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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: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Produced since 1994, Neige Première 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.

In the fall, very ripe apples are picked and stored at cool temperatures until the end of December. Once winter arrives, the fruit is pressed and the juice obtained is placed outside in the intense January cold. During crystallization, the water separates from the sugars by natural cryoconcentration naturelle. After few days of intense cold, concentrated must, representing ¼ of the initial quantity of juice, is collected by gravity. The extracted must is then placed in stainless steel tanks where it ferments at least six months at low temperatures before being bottled.

ABV varies between 10-13% depending on seasonal temperatures.

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3.8
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2008
Bottle from SAQ in Montreal. Nice golden yellow. Pleasant aroma of apples, caramel, some tartness, almost a light reisling like aroma. Nice, not overpowering. Taste is good - lots of intense alcohol, sweet caramelized apples, cinnamon, almost like a strong apple crisp. A little too tart - doesn’t always mix perfectly with the sweetness. I thought it was a great sipper after dinner on Valentine’s Day with my wife, just not extraordinary.

4.5
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2008
Bottle via trade with MrManning - thanks very much, Len! Bright golden hue, like the colour of perfect sunshine. Absolutely stellar aroma of fresh, tart apples with a hint of caramel. Full bodied, very rich and slightly sticky. Full flavoured, lots of sweet apple off the top, with a great tartness and slight acidity coming through to keep things balanced. The alcohol pokes through a bit in the finish, but not nearly as much as it could for 12%. A complete joy to drink.

3.2
austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Purchased at a wine shop in Manhattan. What a phenomenal letdown!! I cannot put into words how much better I had hoped this would taste. Essentially, its virtues are as follows - you cannot taste the 12% alcohol at all! Not one bit. No, seriously. Now for the downside: Neige tastes like Mott’s apple juice. No kidding. There’s little in the way of complexity, and because it’s flat, you don’t even get the enjoyment out of it that would come from a glass of Woodpecker Cider. Very, very disappointing. By the way, it’s not even all that sweet. It’s got about the same tartness as a can of MinuteMaid applejuice that you’d get on a United flight.

3.7
ganache (6056) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2008
2004 Bottle from boboski, thanks! Enjoyed on Christmas Day. Aroma very fruity, predominately sweet green apples. Golden pour with no carbonation or head. Taste is very very sweet but not sugary and somehow not cloying. Green apples, smoother and more natural than a jolly rancher, and clearly without any of the stickiness. Full body with a light, gentle warming. This sucker is smooooth! Classy and developed, mature and seamlessly blended. And hey, if you want to get someone drunk without them knowing it….

4.1
MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Thanks to Dave for sharing. dark golden pour w/ some tiny on the glass bubbles and nice legs. Smell of super sweet apples very sweet sugars hints of alcohol. Palate is full rich and lightly creamy. Flavor is very sweet sugars lots of apples some green apple skins almost a light spice in the finish that I’d have to relate to a cinnamon. Very sweet goodness.

4.2
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2008
2005 bottle. Clear amber body with a light-bending viscosity to it. The aroma is of ripe McIntosh apples and oddly enough, cinnamon. Perhaps it’s the Spartan apples. The flavor kicks in some tart yellow delicious skin alongside the existing apply sweetness. No real alcohol burn. Another fantastic cider!

4
Roli (406) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2008
200 ml bottle. Golden color with no head. Clear. Apple, apple, apple. Alcohol is well hidden but slightly noticeable at the end. Quebc cider at is best.

4
pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2008
bottle....thanks to drewbeerme for sharing this tasty ice cider....poured a cystal clear and trasparent light apple cider brown with no head....aromas of tart and sweet candied apples and not much more than that but i wasn’t expecting a very complex nose....flavors of sugary sweet apples. very clean and extremely drinkable....a very nice, elegant, clean, crisp ice cider.

4
beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2008
375 ml bottle. Thanks to my Secret Festivus for the bottle. Pours a crystal clear gold with no head. The aroma is sweet apples. The flavor very much reminds me of some of the better ice wines I’ve had, only instead of grapes, the flavor is apple. Rich and flavorful with just the right amount of sweetness. The alcohol is gently warming near the finish. Very enjoyable.

4
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2007
375ml bottle and a huge thanks to Glouglouburp for this extra! wow, an amazing extra. pours clear yellow with no head. nose of apples, earthy, and apple cores. flavor of sweet apples, apple core, and almost syrupy sweet. no alcohol is noticed in flavor and bascially warmth down the throat. this drinks like apple juice. amazing. everything is so clean and refined, extremely drinkable.


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