind you what this stuff is. Pours light and peer-colored, with just a little cloudiness. Still getting my sea legs on ciders, but this is pretty good stuff.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 Vintage. 375ml bottle. Apple gold color, slightly hazy. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is apples, pears, with a touch of must and leather. Medium bodied cider. Apples are semi sweet, with touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a lot of guezze /lambic qualities here as well. Leather, must and funk complement the fruit sweetness. A touch tart and perhaps a little lactic (but in a good way). Nice very complex cider. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
this was like drinking apple pie filling, with baking apples, cinnamon, ginger, and some nutmeg. some light birch flavors. pretty carbonated and light buttery crumbs. flavors became more apparent as it warmed. claoudy maize color that was headless like a horseman. thanks b for bringin this over.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage 2002: This is some nasty looking, cloudy stuff, albeit it is the first cider I’ve had that sported such a large, fizzy head... however briefly. The aroma actually reminds me of that of a funkier gueuze. The apple in the aroma seems almost incidental to the overall sourness. It also carries a barnyard, old hay scent with sweated leather and cobwebs. The flavor is close to vinegar but definitetly apple. The lively carbonation also brings with it tastes of lemon, bleu cheese, raw grain, and apple skins & stems. An interesting beverage.
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awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent pour with a bitter smell. Pours a cloudy yellow, with a nasty looking scum within the bottle I lost my drinking partner on this one. All the better for me. as it was a granny smith taste with a metallic taste to finish it up. @003 vintage. By the way my friend said he should of tried this one but couldn’t get past the scum in the bottle.
DocLock (10346) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, I’m excited about this one. Found the 2002 vintage at Total Wine in Cary, NC. Pours hazy canary with a rapidly fading fizzy head. Huge Brett, Belgian candi sugar, and a sour hopcit aroma. This one smells like the Cantillons. The taste is of initial apples, with a slightly soapy, candi sugar, horse blanket element at mid-palate. Finishes with apples, some Bretty yeast, dusty cobwebs, hops, citrus, and more of the soaped up horse taint element. Very unique, very complex, and I am amazed that a cider can be this good.
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma:smell like a geuze,sour and acid aroma...
Appearance:Hazy gold,good withe head...
Flavor:apple and sugar.The sugar lloks like a 7up....
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 vintage. Murky gold body is moderately sparkling, yet doesn’t produce too big a white head. Appealing farmyard aroma, highly hay reminiscent, oldish and musty, yet bright and fresh apple undertones. Is this yeasty or what? Cheesy, earthy suggestions add a bit of complexity. Gentle yet active carbonation renders a palate cleansing mouthfeel. The apples come out more than in the nose, sweeter than I expected, citrusy almost and unfortunately hinting at 7-up a bit more than I’d hope. Excellent refreshing acid touch bring forth the juicy aspects. Impressive, I’d dig similar ciders a lot, I need to kick Normandy up my must-go list now.
TheBeerGod (6158) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2013 Bottle - corked and caged. Vintage 2003. Clouded gold with a effervescent white head. As soon as it erupts, it fizzles out. Nose could easily be mistaken for a gueuze, at least by me. Sour apple, tart fruits, barnyard, horse blanket, and damp basement. Lovely! I’m not sure it’s supposed to be this way, but it evokes relaxing in the French countryside at a farmhouse after a long day of work and enjoying some quality cider. Not sure if that makes sense or if it is just rambling... At any rate, the flavors bring forth a more pronounced apple, less barnyard and horseblanket while bringing some apple jam, straw, light grains and light leather to the table. Body is very bubbly and effervescent. Lots of carbonation to this. You’ll be belching for hours. Finish brings it back around to the start with more gueueze-like characteristics coming back out. Light apple, some sugary notes, barnyard, tart fruits, horseblanket, wet wood, and light leather. NICE!!! If all French cidres are like this, I can’t wait to try another.
Bottle - 375mL corked and caged. 2002 Vintage. Soft pop when the corked is removed. Golden pour with a short, bubbly and fizzy white head. Small tan particles dance in the center of the pour. Strong funky aroma of tart green apples, sour fruit, damp earth, wet wood and barnyard. Only the green apples clue you into this being a cider. Taste is a bit sweeter than the aroma would let on. Green apples, ripe red apples, funky yeast notes, soft earthiness, wet leather, damp wood and barnyard notes. Body is light-medium with a sparse, bubbly carbonation. Dry during the finish and missing any sugary stickiness. Finishes with more tart fruits, green apples, ripe red apples, touch of spice, earthy notes and funky yeast. Delicious for an eleven year old cider!