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Review: Stassen Over Ice Rose
Stassen Over Ice Rose
Posted: 19 August 2015
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
Avg price/liter: USD 7.37
ABV %: 4.5
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
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
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
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?