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September 2019 - World Cider Championships

September 2019 - World Cider Championships
This month's Beer feature is World Cider Championships

World Cider Championships Reviews

Loïc Raison Rubis Cider
93 points
Dark copper color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry tart, orange zest, strawberry preserve, blackberry, clove, and straw with a lightly tannic, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish. Rustic berry flavors, palate-pleasing texture and a stylish vibe make this a conversation-worthy cider for the table.
Louis Raison Rouge Délice Cider
92 points
Deep amber color. Aromas of baked apple pie, geranium, and sorghum with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity light body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length caramel, golden raisin, roasted walnuts, and roasted banana finish. A sweet, nutty treat that could be a cider stand-in for port.
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Organic Perry
91 points
Golden yellow color. Fruity, sweet aromas of cinnamon cream, baked citrus, and sweet pea blossom with a round, bright, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length milk toast, baked pear, pie crusts, and mint finish. A delicious, toasty-sweet perry that warms the soul.
Louis Raison Low Alcohol Cider
90 points
Bright copper color. Aromas of pure fresh apples with a silky, vibrant, petillant, sweet medium body and a smooth, brisk hint of orange finish. A ripe, focused cider with pure apple flavor and food-friendly tannins; wildly accessible, completely sessionable.
Brewery Ommegang Project Cider Dry
88 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of farm-fresh apples, oat cakes, candied banana, caramel creme, and carnation with a satiny, racy, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of underripe apricot finish. A lightly tannic, dry cider with a great pop of acidity; a good cider to pair with the meal.
Brewery Ommegang Project Cider Rosé
88 points
Salmon amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of lavender, cassis, lemon balm, and melon rind with a satiny, lively, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, charming, breezy finish with impressions of underripe strawberry, rooibos tea, and white pepper finish. A tart and juicy cider with light tannins and stylish aromas; a sophisticated choice for quaffing or pairing.
Louis Raison Original Crisp Cider
88 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of banana and brown sugar cookie with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an even, breezy nuts in toffee, honey-nut cheerios, and caramel cream finish. A nutty, table-friendly cider that will pair quite well with hazelnut crusted meats.
Ecusson BIO Cider
85 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of pineapple leaves, cracked pepper, button mushrooms, green apple, butterscotch, and horseradish/kraut with a lightly tannic, bright, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, brisk nut skins and turmeric powder finish. A liberated and wild cider for the adventurous.
Loïc Raison Dégustation Cider
85 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas of water chestnuts, greens, graphite, apples with hard cheeses, and eucalyptus with a lightly tannic, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length bee pollen and chamomile finish. A vinous, somewhat austere cider with a structure to elevate the meal.
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