Galipette Biologique cidre review (8.5/10) – ” Weak and pricey, but naturally tangy”.
“Good looking bottle”.
“Lasting natural taste and aftertaste”.
“Beautiful floral aroma”.
“Some natural sweetness”.
“Branding consistent with flavour”.
“Not fully practical”.
“Tartness too dominant”.
“Sweetness too little”.
“No unique taste elements”.
“Carbonation too light”.
“Too rich for low ABV”.
The little french bottle cost £2.09 providing just 1.3 units. 3 would be needed, resulting in a spend of £6.27 which is certainly quite high to reach the limit. This is more than it’s stronger brother “Galipette brut” which supplied 1.5 units.
Capacity here still stands at 330ml, a rather quaint bottle.
The branding colours were far nicer than last week, with orange and off-white appearing a bit more quality. This was preferable to the blingy nature of the dry version.
The rear label didn’t specify any difference to the brut product. For this, I had to search the website. It detailed “semi sweet and fruity richness”, rather than “dry taste with lack of added sweetness”, suggesting more sweetness than last week would be expected with and less dryness too. The smell here, should be of flowers rather than fruit. The same beneficial statements were made though, suggesting a thoroughly pure and organic, natural juice product . Still produced and developed in Northwest France.
For expectations, I’d hope for less dryness, and more sweetness, than last week. All other expectations I’d hope would be met in the same way. (8.75/10), for the other product in the range wasn’t shabby at all, so I’ll have high hopes here.
Weak, ephemeral, natural. After a short time it couldn’t be detected. It was very fragrant and light, suggestive of flowers as described. I was pleasantly surprised actually, as I haven’t found that element convincingly in the smell of any cider before.
On first sip, it was clear to see from the outset, weak carbonation. The tartness came through quickly, and pleasantly in a natural way. The taste continued to be far more tart than sweet, but did retain considerable sweetness too.
As expected, there was a lack of dryness. This cider wasn’t advertised as a dry though, so this should be excused. Because of both sweetness and tartness seeming noticeable in every sip, I’d suggest balance was certainly good here. Since this tartness continued to overwhelm the sweetness, things weren’t perfect however.
The mouthfeel was thin to medium, but this wasn’t a problem since the drink was so full of flavour, no wateriness could be sensed.
The drink was very smooth, continuing much as it began; Portraying a naturally tart and fruity taste. Sweetness was sufficient, yet tartness was a little too much. No woodiness or other distinctive notes became clear throughout. Carbonation was unfortunately far too light. A bit more sparkle, would have lifted the drinking experience. Due to it’s rich flavour, I’d suggest drinking 3 would be a little too indulgent. This makes the alcohol concentration a little low for an enjoyable session.
The drink wouldn’t be my choice to consume more than one of, in an evening for that reason.
The aftertaste lingered well, featuring tangy apple clinging to your tastebuds. It lasted for a long time, continuing much as the main body of flavour did. Highlighting natural tartness well. It was a shame, less elements were unique here than in it’s brother, yet there were some good elements that were previously absent.
A lovely indulgent drink, a little weak, pricey, and tart, for an ideal session-able cider though.
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