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Stassen Over Ice Rose 
Posted: 19 August 2015  Beer Republic 7.5 
Stassen Over Ice Rose from Belgium Stassen Over Ice Rose Cider, otherwise known as Red Fruits Cider, is apple cider infused with raspberries, black currant, and cherries. Red fruits combined with apple could get even the young ones hooked.  Keep out of reach of children, okay?       
Avg price/liter: USD 7.37   ABV %: 4.5  Type: Cider  Belgium 
       


If you drink enough brews, whatever the type, eventually you're going to wind up drinking some multinational's creations.  I don't care if you intentionally try to steer clear.  At some point, a multinational will buy up one of the breweries you adore.           

Léon Stassen brewed the company's first cider in 1895. Think of those as a completely different creation.  It was only in 1987 when Stassen launched its fruit ciders, a mix of cider, fruit juice, and fruit extracts.  Fruit extracts are where things get tricky.  If you use a really cheap one, the resultant fruit flavors taste artificial.     

In 1992, Stassen merged with Bulmers, owned by the C & C Group.  In other words, Stassens became a multinational.  In 2010, they came up with the Stassen Over Ice concept before behemoth Heineken slurped the brand up in 2012.  Stassen is now seen as Heineken's R & D center for cider.            

Now I'm not fond of Heineken beer.  What I'm even less fond of is s--tty ciders, whoever makes them.  In most markets, Stassen Over Ice is not being sold at a high premium.  So the question is:  is this cider an above average buy for its price range?        

Stassen Over Ice Rose Cider, otherwise known as Red Fruits Cider, is apple cider infused with raspberry, black currant, and cherry.  I gave it the wife test.  She despises overly sweet drinks and has a preconceived bias against ciders just for the reason. She sipped this one up with a smile.        

Hard cider has come a long way since I first tried in the late 1980's.  Additional fruits give the apple base more bulk.  Red fruits combined with apple could get even the young ones hooked.  Keep out of reach of children, okay?     

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