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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: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Very nice peach gold. Aroma is light alcohol, red apples, light sourness of granny smiths, light oak light character, very sweet aroma. Taste is very rich, nice apple character, light sourness, light warming.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Bottle shared at Pauls Gathering. Thank you! Pours s rich golden color with great clarity. Huge, crisp and fresh apple aroma. The body is slick and warming. Richly sweet without ever seeming artificial. This is the ultimate apple experience, with supreme drinkability and well hidden alcohol. Awesome!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ilovedarkbeer (2712) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Big thanks to BMan1113VR for sharing this beer with me for his milestone. Nose: Exactly like those caramel apple chips, with some honey and bay leaves. Legs are freaking glue. Looks exactly like JW Red Label Scotch. Taste is a mind blower. Super sweet and thick in the mouth with apples, caramel, bit of swiss, and even a bit of meat or bacon on the back end. There is such crazy complexity. This tastes like the month of November to me. Drinkability is above 100% seeing as you can’t put it down.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
My 900th rating shared with ilovedarkbeer. Completely worth the $60+ I spent. 2003 bottle. Pours with a orangish body similar to a nice scotch with amazingly strong and solid alcohol legs, absolutely amazing. The apple aroma fills the room, filling in with solid apples, caramel, strong alcohol, more caramel, applejax, bay leaf, and some herbs (orregeno, and many others). Super complex. Some alcohol, flowers and honey as well. A bit of swiss cheese or jarlsberg yeastiness might be there as well. Taste is soo sweet, and concertated apples, so amazing, tons of caramel over the 60+ second duration. Mouthfeel is super syrupy, with tons of alcohol, sticky like honey. This cider is absolutely brilliant, mind blowing. Every sip I take, I cannot help but smile. This is an amazing beverage!!!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle at home with mesandsim, from the most awsome trader ever, the cheeseman. Aroma is like super ripe apple sauce, honey straght from the hive of apples openly toasted over a fire at a german market. Taste is just a dream, its immencly sweet but the spple dryness manages to hold it back and make it possibly one of the most drinkable things iv ever tasted. A 500ml bottle is not enough for me alone, so sharing it was 3 other people was like "I SOO NEED TO GET MORE OF THIS!"

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Pours yellow and oily with a nice neck. Smells of sweet apples and boozy with some excellent spicy character. Tastes sweet and well balanced with some touches of appley goodness that yields dryness, tartness and crispness at once.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle, HUGE thanks to our Magic.
Big respect to Tom for doing this properly and freezing it first. This is ice cider. Bright orange and very thick. Very very special indeed. Incredible apple aroma. Spice a plenty, sweet as hell and loads of fruit. Those apples are just amazing. Amazing toffee notes in the flavour. Ok you piss taking set of bastards (Tom & Sim) I mean candy apple. Lashings of custard. This is, as Tom describes, like apple pie and custard without the pastry. Big tarty apple bite with plenty of sharp acidty that rather than lingering in the background is brought rushing to the front carried by the alcohol. Darker than the Neige and like a bigger badder brother. A bloody amazing experience that brings back all the fantasticness of last time I tried this stunning nectar.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Many thanks to Glouglouburp for this amazing bottle. Unlike anything I have ever had before. Aroma is mainly apples, but the taste was much more complex. There was an upfront taste of blue cheese followed by sweet apples, and apricot. Truely amazing. I would like to get more of this unique cider from Quebec.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2008
375ml. bottle thanks a million to Glouglouburp. Crystal clear golden orange color, obviously still, with nice legs. Beautiful aroma of baked apples, especially the skins, with a hint of cinnamon and honey. Flavor was sweet apples, honey, floral notes and a mild warming alcohol finish. Not as pure an apple flavor as the Neige, but a bit more complex and not as sweet. Delicious! Thanks Dany!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Courtesy of kmweaver. Clear, still, apple juice colored body. The cider is incredibly thick and leaves legs on the glass. Sweet, musty, apple nose with hints of honey and pears and alcohol. Taste is very sweet with apples, raw sugar, fruit skin tannins and honey. Full body is soft, sticky and still with a warm finish.


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