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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: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 (5219) - 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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (1542) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
From Bottle @fonefan gueuze tasting Ulfborg, this one i brought - june 24th 2016. 2012 vintage and 12,5% alc. Pours a rather dark, golden amberish. Aroma has heavy, caramelized apples, vanilla, apple wine, light tartness, light spice. Weird but very nice yeasty note. Taste is sweet, acidic, deep complex apple notes, peppery spice. Sticky body but a subtle alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrOrla (2047) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle. Pours golden with no head. Aroma of apple, nectar, rather vinous. Taste is sweet, apples, ripe prunes. Good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rasmus40 (16690) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Vintage 2012 - 12.5 % ABV. Clear dark amber without head. Aroma is sweet, sweet apples, heavy red apples and light alcohol. Flavor is extremely sweet. Extremely sweet finish with warming alcohol. Oily. 240616

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whatup14 (1493) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2016
Bouteille 375ml, récolte 2012. Couleur or brûlé translucide, film plutôt épais sur les parois du verre. Arôme de pomme caramélisée, pelure de pomme, fruits tropicaux, alcool. Goût de pomme caramélisée, ananas, caramel d’érable, sucré, légère acidité. Corps dense, huileux.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1709) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2016
375ml bottle. Amber shade with zero head. Aroma of apple pie, floral, maple, raisin. Taste is apples, brown sugar. Sweet but not too heavy on the tongue. Really tasty indeed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Bottle shared big thanks to Dan. Pours a clear Amber color. Aromas of overripe Apple, slight smoke some alcohol. Taste is sweet with a slight smokey finish. Medium thick body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (11247) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Clear caramel color. Aroma of apples, caramel, honey, candy, notes of wood, spicy note. Sweet rich flavor with caramel, honey, wood, vanilla. Rounded mouthfeel. Great stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5451) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle at RBWG. It pours an amber color. The aroma is full with ripe red apples. The flavor is very sweet and intense with apples, some alcohol and hot apple pie. Very yummy. Sweet and dessert-like. Would like to try more like this!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris (11037) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle - Light cooked apple. Clear gold. Sweet apple, light cooked notes, sweetness that hits the throat. So balanced and no edges between bitterness, sweetness or anything else. Great.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (8776) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle thanks to Ferris. Pours a clear orange gold with no head. The aroma is strong apple, honey, spice, vanilla. Medium mouth, apple pie, spice, vanilla, light booze, very nice.


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