menu 2
menu 4
menu 6
menu 8
menu 10
menu 12

« Un Emile White Fairy | Main | Blanche de Fougerolles 74 »

Verte de Fougerolles 72


Average Score: 70
what does this mean? click here!
or download the scoresheet.

Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 72 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.absintheonline.com/ : "An outstanding, unfiltered premium absinthe made from several herbs which include grande and petite wormwood, anise, fennel and hyssop, a grape-base alcohol, no added sugar, and is bottled at 72°, in order to hold the natural colour and present the aromas to the fullest. Made by following the distillery's own technique of distilling each plant separately, blending the resulting full alcohol distillates and then finishing with an 'esprit vert' ('green spirit' - a natural maceration of additional plants, including veronica (speedwell) in grape spirits) which is mixed in during the final colouring stage of production. It louches beautifully, and is complex and intense. Sure to please those who are searching for a spicy, yet traditional absinthe."
Absinthe Verte de Fougerollesat Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Ari 3/8/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
A yellow, dead leaf green brown. A tiny amount of sediment but otherwise clear. An old looking color not as appeasing as the more emerald vertes.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Medium slow louche with nice oil trails.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
A milky white top graduating down to a pale yellow.

AROMA 17/30
Before water it's just anise but it livens up a bit when water is added. Mid range, not dull and not complex.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Slightly creamy on the tongue. A bit of heat and slight numbness.

TASTE 14/20

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Refreshing and simple, a mid range absinthe that could do with improvement but not bad.

Note: Improves greatly with more water - the heat goes away and the wormwood comes to the front.

Ari scores Verte de Fougerolle 65 out of 100.


Reviewed by Breson 3/26/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Dull green, looks natural

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Louches a little late at almost precisely the moment that 3 parts water is met. Louche is perfectly opaque, very nice

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Dull green opaque, looks like absinthe. Whitens up quite a bit, but retains green tinge

AROMA 20/30
Nice balanced herbal blend. Smells of herbaceous material reminiscent of cut grass, essential ingredients barely noticeable, slight burnt caramel smell, barely noticeable

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Moderately rich. Not as full as I would like, but still very good.

TASTE 12/20
Balance of herbs is good, Can taste good anise and fennel up front. This was penalized for unknown grassy character that is very evident. Slightly bitter, but in no way bad, other than aforementioned grassy character

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
Decent but unknown bitter grassy character penalized heavily.

Not bad. I don't know if I would purchase this again. Good rounded herbal content noticeable, but easily detracted from by the bitter grassy taste and smell. Am I the only one who noticed a "grassy" vegetal character in the VDF?

Breson scores Verte de Fougerolles 67 out of 100


Reviewed by Wolfgang 3/15/2005

This was a comparative review of two versions of Verte de Fougerolles, both over one year old.

The "old" was the remaining one third of a bottle of the original version with the plastic drip spout.
The new was an almost-full small sample bottle simply labeled ''New Fougerolle''.

It must been at least a year since I tasted those absinthes and I must state that I was not thrilled at all back then. Now the old original version is better but still not great but the ''New Fougerolle'' sample, to my surprise is now a very enjoyable drink.

It is my understanding that my sample labeled ''New Fougerolle'' is the actual offering and that the old one is discontinued.

My tasting was made with a small quantity of sugar (less than usual ) and with a 1:4 water ratio (but I do take a sip at 1:3 just out of curiosity)

COLOR BEFORE WATER
Old: muddy olive green 4/10
New: better looking olive green 7/10

LOUCHE ACTION
Old: poor 4/10
New: Nice-looking 8/10

COLOR AFTER WATER
Old: It retains its original muddy olive green color mostly because of the ugly louche but at least it looks natural. 6 /10 New: Much better, looks natural but gradually gets whiter without completely loosing the green tint. 8/10

AROMA
Old: Harsh even after more than a year of aging (but still better than when I originally got the bottle). I still give it some points for not smelling artificial and having more complexity than just anis. 12/30
New: Far from the most aromatic absinthe I had but at least it smells nice with a little exotic tone in the background that makes it interesting. There is even a little fruity smell that comes out while pouring water. Much better. 20/30

