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Nickel Brook – Green Apple Beer

Apple Drink Profile:

Name:  Nickel Brook – Green Apple Beer
Sampled October 2017

Brand: Nickel Brook Brewery
Type:
Apple Beer
Location of Brewing: Toronto, ON
ABV: 6.2%
Website Link: nickelbrook.com
Ingredients: Spring Water, Malted Barley, Apple Juice, Liquid Sugar, Hops, Lemon Juice, Yeast, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid
Gluten Free: No
Sugar Content: Unknown

Size(s) available: 473ml Can
Availability:
LCBO
Flavour:
Beer
Colour:
Mostly clear, sunflower yellow
Carbonation:
Small  but frequently streaming bubbles, foam on top

 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:
Smell:
Very strong sour apple smell, pungent on the nose, almost like sniffing a carbonated soda.
Initial Taste: Mild bite, smooth creamy single apple taste with hints of yeast.
After Taste: Yeast flavour overtakes the apple, to become more like a light lager beer then a cider that has beer taste to it.  Extra smooth finish with a semi-sweet long-lingering aftertaste
On ice: Not done on ice.

Additional Notes: The Nickel Brook Green Apple offers a nice, light creamy tasting beer that has hints of a sweet fleshy apple taste but not overly sugary.  Think a wheat beer mixed with a cider, that is extra smooth.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 2
Fruity – 3.5

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Calvados Boulard Pays d’auge

Apple Beverage Profile:

Name:  Calvados Boulard Pays d’auge
Sampled August 2017

Brand: Calvados Boulard
Type:
Calvados – apple brandy
Location of Brewing: Normandy, France
ABV: 40%
Website Link: calvados-boulard.com
Ingredients: up to 120 varieties of apples
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL (bottle)
Availability:
All year – LCBO
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Rustic copper
Carbonation:
None

 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma, apple with oak. Spicy notes.
Initial Taste: Strong bite. Very strong alcohol presence that builds in intensity. Spiciness that takes over the pallet.
After Taste: Very astringent. Mature apple flavour comes through. Oak and vanilla notes. Lingers a long time.
On ice: Cuts some flavour and a significant amount of astringency. Does not linger as long.

Additional Notes: Calvados Boulard is a bold apple brandy that will wake you up! With a strong flavour and alcohol presence that builds in intensity for a long time after sipping, it is a very full-bodied spirit. Calvados stays in the mouth and the throat for a long period. It is thick and has a nice mature apple finish. The spiciness and the astringency of the spirit may burn your mouth.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 2
Crisp – 2
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 2

Next recommendations:
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Jack Daniel’s – Jack Apple

Apple Drink Profile:

Name:  Jack Daniel’s – Jack Apple
Sampled April 2017

Brand:  Jack Daniels
Type:
Cider and Spirit Mix
Location of Brewing:
Lynchberg, Tennessee
ABV:
4%
Website Link:  
countrycocktails.com
Ingredients:
Carbonated Water, Glucos-Fructos, Tennessee Whisky, Natural Spirit, Malic Acid, Natural Flavour, Sodium Citrate, Caramel Colour, Potasium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
Sugar Content: med/high

Size(s) available:  473ml Can
Availability:
LCBO
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
Amber/Yellow
Carbonation:
Lots of medium-small bubbles

 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Super sweet, strong smell of fresh apples and honey
Initial Taste:  Light apple cider flavour with hints of honey, slight carbonation with a minimal bite
After Taste: Apple flavour dissipates and a strong taste of sweet Jack Daniel’s Whisky remains for an extended period in the mouth. JD is sweeter than normal.
On ice: Some of the sweetness is cut down, with less Jack Daniel’s aftertaste

Additional Notes:   Think commercially sweet cider (I.e. Somersby), with a sugary inital taste, followed by a long lingering flavour of Jack Daniels Whiskey, if it were in a cocktail mix.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 5
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 1.5
Fruity – 4.5

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More Sour – TBA
More Dry – TBA
More Crisp – TBA

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Bud Light – Apple

Apple Drink Profile:

Name:  Bud Light – Apple
Sampled April 2017

Brand:  Bud Light
Type:
Apple Light Beer
Location of Brewing:
London, Ontario
ABV:
4%
Website Link:  
budlight.ca/en/apple
Ingredients:
Light beer, Water, Glucos-Fructose, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, natural Apple flavours
Gluten Free:
No
Sugar Content: Low/Zero

