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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: 176   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
robinvboyer (3067) - 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 (8527) - 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 (2404) - 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 (4823) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Tasted in Montreal in Oct ’05 @ Maestro S.V.P. 2003 bottle. Aroma is very sweet with honey and pears. Very perfumy. Taste is pears, honey, mild acidity, sweet but not cloying. Very, very good.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
garcia3441 (2) - USA - OCT 4, 2006 does not count
The best cider I’ve ever tasted. Has a wonderful apple aroma. Suprisingly sweet

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Quevillon (2462) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
Bu sur place (version 2004). WOW! Belle couleur jaune foncé. Arome de pomme cuite est délicieuse. Le goût est unique, comme mangé une tarte au pomme maison direct du four.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Sampled at Mondial 2006. The body was dark gold. The aroma was sweet with a Granny Smith type aroma. There is a fresh type character here. Both sweet and tart at the same time. The taste is surprisingly sweet. This is also very intense. Very sweet like a Honeycrisp apple. A surprisingly smooth cider for the high abv.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2915) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
Aroma:pear,sour,alcohol... Appearance:gold.. Fla and honey,apple.good...


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