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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: 209   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8881) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Sample thanks to kmweaver. Huge, thick, oily, vinuous legs that stick to the side of the glass. Huge, rich, resinous, sweet apple flavor - sugary, a little boozy but not too much, tangy, peppery red apples and a light touch of white grapes. Really, really delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2008
375ml split on Valentines Day. I’m not as crazy about this as I have been with past samples. Perhaps it’s now that I have so much of it, or that I’m drinking so much more. The sweetness becomes a bit cloying after a while, and the alcohol presence is strong. It is still delicious, with a supernaturally thick body, delicious apple and grape sugar. There is a touch of acidity early in the sip, with a bit of cookie and cake later. Apples taste is very young, green, not the old, rich apple I’ve noticed in Neige and other frozen-juice ice ciders. I couldn’t possibly deny the greatness of this beverage, but truth to be told, it’s not one meant for even moderately large quantities of drinking.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle. Vintage 2002: 3962/5000. Pours a still, gradient orange body with some nice viscous legs. The aroma consists of some sweet baked apples, brown sugar, and some tart skins. The tartness wafts towards your eyes but becomes counterbalanced with some fruity, almost banana-sweetness and alcohol. Lingering apple finish. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 [1045-20080112] 375mL (w/ garthicus, HogTownHarry, jerc, mds, Radek Kliber). Lightly grilled apple skins aroma. Clear, orange amber body with no head. Sweet apple skin and toasty apple fruit flavour. Medium body is sweet and smooth. Beautiful... Great balance. (8/3/10/5/18) 4.4

[5704B-20130817] Bottle. Sweetened applesauce aroma. Clear, amber body with no lasting head and some legs. Sweet caramel apple flavour has a long super-sweet candy aftertaste. Medium body. Wonderful. (9/3/8+/4/17) 4.1
(@ Campground Brewdown 2013, Millmont, PA)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6885) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 17, 2008
650ml Clear bottle 375ml 3962/500

2002 vintage
Appearance: Thick high viscosity , amber like cider.3+
Nose :Huge , aroma produced by this drink , tart apple , sugars with. Superb blend of tart and caramel notes 8-.
Flavor/Palate : Sweet apple flavour best choice apples. Impeccable quality is felt all around. Warming alcohol soften with sticky, sugary feel ending with golden apple burst. Yum.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2840) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 13, 2008
Wow - I thought I knew cider until I sampled this, cheers Jerc for bringing this gem along. Apple skins, over-ripe apple aroma; pink-red colour. Sticky apple-pear/peach flavour, sweet but not sickly, juicy and tart, incredible. The alcohol is well hidden and I really have never tried anything like this. Slainte.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
Bottle. 2002 Vintage via a trade from Boutip. Bottle 3962 of 5000. Golden yellow not quite orange body has nice syrupy legs on the glass. (3+) Sweet sugary aroma, shy radiantly glorious apples making brief appearances. Very sweet flavour, lightly tannic and tart touches in the middle. Sweet apple flavour baked apples, light note of skins, mild sugary sweetness. Smooth full syrupy palate. This was an amazing cider, but I again find myself craving a bit more acidity to balance the sweetness. Very satisfying to finally track this down.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ScoobySnacks (2) - CANADA - JAN 2, 2008 does not count
Quite simply the best ice cider in the world. Extraordinarily complex nose. Made from the rare apples that freeze on the tree. This ice cider adds the complexity of noble rot to the concentrated taste of ice cider.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Huge thanks for sharing this rare and expensive little gem. The still body is a thick, viscous, golden-orange honey color. The aroma is that of pure apple essence, as condensed and concentrated as can possibly be. It can only be described as the freshest apple juice you have ever encountered, painstakingly reduced to the nth degree. The flavor is inconceivably perfect, like a million fresh apples that have been crushed in the dead of winter, in the middle of the unadulterated wilderness, and somehow crammed into a tiny package. A thick, oily body glides over the tongue, effortlessly delivering the sweet apple goodness to each and every corner of the mouth. Finishes long and sweet, with the absolutely perfect amount of alcoholic heat. This represents the absolute pinnacle of the ice cider classification, and perhaps the dessert beverage genre as a whole. Simply outstanding!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2137) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Thanks to Chris at the PP SAF. Aromas of apple. Suprise!. Fresh apple. Delicious apple. Flavors were similar. It was very sweet, and syrupy. Very viscous. Thick and full. But very tasty.


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