Today I am sampling another cider from UWE Betuwe from the Netherlands. The first one, Groot Merm was not one of my favorites, but perhaps cider with the picture of a renaissance lady on the label will make a better impression on me.
Company: UWE Betuwe Cider
Place of Origin: Elst, Netherlands
Apples: made from at least 8 different apple varieties grown on the local farm
Package type: 330ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Appearance: pours a lightly cloudy golden yellow with a white foam, which quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Carbonation is slightly sparkling with a light body.
Aroma/Nose: the aroma is acidic and slightly sweet at the same time. The scent has green apples with apple juice flavors. I can also sense white wine flavor with a slight hint of farmhouse.
Taste: I would say it is a medium dry to medium cider as there is some sweetness perceivable, but not too much. The first sip is moderately watery with intense grapefruit bitterness and fresh apples on the palate. The aftertaste is slightly dry and astringent on the tongue.
Overall: Briefly, the Rood is a decent and drinkable cider, which is quite complex and balanced. I enjoyed having it. But, I must say that the Rood is not remarkable or unique as I had similar ciders already. However, as I already said, I enjoyed it and would buy it more often if the Rood was available in my area. 3.5/6
Availability: online Ciderlab, in Amsterdam: Apples en Herren, Cafe Bax, Worscht, Cafe Brecht; Eindhoven: Brouwerij het Veem; The Haag: Alsem J.P., Café Restaurant Rootz, De Paas; Utrecht: Springhaver; Coten: Willem&Drees B.V.; Wageningen: Cafe De Zaaier, Heroes of Taste; Arnhem: TAPE; Elst: Mitra Slijterij; Ressen: Landwinkel de Woerdt; Nijmegen: ‘t Hoogstraatje, Café Samson, De Bierhoeder, Café de Opera, Café Frowijn, Café Jos Meesterschenderij, Wijnhandel “in de blauwe druif”.
Price: purchased locally in Amsterdam from Apples en Perren at 2.99 EUR.