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: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
Thanks to cfrancis for this one. Pours a clear orangish amber with no head or bubbles. Aroma of sweet apples, light tartness, Apple pie like sweetness with some spices. Taste is sweet apples, cinnamon, Apple pie with some tart apples and some light alcohol on the finish. First ice cider ever but this is just great... Complex, smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle: Bright, burnt amber color; oily body, thick, substantially clear, & very still. Huge aroma of fresh, ripe, tart, & sweet apples, glazed with sugar & slightly caramelized. Loads of sweetness on the nose, but so very enticing. Hint of some warming spice, perhaps that could just be the booze creeping in. Flavor is even more explosive. So rich, sweet, decadent, & robust. Insanely pure & intensely sweet apple quality. Tart for only a moment before you’re launched into a land of residual & slightly burnt sugars. Sweet apple pieces, apple pie filling, honey, & even a touch of white wine-like acidity near the finish. Again, I get a slightly warming spice on the tongue, but it could just be from the alcohol. Still doesn’t seem anywhere close to 13% ABV, though. Smooth, semi-thick body; wet finish. Thanks to Jeff for introducing me to this god-nectar. Now I am forever cursing with spending the 30-40$ for a bottle whenever I see it. Absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (21644) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle courtesy of kraddel, thank you sir. Beautiful deep clear golden amber color. Intense apple aroma. Taste is only lightly sweet apple flesh, honey. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
berntholer (1583) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2015
no head. golden deep yellow colour. aroma is old cheese, floral, bit of candy. taste is rich apple juice, bit of candy with a nice sourish kick in the finish. leaves lacing and "tears" on the glass. dense mouthfeel, no carbonation. bottle, recolte 2010 / 12 abv / thanks rood for this awesome treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rood (85) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2015
Aroma is very boozy, strawberry, cinnamon, apple. Taste is apple sweet candy. Synesthesia experience is pink. Awesome balance between the sugar and the malic acid. Good one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014
375ml bottle. 2010 vintage. clear golden/maple syrup colour leaving "legs" when moved around the glass. aroma is sweet, concentrated apples, a little alcohol and syrupy. taste is incredible. sticky feel in the mouth. just the right balance between alcohol and sweetness. obviously extremely apple-y. just as I expected it to taste if not better. incredibly easy to sip away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Thanks a bunch jredmond! Clean tawny amber pour with a nice streaking on the glass. Deep and rich appley notes with a touch of almond, alcohol, orange rind, and dehydrated apple. Warming in the mouth with a depth of character that is quite nice. Warming alcohol on the finish with a full and syrupy finish. What a treat!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (3038) - Gray, Maine, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Pours a clean medium honey golden color. Aromas are tart apple, baked apple pie, honey, beeswax and some floral hay. Palate follows with nice balance of sweetness and tangy tart apple. Lingers with a nice tannic structure and tons of layers of apple complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (6098) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2014
375 ml bottle, 2009 vintage. Trade from TimE. Clear golden brown with some bubbles but no head. Aromas of apples, vanilla, light booze. Tastes of big sweet and tart apples, light booze, vanilla, syrup. Medium-light body with a dry and warm finish. Low to still carbonation. Fantastic ice cider. Goes down way too easy for the ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2014
bottle - This cidery consistently does remarkable things with apples. Their flagship ice cider, Premiere, is no exception. It has an incredibly rich apple aroma. The flavor is very sweet and full of apples with some caramelized character. You can’t go wrong with any of their ice ciders. Excellent dessert sipper.

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