Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle: Two bottles from Schroppfy’s gathering. I know the 2000 was courtesy of wolhfs and I believe the 1999 was courtesy of the host. 2000 - Has a sour tart apple aroma. Pours a most transparent yellow with a touch of haze and a very small white head. Flavor rather simple and comes across like a spritzy apple juice. 1999 - Sediment in this glass but that’s probably just from getting a different portion of this bottle. Aroma is more sour and tart. Flavor is funkier, a little sweetier, and there’s some woodiness. Definitely better than the 2000. Bumped up the aroma 1 point, flavor 2 points, and the overall 2 points compared to the 2000. Ratings posted are for the 1999. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2005
750 ml bottle shared with Capflu, Goldorak, beerbuzzmontreal, Boutip and DumDum at the Ciderwinder tasting in Ottawa. Big pop, big fizzy head that dies away leaving a light clear amber bubbly body...honey-farmy-moldy-cheesy apple aromas, just what I needed at this point...excellently controlled sweet-sour body, generally quite dry with a soft, light finish. My brain was exploding at this point, an excellent finish to a huge apple-strewn day. beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2005
Pours a hazy golden color with some yeast sediment. Excellent aroma of mossy apples. Excellent flavor of apples with lingering dryness. CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2005
(750ml bottle) Many thanks to Muzzlehatch for providing this fine Normandie sample at the Ciderwinder Tasting, April 2005. Pours a large frothy, short-lived head with a cloudy, sediment-filled golden body. Unfiltered and unpasturized. Sour, mossy, farm. Very good flavour. 7-Up mixed witth imploded apples. Dry fruity finish. Lovely! egajdzis (6769) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2005
2003... Poured a lightly hazy golden color, with bubbles cascading upward, and a large head that quickly disappeared leaving no lacing. Strong aroma of dry, crisp, red apples, and brett. Sweet candy apple taste, and a funky, mouth puckering tart, green apple finish. Seems drier, though still an awesome cider from Dupont.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Bottle 2003. Sparkling golden orange, fizzy and large white head. Very similar to its non-organic twin, minus a little of the complexity and wood hints. A refined apple flavor, with some funk and mustiness (is that a word?). Solid overall. Shag (3047) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Ok now we are talking! A cider that isn’t a sticky sweet alcopop. The apperance is a cloudy yellow. The aroma is apples of course but a touch of lemons and bread. The taste is a litte on the thin side but flavorful nonetheless. It doesn’t have an overload of apples in the flavor. There is a certain lambic type quality to this that’s hard to put a finger on it. Woodchuck are you taking notes, this is how its done. I cant wait to try more traditional ciders. Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2004
2003. Certified USDA Organic. Hazy golden hay with a thin, white head. The aroma is mostly sweet but also slightly tart. Tart apples, funky yeast, leather, a bit of wood and a hint of honey. The body is fairly good, but the carbonation is sharp and lively. The flavor is pleasant with a nice sweetness up front, some mild funkiness in the middle and a tart, dry finish. Really a pleasant cider with a lot more going on that I expected. Nice balance of sweet and tart with a bit of fun funk. notalush (5929) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2004
[vintage 2003] Pours a cloudy golden, like a belgian tripel - musty, damp aroma, with lots of apples and pears - champaigne-like initial flavor and carbonation - tart and lambic-like, with full mouthfeel - barnyardy belgian-ness, with apples and grapeskins - a delicate, quality cider. FlacoAlto (4221) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2004
2003 Bottle Date, Sampled August 2004
Pours with a frothy light tan head that quickly disappears. This is not nearly as carbonated as the standard version that I had, and it is quite hazy in appearance. As I pour it I get a solid fresh apple aroma, as I go in for a deeper smell, I get a solid fruitiness, and perhaps a bit of funky, musty type aromas, but it is not as complex as I was hoping for. A bit sweeter than the normal version as well, and it tastes much more of fresh apples as well. It has a nice level of carbonation that causes the cider to dance across my tongue. I think that only using one apple variety has lessened the complexity of this cider a bit. Nice and refreshing with a medium body for a cider. A nice drinking cider, but I prefer something with a bit more complexity and a bit more funk. This would be a good introduction for those not familiar with traditional ciders.