Product Type: Stella Artois Beer
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Stella Artois Cidre
Member Name: kcsevenoaks
Stella Artois Cidre
Date: 24/10/11, updated on 24/10/11 (73 review reads)
Advantages: Great tasting
Disadvantages: Easy to forget it's alcoholic
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
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