Cider Review: Baladin Sidro

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It’s exciting to come across interesting ciders from other countries in local stores, this one is in a unique shaped bottle familiar to beer drinkers who have had beers from this Italian beer producer, Baladin. I am drinking from one of the 25cl bottle today, I have a few of those 75cl’s in the cellar so hopefully this is enjoyable!

On their site they tell ths story of this cider, “A drink linked to the earth, to tradition and the quintessential biblical fruit, the fruit of sin… A combination between the French-Belgian tradition and the typical apple juice of Piedmont, our cider is the product of the spontaneous fermentation of apples. Baladin’s cider is produced in collaboration with our French friends from Cidrerie Maeyaert.” So, it is an Italian cider, but it is made in Milly-sur-Thérain, France. A side note – Italy doesn’t have many cider apple orchards, thanks to Mussolini decreeing a law in the 30’s that banned the manufacture of any fruit-based alcoholic beverage with less than 7% alcohol!

This video from Baladin definitely makes you want to try this cider:

They go on to describe what’s in the bottle, “Fresh and genuine, its color is clear and with a fine perlage. It smells of flowers and spring meadows, and leaves a delicate and persistent taste. Excellent as an aperitif, ideal for informal meetings and romantic dates.”, let’s see how it fares!

I found some more information about the apples on their distributors, B. United website: “The apples used are sweet varieties and sour in the same time. They are like “renetta” apple, cultivated in Piedmont and in Savoy. “Savoie” is in France, close to the Alps and half an hour drive from Turin. Savoy is the homeland of the ancient king of Piedmont-Sardinia. Baladin cider is made with an apple variety dating back to the “Dukes of Savoy and King of Piedmont ages.”

This bottle has been in my fridge for a while, so I was not too surprised at the lifeless response to popping off the crown cap.  Pours a dark hazey pale golden color, very little visible carbonation and dark sediment found its way into the glass. Definitely not the clear with fine perlage I was promised. The aroma upfront is pleasantly sweet and syrupy, honey, fresh eating apples, apple juice, grape, pear, light acetic vinegar, subtle buttery and citrus aromas. Dusty. Pretty interesting pour.

Compared to most mass produced easy to find ciders, I find this to be pretty interesting and delicous, i would call this semi-sweet. Hints of bitterness and sourness but not overpowering. Dense syrupy body and very low carbonation, with visible traces of bubbles just barely forming around the rim of the cider surface in the glass. After drinking I am mostly left with this light, sweet, syrupy coating in my mouth with a cooked apple, dark sugar and apple sauce after taste. If this is a wild fermentation it definitely is not as funky as some I have encountered.

For pairings, Baladin suggests “BALADIN CIDER is perfect to drink with friends.”