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: 187   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (2415) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle at first "Er klopt iemand op de deur" tasting aka EBT3. Thx to everyone for sharing today’s beers! APPEARANCE: clear blond cider, no foam. NOSE: apples, very sweet, somewhat sour. TASTE: apples, very fresh, full of taste, sticky, very complex, though amazingly balanced. Masterpiece!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JorisPPattyn (8200) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Clear, deep golden with a fine pistachio sheen. Intense, but delicate apple/appleblossom and other blossoms aromas, nectarine, lunaria. Sweet apples, with an unimitable perfume. Tarte Tatin, muscat grapes, and precious liqueur. Very slick, oily-viscous, voluptuous. Complex beyond imagination, superb, a work of art.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ametras (586) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2014
[2009] 375ml bottle. Clear copper liquid. Flavors are apples, apple peel, strawberries, peaches, apricots, brown sugar, cinnamon, honey, wood and vanilla. Full body. Oily, velvety and liquorous texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Martinus (3440) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2014
Clear caramel golden colour. Aroma of apple, caramel, honey and apple skins. Apple flavour, light sour, appelstroop, very sweet. Lingering sweet finish, apple syrup, rich syrupy apple juice, sour notes, dessert wine. Brilliant stuff!!
(From 375cL bottle shared @ RBBWG III, Gent. From trade with mathieuc. Thanks a million!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle @ 10K + OT. Huge thanks to Steve for the bottle of this. Caramel colored pour with great legs. Strawberry jam, caramel, blue cheese, cinnamon, and apple pie on the nose. Wowe. Vanilla, honey, and a touch of maple. Crazy flavors, as well. Obviously quite sweet. Tons of strawberry jam, cinnamon apples, apple pie, and vanilla. Slight maple and blue cheese. Mild acidity to the finish. Jesus juice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
callmemickey (3250) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Dark golden-orange body. Caramel, sweet apple sauce, wood, cinnamon, more apples. Intensely concentrated with a silky syruppy coating on the tongue. No joke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThirstyBird (1940) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2014
Thanks Martinus @ RBBWG 2014!! Pours a clear golden color with no head. The smell is apple, caramel. The taste is caramelized apple, rich fruit, spicy apple...big flavor. The body is full and sticky - decedent. Wonderfully delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (5642) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2014
18/I/14 - 37.5cl bottle @ RBBWG III, my place - BB: n/a (2014-87) Thanks to Tinus for sharing the bottle!

Clear deep orange stuff, adhesive, cloying. Aroma: sweet, apple sauce, apple juice, fruity, honey. MF: full body. Taste: sweet, apple juice, sugary, alcohol, apple sauce, honey. Aftertaste: sweet, honey, sugary, apple juice, very nice, rich full stuff. Wow, this is amazing! Tastes like much more than 8% alc.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (1836) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
@RBWG’14. Thanks Martinus! Yellow golden colour, syrupy. Very well balanced and tastefull cider. Very complex aroma of sweet apples with some sour notes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
77ships (4697) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 (19/01/2014) 2009 Vintage. 375 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to Martinus. Clear copper amber appearance. Smell is spectacular, sweet apple, syrupy, cinnamon, flowers, concentrated apple sugar / syrup, apple tree, wood, very sweet & perfectly balanced with mild tartness at the very same moment. Taste is mind-blowing. Sweet, touch Sirop de Liège but less sweet than the real deal, incredible rich apple juice, caramel, cinnamon, candy, sweet herbs, dash nutmeg, apple tree, faintest of acidity balances everything, natural sugar, apple skins etc. Smooth, faintly oily, absolutely spectacular. REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, FREAKING GOOD. 5/5 ////////////////////////////////////////////////// Since it is no longer ratable, I have decided to park my rating for “La Face Cachée de la Pomme Neige Noir” here. Obtained in a trade with tom10101. Thanks! 2009 vintage. Very, very beautiful looking 500 ml. bottle @ home. 15 cl. pour. Freshly opened bottle. Bottle says that it can be kept for 9 months after opening. This one pours quite dark, copper apple juice, darker orange copper, oily rim sticks to the glass on top. Smells of Sirop de Liège, very thick and concentrated apple syrup on top, warming, some Eau-de-vie, wood tannins, vanilla, very clean, high quality alcohol, camomile, lemon essential oil, quite oily, very thick. Taste is quite reminiscent of Sirop de Liège, warming, lingering alcohol, wine tannins, thick caramelized sugar, syrupy thick apple juice, thick maple, touch agave, honey, lemon essential oil, lemon peel, esotheric oils, warming Eau-de-vie, wine tannins, wood vanilla, thick decandent. Very oily and sticky feel to it, slightly watery as well, strangely enough. Tried it woth chilled & room temperature and preferred it greatly at room temperature, this was something else all right. Very unique, rich and decadent. I have a big sweet tooth and I already found 15 cl. to be overkill frankly. Fascinating. ///////////////////// Took another small pour day after opening the bottle. Surprisingly this tasted even better, richer, deeper, more decadend. Even more spirit-like in a good way. Amazing. 4.6 -> 4.7

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