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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: 369   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 In short: Archetypical classic Ice-Cider. The measuring stick of the style. Excellent.
How: Many times. Lately I had the three Face Cachée de la Pomme classics (Neige, Neige Éternelle and Frimas) side by side at Montreal’s Flaveurs, Bières and Caprice Festival 2007.
The look: Golden-yellow body with no head.
In long: After 1300+ ratings here’s my first ice-cider rating. Almost shameful since I live in the land of ice-ciders. I feel like a Texas fifth-grader who’s not yet familiar with firearms. Anyway… very sweet with dominant flavours of apple skin (red apples mainly) and hard-candies. Mouthfeel is oily and silky. Surprisingly smooth. The smoother of the Face Cachée lineup. There really aint’t that much to say about ice-ciders as they have a very linear and focussed flavour spectrum. Excellent nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
Sampled from 50ml clear bottle. Medium gold colour. Strong sweet apple aroma. Flavour is initally sweet, fresh apple, a bit sugary, then has a tartness behind it. Medium, sticky mouthfeel. Very faint alcohol note, but blends in nicely. Maybe too small a sample, but this was great.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Tasted at Lost Abbey Older Viscosity Release. Darker apple juice color. Strong apple aroma. Lots and lots of apple in aroma. Very sweet, lots of apple flavor. Alcohol is perfecty hidden beneath the sweetness. A little bit of tartness, probably from the citric acid of the apples. Great drink for a date. Tastes almost exactly like apple juice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 20, 2007
piss yellow with no head.aroma is glue and grapes.flavor is cloyingly sweet with a bit of lemon.....strange.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle courtesy after4ever. Pours clear pale orange with no head. Tart aroma of apples. Tart taste to match. This is like getting a couple of apples condensed into each sip. There is so much taste going on here that there’s almost no way to discern how much alcohol is involved.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8107) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2012 Courtesy of after4ever and shared with after4ever and bitbucket. Pours a watery clear gold. The aroma is green and red delicious apples mixed with a copious amount of red apple skins and some faint chemical alcohol notes. The taste throws back the senses into a tail spin from the bitingly bold flavor. It starts very thick and viscous, nearly sludgy, carrying a bout load of apples followed by hints of alcohol. The flavor is highly concentrated-condensed apples. The alcohol does create an odd almost chemical note but it doesn’t interfere with the experience much.

Another sampling of this. Pours clear deep gold with impressive sludgy legginess. The aroma pushes up rich sweet apple nectar along with tart apple skin like tannins followed by a bit of chemical booze to almost a cotton ball sensation. The rich taste goes from slick apple nectar sweetness and runs straight into tart green apple juice notes. To midway and into the finish it lends out some booziness and then a bit more sweet sticky apple nectar sweetness. Dynamite.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (7541) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2007
375. Lighty caramelly golden brown--very delicate coloration, almost sparkles in the light. Headless and laceless of course, fair amount of leg showing against the side of the glass. Sharp green apple nose; tart fruit sugar and red apple in there as well. Light, vanishing presence on the tongue, along with a denser, more syrupy settling sensation on the floor of the mouth. It’s like it breaks into lots of different little pieces in different parts of the mouth; some sugary, some puckery, some effervescent, some concentrated. Very dimensional apple presence at every stage. Long, sticky, sugary finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Aroma is very sweet, honey, apple syrup, green apples. Taste is full and awesome, apples across the board, it’s like they condensed a cider down using a government shrink ray.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4096) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
2005 bottle from robinvboyer; nose of apples and honey; translucent gold with no carbonation; flavor of tart apples, sugary sweetness, and light spices; body thick and syrupy1 Great cider!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Bottle: Pours a clear yellow with some legs to it. Aroma, sweet apples, sugary, some spicing, and some hints of overripe fruits. Flavor, spices, tart apples, sweet with some sugary notes, very nice.


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