kraddel (8145) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2017 goodbyeohio (36) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid amberish gold pour with thickness, sediment, and active carbonation. There is wood, funk, grass, leather, and smoke all in the nose. A slight bit of pukey bile which is forgiveable given the complexity here. Extremely dry on the palate with notes of brandy booze, tire fire, apple pits, and a big brett hit evoking sour citrus and dusty basement. The 11% is definitely felt and this drink will not disappoint the drinker seeking out amped-up versions of the expected Dupont cidre flavors. A 375 is probably best split amongst 2, and a 750 for 4. Really flavorful but will probably be hard to repeat more than once a year.
Thnx to Franck ! Pours clear blonde, no head. Smell is intense, natural, full. Funky apples. Taste is very full, funky apples. bit sweet, some skins. Complex. no sign of 11 ABV, drinks like a 5% cider. Impressive ! Aminatchime (141) - BELGIUM - APR 3, 2017
Helder gele kleur met een mooi schouwspel van opstijgende bubbels. Geur is appels, wijn en hout. Smaak is vol van appels met een droog wijntintje op het einde. Bozo_skeleton (1158) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAR 4, 2017
Belle robe cuivrée, petite carbo fine
Arome, pomme acides
Petillence très fine en bouche, ronde, un final tres sec. Le cote vineux vient en fin de bouche mais la forte teneur en alcool n’est pas perceptible avant d’avoir fini son verre... czar (9085) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2016
pours almost clear bright golden orange with a nice fizzy off-white cap, healthy bubbles. candid heirloom yet picked and sorted apples, some yellow golden apples, crabapples, dried unsweetened apricots, bitter and astringent grassy woodsy notes, salt, natural yeast, salt, mineral and softly tannic supporting alcohol - never boozy. bright almost mousseurx carbonation, light body, dry mineral finish. classic normandie cider apples with a definite farmhouse/terroir character - dupont’s signature. another refined strong cider from domaine familial dupont. all non-cider geeks appreciated it as well. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2016
Bought at the Dupont domain. After the reserve, this was my 2nd favourite of their lineup. A very creative cider inspired by Westmalle Triple. They selected their most bitter varietal to emulate the craft beer world fondness of bitterness and for Normandy’s usual sweet ciders, that’s one dry and bitter beast, by far the most bitter cider I’ve had in the region. Darker than most - they sell the 2014 vintage as I write this rating. At 11%, it is a heady beverage, but this is all rather well hidden and contained. The nose in particular is still quite juicy and could be mistaken for a Brut were it not for the gentle alcohol undertone. In mouth, it is explosively tasty, bitter from the entry, tannic, but never harsh. Very balanced and pleasant almost groundbreaking cider going through spontaneous fermentation at first like they all do, but then innoculated with lab yeast and refermented in the bottle for carbonation in the bottle. That should sound familiar to the beer geek and somehow, the bitterness which people are so fond of in beer seems to fall on deaf tastebuds on a site of beer lovers as I notice pretty much all the Dupont lineup is better regarded.
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2016
side by side tasting of Cuvée Colette with the Triple. Both more refermented and drier than all other available ciders.
In general, the longer fermentation makes both the CC and Triple drier and less sweet than the "regular" versions. Nonetheless still outstanding. Cuvée Colette really has a champagne touch to it, very dry "zéro dosé" dry, soft dry sherry notes, pinot meunier alike. The triple plays on the bitterness and tannins (and "non-dégorgé"). Cuvée Colette: 3.9, Triple: 3.7 tom10101 (6085) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by JulienHuxley, thanks! Split 2-ways. Clear golden with a small ring of white foam and not much lacing. Flavors is farmy forward with loads of booze/alcohol, green apples, white wine, oak, peppery notes, honeyed notes and hints of vanilla. Taste is moderaly sweet with quite an alcohol heat. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Boozy finish with vanilla and green apples. Nice farmy notes but way too boozy for nothing. The lower abv Dupont ciders are masterpiece, this one is overdone. JulienHuxley (5809) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
Bottle, shared with Tom. Clear deep gold pour with thin foamy white head. Aroma is quite interesting with lots of caramelized apple, farmy notes, funky, boozy notes. Taste is quite harsh, very dry with tons of alcohol, dry, cidery, boozy finish. Palate is med-full bodied with good carbonation. Decent, but way too boozy. Koelschtrinker (20403) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAR 20, 2016
Recht trockener Beginn mit erkennbarem Alkohol. Zurückhaltende Apfelnoten, die sich nur wenig steigern. Trotz der schweren Alkoholigkeit vergleichsweise süffig, leicht herb. Okay. 8/9/8/9/11/8 SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2016
Vintage 2014 à 11% d’alcool. Liquide doré avec bulles très fines qui explosent doucement à la surface. Au nez, pelures de pommes et aspect boisé sec, traces de vin blanc, sucre étouffé et alcool vaporeux. Au goût, alcool blanc et très sec, pommes en demi-ton, astringence en fin de gorgée. Corps champenois. Plus ou moins facile à boire. Je n’aime pas trop cette proposition.