Another cider from the Netherlands that I have tried on my trip to Amsterdam. Groot Merm Cider is produced by Jan Westerlaken from apples grown on his farm near Ulst in the Netherlands.
Company: UWE Betuwe Cider / Groot Merm
Place of Origin: Elst, Netherlands
Apples: apples from trees grown on the Groot Merm farm
Package type: 750ml amber glass champagne corked bottle
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute
Appearance: pours a quite cloudy, pale yellow with a greenish tinge and a quickly disappearing white head. Carbonation is rather high in the beginning, but it doesn’t last really long. Crisp on the tongue due to the carbonation.
Aroma/Nose: The nose is dominated by a pineapple-type sourness with a hint of fermenting apple. Groot Merm cider has a light sweet note and something spicy to it . Also, there is a smell typical for unfiltered cider.
Taste: Similarly to the nose, there is a pineapple taste with a moderate lemon-like acidity. It tastes a little bit watery with a minimal residual sweetness. The aftertaste is dry with a light bitterness and astringency. In addition, there is also a green apple note and some spiciness in the finish.
Overall: Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy drinking Groot Merm cider at all. I think this cider is still too young and not well balanced yet. Hence, a little longer maturation period would be advised. But, it has potential for a good cider. For now, I don’t think I would buy it again. 2.5/6
Availability: Cider doesn’t seem to be particularly popular in the Netherlands. Check out shops in the Netherlands specialized in selling cider.
Price: bought locally in Amsterdam from Appels en Peren at 9.95 EUR. If you are in Amsterdam and would like to try Dutch cider or any real cider from the UK or France I recommend paying them a visit.