Brewed by La Face Cachée de la Pomme
Style: Ice Cider/Ice Perry
Hemmingford, Canada
Serve in Flute, Stem glass


on tap


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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3860) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle at home. Syrupy thick golden copper pour. Nose is rich apple sauce and honey. Tastes of honey, ripe apples, white wine, some gummy candy. Thick heavy bodied. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SinH4 (4582) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2017
Small bottle generously shared by luttonm, I can’t express how grateful I am! Glowing golden color with no head. Aroma is red apple skin, sweet, some wild tartness, honey, very rich and complex. Taste is red apples, intense and concentrated, wild and tart, but without actually being sour, honey again, caramel. Immensely great. Like a naturally wild-fermented apple gummy bear. No carbonation, warming finish. This is one of the most amazing drinks I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
luttonm (6045) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Rainy night tasting. 50ml bottle, thanks hugely to Laurence who picked this up in Montreal and gave to me in Oaxaca. Whiskey orange, still, no head. Incredibly rich depths on nose. Apple caramel, apple essential oil. Liquid gold. Spicy first impression, alcohol dancing on tongue. Fruit leather, fruit tart cake, golden raisins. Rum soaked apricots. Dates. Surprisingly dark fruit overtones. Honey and fruit turkish delight. Nose becomes lightly harsh after awhile. Utterly delicious and complex. Lovely essence of fresh, clean, delicious apples. Fantastic treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewje41 (3653) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle pour at Matt’s. Huge thanks for the share! A lighter copper pour with no head. Dense aroma with sugars and bold apple. Thick, with a ton of caramel sugar, brown sugar, and a sour apple linger. Caramel apple late afterthought. Thick, but juicy as a linger. Incredible ice cider, though I have learned to expect no less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4956) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle: Poured a golden with bubbles. Aroma is sweet fruit. Taste is a mix of honey and apple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (8216) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2016
200ml bottle pours a clear, butterscotch amber with zero head but nice legs. Nose is quite lovely, apples, honey, baking spices, pears, honeycomb. Flavor is apple, stone fruit, spice. Full bodied, sticky, lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (6837) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2016
From a bottle at the RB cider tasting December 2016. Pours a clear pale oopper with a scant head. Dead fall aromas. Flavors of ripe apples and stone fruits. Sweet and fabulous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Svartvit (512) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle shared, thanks to kermis. Pours a clear amber, no head. Aroma of caramalised apples, pears, just the best apple juice. Taste is very sweet, full body, No carbonation. What a delicious beverage.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjogro (3766) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2016
Shared bottle at kermis’ courtesy of Kermis. Clear orange amber with no head. Big honey sweet apples, appleskin, hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Big sweet. Medium body, low carbonation. Dry tannin like notes, fruit tree woodiness. Big sweet fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (4400) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2016 Bottle. 2010 vintage. Clear amber liquid. Aroma of red apples, rosehip, raw sugar, sweet alcohol, toffee, raisins and grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet with notes of caramel, apple, rosehip, raisins and sweet cherries. Full bodied with sticky mouthfeel. Delicious stuff! Quite hearty and heavy. Complex.

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