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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: 387   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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3.6
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle. Clear golden colour with no head. Great aroma of apple and juice. Sweet flavour with notes of apple and alcohol, very tasty and nice.

4
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Rating #1200. Bottle. Big thanks to Radiomgb for sending this one to me. Nice golden body. Aroma is wood, apples. Flavor is sweet, tart apples, wood. Thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is undetected but sneaks up on you. Glad to have the chance to try this.

4.2
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2007
2005 vintage. Pours a crystal clear light golden color. The body is 99.9% still, though the occasional bubble escapes from the gathering that collects near the bottom of the cordial glass. Though not as thick as its big brother, Frimas, the Neige sports syrupy legs that cling to the glass well, foreshadowing the inevitably luxurious mouthfeel. The aroma boasts a full-on concentrated apple assault, with seemingly every variety of the fruit, from crisp Washington to tangy Granny Smith on full display. The flavor follows suit exactly, though the concentration and tangy subtleties intensify. A smooth, viscous, almost creamy mouthfeel borders on perfect, though falls just short (perhaps only because I know the Frimas is even more decadent). This is truly awesome stuff that I would love to be able to have on a more frequent basis. As it stands, I feel very fortunate that I am in a position to enjoy on special occasions.

4.3
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
2005 bottle shared with the wife as we tucked into a selection of Quebec cheeses. Pours a radiant gold, leaving frosting on the flute due to the cold temperature it should be served at. Sweet concentrated apple aroma. Flavour is unbelievably appley. So concentrated and delicious. Sweet, smooth and syrupy, but balanced by a nice tartness and dry finish. The alcohol is completely unoticeable. This paired really well with the cheese, and is superior to the icewines I’ve tried.

4
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2007
2004 Bottle from thecheeseman. Thanks Daniel! Shared with the fam on christmas eve. Nose has a lot of honey, fresh apples, some floral characteristics. Flavor is sweet with fresh pressed apples, honey,flowers, tart apple skins. Palate is silky smooth and it finishes dry. Very nice, alcohol well hidden.

4.1
madsberg (11775) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2007
Bottled. Light yellow coloured. Uncleaer. Small white head. Very sweet and full of apple in the aroma. Has a somewhat nutty character. Flavour as well is nutty and full of freshly pressed apples. Has a light sweetness which is countered by a subtle sourness making this an incredible drinkingexperience. Medium to full bodied. Is very heavy in texture and on the palate. Has some light alcohol in the end, but again the apples wins this time with a nice sourness as well. Never knew cider could be this great.

4
joergen (28949) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Bottle. Clear golden coloured with a small white head. Sweet aroma of apples and almonds with a light acidity and notes of wood. Sweet flavour of apples and almonds with some acidity and notes of wood and alcohol. Very nice.

4
Grovlam (4252) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2007
Bottle. [Another great tasting session @ Papsoe] Spare fizzy white head. Clear flat looking body with a golden color. Oily thick lacework. Aroma of fresh apple, melon, nuts. Heavy fresh apple over the palate with heavy sugary base. Medium to full bodied with a very dry and alcoholic texture and an average carbonation. Heavy sweet flavor with light acidic notes. Dry and sweet fruity finish. I would love to try this one with apple pie as papsoe said. 8 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 16

4.2
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 In short: Archetypical classic Ice-Cider. The measuring stick of the style. Excellent.
How: Many times. Lately I had the three Face Cachée de la Pomme classics (Neige, Neige Éternelle and Frimas) side by side at Montreal’s Flaveurs, Bières and Caprice Festival 2007.
The look: Golden-yellow body with no head.
In long: After 1300+ ratings here’s my first ice-cider rating. Almost shameful since I live in the land of ice-ciders. I feel like a Texas fifth-grader who’s not yet familiar with firearms. Anyway… very sweet with dominant flavours of apple skin (red apples mainly) and hard-candies. Mouthfeel is oily and silky. Surprisingly smooth. The smoother of the Face Cachée lineup. There really aint’t that much to say about ice-ciders as they have a very linear and focussed flavour spectrum. Excellent nonetheless.

4.1
pintbypint (3763) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
Sampled from 50ml clear bottle. Medium gold colour. Strong sweet apple aroma. Flavour is initally sweet, fresh apple, a bit sugary, then has a tartness behind it. Medium, sticky mouthfeel. Very faint alcohol note, but blends in nicely. Maybe too small a sample, but this was great.


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