No age statement
Closure: Crown cap
Product of: United Kingdom
When launched in April 2011, 'And remember', said the advertising. 'C'est Cidre, Not Cider.' Owners AB InBev describe Stella Artois Cidre as 'a premium crafted Belgian Cider made with hand-picked apples', stipulating that it contains a 'minimum of 70 per cent hand-picked apples'.
Sampled on 29/09/2011
Clear, honey gold, small off-white head.
Pungent but clean champagne-like biscuity cider apple nose.
Cider purists will understandably say that Stella Artois Cidre is not a 'cider' because it's not 100 per cent apple juice, and indeed the medium dry palate is something of a cross between a real cider, a lager and a sparkling wine. Something of a snakebite then? Restrained apple and rhubarb flavours with some crisp acidity.
Refreshingly, pleasant but short, sour, slightly acidic finish with fading stewed apple and lemon zest.