77ships (5089) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 (19/01/2014) 2009 Vintage. 375 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to Martinus. Clear copper amber appearance. Smell is spectacular, sweet apple, syrupy, cinnamon, flowers, concentrated apple sugar / syrup, apple tree, wood, very sweet & perfectly balanced with mild tartness at the very same moment. Taste is mind-blowing. Sweet, touch Sirop de Liège but less sweet than the real deal, incredible rich apple juice, caramel, cinnamon, candy, sweet herbs, dash nutmeg, apple tree, faintest of acidity balances everything, natural sugar, apple skins etc. Smooth, faintly oily, absolutely spectacular. REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, FREAKING GOOD. 5/5 ////////////////////////////////////////////////// Since it is no longer ratable, I have decided to park my rating for “La Face Cachée de la Pomme Neige Noir” here. Obtained in a trade with tom10101. Thanks! 2009 vintage. Very, very beautiful looking 500 ml. bottle @ home. 15 cl. pour. Freshly opened bottle. Bottle says that it can be kept for 9 months after opening. This one pours quite dark, copper apple juice, darker orange copper, oily rim sticks to the glass on top. Smells of Sirop de Liège, very thick and concentrated apple syrup on top, warming, some Eau-de-vie, wood tannins, vanilla, very clean, high quality alcohol, camomile, lemon essential oil, quite oily, very thick. Taste is quite reminiscent of Sirop de Liège, warming, lingering alcohol, wine tannins, thick caramelized sugar, syrupy thick apple juice, thick maple, touch agave, honey, lemon essential oil, lemon peel, esotheric oils, warming Eau-de-vie, wine tannins, wood vanilla, thick decandent. Very oily and sticky feel to it, slightly watery as well, strangely enough. Tried it woth chilled & room temperature and preferred it greatly at room temperature, this was something else all right. Very unique, rich and decadent. I have a big sweet tooth and I already found 15 cl. to be overkill frankly. Fascinating. ///////////////////// Took another small pour day after opening the bottle. Surprisingly this tasted even better, richer, deeper, more decadend. Even more spirit-like in a good way. Amazing. 4.6 -> 4.7
kraddel (4505) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at RBWG14 .
Pours clear amber .
Smells like applesauce .
Very soft, gentle and thick mouthfeel .
Tastes like liquid applesauce . Very sweet, bit of a applesour touch .. Bit alcoholwarmth . Very , very nice indeed
czar (5392) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours viscously medium dark golden. sticky legs. caramelized apples, maple, juicy dried apricots and fresh berries, maybe strawberries, sweet yet not cloying and lightly tart, very good balance of sweetness/acidity. full body - oily, sticky, sweet and lightly tart, almost astringent finish. excellent product but i still prefer récolte d’automne, noir and sur lie.
Beardaxe (293) - - NOV 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intense, funky aroma. Smells like moldy, fermented apples. Deep brown color. Taste is an strong apple sweetness and intense, complex apple funk. The alcohol is smoothly integrated into the background, giving a nice even heat that mixes well with brown liquor type flavors. The intense sweetness, thin body, and complex alcohol heat position this is as a weird cider/wine/liquor hybrid. Really opened my eyes to what a cider could be.
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LilBeerDoctor (3514) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light orange yellow with no head. Aroma of sweet apple, a touch of booze. Flavor of sweet, juicy, crisp apple. Like sucking on a juicy concentrated apple. More appley flavors, light fruits, and peach in the finish. Smooth, sweet, so drinkable. Delicious- it is heaven in a glass!
PhillyCraft (3803) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Skinny bottle cracked at Eric’s Epic Tasting. Pours glowing gold. Aroma is caramel apples, granny smith, peach, wood, and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is most of the same goodness with super rich, and complex apple mixing in with honey and other deliciously sweet flavors. Medium to fuller bodied with an ultra velvety mouth feel. I loved Premier and Reserve but this one is surely the best Ice cider I have ever had. Worth every god damn penny!
ineedbeer (1100) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is totally different from the previous 2 ciders. Definitely more of a non apple fruit character with strawberries being very prevalent. There is still a strong apple character though.
Pours a clear copper amber with ruby highlights. No bubbles or head so no lacing. Medium size legs.
Flavor is also different than the previous two with a lot more non-apple fruit characters including strawberry. Some light spice and moderate red apple notes. Faint hint of alcohol in the finish. More complex arrangement of flavors than in the previous two ciders. Still very sweet.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with low to no carbonation. No astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall an amazingly complex ice cider. Its amazing how much non apple character was achieved from the apples with great strawberry and spice notes. Very sweet but it finishes so smooth. This is seriously good stuff.
popery (1612) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big strawberry jam on top of sweet, rich apples. Peaches, grapes, caramel. Awesome. Probably my favorite of the three that I tried tonight, but all of them have been great. There’s just a lot of depth and different fruitiness knocking around in this one. Interesting and delicious.
The_Osprey (2937) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2015
Sep 2013 - Cold bottle, 2008 vintage 9%, for a special occasion. Silly expensive - works out at £25 a glass. Bright golden orange with a pink hue, no legs. Smell is sweet concentrated cider. Body is syrupy, carbonation is pretty low. Taste is sweet, syrupy, apple concentrate, strawberry, orange and general fruit salad in syrup. Slight sherry. Potent flavours, oversweet. Alcohol is not noticeable. Nice but one dimensional - sweet, sweet and sweet! One glass is plenty - definitely a sipper. (4.1)
Mar 2015 - Bottle share, thanks to Fergus. 2008 vintage, 9%. Aroma is strawberry jam, honey, concentrated apple. Body - med, smooth, no carb. Taste sweet apple, honey. Hasn’t changed much with an extra year of age. (4.1)
bulldogops (1115) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 24, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
3 oz pour served in a champagne flute.
Aroma is fleshy apple, as if on a cutting board in front of you.
Taste is warm alcohol, sweet apple, hint of brown sugar or caramel but faint.
Mouthfeel is slight carbonation, but smooth, silky, and decadent.
This is often my Christmas present to myself, as I enjoy it as family gathers for evening meal. My family is not francophone in any way, and yet we seem to follow traditional Quebecoise schedule of events (la messe, big dinner, and an unending supply of snack foods and booze for Christmas eve/day)