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A great beverage to drink in the summer, Jacques Fruit Cider is refreshing, fruity and light. It may be a little sweet for some.

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      10.09.2013 13:14
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      overall a good cider

      I never used to really like cider as a teenager. I recall drinking the lethal White Lightening in the park at 13 and since then I've gone off it very much! Cider was until recently a teenager or a tramps drink, as it can be brought so cheap its easy to see why however the marketing campaign of Bulmers and Magners has led in a surge of sales and is now as popular as lager for UK adults (According to a Mintel report 2012). There is such an array of flavours and brands around on the market to cater for all tastes and does appeal to a wide audience.

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      Jacques is made by Strongbow, another popular cider brand. Strongbow to me is more for the hardened old fashioned cider drinker whereas the Jacques range is more aimed at those new to the market. There are two flavours citrus fruits and this, fruits de bois which is mixed berry. It is available in 750ml and 440ml although the 750ml is more available than the 440ml I've only ever seen this in pubs but the 750ml is in most shops, supermarkets and off licences. Price wise is usually around £3.50-£5 depending on where you buy it, Asda did have this on offer for £2.50 earlier this year which was a great price but expect to pay around £4 here and other supermarkets.

      Packaging

      It comes in a clear glass bottle similar to a wine bottle. The logo is displayed in blue and white background, its simple but it works well with the whole cider bottle range, it is however one of the few in a clear bottle most tend to be in brown or dark bottles but I like it being in a clear bottle as it shows the lovely berry colour of the fruits within it.

      Taste

      Now I cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure this is chilled before consuming, as all cider should be! I have mine in a pint glass filled with loads of ice and simply add in desired amount and enjoy. On the first sip you can taste a lovely burst of mixed berries, they taste fresh and fruity but not sickly, which is a good thing as I find some fruit ciders are incredibly sweet and sickly but this is light and fruity without making you feel sick. The smell of it has a wonderful aroma of raspberry and blackberry, it reminds me of a warm summer afternoon and believe with the weather we had this year I spent plenty a Saturday afternoon sipping on this!

      Alcohol wise its 5.5% ABV which is just over 4 units per bottle, which I think is reasonable for what you get and is comparable with other ciders and some lagers out there however I encourage all users to drink responsibly!

      Overall

      Overall I do think this is a great introduction to cider. Its light and fruity and gives you the taste of what cider is all about. I personally love the fruity ones and often drink Jacques as well as other fruit based ones to me they are the cider version of a "alcopop" but don't let that put you off. Its definitely worth trying if you are new to cider, for the price you pay I think it offers good value.

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      10.09.2013 11:58
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      Classy Cider!

      I must start by saying that I am not actually a massive fan of cider, having only previously drunk it with the intention of getting very drunk when I was about 15 and White Lightening was very cheap. However, having said that, last year one of my work colleagues introduced me Jacques fruit cider and I have been a big fan ever since.

      Packaging
      Jacques fruit cider comes in 2 sizes which are 750ml and 440ml. However, the 750ml bottle is the most common size that is sold and I often find it hard to find the 440ml on the shelves of the supermarket and have never seen that size being sold in the pub. The bottles are clear glass and have the Jacques logo embossed on it. The bottle has a screw top fastening lid which is useful on the bigger bottles as you can stop it from going flat.

      Price
      I do think Jacques is quite expensive but to me, it is definitely worth it. The 750ml bottle ranges from £3.50 - £4 depending on where you buy it from. I have found it cheapest in my local Netto store when it was on special offer for £3.50.


      The Cider
      When you first open the bottle there is a real fizzing noise. The cider is a deep pink / red colour. You can instantly smell the berries that are used to make this cider and there is also an underlying hint of apple as you would expect.
      The taste is beautiful, very refreshing and pleasant. The apple and mixed fruits work so well together and the berries also help to make this a much sweeter drink than average cider. This cider is sparkling so obviously it has a nice fizz to it. Personally I think this cider is best served freezing cold and when I buy it in a pub, I always ask for a glass with ice to ensure the Jacques stays chilled.

