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Somersby – Rose

Cider Profile:

Name:   Somersby – Rose
Sampled August 2019

Brand: Somersby (Carlsberg Canada Inc)
Type:
Apple
Location of Brewing:
Falkenberg, Denmark
ABV:
4.5%
Website Link:
somersbycider.com
Ingredients:
water, apple wine (water, sugar, apple juice concentrate), sugar, apple juice concentrate, carbon dioxide, citric acid (acidifier), natural flavours, potassium sorbate, colours (Caramel carmines, anthocyanins)  
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 72 g/LSize(s) available: 500ml Can
Availability:
LCBO
Flavour: Apple
Colour:
Translucent rose-gold.
Carbonation:
Large, infrequently streaming bubbles.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Semi-strong, pungent extra ripe fruit.
Initial Taste: Medium bite that dissipates quickly. Becomes very sugary and fruit forward.  Almost crunchy from the sugar elements. Caddied floral notes present.
After Taste: Some filmy notes, Finishes with strawberry and other berries. Extra sweet finish but not overly long lasting.
On ice: Slightly less sugary on ice.

Additional Notes: Somersby Rose is a very commercial version of the popular trend for ciders.  Its light, very sugar forward (at 72g/l one of the highest we have seen) and cocktail like.  Those who are a fan of the line might enjoy a slight variation to the original. We suggest it on ice (with most of the other Somersby) to help cut the sweetness.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 5
Sour – 2
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –TBA
More Sour – TBA
More Dry – TBA
More Crisp – TBA

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Tempt – Dirty Passion

Cider Profile:

Name: Tempt – Dirty Passion
Sampled December 2017

Brand:  Tempt Cider (Brewery Group Denmark A/S)
Type:
Flavoured
Location of Brewing:
Denmark
ABV:
4.5%
Website Link:
tempt.dk
Ingredients:
water, apple wine, sugar, carbon dioxide, acidity regulator (E330), lemon juice from concentrate, stabilizers (E414 E445), natural Passion Fruit flavour, Colour (E160e)
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/ASize(s) available: 330ml Can
Availability:
2017 Europe
Flavour:
Passion Fruit
Colour:
Opaque orange (Looks like orange pop)
Carbonation: sparse, medium bubbles. 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong, sweet orange pop-like and passion fruit notes.
Initial Taste: light bite from carbonation, sweet syrupy passion-fruit and candied orange taste.
After Taste: Reduces quickly, becomes more sweet and pop-like.  Little apple flavour. Some syrup elements to finish, though light overall.
On ice: Carbonation is reduced, little else changes.

Additional Notes:  Part of a long line of Danish Ciders, the Tempt Dirty Passion is their sweet and sugary commercial take on a passion fruit cider.  It’s very pop-like in nature, close to an orange crush or c-plus, though maybe even sweeter with a little less carbonation.  Made with Apple wine, it’s light, candied and far from traditional.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4.5
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –TBA
More Sour – TBA
More Dry – TBA
More Crisp – TBA

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Somersby – Apple

Cider Profile:

Name: Somersby Apple Flavoured Cider
Sampled December 2015        

Brand: Somersby Ciders
Type: Apple – sweet
Location of Brewing: Carlsberg, Denmark
ABV: 4.5%
Website Link: somersbycider.com/ca
Ingredients: Water, fermented apple juice, sugar, apple juice concentrate, citric acid (acidity regulator) flavour (apple), potassium sorbate (as a preservative), caramel colour, sulphite
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 104 g/L

Size(s) available: 500mL can
Availability: All-year – LCBO, various restaurants and bars
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Golden caramel, translucent
Carbonation:

 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium very sweet apple smell, with hints of vanilla tones. Some honey notes
Initial Taste:
  Mild-medium candied apple bite with caramel tones. Extra sweet fleshy apple.
Aftertaste: Turns very sweet with a flat feeling and taste – similar to an apple juice with a slight wine hint.  Sugar residue remains.  Semi-think in consistency.
On ice: Makes the cider smoother and thinner. Has a smoother, more consistent apple flavour, with more wine then apple juice taste present.

Additional Notes: A great ‘gateway’ cider for new drinkers. Very sweet and is great for mixing cocktails since the flavour doesn’t get washed out. With some wine elements, this sugary “apple wine” can result in bad hangovers.  Somersby has become the new standard in commercial cider since 2015.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet- 4.5
Sour- 2.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 1.5
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – TBA
More Sour – TBA
More Dry – TBA
More Crisp – TBA