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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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Duntroon – Two Parish Perry

Cider Profile:

Name: Duntroon – Two Parish Perry
Sampled April 2021

Brand:  Duntroon Cyder House
Type: Perry – Dry
Location of Brewing: Duntroon, ON
ABV: 6.6%
Website Link: duntrooncyderhouse.com
Ingredients: N/A 
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Duntroon Bottle Shop and Retail Store
Flavour: Pear
Colour: Hazy, light yellow
Carbonation: Fine, infrequently-streaming bubbles.   


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Acetic and dry, but semi-sweet pear. Slightly earthy
Initial Taste: Light bite. Smooth but dry pear. Then it moves into a quick build of sour and bright pears that are very acetic. Strong pear dominate.
After Taste: Finishes slightly dry, with a sweeter pear that it starts and has a lot of peel notes.  Somewhat long lingering, but is cleaner than it starts.
On ice: Reduced carbonation and flavour.

Additional Notes:  The Two Parish Pear by Duntroon Cyder House is a uniquely bright and punchy pear that is very sour and acetic.  More elements than many perrys we’ve had and it has a dry peel finish.  A lot of intensity in the first few sips but it mellows as you consume the bottle. Becomes slightly sweater the more you drink.  A lot of nose as well in this very element driven cider. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Pear Flavoured Cider
More Sour – Revel – Prosthetic Conscience
More Dry – Fieldbird – 2018 Perry Sur Lie
More Crisp – Ardiel – Victoria Pear Cider

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Steel Town – Barrique

Cider Profile:

Name: Steel Town – Barrique
Sampled November 2020

Brand:  Steel Town Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Mixed
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
ABV: 6.2%
Website Link: www.steeltowncider.com
Ingredients: Pressed apples, pear juice, peach, apricot, yeast
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: Steel Town online and retail store
Flavour: Peach, apricot, pear, apple
Colour: Cloudy, sunflower yellow
Carbonation: Fine, streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Pungent, sour and acidic with some brandy and woody elements.
Initial Taste:  Medium bite from carbonation. Pulpy, acidic apples with some sour notes.  Stone fruit pit notes. Astringency. Punchy.
After Taste: Stone fruits appear more so as the apple and acidity dies down, becomes creamy in the finish. Finishes pretty clean for a barrel aged offering. Smoother brandy notes at the end.
On ice: Slightly watered down and cleaner mouthfeel.

Additional Notes:  The Barrique by Steel Town is a Peach and Apricot flavoured barrel-aged offering with both Bourbon and Brandy.  It starts off funky and pulpy with some of the punchy astringent notes you would expect from the barreling.  Turning more fruit flavoured, it’s more sour apricot than peach but still retains a nice, semi-sour apple taste. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Peach Cider
More Sour – Revel – Prosthetic Conscience
More Dry – Ernest – Speachless
More Crisp – Shale Ridge – Peach Cider

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