hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 Bottle… This cider rocks!... Clear golden/almost amber cider with really nice legs. The aroma is a merger of sweet red and sour green apples… in a wooden basket, baking in the sun. A smidge of ethanol. Full-bodied and silky-smooth. The flavor is very sweet, but equally acidic and tart. Lengthy, sweet/tart finish.
TheEpeeist (3543) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml, 2004. Clear honey oak with no bubbles. Mouthwatering nose of baked and candy apples with slight woody peel. Crisp nectar with a spicy tingle. Taste is super sweet apple, of course, but enough tart, sour notes to balance. Hints of cinnamon, melon and lemon. Intensely wonderful.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Many thanks. I love this stuff. Poured a clear golden color. Enticing aroma of apple liqueur and buttery caramel. Slick, full mouth feel with apple (of course), vanilla, caramel, and a hint of oak. Sweet up front with a light tart finish and a warming alcohol effect. I’d like to try some with a piece of apple pie and vanilla ice cream.
DietPepsican (1526) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold pour. Aroma is very rich, lots of fresh apples and some oak. Flavor follows through about the same. A little bit of spice, crackers, vanilla and some white wine notes. Very sweet finish. Thanks joey!
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours yellow with a nice neck. Smells of up front apples, a wine cellar, some nice oak, a touch of spice. Taste’s dry with a nice sweetness that yields some floral hints and a touch of honey. Very enjoyable.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2004 vintage. Aroma is massive, cellared apples, cinnamon a little honey, some hints of oak. This is one I could have just sniffed for a long long time. But then the flavor! Wow, the first taste is almost overwhelmingly apple, but then all the other more subtle flavors come to play and it just keeps getting better and better. It’s sweet, but has a good tart kick, the oak adds a depth you don’t quite get in the Neige alone. This stuff was sublime.
mabel (7277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[1400-20080530] Bottle. Dry wooden apple barrel aroma. Clear, dark yellow orange body with no head. Muted apple flavour has a bit of dry wooden notes throughout. Smooth medium body. Nice and sweet.
(Vintage 2004; 3/5T @ Mondial; Montreal, QC)
fordest (2027) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with toncatcher. lots of sour and sweet apple flavors. Some hints of strawberry or kiwi in there too. Some wood on the finish was a bit of a surprise. Very very tasty stuff. I could get addicted to this stuff.
robinvboyer (3530) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
just like their neige cider, but the oak really adds another dimension. You can really tatse the oak, and a touch of vanilla, mixed with the sweet thick apples, and honey, this is intense, and so tasty
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
More subtle, complex than the Neige, less sweet, with a little wood. Acidic edge around the tongue. But most disappointingly it had less engaging apple notes than the Neige. Doesn’t rise to the delight of the best English ciders, though that’s a whole genre away. Still, can’t complain too much with the ciders of this maker. (Montreal Beer Festival, 2008).