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: 220   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beershine (5224) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Bottle shared to me at RBWG: Poured a honey yellow with white head. Aroma and taste was sweet honey very taste, but I could see this one make the night ugly after to much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Bottle shared by iphonefan at the nuplastik tasting event. Lite clear amber with no head. Sweet apples and caramel, lite syrup, hintys of spice and booze. Just awesome. This is the first ice cider I have had, so I am pretty much screwed from now on, chasing this high.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - JUL 15, 2016
375 ml bottle at Gueuze tasting 2016, Ulfborg. Thank you Vestergaard!! Light unclear amber orange color with no head. Sweet aroma, fruity, sweet apple aroma, honey, light spicy, wood. Sweet taste, spicy apple. Medium oily body with flat carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (2573) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2016
Bottle @ Ulfborg gueze tasting. Oily dark golden pour, no head. Tons of sweet apples, caramel, some light tart notes, more apples, syrup and some honey. So good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (1761) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrOrla (2304) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2016 Bottle. Pours golden with no head. Aroma of apple, nectar, rather vinous. Taste is sweet, apples, ripe prunes. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rasmus40 (17806) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whatup14 (1662) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1833) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (3151) - 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.

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