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I almost did not try this cider, owing to the slightly pretentious adverts. However, I do love cider. I do love tryng new things, especially fruity, refreshing alcoholic beverages.
And my local Sainsbury's Local had some in the marked down bargain shelf. As I cannot resist a bargain, I bought some individual bottles. I took them home, put a couple in the fridge and almost as soon as I did the weather shifted and they got to stay in there a little longer than anticipated.
But then the weather changed again and we finally got summer. And I got to enjoy cool, refreshing cider-y goodness.
And, reader, it was good. Refreshing, of course, given that it was well chilled. A complex depth of dry fruit flavour which worked even through the chill, and only developed further the longer the glass sat there. Not that the glass did stay still long. The drink was delicious as well as perfectly chilled for a heatwave and as a result, the glass kept having to be taken back to the kitchen to be refilled with more tasty cider.
It was so tasty that I had to restock. Tragically my Sainsbury's Local did not have them on quite so cheap an offer so I had to pay £8.00 for eight 568ml bottles. Though this was still a very tasty discount from the usual £12.00 for eight, which was very welcome.
As is the bottle awaiting me as a treat after finishing this review.
The bottles are glass, so they are widely recyclable, which is good.
The contents are utterly delcious and deserve far, far less pretentious advertising.
Ignore the retro ads. Try a delicous and at present reasonably priced cider.
You won't regret it.
I'm definitely a cider drinker and enjoy brands such as Stowford Press and Magners. I don't stay loyal to particular brands however and tend to buy whatever's cheapest or on offer.
I was a bit dubious when Stella brought out Stella Cidre, not being a fan of Stella lager I didn't really know what to expect but as it was on offer I thought I would try some. It has since become my favourite bottled brand cider; it's not too bubbly and fizzy and tastes smooth and very pleasant. Like some ciders it doesn't have a chemical taste too it and the apple taste really comes forward.
It comes in either cans or bottles, the bottles being of thick glass and looking professional and appealing, having a metallic label and foil cap. You can often pick it up on offer in most supermarkets, at the time of writing this review in Tesco a single bottle is £1.99 or on an offer of 4 for the price of 3. A pack of 8 bottles is £10 or 2 for £17 and a pack of 4 cans is £4.
This is the perfect cider for enjoying on a warm, summers day in the garden or at a BBQ and is a nice crisp and refreshing cider.
Details - :
* ABV - 4.5%
* Bottles - 568ml
* Cans - 440ml
I've always been a cider drinker, there's nothing nicer on a warm summer day in a pub garden of an afternoon, supping a lovely pint of cold crisp cider. I even liked it as a child (on holiday once when I was a young teenager the lady of the guest house we were staying at gave us her homemade "apple Juice" to drink and it was only after quite a few glasses that my parents discovered it was alcoholic but by then, it was too late, I had a very bad headache the next morning!!)
Magners had always been my cider of choice until a friend introduced to this Stella Artois cidre last year as he knew I would like it, well, one taste and I was hooked. This "cidre" as they say, not cider, has an amazingly smooth taste to it. Often times ciders can be quite sharp and hard to drink but this goes down so smoothly and beautifully, it's a taste you want to enjoy again and again. Normally I can only drink two or three ciders in one sitting but I'm afraid to say I could drink many many more of these Stella Artois cidres and also not have much of a headache in the morning which is nice.
According to Stella, "Stella Artois Cidre is a premium crafted Belgium Cider made with hand picked apples, fermented to a 4.5% ABV for a distinctive, crisp, refreshing taste. Stella Artois Cidre is a luscious cider with full flavour of red apple and peachy, apricot hints, complimented in the background with a subtle flavour of spicy oranges and an almond flowery character. This gives it a clean, refreshing, crisp and sweet sour taste, with a woody pleasing finish.
Now, the best way to drink this cidre in my opinion is in a big pint glass, chilled and poured over lots of ice cubes so the cidre is lovely and cold and refreshing. It's got a lovely proper apple taste, there is nothing artificial about it. It refreshing and crisp and a cidre I will definitely continue to drink.
Cidre comes in nice glass bottles and I can find it now in the fridge section of most pubs that I go to which is nice. You can also purchase it for home drinking and I believe it comes in a can as well but don't quote me on that as I've only ever had it from a glass jar. Stella have definitely got it right with this cider, a lovely refreshing taste and a great quality product.
