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Fruktstereo Cider Revolution (2018)

Cider Profile:

Name:   Fruktstereo Cider Revolution (2018)
Sampled June 2020

Brand: Frukstereo
Type:
Apple and Pear – Sparkling
Location of
Brewing: Malmo, Sweden
ABV: 5.5%
Website Link:
fruktstereo.com
Ingredients
: Water, apple, pear, sulphites
Gluten Free
: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability:
Specialty – Better Beverage Bars
Flavour:
Apple & Pear
Colour:  
Hazy straw yellow
Carbonation:
Small, frequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Punchy, earthy and acetic.
Initial Taste: Strong bite from acidity and carbonation. Pungent apple and light pear notes.  Puckering to start, almost makes you wince. Acetic/vinegar.
After Taste: When carbonation dies, flavour remains almost unchanged.  Pulpy, muddled apples are very minimum. Acidity is the key element here.
On ice: Almost the same, mouth-feel is slightly more tonic-like.

Additional Notes:  The Fruktstereo Cider Revolution from Sweden is really a funk-stereo of flavours.  Very acetic, puckering and dry, it’s an aggressive cider that is not for the faint of heart.  One of the sourest ciders we’ve have, it would pair very well with food (as its not sessionable and food flavours might tame the elements). Very unfiltered so you’ll have to swirl the sediment well; and open with care and patience as it has a lot carbonation. The apple and pear notes are very muddled, funky and dank.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 5
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 2

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

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North Cider – Wild

Cider Profile:

Name:   North Cider – Wild
Sampled February 2020

Brand: Kew Vineyards
Type:
Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing: Beamsville, ON
ABV:
7%
Website Link:
kewvineyards.com
Ingredients:  
Red Prince, Ida Red, Courtland
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL (bottles)
Availability:
Kew Vineyards retail store + online store + LCBO (2020)
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Light, slightly cloudy yellow
Carbonation:
Small size, frequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Semi sweet with some musty and astringent notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite from acidity and some carbonation. Light carbonation taste notes with some semi-sweet apples.  Slightly musty.
After Taste: Apple taste reduces quickly, what lingers are more fermentation elements than fruit flavours.  Semi-dank and aged. Almost has some black pepper notes.
On ice: Carbonation almost completely cut, same with apple taste.

Additional Notes: North Cider’s Wild is a mild offering, with a bit of dank and cellared taste. This Normandy-inspired cider however doesn’t quite have the kick nor mouthfeel normally found in the French style.  If you’re looking for a strong “apple” flavour, this is not for you (especially on ice, almost all apple and carbonation is removed).  Could pair well with a meal.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 3
Dry – 3
Fruity – 1.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Tawse – Cider
More Sour – Kings Mill – Scrumpy
More Dry – Fieldbird – Northern Spy 2017
More Crisp – Lowrey Bros – Apple Cider

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