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FieldBird – Black Barred (2019)

Cider Profile:

Name: FieldBird – Black Barred (2019)
Sampled May 2021

Brand: FieldBird Cider   
Type: Perry – Dry
Location of Brewing: Bloomfield, ON
ABV: 8%
Website Link: fieldbirdcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: FieldBird Retail and Online Store
Flavour: Perry
Colour: Transparent gold with silver elements
Carbonation: Medium, frequently streaming


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Cellared, dank and funky caramelized pear.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation, followed by a strong punch of sour pear notes that are funky and earthy. Rustic with tannins and bitterness.
After Taste: Takes a bit to develop but the pear becomes juicier in nature and cleaner. Long-lingering with a lot of punch and some sour notes.  Very dry finish.
On ice: Carbonation and sour elements reduced dramatically.

Additional Notes:  The FieldBird Cider’s 2019 Black Barred is a charmat method offering that is a very strong tasting with sour and funky pear – and a decent amount of carbonation pop to it.  It has quite a long flavour profile as it not only takes a while to get to the aftertaste, but also lingers quite boldly.  Pear is punchy yet still retains some clean elements to it.  Much more pear flavour than other dry perries we’ve had.  Slightly caramelized as well. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 4
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Pierre Huet – Poire Demi-Sec
More Sour – Duntroon – Two Parish Perry
More Dry – 
More Crisp – Shale Ridge – Pear Apple

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Howell Road – Blackberry Pear

Cider Profile:

Name: Howell Road – Blackberry Pear
Sampled January 2021

Brand: Howell Road Cider Co./Brantview Apples
Type: Perry – Flavoured
Location of Brewing: St. George, Ontario
ABV: 6.7%
Website Link: brantviewapples.com
Ingredients: Pears, blackberry, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available:473ml (can)
Availability: Via Howell Road online and retail store
Flavour: Pear & blackberry
Colour:  Cloudy, deep-burgundy
Carbonation: Small, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Floral, with some tart blackberries and bright pear.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Acidic and tart with creamy pear and some sour blackberries. Dank and dry.
After Taste: Long-lingering with more blackberry appearing and some funky elements as it becomes less acidic.  Becomes slightly sweeter and light for the palate.
On ice: Less carbonation, less flavour. Slightly smoother.

Additional Notes:  The Blackberry Pear by Howell Road starts funky and acidic becoming slightly brighter and more blackberry focused. It certainly surprised us as we expected a sweeter experience. With a heavier mouthfeel, it has long lingering flavours with some dank elements (not negative!).  Pear starts somewhat present but dissipates pretty quickly – leaving a lot of non-fruit elements, along with the blackberry focus to finish. Unfiltered with a lot of trub/particles.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Blackberry Peach
More Sour – Revel – Prosthetic Conscience 
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Dry Pear Cider
More Crisp – Coffin Ridge – Lavender Earl Grey Pear Cider

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