Monday, September 12, 2011

D'Artagnan Perry - Oaked Version Review

Appearance - Dark Gold, superb clarity. No head formation

Aroma - Hints at its sweetness, an appley/pear aroma that really hits you in the face, with a wisp of oakiness in the finish

Taste - Moderately sweet, fairly strong apple/pear flavor. I could easily pass it off as either. A bit of acid in the finish along with subtle oak tannins cutting the sweetness. It seems to have a very low level cellar-like quality that makes me think there may be a brett presence in the cider.

Mouthfeel - Moderately full, even with next to no carbonation. This is from all those unfermentable sugars in pears and it really makes the mouthfeel quite silky.

Drinkability - Great first attempt at a perry. Both versions are quite different from one another (other one is very fizzy) Each definitely has a different time and place. This version is great with a nice dinner or as a sipper on its own

Overall - Somehow this perry could be considered the best apple cider Ive ever brewed! I really like the sweetness of the pears and how the subtle oak perfectly balances. The low carbonation fits the flavor profile very well, and I'm very interested in seeing how this one progress, provided there is really brett in there



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