ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Appearance: Set down before me an opaque, still, dark amber body. Let’s dive right in.
Smell: A dense, delightfully sweet-scented aroma of baked apples, spices, and dark caramel sauce. Would make for a great scented candle.
Taste: Holds a rich, striking taste of apple butter, it’s strongly sweet (but not unacceptably so), and presents some complex, complimentary spicy tastes of allspice, cloves, and ground cinnamon. Small hint of acidity. Sweet, silken finish of considerable length.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Near-chewy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: As the Bible says, it’s better to Givre than to receive-re. An impressive, inviting beverage, that’d likely pair well with a wide variety of desserts. Like a hearty liqueur or port wine, it’s best kept in somewhat small-sized portions. Too much of a good thing and all. phaleslu (10126) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2010
375 ml bottle shared by shawnm213- thanks again, Shawn! Pours a muddy orange-brown color with a tiny head. Aroma of ripe apples, brown sugar, caramel, wood, and a tiny dash of cinnamon. Sweet flavor of ripened apples, tons of brown sugar, caramel, syrup, and wood. Good lord this is sweet. Medium bodied, with minimal carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. Gets even sweeter as it warms. Doesn’t quite stand up to the La Face Cachee ice ciders, but damn good and another awesome example of this style. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2010
Style tasting with Shawn who provided the Éternelle, I brought the restSrSilliGose (3330) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 17, 2010
1) La Face Cachée de la Pomme Neige Éternelle 2006
2) La Face Cachée de la Pomme Neige Ice Cider 2005
3) Domaine Pinnacle Cidre de Glace Ice Cider 2007
4) Etienne Dupont Cidre De Givre Eis Cider 2005
Hazy coppery hue that is unfiltered with heavy oily legs. The aroma has a big brown sugar tone, sappy, very earthy and woody, with slight funk creeping into play. The taste has a lot more sweetness than the other three and while I liked that when colder, upon warming up it got to be a bit too much. The apple flavor seems so much old growth here, more mature apple character. There is a light pungent mineral and clove note as well. The mouth feel is sticky and warming, this is the most unique of the four tasted. Drink this chilled, do not let it warm to room temps.
UPDATED: APR 18, 2010 Tried 1)la face de la pomme neige eternelle 2006, 2) la face de la pomme neige 2005, 3) domaine pinnacle ice cider 2007, and 4) cidre de givre 2005 side by side by side....
fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
1) was received from glouglouburp through trade- thanks dany. you da man. 2-4 graciously shared by bbb63- thanks mike! this was awesome.
1-3 are all very clear. 1 and 2 are a clear watery amber with 2 ever so slighly darker than 1. 3 was a clear golden yellow. no head. 4 poured a hazy murky pond water orange brown.
more important stuff
1) similar to 2. more earthy, less tart. found myself drinking this one the most. kept coming back to it. needed to get seconds of this. the earthiest of the 4. score: 4.1
2) deep sweet apple goodness. more tart than than 1. both are solid. more complex than 1. The tartness really gives a nice layer to this. tight. score: 4.5
3) Most subtle of the 4 and the least sweet. Think white grapes and white wine apple. score: 3.7
4) sweetest of the 4. stands out as being a lot different than the other three. a caramel candied apple sugar sweetness. nice. caramel, sweet aple crisp. The most different of the 4. a lot of candy and caramel notes that were more present than the others. some syrup and honey notes as well. good stuff. can see this going well with an apple stroodle (msp) or other apple dessert. score 4.1
Bottle from Au Verger de la Madeleine, Paris, 375ml, expensive (16€)
obguthr (6303) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2010
Vintage 2007, 2 years old, 7.2% ABV
It pours a dark amber color, hazy, flat. Aroma of apples, nuts, caramel. Strong body, even if less thick than other Ice Ciders, very sweet, with a distinctive late wood astringency and late acidity; flavor of overripe apples, caramel and some honey.
The caramel presence makes me think of a concentration obtained by boiling the cider, more than by freezing the apples; decent but not as fresh and fruity as the Canadian samples; nor it is as complex, but at least the astringency is original..
2007 Vintage, waxed. Ripe, slightly overripe apple aroma, a little buttery. Opaque burnt orange. Medium bodied apple flavor with mounds of brown sugar that grow in intensity to a wonderfully complimentary climax. Musty undercurrents add to the intrigue. Nice lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Not excessively sweet or tart. Relatively low acidity for the style, which I find especially refreshing.This is so much better than my homemade ice cider. Very good and worth the premium price. thewolf (12535) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2010
Bottle, bought @ HJ Hansen, Odense.darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Pours a rather un-appetizing muddy pale brown. No head. Aroma has sweet, red apples and sweet caramel. No carbonation, good fat mouthfeel. Flavour is initially extremely sweet and cloying. Vinious, applejuice and very sweet. The aftertaste levels things out a bit, and is actually quite delicious. Red apple and a hint of liqourice. Interesting, but damn, that is sweet.
375ml bottle. Pours flat with a lovely amber hue. Nose is brandy, wood and of course apples. Flavor is apple brandy with a little complexity from the apples but its lacking depth. Woody flavor with some light tartness up front. Finishes very sweet and with a full viscous body. A decent iced cider but there is definitely better out there. MPA (999) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 25, 2009
2006 vintage. Amber with off white head. Apple aroma with pie and paestry. Interesting. Sweet flavour of sugar, honey and apple. hotstuff (5144) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle and the ABV on the label is 7.2%. Medium sized head and a transparent/slightly hazy orange brown body. The aroma is apples and caramel. The flavor is sweet, bitter, sour, tart, apples, and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, syrupy, sticky, dry and this is a medium bodied ice cider. Overall, easy to drink, not overly apple tasting IMO, not too sweet tasting, worthy of a try, and I would drink this again.