Hard Cider Gone Bad?
I've just opened a bottle of 2002 Cidre Bouche Brut de Normandie. It has a bit of a funky smell - not terribly offensive, but it's my first time drinking it so I'm not sure what to look for. It's obviously old - 2002 - and it has the "may contain harmful bacteria" on the label, so I want to be safe, not sorry. Any idea if this could be a bottle possibly gone bad? It almost smells like a corked wine. Is this known to happen? Any help is appreciated!
Is it produced by Dupont? He makes wonderful, ageworthy ciders that can be pretty funky to the uninitiated. Proper storage is pretty important for these ciders to be at their best, but I wouldn't worry about any of the bacteria in it causing you any harm. I've never had a spoiled one or gotten sick from unpasteurized cider. Try his reserve aged in calvados casks, it is fantastic!
That's how farmhouse style and aged ciders are supposed to taste and smell. Slightly musty, complex, earthy, and tangy all at the same time.
Ok, good! I did end up drinking it and it was quite different! Again, it was my first purchase for such a thing so while it wasn't really offensive, it did smell and taste different than what I expected. I'm happy to report I'm still here and quite alive and well ;-) I guess it's one of those acquired tastes - one that I look forward to developing. I will note that the bottle was being stored upright at the store, I assume that is incorrect - the cork was pretty dry which led to part of my suspiciousness. Anyway, thanks for the help!