Reviews

Cidrerie Daufresne Poiré

Cidrerie Daufresne Poiré

Daufresne’s Poiré is a clear, golden colored pear cider from the Normandy region of France that shoots minimal, medium-sized bubbles after an initial boost of foaming effervescence. High toned pear aromas mingle about with a bit of earth in the aroma and a sour note. This is an acid driven poiré with a good dose… Read more »

Cidrerie Daufresne Brut

Cidrerie Daufresne Brut

Beautiful golden color revealed after an initial foam up that disintegrates into tiny rising bubbles. The aromas a strictly apple driven; ripe, rich apple notes enveloped in a soft, farmyard halo. Structurally this is primarily a bitter tannin arrangement with a modicum of acid. It could use a touch more. Slightly sweet apple dominate the… Read more »

Manoir de Grandouet Cidre Fermier Brut

Manoir de Grandouet Cidre Fermier Brut

The Cidre Fermier Brut from Manoir de Grandouet in Normandy’s Paye d’Auge region pours with a rich and tall foam, giving way to a light, cognac-colored liquid. Very beautiful in the glass. Aromatically, this Norman cider is very expressive and throws true, funky, farmyard notes out of the glass. Overripe, nearly rotten apple notes are… Read more »

Domaine de la Minoliere Cidre Fermier Bio

Domaine de la Minoliere Cidre Fermier Bio

The Minoliere organic farmhouse cider pours into the glass with a rush of foaming effervescence that eventually calms to a ring of suds and leaves behind a slightly cloudy burnt orange Normandy cidre. Out of the glass rise a set of earthy, yeasty, doughy aromas that wrap themselves around a ripe apple core of aromas…. Read more »

New Avalon 2015 Bartlett Perry

New Avalon 2015 Bartlett Perry

Produced from Bartlett pears grown at Fortunate Farms in Delta, Colorado, this perry comes into the glass with a typical pale yellow pear color. The perry is a bit cloudy too and sports slow rising bubbles. An aromatic set of ripe pear, apple, orange blossom and honey all come together in beautiful harmony. The aromas… Read more »

New Avalon 2015 Filigreen Cider

New Avalon 2015 Filigreen Cider

The burnt orange/salmon-colored cider derives its name from Filigreen Farms in Anderson Valley, California, the source for the apples used in this new cider. The nose carries a sweet aromas of caramelized apple sugar, honey and green apple around the edge. There is a ripe succulence to the nose. This is medium to large b0died… Read more »

New Avalon 2015 Pale Cider

New Avalon 2015 Pale Cider

The Pale Cider from New Avalon pours with an unusual pinkish/pale orange hue and sports an active collection of bubbles. It’s a hopped cider and the results show up in the aroma immediately, though not in an overwhelming fashion. Beneath the hops is a sweet spicy apple note that does a pretty good job of… Read more »

Le Brun Organic Cidre

Le Brun Organic Cidre

Possessing a burn orange color, decent effervescence that subsides after the pour, the Le Brun Organic Cidre is a Brittany-produced cider made in the region’s traditional low alcohol, sweet style. Aromatically this cider could not be mistaken for anything other than a northern French cider. Distinctive overripe apple, a supple dank aroma and candied ginger… Read more »

Eden Imperial 11° Rosé Cider

Eden Imperial 11° Rosé Cider

Eden’s latest edition to their sparkling cider line up is a bit of a departure for them as it is produced not merely from apples but also with red currant juice. The result is a decidedly salmon-colored, clear cider that arrives in the glass with a splash of foam, which eventually dies back to reveal… Read more »

Mawby Century Cider

Mawby Century Cider

Another active set of suds I associate now with Mawby ciders hits the glass then smooths out to reveal a clear, straw-colored cider. This is a hopped cider and it shows in the nose where distinct floral notes lay over somewhat buried apple aromas. The name of the cider derives from the use of Centennial… Read more »