Size(s) available:  473ml Can
Availability:
Beer Store, Various grocery stores
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
Gold yellow
Carbonation:
Medium that goes flat quickly.  Lots of head

 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:
Smell:
Extra sweet apple juice with a hint of beer.
Initial Taste:  Light bite with strong fizzy carbonation with notes of light beer.  Smells sweeter and with more apple taste then it actually haspe
After Taste: Beer flavour returns to an apple juice flavour with a long-lasting taste in the mouth that is a little filmy.
On ice: Smoother, more of a beer taste on ice.  A touch sweeter due to lack of carbonation.

Additional Notes:  As an alternative to a cider, this could be a pretty easy gateway from beer.  Cider drinkers may find it a nice change of pace. obvious beer base, it does not have an overly heavy malty or hoppy taste.  It does contain a light apple taste that has very little depth or character.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 2
Fruity – 2

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Bud Light Lime – Apple-ahhh-rita

Cider Profile:

Name:  Bud Lime – Apple-ahhh-rita
Sampled April 2017

Brand: Bud Light Lime (Anheuser-Busch)
Type:
Apple Strong Beer
Location of Brewing:
USA
ABV:
6.0%
Website Link:
Ingredients:
Beer, Apple Margarita Flavour (Water, Glucose-Fructose, Natural and artificial Flavours, Malic Acid, Sodium Citrate). Caramel Colour.
Gluten Free:
No
Sugar Content: 6g/100mlSize(s) available: 236ml Can
Availability:
Beer Store
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Rust
Carbonation:
Big bubbles, medium carbonation.
 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:
Smell:
Strong, extra sweet fleshy apple like a red delicious.
Initial Taste: Medium bite, semi-thick texture, strong apple taste
After Taste: Long lasting sweet apple finish, almost like you ate the peel of an apple.
On ice: Less sweet, less flavour but with more carbonation.

Additional Notes:  As with most of the Bud Lime series of strong beers, this is a sweet alternative to a beer.  It tastes more like a cider then a beer, but has an obvious beer base.  Extra sweet, fans of a traditional cider would find this extra sugary and very commercial. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 1.5
Fruity – 3.5

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Crazy Beard – Wild Apple Ale

Apple Drink Profile:

Name:  Crazy Beard – Wild Apple Ale
Sampled April 2017

Brand:  Iconic Brewing Co
Type:
Apple Ale
Location of Brewing:
Oakville, ON
ABV:
5.2%
Website Link:
iconicbrewing.co
Ingredients:
sugar, barley malt, apple juice, natural and artificial flavours, malic acid, citric acid, neutral spirit caramel colour, and carbonated water
Gluten Free: N
o
Sugar Content: Medium

Size(s) available: 473ml Can
Availability:
LCBO
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
Orange/Golden
Carbonation: 
Small but long lasting carbonation bubbles that tingle. 

 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong extra sweet apple pulp/flesh smell
Initial Taste:  Light bite, smooth sweet apple.
After Taste: after initial taste, quick burst of smooth.  Long lasting and fimly taste.
On ice: Carbination and taste cut dramatically.

Additional Notes:  With a hint of an ale taste, this long lasting beverage offers a different option.  A bit thicker then a typical cider, it could replace a commercially produced one, even though it has a beer base.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 3
Dry –1.5
Fruity – 3.5

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MadJack – Apple Lager

Apple Product Profile:

Name:  MadJack – Apple Lager
Sampled April 2017

Brand:  MadJack
Type:  
Apple Lager
Location of Brewing:
Montreal, PQ
ABV:
5%
Website Link:
madjack.ca
Ingredients:
malt liquor, carbonated water, glucos-fructose, malic acid, natural flavour, barley
Gluten Free:
unknown
Sugar Content: medium-highSize(s) available: 473ml
Availability:
Grocery stores in Ontario, Beer Store
Flavour: Apple
Colour:  
Amber yellow
Carbonation:
minimal foam, big bubbles that look like soda pop size. More on ice.
 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Thick, medium to strong smell of beer with a secondary smell of creamy apple pulp.
Initial Taste: Medium bite, apple taste (Very little lager/beer taste)
After Taste: Taste finishes with an apple tingle, somewhat syrupy.
On ice:  Less carbonation, smoother drink.

