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Cidrerie Duché de Longueville Clos Normand Brut Cider
76 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.
Cidrerie Duché de Longueville Clos Normand Brut Cider

Style: Wood Aged Cider

ABV: 4

76
Aroma: 8
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 15
Mouthfeel: 4

Cidrerie Duché de Longueville Clos Normand Brut Cider

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What the brewers say

“Clos Normand is a generous and sophisticated cider, rich in flavor. It’s made from 100 percent fermented apple juice. The result is a subtle alliance of fruit and bitter notes.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Very low apple increases as it warms. Distracting earthy notes of fish scales and a bit of diacetyl cut with acetic acid on top of a light metallic edge and faint skunk. Not enough apple character.”

Flavor: “Very astringent and tannic. Apple character is muted, acids are high but not sharp. Flavors develop with warmth—baked apple and cinnamon. Plastic mercaptan and black pepper phenols. Mild vinegar and diacetyl give way to a soft finish that’s mildly sweet with a touch of acidity and lingering bitter astringency.”

Overall: “Strong Farmhouse artisanal character may be a hit for some. French ciders are their own thing, and this hits some of those notes, especially the softer apple character, but the diacetyl and vinegar don’t really work—the off-flavors from fermentation are a bit too dominant and distracting.”

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