MOUTH-FEEL
Old: Weak 3/10
New: Obviously more creamy because of the higher anethol content. It's an improvement from the old version. Not bad. 7/10

TASTE
Old: Harsh and weird. It suggest less than perfect production methods and an unbalanced recipe (lets call it a work in progress) It's nice to have what's left of a bottle as a reference but that will never be an enjoyable drink for me. 5/20
New: Mr Devoile greatly improved the overall balance of his absinthe since the original offering. It is now a simple pleasure to taste and I'll probably pour myself another mominette after I'm done with this review. Only drawback, It gets a little numbing on the tongue probably from the use of just a bit too much star anise but some days I just feel like it and its alright. 14/20

OVERALL IMPRESSION
Old version: 4/10
New version : 7/10

TOTAL
Old version : 35//100
New version : 71/100

Final notes: The New Fougerolles is a definite improvement and is worth tasting at least once. I recommend keeping at least part of your bottle for one year aging (when I got the sample a while ago it would have rated no more than 60).
I hope my review is not too offensive or severe. I also think that if the old version is not available anymore, the rating for the old version should be discarded. Unfortunately I can't taste a more recent sample now as LDF doesn't ship where I live anymore but I'm pretty sure that adding a few months of aging to a naturally made (distilled) absinthe is always worth the wait.

Wolfgang scores Verte de Fougerolles 71 out of 100


Reviewed by justabob 1/29/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Very natural emerald green, with no visible sediment from coloration herbs.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
When diluted from the fountain, the color change was very gradual, when watered more quickly from a carafe the louche was quite quick showing pronounced oil trails. There maybe some star anise used but quite well balanced.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Nice emerald pale green with white creamy overtones.

AROMA 22/30
I feel that this is were this Absinthe really shines. When I began to write this review I had poured the liquor in a reservoir glass then became distracted for a few moments, when I returned to the room there was a lovely floral scent that permeated the nose. Scent after dilution was somewhat subdued but still lovely.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Nothing special here, creamy fennel perhaps Angelica. Good but not outstanding.

TASTE 15/20
A little bit on the sweet side but overall an excellent blending of flavors with nothing to prominent. Slight pleasantly bitter after taste. Could use a bit more artemesia absinthium to mitigate the sweetness, but this is just personal preference. BTW, no additional sugar was added.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
All in all, I found it refreshing and clean although somewhat on the sweet side. Reminds me of summer, sitting on the deck with a lovely long drink in hand.

PERSONAL NOTES
I have sampled very few commercial offerings, but received this for Xmas and thought I would have a go at my first review. I belive the first offerings had some issues with sediment which have since been corrected.

justabob scores Verte de Fougerolles 73 out of 100


Reviewed by precenphix 2/11/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Deep, dark green. There are brownish tones though. Brown, not amber. I'm curious what the color phase of production entails. Is it longer than it is for others? What plants were used?

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Slow to form and a bit weak. I've seen pictures of vintage absinthe in mid-louche. That's what this one looks like to me. It also bears a resemblance to some Swiss vertes I've had, though this one doesn't follow through all the way.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
The color is wonderful, but thin. There's about 60-70% opacity by my eye. It could stand to thicken up a little.

AROMA 12/30
Major point reductions here. There's anise, to be sure. A heap of it. Wormwood in the back. Masking any other ingredients is something I've never really smelled in any drink before. The best way I can describe the aroma of this absinthe is if you mixed a shot or two of Ricard in with your dishwashing fluid, washed a couple of dishes used to serve salmon fillets, removed the dishes, shut the dishwasher and came back 24 hours later for a whiff.

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
This absinthe brandishes a razor blade which it drags across one's taste buds. The buds which remain are left to bask in a slight residual film.

TASTE 11/20
I was hoping the aroma would be deceptive to the flavor of the drink itself, as has been the case with other absinthes.no such luck here. It's overly bitter with some sour notes, which I found odd. Adding sugar helps, but doing so seems to make the rather unpleasant aftertaste linger more than it would have without. In three simple words: another anise bomb.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
A letdown. Not a fan at all.

precenphix scores Verte de Fougerolles 55 out of 100


Reviewed by Alyssa Dyane 10/25/2006

COLOUR BEFORE WATER 7/10
It was very clear, a light olive colour, slight orange tendencies when held up to light, but fairly bright in hue.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Started with some very amusing swirls. Louche was very slow to form. It did start to form from the bottom with a light green cloud. Really didn't louche up until almost 3:1, then it was a thick, opaque cloud. Rather solid milky green in color, slight yellow accents, but not opalescent at all. Just a solid colour, really.

