Review: Crispin “The Saint” Artisanal Reserve Cider—Excellent Value
Earlier this year Crispin Cider Company, the third largest in the country, was purchased by MillerCoors. The word is that this cider under review and the rest of the Crispin portfolio will reside under the mammoth drinks company umbrella while its founders continue to run the show. Crispin has a good number of followers in the U.S. who appreciate the effort it made to stay crafty even as it crew large. The company is likely to grow that number, but it will likely lose whatever was left of its crafty reputation.
Crispin Cider Company “The Saint” Artisanal Reserve **/*** of 5
Rating *** of 5
Brewed with Belgian Trappist yeast and a dollop of maple syrup, this is a somewhat unique commercial cider with a good degree of complexity. It pours out with a rich yellow/gold color, shows a little of its carbonation but gives off no mouse in the glass. It’s pretty to look at when the light hits its cloudy disposition. The aroma delivers orange blossom, ripe apple, notes of caramel and a hint of leesy-ness, producing an aroma that isn’t shy. On the palate there is a modest carbonation effect that lets the medium bodied cider envelop the palate. The flavor is medium sweet first and ends with a distinct bitterness tinged with citrus. In the middle orange liqueur and hints of tart green apple and red delicious come through. This is a cider of moderate intensity. “The Saint” left my lips sticky, a quality I don’t like in a cider. In the end I can recommend this cider. It’s relatively rich on the palate and particularly so as it warms in the glass. It possess a sweetness common in American commercial ciders, but it is not out of balance. I would like to see a bit more natural acidity help the body along, leaving me wanting to drink this slightly colder than I usually like or even over ice. All that said, this is a good commercial Cider that delivers very good value.