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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: 182   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TaktikMTL (6021) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2007
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille claire de 375 ml, dégusté au Festival Bières et Saveurs 2007 (Chambly, QC). Arôme: Odeur de pommes et de miel avec une pointe de poire. Apparence: La couleur est dorée. Saveur: Goût de pommes, de miel et de litchi. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture liquoreuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de pommes sucrées en arrière goût. (Rating #1221)

5
   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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ScoobySnacks (2) - CANADA - JAN 2, 2008 does not count
Quite simply the best ice cider in the world. Extraordinarily complex nose. Made from the rare apples that freeze on the tree. This ice cider adds the complexity of noble rot to the concentrated taste of ice cider.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Share by joe mcphee at rbsg 2010 I don’t know how you can get any better than this for the style this has to be as good as it gets looks like simple syrup with a hint of gold with no head the aromas are from apples,butter,clove,cinnamon,vanilla oak i can still smell this now, the taste was sweet nectar of the gods of cider, rich and creamy buttery velvet with no hint of the power house behind this one 11% abv watch out !

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2010 Tried a larger sample at my house with some friends. Deep gorgeous ruddy gold hue. Thick sticky legs. Nose is loaded with dried apples, apple brandy and and a rich decadent fruitiness. Concentrated baked apple and a touch of pineapple fruitiness as well. Sweet and chewy palate that completely coats the palate in a warm layer of caramel custard. Bright honeyed sweetness. Tough to overstate how good this is. I’ve found another perfect rating. Tasted at Face Cachee. Deep burnished golden pour. Thick legs stream down the side of the glass. Intense sweet nose with a bit, bright pineapple and lemon acidity. Heavy spiced stewed apple aroma along with a touch of caramelized flavour. Incredibly concentrated flavour with a bright sugary character in addition to the heavy fruitiness. Thick sticky palate with a lot of dried fruit. An almost botrytis type of concentrated flavour. Intense, chewy and completely unique. There’s a reason this is considered the best in the world 10 5 10 5 19

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cgarvieuk (15169) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
bottle at The Danish Invasion tasting (at 9%)... glowing orange amber ... soft sweet ... floral orange honey apple nose ... oh holy cow ... oh oh oh ... orgasm in a glass ... sweet honey apple .. juicy ... mellow ... syrupy ... orange sweet ... This is my first 5.0 ... its mellow juicy and sweet ... mellow orange blossom ...

rest of bottle ... juicy sweet ... orange blosom .. honey sweet fruit nose ... very sweet but a light floral mellow sweetness ... apple pie ... ligth viscous ... so much is in there ... trying to disect this is wrong... sum it as a whole and that sum is best thing ive ever had pass my lips

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
77ships (4297) - 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

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Quevillon (2548) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
Bu sur place (version 2004). WOW! Belle couleur jaune foncé. Arome de pomme cuite est délicieuse. Le goût est unique, comme mangé une tarte au pomme maison direct du four.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BenH (2505) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
Bottle at craig’s, thanks Alex. Pours like apple juice, glowing golden yellowish with a small white ring of head. Aroma is massive, very intense, sweet apples, with a wine like fruitiness, incredibly pleasing. Taste is divine, sweet intense apple with a slight honey edge, such an intense apple flavor. Very sweet and dangerously drinkable, tantalises the palate. An absolute pleasure to drink, a truly remarkable beverage.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Mini bottle from the cidery. Thick cognac-colored liquid. Aroma wafts across the room, reaching nostrils to inspire joy and desire. Closer and deeper inhale reveals intense, deep, rich apple that is the essence of apple, like Eve’s apple, more apply than apple itself. Proto-apple, apple in Plato’s Form of apple. Flavor makes eyes roll to back of head from intense delight. Sweetness on the level of a Turkish baklava, unabashed, unrelenting, and unapologetic. Honey married to sweet crisp apples, like pink lady, and underlying currents of jam. After the diabetic coma comes a splash of acidity complements of Mother Apple that rescues the mouth from becoming bogged down but which tortures with its insistence on more (when there is none!). Moderately complex, fully accessible. I don’t understand it and won’t try, it’s meant to be enjoyed. Having such a small bottle causes existential pain.


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