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: 189   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5695) - 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 (37013) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (24434) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle, thanks to Ungstrup. Clear orange coloured with an off white ehad. Sweet aroma of apples and almonds with light acidic notes. Sweet flavour of apples, almonds and berries. Warming alcoholic finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2007
(Bottle 37,5 cl) Courtesy of Ungstrup. Clear, deep amber golden - no head. Complex aroma of overripe apples. Very full-bodied, extremely intense fruit notes - almost strawberry-like. This really is a desert wine, but one that’s tough to drink and digest. 280907

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
Bottle vintage 2003, 11,5%. A dark golden cider with no head. The aroma is of apple, wood and dark fruits, the taste is mostly apples, with some fruitiness to it, also a warming alcohol. Medium body with a dry warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2007
(Bottle, 2005 vintage, 1068/3466) Pours a clear sparkling golden body with nice legs. Aroma of apple, apricot, honey, and pineapple. Flavor of concentrated apple, apricot, and light florals. Nice acidity and sweetness balance. I wish this was more easily accessible.

   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.

   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.

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