I've never really been a big cider drinker until I discovered fruity ciders like Kopparberg and Bulmers. I've drank Stella lager in the past and found it to be quite nice so when I saw the adverts for their new cidre I knew I wanted to try it. I wasn't sure what to expect as this is the first cider they've made so I did think perhaps they should stick to what they're good at.
The cidre looks really good quality looking at the bottle. It's a clear glass bottle with gold labels stating the Stella Artois logo on it. There is gold foil around the bottle top which makes it look quite posh and high standard. There's a bit of information on the back label on the bottle. Similarly to a beer bottle, you need to use a bottle opener to get the lid off.
You can pour this into a glass and add ice if you prefer but I don't like to do this, I find ice waters the taste down as I drink quite slowly too. I tend to keep the bottle in the fridge then just drink it from the bottle itself.
The cider itself is crisp and fresh tasting. It is bubbly but I didn't find it to be too gassy which is my normal concern with these kinds of ciders. It is a really refreshing taste and isn't too sweet or too bitter. I think this cidre is definitely best served really cold. This is the nicest non-fruity cidre that I've tried.
You can buy this cidre in individual bottles from offlicenses and big stores for about £1.50 or you can buy a case of 8 568ml bottles for £8.00. They do this cidre in cans too, £3.50 for four from Asda but I definitely prefer to drink it out of a bottle. It's a popular drink now so you can get it from most shops and in most pubs and bars too.
Overall, I was impressed with this cidre. It's really nice to drink and refreshing, perfect for the beer garden in the summer. I'd like to see Stella making more cidres, perhaps a pear cidre or mixed fruit as this would appeal to me even more. I'd definitely recommend trying this, even if you're not a big cider fan as it is a good quality drink, and it's quite cheap too!
I used to be a big cider drinker. Cider And Black used to be a favourite tipple of mine that I found very refreshing in the summer months and when I wasn't drinking that, I used to drink Snakebite And Black which, if some of you don't know, is a cider and lager mix very popular with students!
In recent years though, I have kind of put my cider days behind me...until now!
Stella Cidre is the latest offering from the Stella range that has previously only offered different variations on their Stella Artois. Their advertising campaign makes sure to point out that this is Cidre not Cider but the distinction is about as subtle as its difference in taste.
For this is a peculiar barrel of fermented apples, it is true! Though the traditional Cider taste is present, somehow this Cidre comes across as smoother, crisper, sharper than many of its competitors and has a personality all of its own! It is a truly original refreshing alcoholic beverage from a company that has, over many years, established itself a highly successful reputation.
And where Stella Artois has always carried a bit of a stigma (it is known by many people under the moniker of "Wife-Beater"), this drink has the potential to finally once and for all put that unsavoury rep back where it belongs beneath the table.
How is this different from all the other ciders out there other than the spelling of its name? I'll be honest I don't know and can't quite put my finger on it. But different it is and a very pleasant refreshing pint that I could drink for some time quite easily without realising I was getting puddled!
Currently available in off-licences and supermarkets all up and down the country, if you haven't tried this yet I probably would! It really is surprisingly good and a pleasant change from their lager during these hot summer days. (I say days and not months because we all know it can't last!)
I am a cider drinker, I like the traditional woodpecker and strongbow as well as the new pear ciders etc I am not brand loyal and tend to buy which ever is on the best offer at the time!
When Stella first brought out their own brand of cider..sorry...CIDRE. I had to try it, it was on offer in a lot of supermarkets at £1 a bottle, bargain.
The bottles are the usual strong thick heavy cider bottles with a removable metal cap. The label is metallic with the Stella logo, stating that it is belgian cider made with hand picked apples. The bottle contains 568ml of a dark honey coloured liquid, the alchohol strength is 4.5% making a bottle 2.6 uK units.
I open the bottle and poor into a glass the cider is quite fizzy but doesnt bubble everywhere like a lot of ciders do, sometimes they can be quite gassy like a lager. I think the flavour is really pleasant, you can definately taste the apples unlike some others that have quite a chemically taste, it is very smooth and clean tasting.
I tend to drink it straight from the fridge, I dont want to risk water the flavour down with ice, it does reccomend that it is poured over ice, and besides ice cold hurts my teeth.