Additional Notes:  What smells like a beer tastes much more like a cider.  Mad Jack apple lager could easily be mistaken for a cider, which is probably the case.  With little taste of hops, is surprises you with its mild, smooth taste.

Comparison to Hard Core Apple version:  Hard core is sweeter with a bit more kick in the carbonation.   Original has a bit more of a malty taste.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 2.5

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MadJack – Hard Core Apple Lager

Apple Drink Profile:

Name:  MadJack – Hard Core Apple Lager
Sampled April 2017

Brand:  MadJack
Type:  
Apple Lager
Location of Brewing:
Montreal, PQ
ABV:
7%
Website Link:
madjack.ca
Ingredients:
malt liquor, carbonated water, glucos-fructose, malic acid, natural flavour, barley
Gluten Free:
unknown
Sugar Content: medium-highSize(s) available: 473ml
Availability:
Grocery Stores in Ontario, Beer Store
Flavour: Apple
Colour:  
Amber yellow
Carbonation:
Small sized streaming. Medium-large bubbles that look like soda pop size on ice.
 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Thick, medium to strong smell syrupy smell of apple pulp. Hints of Lager
Initial Taste: mild bite, apple taste (Very little lager/beer taste)
After Taste: Taste finishes with an apple tingle, somewhat syrupy. Not a long lingering aftertaste
On ice:  Less carbonation bubbles, but more carbonation to drink.  A touch tartar then not on ice.

Additional Notes:  We could call MadJack – Hard Core apple Lager 2.0 of their original version.  More kick (in the form of 7 vs 5% ABV) however, not much difference other than a little more tang and carbonation when on ice (which is different than traditional).

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 2
Crisp – 3
Dry – 2
Fruity – 2.5

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Norfolk County – Baked Apple Mead

Apple Drink Profile:

Name:  Norfolk County – Baked Apple Mead
Sampled April 2017

Brand: Trafalger Ales & Meads
Type:
Mead
Location of Brewing:  
Oakville, ON
ABV:
8.5%
Website Link:
trafalgarclub.com
Ingredients:
water, honey, barley, hops, yeast, apples, cinnamon, raisins
Gluten Free:
No
Sugar Content: Size(s) available: 375ml bottle,
Availability:
LCBO
Flavour:  Apple
Colour:  
Bright Orange, close to a ripe peach
Carbonation:
Medium head, light carbonation
 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Sweet smell of thick apples with hints of beer
Initial Taste:
Med-Mild bite, smooth thick and creamy beerish taste.
After Taste: Sweet apples come through after the inital taste and stay on the pallet.  Filmy aftertaste that stays in the back of the mouth with hints of raisins and cinnamon.
On ice: carbonation is more prevalent, sweetness is cut.

Additional Notes:  For those who have not tried a mead before, this is a great opportunity for something that is sweeter and not as thick as a straight mead, but still remains easily drinkable.  Light and refreshing, the apple adds a smoothness that matches the honey base.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4.5
Sour – 2
Crisp – 3
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4

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Shock Top – Honeycrisp Apple Wheat

Apple Drink Profile:

Name:  Shock Top – Honeycrisp Apple Wheat
Sampled April 2017

Brand: Shock Top (Labatts)
Type:
Wheat Beer
Location of Brewing:  
London, ON
ABV:
5.2%
Website Link:
shocktopbeer.com (USA)
Ingredients:
Beer, Sugar, Malic Acid, Natural Apple Flavours. Wheat, Barley
Gluten Free:
No
Sugar Content: low/noneSize(s) available: 355ml bottle, 473ml can
Availability:
12 pack of Shock Top Sampler package
Flavour:  
Apple
Colour:  
Cloudy yellow/orange
Carbonation:
Strong head, Medium-small bubbles that are clumped together
 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium to strong smell of beer and sweet fleshy apples.
Initial Taste: Light to medium bite, light apple taste
After Taste: Slightly tart, with earthy tones and a bit of filmy finish.  Ends with a strong wheat beer aftertaste and little to apple flavour.
On ice: A little smoother. carbonation reduced.

Additional Notes:  A wheat beer that holds a hint of apple.  Much more on the beer side then other beers which could come off as a cider.  Sweet and refreshing.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 2
Crisp – 3
Dry –2
Fruity – 2

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –TBA
More Sour – TBA
More Dry – TBA
More Crisp – TBA

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