Cyril Zangs Cidre Brut Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Cyril Zangs
Cider Name: Cidre Brut
Region: Normandy, France
ABV: ??%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Chilled champagne flute
Smell: Apples/Ethanol
Colour: Dull amber/Copper
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Moes, Amsterdam
Date: 13/10/12

So day 2 in Amsterdam, after a whirlwind first day in the city, and back to Moes I have gone. I have taken in a good bit of local culture, but I do miss the good apple taste after a while. There’s only so much beer i can take before it drives me insane! I so nearly went for a cider elsewhere, but at €12 a pop, even I couldn’t justify that!

The next cider/cidre of choice is another French one, but this time it’s a Cyril Zangs Cidre Brut. From just the name and description it is a fresh and dry cidre and should hopefully be similar to what I had last night.

This one arrived with a few bubbles but this settled down very quickly to a near standstill. The smell is of a very fresh ripe apples and gives off a good aroma of similar to a mix between Herefordshire and eastern style cider.

As for the taste, it starts with a fairly smooth and plain apple taste, but then the sourness certainly kicks in to give it some excitement and finally gives off a crisp and dry punch to end with and feels slightly floral. It’s another cider that is aiming towards the wine drinkers market, but has enough about it to separate it from a typical one. I don’t think it’s quite as flavoursome as the Giard Cidre AOP Pays d’Auge I had yesterday, but it’s still fairly decent and worth trying if you like your ciders on the drier side and like something similar to a wine.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 7.5/10


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    Patrick Huff said,

    Hope you are or were having a good time in Amsterdam. Haven’t been there yet. good review. I have only had two French Ciders and really enjoyed them.

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      TheCiderBlog said,

      Amsterdam was great…..for all the obvious reasons 😉 There is cider there in places I have found, but it can be quite expensive! I don’t usually get a chance to try French ciders much, as they are not widely available here, but the 2 I had over there was decent and typically French really!

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