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Blind Tasting:
Common Cider
English Cider
French Cider
Traditional Perry
Specialty Cider

July 9, 2008

L-R: Amy Shane, Kerri Allen and Jessica Allen - cider lovers to the core.

More cider tasters (L-R): Will Nance, Craig Shane and
Eric Johnson (Eric is co-owner of Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA).

Owen Ogletree (director of Brewtopia Events LLC) departed from the usual beer theme and gathered together fellow cider lovers on July 9, 2008 at Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA to sample and comment on several mixed styles of apple and pear ciders from commercial and craft producers from around the world.  This sampling was done as a "best of show" blind tasting where no one was aware of the brands that were being served.  Products were informally commented upon and ranked according to Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) style guidelines for cider.  First, second, third places, and honorable mention were awarded to the products we felt represented their individual styles in extraordinary fashion.  Many thanks go to Sachin and the fine guys at Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA for providing delicious ciders. Drop Owen an email to share your comments and opinions.
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Etienne & Jerome Dupont Cidre de Givre 2005 Eis Cider
14430 Victot - Pontfol, France
7.2% ABV - Specialty Cider

Aroma: Mulling spices; rich cooked apples; apple pie; syrup; sorghum; brown sugar.
Appearance: Hazy; dark orange; sedimented; light red color; no carbon dioxide.
Flavor: Honey; peaches; biscuits; caramel; toffee; very sweet; syrupy, but not unpleasantly so; full mouthfeel and body; thick; great dessert cider; maple notes.


Organic Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouche Brut de Normandie
14430 Victot - Pontfol, France
4.5% ABV - French Cider

Aroma: Earthy; hay; dried leaves; pungent; acid notes.
Appearance: Slight haze; medium white foam; very light golden color.
Flavor: Tart; lactic notes; grapey; viscous; farmhouse character; green fruit; complex; winey; acidic complexity; muscat grape hints; very pleasant.

Poire Authentique
Eric Bordelet - France
4.0% ABV - French Perry

Aroma: Honey; pears; apples; honeydew melon.
Appearance: Clear; effervescent; white foam; yellow in color.
Flavor: Spicy; honey; musk; pinot grigio notes; medium body; effervescent; good tartness and acidity; pleasant; moderately fruity; ripe apple and pear complexity.

Cuvee Speciale Kerisac French Sparkling Cider
Ets Guillet Freres - Guenrouet, France
2.5% ABV French Cider

Aroma: Honey; apple tannins; vanilla; vinegar hint; diacetyl notes.
Appearance: Light honey color; clear; very light carbonation.
Flavor: Medium body; very sweet; apple character is nice; minor apple vinegar hints; residual sugars are pleasant; refreshing and complex.

J.K. Scrumpy's Hard Cider
Almar Orchards - MI, USA
6.0% ABV - Organic English-style Cider

Aroma: Apples; apple juice; yeasty; dough; paint hints; all aromas are very mild. 
Appearance: Light gold in color; clear; almost no fizz; peach color hints.
Flavor: Big honey notes; mild pungent fruit hints; rich apple and honey flavors; mild tartness; earthy and moderately rich in flavor.

Harpoon Cider
Harpoon Brewery - Boston, MA, USA
4.1% ABV - Common Cider

Aroma: Sweet; mild apple; crisp apple notes; light nose. 
Appearance: Very pale straw yellow; low carbonation; very clear and filtered.
Flavor: Apple sauce; slightly tart; soda pop notes; candy hints; light bodied; medium dry finish; thin.

Etienne Dupont Cidre Cuvee Colette 2004
14430 Victot - Pontfol, France
6.9% ABV - French Cider

Aroma: Faint aromas of green apple; hint of spices; alcohol notes.
Appearance: Very clear; light gold; big bubbles; champagne like.
Flavor: Champagne like mouthfeel and carbonic bite; foamy; dry; tart; mild/moderate apple notes; oaky tannins.

Cidre Pays d'Auge
14130 Coudray-Rabut, France
4.0% ABV - French Cider

Aroma: Camphor; band-aid; strong phenols; smoke; electrical fire; rubber; leather notes.
Appearance: Hazy; lots of sediment; light orange in color.
Flavor: Apple notes are hidden behind phenols and off flavors; lemon; citrus notes; lingering phenol finish on tongue.

Dunkertons Still Cider - Medium/dry, organic
Dunkertons Cidery - Pembridge, Herefordshire, UK
7.0% ABV - English Cider

Aroma: Light phenols with apple notes; mild aromas; clove; vanilla.
Appearance: Clear; hay; deep straw color; almost no carbonation.
Flavor: Mild; dry; smoky note; lactic notes; lingering mild phenols; soapy, thin mouthfeel for alcohol content; dry; mild flavors; light CO2 tingle in mouthfeel.

Magners Vintage Cider
Wm. Magner - Ireland, UK
4.5% ABV - English-style Cider
Aroma: Sweet; sugar; spices; melon; very mild aromas; acidic, slightly vinous notes.
Appearance: Peach color; clear, light carbonation; very bright.
Flavor: Sugary sweetness; bland; not much complexity; very little apple character; like a wine cooler; very two dimensional.

Cidre Dupont Reserve 2004/2005
14430 Victot - Pontfol, France
5.5% ABV - French Specialty Cider aged in Calvados casks

Aroma: Phenols; apple; wet wool; musty; earthy; mild aromas.
Appearance: Clear, apricot color; deep yellow; moderate carbon dioxide.
Flavor: Smoky; earthy; rustic; bright CO2 bite; dry; woody tannins; matches; sulfur hints; effervescent; pleasant and complex.

Poire Pear Cider de Christian Drouin
Christian Drouin - France
4.0% ABV - French Traditional Perry
Aroma: Sweaty; musty; citrus zest; salty; mineraly.
Appearance: Clear; extremely pale yellow; color of lemon/lime soda.
Flavor: White wine spritzer; very dry; very effervescent; mild white wine and club soda tones; tonic water; very mineral like on the tongue.

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