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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: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
Aroma:pear,sour,alcohol... Appearance:gold.. Fla and honey,apple.good...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Sampled early Dec 05, coutesy of cquiroga. Chris once again shows why its imperative to attend a tasting if he is going to be present. Golden pour, clear - appearance isn’t super attractive by beer standards. By cier standards, it looks perfect. Sweet apple and cider aroma, not cloying, with a touch of something like mole or green pepper. Honey sweet apple flavors, insanely good, with a slightly tart finish. I can’t believe this is 12% - alcohol is well hidden. Super drinkable. If it wasn’t so expensive, this would be my perfect date drink.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Thanks Cquiroga! Pours a very pale (reminds me of piss) gold color with no head or lacing. The aroma is like wonderful delicious apple cidar that has been spiked with a hint of goldschlager (or however the hell you spell it). Very light aroma, not over-powering. Flavor is just like warm apple juice or baked apples. Covers the tongue and lingers in the mouth for quite awhile. Slight alcoholic/warm aftertaste. My first cider!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Pours with a golden body with no head or lacing as expected. The aroma is sour yet bitter with a slight alcohol note and a little apple...smells like overripe apples to me. The flavor is really great...it’s sweet and full of baked apple notes...almost candy like. Smooth and medium bodied.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
I can’t thank cquiroga enough for sharing this beauty. Poured clear gold with lovely legs. Aroma was sweet with fresh crisp apples mixed sweet cider. Fresh apples right in your face...BOOM. It tasted like somebody crammed a few bushels of apples into my glass. Some flavor of apple sauce. Sweet and syrupy. Terrfic mouthfeel. Crisp and tart.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Deep golden color. Aroma is apples, a touch of dark fruit and some bell peppers, some wood and earth as well. Very full bodied cider. Very little carbonation. The main flavor is apples of course, but the are hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Some earthy tones and oak. Very smooth. Touch of alcohol oiliness is evident, but mostly it’s the apples and the smoothness that you notice most here. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is sweet. Big thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
A dark orange cider with no head. The aroma contains notes of apples and some rotten fruit. While the flavor also is dominated by apples - again with a slight note of rotten fruit, but also some acidity. The mouthfeel is smooth, but at the same time sticky.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2005
03 Vintage. Dark Gold. Big honey and fresh apple aroma. Great thick syrupy palate. Very sweet, but not cloying or artificial. Lots of honey, fresh fruit - well, apples mostly, as one might expect. Lots of unexpected notes of candy sugar, mellow apple, and a nice basement mustyness. Background nuances of vanilla and nutmeg, maybe, play into it as well. Big thanks to Springslicker for sharing!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2005
At Argo0’s: An ice cider. Didn’t think this was ratable. I’m a fan of icewines so i’m rather familiar with the style. This was nice. Very light on the spices for a cider. Finished of honey.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Bottle thanks to Argo0: Well this was the one I was most excited about for the night with all the rave reviews and such. Clear glowing light amber exactly like the picture to the left, shows excellent legging. The aroma is a sharply sweet apple skins, apple seeds, and fresh ripe apple (crisp like biting into one in the fall). The taste is apple juice, sticky sweet -to the point of almost being tart-apples. I think I wrote very sweet about three times in my notes. It’s packing enough sweetness that I don’t find it enjoyable. Full bodied, quite syrupy on the tongue, finishes with mild alcohol effervescence.


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