Cider Connoisseur Stella Artois Cidre Score Card
Appearance - 8.5
Flavor - 8.5
Smell - 7.5
Mouthfeel - 7.5
Crafted & Bottled by:
Crafted & Bottled by:Stella Artois Cidre Company, LLC (Baldwinsville, NY - USA)
Good to know:Guten free, great for champagne lovers.
Predominant flavors:Crisp, mild dry apple flavor.
Color:Golden with not much head.
I must admit to being a Stella Artois fan. It may be my love of cheap beer, growing up in Rio de Janeiro Brazil there’s nothing like affordable, cold, refreshing beer – and that’s just what Stella Artois is for me. Plus, the Stella brand manages to be a classy option. When Stella Artois decided to bring their Cidre across the Pacific in 2013, many were skeptical – but I think most of the skepticism has subsided because this is actually a very enjoyable, easy to drink hard cider.
I’ve made a case on a different post about big brands breaking into the cider market. To summarize, I think it’s a good thing! What I didn’t like about the Smith & Forge brand is that it felt a bit masked, as if they were posing as a craft cider when in fact it’s MillerCoors. I can’t say the same here, Stella is owning it and since they’re European we’ll let them get away with their fancy “Cidre” spelling.
The Stella Artois Cidre is a show of good balance. Not as dry as what you’ll find from craft cider makers, but also not as sweet as what you’ll find from the mass cider producers. Right when you pour it there’s a small head that quickly dissipates. I tried to catch the aroma but there really wasn’t much there. The first sip actually made me think of a blend between a Stella-like beer and champagne – all while maintaining the standard base of an apple cider. All in all, I enjoyed this cider and think it makes a good go-to for friends who may not be as familiar with ciders yet.
Last but not least, Stella actually makes a special glass to drink their cider in! If you’re a true fan, here’s a link to your left so you can buy it from Amazon (get me one too while you’re at it ok?).
Let me know what you think of it! Rate it on the Score Card above (by clicking on a number of stars) and drop a comment. Cheers!