tom10101 (3576) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (375 ml). As "Neige Méthode Traditionnelle". Split 4-ways,
Appearance: Clear bright golden/copper, leaving some nice legs on the glass.
Aroma: Yellow fruits (pears, tropical fruits), burnt caramel, freshly harvested red apples and light sweetness notes.
Taste: Burnt caramel, freshly harvested red apples, yellow fruits, light acidity and light to moderate residual sugars. Alcohol is well hidden.
Palate: Medium body. Sparkling (soft) carbonation. The bubbles clean the sticky sweetness that is usually present is La Face Cachée ice ciders so the finish is a lot less sweeteer than in their other products.
Overall: The bubbles makes this Ice Cider a bit more drinkable than the usual La Face Cachée products, but it also hinder the complexity, the juicy apples mouthfeel and the sticky sweet finish, It also make the product tast a bit "cheaper". Not bad, but 9 times out of 10 I will choose the regular Neige Premiere over this one.
AdamJackson (3319) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Tommy for sharing.
A - Very dark golden bronze color. still but a nice cork pop
S - Nose has a bit of cherry, pear and nectarine with a lot of residual sweetness.
T - Interesting taste, has a bit less sweetness than regular Premiere. Sharp granny smith apple, I get some old citrus. bubbles detract from the taste a bit.
M - Nice bubbly mouth feel, residual sugar finish. tart at the finish as well.
O - This is a nice cider, tart finish, sweet up front, a bit more child-like, like a welch’s carbonated apple juice. tasty but not worth revisiting for the cost.
jredmond (5903) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at Mondial 2015 in Montreal with Linh, Ken and Nica. Pours a thick golden body with light bubbles. The pour alone reveals this to be different than many of the other sparkling ciders and it seems to truly be a hybrid of the sparkling and ice cider styles. Mouthfeel is a amalgamation of bubbly, thick sweet apple syrup with notes of rich sweet honey, apple pie, sweet sugar, light oak, earthy character and maybe even some cheese. Not sure why I didn’t pick up a bottle of this. Really good stuff.
BMan1113VR (7895) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Vintage bottle. Pours with a clear deep golden hued body with a small white ring of foam, some legs and light yeast floaties. Aromas are amazing La Face ice cider (its been too long since I’ve had one of these). Lightly cheesy, with intense vibrant apple, strong acidity, tannin, warming baking spices. Incredibly vibrant! Flavors are sweet and strongly acidic. Both are extremely strong and would be completely unbalanced without the other. Carbonation is petilant, and doesn’t add much to this already unbelievable beverage. Huge acidity, lemony, vibrant apple. An absolutely wonderful dessert wine. As with any La Face Cachee product, this is a complete gem!
77ships (4765) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml. bottle shared with Kraddel during the (Ice) Cider/Perry tasting @ Barely Legal Tasting Room. 2009 Vintage. Obtained in a trade with tom10101. Thank you! Drank almost half of the bottle. Pours very dark caramel amber, has this spend time on barrels? Nose is warming spirit-like, boozy, syrupy apple, Sirop de Liège, La Face Cachée de la Pomme-style but tad more overtly spirit-like. Warming sirop de Liège, spirit apple, warming, boozy, thick caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, red apple. Carbonation is only light, I was hopping secretly for a Champagne-type of deal but that is just me. Absolutely awesome but not mind-blowing like Recolte D’Hiver unfortunately.
kraddel (4344) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thnx to ships for this one .
Pours clear , amberblonde . Small ring of foam .
Smell is sweet , full .
Taste is sweet, full, booze, sharp , oaky almost. Perfect carbo . Very intense , carbo lightens it all up .
Easy drinkable. too damn easy !
EdKing (2071) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle care of a trade with TimE. Orange, rusty, almost pink, effervescent, no head, oily in the glass. Nose is sweet, sugary, syrupy, red apple skins, something like an old plastic bucket, icing sugar, tart tatin (caramelised apple tart), minerals. Taste is sweet apple, some subtle apple bitterness, red flesh apple, some vinous sweet grape, caramel. It’s very much in the sweet wine category. A little bit of that sunshine Sauternes grape sweetness, but with sweet and bitter apple notes. Really very nice. Nose is very sweet caramelly and then on the taste there’s some nice apple sweetness and light acidic.
brokensail (12286) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ 10K + OT. Thanks to Steve for sending me this. Minimal sparkle on this sparkling cider, but a rich caramel colored pour and good clarity. Smell is fresh apple tart, vanilla, caramel, and tart green apple. Great cinnamon and nutmeg, too. Flavor is liquid apple pie. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and vanilla. Rich caramelized sugar and baked apple. Perfect acidity on the finish. Coats the tongue. Wonderful.
GT2 (9151) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[ Bottle ][ brokensail ][ 375ml ][ 10K+OT Tasting ][ Stemless Wine Taster ][ 5/3/14 ]
>> Low to no pop from the cork. Clear, deep tea orange, no foam, huge legs. Nose is insanely rich as always apple pie with melted cheese topping. Taste is super sweet cinnamon apple pie that is never cloying by some evil magic. Finishes with spice and powerful acid that kills the front palate’s sugariness. Low carbonation to zero. Oily, ultra rich mouthfeel. Huge legs. Cheesy oily sugary front palate. Awesome as always from this producer.
popery (1575) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious. An explosion of apple flavor. Quite sweet but there’s a ton of depth. Earthy and thick. Viscous. Lingering tart apple aftertaste.