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      5.5% volume
      Contains 2.4 units
      Jacques comes in 2 flavours Orchard fruits and Fruits of the forest.

      Summary
      If you are a regular cider drinker then you would have probably come across this anyway, but if you don't normally drink it I would urge people to try it, even if you are not normally a fan of cider. It's very fruity in flavour and makes a nice refreshing change to 'normal' ciders. It may be one of the more expensive ciders out there but it is definitely worth the money in my opinion. This drink could easily convert people who don't usually like cider because it certainly did for me! If you like sweet, fruity drinks that are stronger than they taste then get out and buy a bottle of this!
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      05.03.2013 07:41

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      expensive, but nice for a treat

      Jaques is a premium cider that tries hard to escape it's reputation as a strongbow product, but ultimately can't quite create the air of french sophistication that it so longs to have.

      Despite this, I love it!
      Snob factor aside Jaques is a really really tasty drink, more like an alcoholic fruit juice than a cider, in fact it's hard to find any cider flavours here at all. It's very sweet, you might find it too sweet, and it's not dry like a crisp cider, rather it's more sickly and syrupy.

      It is a very summer focussed drink, most cider products are, so you don't see it being pushed heavily during the winter but come the summer time you will see this on promotion all the time (which is a good job as it's ludicrously expensive at full price). I don't mind paying good money for good alcohol, but when the only reason something tastes good is because it tastes exactly like fruit juice rather than having it's own unique taste, then I get a little apprehensive about paying over the odds for something.

      Try it when the weather warms up, but don't pay full price for it, and don't try to get drunk on it.
      The bottles are 750cl so they are good for sharing, or just for sipping on for an afternoon.

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      25.11.2011 20:02

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      It's not the nicest sort of fruit cider out there, but I would still drink it.

      I first had this at a pub in the peak district, after a long day of walking. My normal alcoholic drink is either an alcopop (much too early in the day) or a bottle of the strawberry and lime kopparberg (which was not avaliable). I'm not a fan of beer, or regular cider, however I find that the koppaberg cider I normally drink is very sweet, and so doesn't really have that typical cider-y taste.

      Jacques advertises itself as a cider blended with fruits of the forest. The initial taste is very pleasant - nice and crisp and fruity. And this remains the same for perhaps a third of the bottle (500ml bottle). However after that, there began to be a bit of an after taste of cider. To be expected you may say, after all it is cider. However most of the other fruity varieties I have tried taste fruity and that is all. I finished the bottle, and it was still quite nice, just not as nice as other fruity ciders I have tasted.

      If you like cider, or you don't mind a weak taste of it, then this aftertaste won't bother you. But for me, I would have this if there were no other alternative, but if some of the other more fruity varieties were avaliable, I would choose them.

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      12.10.2011 23:39

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      Makes and pleasant change from apple ciders.

      This has now become a recurrent purchase. I only tend to drink Cider and have been fed up with my usual purchase of apple ciders. So I thought I would try something new - Jacques Fruit Cider. It tastes very summer due to the fruity content. Although not a particular strong cider it still requenches the taste buds. Would like them to bring it out in cans (4 x 440 ml) like Strongbow do with their major brand. It is £4.00 a bottle which varies from supermarket to supermarket I tend to buy more if there is a deal on. Even better if it would be available at the pump in pubs as there aren't many pubs which stock this particular brand. Fruity ciders are becoming more and more popular and it would nice if they brought out more flavours. Will be making a bulk purchase of this at Christmas time for friends and family to enjoy.

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      31.07.2011 22:04
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      Reasonable value and may appeal to those that don't usually drink cider.

