This is another sparkling Birnenmost from Lower Austria after the previously reviewed Glückssprudel. Produced by Distelberger Genuss-Bauernhof.Company: Distelberger Genuss-Bauernhof
Place of Origin: Amstetten, Lower Austria, Austria
Pears:a blend of Austrian pear varieties
Sweetness as per label: brut
Package type: 750 ml clear champagne corked and wired bottle
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass, chalice glass or flute
Appearance: pours a clear pale straw yellow with a green hue and a white head that quickly dissipates. High carbonation. Body is low to medium.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is moderately strong and sweetish with notes of sugar and lightly burnt sugar, green notes and lilies.
Taste: my first impression is moderately sweet with low acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, strong bitterness, low astringency, lilies and sugar. Finishes with a lingering bitter note and green notes.
Overall: Again, I didn’t drink this Birnenmost alone. I shared it with my reliable friend that has a sweet tooth. However, in the case of this sample, we had similar thoughts. The scent is rather strange initially smelling of lightly burnt sugar but than additionally notes of lilies appear. I’m sorry to say it but it is rather flat. The taste has an unpleasant, strong and lingering bitter notes that in combination with a sweetness of sugar makes this Birnenmost taste horrible, thus undrinkable. This time I wasn’t alone with this opinion as my friend thought it was also unpleasant. I don’t want to break your heart, Toni, but I have to. I’m sorry. 2/6
Availability: directly from their shop or through Mostbarone.
Price: Birnschaumwenwein Brut was a sample provided by Toni from Mostbarone.
I’m sure that everyone heard about Empress Maria Theresa from history classes in school. But did you know that Maria Theresa ordered the planting of trees along roadsides? Long-lived trees were planted along the main roads so they were easy to recognise. Fruit trees were planted in the countryside so farmers or soldiers passing through the country could benefit from it and collect the fruit. The importance of fruit trees in Austria was also recognised by Maria Theresa’s son Joseph II, who awarded farmers a silver medal when they planted over 100 fruit trees. More to that, in order to obtain a wedding license, several fruit trees had to be planted.
This is how Maria Theresa and Joseph II contributed to the expansion of the popularity of u.a. Birnenmost in Mostviertel.
Today’s Birnenmost is called Preh. ‘Preh’ means pride is Mostviertel dialect. Company: Verein der Mostbarone
Place of Origin: Öhling, Lower Austria, Austria
Apples: a blend of Stiegelbirne and Speckbirne
Sweetness as per label: halb-trocken (semi-dry)
Package type: 750 ml clear bottle with screw cap
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass
Appearance: pours a clear very pale straw-yellow with a light greenish hue and no head. No carbonation. Body is low to medium.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong with notes of gooseberries, chalk, mirabelle plums, grass and a hint of caramel.
Taste: it begins lightly sweet with low to medium acidity of lemon, mirabelle plums, gooseberries, a touch of bitterness and lemon peel. Finishes with very low astringency and a hint of peppermint.
Overall: Remembering my previous experience with Brous, I tried Preh almost immediately after removing it from the fridge. Interestingly, despite serving it at low temperature, the scent was still exceptionally strong and fruity of gooseberries. Not only the scent was strong but also the taste was longlasting. I adored the nicely balanced acidity and sweetness. I must say I thought that Preh was really delicious. Also, when it warmed up. The Mostbaron Preh is indeed a Birnenmost to be proud of. I’d love to have it again. 5/6
Availability: from their online shop
Price: Preh 2017 was a sample provided by Toni from Mostbarone.