I purchased my latest box of Stella Cidre from asda priced at £9 for 8 botttles I think this is pretty reasonable, especially compared to the prices of a lot of the new ciders.
I would reccomend Stella cidre to anyone who enjoys cider and wants a smooth crisp refreshing drink.
Having strong faith in the brand from there quality lager, I had to try there take on cider. And am I glad I did. They've gone straight to the top with this one, outdoing other ciders that have been in the making for hundreds of years.
When this first came out, it was about as scarce as could be, with news of its brilliance spreading coupled with supermarkets nervously low initial buy in of the product; meant that it was hard to find; and you may not have seen it around.
This comes in both tin and bottle from, the bottle is very unusually but elegantly shaped, whilst even the tin looks classy, with its rose gold colour scheme. The bottles come in crates of 12, and the tins in groups of four, Tesco's normally have a deal on the tins for 3 for 2. The bottles are a pint and the tins are just under.
Made using Belgian apples, this cider is incredibly easy to drink, and has a wonderful taste. Compared to Strongbow which tastes of added ingredients, and very processed; this cider tastes sweet and refreshing, with a real taste of apples. If I had to say what other cider it tasted like, I would say Bulmers, but you have to give it a try, because it really is a distinctive taste. Normally drunk cold from a pint glass, better than from a tin, and allows the addition of ice.
Due to its great success you can now find this 4.5% Belgian Cidre in most pubs nowadays, which is great as the summer is fast approaching. It's normally for sale at around £3.25 in a Weather-spoons, the price of an average pint of Cider.
A must try, you wont be disappointed. 10/10
One drink that I have always loved is Cider and recently it has become rather trendy with the addition of different flavour combinations and new companies making it. So a few months ago on a trip to my local Tesco store I was quite surprised to see that Stella Artois had launched their own cider or Cidre!
Stella Artois is known for its lager and this is the first time that they had produced a cider. At first I was a little reluctant to try it as I didn't expect a lager manufacturer to be able to produce a nice cider. But when it was on offer at an introductory price of £1.59 for a 568ml bottle I thought it would be rude not to give it a try.
The cider comes in a heavy clear glass bottle with gold stick on paper labels on the front and the back. The one on the front has the large 'Stella Artois' logo on it and the name 'CIDRE' in bold black capital letters underneath. It states that it is a 'Belgian cider made with hand-picked apples'. Whilst the label on the back again has another Stella logo and a little more information on about the cidre. The lid of the bottle is a normal leaver of cap that you will need a bottle opener to take off (unless you have very strong teeth). The cap is covered in a gold foil seal which comes down the neck of the bottle and has a picture of two apples on. One thing that was good to see is that the bottle is made from 60% recycled glass and obviously you can also recycle it again which I always do with glass. You can also purchase the cider in cans but I always find the taste to be much better out of bottles.
The cider is about an average strength at acl 4.5%, I was glad to see that they had not made it too strong as I think is better this way and is not too overpowering.
It states on the bottle that the cider is best served cold over ice. To be honest I do think cider is best served ice cold as it makes a lovely refreshing drink and seems to bring out the crisp flavour of the apples, but I do not like to drink my cider over ice as I find the ice waters down the taste of the cider as it melts and also diminishes the fizz. So I drink this cider the same as any other just very cold in a chilled glass, but obviously this is just personal opinion.
When I opened the cider and poured it into the glass it had a lovely deep golden colour and had a nice even amount of fine bubbles. The cider has a nice gentle fizz but is not too gassy. The flavour is very pleasant and has a lovely crisp, clean, smooth taste. It is also not too sweet although I do find it has a hint of honey to the flavour but again this is quite subtle. Overall I have been very impressed with this cider from Stella Artois and have purchased it many times since. I think it is a little expensive at full price but you can generally always find it on offer somewhere as it seems to be very widely available now. It is certainly a very easy to drink refreshing cider that I think most cider drinkers would be surprised by!
A bit of a cider head myself I finally took the plunge and decided to try Stella's new cidre, at first i couldn't be bothered due to silly pricing however it can now be purchased for 4 cans for £3 or a crate of 6 pint bottles for only £6.50 which is fairly reasonable in today's environment.
