muzzlehatch (4425) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small sample from the bottle (375 ml) at the Mondial de la Bière in Montreal, 2006. A touch darker than the "regular" cidre de glace, with the same fine lasting oily legs....gorgeously wide-ranging aromas or whisky (peat, heather, vanilla), decaying sweet apples, and old musty tropical fruits (mango, passionfruit) lead me to wonder if the flavor can possibly match this complexity....thankfully it can, with luxurious fine oaky vanilla being added to the myriads of fruits, limey earth qualities and faint sweet dessert wine notes....the longer it sits, the more leathery and earthy, funky it becomes....yet the mouthfeel is the thick velvety-soft, liqueur-like ice cider perfectly embodied....as complex and unusual as any cider I’ve had, a close second to the Face Cachée Neige Éternelle for best cider....hell just plain best of the fest. Masterpiece.
tiggmtl (4516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Subdued whiskey and oak character suffuse the sweet and syrupy tropical fruit and apple aroma along with a decent jolt of alcohol. Clear, deep, golden yellow coloured body with nice legs on the sides of the glass. Very strong, syrupy, sweet but never cloying fruity flavour is almost caramelised. Alcohol provides a counterpoint in the finish along with an earthy, funky note that recalls the frozen trees. Medium body with a rich texture and strong alcohol warming. An excellent ice cider that would certainly be more welcome on a cold Fall or Winter afternoon rather than this muggy and drizzly Summer day, but great all the same. Sampled at Mondial 2006.
GRM (2489) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample, Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 9 2011; eye: coppery, clear, no effervescence, no head; nose: cold apple, light woody, light spices, light candied apples; mouth: cold apple, light woody, light spices, light candied apples, acidity, finale in cold apple, full body, not much carbonation, rather sweet, liqueur-like texture; overall: quite good
Échantillon, Mondial de la bière, savourée le 9 juin 2011; œil : cuivrée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse; nez : pomme froide, léger boisé, léger épices, léger pommes confites; bouche : pomme froide, léger boisé, léger épices, léger pommes confites, acidité, finale en pomme froide, corsé, peu carbonaté, plutôt sucré, texture liquoreuse; en résumé : bien bon
tuqueboy (22) - toronto, CANADA - JUN 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Mondial 2007. It was the 2004 vintage. Gorgeous, deep golden colour. Aromas of apple, pineapple and vanilla. Flavour follows through on those aromas. It’s sweet and has a slightly syrupy consistency, but has enough acidity to balance it out nicely. Reminds me of a good Sauternes, and went spectacularly well with the foie gras en torchon. Found it more complex than the frimas (or any of the other ice ciders i tried at mondial).
j12601 (5652) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at Le Mondial des Cidres Glaces. Pours a clear golden yellow. Light apple notes, tart acid, vanilla and toffee. Sweet, light spice notes. Warm applebread. Toast, sugar and spice.
jercraigs (6477) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-05-30. Crisp golden yellow body (3+). Lightly musty aroma, notes of wood, apples. Sweet up front, apples, very tart-dry for a brief moment, then sweet again in the finish. (7+) Less lovely snorted up my nose... stupid tiny sample cups! Bottle, 2004 Vintage, Mondial, Montreal, courtesy of Tuqueboy
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mondial 2010. Pours a rich deep honey golden with big thick viscous legs. Aroma is big with maple syrup, caramelized apples, thick dark apple cider with lots of red skins, tannin, earth, apple pie spice, leaves, and lychee fruit. Flavor is more lychee, earth, nutty yeast, light wood, shaved oak and dust, big caramel apple, cider, honey, apple pie, with a decent cutting acidity in the end which only cuts through about half of the syrupy waxiness left of the tongue and teeth. Good stuff.
Glouglouburp (5572) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A caramelized and fruity ice-cider that surprisingly offers very little apple flavour.
How: From bottle 375ml. Many samples at Mondial des Cidres 2009.
The look: Dark golden body
In long: Flavour of honey, caramel and even maple along with a fruity flavours of litchi, kiwis, orange peel. A sensation of a caramelized fruity dessert. Of all the ice-ciders I had at the Mondial des Cidres 2009 festival this is probably the one that had the least apple flavour of them all. This one of the ice-ciders made using apples that are “baked” by freezing while in the trees (such as Frimas or Pinnacle Signature) and they are the most expensive but also usually the best and most complex ones. But this one is probably my least favourite of this select club. Still a very nice one but for that price there are better options. Still, its unique “no-apple” character makes it unique so it may very well be someone else’s favourite. But I’m not a someone else, I’m a nobody.
puzzl (3172) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 2004 bottle. Tons of jam, apricot, marmalade, processed sugars of all sorts. Very unique. Unlike any other ice cider I’ve had, though Frimas is close. But better. This one is too overwhelmed with passionfruit and jam and fig and has little apple character left. The body is as thick as maple syrup. Though very complex, I’m left wanting more out of this.
Rastacouere (6045) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium golden hue is still, clear and showing honest legs on the glass sides. Immediately fully aromatic nose with concentrated fruits abounding in the shape of mango, pineapple, pear and the whole tropical array. Fresh when served cool, but rough on the alcohol, which has a iodine and salty, wild tone attached to it. Rather light bodied for an ice cider, medium at best, which eases up the drinkability in a way, but the alcohol is fully pronounced, sharp and with lots of iodine suggestions. Nevertheless an interesting example thanks to a good backing tartness that attenuates its excentricities.