Mostbarone Apfel Cider

The focus of Mostbarone of Lower Austria is not entirely on pears. Sometimes they make cider as well. Today I give you the Mostbarone Baron Apfel Cider.

Company: Distelberger Genuss-Bauernhof
Place of Origin:
 Öhling, Lower Austria, Austria
Ingredients:
Apple cider, apple juice
Sweetness as per label: 
unknown
ABV:
3.3%
Package type:
 330 ml clear glass with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: 
white wine glass, chalice glass or flute

Appearance: pours a clear pale straw yellow with a white head that quickly reduces to a ring. Medium and artificial carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong with notes of fresh, tart and green apples. Notes of apple skins of cooking apples. Freshly pressed apple juice.

Taste: my first impression is moderately sweet with low acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, notes of fresh apple juice, watery note, green apples, apple flesh. Finishes with an aromatic note of fresh apples. 

Overall: The Baron Apfel cider was clearly made with dessert apples as it is very light, even a bit watery with no sign of the tannin on the palate. It has a longlasting and very aromatic and apply taste. This is a splendid offering for a hot summer day or for those who prefer gentle and fruity ciders. A pleasant and naturally tasting alternative to industrial ciders of this world. But you can’t drink much of it. So drink it properly chilled. I had difficulties finishing the small 33cl bottle. Not my cup of tea but the majority of regular cider drinkers will surely love it. 4.5/6

Availability: directly through Mostbarone.

Price: It was a sample provided by Toni from Mostbarone.

Mostbaron Exibatur 2015

The history of Birnenmost (pear wine) in Lower Austria is really fascinating. Here is another fun fact. In the 18th century, the consumption of Birnenmost was so high in Melk, Lower Austria that beer and wine producers felt threatened by it. For this reason,  a police order was issued in 1770 in Melk on banning the sales of Birnenmost in taverns. The ban was supposed to increase the sales of wine and beer. I’m not sure if it helped at that time but one thing is certain. The popularity of Birnenmost in Lower Austria survived also this ban.

Exibatur 2015 is another Birnenmost from the product range of Verein Mostbarone from Lower Austria. Exibatur is a local term for the plough. Let’s see how this Birnenmost will perform.Company: Verein Mostbarone
Place of Origin: 
Öhling, Lower Austria, Austria
Apples: 
a blend of Dorschbirne and Grüne Pichlbirne
Sweetness as per label: 
halb-trocken (semi-dry)
ABV: 
6.6%
Package type: 
750 ml green bottle with screw cap
Recommended type of glass: 
white wine glass

Appearance: pours a clear pale straw yellow with no head. No carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is moderately strong. Fresh green apple, ripe and overripe yellow apple, mirabelle plums, fresh pear with a hint of baked apple.

Taste: it starts lightly sweet with medium acidity of lemon. Low bitterness, burnt caramel, very low astringency. Finishes with a lingering low acidity of lemon with a hint of burnt lemon, ripe yellow apple and a touch of acidity.

Overall: The more Birnenmost I drink, the more I like it. Exibatur has a strong yet refreshing and elegant taste. It has a distinctively refreshing style due to lovely, delicate and longlasting acidity of lemon. It’s full-bodied, balanced and vibrant. And, clear without any off-notes. I must admit that drinking Exibatur was a pure pleasure to me due to a unique combination of refreshing yet powerful flavours. Summarizing, Exhibatur 2015 is a well-made, versatile and refreshing option that may please a crowd. 5/6

Availability: from their online shop

Price: Exibatur 2015 was a sample provided by Toni from Mostbarone.

Mostbaron Preh 2017

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)
ABV: 
7.2%
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.