First thing to note is that the bottle is a little weird, the top of it is rather fat and unnatractive if you ask me, making it a less comfy bottle to hold i find. The general packaging too does not suit the drink, it makes it feel a bit bleak and as if is going to be a flavorless dry cider whereas this is not the fact of the matter. I had been told it was a "really dry cider and it's gross" by someone i knew which made me a little apprehensive of it, after sniffing it i felt that she may be accurate, i was wrong. The taste of cidre instantly hit the spot on my taste buds, the flavor is quite similar to that of Bulmers but sweeter, i would go as far as to say it tastes identical too Bulmers but has sweeteners added. Almost like Pepsi and Pepsi max. I think that anyone who prefers sweeter ciders and less dry cider like Bulmers will definitely like this.
I would definitely recommend this cider to people, this is most probably among my top favorite ciders now, throw out any misconceptions that you may have because Stella makes lager, this is a great drink and really is overlooked.
Cider is my choice tipple at the moment. Although it is perceived to be more of a summer drink, I tend to drink it all year round. No over the last few years the cider market has boomed with many different makes and flavours on the market. Obviously we have the likes of the ever so trendy Magners and Bulmers from across the Irish Sea and our own more substantial home grown Wes Country makes. Add to that the supermarket and pub staples like Strongbow and Woodpecker and you have a wide range of ciders to suit all tastes.
Now one of my best cider experiences was in Belgium so my heart leapt when I heard the well known lager maker Stella Artois was making a cider ... oops I mean cidre. Let's get this straight Stella does not make CIDER it makes CIDRE! Got it? Clear as mud? Anyway whatever the name of how you say it is what it tastes likes which is the important bit.
First off it either comes in 568ml bottles or cans. The bottle which I have in front of me, if a good hefty glass bottle, which is curvier than other cider brands. It has a gold foil covered top with the usual beer style cap. Two gold labels adorn the front and the back of the bottle with the Stella logo and the words "Belgian cider mad with handpicked apples" on it. On the back label It has the usual drink aware warnings and informs us that is has a 4.5% alcohol level, which makes it slightly lower than most ciders which average around the 5-5.5% mark. It is a clear bottle and through it you can see a golden colour, which vaguely reminds me of long life apple juice.
Now this is best enjoyed ice cold and as seems to be the fashion at the moment, over some ice. I will admit that it does taste a whole lot better cold and unfortunately the one I'm supping now is at room temperature. It is sparkling as you would expect, but not overly and that I am pleased with. I don't like things to be too gassy. The taste is refreshing and crisp and at the same time smooth. You don't get a too alcoholic taste to it and it is a really pleasant drink. You do have to be careful to remember that you are drinking something alcoholic.
So does this help me live my Belgian cider experiences? Well yes kind of. I do like it and it is different to the like of Magners and Bulmers. I wouldn't say it is as good as what I had over there but it is a refreshing alternative to the other ciders available. I don't tend to have a favourite brand so see this as a good one to add to my collection! 4 stars
Stella have branched into the cider business finally and have come along with a top quality product.
The drink is affordable (from supermarkets, not seen it in pubs yet), at around £3.50-4 for a pack of 4 cans. This means even those on a budget. such as students, can enjoy a high quality cider without paying through the nose. The taste is strong while the fizz is fairly subdued, meaning it is very easy to drink with a meal or on it's own whilst relaxing. Bet served cold, the drink definitely benefits from being chilled as when it is warm, it loses the flavour and can generally taste a bit flat. This is an issue if you are sitting outside and not planning to consume rapidly, as unless kept cooled the drink taste will dramatically reduce.
Being from a reputable brand, cider drinkers will no longer feel looked down upon by beer drinkers as many people I know have been intrigued to know what it tastes like, and a strong majority have walked away very pleased.
Overall, the drink is very refreshing on a summer's day, and can be enjoyed almost anywhere, so long as you don't overexpose it too heat or take too long to drink it.
You can be well assured, that before I begin to write a review on a product, I give it a good road test first, a thorough testing, and this product is no exception....hic!
I have been a cider drinker for many many years now, it was one of the first drinks I had when I started going out around town. Being a bit of a Rock Chick, I was of course first introduced to 'a pint of diesel' which is a mixture of lager, cider and blackcurrant! I drank this for quite a while before realising that I didn't really like lager (only took me about a year lol!) and so I moved on to Snakebite, which is just the cider and black, and is what I am still drinking now all these years later. So as you can imagine, over the years, I have tried quite a selection of different types and different makes of cider, and I have to say, I think this could be my all time favourite, even overtaking from my beloved Woodpecker!
