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

bottled
common

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (7870) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 22, 2013
375mL $35. Still, deep orange copper pour. Thick legs. Crystal clear. Nose is thick buttery apple pie complete with crust and whipped cream. Dessert heavy. Taste is tangy, more tart than other ice ciders. Refreshing though with a thick mouthfeel up front and acidic, lactic finish. Crisp and delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChinoSkillzian (134) - The Hills, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Pours a viscous clear deep golden color. Aromas of spice, honey, baked apples, and dried peach explode from the glass, along with a bit of acid/mild barnyard to cut through. The palate is very Sauternes like, with rich flavors of apple, apricot, honey, and a bit of apple skin/tart apple. Very well balanced, not heavy, finishes clean.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dreamflower (478) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle shared with northropfrye and cards04. Ditto what cards04 said. This is like apples making sweet sexy love in my mouth. Awesome!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cards04 (1456) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 6, 2013
like two apples making love in my mouth. Simply one of the most divine things I have ever drank. Thanks Northropfrye for this treat. Amazing over ripe apple aromas. Interesting spiceflavours with amazing Apple flavours. So so good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye (1944) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 6, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2013 Bottle from the SAQ in Montreal. Light golden amber colour. Nutty apple aroma, slightly tart. Taste is sweet apples, vanilla, tartness. Overall a fabulous ice cider. Glad I had a chance to try this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (2571) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours crystal clear golden orange with no head. Aroma is intensified apple - I don’t know how else to describe it. Flavor is about the same, quite sweet, strong apple goodness. Medium body, some warming from the ABV. Pretty darn tasty for desert.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (2454) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bottles. Orange still pour. Can’t believe I haven’t rated this yet. Seemed better with a bit of age. Stark apple and light sweet and hints of maple. Isn’t as good as the special versions but still sweet and potent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KyotoLefty (5895) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 23, 2013
Apple, caramel, slight blue cheese, honey in the nose. Huge apple, honey, light lemon, cheese, nicely acidic to balance the huge syrupy sweetness, with a touch of alcohol burn as well. Fully body, oily and silky. Great stuff. I liked the sparkling version a bit more.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stravale (1883) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 27, 2013
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Bottle from Frasers Wine Merchants [270413]
Brillant golden yellow, crystal clear, thin white rim around glass, great apperance for a cider/apple ice wine. Beautiful packaging.
Aroma - Intense sweet fresh apples, slighty tart note initially, some warming alcohol on the nose, dab of apple caramel
Taste - Extremely rich intense fresh apple nectar, smooth apple pie filling, incredible apple flavour, very fresh, just the sweet juicy part of the apple concentrated, what an incredible flavour - an explosion of apple in the mouth. It’s not complex - it’s just sweet apples but the flavour is phenomenal.
Palate - Full body, very very smooth, rich lingering sweet intense fresh apple, it’s sweet but not too sweet, completely mouthcoating the mouth with that fantastic apple nectar. The finish is flawless - very long linger of that fantastic rich apple and so so smooth.
Overall - This is one of the best flavoured liquids I have ever tasted. It’s worth the money to try once. I’m really seriously thinking of getting the top of the range version now! Incredible!

Same bottle [280413].....wonderful very intense sweet, but not too sweet fresh apple - it’s the best part of the apple flavour concentrated into a very smooth oily but sticky liquid nectar...i’m staying at 4.6

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bunget (436) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2013
200ml bottle. 2010. ABV 12.5%. A clear golden-copper body, no head, oily legs on the glass, similar to a good wine. Aroma is just mesmerizing: tons of ripe McIntosh apples, wine, oak barrel, vanilla, honey. I’m salivating just smelling it. Taste is repugnantly delicious: a mix of the sweetest apple liquor and vinegar, honey, vanilla, hints of booze. Oily and very sticky body. I must admit it’s my first ice cider, but I’m impressed.


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