COLOUR AFTER WATER 6/10
It did colour fully, but contained no nuance in that colour. Very solid colour, with just a hint of golden-orange tone.

AROMA 22/30
Pre-louche, the aroma was srtong in alcohol, and slightly medicinal - but with some underlying woodiness and a tiny hint of spice. In mid-louche some flowery notes appeared. The post-louche aroma was much lighter, and more floral, a little perfumey, a hint of maybe chamomile? The alcohol smell was greatly lessened. Not an unpleasant aroma. Not very complex, either.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Felt very smooth, but not very full-bodied or rich. A bit thin.

TASTE 15/20
When I originally tasted this at about 3.5:1 (where I normally go to), the alcohol taste was very strong. I had to dilute to almost 5:1 on this one. The taste then was pleasant, but simple. Could taste the star-anise, a bit of a floral - slightly woody, wormwood flavour. No real bitterness. I could taste chamomile. All and all, a very simple flavour, not complex. A fairly pleasant taste, but nothing special.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
It was a simple-non complex glass, but it was pleasant. I did rather enjoy it. I'd drink it while rationing the good stuff.

Alyssa Dyane scroes Verte de Fougerolles 70 out of 100


Reviewed by jmark 4/5/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Absolutely clear of haze or sediment. An attractive olive-gold, not dull, but certainly not "bright." Appears to be a very natural color.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
With a brouilleur and no sugar: strongest louche I've seen to date. I like how it bursts into an orange-tendriled storm just as the louche begins. Strong green band over swirling milky yellow-green. Looks like pics of pre-ban that members have posted.

COLOR AFTER WATER 10/10
Most opaque mix I've seen. Thick yellow-green milk, thicker than skim milk. Greens and yellows balanced at the top of my Pontarlier glass and almost white in the reservoir.

AROMA 13/30
Before water: little bit of an alcohol sting, anise strong but the wormwood is just behind it.

After water: very little aroma escaping into the room and, when done with the mix, very little aroma to be had directly from the glass. Certainly a disappointment on that front. Would like a lot more fragrance. Considering the high alcohol content, it's surprising that even the alcohol scent has disappeared.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Very creamy and full. No sense of oiliness, just a really pleasant, near-perfect mouth sensation. I knock a couple of points for some fairly quick tongue-numbing.

TASTE 19/20
I know I may take some knocks on this (maybe I have a developed batch), but this is my favorite verte flavor to date. Considering that I have tried Duplais Verte and Balance, Jade PF1901, Nouvelle Orleans and Verte Suisse, I am certainly going out on a limb, but it's true. It's dry in all the ways I like, it has a wonderful long bitter linger, there's a really pleasant development of flavors on the tongue without becoming too confused. The second I had my first taste I was hooked and about 30cl's later I still agree with my original assessment.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
Everything but the aroma and qty of tongue-numbing really work for me. The mouth-feel, the taste, the look and louche-action are all really great. Ultimately, it all comes down to how often I would choose this one to drink, and so far, it's at the top of the Verte pack. Delicious!

jmark scores Verte de Fougerolles 72 77 out of 100


Reviewed by Ricki 15/11/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Nice natural olive green. No sediment here.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Very nice slow louche action here. A nice "Green Fairy" dancing in the glass.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Very nice colour after water. Almost white with a very slight hint of green/amber. It looks very appealing.

AROMA 24/30
Nice aroma which blossums very well while adding water.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Nice mouth feel. Almost like Jade Suisse Verte. Creamy yet slightly dry.

TASTE 17/20
Very nice tasting absinthe. Wormwood and Anise upfront with hints of various herbs and spices in the back.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Overall this is a nice refreshing absinthe to have on a hot day like today. Another that I will probably buy again.

Ricki scores Verte de Fougerolles 80 out of 100

Categories

Complete Brand List

Powered by
Movable Type 3.2