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Revel – Sonata

Revel – Sonata

Cider Profile:

Name: Revel – Sonata
Sampled October 2020

Brand:  Revel Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Cherry
Location of Brewing: Guelph, ON
ABV: 6.5%
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Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: Revel Online Store + Retail Store
Flavour: Cherry
Colour:  Cloudy vibrant red
Carbonation: Small, streaming bubbles 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Farmhouse apple with some tart cherry.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation and acidity. Quickly tart, somewhat puckering bold cherry flavour that is slightly candied. Farmhouse forward with some mild acetic notes.
After Taste: Cherry remains and becomes more maraschino-like. Creamy, green apple-esque notes make a brief appearance. Gritty, slightly tart finish. Lingers awhile, including in the throat.
On ice: Reduced carbonation. Smoother mouthfeel and elements.

Additional Notes:  A unique take on a tart cherry cider, the Sonata from Revel is sour and funky. This cider doesn’t have a lot of traditional apple taste, it’s focused more on the cherry and fermentation process resulting in something a little different.  With some mild candied, maraschino-like flavours, it helps to balance the bold tart cherry flavours and other farmhouse elements. Imagine a fermented cherry jolly ranger and you’re close for this.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 4.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – West Avenue – Cherriosity
More Sour – 
More Dry – Slabtown – Legendary Cherry
More Crisp – Collective Arts – Circling the Sun

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