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

bottled
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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Produced since 1994, Neige Première 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.

In the fall, very ripe apples are picked and stored at cool temperatures until the end of December. Once winter arrives, the fruit is pressed and the juice obtained is placed outside in the intense January cold. During crystallization, the water separates from the sugars by natural cryoconcentration naturelle. After few days of intense cold, concentrated must, representing ¼ of the initial quantity of juice, is collected by gravity. The extracted must is then placed in stainless steel tanks where it ferments at least six months at low temperatures before being bottled.

ABV varies between 10-13% depending on seasonal temperatures.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (5461) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
bottle @THT courtesy of Sic1314, big thanks. No head or carbonation. Clear golden pour. Aroma of apples. Lovely sweetness. A gorgeous Ice Cider

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6777) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2014
Thanks Tderoeck for the share. Cuivrée tirant plus sur l’acajou foncé. Arôme ici aussi de pomme caramélisée, la première dominant et le dernier en accompagnement. Le tout est frais, pomme agréable, pointe acidulée laissant plus paraitre le profil chaire de la pomme. Note encore ce côté épicé, tannin? Un cran en dessous de la Neige.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sic1314 (3466) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2014
Poured deep amber with no head. Aroma of sweet, concentrated apple. Full body, flavour is sticky, sweet apple.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2014
2009 Vintage. Obtained in a trade with tom10101. Thanks! Drank about 1/3 of a 375 ml. bottle @ Barely legal tasting room. Drank next to the “Reserve”. Looks touch darker than the other one, pours a light copper golden. Nose is sweet apples, light syrup de Liège, apple juice, quite alcoholic. Tastes quite alcoholic, fairly strongly so, thick syrupy apples, syrup de Liège, thick syrupy, strongly sweet with sugar, flowers and a bitter woody finish, linger alcohol. Thick syrupy. Quite nice, the “Reserve” easily beat this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3456) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2014
Thnx to 77ships . Pours the same as the reserve version . Smell is even more intense . Intense, more boozy taste . Apples, apples, apples . Very intense, apples . Bit more dry . Very simiar, yet if you taste them together, I slightly prefer the Reserve version .

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (2844) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Sweet, overwhelmingly rich apples, fruity, tart, pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamJackson (2689) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Gold with some sediment. Nose is huge. A crap load of apple and some strawberry and peach skins and oak. Insanely sweet. Burns the esophagus a bit. Smooth with candy covered apple and cotton candy. Super fruity, peachy and touches of cherry.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WillRunForBeer (725) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours orange gold with a hint of brown. Aroma is fresh pressed sweet apple cider. This is very sweet, but not cloying, flavors of cortland apple and a touch of raisin. Very concentrated, natural apple flavor. 12% well hidden. One of the best dessert wines I have tasted.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chalumeaux (57) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2014
This is some of the best ice wine I have had. Sweet tasting wonderful aroma and easy finish.

4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wihlan (286) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2014
Fantastisk, aromen är inte särskilt trevlig men den smakar fantastiskt! Väldigt kraftfull och fyllig. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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