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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: 325   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (34334) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 3, 2009
Bottle 375ml. @ [ Ulfborg Tasting ].
[ Vintage 2006 ]. Clear medium yellow orange color with virtually none head. Aroma is apple, wood , rubber, gum. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate acidic - bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is syrupy - oily, carbonation is flat, finish is light alcoholic. [20090114]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (30755) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2008
RB#5400: 5 cL bottle, thanks to Ungstrup. Pours clear and deep golden yellow to orange, no head. Dense apple aroma, sweet and phenol at once - almost mead like. Flavour starts sweet and reveals a solid apple authentic flavour with load of floral elements and phenol. Smooth and warming at once, light sugarish. Citric into the finish - light shivering :)

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
A dark orange cider with no head. The aroma contains lots of apples, but also a slight hint of alcohol. The flavor is wonderful, sugar sweet with strong notes of apples, and a rather dry end. The sourness from the apples bites the tongue slightly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
(Bottle 37,5 cl) Courtesy of Thomas_E. Clear, deep golden with no head whatsoever. Intense, sweetish apple aroma. Very full and rich body with these intense, sugary notes - apple syrup perhaps, perhaps even with a touch of cinnamon. There’s a vague, underlying acidity. Truly delicious. 191207

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (20576) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Bottle. Clear golden coloured with a small white head. Sweet aroma of apples and almonds with a light acidity and notes of wood. Sweet flavour of apples and almonds with some acidity and notes of wood and alcohol. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20252) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 1, 2009
Bottled@fonefan. Golden colour, no head. Aroma is white wine, grapes, a lot of vanilla as well as some sour apples. Flavour is sweet sugary mixed with white wine. Mindblowing complexity, even though the sugary notes are a bit too sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2009
Corked bottle; harvest 2006, 3 years old
Deep yellow color; a lot of micro bubbles cover the sides and bottom of the glass. The aroma is intense; there is some sour apple, jam, but also plastic (as often happens in ciders) and very light hazelnut, orchid flowers. Good mouthfeel, just sweet enough; concentrated fruit flavor, apricot jam, with a sharp acid background; the sweetness, acidity and alcohol are in good balance. Very interesting and complex.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk (14074) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle at EBF ... One of the Mikkeller gang brougth this... And my thanks to one and all for allowing me to sneak in and try this... This could well be my Highlight of the Festival Pale Pale Pale yellow .. stunningly sweet apple nose ... "Bramly apple pie just like Mummy used to make"... Oh the flavour in intense... sweet insane apples ....

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
saxo (13833) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 14, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. No head. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are rich apples, appletrees, sugary notes and alcohol. Extremely powerful. Wonderful.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dedollewaitor (13766) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2013
37,5cl Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Shared with Pops. Thanks to Meilbye for picking it up. Pours clear golden with a few bubbles on top. Lots of fresh red apples, a bit of vanilla and wood. Crisp and warming with a dry finish. Remarkable fruityness. Lovely sipper. A shame it is so expensive.


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