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


on tap

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RATINGS: 346   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Guerde (1218) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2007
(bottle, Big thanks to Skyview for sharing this incredible cider!) The aroma was very strong and consisted of granny smith apples with a hint of cinnamon. Taste contained an initial blast of sweetness which gave way to an amazing finish of tart apple with notes of cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar. Just fantastic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sthlm (1252) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 [Bottle, huge thanks to Skyview for this] By far the best cider that I have ever tasted. Strong aroma of green apples. Super smooth, sweet, but a little tart too. Despite being 12% there were no signs of alcohol anywhere. I was almost tempted to put this at number one on my list. Amazing stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badgerben (4611) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Rating #2400. Skyview is a freaking rock god! Yellow color with some alcoholic swirling. Aroma of buttery apples. Sweet mercy, the taste... pure Granny Smith apples. It manages to taste like apple pie, without being packed full of spices. It is predominantly sweet, but just a bit of tartness. Oh god is this amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2007
Sample @ Københavnskeøldage 2007. Wow! Full bodied - slightly sweet and lots of sour notes. Really complex and well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
This ice cider pours a light orange gold color from a 375 ml bottle. No head. Aroma is apples with some blue cheese. Full bodied cider. Very fruity, mostly apple flavors, some green apples, some smoke and a touch of blue cheese. Very smooth tasting. The finish is fairly crisp and a touch tart. Kind of sweet and there is a very definite alcohol presence here. Very similar to the Frimas ice cider, I could drink either of them a lot. This one is a touch funkier and not as full I think. I would love to do a side by side with the Neige and Frimas. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet with a touch of tart.

   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 (4531) - 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.

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