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: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - JUL 1, 2007
First off, let me state that this is the best liquid there is. Ever. This particular bottle said it was bottled in 2004, and the percentage is 10% ABV. Color is a beautiful deep orange to coppery golden color. Aroma is basically pure apple, with just the slightest hint of mulling spices. Flavor is also incredibly apple, again with a hint of mulling spices. It literally does taste exactly like non-alcoholic apple cider, or perhaps the condensed liquids of apple pie. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and perfectly still. This is hands down the most delicious alcohol and/or liquid I have ever had. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Crystalline body, light golden in color with very fine bubbles evenly dispersed, triangular legs left behind. Looks still nonetheless. The color is gorgeous, so lively and bright. The aroma is medium intensity and nearly all apple. Somewhat tart and mildly sweet, the nose is grand and intense enough to mask the higher alcohol levels well. The nose is very fresh and superior in its cleanliness. The flavor is clean as well and much the same as the aroma. Moderately sweet, lightly sticky, mild acidity cutting through the sweetness. An addition of light spice marches forward in intensity with each sip. Alcohol is completely hidden in the taste. A light hint of white pepper ushers in a soft and elegant finish that has great length and is very crisp, extremely refreshing for something that’s is the ultimate result of such condensing of fruit and sugars. The mouthfeel is as soft as snowflakes, lightly syrupy but not enough to be bothersome at all. Awesome cider.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2007
375ml bottle from robinvboyer. Aroma: Intense apple aroma from the moment I popped the cork. Green apples. Equal parts sweet and tart. Light spice and a subtle alcohol note. Appearance: Light golden in color and clear. No carbonation. Flavor: Intense apple flavor. Starts out fairly sweet with some dried apricot notes, but finishes with a nice tart bite. Some light spice and a slight touch of yeast. Tart and dry finish with alot of apple flavor carrying over. The flavor hangs with you a long time. Excellent. Palate: Medium bodied. No carbonation. Pleasant alcohol burn in the back of mouth. Overall: I was expecting something similar to an Ice Wine with this. It was much better than most of the Ice Wines I’ve had the chance to try. A perfect blend of sweet and tart. It mentions foie gras on the label, and I couldn’t agree more. A perfect way to end a meal.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Bottle from beerbuzzmontreal, thanks a ton!!! Aroma is of sweet apples and cinnamon--sugary and wonderful. Gorgeous golden color. Thick and full palate. The taste is like baked apple pie--sweet, but also spicey. Incredible stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChainGangGuy (4476) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Here, let me ask you guys something. Do you ever have a sneaking, gnawing feeling that there’s something in life you’re supposed to find, finally? And that the time you’re spending right now is somehow wasted if you don’t feel it’s being spent in the service of getting you to that thing? Well, that’s exactly how I felt. At least until I tried the Neige Ice Cider. Appearance: Pours a clear, still golden body. Smell: A fruity, earthy aroma of a fine cheese course served alongside candied apples, honey, flowers, and vanilla beans. Taste: Ultra-condensed, outstandly sweet apple juice, like the distilled spirit of Johnny Appleseed! Lush undertones of honey and vanilla. Hints of citrus and nutmeg. While there is a bit of tartness, it ultimately gives way to the liqueur-like sweetness. Yet it still manages to relatively finish both crisp and clean. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Syrupy mouthfeel, though the alcohol helps to keep things moving along nicely. Drinkability: Finally, someone rightfully decided to give the noble apple the dessert wine treatment.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4320) - Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2007
375ml bottle Heavy aroma of Bleu Cheese, pecans. flavor is sharp, acidic & sweet at the same time. This is absolutely Superb! Ah, salad with blue cheese buttermilk and pecans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Pours a deep golden apple color with no head. Aroma is lots apples, picking up a couple of different kinds. Flavor is a hint of tart apples then finishes thick, sweet, and slight alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
Sample at Mondiale 07. The aroma and appearance is apple juice, but the taste is very good apple wine, with a sweet finish and a good drinkability. Like an ice wine, good shared at a meal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (3364) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2007 wow.....amazing bright gold color. aroma is beautiful! sweet ripe apples, brown sugar, and a tinge of white wine. Mouthfeel is thick, and sweet, but not cloying. Flavour is again, beautiful ripe apples. The apples just burst in your mouth, and coat your palate. let it warm a bit, and the apples are even more intense, now i see why this is top 3 in thw world. Absolutely outstanding!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Bottle courtesy of ughsmash. Pours apple yellow and still with a nice neck. Smells of sweet apples, apple sauce and subtle sugary hints. Tastes very tarte with an explosion of cider apple flavor. Warming alcohol is noticable but not overwhelming. As far as ciders go, this is way up there. Mouthfeel is tarte and dry with some hints of dessert wine. Finish is of dry apples with a peppery aftertaste. I’m definitely bringing a few bottles of this home with me when I’m in Montreal this weekend.

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