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.


Kupela Sagardoa

Kupela is a relatively young company established only in 2015 in the French Basque Country. In reaction to the growing cider market in France, the founders Xalbat and Bastien have decided to release their own cider made from traditional Basque apples. Theis cider brand is supposed to reflect their love of the traditional beverage from the Basque Country in the South. With their product range, Xalbat and Bastien wish to make cider also more popular in the northern part of the Basque Country. Today I give you their Sagardoa.Company: Kupela
Place of Origin: Anglet, French Basque Country, France
Apples: traditional Basque apples such as Manttoni, Patzuola, Urtebi Ttiki and Urtebi Handi
Sweetness as per label: dry
ABV: 6%
Package type: 750ml green glass bottle with cork
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass, snifter or chalice glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale yellow with no foam. No carbonation. Body is low to medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is dry and salty with notes of green olive brine, the old good vinegar, lemon, yellow apples and herbal notes. Moderately strong aroma.

Taste: it begins dry with low to medium acidity of vinegar and lemon.  A watery note with pomelo, some smokiness, yellow apple, low astringent taste, on the palate. Finishes dry with a hint of grapefruit and a light note of sauerkraut

Overall: at a blind cider tasting I would guess this is a classical sagardoa from the Basque country. It tastes dry, has notes of vinegar and olive brine, which are typical features for cider made in this region. Sagardoa created by Kupela tastes much better and has much more depth than the commercial La Sidra de San Sebastian. It could taste a bit less watery though. I’m sure it would pair well with savoury dishes such as tapas or pintxos. But I sampled it while I watched a soccer match and it tasted perfectly fine and very refreshing on its own. 4/6

Availability: online in France from Acheter Au Pays-Basque.

Price: Kupela Sagardoa was a sample provided by Estitxu from Kupela.