Brewed by La Face Cachée de la Pomme
Style: Ice Cider/Ice Perry
Hemmingford, Canada
Serve in Flute, Stem glass


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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Produced since 1994, Neige is the leading inspiration of La Face Cachée de la Pomme. It is the very first ice cider (also known as apple ice wine) to be commercialized in Québec and throughout the world. Neige Récolte d’hiver – produced from a variety of apples that do not fall during the autumn season – is available in a limited edition series of 5866 bottles for the 2007 harvest. Edition 2008 is limited at 10 560 bottles. Picked between December and January, while the temperature was approximately -15°C, the fruits still hanging on trees were dehydrated by the sun and literally cooked by the cold and wind. Sugars were concentrated through natural cryoextraction. Frozen apples were then pressed in order to extract the precious nectar. The extracted must was then placed in stainless steel tanks where it fermented for a period of approximately eight months, at low temperatures, before being bottled. Previously 11% abv. Current vintage (2009) is 8% abv.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Mini bottle from the cidery. Thick cognac-colored liquid. Aroma wafts across the room, reaching nostrils to inspire joy and desire. Closer and deeper inhale reveals intense, deep, rich apple that is the essence of apple, like Eve’s apple, more apply than apple itself. Proto-apple, apple in Plato’s Form of apple. Flavor makes eyes roll to back of head from intense delight. Sweetness on the level of a Turkish baklava, unabashed, unrelenting, and unapologetic. Honey married to sweet crisp apples, like pink lady, and underlying currents of jam. After the diabetic coma comes a splash of acidity complements of Mother Apple that rescues the mouth from becoming bogged down but which tortures with its insistence on more (when there is none!). Moderately complex, fully accessible. I don’t understand it and won’t try, it’s meant to be enjoyed. Having such a small bottle causes existential pain.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FrankZappa7 (98) - GERMANY - NOV 8, 2015
bottle traded with Tom10101 in 2014 at "de weekend van de spontane gisting" in Buggenhout - this stuff is gigantic ! Well balanced between sweetness and the fruity acidity , a sensory explosion. Drinking this heavenly stuff you might think, that they processed tons of apples into each bottle ! - shared with friends Dec. 2014

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AlainG (1650) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
Liquide d’un roux lumineux. Ce cidre offre des arômes floraux très prononcés, de la pomme cuisinée où de la cassonade y est mêlée. En bouche, la pomme est à son summum. Elle est bonifiée.C’est délicieux, particulièrement avec cette texture veloutée, sirupeuse. Tout simplement excellent. Par moment on a l’impression que d’autres fruits variés veulent tanguer avec la pomme vedette. Sublime! (Récolte 2009)(1373-080215)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mR_fr0g (6501) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle shared at Bruce’s place. Aroma is bursting apple pie, crystalaline sugars, baked Apple, strawberry. Flavour is sugary sweet, sugary, caramel, tart tatan, little vanilla, apple pie crust, sugars. Palate is sweet, viscous, velvety, mellow. Delicious, liquid nectar. Bursting with flavour. Lovely.

Had another pour with Sarah at home. A few notes that i Picked up on, little honey, banoffee, and baked fruits with crystaline sugars. Brandy snap sugars. Sweet nectar of the gods. Really enjoyed this, but would fine it hard to justify the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle split at Bruce’s, big thanks to Fergus for this special apple jus, 06/03/15. Clear golden with good legs and booze fumes dancing in the glass. Nose is apple puree, caramel, sweet fumeage, sugar, apple pie. Taste comprises caramel sauce, apple pie, custard, sweet syrup. Full bodied, oily mouth feel, sweet licks in the close. Solid stuff, would love to have poured this over some vanilla ice cream but unfortunately none on offer at Bruces pad!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle shared in London - big, big, BIG thanks to Fergus for this. It’s one of my biggest wants. Pours totally clear gold, glowing. Rich, juicy apple aroma with hints of flowers, honeysuckle, hints of lemon, caramel. Big sweet flavor with thick and saucy apples, hints of smoke, ripe apples, some caramel. Full bodied, chewy and oily. Warming finish, more ripe apples, honey, more smokiness, some berries. Outstanding. Ice cider just does it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (10026) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle massive thanks to Fergus. It pours oily golden-orange. The nose is rich, oily, warm apple pie, lightly spiced, juicy apple and light fruity tartness. The taste is rich, sweet, oily, light tartness, honey, apple pie, tart tatin, juicy, liquidised apple and warming alcohol with a slick finish. Fulsome body and oily mouth-feel. Essence of apple for sure. Not quite the depth for a higher score, but it is sweet and damn tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dresden (1235) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
2008 bottle through the coast to coast pipeline. Thick golden and clear, like an apple juice. Aroma is heavily apple, some light spice. Flavour is just incredibly juicy apple pie, cinnamon, Apple jelly toast,and caramelised sugar. Unbelievable. I don’t have baseline for this stuff but wow

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle, 2005 Vintage. Lovely tawny body, the colour of a new born fawn, medium viscosity. It’s hard to commit to rating this because I don’t think I’ll get it right. The flavour density is stunning, the complexity is joyful, and the balance is sublime. Caramelized apples, cobbler crust, subtle spices, nuances of Sauternes, sticky but with a tannic acidity that lifts the palate and pulls you back like a hummingbird to honeysuckle. This is not overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XaenDovet (1239) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle share. Crystal clear gold. Aroma of overripe apple syrup. Taste is sweet. Sweet silky fabric pajamas, this is ridiculously smooth and silky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (3878) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Dark gold. Super thick. Nose is apricot and pear. Taste is awesome. Viscous thick. Totally strawberry nose. Some cinnamon and sweet finish. So good 4.1

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