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401 Cider Company – Cranberry Apple

401 Cider Company – Cranberry Apple

Cider Profile:

Name:  401 Brewery Cranberry Apple Cider
Sampled October 2017

Brand: 401 Cider Brewery
Flavoured – Cranberry
Location of Brewing:
Colbourne, Ontario
Website Link:
Fermented apple juice, fermented cranberry juice, sugar, sulphites, natural flavours, potassium sorbate
Gluten Free:
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750 mL (glass bottle)
At 401 retail store and online
Cranberry and Apple
Vivid rose-red
Mix of fine and medium semi-streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong sweet cranberry – slightly candied in nature. Hints of rustic apples.
Initial Taste: Medium bite, quick puckering sour taste and sensation that builds. Tart cranberry flavour.
After Taste: Cranberry flavour continues to build, becoming sweeter while remaining tart. Apple flavour mildly appears. Dry finish.
On ice: Carbonation is cut. Remains a tart cranberry flavour but puckering sourness is significantly cut.

Additional Notes: Cranberry is king for this cider, as it is mostly cranberry tasting with minimal apple. With a very strong puckering initial flavour, it is intense in nature. This is not a subtle, mild cider – it is full bodied and may better appeal to wine fans from the tartness and dryness, than with beginner cider fans. 401 Brewery’s Cranberry has a very authentic cranberry flavour and feel overall.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2.5
Sour – 4.5
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ernest Rubee
More Sour – County Feral Cider
More Dry – Ernest Winter’s Blush
More Crisp – Shiny Pinot Noir

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