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Les Vergers Lafrance Domaine Lafrance Cuvée Spéciale

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Brewed by Les Vergers Lafrance
Style: Ice Cider/Ice Perry
Saint-Joseph-du-lac, Canada
Serve in Flute, Stem glass

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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An ice cider made from premium apples following a unique, artisanal process. The fruit is tre-picked in January when the weather is several degrees below freezing. Then it is pressed and transformed into a precious nectar. In freezing on the trees, the apples are "cooked", a natural process that produces the taste of baked apples. The apple juice ferments in vats before being transformed into authentic ice cider wiht all the flavour and suger content of the finest apples.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Minderbinder (2595) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2015
Sample from 2008 vintage. Pours very dark amber with no head. Not so many legs. Aroma is of apples, vanilla, oak, some faint hints of slight notes reminiscent of coconut. Taste is of awesome apples, sugar, some acidity, alcohol. Palate: Full bodied. Sweet. No carbonation. Overall: Awesome apples. Amongst the best I’ve ever had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (2178) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2015
2008 vintage. Pours a clear copper with good legs. Nose is of cooked apples and not too sugary. Light apple pie reminescence. Taste is of the usual apples and brown sugar but there is something different in the acid profile. Not sure if it is because of the aging or if it was like that when it was first released. Anyhow, good and not too sweet. Body is full and mouthfeel is lightly "sandy" (for lack of a better word, filled with small sugar particles is what I mean) and sticky. Another nice dessert drink by Vergers Lafrance!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (4236) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
2oz sample from bottle, 2008 vintage. Clear deep chestnut pour light legs. Super aromatic, tons of dried plums, old apple, apple-peach butter, raisins, figs. Taste is rich, decadent, candied fruit galore, brandy soaked dried plums, overripe apple. Palate is sticky, med full bodied with long lingering finish. Slight extreme in its tendency towards old brandy soaked fruit but oh so decadent and tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5689) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
sample from tom10101, thanks bro! clear dark amber, orange tint pour, bright. very spicy apples, cinnamon sticks, baked and buttered caramelized apples, fire cider-like, i.e. heat concentrated features; lots of brown sugar, peppery and spicy strawberries, sweet beet roots, raisins, dark wild honey attributes, touch of acidity - lacking a little, phenolic traces. flat carbonation, medium-full body - syrupy; sweet and very spicy finish. wasn’t quite digging the aroma with its vegetal-phenolic-off-yeasty character but it is an overall opulent, spicy, rich and tasty ice cider.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (3889) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
2 oz sample from bottle (375 ml). 2008 harvest.

Appearance: Deep copper with nice legs.

Aroma: Brown sugar, baked apples, cinnamon, tropical fruits, wood and caramelized apples.

Taste: Medium sweetness and moderate acidity. Baked and caramelized apples with tropical fruits, brown sugar warming spices, vanilla notes and light alcohol.

Palate: Medium to full body. Thick and syrupy. Mild spiciness and some warming alcohol in the finish.

Overall: One of the most complex Ice Cider out there. Nice baked and caramelized apples presence. Could use a bit more acidity. Really tasty.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brokensail (13234) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle @ Mondial des Cidres de Glace 2015. Almost amber colored with some nice legs. Wowe, what a nose on this. Tropical fruit, pears, and juicy, fresh apples. Great acidity on the tongue as well as a very nice sweetness. Semi-tart but also sweet pears. Lots of apple, some pineapple juice, citrus, and baked apples. Damn, son.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (6293) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle sampled at Mondial 2014 with Linh, Minh and Angela. Pours a deep amber body. Aroma is sweet apple, rich honey, fruit and a nice maple character coming through. Mouthfeel is full and rich with the maple character taking center stage. Additional notes of rich apple pie, honey, apple sugar, honey and oak.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Golden orange body. Intense sweet, ripe apples. Light spicing. Clean profile. Moderate acidity and lively sweetness. Straightforward but rich.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3305) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
Sample, bottle, tasted during the Mondial des cidres de glace, savoured on February 8 2013; eye: coppery, rich, clear, no effervescence; nose: lychee, nuts, candied apple, pear; mouth: lychee, nuts, candied apple, pear, finale in lychee with presence of apple, medium body, mildly sweet, palateful texture; overall: very good FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bouteille, bue lors du Mondial des cidres de glace, savourée le 8 février 2013; œil : cuivrée, riche, limpide, pas d’effervescence; nez : litchi, noix, pomme confite, poire; bouche : litchi, noix, pomme confite, poire, finale en litchi avec présence de pomme, corps moyen, moyennement sucré, texture moelleuse; en résumé : très bon

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7315) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
[3898-20110820] 200mL bottle. Sweet musty applesauce aroma has a touch of lychee. Clear, brown orange body with no head. Thick sugary apple flesh flavour has almost an underlying brûlée-like base. Medium body is thick and sweet. Delicious, surprising for a Saturday morning. (8/3/8/4/16) 3.9
(w/ jerc, rudolf)


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