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: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Domaine Lafrance is a magnificent ice cider nurtured and bottled at the Cidrerie Lafrance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9025) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
Bottle, shared with my wife and in-laws. 2008 Vintage. Deep golden hue, viscous legs. Warm apple cobbler aroma and flavour, lots of spicy oxidized apple rolled up in a tawny port blanket. Lip-smacking tartness in the finish keeps me coming back for more. Lovely weight in the mouth. A real treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16262) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle split at CBC during the Martin T tasting big thanks to Martin himself, 06/06/13. Clear golden with no head. Nose is apples, light booze, hints of berry fruit. Taste comprises fresh apples, light sugars. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet finish. Good stuff, the alcohol is well integrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (6782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle shared by MartinT @ Craft. 2007 vintage. The pour’s deep gold with a small head. Concentrated sweet apple nose. Light funk. The taste is clean, simple apples. Moderate sweetness. Light body, fine carbonation. Overall, very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3495) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2013
375 ml bottle
Thanks to MartinT for sharing a rare ice cider. I’ve been meaning to try one but they are either hard to track down or exceedingly expensive. Based on this one data point I might have to buy another one for special occasions.

Aroma / Appearance - The flat golden base is not carbonated at all although this isn’t shocking for a cider. The long icy legs are like the last vestiges of winter ice sliding down a cliff face. Bread pudding, apples, and sherry give it a thick texture similar to an ice wine. Overall this is very much a nightcap.

Flavor / Palate - The dry texture coats the palate after just two sips. Sherry, warm apple crisp, and lemon zest is both fruity and vinous. I can see why these are hard to come by but I might have to purchase another for a special event. Everyone should try an ice cider at least once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3645) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
Sample, bottle, tasted during the Mondial des cidres de glace, savoured on February 8 2013; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence; nose: candied apple, acidity, finale in candied apple, quite sweet, flat, liqueur-like and palateful texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bouteille, bue lors du Mondial des cidres de glace, savourée le 8 février 2013; œil : dorée, limpide, pas d’effervescence; nez : pomme confite; bouche : pomme confite, acidité, finale en pomme confite, pas mal sucré, plate, texture liquoreuse et moelleuse; en résumé : bien bon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (5000) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle (200 ml). 2009 Harvest. Clear golden, no head. Aroma of sweet red apples with a slight alcohol presence. Taste is moderately sweet with a lot of apple. It’s clear that there’s more than one variety of apple in there. Mouthfeel is sirupy, but body isn’t thick (not thin either). Slight warming alcohol/residual sugar. Not as complex as La Face Cachée, but still a very good Ice Cider!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HenrikSoegaard (12847) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. 11ABV. Wonderfull dark yellow colour. Fantastic nive powerfull apple aroma. Truli magnificient apple flavor. Long intese finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
Appearance: deep copper and gold. Still with no visible carbonation.
Nose: apples and pears – naturally sweet and naturally intense. Musk skirts along the edges. Apple and cherry skins. Kiwi, dried apricots and dried peaches.
Palate: cherries and apples are the glue that holds everything together. Apple sweetness followed by crisp apple skins and dry nutty slightly tannic seeds. A bit thin but also very complex and full. Tingle of acidity in the middle with sweetness of pears, peaches, kiwi, and apricots along the edges. Sticky lips. Essence of the orchard in my breath.
Final Thoughts: another delicious and complex ice cider I was lucky enough to savor with some great friends at Eric’s Cider, Sake, and Mead tasting a couple months back. Yum! I enjoy a solid everyday quaffer cider but those divine gems known as ice cider really make my heart sing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle (2008)… This cider rocks!… Clear, brilliant, textbook-copper cider. A strong swirl applies a nice coating to the sides of my glass and, eventually, some decent legwork is formed. The aroma is simply a decadent swirl of spice and apple brilliance. Wow! Full-bodied and velvety – almost chewy. The flavor is a perfect balance of fruity sweetness and malic acidity. If there were such things, this is what apple SweeTarts would taste like. Finishes tart, rich and syrupy; decadent and delectable. Thanks so much to MartinT for bringing this world class ice cider down from Quebec!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9526) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Pouring at Le Mondial des Cidres Glaces. Pours a clear gold. Big and bright, full of fresh apple peels, bright and tart. Very lively. Lots of apple skins, big acid and a lot of tarness. Quite novel and a great counterpoint to many of the ice ciders that day.

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