B. Nektar The Dude’s Rug

B. Nektar is a cidery, meadery and brewery based in Ferndale, Michigan, U.S.A consisting of Brad, Kerri and their friend Paul – three passionate home brewers. An idea to make a living out of creating beers, meads and ciders began to grow after Brad and Kerri’s wedding when the guests gave very positive reviews about their homemade mead.  When Kerri lost her job in 2006, the trio decided to turn brewing into a full-time business. Today B. Nektar is one of the largest meaders in the U.S. and their products are distributed also in several European cities like Berlin.Company: B. Nektar
Place of Origin: Ferndale, Michigan, U.S.A.
Ingredients: apple cider, chai tea (black tea with cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla)
Sweetness as per label: sweet
ABV: 5.5%
Package type: draught
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a clear deep, dark amber with no head. Slightly sparkling. Body is low to medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is moderately strong with notes of caramel, coca-cola, tea and hints of cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and cardamom.

Taste: my first taste is medium sweet, light watery with the low sourness of a lemon. Further notes are of tea, lemon, vanilla, cloves with low astringent taste. It gently numbs the tongue – due to eugenol present in cloves. The finish is lightly citrusy with chai spices and a hint of astringency.

Overall: Jenia from the Muted Horn told me that The Dude’s Rug tastes like Christmas according to her. I would rather compare The Dude’s Rug’s to coca-cola yet made from natural ingredients, with a much deeper taste and better length. Despite many delicious notes of spices, I thought it was refreshing and tasted pleasant on this hot day in Berlin. But to my palate, it was too sweet. The longer I drank it, the less I wanted to take another sip. So this is definitely a thing for those who prefer their cider on the sweeter side. Sadly, I couldn’t pick up any apple notes. Summarizing, an interesting and nicely balanced…Christmas cider or natural coke. 4/6

Availability: B.Nektar ciders seem to be widely available in many European craft beer bars

Price: purchased 0.4l from the Muted Horn in Berlin at 5.20 EUR.

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2 thoughts on “B. Nektar The Dude’s Rug

  1. Very cool! Its interesting that they export to Europe, but per their website, aren’t yet available in every state in the U.S., only about half (and my state isn’t in that half). Also, 5.20 EUR = $6.12 USD, which is less than or equal to what many craft ciders on tap cost here at a bar. Its crazy they can sell an import at that price point, as on the odd occasion I see an import here on draft (usually Spanish, English, or French), it is more like $8-12 USD per pour (which if often less than a pint).

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