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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: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   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 (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, - 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.


4.3
RasmusOtt (2842) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2017
Bottle @ "X3 får skideren på af mange share (og brygger cider)" Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma of apples, vanilla, slight caramel and yeah... candied apples. Taste is sweet and rich with notes of apples, vanilla, caramel, slight candied apples and slight honey,

4.3
Klimaet (2958) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2017
Bottle from 2012. shared @ X3 Får Skideren På af Mange-share. Pours clear dark mahogany, still. Aromas of sweet fuckin apples, honey-like notes, vanilla. Taste has sweet apples, caramel, honey, vanilla, maple.

4.3
Clownoisseur (486) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2017
Bottle gifted by hackobock. Thanks a ton, Jacob! Split 3 ways as a birthday desert drink. Pours a golden honey color, amber hue. No head. Appears still. Aroma of baked apples, caramel, brandy, honey and light peach. Taste is decadent. Sweet apple pie, overripe mango, cognac, honey. Sticky on the palate. Finishes surprisingly moderate dry with resonating honey, melon and light spice. Warming alcohol but no sting. Incredibly delicious!

4.6
neongolden (1784) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2017
(375ml 2012 bottle from SAQ, bought and shared by my awesome girlfriend phyllomedusa) Pours a clear deep amber colour, thick and with solid legs. Aroma is sweet and super-concentrated, baked apples, apple preserve, caramel, preserved mixed berries, light tropical floral notes, honey, cinnamon, warm and lush. Flavour is wow. So rich, lush, deep and concentrated. Layers of different apple cultivars and their flavours baked with brown sugar and honey, dragging out notes of oranges, sweet strawberries, a touch of lychee canned in syrup, soft cinnamon and wooden spicebox. Full viscous mouthfeel, syrupy, no alcohol at all. This is seriously intense business all around, no doubt it's sweet but it's so big in flavour and complexity, with attendant mouthfeel, that it never really feels overbearing. Just indulgent. Certainly every ice cider doesn't need to be like this, but it's tough to beat!

4.6
luttonm (6634) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Rainy night tasting. Huge thanks to Laurence for finding a bottle of this for me. A fantastic treat, tried immediately after the Premiere. Gorgeous dark cognac orange pour. Still, heavy body. Fascinating red apple aroma, exoticly fresh and lightly tropical. A hint of alcohol. First sip: wow. So rich and astoundingly delicious. Apple umami. Creamy, swirling sweet syrup. A touch of spice from alcohol, which perfumes everything. Complex, deep apple notes that I didn’t know existed in nature. Treacle, nut-apricot turkish delight, honey depth. Sweet without being overbearing. A lightly toasted tobacco edge, much darker notes than the Premiere. This just makes me think of Turkey for some reason. Delicious treat.

4.6
andrewje41 (4156) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle poured, with much thanks to luttonm for the share. Such a treat to try an ice cider like this. Quintessential, or at least up there with the others that are. Dark copper pour. Pear, caramel apple, brown sugar, sweet, and bold. Flavor is all the same, and perfectly put together. Pear fruit seems to come out for me, but blended nicely with a caramel apple, and soft apple spice. A full array of spiced fruit seem to go into this cider. Nectar seems to be the most fitting word that I can pull out of this description. Delicious, and deserves all the respect it gets. Loved it.

5
SinH4 (6116) - Garching b. M?nchen, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2017 Récolte 2012 bottle, generously shared by luttonm, I can’t express how grateful I am. Dark ruby-like amber color with no head. Aroma is concentrated orange nectar, some other sweet fruits, lychee and strawberry maybe - not that much apples! -, honey, caramel, tobacco, a subtle wildness, incredibly rich and dense. Taste is honey, oranges and the other sweet fruits, apple pie, cinnamon, some spices, a bit tanninic, woody, vanilla. Warming finish. Sirupy mouthfeel, no carbonation, rich and complex. A singular experience. This is the nectar of the gods, and probably one of the best drinks humanity has ever produced.

4.4
Lonick (2537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle @cgarvieuk. April Not So Fools Tasting 2014 [Rating Backlog April 2014] Pours golden/orange. Nose and taste caramel, nutty, big apples, slightly spicy, yes its sweet but so good.

4.1
SHIG (4964) - 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.

4.4
DCLawyer (2847) - 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.


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