The Barbary Corsaire from Beard & Sabre is not an apple cider but, interestingly, a pumpkin cider. No apples added! I know that pumpkin is a typical autumn veggie and it is spring already but to be completely honest as cider purist I had some objections towards the Barbary Corsaire.
Company: Beard and Sabre Cider Company
Place of Origin: Cirencester, Gloucestershire, UK
Ingredients: fresh local pumpkins
Package type: 330 ml can conditioned spiced pumpkin cider
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Appearance: pours a very hazy, yellow body with a fast-reducing white head. Medium to high natural carbonation. Carbonation is perceivable also on the tongue. Body is light.
Aroma/Nose: There is pumpkin on the nose with funky barnyard notes and strong sulphuric – fire works like smell– which doesn’t go away but increases with the rise of temperature. Due to the sulphuric note, the scent is quite disturbing.
Taste: at first it tastes watery, only slightly sweet with a nice acidity. The medium palate has some pumpkin, watermelon and cucumber hints with unidentified green notes. The aftertaste is a bit dry and slightly astringent with lingering sulphuric notes (again fire works like) and a hint resembling pumpkin seeds. Refreshing.
Overall: Well, pumpkin to me is a completely tasteless veggie. Sorry, pumpkin lovers! However, I have no idea how the guys from Beard & Sabre did it but they turned a tasteless pumpkin into a quite pleasant and even complex and crisp cider. Nice seasonal experiment I must say. But pumpkin cider from Beard & Sabre is something I would try once out of curiosity but then I would return to cider made from apples. On another note, I have to say that there is so much sulphur in this cider that I could easily use it to produce a sort of liquid firework 🙂 4/6
Price: came with my favourite and currently the only cider subscription shipping to Germany Orchard Box.