beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2006
Pours a still, clear golden color. Excellent aroma and flavor of sweet, baked apples with vanilla and oak, the alcohol is not apparent. Good liquorous mouthfeel. Great stuff. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2010 The heralded Neige ice cider living a prolonged sojourn in wood barrels: Could it have been a gimmick? Not really, the wood is throughout underwhelming, leaving the vibrant, intense apple moist flavours dominating the landscape here. Very full bodied, syrupy looks of a dark golden apparel. Apple sauce, pie-like and concentrated fruity flavours (pear, mango, peach…) all join the late showing soft oak that brings a precious toastiness into play. Maple strong finish typifies the Face Cachée’s typical richness. An absolutely delicious elixir from this consecrated cider house. Quevillon (3172) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
Bu sur place. Couleur plus foncée est plus beau que Neige. Bon mélange d’arome de chène et de pommes. Goût plus sucré que l’aure , mais aussi bien. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Tiny but potent sample from the bottle (375 ml, 2003 vintage) at the Mondial de la Bière in Montreal, 2006. The viscous liquid is deep, bright gold, oily and almost translucent, with thick lasting legs that flow slowly down like tree sap....the nose is extremely powerful, erupting from the tiny sample in the midst of the Mondial chaos and making its presence known to the whole table, juicy-tart apple skins at first shading into a sweeter, cooked applesauce with cinnamon and a hint of raisin and vanilla....on the tongue though is where the true Rapture begins, the body is so decadently rich and creamy that I’m simply at a loss to find adjectives or comparisons: this may be the finest mouthfeel from any liquid I’ve yet imbibed, cider-beer-otherwise.....the flavor is redolent of sweet apples, fresh and caramelized, vanilla, cinnamon and soft oak, with fine touches of licorice and sherry.....overall this is a darker, sweeter, heavier rendition than the other ice ciders from this producer and for me it all melds together into an unusurpassable richness; I know I’m in the minority preferring this to Frimas, but there it is. Right now the best cider in the world, one that I wouldn’t mind choking on at my deathbed (apologies Josh). heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Sampled at Mondial 2006. Dark gold color. The aroma was incredibly rich with caramel and flowers. A very fresh smelling cider. Overpowering almost mouthpuckering sweetness. This had Jonathon Apples with a hint of honey. Sticky mouthfeel.
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2006
Flavor:apple pie,with strong oak and vanilla flavor..... Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Looks oily and slick, although perhaps a bit less than his big brother Neige, it’s golden robe seemed a tad darker as well, it looked like a fine cask strength scotch whiskey.
Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
Definately more vanilla from the cask, but also some dark cherries. The alcohol seems a bit more richer in the nose, that mingled in with a a citrus finale to give it a lemon sorbet feeling to it.
Surprisingly, the acidity wasn’t as pronounced as I would have expected from a barrel-aged product, but what makes regular Neige stand out from most ice ciders is it’s perfect balance of alcohol, sweetness and acidity, and this version seems to have kept up very well. It may be a little less velvetty smooth and may have a bit less body. Alcohol not as present in the taste as it is in the nose, but still plays it’s part to calm down the massive apple cloyness to a tee.
The oak maturation didn’t really add much complexity to this offering, in fact it may have taken away a little. It didn’t denature it completely however. It would be interesting to sample it along with Neige, but I’ve had it enough to know that I like the original better. If they want to continue this experiment, I would suggest they prolong the aging process. Since this product isn’t extremely potent in alcohol and very viscous, pehaps it would take longer to extract the woody flavors of the cask.
Bottle: Poured a deep golden yellow color cider (probably deeper then the regular Neige). Oak is not clearly apparent but alcohol is more subtle then in the regular Neige which made me enjoy this even more. It seems every those guys touch is excellent. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2006 A glinting monarch copper orange doesn’t proffer too much oak in the aroma...We are nonetheless offered a balanced perfume of sweet apple, light lactic tartness and wooden dryness...Palate is hugely thick and luxurious, as decadent as can be, apple pie liquefied and still steaming, topped by apple honey...The wood adds some complexity to the apple flavor, but don’t expect to be overwhelmed by its characteristics...It finishes just quietly and tart enough to make you want to live this experience for a whole evening...Alcohol’s not a player in the flavor profile...This is just pure, unadulterated, apple glory...Licking your teeth has never been that much fun...