Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 vintage. Pours a muddy hazy honey orange with ok legs. Aroma is sweet mple syrup, oxidation, some sherry, light apple cider, baked apple pie, spices, sweet brown sugar, and slight salty oxidation as well. Flavor is green apple, muddy, dirt, earth, apple pie, apple juice, sweet honey mead, acetaldehyde notes, leather earth and alcohol in the end. A bit messy, old and oxidized at this point.
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 2006. Very murky brown, unfiltered pour. Tarry, oxidized apples, almost spicy, peppers. Light body, sugar, maple syrup. Brown sugar. Yeast cakes at the bottom of the glass.
drowland (7868) - Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/6/10. Rating 2100! My first ice cider! 375mL bottle. Cloudy brown pour, reminds of actual apple cider. Huge apple character in the aroma, with big sweet whiffs as well as caramel (think caramel apples) and plenty of spices. There is also a buttery something and a hint of bitter and alcohol as well. Big sweet appley flavor with caramel and hints of burnt - reminds again of caramel apples or pie. Big apple flavor but followed by a hint of something salty or acidic. Not bad, definitely want to try more!
tomer (2850) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAY 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007 vintage, thanks zvikar, clear deep brown to red and almost no carbonation, dominant aroma of apple puree with dried fruits and a hint of calvados, flavours of apple juice, spice and apple peal, quite sweet with not nearly enough sourness to balance but to avoid being cloyingly sweet, quite simple and not in the same class as the canadien versions i tried.
zvikar (4125) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
7.5% abv, 2007 vintage, pours bronze to dark orange with no head, lively aroma of apples, apples puree and notes of barnyard, clear apple juice, apple puree, sour apples skin, some dryness and acidity. Medium Body.
ChainGangGuy (4755) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Set down before me an opaque, still, dark amber body. Let’s dive right in.
Smell: A dense, delightfully sweet-scented aroma of baked apples, spices, and dark caramel sauce. Would make for a great scented candle.
Taste: Holds a rich, striking taste of apple butter, it’s strongly sweet (but not unacceptably so), and presents some complex, complimentary spicy tastes of allspice, cloves, and ground cinnamon. Small hint of acidity. Sweet, silken finish of considerable length.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Near-chewy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: As the Bible says, it’s better to Givre than to receive-re. An impressive, inviting beverage, that’d likely pair well with a wide variety of desserts. Like a hearty liqueur or port wine, it’s best kept in somewhat small-sized portions. Too much of a good thing and all.
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle shared by shawnm213- thanks again, Shawn! Pours a muddy orange-brown color with a tiny head. Aroma of ripe apples, brown sugar, caramel, wood, and a tiny dash of cinnamon. Sweet flavor of ripened apples, tons of brown sugar, caramel, syrup, and wood. Good lord this is sweet. Medium bodied, with minimal carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. Gets even sweeter as it warms. Doesn’t quite stand up to the La Face Cachee ice ciders, but damn good and another awesome example of this style.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Style tasting with Shawn who provided the Éternelle, I brought the rest
1) La Face Cachée de la Pomme Neige Éternelle 2006
2) La Face Cachée de la Pomme Neige Ice Cider 2005
3) Domaine Pinnacle Cidre de Glace Ice Cider 2007
4) Etienne Dupont Cidre De Givre Eis Cider 2005
Hazy coppery hue that is unfiltered with heavy oily legs. The aroma has a big brown sugar tone, sappy, very earthy and woody, with slight funk creeping into play. The taste has a lot more sweetness than the other three and while I liked that when colder, upon warming up it got to be a bit too much. The apple flavor seems so much old growth here, more mature apple character. There is a light pungent mineral and clove note as well. The mouth feel is sticky and warming, this is the most unique of the four tasted. Drink this chilled, do not let it warm to room temps.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2010 Tried 1)la face de la pomme neige eternelle 2006, 2) la face de la pomme neige 2005, 3) domaine pinnacle ice cider 2007, and 4) cidre de givre 2005 side by side by side....
1) was received from glouglouburp through trade- thanks dany. you da man. 2-4 graciously shared by bbb63- thanks mike! this was awesome.
1-3 are all very clear. 1 and 2 are a clear watery amber with 2 ever so slighly darker than 1. 3 was a clear golden yellow. no head. 4 poured a hazy murky pond water orange brown.
more important stuff
1) similar to 2. more earthy, less tart. found myself drinking this one the most. kept coming back to it. needed to get seconds of this. the earthiest of the 4. score: 4.1
2) deep sweet apple goodness. more tart than than 1. both are solid. more complex than 1. The tartness really gives a nice layer to this. tight. score: 4.5
3) Most subtle of the 4 and the least sweet. Think white grapes and white wine apple. score: 3.7
4) sweetest of the 4. stands out as being a lot different than the other three. a caramel candied apple sugar sweetness. nice. caramel, sweet aple crisp. The most different of the 4. a lot of candy and caramel notes that were more present than the others. some syrup and honey notes as well. good stuff. can see this going well with an apple stroodle (msp) or other apple dessert. score 4.1
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Au Verger de la Madeleine, Paris, 375ml, expensive (16€)
Vintage 2007, 2 years old, 7.2% ABV
It pours a dark amber color, hazy, flat. Aroma of apples, nuts, caramel. Strong body, even if less thick than other Ice Ciders, very sweet, with a distinctive late wood astringency and late acidity; flavor of overripe apples, caramel and some honey.
The caramel presence makes me think of a concentration obtained by boiling the cider, more than by freezing the apples; decent but not as fresh and fruity as the Canadian samples; nor it is as complex, but at least the astringency is original..