Product Type: Stella Artois Beer
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Stella Artois Cidre
Member Name: Abski2001
Stella Artois Cidre
Date: 09/05/11, updated on 18/04/12 (304 review reads)
Advantages: A rich and refreshing cidre
Disadvantages: Highly sugary and quite thick
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.
Summary: Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy this! Give it a go
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