Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 bottle shared by maniac. Thanks! Pours a dark yellowish copper color. Very dark, heavy apple aroma. Earthy, herbal quality. Tart apple aroma with dark caramel notes. Thick bodied.
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 2007 Vintage. ABV is listed on the label as 6.9%. Rusty amber pour. Very dark colored. No head at all. Not a single bubble. Aroma is strong apple and very sweet. There is almost a liqueur type aroma with this. Nothing much else in the nose except for apple. Taste is very concentrated apple, sweet apple juice, light spices, soft alcohol and some tartness. Body is almost syrupy with no carbonation and sugary stickiness throughout. Ends with more sugary apples, some green apple tartness, apple juice, light spice and soft alcohol. My first ice cider was a tasty one but I do not think it was worth the $25 I spent on it.
That1Guy (1867) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle. Crushed with Jakebra. First cider. Nothing to compare it to, so shooting from the hip. Very sweet, maybe too sweet, brown sugar and lots of caramel. Guess since this is rated so low among ciders, I got a lot to learn.
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 Bottle. Pours with a pumpkin orange body that leaves strong alcohol legs on the glass. Aroma of baked apples, cinnamon, soil, a bit of pepper and a spicey red wine grape. Taste is very sweet with a bit of apple tartness as the taste progresses. There is some light pepper, cumin and a condensed barnyard character similar to the Bouche Brut, only more intensified in quality, but further back in the palate. Syrupy mouthfeel, but much less full than any of the La Face ciders.
Palidor19 (2881) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A real deep looking cider with a real thick presence the taste of cork is very overwheling. strong but a little tart with a harsh aftertaste
nick76 (4145) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is super sweet with maple syrup, apples, leaves, yeast, and cork. The appearance is orange brown and so cloudy that you can’t see through it. The flavor is like the aroma and somewhat strong but not overpowering with alcohol. The palate is smooth but non carbonated. Overall I really like it but it’s too acidic and the cork is bothersome.
nearbeer (3432) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 375 ml, 2006 vintage. Clear, still amber-copper. Hard pour leaves a ring of larger bubbles. Aroma is apples baked in brown sugar, spices and butter. Taste is similar, but earthier with more emphasis on the apple and less on the other sweet flavors. Finish is nicely dried by more acidic apple peel and hints of oak and alcohol. Aftertaste is brown sugar. Light-medium body is alternately watery and syrupy in a drinkable way, and finishes very acidic-dry for all the big sweet flavor. Good, but at $2/oz. not really something I would revisit anytime soon.
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Le Givre pours a lusciously opal amber-copper with hints of foam. It is somehow much lighter on top than on bottom, almost a straw. The aroma is thick, mostly fresh apples and cider, with some caramel and a hint of smoke.
A rich, almost syrupy beer. Strongly sweet but not at all cloying. I get a whole fruit apple sweetness with a strong alcohol warming. There is a dance of flavors: spices like clove and cinnamon, some smokiness, and a strong, lingering, pleasant cider flavor.
This cider is intense yet muted. It is strongly sweet and alcoholic, but remains elusively subtle. A joy to drink.
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2006 - Dark amber body, big bubbled head; Very strange green aroma, somewhat like fresh asparagus; Super sweet burnt caramel body, a little fresh acid too; warm caramel finish, caramel aromas, lots of cheap brown sugar. Strange, and nothing like the Canadian Ice Ciders.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours a headless amber body. Aroma of sour apples honey grass and citrus. Flavor is similar with some etoh to kick. Not bad.