De Vergeten Appel Stam 2015

‘De Vergeten Appel’ actually means ‘forgotten apples’. Why forgotten? Because Johan Holleman, who is in charge of cider making at De Verboten Appel from Tilburg, Netherlands uses apples from old, neglected and often forgotten orchards. Let’s give it a try!Company: De Vergeten Appel
Place of Origin: Tilburg, Netherlands
Apples: unknown
Sweetness as per label: unknown
ABV: 6.5%
Package type: 750ml green champagne bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute

Appearance: pours a cloudy very pale yellow straw to greenish yellow with no head. Lightly sparkling, natural carbonation. Body is low. Some sediment in the bottle.

Aroma/Nose: not so much on the nose. The aroma has fermenting apples with a strong sulphur note. After a few further sniffs, notes of green tart apples with apple skin appeared. Overall, the nose is dominated by sulphur.

Taste: the first sip is very dry without any residual sugar and with medium to high lemon-like acidity. Further notes that appear are of strong sulphur with light watery and medium bitter taste. Also, hints of pear and green apple.

Overall: this is not exactly what I hoped for when opening the bottle. A cider dominated by sulphur in both aroma and taste. Moreover, the taste of sulphur overpowered and killed other flavours making this cider undrinkable. Even pumpkin cider from Beard & Sabre (see the review here), which also had plenty of sulphur on the palate, was drinkable and tasted rather pleasant. I wanted to introduce Dutch craft cider to my family and friends as they never tried one. Unfortunately, I picked this particular cider for the tasting. And, nobody enjoyed having the Stam. It was terrible! Hence, I wouldn’t recommend this cider to anyone. Hopefully, other ciders from their lineup will not disappoint me. 2/6 

Availability: used to be available through Ciderlab and Cidercider.

Price: It was one of the bottles featured in the De vergeten Appel discovery box that I purchased from Ciderlab.