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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
available

Broad Distribution

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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (561) - 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 (4128) - 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 (1075) - 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 (8269) - 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 (158) - 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 (565) - 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 (1632) - 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 (2140) - 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 (3011) - 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 (2990) - 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.


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