Maker: Cidres Dujardin, Jurques, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France
Place of origin: Brittany, France.
Style: Perry (poire en français)
Purchased for $5/750 ml (Trader Joe’s)
Appearance: Medium gold. Fizzy on first pour. Head fades quickly but bubbles keep going strong.
Nose: Canned pear syrup, grated lemon zest.
Palate: Full-bodied and medium sweet. Cut pear with a little lemon juice. Traces of yeast, tannin.
Finish: Sweet but drying. Overripe green pears.
Parting words: I reviewed the tasty Dan Armor apple cider three years ago. This perry is sweeter and less complex (as perries often are) but enjoyable. Sweetness and fruit dominate, but tartness (as it warms in the glass) and tiny whiffs of funk and tannin keep Dan Armor poire from being one-dimensional. It’s hard to ask for more from a $5 perry. Dan Armor Cuvée Spéciale Cidré Poire is recommended.