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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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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (12746) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2015
Bottle - Dark rich caramel, almost light charred barrel and over ripe apple. Clear copper. Caramel apple and hints of toasted wood. Very little if any acidity or tartness, just a warm wonderful sweet viscous liquid. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (14410) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2015
375mL bottle, pours a hazy dark amber orange with a few white bubbles as head. Aroma is complex as hell, with loads of caramelized apples and medium sweetness. Flavour is complex, with loads of rich caramelized apples, toffee, and medium sweetness. Elegant, sweet and complex – an ice cider of the usual luxuriousness of Le Face Cachee de la Pomme. Amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3279) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle 375ml. Pours amber with no head. Aroma is of apples, tartness. Taste is of apples, tartness, sugar. Palate: Full bodied. No carbonation. Overall: Very nice. Lots of apples. A fine sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7723) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2014
pours clear dark golden with some legs showing. red apple skin used for some sweet red apple jelly, sweet tangerines, touch of citrus, peaches in their syrup, very lightly tart, sweet - bit of caramel. flat carbonation, medium to full body, very lightly tart and sweet finish. good. but just wished it had been tart-er.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (5291) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle (375 ml). Deep golden/caramel color with light legs. Aroma is of juicy overcooked apples along caramel, light sweetness and a touch of acidity. Taste is sweet (but not cloying) with caramelized apples, brown sugar, molasses and moderate acidic presence. Full bodied. Liquorous. Warming finish. Well executed and well preserved. Decent complexity. Good balance. Another fantastic product from La Face Cachée de la Pomme!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting. Flat gold pour. Aroma of caramelized apples, slightly musty apple aroma, woodsy and spicy aromas. Taste is sweet, really decadent, rich liquory apple flavors. Palate is mouth coating and slightly warming, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (3335) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle shared by tom10101, thanks a lot! Pours a clear copper and completely still. Aromas of cooked apples and brown sugar greet you. Taste is also of sweet apples and lightly spiced. Acidity level is low but there is still a little preventing that this becomes a sweet mess. Body was medium and mouthfeel liquorous. Overall a nice one, I just don’t know how to rate these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jredmond (7460) - 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 (9548) - 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 (4152) - 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.

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