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La Face Cachée de la Pomme Inspiration 2005

Formerly brewed at La Face Cachée de la Pomme
Style: Ice Cider/Ice Perry
Hemmingford, Canada
Serve in Flute, Stem glass


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Since its first harvest in 1994, La Face Cachée de la Pomme has been redefining the apple ice wine experience. Every year offers its own surprises! Inspiration, from our 2005 harvest, expresses our thirst for refinement and whets the appetite of the imagination. This golden liquid has hints of roasted hazel nut. It will delight all your senses. Enjoy it on its own as an aperitif, or with fois gras, cheese or dessert. Serve cold. Limited edition of 3540 bottles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jredmond (6517) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Paul. Pours a deep golden body with no head or lacing. Aroma is perfect mix of apple crisp, spice, pie and dessert sugar. Mouthfeel is full with notes of rich apple pie, skins, light vanilla, faint spices and sugar. And another example of excellent ice cider.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle from a fourway trade involving myself, Andy, Max, and that loveable scamp Dany, consumed with Andy and Max prior to going up to Montreal to meet up with Dany before going to Vermont for Hill Farmstead’s 2th anniversary. Pours a tawny amber color. Sweet caramel and toast, caramel. Medium bodied, warm caramel and apple, soft toffee. Long caramelized sugar, toast and a long slow acid. Beautiful and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Dark Amber / brown color and it is quite clear. The nose smells of sweet, concentrated apples, lightly toasted nuts, some mineral notes, touches of butterscotch, floral apple notes, and perhaps even some mustiness.

Definitely very sweet tasting, this does have a nice acidity from the apple character as well as a solid apple like flavor. Touches of wood like flavors provide some hints of astringency and there is a definite rounded nuttiness that subtly infuses the flavor. As my palate gets used to the initial sweetness, it becomes much more balanced seeming with balancing notes of acidity, nuts, and lots of floral apple flavors. There is a hint of flintiness to the flavor, as well as some notes of subtle butterscotch. The body has a nice viscosity to it without being cloying.

Reading other reviews, this seems to have gotten quite a bit darker over the years, it is still not overly oxidized (though this has been stored in the fridge for the last year), and would likely age for quite some time as long as it is aged cold / cool. Quite nice and I definitely like the clean apple character including the nice acidity; the acidity is really what makes this beer, it really helps to balance things out and brings out the expressive fruit character without letting it get overly cloying. A great after dinner drink for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Pure caramel apple aroma. Intense super-concentrated apple cider (duh) flavor. Straightforward but delicious. Starting to oxidize a bit. If you are sitting on any, you should probably consider cracking it soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6483) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2010
Bouteille claire de 375 ml, avec bouchon de liège, achetée au Mondial des Cidres de Glace 2009 (Rougemont, QC). Arôme: Odeur de pommes confites. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée. Saveur: Goût de pommes confites avec une pointe de caramel. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture légèrement sirupeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sucré. (Rating #2888)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94 on 7/3/09: Pours a viscous deep golden bronze with good thin legs. Has a fresh juicy apple nose with some light caramel and a touch of tartness. Starts very full and fruity sweet with nice toffee and caramel apple flavor along with some light citrusy tartness and good balance before a crisp, sweettart finish. A very nice ice cider.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (5481) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
This poured nice clear golden color with tiny bits of bubbly carbonation coming from the top. Aroma was of loads of overripped apples, like walking through an orchard in the fall. Flavor was much the same, not overbearingly sweet, but not tart either, just fresh pressed apples. This hid the alcohol very well too. Very impressive stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin (3727) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to Glouglouburp!
Clear amber color, nice legs. Nose of wood and pie crust, and of course heavy apple. The flavor is similar, wood and ultra sweet apple that you’d find when you pick a rotting one up in your yard. This is incredibly crisp, really clean apple flavor without the spices and dessert quality I’ve had in ice ciders from other breweries. As such, I enjoyed it a little more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
cheap (4677) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 2005 edition shared graciously at the Pittsburgh tasting 2009 from sir Mr Chopin, thanks Kev! Parafin and purfumy apple cider aroma. Plain old yellow and clear. Sweet and yummy yet nothing artificial about these flavors. Hides any alky content rather well. Very nifty aged or almost rotten apple taste in a tremendously good way. Very friendly and easy going. No carbonation. Lovely and delicious. Wow, glad to have had the chance at this one. Alky is certainly in there but so what. Finish is apply rich sweet candy. A little viscous on the palate. Very nice and enjoyable overall experience. THIS STUFF ROCKS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7444) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2009
2005 edition shared graciously at the Pittsburgh tasting 2009. Pours a clear golden color with lots of syrupy legs. An awesome nose; heavenly apples, sweetness and somehow all natural. A powerful flavor, heat, apples, sweetness, but not overly sweet or artificial. Not super complex; but still amazing. I could drink this anytime. Thanks to MrChopin.

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