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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: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2007
been waiting awhile to try this. Pours a nice golden apple juice color.Aroma is of apple juice poured from a plastic bottle, sweet apple aroma.Ha s a huge apple flavor.Thus was way too easy to drink.The finish had s light burn.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2007
One of the best ciders I have ever had. It has a great apple aroma that has just a touch of cinnamon. Sour green apple in the aroma as well. Flavor has some sour natural apple flavor, and lots of sugar with light cinnamon.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Pours light golden, white wine color with no carbonation. Aroma is apples, Christmas, apple juice, tiny bit of alcohol but not off-putting, especially considering the ABV. Taste is smooth, delicious, surprisingly full-bodied in a nice way. This rocks. Alcohol has never tasted this good. Crazy well hidden and drinkable. I have little experience with cider but this certainly opened my eyes and interested me. Great.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Recommended by chriso420 in Portland, Oregon during ABA ’07 Beer Tour. Pours a rich golden orange beverage with no head. Body is thick, a little syrupy with a lot of aroma. Scent of sweet apples, earthy spices and a touch of butter. Texture is thick, creamy and soft with a strong taste of ripe Granny Smith apples just as they were freshly harvested from the Australian orchards. Finish is slightly tart with a cinnamin apple pie filling aftertaste. This ice cider is so amazing I could easily believe that every romance novelist has a few bottles of this next to their word processor. Where did I get this? Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon. Thanks again chriso420!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 Rating #900. Thanks to Skyview for sharing the second gem of the evening. Rich gold color with visible alcohol. Amazing burnt toffee aroma with Granny smith apple flavor. Strong apple flavor that dominates the burnt toffee I so enjoyed in the nose. Truly a phenomenal cider that was still young - I need to find a bottle to toss in my cellar for a decade or so.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Guerde (1221) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sthlm (1255) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badgerben (4630) - 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.

4.4
   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.

4.4
   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.


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