My first acquaintance with cider from the Dutch cider maker, De vergeten Appel was not the most fortunate (see my recent review on their Stam 2015 here). After the review was published, Johan Holleman (De vergeten Appel’s cider maker) reached out to me to inform me that the Stam is no longer produced and that they have a completely new range of ciders now. In addition, Johan asked me for an opinion about their new lineup. So today I’m giving the Moesj 2016 a try. Moesj 2016 is available in two versions, Moesj 2016 and Moesj 2016 Met Eikenhout gerijpt (aged with oak chips).
Company: De Vergeten Appel
Place of Origin: Tilburg, Netherlands
Apples: made from apples coming from MDe Bilt, Schijndel and Susteren.
Package type: 375ml green champagne bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: flute or wine glassMoesj 2016
Appearance: pours a cloudy pale golden with a small short-lived head. Medium carbonation. Body is low to medium. Aroma/Nose: the aroma is similarly vinous with yellow apples, pears, and additionally yeast. Taste: it starts dry with some residual sweetness to it and medium, but slightly lower acidity than the previous Moesj. The mid-palate is dominated by the yeasty taste with notes of lemon, pear, white wine with a hint of yellow apple in the background. The finish is dry without bitterness, but with a touch of wood. Overall: imagine one-third of the taste of the first Moesj and add a strong yeasty taste, not allowing these fruity and clear flavours to come out and shine. It’s not bad. It just tastes unbalanced and average. 3/6
Final Verdict: it turns out that Johann can indeed make a good cider 😉 Jokes aside, it’s really interesting to see such a huge difference between one and the same cider that was or wasn’t additionally aged with oak chips. You can tell on the spot only by comparing the appearance of both Moesj’s that they are different. The first one is clear, whereas the other one is cloudy. Additionally, they both taste different. The Moesj treated with oak chips has lower acidity (hence, I suspect that it underwent malolactic fermentation) and a strong yeasty flavour. Surprisingly, ageing with oak chips didn’t improve the taste or add flavours, quite on the contrary, in my view.
Personally, I prefer the Moesj without the oak chips treatment. I really enjoyed its clear, fruity and refreshing taste. Moreover, due to high carbonation and the clear and fruity vinous taste I can easily name this particular Moesj a prosecco among ciders. Highly recommended!
Availability: Fenix Food Factory in Rotterdam Appels en Perren in Amsterdam, De Bierbrigadier in Eindhoven, Little Devil, Burgemeester Jansen, De Burgerij in Tilburg, Brewpub De Kromme Haring in Utrecht. Online from Ciderwinkel.
Price: both versions of Moesj 2016 were kindly sent to me by De vergeten Appel for testing.