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La Face Cachée de la Pomme Neige Recolte D’Hiver

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Brewed by La Face Cachée de la Pomme
Style: Ice Cider/Ice Perry
Hemmingford, Canada
Serve in Flute, Stem glass

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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Produced since 1994, Neige 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. Neige Récolte d’hiver – produced from a variety of apples that do not fall during the autumn season – is available in a limited edition series of 5866 bottles for the 2007 harvest. Edition 2008 is limited at 10 560 bottles. Picked between December and January, while the temperature was approximately -15°C, the fruits still hanging on trees were dehydrated by the sun and literally cooked by the cold and wind. Sugars were concentrated through natural cryoextraction. Frozen apples were then pressed in order to extract the precious nectar. The extracted must was then placed in stainless steel tanks where it fermented for a period of approximately eight months, at low temperatures, before being bottled. Previously 11% abv. Current vintage (2009) is 8% abv.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (6333) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
2007 vintage. Bottle, pours a clear dark orange with no head. Nose is insanely complex, with loads of apple butterscotch, caramel, sugar and alcohol – wow is this elegant smelling. Flavour is unbelievably complex, with amazing butterscotch, caramel, and candied sugar. Wow, this is magic – on a whole other level of ice ciders that I’ve experienced. This is the pinnacle. Phenomenal stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1169) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
2009 vintage. Clear light brown. Aroma is baked apple, cinnamon, currants, custard. Full bodied, very sweet on the palate. Taste is apples, cinnamon, currants. So tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (4976) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle shared at the DSH tasting thanks to sic1314. Pours clear ber with no head. Aroma of sweet red apples, overripe apple peel, toffee apple, apricot and light woody notes. Flavour is light heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (5201) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2014
bottle courtesy of Sic1314 @THT July. No head or carbonation. Clear golden amber pour. Sweet but very smooth. Awesome!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sic1314 (3235) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2014
Poured deep amber with no head. Aroma of sweet concentrated apple. Medium to full body, flavour as the aroma, smooth, slightly woody.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (6411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2014
375 ml bottle shared by b3shine - thanks, Beau, for destroying this long-time want of mine! Pours a clear gold with some small white bubbles that don’t amount to much. Nice legs. So sweet and smooth - apple, vanilla, honey. Medium-bodied, with a coating, sweet mouthfeel and minimal carbonation. The 12% ABV is hidden in this. Drinks so easy. Man, I could sip one of these all evening. The ice ciders from LFCDLP are incredible.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured dark pale color with a minimall head that diminished quickly with excellent legs. Heavy sweet apple and soft alcohol aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and solid legs. Solid flavor of apple with a medium to heavy complex sweet finish with a warming alcohol burn of moderate to long duration. Good after dinner sipper with a good cigar.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5370) - Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Cool thin bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a crystal clear dark golden color with no head. The aroma and flavor had high quality apples, apple sauce, vanilla, some skins, tangy cider notes, more body and mouthfeel than most ciders which was to be expected, warming alcohol, a great sipper, this was well worth the wait and has set the bar very high for all ciders in the future.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6321) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2014
500ml bottle, shared by b3shine. Date on the back reads 090107, bottle is labeled 12%. Says nothing about Recolte D’Hiver on the label, but the back label does say that these apples are harvested during the winter. Totally clear golden orange color. No head or lace, but pretty nice legs. Really nice, big applesauce nose. Wow, fantastic flavor! Big vanilla aroma, light desert wine combines with the apple sauce to make for a very tasty flavor. Bigger body. Smooth, very light (if any) carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, not bothersome at all. Very light tart, and a light spiciness. Good big golden apple flavor, with some apple skin. Alcohol works well - no burn or bite, just a very nice light warmth in the finish. Fantastic ice cider.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5357) - Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2014
375 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the group; BIG thanks DuffMan). 2005 vintage, 12% abv. Looks great; a still deeper honey orange with nice body with legs that stick. Smells good; semi-sweet with awesome notes of concentrated cider. Fuller-bodied (as expected for the style). Awesome stuff! I’m worried I started off with the highest rated one because I might be chasing the dragon from now on.


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