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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: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Melted bricks of gold covered in oils and sunburst orange candy shells. Totally translucent, wide and shapely legs. The aroma is pulsing with apple, whole and stem-inclusive, so potent it’s hard to move the cider glass away from my nose to attempt a sip. The nose is not eve close to wholly apple, however. Apricot, puree, high-brix honey, molasses, maple, fresh figs, black cherry pit notes in moderation, mild spiciness, white flowers undefined, vanilla, the mildest lavender essence, clove liqueur all hold my attention as long as they please. This aroma is pure, it is dew-scented, it is utterly magnificent. In the flavor, at first, medium-high acidity seems out of place and overdrawn. Sweetness is very high but it’s not as intense as expected, actually less than the Neige ice cider from the same ciderie, mostly due to relatively high acidity. Bold tropical fruit notes now include pineapple and mango, as well as lesser kiwi. Notes of woodgrain trickle in and back out again. The finish is smooth, sweet, lightly acidic, enduring and succulent. The mouthfeel is extremely full bodied, viscous, sticky, syrupy and sugary. Alcohol is incredibly well concealed throughout this entire experience. A masterpiece.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2009 Bottle # 1068. Bu11zeye, you are now my hero!!!! Holy crap!!! The color is dark amber, redolent of the finest Berenauslese from the Mosel. Wafting from the glass is a symphony of apples, honey, apricots and more apples. Hints of Keifer lime leaves finish the assault. The flavor is an intensity the likes of which I have never experienced. Concentrated apple essence, hints of apricots and slight notes of tropical fruits. There is an acidity that pulls everything together. As close to perfection as I think I will ever see. Re-rated 10-18-09 Simply perfection, the sweetness is matched perfectly by a crisp acidity. There is no argument, this is perfection in a bottle.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TaktikMTL (5922) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2007
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille claire de 375 ml, dégusté au Festival Bières et Saveurs 2007 (Chambly, QC). Arôme: Odeur de pommes et de miel avec une pointe de poire. Apparence: La couleur est dorée. Saveur: Goût de pommes, de miel et de litchi. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture liquoreuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de pommes sucrées en arrière goût. (Rating #1221)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Frimas Recolte
Date: 12/03/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Strong Ale fest, 2005
Vintage: 2003

clear yellow, headless, sweet apple aroma with some granny smith tartness, incredable rich apple flavor, nice tartness balanced by the sweet apple flavor, only a hint of alcohol,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+/4

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HogTownHarry (6127) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Bottle (375ml - clear, classy packaging. Via BIG trade with Viper666 - once again huge thanks for getting this one for me, J-F!. "Récotle 2004." Rating #2400. Poured a deep clear gold. Aroma - wow! - apple, ripe apple (Red Delicious), a hint of tart white wine, musty character, almost lightly oaked - reminded me of a GREAT barrel-aged chardonnay I once had - smooth and complex. Taste - BIG WOW - I don’t see how this could be better - tangy apple with echoes of pineapple, mango and peach, restrained alcohol, solid acidity, just enough carbonation and a thick body - long sweet sticky linger on the palate. Absolutely outstanding. A good choice for a "milestone" rating.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
robinvboyer (3213) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2007
Mondiale ’07 sample. WOW. WOW. WOW. dark golden color. Thick on the palate. Aroma is obviously apples, but there is underlying honey, and slight floral notes. Flavour is incredible! perfect apples, and some honey. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Outstanding cider.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8846) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
Like a good white wine, tasted more like apple cider and Not as enjoyed as the Neige or Eternal Neige, modiale 2007.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
5/4/07. Poured out of 375 mL bottle, obtained in a trade with Olivier_MTL on RateBeer 12/3/05. 2003 Vintage. Pours a deep amber-gold color with good clarity and a bold, beautiful depth of autumn color. The oily legs on this cider are much broader and slower than those of its brother, the Neige-- tilt the glass and there are times that the high edge of residue takes literally several minutes to droop, like the wax from a freshly-lit candle. The aroma here is much richer and more succulent also-- some overripe apples and fresh apple sauce (complete with cinnamon accompaniment), as well as soft caramel and a captivating, warming, sweet-liqueur aura. First taste is decadently sweet with a lightly leathery, lightly waxy tart apple outline. The finish drops most of the soft tartness that balanced the initial taste and leaves a homemade soft-and-syrupy cinnamon apples and a slight apple pie doughy flavor. Some zesty alcohol rounds out the mouthfeel, sort of a funny way to balance the gripping sweetness. This is even more indulgent than its companion, lacking most of the tartness of crisp fresh apples but replacing it with an intoxicating medley of apple desserts that rival the best restaurant creations I’ve ever sampled.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beastiefan2k (2496) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Shes got legs, she knows how to use them. Bottle courtesy of MartinT, thank you. This stuff is great, sweet apple aroma, not nausating sweetness but enought to say this is great sweet apple. Just a hint of bareable alcohol in the flavor to take away any alco-pop feel. Just great sweet, well balanced, apple cider. I wish the bottles were bigger and not so freaking expensive and not only available in Canada.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4959) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Just when I thought I wasn’t going to have anything special for my 1300th rating, beastiefan2k breaks this out to share at his place (thanks, Eugene!) - very viscous, headless pour, with lots of legs along the sides of the glass - dark golden color, kind of like apple juice (go figure) - very sweet, natural, earthy apple aroma, smelling like slightly overripe apples that have just been sliced - a hint of alcohol presence in the background of the aroma - very slick mouthfeel - very sweet (but not cloying), with slight alcohol, making it taste like an apple brandy or some other kind of cordial - the taste is like that of apples and pears floating in a mixture of honey and rosewater - it tends to get a little syrupy after a while, so I suppose it’s best to just drink a couple of ounces in a sitting - this is a real treat.


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