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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: 183   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.


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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dresden (941) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
2008 bottle through the coast to coast pipeline. Thick golden and clear, like an apple juice. Aroma is heavily apple, some light spice. Flavour is just incredibly juicy apple pie, cinnamon, Apple jelly toast,and caramelised sugar. Unbelievable. I don’t have baseline for this stuff but wow

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle, 2005 Vintage. Lovely tawny body, the colour of a new born fawn, medium viscosity. It’s hard to commit to rating this because I don’t think I’ll get it right. The flavour density is stunning, the complexity is joyful, and the balance is sublime. Caramelized apples, cobbler crust, subtle spices, nuances of Sauternes, sticky but with a tannic acidity that lifts the palate and pulls you back like a hummingbird to honeysuckle. This is not overrated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle share. Crystal clear gold. Aroma of overripe apple syrup. Taste is sweet. Sweet silky fabric pajamas, this is ridiculously smooth and silky.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2884) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Dark gold. Super thick. Nose is apricot and pear. Taste is awesome. Viscous thick. Totally strawberry nose. Some cinnamon and sweet finish. So good 4.1

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye (2323) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
Thanks Tommy for aquiring this for me. Clear copper body with light elegant sediment or bubbles in the body. Aroma of ripe apples vanilla syrup cinnamon. Taste is very sweet but elegant. Definitely a dessert cider. I'm not as huge a sweet lover as others but I can appreciate the firn craftsmanship of this beverage.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cards04 (1848) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
Thanks northopfrye. Pours a beautiful copper color with nice legs and sediment. This smells like apple heaven. Aromas of Macintosh apples and fresh baked apple pie. Candy apples and over ripe apples. Flavors are sweet buttery apple, some fall spice, apple pie. This is simply amazing.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (7244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
2007 vintage. Bottle, pours a clear dark orange with no head. Nose is insanely complex, with loads of apple butterscotch, caramel, sugar and alcohol – wow is this elegant smelling. Flavour is unbelievably complex, with amazing butterscotch, caramel, and candied sugar. Wow, this is magic – on a whole other level of ice ciders that I’ve experienced. This is the pinnacle. Phenomenal stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
2009 vintage. Clear light brown. Aroma is baked apple, cinnamon, currants, custard. Full bodied, very sweet on the palate. Taste is apples, cinnamon, currants. So tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (5752) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle shared at the DSH tasting thanks to sic1314. Pours clear ber with no head. Aroma of sweet red apples, overripe apple peel, toffee apple, apricot and light woody notes. Flavour is light heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (5739) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2014
bottle courtesy of Sic1314 @THT July. No head or carbonation. Clear golden amber pour. Sweet but very smooth. Awesome!


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