dwyerpg (6402) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Wow, this smells like a wild lambic. I’m having this cider as a a celebration or a toast to Andre Agassis, winning that awesome match with Baghdatis, right before he retired. A very tasty cider, even if it’s 7 bucks a bottle!! Ouch! Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2006
Gently carbonated cloudy gold body. Sweetish pancakes, leather, crisp hay and tart mineral earthiness all coexist in the serene, balanced and authentic aroma. Soft flavoured, highly refreshing, drying up a bit in the finish from the initial tart/semi-sweet apple attack. Supporting woodiness all through the experience. Good stuff as usual from that region. Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
Served in a ceramic bowl with berry & custard crepes. Frothing, once this dies down it’s got a tannish body. Fresh, sugary apple aroma. Very effervescent in the mouth. Flavour is semi-sweet apples with subtle wood and leather. Very soft body despite the carbo. Slightly tart finish shows a minor alcohol note. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Sample from the bottle (750 ml corked) at the Mondial de la Bière, 2006. Lightly bubbly, hazy-yellow color with no real head formation or legs in the glass....farmy but very sweet, rotting-baking apple aroma, touch of horse manure and grassy humus in the fine, pungent aroma....clean, fresh, moderately sweet body gets a bit drier towards the finish and finds some acidity to cleanse the palate....a touch of mineral and metal at the end does nothing to disturb the essential fine drinkability of this light but flavorful farmhouse treasure. austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2006
A quality, artisanal cider sold in a 750ml bottle. Clearly imbued with character and some band-aidy flavors reminiscent of a farmhouse cidery. However, please note that this cider is on the tart/sour fruity side (not terribly dry or crisp) so you need to like that style or else you’ll be disappointed. This cider is also from Normandy and I’d imagine it’s characteristic of other Normandy ciders. A solid effort.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 OK ... I have no familiarity with Normady ciders. I am quite pleased with a range of British ciders, including some very dry stuff available only on draft. This one is neither sweet nor bitter, cloudy gold like a lambic, and more funky than I would have expected from a cider but no less than I would have expected from its appearance. I did not much care for the cloudy appearance, the lack of head, or, really, anything else about this cider. Maybe I will rethink this as I get more familiar with the type. // Resampled five months later. Not much change in my reaction. This bottle was less interesting in nose and flavor, but the fizzy audible head appealed to me more. I would not change my over all rating, though. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Bright golden and clear; quickly fading head, but the big bubbles "re-activate" easily. Apple and a little bretty funk in the nose was nice. Champagne-like effervescence. Very sweet, spiced-apple base. Interesting yeast esters. Sweetness was a little heavy, but carbonation seemed to scrub it away well with each sip. Ernest (7814) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Head is initially average sized, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, band-aid), with notes of apple, cask wood, and green grapes. Great Normandy cider here...wild yeast, nice fresh apple scent, wonderful balance, etc. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Bottle. Looks exactly like a champagne: clear, yellow, and fizzy. The aroma has some barnyard and gueuzeish-like characteristics, but the flavor was too light compared with what this led me to expect. Clean, sweet finish but I really wish this was a bit richer and thicker. ciderguy (98) - Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2004
A fairly typical Normandy cider this one proved to be. It was dry from the word go. When first uncorcked, the aroma of stank mustiness arose. The pour was fairly dark full of fine dancing champagne like bubbles which settled to a calmer light fizz. The taste was a close relative to the nose, dry, dry, dry. Boting aftertaste that was indeed complex. Aged cider barrels with crisp orchard apple taste.