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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
common

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unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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.


4.1
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8937) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (3260) - 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!

4.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Huge thanks to jayg for sharing this one with all of us at the Orlando gathering.

Pours a wonderful golden sunny body with no head. Aromas of apples, sweet fruits and some tartness. Flavors of apples and honey. Finishes with an amazing sweetness, coating the mouth and the back of the throat. My first ice cider, and I am afraid I was ruined myself on them by trying this one first. Amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Courtesy jay to the motherfuckin g. Pours a burnt orange color. The aroma, although pleasant was slightly mild, with some sweet apples and other citrus fruits. Really fresh smelling. Big sweet granny smith apple flavors run rampid on my tastebuds upon the first sip. Really smooth and oily, coating my palate like a blanket. Just lovely. Better than the first ice cider I tried, and I want to try more of them.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
My second ice cider. 200 mL bottle from trade with beerbuzzmontreal. Smooth, clean apple aroma with a hint of alcohol. Thick pour, light straw color. Extremely smooth taste, tart finish. Neither the tartness nor the alcohol was overbearing, but the apple character was strong. Elegant. This easily eclipsed the previous ice cider I’d had. Thanks, Denis.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
I am not often left at a loss, this is indeed one of those moments. Aroma is fully on apples, but brings to mind some of Germany’s finest Riseling Eiswines. Some apple-pie spice flavors peek through. Sweetness is balanced perfectly with the acidity. AMAZING!!!!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle. A golden cider with a small white head. The aroma is of apples, alcohol and spices. The taste is light acid and sweet sour apples, alcohol and spices. Medium to full body with a sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2007
Deep golden body; Huge incredibly concentrated nose, really like condensed cider, but then it has a strange touch of non perfumed lotion, and not fresh apples, not bad but strange; Deep medium complex body, super sweet, oily soft, sharp present sourness; The sourness evolves in a very long finish, still super sweet, with ripe apple aromas, perfumed, great.


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