      The Strongbow jacques Fruit Cider follows the pattern of my drinking of sweet and fruity cider beverages. Although the drink is brewed by Strongbow's sister company, Belgian Stassen, it is imported to the UK and sold under the Strongbow brand. The first thing that is visually noticable is the vibrant red colour of this 'Lightly Sparkling' cider drink. The shape of the bottle very much reminds me of a miniature wine bottle than one that would hold cider, and the colour doesn't do it any favours on this point!

      The proof is very much in the tasting, and the sweet and fruity cider won't set everyone's tastebuds alight, but for me the sweet berry flavour is appealing. The taste could be described as a fruity form of cream soda, but the flavour does have depth and gives the drinker plenty to digest. Unfortunately all this talk of fruit doesn't involve the one taste you would expect - apple! The drink is quite clearly a cider, but for the determined apple or pear cider drinker it might leave them disappointed.

      Although I am a little baffled that this cider doesn't offer anything of appeal to the die-hard cider fanatic I don't think this is necessarily a bad point. The way I see it is that Strongbow are trying to diversify their appeal in the cider market. My first impressions were that this was more a 'womans' drink', but on closer inspection (namely tasting it!) I don't believe this to be the case. With an ABV of 5.5% and a useful screwcap, it has to be included in every garden cool-box this Summer!

      Strongbow jacques fruit Cider can be bought for around the £2 mark from most major drinks retailers and supermarkets.

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        22.07.2011 18:18
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        For something a bit different, this fruity cider is a winner!

        I'm not usually a fan of cider, find it too gassy and sickly and the apple taste alone is often somewhat overpowering. However, I was looking for a change to my usual tipple (wine), don't like beer, and didn't fancy any of the 'alcopops' on offer - this bottle of Jaques Fruits de Bois caught my eye. Comes in a 750ml clear bottle, not unlike a wine bottle in shape, if a little thicker and shorter, in a luscious berry red colour that I found very appealing, with a classic, simple label, promising the taste of apples, raspberries, blackcurrant and cherries. the Alcohol Content is 5.5%.

        The price is normally £3.99 a bottle, but on special offer, 2 bottles for £5.50. Not one to pass up a good bargain and liking the look and sound of it, I bought 2 bottles. It's best served chilled, so I popped them in the fridge, although it can be served over ice if you can't wait for it to chill.

        Jacques really is an explosion of flavour!!! Dry, but the with sweet-yet-sour taste of the berries and apples, a nice amount of fizz without being overly gassy. This is a pleasant, refreshing drink is a lovely alternative to wine or beer. It's perfect for a summer evening barbeque, and has now become my tipple of choice while camping.
        Try it, even if we don't get a summer, it'll make you think we did!!!

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          19.06.2011 20:07

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          WE TRIED A BOTTLE OF JAQUES OUT OF INTEREST WHEN IT WAS ON OFFER IN TESCO'S.WHAT AN AWFUL EXPERIENCE.IT CLAIMS TO BE 'LIGHTLY' GASSY BUT IN FACT IS VERY SO.IT IS HARD TO TASTE THE FRUIT DUE TO THE GASSY NATURE OF THE PRODUCT.WE TRIED IT ALSO AS RECOMMENDED OVER ICE AND IT STILL TASTED JUST AS BAD. ALSO WE NOTICED THAT IT LEFT A DREADFUL AFTER TASTE AS WELL. I WOULD SAY THAT THIS IS REALLY A FOUL BREW AND ONE TO BE AVOIDED.......LAST WEEKEND WE WENT TO A FRIENDS BBQ WHERE THEY WERE SERVING JAQUES FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE GENERAL OPINION THERE WAS THAT IT WASN'T VERY PALATABLE AND QUITE A FEW BOTTLE WENT UNOPENED.TO IMPROVE THIS PRODUCT IT NEEDS MORE TASTE AND LESS GAS.

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          31.01.2011 11:44
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          see review x

          My boyfriend and me purchased a few bottles of this on a Friday night in, we did actually buy a mix of different drinks, but I was insistent on buying a bottle of this also.