You might think at first that it is a spelling mistake, and a misprint on the bottle, but this is how it is meant to be spelt, and 'Cidre', is the first Cider that Stella Artois has produced. They usually just produce beer, and as I don't drink beer, I couldn't personally comment on how good that is, but what I can say, is that they are damn good at making cider! They have made a very refreshing and moreish drink that has a very distinctive taste to it, and I'm very impressed.
This is how they describe it:
"A luscious cider with full flavours of red apple and peachy, apricot hints, complimented in the background with a subtle flavour of spicy oranges and an almond flowery character. This gives it a clean, refreshing, crisp and sweet sour taste, with a woody pleasing finish."
Upon reading that, I see it mentions about a Sweet/Sour Taste, and that is probably one of the reasons why it appeals to me so much. It is sweet enough for me just to drink on it's own without my usual blackcurrant (some ciders I can't drink without it), but at the same time it has just the right amount of tang to it, a slightly sour edge, just enough to really make your taste buds sit up and really take notice! This makes it very moreish and so easy to drink, that before you know it, you've knocked it back (oh yeah, I'm a classy chick!) and are ready for your next refill! Talking of which, I'll be back in a second....
It is a medium strength cider at 4.5% alcohol, and apparently it is brewed in Belgium exclusively for British drinkers using Jonagold apples. I didn't know this until I read up about it, these are the apple of choice for my Dad, so I've heard of them, and tried them before, and they are very tasty, so that's propably why the taste appeals so much to me.
Price wise, it is very competively priced at £4.49 for 4x440ml cans, £1.99 for a 568ml bottle and £9.99 for 8x568ml bottle, and Tesco at the moment have a 3 for 2 offer on the 4x440ml cans.
I have a feeling that this is going to be this summers big drink, everyone who like cider is going to be ordering this I think. Like Magners has been the big hit for the last few summers, I feel that Stella have got a winner on their hands with this one.
Many different companies that have never ventured into making cider before seem to be getting into the market lately, and Stella Artois is one of those. I came across Stella Cidre at Tesco's for £1.39 a bottle which was the introductary price which I thought was very reasonable so I bought two bottles as I'd seen it widely advertised and had only heard good about it.
Stella Cidre is a medium strength cider at 4.5% ABV that has just been launched this year here in the UK. I've only seen it available in 568ml bottles and in a crate of 12.
What can I say about the taste? A lot better than what I first anticipiated. I thought it would be a cheap and nasty flavoured cheap cider but it's rich in flavour, you can actually taste the apples! It's taste resembles that of a sweet and sour but refreshing cider, and for us cider drinkers the best way I could describe it would be similar to Magners but slightly sourer, as if a hint of Strongbow had been added to it though I would not recommend doing that, just by Cidre and decipher the amazing taste for yourself!
If you were to serve it I mostly drank it cold from the fridge in the bottle though I did venture a bit and have a pint in a pint glass with ice and I didn't see much difference to be honest. Anything Stella made tends to taste better in a chalice glass as this may keep it fizzy and preserve the taste!
Availability wise like I said I bought it on it's introductary offer, I have seen it in off-licences since but they are asking around £2.50 a bottle, which seems reasonable but I wouldn't pay that for a single bottle. I don't think it's been round long enough to be available in pubs and clubs but I wouldn't pay any more for it than I would for a bottle of Magners. I do hope to see another introductary offer though that would be too optimistic!
I definitely recommend buying the single bottle to try it though. I ended up going back into Tesco's and buying their remaining stock because to be honest £1.39 a bottle was a steal! I never thought Belgian's could do cider but they can! Delicious stuff!
I came across this new cider drink by Stella Artois in Asda recently and just had to go it a try, at the time the 568ml bottles were on offer at 8 bottles for £8, a great price for any large sized cider drink. I don't generally drink Stella Artois beer unless I have little or no other option but had high hopes for a tasty cider drink.
