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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: 324   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maneliquor (3006) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2014
A big thanks to Paul and Lorna for this beauty. Not sure on how to describe this but it is liquid gold. Reminds me a lot of a very good dessert wine. Nose is full of vanilla and honey, big apricot and stewed apples. Taste is silky smooth toffee and honey, sweet and succulent apple pie and raisins. Very stone fruit forward with notes of peach and apricot. Ripe pear juice right on the finish. The whole time apples are stealing the show. It’s practically an amazing sticky. Seriously good stuff

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cunningham (4331) - Halden, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
Appearance: Deep golden color with no head.
Aroma: Lovely apple fruity. Vanilla and caramel.
Palate: Medium to full body. A bit sweet and flat carbonation. Oily texture.
Taste: Lovely smooth fresh apple fruity. Some caramel and mild acidic.
Overall impression: WoW! Lovely natural apple feeling. Smooth and warming. Perfect for desserts.
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Nettorder, Norway.

First rating in 2014 and probably one of the highest when we say 31 dec 14

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
McTapps (3607) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle from great Cunningham - thank you a lot my friend for getting my first ice cider ever! The cider pours out in a wonderful deep golden colour with smooth body. Great aroma of ripe apples, honey and sweetness. Also great taste of very ripe apples, caramel, honey and sweet straw. Very, very swett finish. Great in aroma and taste, but in the end just a little bit too sweet for me.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
MichaelAwesome (3601) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2013
First I have to thank Cunningham for donating us that beautiful beverage Second I have to thank McTapp for sharing that one with me. And at least I have to thank that {brewery} for sharing that beverage with the world. Where to start ? Quite difficult. Maybe with that superb look which reminds you liquid honey. Or maybe with that smell of apple being mixed up with the most expensive honey you can imagine. The only thing you can (worry) about is the sweetness in the taste. The rest is unimaginable and pure apple with syrup and honey. With some alcohol. With the most unbelievable quaffyness you can imagine. I have never tried anything comparable to that one. Like a german ice wine made out of apples. In high quality. Crazy stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marquisalex (167) - Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle, served on ice in a tumbler. Rich gold, no head. Aroma is sweet, apples, wood and alcohol. Taste is glorious, very sweet, with a sour note towards the end. Body is thick and syrupy, long lasting sweetness, alcoholic burn. Seems more like a liqueur than a cider. At the price, one for special occasions.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (7976) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle with glass raise to Ramy for the head’s up. Pours golden orange. Nose and taste of caramel apple, frozen apple, vanilla, tangy apple syrup and caramelized apple. Mouth-coating. Full bodied.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 Bottle at least a few years old but no date to be found anywhere, opened to celebrate the end of my semester. Pours a lovely dark golden amber. Aroma is apples, apple juice, apple skin, caramel, some alcohol. Taste is concentrated apple juice, very sweet, quite tart, with some bitterness as well. Finish is tart, sweet, and lightly bitter. Medium body, smooth, lightly syrupy texture. Fantastic stuff.

Update: The store I got this from bought the bottle back in February of 2005, so this was at least 9 years old!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1392) - WALES - DEC 14, 2013
Cold bottle, 2009 vintage. Pale pink / golden orange, mostly clear and slightly hazy. Smell is sweet apple peel, slight strawberry. Body is medium, smooth, slight carbonation. Taste - mostly peach with apple notes, alcohol comes through noticeably and brings a sharpness. It’s eye-wateringly sweet and I couldn’t drink a lot of it. Luckily I shared the bottle. This is more acidic than the ’Hiver’ version and less sweet, which balances it out a bit. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (1166) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours a nice and still light copper. Aroma is of nice and ripe apples. Taste is really sweet but also tart with a good amount of complexity. I’ll echo what czar said but I can really taste the apple skin in there. Alcohol shows a little but otherwise it is really drinkable. Excellent!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardaxe (169) - - NOV 13, 2013
Had the unfortunate experience of trying this at the same time as the winter harvest, which is miles better (and priced accordingly). Straightforward apple aroma. Light Golden brown color. Taste is intensely sweet, perhaps too much so. Strong apple flavors that are fairly straightforward and ciderly. Not quite as complex and unique as I was expecting. Pay the extra money for the winter harvest, it's worth it. This, however, is not worth the steep price tag. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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