Bereziartua Sidra Bere

I haven’t reviewed any sidra or sagardoa from Spain in a while. Time to change it! Sidra Bere is another sagardo or sagardoa (description for sidra in the Basque Country) from Sidras Bereziartua Sagardoak that I have a pleasure to review. The Bereziartua Sidra Bere is a blend of Basque apple varieties such as Txalaka, Urtebia, Judeline, Judo. Previously, I have sampled their Sidra Natural.Company: Sidras Bereziartua Sagardoak
Place of Origin: Astigarraga, Basque Country, Spain
Apples: a blend of Txalaka, Urtebia, Judeline, Judo
ABV: 6.0%
Package type: 330ml green glass bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a hazy orange with no head. No carbonation. Body is medium. Sediment in the bottle.

Aroma/Nose: the nose does not explode out of the glass. It smells sour of lemon and vinegar. Also, notes of nail polish remover, funk, brown sugar, grapefruit flesh, grapefruit skin and fermented apples. 

Taste: it begins dry with no residual sweetness and medium to high vinegary like-acidity and a strong flavour of lemon juice. The mid-palate has notes of fermented apples, nail polish, remover and lemon with a light astringency. The finish is dry with notes of lemon, grapefruit-like bitterness and low lingering astringency.

Overall: If you don’t mind notes of vinegar and nail polish remover, I’m sure you’re gonna love it. Sidra Bere is a full-bodied and refreshing sagardoa with a good structure, depth and good length. Only the nose could be slightly stronger. Anyway, I can imagine Sidra Bere would taste delicious on a hot summer day and would go excellent with food. Definitely worth a purchase. 4.5/6

Availability: from their online shop or through Grau Online, In the Czech Republic from Dobry Cider.

Price: Mikel passed me a bottle at CiderWorld2019 in Frankfurt.


Bereziartua Sidra Natural

Sidras Bereziartua Sagardoak is a family owned cider producer, established in 1870 in Ergobia, Basque Country, Spain. In 1970 they moved to their current location in Astigarraga. Their natural sidra received Gold at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) in 2015 and Bronze in 2016. Moreover, in 2015 and 2016 Sidra Natural was awarded Pomme d’Or at the International Apfelwein Weltweit in Frankfurt.Company: Sidras Bereziartua Sagardoak
Place of Origin: Astigarraga, Basque Country, Spain
Apples: Txalaka, Urtebia, Judeline, Judo
ABV: 6.0%
Package type: 750ml green glass bottle with natural cork
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or just any glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange. No carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose has yeast, tart apples, fermented apples, grapefruit, lemon, orange and a distant vinegary note.

Taste: the first taste is watery with medium acidity and a light vinegary and lemon-like note. The mid-palate has a yeasty flavour with fermented apples, mouth puckering moderate tannins, and a gentle note of sauerkraut and grapefruit. The aftertaste is dry with a lingering astringency, grapefruit-bitterness and a touch of vinegar.

Overall: Sidra Natural is a very refreshing and rich cider. Nicely drinkable if you don’t mind the vinegar note and a quite high level of dryness typical for Spanish sidras. Although I enjoyed it I can’t call it remarkable. But I wouldn’t mind having it again. 4/6

Availability: from their online shop, Opily Jabko. Grau Online. Locally from InCider Bar, Dobry Cider in Prague.

Price: purchased in InCider Bar in Prague at 180 CZK (6.90 EUR)