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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

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RATINGS: 325   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.


holdenn's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Thanks to Andrew for all of these awesome ciders. Tart apple some cinnamon. Tart and earthy. Juicy apples. Good stuff. A bit of boozey. 8/3/7/3/15


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10112) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle, big thanks to _angst_! Clear golden color, absolutely no head. Sweet overripe apples, fruity, yeasty, apple juice, vinous notes. Sweet apple flavor, apple juice, warming alcohol, vinous, overripe apples. A bit hard to rate. It’s very good, but kinda focuses all on the apples. Really sweet and with alcohol well hidden.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4447) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 27, 2014
30/V/14 - 37.5cl bottle from a trade @ home - BB: ?, 2009 reserva (2014-584) Thanks to 77ships for the trade!

Clear dark orange to reddish liquid, pretty thick. Aroma: lots of ripe to overripe apples, apple juice, apple skin. MF: oily texture, pretty thick, some alcohol burning. Taste: sweet, pretty acidic, lemon juice, alcohol, apple juice, green apple skin. Aftertaste: alcohol burn, pretty acidic, lemony, bit sugary, bitter touch, apple skin, more alcohol, sour apples.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (7316) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle shared by sic1314 @ DTE tasting. Clear orangy color, no head. Aroma is a mix of apple, wine and alcohol. Taste apple, a bit winey, alcohol, a touch of overripe fruits. Full flavored and pretty nice, but imo this is not the best even though I’ve only rated two at this point I think.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (4086) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle at the DTE tasting, Den Haag. Poured a crystal clear medium orange amber with no life at all. The aroma is sweet sticky apple. The flavour is medium to strong sweet with a rich sweet earthy apple , light alcoholic palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation. So hard to rate, but so very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (4796) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle shared at the DTE tasting thanks to sic1314. Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma of rich apples, wood, caramel, pears. Flavour is light heavy sweet. The alcohol not at all noticeable in the palate. Full bodied with doper soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (5079) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
bottle @THT courtesy of Sic1314, big thanks. No head or carbonation. Clear golden pour. Aroma of apples. Lovely sweetness. A gorgeous Ice Cider

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2014
Thanks Tderoeck for the share. Cuivrée tirant plus sur l’acajou foncé. Arôme ici aussi de pomme caramélisée, la première dominant et le dernier en accompagnement. Le tout est frais, pomme agréable, pointe acidulée laissant plus paraitre le profil chaire de la pomme. Note encore ce côté épicé, tannin? Un cran en dessous de la Neige.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sic1314 (3104) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2014
Poured deep amber with no head. Aroma of sweet, concentrated apple. Full body, flavour is sticky, sweet apple.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3592) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2014
2009 Vintage. Obtained in a trade with tom10101. Thanks! Drank about 1/3 of a 375 ml. bottle @ Barely legal tasting room. Drank next to the “Reserve”. Looks touch darker than the other one, pours a light copper golden. Nose is sweet apples, light syrup de Liège, apple juice, quite alcoholic. Tastes quite alcoholic, fairly strongly so, thick syrupy apples, syrup de Liège, thick syrupy, strongly sweet with sugar, flowers and a bitter woody finish, linger alcohol. Thick syrupy. Quite nice, the “Reserve” easily beat this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (2796) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2014
Thnx to 77ships . Pours the same as the reserve version . Smell is even more intense . Intense, more boozy taste . Apples, apples, apples . Very intense, apples . Bit more dry . Very simiar, yet if you taste them together, I slightly prefer the Reserve version .


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