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Cidre! I'm not drunk, it's meant to be spelt that way!
Stella Artois Cidre
Member Name: debbi256
Stella Artois Cidre
Date: 26/05/11, updated on 26/05/11 (94 review reads)
Advantages: Tastes yummy, refreshing, competitively priced.
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.
Summary: Refreshing Cider drink that is very moreish!
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