          The bottle
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          This is just plain and basic glass, with just a few parts of the bottle covered up with the labelling. Looking at the bottle, and seeing the red coloured cider makes it look a lot more appealing. Some companies go over board with trying to do too much with the bottle to make it look fancy but this is basic and it's the way it should be, I find it more appealing.

          The pricing
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          These are pretty pricey compared to what other ciders you can get with more in and cheaper also. At my local shop it costs £3.99p per bottle and they sometimes do a special offer of 2 bottles for £6. These can also be bought at some pubs but bare in mind it is more expensive, at my local pub it is £5.95p per bottle, so almost double the price. I prefer to buy the cheaper cider on pump when I am at a pub as I drink like a fish when I am out loll.

          How to best serve
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          If you ever buy this in a pub it tastes really nice in a glass with ice, it brings out the flavour, but if your like me and won't pay the pub prices, and don't have ice at home it tastes just as nice out of a glass on its own. Although I have been known to drink this straight from the bottle loll.

          The taste
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          Well as most of you will know the most popular cider flavour is apple. But this is different; it's a mix of fruit. As soon as you taste the cider you get a strong taste of mixed fruits. You can't really pin point just one fruit, as they do all blend in together. But they do work well together in the taste.
          With some ciders you do get a bitter after taste, but with this there is no after taste at all, apart from the nice taste of fruit in your mouth. The only thing I do find with this is that its a very sweet cider, and can get a bit sickly after a couple of bottles because of the sugar content.

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          My self personally would recommend this but not all people will like this cider, it really depends if you like dry or sweet cider. Even if you do like sweet cider you may still think this is too sweet. This is one of the sweetest ciders I have tasted. And the only one that I have ever felt sickly with after a couple of bottles. Although the first two bottles are lovely I couldn't manage any more than that. So why not just buy one or two bottles and give this fruity cider a taste for yourself.

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            14.10.2010 21:36

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            Surely this isn't really cider?!

            Jacques fruit cider comes in a variety of bottles, but it is quite hard to track down a small one, so I always end up drinking large amounts-oppps! In a pub a bottle costs about £6 or in the supermarket it is a few pounds cheaper. It is very good value for money as you get a lot in a bottle. Jacques fruit cider is around 5.5% alcohol per volume.

            The bottles are clear glass with a traditional label. Jacques cider is made by Strongbow. You can get two types. Fruit, which is a purpley colour. Or a lighter grape one which is a yellowy colour. The consistency is the same as water, not thick or sticky or creamy.

            I don't normally like the taste of cider, there is something about the alcohol taste of it I don't really like, but with Jacques it doesn't have that traditional cider taste and tastes much more fruity and refreshing. To be honest it is a bit tricking as it doesn't taste like you are drinking alcohol at all, and I fond it quite hard to get drunk on it as the fizziness tends to make me bloated before I can feel drunk.

            I really really like the taste of this, and if you fancy a fruity, fizzy alcoholic drink that doesn't really taste like alcohol, yet isn't full of chemicals like some alcopops then you should try this!

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            13.08.2010 13:46
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            A refreshing fruity cider drink!

            I have recently discovered the delight which is Jacques Fruit Cider. I picked up a bottle from my local Asda a few months ago and since then it's become one of my drinks of choice.

            You will usually pay between £3.50 and £4.50 for a bottle of this, but Asda have recently had it on offer for around £2.00. Fruit ciders are often quite expensive, but this is rather affordable in comparison.

            I've also seen Jacques available in all the major supermarkets, as well as my local corner shop, but funnily enough I've never drank it in a pub or a club.

            Jacques fruit cider comes in 750ml bottles (they are the same size as a wine bottle) and you will get approximately two pints out of each bottle. I try not to drink any more than this is one sitting, because although I find it refreshing, I imagine that it's full of sugar and therefore rather calorific (unfortunately I am unable to find the nutritional information to check for sure).

