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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Courtesy Da Cheese Man. 2003 botttle. Clear copper color, no head. Syrupy-looking on the pour. Crisp cut apple, oak, honey, pepper, alcohol on the nose. An interesting complexity for a cider aroma. Smooth syrupy thick palate. Sublime oakiness melded with strong acidic apple character. Smooth and elegant. A fantastic cider.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2007
My 2000th rating! Bottle (375ml) shared with my wife. 2005 Vintage, bottle 1077 of 3466. Pours a clear amber-gold with no head. Very nice aroma of lots and lots of sweet apples along with light oak, pears, mild tartness, honey and white wine -- lots going on here. The flavour is even better, it’s downright delicious! Again, lots of delicious sweet apples along with some other fruit, sweet honey, some oak, alcohol (it’s there but it’s subtle), spices (nutmeg and more) and a good amount of acidity -- quite complex and never overly-sweet. Great full body with a syrupy mouthfeel. What more can I say? This is simply an amazing Cider.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Courtesy dsnowden. The Cheeseman strikes again!! Botle 1817. 2003 vintage. Pours a clear light amber color, almost brandy-like in appearance, or maybe Gran Marnier. Big, juicy aplle aromas fill the nostrils completely. There is some mild tartness and sweet citrus fruits galore. Really fresh smelling for being so old. Smells like an orchard with some honey mixed in. The flavor is quite powerful. Really rich and full bodied the whole way through. The palate is coated nicely. The apples, as expected, are quite profound, but get some semblance of balalnce by the honey characters in this. Really warming on the waydown. Pretty sweet, but not overly so. Great dessert drink. Enjoyed this immensly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3425) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière 2007, savoured June 1 2007; eye: golden straw, no head, no effervescence, clear; nose: caramelized apple, aged, fresh, concentrated sugar, white wine; mouth: less concentrated that Neige and Neige éternelle, more sophisticated, better equilibrium, a bit "white wine", apple, apple sauce, fruit, nice carbonation, long finale in concentrated sweet apple; overall: really good FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bue au Mondial de la bière 2007, savourée le 1er juin 2007; oeil : paille dorée, pas de mousse, pas d’effervescence, claire; nez : pomme caramélisée, vieillie, fraîcheur, concentré de sucré, vin blanc; bouche : moins concentrée que Neige et Neige éternelle, plus subtile, meilleure équilibre, un peu « vin blanc », pomme, compote de pomme, fruit, belle carbonatation, longue finale en pomme sucrée concentrée; en résumé : très bon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2007
Clear orange colour with an off white head. Sweet apple fruity aroma with notes of almonds. Sweet apple fruity flavor with notes of the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Courtesy dsnowden. 2003. Bottle # 1817/6133. Clear orange/gold. Still. Aroma of concentrated honey, fruit roll up, lightly tart and musty apples and skins, and apple juice. Same flavors, more tartness, very rich and sweet, some burnt caramel, a bit of dryness in the aftertaste. Full body, viscous, smooth, rich. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5697) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Poured a still, red amber color. Aroma of apple, certainly the red delcious variety, and bit of honey sweetness. Taste was also sweet, red, apple, with a bit of caramel, and light tartness in the finish. Thanks Rich!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Bottle... This cider rocks!... Crystal clear, amber cider with psychedelic legs. The nose is Apple X 100. Apple everything... everything apple. Meaty, hearty, intense with lesser notes of apricot (thanks Jason) and honey (thanks Dan). Most intense sweetness my palate has ever encountered. The high ABV is nowhere to be found. The experience is like stuffing eighty apples into my mouth at one time. Heavy tartness provides a semblance of balance, although balance is not necessary here. This cider is about extremes... extremely good. Full-bodied and sticky. Blindingly sweet, acrid finish. Kudos to bu11seye for bringing this bottle to our tasting!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (37031) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2007
375 mL bottle, thanks to Ungstrup. Pours golden brown to amber, clear. Aroma is sweet and slight acidic. Flavour: very sweet with a slight artificial note. Slight acidic and sweet finish with a warming alcohol feel. Strawberry lurks through in bits throughout. Really great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grovlam (4187) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle. [Courtesy of Ungstrup, quality tasting @ Papsoe] Big thanks to Jens for delivering this beauty of a cider. Spar to no head. Good oily like dripping lacework in glass. Clear and flat looking body with a lovely amber color. The aroma was so intense strawberry like I have ever sniffed before. Amazing and lovely mix of fresh apple, almond, citrus and almost an underlying vanilla feel. Hazelnut and again this overwhelming fresh strawberry coming thought. Very full bodied with maybe a hint of alcoholic and thick texture. Soft carbonated. Heavy sweet flavor with good counter acidic. Long lasting dry fresh apple and at the very end the strawberry aroma appears again. WOW that is defiantly the best cider I have ever tasted! 28-09-2007

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