Citizen Cider: bRosé
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Cidery: Citizen Cider
Origin: Burlington, VT, USA
Label Description: “bRosé is hand crafted by co-fermenting blueberries and apples. bRosé is the embodiment of cooperation.”
Color: Rosé pink, clear
Aroma: Apple is primary; blueberry is secondary
Julia: Upon sipping the cider, there is a sweet apple flavor akin to a Fuji. About halfway through the sip, a blueberry flavor starts to become noticeable, but it is secondary to the apple. Toward the end of the sip, the blueberry takes on some tart notes and also overtakes the apple to become the dominant flavor. The end of the sip also sees a rise in acidity, as well as a touch of tannin, which are accompanied by secondary notes of lemon and a slightly bitter taste The aftertaste consists of a tart blueberry-lemon flavor with secondary notes of apple.
Ramsay: The first thing that I notice when I sip bRosé is a blueberry flavor that starts ever so slightly tart and then quickly regains some sweet notes. That blueberry flavor is then joined by a fairly robust apple flavor. That marriage of flavors then gives way to notes of lemon accompanied by a slightly bitter taste, both of which continue well into the aftertaste. The aftertaste also sees a return of the tart blueberry flavor.
Overall Thoughts and Rating
Brosé is a lovely and very drinkable cider. It is neither bone dry nor excessively sweet, making it a great choice for someone who is looking to try their first rosé cider. The blueberries add a nice taste without dominating the flavor profile. The acidity toward the end of the sip counterbalances the initial sweetness and gives the cider a refreshingly tart finish. Although we drank this at the tail end of winter, I imagine this would be a very enjoyable drink to have on a warm summer day.
Overall, I found bRosé to be another good rosé cider. With some rosé ciders, the berry flavors can be very sweet and overwhelming; however, I thought that bRosé struck a good balance with being light, somewhat dry, and having a nice flavor profile. It would be a nice compliment to a salty meal in the summertime.