            I have found that the best way to drink this is over ice and although it has 5.5% alcohol in it, the taste reminds me of a fizzy berry, non-alcoholic fruit juice. It's a lot tastier than normal apple cider, but it because you can't taste the alcohol it goes down very easily so watch yourself... you could easily end up drunk off this stuff!

            Overall I'd say that this is a tasty, refreshing beverage, I'd advise that all fruity cider lovers try it and if you manage to have another BBQ before the summer ends then make sure you stock up.

            Four out of five stars.

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              29.05.2010 18:40
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              Sweet Fruit Cider.

              Sitting in my local the other week I looked down at yet another pint and suddenly had a real craving for something different. I looked accross the table to a friend who was just returning with a bottle of Jacques, after being told it was a fruit cider I gently mocked and chided my friend and couldn't help enquire into his prefferred sexual orientation, but he insisted it was and I quote "well nice" so I thought sod it and went up to the bar.

              The bar maid got a nice cold one out of the fridge and I couldn't help notice how large the bottle was (about twice as big as a regular bottle and if I remember rightly the same price as a pint). I took the peachy red drink back to the table and poured myself out a tall glass.

              With a cheerful chin chin I supped inquisitively at the cider, and oh my god was it good.

              If it didn't say 5.5% alcohol on the label you really could be mistaken for thinking you were drinking a ribena. 5.5% as well isn't exactly weak.

              The taste was primarily of sweet summer fruits, blackcurrants, cherries and a general fresh sweetness. Only after the initial bombardment of fruit came an ever so slight glow as the alcohol came through. I couldn't believe how good it taste, how big the bottle was and how reasonably priced it was.

              Prior to this my experiences of cider had stretched to sharing a bottle of white lightning on a park wall with some friends (as you do when you're to spotty and youthful to get into any pubs), these two ciders are not in the least comparable. White lightning tastes like a tramps got to it before you have while Jacques is light and incredibly drinkable.

              I think Jaxques is produced by Strongbow, if I had the choice between a classic pint of Strongbow or a big bottle of Jacques then the latter would win out everytime.

              Do be careful though as you can get drunker than you realised very easily on this stuff (especially if you alternate it with beer and whisky chasers, blush)

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              15.05.2010 22:32
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              Beautifully refreshing alcoholic tipple!

              My husband loves cider and after trying one after another of the ones he bought I found myself not overly impressed preferring to stick to spirits with mixers as my drink of choice.

              I don't drink much and when I do I like to drink something I know I will like so when someone introduced me to Jacques Fruit Cider I thought it was 'just another cider'. I was very wrong. Jacques is sold in 750ml bottles at around £3.50-£3.99 depending on where you shop. It comes in a clear bottle with a crisp white label around the middle simply detailing the drink. It is nice to be able to see what you are buying. It is a screw top bottle so can be put back in the fridge if you can't drink it all which is something a lot of other ciders don't have.

              On opening the bottle it smells very fruity with a hint of alcohol, and it is very fizzy! Jacques Cider has a lovely taste- almost like pure fruit juice you could be fooled into thinking you are not drinking alcohol at all. I would say that the flavour is far more fruity than alcoholic, which some people may prefer to other ciders. The bottle describes the drink as 'deliciously refreshing' which I would definitely agree with.

              I have been whole heartedly converted to this cider and often enjoy a glass with friends, at barbecues and evenings in. If you like your drinks on the fruity side then this is definitely for you.

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              12.05.2010 07:55
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              A really nice tastin alcoholic drink

              Before when I used to drink my drink choice was limited it usually only ever included vodka and something or vodka and something else but I was only drinking it to get me bladdered. Now though I like to try different drinks for different occasions and even enjoy having a chilled out alcoholic drink on my own in my house sometimes. Well it was for one of them chilled out moments I was after something new and after reading a well written review on here I decided to try out Jacques Fruit Cider.

