KyotoLefty (7552) - Kyoto, - NOV 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Bottle at home with apple pie. Lovely orange amber, clear but oily and slick. No head or bubbles. Nose of apple, honey, light spice, sherbert,, light tannic skin. Got better as it warmed, but the flavor was another level. Sweet apple, light acid, honey, orange, with a spicy, lightly peppery, alcohol finish. Full, velvety body with soft, slightly prickly carbonation. Perfect balance of sweet apple and green tartness with alcohol. Absolutely wonderful.
fiulijn (16427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting at Matt’s, corked bottle, vintage 2012, 3+ years old
Bright dark golden color. Deep aroma, harmonious, ripe fruits. Sweet, sour, a bit astringent, with just a soft carbonation; not much caramel, but stewed apples yes.
Ferris (7664) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Cooked apples, dark caramel, light vinegar and brown sugar. Clear copper. Very mellow, refined brown sugars Nd wonderful over ripe Apple. Very nice.
mcberko (9339) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage. 375mL bottle, pours a hazy vibrant orange with bubbles due to the sparkling. Nose is complex as hell, with toffee, caramel, butterscotch, that kind of thing, with syrupy apples, and lots of residual sugars. Flavour is similar, with complex butterscotch, caramel, syrupy apples, and a hint of acidity. The carbonation isn’t even really noticeable -- maybe a hint of the bubbles. Another sublime product from the masters.
tom10101 (3889) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (375 ml). As "Neige Méthode Traditionnelle". Split 4-ways,
Appearance: Clear bright golden/copper, leaving some nice legs on the glass.
Aroma: Yellow fruits (pears, tropical fruits), burnt caramel, freshly harvested red apples and light sweetness notes.
Taste: Burnt caramel, freshly harvested red apples, yellow fruits, light acidity and light to moderate residual sugars. Alcohol is well hidden.
Palate: Medium body. Sparkling (soft) carbonation. The bubbles clean the sticky sweetness that is usually present is La Face Cachée ice ciders so the finish is a lot less sweeteer than in their other products.
Overall: The bubbles makes this Ice Cider a bit more drinkable than the usual La Face Cachée products, but it also hinder the complexity, the juicy apples mouthfeel and the sticky sweet finish, It also make the product tast a bit "cheaper". Not bad, but 9 times out of 10 I will choose the regular Neige Premiere over this one.
AdamChandler (3589) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Tommy for sharing.
A - Very dark golden bronze color. still but a nice cork pop
S - Nose has a bit of cherry, pear and nectarine with a lot of residual sweetness.
T - Interesting taste, has a bit less sweetness than regular Premiere. Sharp granny smith apple, I get some old citrus. bubbles detract from the taste a bit.
M - Nice bubbly mouth feel, residual sugar finish. tart at the finish as well.
O - This is a nice cider, tart finish, sweet up front, a bit more child-like, like a welch’s carbonated apple juice. tasty but not worth revisiting for the cost.
jredmond (6294) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at Mondial 2015 in Montreal with Linh, Ken and Nica. Pours a thick golden body with light bubbles. The pour alone reveals this to be different than many of the other sparkling ciders and it seems to truly be a hybrid of the sparkling and ice cider styles. Mouthfeel is a amalgamation of bubbly, thick sweet apple syrup with notes of rich sweet honey, apple pie, sweet sugar, light oak, earthy character and maybe even some cheese. Not sure why I didn’t pick up a bottle of this. Really good stuff.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Vintage bottle. Pours with a clear deep golden hued body with a small white ring of foam, some legs and light yeast floaties. Aromas are amazing La Face ice cider (its been too long since I’ve had one of these). Lightly cheesy, with intense vibrant apple, strong acidity, tannin, warming baking spices. Incredibly vibrant! Flavors are sweet and strongly acidic. Both are extremely strong and would be completely unbalanced without the other. Carbonation is petilant, and doesn’t add much to this already unbelievable beverage. Huge acidity, lemony, vibrant apple. An absolutely wonderful dessert wine. As with any La Face Cachee product, this is a complete gem!
77ships (5403) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml. bottle shared with Kraddel during the (Ice) Cider/Perry tasting @ Barely Legal Tasting Room. 2009 Vintage. Obtained in a trade with tom10101. Thank you! Drank almost half of the bottle. Pours very dark caramel amber, has this spend time on barrels? Nose is warming spirit-like, boozy, syrupy apple, Sirop de Liège, La Face Cachée de la Pomme-style but tad more overtly spirit-like. Warming sirop de Liège, spirit apple, warming, boozy, thick caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, red apple. Carbonation is only light, I was hopping secretly for a Champagne-type of deal but that is just me. Absolutely awesome but not mind-blowing like Recolte D’Hiver unfortunately.
kraddel (4562) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thnx to ships for this one .
Pours clear , amberblonde . Small ring of foam .
Smell is sweet , full .
Taste is sweet, full, booze, sharp , oaky almost. Perfect carbo . Very intense , carbo lightens it all up .
Easy drinkable. too damn easy !
EdKing (2136) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle care of a trade with TimE. Orange, rusty, almost pink, effervescent, no head, oily in the glass. Nose is sweet, sugary, syrupy, red apple skins, something like an old plastic bucket, icing sugar, tart tatin (caramelised apple tart), minerals. Taste is sweet apple, some subtle apple bitterness, red flesh apple, some vinous sweet grape, caramel. It’s very much in the sweet wine category. A little bit of that sunshine Sauternes grape sweetness, but with sweet and bitter apple notes. Really very nice. Nose is very sweet caramelly and then on the taste there’s some nice apple sweetness and light acidic.