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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

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 329   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (8429) - , 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 (1707) - 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 (1284) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (598) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
2010 harvest bottle from tom10101 as an extra, thanks man! Shared with my girlfriend after dinner. Beautiful golden pour, looks like golden honey in a glass, no carbonation. Aroma is sweet apples, and some warmth from the booze. Taste is sweet candy apple, slight tart, a little heat from the booze. This is my first Ice cider ever...and I must say this delicious stuff, major thanks to Tommy for suggesting this, I will need to try more of these.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
czar (4371) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 2010 harvest. clear medium dark golden, red hue, nice legs showing. bright and fresh lightly tart apples, nice complex sugars, hint of caramelized apples in butter, red skin with its astringency, pepper and spicy. medium body - oily and silky, sweet, warming, lightly tart and astringent finish. very good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danlo (1166) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2013
Stylish 375ml bottle from TheDrinkShop.com. Orangey gold amber colour, no head and aroma of butter, apple pie, pastry and peach. The taste is rich sweet concentrated apple, with some pastry, honey & apricot notes and alittle tartness. Thick oily mouth feel, full bodied, no carbonation, warming tart but crisp finish. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8435) - San Diego County, 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 (163) - 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.


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