Conversation’s about hard cider usually start and end with Vermont’s own Woodchuck cider. Even as we dub this year a where cider gets its due, I find that only recently are folks aware of other ciders out on the market. Which makes sense, since Woodchuck holds a dominating 47% share of the cider market. One of the things I appreciate about Woodchuck is they are not content to rest on their laurels. They’ve got a core line of products of which you’re probably familiar, but recently have debuted smaller release ciders under both a Private Reserve label and an offering they are calling Farmhouse select.
Woodchuck’s Belgian White feels like a logical expansion of their product line. Allagash and the Miller Coors owned Blue Moon are big cross over beers for wine drinkers and I think Woodchuck’s Belgian White might play a similar role for beer drinkers who might not have much exposure to cider. For tasting notes, I’ll let the Woodchuck description speak for itself.
Cloudy, with a rich, golden hue reminiscent of wheat beer, our Belgian White presents a delicate aroma and taste, mirroring the Belgian tradition of a coriander and orange peel profile, laced with the complexity of apple notes and classic Belgian beer yeast.
This is pretty spot on and I don’t have much to add. This is an incredibly drinkable cider, and at 5.5% abv, its one I’d consider sessionable.
Verdict: Like a Belgian White beer, this is perfect for summer and will be a favorite on hot days.
Made in Middlebury, we hunted down this sixer of this Woodchuck for $9.99. Check out Woodchuck’s video description of this cider on youtube, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @WoodchuckCider