nearbeer (3611) - 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 (1258) - 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.
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle, via TheCheeseMan. Pours a viscous looking clear amber body with zero head. Looks like a dessert wine. The nose is hearty baked apples, honey, apple skins, a touch of alcohol. The flavor is sweet caramel and brown sugar-like with a soft baked apple fruitiness, some light spiciness. Mouthfeel is still, fairly thick, but not approaching most ice wines in their syrupiness. I’m really starting to like these Ciders from Dupont. Excellent again.
Maria (10129) - Thisted, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color is dark, golden-red-brown and the mouthfeel is almost oily and smooth and pleasant. The aroma makes me think of apples with syrup, baked in the oven, it’s alluring. The flavour has sweetness, and again it’s like drinking the delicious sap from apples without kernels with filling and syrup, baked in the oven, it’s vinous and it also has hints of raisins. The flavours is quite unexpected, and I really, really like it. My husband does not like cider, but even he thinks it’s delicious.
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 375ml bottle from pepsican; Nose is like a caramelized apple (sweet apples with a light caramel note); color is a caramel brown (about halfway between a light and a dark caramel); flavor is apples, sweetness, and a definate toffee flavor. Finish has a tiny bit of tartness but not much. A very much different ice cider than all the others I have had!
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color. Aroma is sweet red apples, with light alcohol. Taste is apple, butterscotch, toffee. Pretty interesting Ice cider, very differant.
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle/2005: Golden amber, smells like applesauce...which has to be good right? I have to admit this is my first ice cider so I’m not quite sure how to rate this. It’s good. Sweet, tart, delicious. I really dig this...yum.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was radically different from anything I had tried in the past, and I was expecting it to be sweet, but it was actually quite dry and bittter. very sticky on the palate and somewhat vinous. Just not a pleasant experience at all.