Cowbell – Rosé Cider

Cider Profile:

Name: Cowbell – Rosé Cider
Sampled November 2021

Brand: Cowbell Brewing
Type: Flavoured – Rosé 
Location of Brewing: Blyth, ON
ABV: 5.0%
Website Link: cowbellbrewing.com
Ingredients: Apple cider, water, French saison yeast, hibiscus
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 2g/L

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: LCBO and Cowbell Brewery Retail and online Store
Flavour: Rosé 
Colour: Rose-gold with orange hues
Carbonation: Small, infrequent bubbles

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Acidic and floral peel notes with some sourness. 
Initial Taste: Minimal bite from carbonation. Semi-tannic and acidic apples with some floral elements. Gritty.
After Taste: As the apple dissipates you are left with a bunch of fermentation notes. Slightly long lingering acidic notes remain with more hibiscus elements coming through. Rose-wine like to finish.
On ice: Slightly reduced flavour and acidity.

Additional Notes:  Cowbell Brewing’s Rosé is a semi-tannic, dry cider that has hibiscus and earthy notes. It is gritty with a lot of peel elements, not overly “apple”, and somewhat fermentation process focused in flavour notes. Decently acidic, it’s not sweet like some other Ontario Rosé ciders, at only 2g/L.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 2.5 

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shiny Cider – Rosé 
More Sour – Ernest – Rosé Cranberry Cherry Cider Spritzer
More Dry – County Cider – Legacy Series Rosé 
More Crisp – Thornbury – Rosé Cider

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