There is a new cider maker in Berlin, Van Saft. As the name doesn’t not sound exactly German, it is not hard to guess that a Dutch stands behind Van Saft. Diederik and Toby, his friend from German. Diederik is a big cider enthusiast and together with Toby decided to start his own cider venture. Their cider is made from organic apples from Brandenburg.
This will be my first time trying anything from this cider maker.
Company: Van Saft
Place of Origin: Berlin, Germany
Apples : a blend of organic apples from Brandenburg
Sweetness as per label: n/a
Package type: 330ml clear glass bottle with a screw cap
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or tumbler
Appearance: pours a very cloudy pale amber with a little foam. The carbonation is strong and artificial. Body is low.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is weak with notes of a freshly pressed apple juice of red apples.
Taste: my first taste is lightly sweet with a low to acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, notes of a freshly pressed apple juice, red apple and a touch of bitterness. Finishes dry with a touch of grapefruit peel.
Overall: briefly, to me this is not a cider but a very refreshing sparkling apple juice resembling Apfelschorle, a popular beverage in Berlin being an apple juice with sparkling water. Even the bottle shape is not typical for a cider but rather a juice- at least in this part of Europe. Judging by the bottle, I would never tell that it is an alcoholic beverage. Taste wise, it tastes like a good quality apple juice with a lovely and refreshing acidity of lemon so I see no reason why anyone would not find it drinkable or even enjoyable. Due to cloudiness, I think that this beverage was made most likely from pasteurized juice. Not sure how to rate it to be honest. In terms of apple juice it would be a clear 5 to me. But since I’m supposed to rate a cider here, I can’t give it more than 2/6. This is nothing more than an apple juice that can make you tipsy.
Availability: in selected restaurants and outlets in Berlin.
Price: Diederik provided me with a sample.