This is no ordinary cider; it is in fact a speciality, premium Belgium cidre drink (pronounced see-dre). The bottle is very impressive looking; being a see-through glass the rich, golden colour of the cidre is clearly visible through it. The neck of the bottle has a gold foil wrapped round the top, which also covers the bottle top and on this there is a simple black sketch of apples. The label has the red and gold Stella Artois crest on a predominantly gold background, with Cidre written in large black font and Belgium cider written below. The labelling is simple yet bold looking.
Like all cider this drink is best served over lots of ice on a hot summer's day! The liquid is golden and nectar like and has quite a fizz to it, no clouds in sight. The drink is very refreshing and more-ish and has a very strong and predominant apple flavour. This is likely from the apple content of which there is a minimum of 70% hand picked apples in each drink. You can tell that they use mostly red apples, both from its rich aroma and sweetness in the taste; there is not much tang to this drink which is good in my opinion and is what makes this quite addictive. It is not as thin as other ciders I have tried and does tend to coat your mouth with a sugary layer. I did find after a bottle or two my teeth hurt slightly, perhaps from the sugar content!
The drink has a hint of orange and peach flavours which are quite mellow, so it is definitely not comparable to a fruity cider like Kopparberg or Brothers drinks. This is a very deep and rich cidre drink that has a similar taste to Bulmers or Magners. If I was given the choice of the three, Stellar Artois Cidre would be my last to be honest, not because I didn't like it; I just feel there are slightly more superior ciders out there at the moment, with slightly less sugar content!
The drink has an ABV of 4.5%, which is the same as its rivals. If this were on offer again I might be tempted to buy more, but I wouldn't pay the full price for it over other cider drinks. This is also available in 440ml cans in most major supermarkets. I'm going to take a star off for the sweetness, though I wouldn't say no to this on a hot summers day in a beer garden.
Being something of a keen Stella drinker over the years and quite partial to a cider or two (not to mention the odd pint of Snakebite!) I was understandably quite excited when Stella branched out (no pun intended) with the introduction of Stella Artois Cidre (See-Dra).
C'est Cidre - Not Cider as it says in the ad!
The packaging stays true to the Stella Artois theme with the cans/bottles appearing quite stylish in cream and gold, with the Stella Logo centred.
The product can obviously be found in the cider/lager/beer aisle in most supermarkets (it has not reached my local off licence as yet) and is currently sold in 440ml cans and 568ml bottles.
I do the majority of my shopping at Tesco and did originally intend to purchase the 8 bottle multi pack, however I was encouraged to 'swap & save' by Mysupermarket.com I therefore ended up with 8 cans!
At the moment, most stores have introductory offers.
Tesco - 4 x 440ml cans = £3.29
Tesco - 8 x 568ml bottles = £8.00
Asda - 4 x 440ml cans = £3.00 (a top up purchase earlier this week!)
Sainsbury's Online does not yet sell the product.
As I have not yet tried the bottles, my review is of the canned product although I can't see that the drinks would be vastly different but realize that some people have a preference to bottles rather than cans (and vice versa).
There isn't much of a gassy fizz on opening the ring pull and very little aroma. When decanted into a glass the clear golden liquid appears quite fizzy and bubbly at first but settles almost immediately into a slightly, rather than lightly - sparkling drink.
As with the current trend, I serve my cidre over ice, although I don't go wild, two or three small cubes (wouldn't want to water it down too much!).
I tend to think of any type of cider as quite sharp tasting, normally needing a few sips (and then a few more!) to get used to the taste. This isn't the case with Cidre. Although it is extremely refreshing drink, it does not hit you as harshly as other ciders eg Strongbow. Its closest comparative, I would say is Magners although I believe Stella Cidre to be far superior.
The drink has a lovely mellow, apple tasting flavour that you really don't want to leave your tongue and I find I leave the drink lingering in my mouth for longer that I would others. It is definitely very more-ish so it is best not to buy in too many at a time!
Each 440ml can of this Belgian beauty contributes to 2 units of your weekly total, ALC 4.5% Vol and is made with hand picked apples (minimum 70%).
Stella promotional material states that there is also the 'subtle flavour of spicy oranges and an almond flowery character' although these ingredients are not listed on the can!
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Cidre, I believe that even the most hardened cider avoider can be swayed by this wickedly refreshing taste bud teaser!
Give it a go - you know you want to!
A Big fruity 5 DooYoo Stars!