Cidre Ruwet

Cidre Ruwet from Belgium has a very inspiring history. Joseph Ruwet discovered cidre in Normandy in 1898 and subsequently introduced this beverage to Belgians. He set up his own cidrerie and his cidre become so popular among Belgians that Ruwet even became the official cider provider to the Belgian Royal Family. After the two World Wars, the business, unfortunately, started to decline and was revived by new owners only in 2015.

 Today’s Cidre Ruwet is made with a single variety, Jonagold grown in Belgium.Company: Cidrerie Ruwet
Place of Origin: Roeselare, West Flanders, Belgium
Package type: 
330 ml amber glass with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or chalice glass

Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with a massive white head that only slowly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Body is low.

Aroma/Nose: the scent is weak with notes of polyfloral honey and red apples.

Taste: my first taste is sweet with low acidity of lemon. Followed by polyfloral honey, distant bitterness and very low astringency. Finishes sweet with a touch of raspberry and a note of sulphur.

Overall: it’s difficult not to judge cider by stereotypes when you see ABV of 4.5% and that is made with Jonagold, a typical dessert apple. Cidre Ruwet tastes natural and is definitely drinkable for cidre made with eaters. It has to be said, that it even has some structure and length although lacks complexity. I couldn’t really drink much of it as I experienced a kind of sugar crash. It was simply too sweet for my liking. Thus, those with a sweet tooth should be satisfied with Cidre Ruwet. Overall, I think it tastes quite alright but I wouldn’t buy it again. 3/6

Availability: Belgium in a Box and Delhaize Supermarkets in Belgium and Luxembourg. Online from Calyce Cider – they ship to Germany, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Portugal!

Price: a sample was provided by Dardan, a follower of mine who wanted to share with me a bottle of this cidre.