rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2013Rasmus40 (20300) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2016
2006 Bottle from vbm. Slightly murky deep gold. Nose is apples and cinnamon, rich honey, earth, some mustiness. Flavor follows with lots of sweet Apple & honey, light acidity, medium caramel. Quite nice. Certainly not as intense as the Quebec ciders but way more drinkable.
Bottle from Holm Cider. Clear brown without head. Aroma is sweet apples, apple pie, light cinnamon and light caramel. Flavor is quite sweet. Sweet finish. Oily and soft. 231216 ClarkVV (6637) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle, forgot to write down the vintage, sampled 10/21/16.jinroh (1524) - ESTONIA - OCT 30, 2016
Viscous, light amber-golden liquid shows high clarity.
Rich, spicy apple notes are like a concentrated golden delicious with cinnamon, vanilla, and fresh oak added in to the mix. Nicely aged, with no sharp, punchy or boozy notes, it has a good balance of rich sugars, earthiness and tannic dryness. Clean and with no alcohol.
Rich and sumptuous in the mouth, but with a dangerous drinkability, the lightly sticky body adds rich honey-vanilla, light almondmeal and hints of cinnamon, clove and allspice. Some weird but interesting earthy and funky notes in there too. Hard to believe this stuff is only 6.9% abv and kind of makes me lose a little respect for all of the 10% + ice ciders out there that are doing the same thing only with double the alcohol. Comforting, flavorful and well balanced with the acidity. Wonderful stuff.
Pours dark amber, shiny mahogany, no foam. Aroma is sweetish, lots of sweet apple povidlo. Condensed apple jam flavours, still very sweet but not too much. Lingering apple peel jam in the finish. Nice, very nice
willisread (3293) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle shared at Comme la Gueuze. Very honey-like nose with pear and apple standing out. Caramelized, honey glazed apple. Sweet, but a rich, caramelized sweetness that is almost like umami. Honey-like texture. Sweet, toasty finish. Nice. TimE (5767) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 15, 2016
Very dark brown. Iodine, stewed apples. Light body with tons of stewed apples. Slightly warming, but lacking a bit of body. Decent
hackobock (4007) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2016
August 5, 2015. Bottle @ Sommarprovning, vintage 2006, thanks for sharing!Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2016
Clear amber with no head. Aroma is sweet baked apples, figs, raisins, some floral honey notes, toffee and light funky barnyard notes. Taste is sweet and tart fruity. Finish is sweet apples, figs, vanilla and toffee notes, tart apple skins, some citrusy notes, Light to medium bodied, oily texture, flat.
Good, nice combination of the sweet dried fruit, light funk and juicy appples.
Very incredibly, I’m told at the Dupont domain directly that this cuvée oscillates between 6% and 12% depending on the vintage, bad years bearing a lower sugar and alcohol content. I had the Givre 2014 which sits at 6% (the upcoming 2015 is apparently 12%). For someone out of Quebec, this feels like a poor man’s ice cider, being very sweet, but still below Quebec’s average ice cider range and with less baked appel complexity, less acidity, but perhaps more texturous tannins, which are fun indeed, but when I’m trying an ice cider, I’m probably shooting for as much sugary complexity as possible and therefore less interested in balance as these products just are never balanced, just like a double IPA or barley wine. It remains a pleasant beverage, but considering it’s trying to bring techniques from abroad to France’s terroir, it’s underwhelming. Beer5000 (6431) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2016
375 ml bottle, 2011 vintage sampled in 2016. Practically clear amber body with practically no head. Strong aroma of apples, ripe apples, caramel and some wood. Flavor is very sweet, rich apple with some acidity that saves it from becoming just sticky sweet. It’s more like some kind of sweet desert vine, like Port/Sherry, but with ripe apples instead of grapes, still lots of dry fruit, caramel and some gentle, warming alcohol. Full bodied and long lasting sweet aftertaste. Too sweet to be drank alone, but works fine as a desert wine with some fruit, nuts or cookies. gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2016
small 375 ml bottle. Pours dark ruby-ish orange, no head. Intense tannin apple core and stewed apple in the aroma. Very nice and well balanced sweet-apple sour body and rich of tannins, taste is apple, sweet wine and white grapes. Wow, this is such a nice dessert wine/cider.
P.S.: if RB puts ciders on its website, the step to wine is just very small (fruit sugars fermenting to alcoholic beverage). The gap between beers and ciders is bigger than that of ciders to wines... Just sayin’. To all beer aficionados hesitating to try wine - this is the perfect bridge between both. Don’t be afraid to try good wine :-).
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2016
375 (I think) corked and foiled tall skinny bottle. Pours a deep crystal clear crimson. Minimal head or lace. Big apple cough syrup nose. Sticky thick gooey body. Tastes and moves like apple cough syrup.