              The other week I tried strawberry cider and fell in love, since I was about 15 I havn't drank cider much as it turned my stomach at just the thought. I used to roam the streets on a flaggon of this stuff, absolutely hammered and the hangovers were naughty, I didn't want that now though I wanted something that tasted good, that my tastebuds could actually enjoy without me becoming to drunk. The strawberry cider though changed my whole opinion of cider once more so I have been looking at other styles and flavours. But this review just egged me on to try this particular bottle.

              This can be bought in most supermarkets and the bottle I see mostly is the 750ml bottle. It comes in a clear glass bottle that is quite chunky with the word Jacques embossed into parts of the bottle making it look quite sleek and stylish for a drink. There is a navy and white sticker on the front saying Jacques, Fruits Des Bois, Cider with Fruit. It costs roughly £3 - £4 depending where you buy it from.

              The fruit cider itself is a gentle, mild alcoholic drink, fizzy and sparkling yet not overly so - it's nowhere near as fizzy as pop so didn't produce that gassy feeling in my throat as I took a quick swig. It's very similar to a wine thanks to the sweet berry, deep fruity taste to it, it's quite rich yet not as rich as wine yet alot tastier than a simple apple cider, you could almost mistake it with a fruity fizzy drink, only it's not gassy. It doesn't have that strong cider taste to it though as the fruityness mellows it out a bit. With only a 5.5% volume it's not your strongest alcoholic drink which makes it a nice, enjoyable, mellow and chilled out beverage - and I do mean this how it tastes to!

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                17.03.2010 15:26
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                Refreshing, summers drink!

                Jacques is one of my favourite drinks that i enjoy as a change to the usual wine! However, im not really a 'cider person' so i was rather suprised when i loved this drink so much as it doesnt have that typical cider taste or infact look.

                You can pick this bottle up from most local supermarkets or off licenses for around £2.99 which mine was for a 750ml bottle. In supermarkets such as Tesco however, it is rather overpriced so i wouldn't advise going there! In some pubs, they do offer smaller bottle sizes around 250ml i'd probably say which can be cheaper. For a night out, Jacques is the perfect drink in a club as its so big and in places like Wetherspoons its still just £4, again not that overpriced really. Jacques also comes in a white coloured cider which is more sweet, and more like wine i think so i tend to stay away from this one as its too familiar for me.

                The packaging is plain and simple but effective with embossed writing spread across the bottle and enough warnings/information for all types of customers. Its only a 5.5% volume of alcohol which is alonside drinks such as WKD or Bacardi Breezer so its a not a drink that will blow your head off or make you sick, far from it! However, it can be slightly dangerous as you really don't taste the alcoholic content. The lid is a screw cap making it easier to seal back up for another time. Im always impressed with bottles like this, as it just makes life easier and you don't feel like you have to drink the whole bottle straight away!

                The drink itself has quite a fizzy, bubbly taste like cider but not as intense as it does tend to settle after a while in your cup and when you drink it so it won't give you tons of excess air unless you drink the whole bottle too quick. As i said before, it doesn't really have a cider taste as its quite fruity and berry making it more like a wine. It tastes nothing like beer at all, more of a light ladies drink to share with a few friends over some ice. The smell of the drink is quite intense though and does hit you with its fresh berryness! It really just makes you want to drink more. If anything, its similar to a fruit juice drink with a bit of a fizz. Its a very light, refreshing drink definetly best for the summer. The taste of the berrys settles on your tongue great and gives a long-lasting, smooth taste, not just a quick glimpse.

                The bottle does last quite a long time as it is so big but you can under estimate the content of it so be careful as it could get bad if you have too many. I'd definetly have this again and recommend it to anyone who enjoys fruity tastes and definetly not cider!

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            • Product Details

              Jacques, a 5.5% alcohol-by-volume fruit cider from Belgium, is being launched in a 750ml wine-style bottle intended for “sharing” consumers. Jacques, which carries the Strongbow branding, is produced at S&N’s Stassen SA cider plant in Belgium and it is a blend of lightly sparkling cider and fruits of the forest.