Albens Original

The history behind Albens Cider is really fascinating. Dina Rimandra Handayani was an MBA student at Imperial College London when she discovered cider and its rising popularity in the UK and other European countries. Once she returned to her homeland, Indonesia she set up Albens Cider in Bali, where she could source apples. In addition, Dina got Alessio Cristofoletto and Ben Wakefield as technical advisors and investors on board. Before their cider hit the shelves it took them two years to overcome bureaucratic hurdles and receive one of the first cider-production permits in Indonesia. Today their cider is available in three variants, the Original, Apple & Strawberry, Apple & Mango.Company: Albens Cider
Place of Origin: Jembrana, Bali, Indonesia
Apples: locally sourced Fuji apples
ABV: 4.9%
Package type: 330ml brown glass with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass

Ingredients: apple juice, water, sugar, yeast, carbon dioxide, malic acid, sulphites.

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow with a massive short-lived white head. High carbonation with a low body.

Aroma/Nose: smells sweet of commercially available apple juice from concentrate

Taste: it starts medium sweet with low acidity. On the mid-palate a rather unpleasant buttery flavour with notes of apple juice. This is all I’m getting here.

Overall: Briefly, I didn’t enjoy the Original even a little. It’s a slightly sour tasting apple lemonade, which lacks any depth. And, it has this horrible buttery flavour! I didn’t even manage to drink the whole 330ml bottle. Apples might be scarce in Indonesia, but even if you have only dessert apples at hand such as Fuji you can make a decent drinkable cider. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend Albens’ Original to anyone. 1.5/6

Availability: in Indonesia, Singapore, Australia and Malaysia.

Price: had it at 26.5 RM from Taps Beer Bar 1Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia