Crispin Hard Apple Cider Artisanal Reserve: The Saint

Maker: Crispin Cider Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Notes: Made with Belgian Trappist yeasts and flavored with maple syrup

ABV: 6.9%

Appearance: cloudy gold, especially when served in ice as recommended.

Nose: A little yeasty funk and then some bright apple tartness.

On the palate: Medium-bodied, but rich. The sweetness and woodiness the syrup brings to the table are a nice counterpoint to the funky, slightly floral notes of the yeast and the tartness of the apple. Balanced but complex.

Finish: Clean but the funk lives on in a very pleasant way and the sweetness lingers in the cheeks for a good long while with a nice banana flavor.

Parting words: This is a very nice drink. This is not a table cider, but one for contemplation as befitting its Trappist heritage. Not much else to say really. Crispin does good things with cider. I recommend The Saint.

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