Producer: Stella Artois
Cider Name: Cidre
Served: Chilled 440ml can
Colour: Golden orange
Whilst on a trip to Asda for my BBQ shopping, I had spotted a 4 pack of Stella Artois Cidre on sale. I’ve heard from many good sources that it was an awful cider (if you can really call it that!), but not being one to judge before I tried, I opted to buy a pack to try for myself.
The can was distinctly like your standard can of Stella, but with Cidre straight across the middle and they were trying to make it look a bit cidery by putting pictures of apples on it. That’s about as close to cider as it really got. When they proudly put on the can that it contains only 50% hand-picked apples, you do wonder (or not wish to know) what the other 50% was!
In taste, it was sweet, sickly and very artificial. I will say it is very smooth and easy to drink, but it just isn’t cider. The odd thing about it was that it still had that Stella taste to it. Not as distinct as the lagers, but something in the background that you could tell it was made by Stella. I’m guessing maybe they used the same barrels, which is what gave it the similar hint to it?
Overall I didn’t like it and I wouldn’t recommend it in the slightest, but I can see it appealing to casual drinkers who just want something different. For anyone who appreciates a proper cider, then avoid at all costs. You will be disappointed otherwise.