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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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3674) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2007
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière 2007, savoured June 1 2007; eye: straw, clear, no effervescence; nose: aged apple, fruity, apple sauce; mouth: concentrated apples, apple sauce, velvety; overall: excellent FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bue au Mondial de la bière 2007, savourée le 1er juin 2007; oeil : paille, claire, pas d’effervescence; nez : pomme vieillie, fruitée, compote de pommes; bouche : pommes concentrées, compotes de pomme, velouté; en résumé : excellent

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 375 ml bottle. pours golden with a nice syrupy stickyness to the look. this baby has legs! a quick swirl coats the sides in a thick golden deliciousness. it took 3 mins for the sides to run down to the body of the cider. aromas are apple driven with hints of pear, honey and some spice. flavours are wonderful apple sweetness with a touch of spice finished with a touch of tartness. a wonderful drinking experience.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (6377) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 Bottle: (50 ml) The aroma is a combination of apples, white wine, a hint of honey, and faint alcohol. Pours a transparent gold and really coats the glass. There are few large bubbles that almost instantly disappear for a head. The flavor starts with an intense sugary apple sweetness that quickly turns very tart and sour apple candy-like with some acidity in the finish. There is a definite warming affect and very faint burn, but no alcohol flavor to speak of whatsoever. There is the slightest hints of cinnamon in the finish. Slick oily mouthfeel. I was sort of let down by the aroma, but I love the intense flavor.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 What a way to start your Sunday morning!!! Pure golden yellow pour, oily, cordial like legs. Sweet and tart apples up front. Tons of residuel sugars. Very faint hint of spice. Flavor exactly as aroma would indicate. Tart apples up front, fades to sugary sweet apple pie through the middle, never finishes. Long lingering aftertaste. Silky smooth mouthfeel, at times syruppy, in a good way. Can’t believe this is the 3rd best cider from them? Dangerously drinkable. In fact in a way I am glad it’s $32 a bottle, could definately lead to trouble.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2007
375 ml bottle, 2005. Clear gold, slightly paler than the rim of my flute. No head. A quick sniff yields sliced red toffee apple. Pausing over the glass for a minute or so brought notes, no evocations, of all things apple. Dances between pie, cobbler, sauce, fresh picked and orchard cider. Hints of cinnamon. A thin syrup that dissolves mercurially with tiny carb fireworks and a tongue numbing tang. After 5 minutes of nasal foreplay the first sip is apple orgasm. I’ve had great apples but the saturation and complexity of the Neige is almost otherwordly. Sweet and sour rise and fall and linger long with more subtle apple. Incredible.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Pale gold. Still. Aroma of ultra concentrated sweet apple, lightly tart, spices, some musty earth. Dense, rich flavor of sweet apples with enough tartness and alcohol to make it drinkable. Subtle spice and earth also present. Full body, smooth, viscous, heavy, rich. Great dessert drink.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Drank from two combined 50ml bottles, although this is the 3rd or 4th time I’ve had this. What a fantastic, fantastic drink. Viscous, leggy gold pour is laced with tart, crisp apple aroma, a touch of spice and gentle white wine acidity. Big potent flavor, starts off calm and grows to a truly impressive finish, a blistering blast of intense apple so rich it is almost overwhelming. And this isn’t even as big as Frimas! Simply outstanding. And how many other drinks have you licking your lips long after you’ve finished them?

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (16931) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle at LCRBM3. Arrrh, time to bring a bit of sanity to the recent ratings. Sweet apple pie aroma. Bit of alcohol and butterscotch on the initial hit. Thick in mouth. Sweet apple juice. Needs a bit of spice on the end perhaps to balance it, something like cinnamon or cloves, but it doesn’t have this so it rather drifts off in the mouth.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Skyview is the man for sharing this. Pours a nice light golden. Killer concentrated applesauce like spicy sweet apple nose. Nice tart and sweet nose with a killer dose of ripe fruit and cinnamon as well as some . Some Granny smith meets a touch of macintosh with a light dose of cinnamon. This is un-be-freaking-lievable!e

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at LCRBM3. Excellent presentation. Very tall slim bottle in a well designed canister. Thick gold, totally flat but clearly quite thick with the alcohol. Lines the glass really well. Very very sweet but so perfectly balanced with the sugary apples and some tart rhubarb type notes. Light spice and an aged dusty feel too. Alcohol is very restained considering its strength. Awesome sweet and puckery finish with definite cinnamon. Absolutely glorious.


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