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

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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beershine (5195) - 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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
callmemickey (2253) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Dark golden-orange body. Caramel, sweet apple sauce, wood, cinnamon, more apples. Intensely concentrated with a silky syruppy coating on the tongue. No joke.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThirstyBird (1180) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2014
Thanks Martinus @ RBBWG 2014!! Pours a clear golden color with no head. The smell is apple, caramel. The taste is caramelized apple, rich fruit, spicy apple...big flavor. The body is full and sticky - decedent. Wonderfully delicious.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2014
18/I/14 - 37.5cl bottle @ RBBWG III, my place - BB: n/a (2014-87) Thanks to Tinus for sharing the bottle!

Clear deep orange stuff, adhesive, cloying. Aroma: sweet, apple sauce, apple juice, fruity, honey. MF: full body. Taste: sweet, apple juice, sugary, alcohol, apple sauce, honey. Aftertaste: sweet, honey, sugary, apple juice, very nice, rich full stuff. Wow, this is amazing! Tastes like much more than 8% alc.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (933) - BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
@RBWG’14. Thanks Martinus! Yellow golden colour, syrupy. Very well balanced and tastefull cider. Very complex aroma of sweet apples with some sour notes.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
2009 Vintage. 375 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to Martinus. Clear copper amber appearance. Smell is spectacular, sweet apple, syrupy, cinnamon, flowers, concentrated apple sugar / syrup, apple tree, wood, very sweet & perfectly balanced with mild tartness at the very same moment. Taste is mind-blowing. Sweet, touch Sirop de Liège but less sweet than the real deal, incredible rich apple juice, caramel, cinnamon, candy, sweet herbs, dash nutmeg, apple tree, faintest of acidity balances everything, natural sugar, apple skins etc. Smooth, faintly oily, absolutely spectacular. REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, FREAKING GOOD.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (2430) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle at RBWG14 . Pours clear amber . Smells like applesauce . Very soft, gentle and thick mouthfeel . Tastes like liquid applesauce . Very sweet, bit of a applesour touch .. Bit alcoholwarmth . Very , very nice indeed

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (3781) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
pours viscously medium dark golden. sticky legs. caramelized apples, maple, juicy dried apricots and fresh berries, maybe strawberries, sweet yet not cloying and lightly tart, very good balance of sweetness/acidity. full body - oily, sticky, sweet and lightly tart, almost astringent finish. excellent product but i still prefer récolte d’automne, noir and sur lie.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beardaxe (168) - - NOV 13, 2013
Intense, funky aroma. Smells like moldy, fermented apples. Deep brown color. Taste is an strong apple sweetness and intense, complex apple funk. The alcohol is smoothly integrated into the background, giving a nice even heat that mixes well with brown liquor type flavors. The intense sweetness, thin body, and complex alcohol heat position this is as a weird cider/wine/liquor hybrid. Really opened my eyes to what a cider could be. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear light orange yellow with no head. Aroma of sweet apple, a touch of booze. Flavor of sweet, juicy, crisp apple. Like sucking on a juicy concentrated apple. More appley flavors, light fruits, and peach in the finish. Smooth, sweet, so drinkable. Delicious- it is heaven in a glass! 8/4/9/5/18 (4.4/5)

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PhillyCraft (2847) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Skinny bottle cracked at Eric’s Epic Tasting. Pours glowing gold. Aroma is caramel apples, granny smith, peach, wood, and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is most of the same goodness with super rich, and complex apple mixing in with honey and other deliciously sweet flavors. Medium to fuller bodied with an ultra velvety mouth feel. I loved Premier and Reserve but this one is surely the best Ice cider I have ever had. Worth every god damn penny!


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