I’ve headed back to the fridge to pop another brew that has been sent to me by the brewer for comment. Kind of needing it after having to cancel plans and stay home and watch a sick child. I never knew you could get "tonsil stones".
This comes to us from Rekorderlig, a brand of Åbro Bryggeri cider makers in Vimmerby, Sweden. Hård Äpple is their entry into the US market this fall. Besides a name like an Ikea kitchen appliance, Hård Äpple boasts being made with Swedish spring water. It also comes in at 6.5% abv, a bit heftier than the standard commercial cider.
First thing I notice, and you might see it here, too, is that this pours totally clear. It fizzes into a short head that goes away before I can get my finger on the camera button. The smell lacks the usual sugary apple juice sweetness of other ciders. I want to suggest some tartness, but it seems more like a note of brut in the nose instead.
The taste still has a good dose of ripe apple to it. Still some sweetness to it, and it leaves a light bit of sugar on my lip. And there's a balance of dryness toward the back of the palate. It has a "harder" carbonation than even most sodas. The alcohol is noticeably stronger, but not enough to take it beyond the style of a nice dessert cider.
Have to admit, it's a little more complex than the usual candy flavored ciders. And that works in its favor.