FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2004
2002 Label date, Sampled August 2004Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Pours with a frothy tan head that quickly disappears after pouring. It is very well carbonated though, and is a pretty, clear, gold color. From afar the aroma is of fresh apples, as I go in for a closer sniff though things change dramatically. I get sharp, funky aromas that remind me of cheese, champagne, and a Lambic-like musty funky barnyard character. The taste is sweet and apple like, yet not in anyway clean like a commercial cider. There are definite funky farmhouse cheese notes here, especially in the finish. There is almost a certain acetone-like finish on this one. There is a really good apple character here, and I am quite surprised by how much sweetness is left. The sweetness really helps to accentuate the apple character of this cider, though it probably mutes some of the complexity. Despite the sweetness, this is still quite light and refreshing. This is very good, and is certainly the best cider I have had up to this point.
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 zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 (draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY: 2002 vintage) Hazy orange color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is full of tart apples, sugar, earth notes, barnyard, and random dryness. Smells very earthy and warm. Taste is dry and tart with hints of apples and champagne. The finish is dry and semi-sweet. Tastes like a mix of champagne and a very good saison. One awesome cider and I’m glad I was able to have it. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2006
pours a hazed orange tinted yellow with a thin line of white atop. Aroma glazed w/ funk, a strong underlying cheesiness, and there’s cork-infused wildness & bretty undertones though more on the cheesy side than the sour side. Soft carbination, wish it could be fizzier..but the flavors are uniquely earthy, somewhat solventy..but in a fermenting apple kind of way. Very good & cheesey cider Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2006 2002 vintage -- Nice golden cider body with minimal head, though it did look like the bottle was going to explode. Excellent aroma, tart with some nice grassy funk. Outstanding flavor, apple with a bit of sourness, light malts with some grass. Very nice and musky. Tart, springy ending.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle purchased and shared at Liars Club in Alpine. Very nice crisp smells and flavors of Apple Pie, Cinnamon, and sweetness. Very tasty. Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Pours clear, light yellow with a fluffy, light head. Aroma is corky and apple. Flavor is excellent. Very corky and oaky with a delicate apple flavor. Light on the tongue with a pleasant carbonation. Rather dry. Very good! ComradeK (1230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2014
750ml bottle, at 5% ABV, but I’m pretty certain it is this cider. Pours a hazy pale gold, with fine trailing bubbles. Smoky notes, leather and dusty apple skin make up the aroma. A little lemon up front is soon overcome by charry wood and tart apple. Smoke and cured meats give it a nicely savoury finish. A high quality dry Normandy cider. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 12, 2015
750 ml. bottle. It pours very clear yellow with a fizzy, disappearing white head. The aroma jumps out as rather funky, with a touch of sulfur, yeast, white grape, hay and apples. It kind of reminds me of a brett beer by the smell of it due to my relative ignorance of ciders. The flavor is more apple forward, but still has some toasty hay-like funk and bready yeast. There’s definitely a distinct "farmhouse" character here that balances the sweetness from the apples perfectly. The mouthfeel is light, but the sweet apples make it feel bigger. Ok, now I think I’ll be getting into ciders a bit more. Delicious. 77ships (9698) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2016
(Kiev 2016). 375 ml. bottle. 2012 Vintage. Shared by 4. Loud pop upon opening. Pours an insanely lively sparkling golden, more lively than Champagne, huge white head that instantly fizzes way, lemon golden, crazily lively brew. Nose is very raw barnyard & funk, brett, fermenting apples, mineral apples, raw apple skin funk, brett, wowza didn’t see this much funk coming from a cider. Taste is raw barnyard funk, insanely lively beer, apple skins, fermenting apples, rotting lemon, brett, hay, barnyard. So much carbonation & so much funk. Very unusual for me at first & quite challenging. Almost admired it more than I liked but it grew on me and I started appreciating a bit. Dry beyond the massive carbonation.