Recently, I have visited my favourite market hall/food court in Berlin, The Markthalle Neun. The Markthalle Neun is enormously popular among locals, fresh Berliners and visitors from around the globe craving for high-quality tasty and unique food and drinks at quite reasonable prices. Actually, I don’t remember when was the last time I was there, it must have been around a year ago, so I’ve decided to check if any of the shops/stalls started offering any new cider or perhaps a cider I haven’t sampled yet. During my last visit to the Markthalle Neun I’ve come across a French cidre from Kerné (to read the review click here) at Monsieur Collard, Lulu de Mere Cidre, which sounds French, but I think it comes from Germany (I’m not sure about it though) at Comptoir du Cidre, and a Spanish mainstream sidra Manzanova. Monsieur Collard still has Kerné on offer, Comptoir du Cidre only occasionally participate in the Street Food Thursday serving a delicious cidre steak (at least they used to) and a Spanish shop offering Manzanova seems to be no longer in business.
Luckily, two new cider spots have opened in the Markthalle Neun. The first one is Schaufenster Uckermark selling a range of delicious Apfelwein from Kelterei Gutshof Kraatz, which is based in Uckermark (read my past reviews on their Wilde Kerle and Apfelglühwein). Unfortunately, the shop was closed at the time of my visit but I saw a few bottles of various Gutshof Kraatz’s Apfelweins through the window. Judging by the half-empty bottles of Gutshof Kraatz’ Apfelwein in the fridge they sell also Apfelwein by glasses. I’ll grab a glass of the delicious Wilde Kerle next time I’m around.
What a pleasant surprise it was, when I discovered Rødder, a Danish stall offering Smørrebrød, and wild danish cider from two cider makers, Æblerov and Olsens Frugt. Since I haven’t had any Danish cider in my life I just couldn’t wait to give them a try! A 750ml bottle is sold at approx. 20 EUR, but fortunately you can also purchase a wine glass at 4.50-5 EUR. A good option for those who want to try every cider from their cider selection.
In addition, at Rødder they always have one Danish cider on draught from Æblerov. In terms of food, I haven’t tried anything as all herring was already sold out, but I heard oohing and aahing of folks, who have decided to order other snacks. Hopefully, I’ll get the herring next time. Back to cider, I have sampled three ciders out of the range presented on the right, Cider from Olsens, and Prendila Cosi the Cox + Cider from Æblerov. Also, I’ve purchased a bottle of the Benene På Nakken to try at home. Scroll down for my tasting notes.
Olsens Cider 2015 (ABV 7.4%; 4.5 EUR per glass)
This one is a blend of Guldborg, Discovery, Purpurella, Bramley, Filippa, Ingrid Marie coming from organic orchards around Roskilde, Denmark. Appearance: cloudy, pale golden, slightly sparkling. Low body. Aroma: dry and acidic with notes of ripe and fermented yellow apples, raspberry and nail polish. Taste: only slightly sweet, a watery note, medium lemon-like acidity, ripe yellow apple, fermented apples, raspberry, nail polish on the palate and light astringent taste. Finishes dry with a touch of apple-seed bitterness. Overall: tastes surprisingly nice and light at the same time. It’s dry just the way I like it with medium acidity and pleasant apple flavours. The flavour of nail polish is not too strong, adding complexity. A nice drinkable pour. 4/6
Æblerov Prendila Cosi 2016 (ABV 5.9%; (ABV 7.4%; 5 EUR per glass)
Aeblerov is created by Morten and Christopher, who also use organic apples from Danish orchards to make their award-winning ciders. Prendila Cosi is the title of a song by Lucio Battisti, which means in Italian ‘take it as it is’. What a splendid name for a wild cider! Appearance: cloudy, pale golden with raspberry hues, lightly sparkling. Low body. Aroma: weak, fermented apples, light nail polish and raspberry. Taste: dry with medium to high acidity. Crisp apple, lemon, a watery taste, raspberry, a low astringent taste and light vinegar. Finishes dry with a lingering chalky and fruity taste. Leaves a light burning sensation. Overall: a decent light drop. Personally, I enjoyed the Prendila Cosi but this one is not going to be everyone’s liking due to relatively high acidity and off notes of nail polish and vinegar. Pity that the aroma is not any stronger. 4/6
Æblerov Cox + Cider Aebler 2016 (ABV 5.9%; (ABV 7.4%; 5 EUR per glass, from tap)
Cox + Cider Aebler is a blend of 50% Holsteiner Cox and 50% other apple varieties. It was created for the famous Noma in Copenhagen, one of the greatest restaurants in the world run by René Redzepi. Appearance: cloudy, golden with orange hues, lightly sparkling. Medium body. Aroma: wild with notes of nail polish and vinegar, lemon, raspberry and fermented apples. Taste: dry with high acetic and lemon-like acidity. Fermented apples, funk, raspberry, medium astringent taste, blood orange, grapefruit-like bitterness in the aftertaste. Finishes dry with a lingering chalky, refreshing citrusy notes and a hint of sauerkraut. Overall: Cox+Cider Aebler tastes actually like a Spanish sidra with high acetic acidity and refreshing notes of grapefruit and blood orange. It was very much to my liking, but I think that again, this is not a cider for everyone. But if you like Spanish sidra, this cider will be for you. 4.5/6
In summary, it was my first acquaintance with Danish cider and I’m not disappointed. All sampled ciders from two Danish cider producers tasted nice, were balanced, yet tasted quite similar, wild with notes of nail polish, high dryness and high acidity. My favourite was definitely the last one, the Cox+Cider Aebler 2016 from Æblerov as it was the most complex of those I’ve tried and because it reminded me of Spanish sidra with high acidity, along with acetic and citrus notes. For sure, it wasn’t, my last visit at Rødder in the Markthalle Neun in Berlin. Also, I still have to try the Alkmene from Æblerov, and as announced earlier, Rødder’s herring.