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: 216   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle at home with mesandsim, from the most awsome trader ever, the cheeseman. Aroma is like super ripe apple sauce, honey straght from the hive of apples openly toasted over a fire at a german market. Taste is just a dream, its immencly sweet but the spple dryness manages to hold it back and make it possibly one of the most drinkable things iv ever tasted. A 500ml bottle is not enough for me alone, so sharing it was 3 other people was like "I SOO NEED TO GET MORE OF THIS!"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Pours yellow and oily with a nice neck. Smells of sweet apples and boozy with some excellent spicy character. Tastes sweet and well balanced with some touches of appley goodness that yields dryness, tartness and crispness at once.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle, HUGE thanks to our Magic.
Big respect to Tom for doing this properly and freezing it first. This is ice cider. Bright orange and very thick. Very very special indeed. Incredible apple aroma. Spice a plenty, sweet as hell and loads of fruit. Those apples are just amazing. Amazing toffee notes in the flavour. Ok you piss taking set of bastards (Tom & Sim) I mean candy apple. Lashings of custard. This is, as Tom describes, like apple pie and custard without the pastry. Big tarty apple bite with plenty of sharp acidty that rather than lingering in the background is brought rushing to the front carried by the alcohol. Darker than the Neige and like a bigger badder brother. A bloody amazing experience that brings back all the fantasticness of last time I tried this stunning nectar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Many thanks to Glouglouburp for this amazing bottle. Unlike anything I have ever had before. Aroma is mainly apples, but the taste was much more complex. There was an upfront taste of blue cheese followed by sweet apples, and apricot. Truely amazing. I would like to get more of this unique cider from Quebec.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2008
375ml. bottle thanks a million to Glouglouburp. Crystal clear golden orange color, obviously still, with nice legs. Beautiful aroma of baked apples, especially the skins, with a hint of cinnamon and honey. Flavor was sweet apples, honey, floral notes and a mild warming alcohol finish. Not as pure an apple flavor as the Neige, but a bit more complex and not as sweet. Delicious! Thanks Dany!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Courtesy of kmweaver. Clear, still, apple juice colored body. The cider is incredibly thick and leaves legs on the glass. Sweet, musty, apple nose with hints of honey and pears and alcohol. Taste is very sweet with apples, raw sugar, fruit skin tannins and honey. Full body is soft, sticky and still with a warm finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
375mL bottle, courtesy of radiomgb. Thanks, Jeff! Pours a brilliant, oily honey-orange color; headless; so oily it barely grows legs at first; then, thick. Apples you can smell from across the room: slightly tart, fresh apples, a bit of funk and mustiness; nothing overly sticky, though definitely sweet; very well-hidden alcohol; apples, apples, apples. Full mouthfeel: impressively dense and warming; oily, fresh apple character; not juice, not sweetened, just dense, intricate pressed iced apples. Lengthy finish, showing tons of apples (surprise!), residual sugar, and some light tartness; ends without stickiness. Beautifully done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9019) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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