As promised I’m back with another cider review. This along with yesterday’s Lansdowne were given to me by good ol Ed Roberts.
This one is The Saint from Crispin’s Artisanal Reserve series. It states to have maple syrup and a trappist yeast used on it. Ed tells me for legal purposes they can not disclose which trappist brewery they got the yeast from. Okay we’ll leave it at that….for now! Let’s just jump head first in why don’t we.
It pours an extremely cloud pale yellow color. As I was pouring it looked a lot like lemonade until more particulate came into the glass. Now it looks a lot like maybe fresh squeezed white grapefruit juice. Super thin white head is gone quickly.
The nose is for the most part apples and pears. But I get a bit of lemon in there as well as an ever so slight hint of maple syrup.
The taste is really the same. Apples, pears, lemon and a bit of maple syrup. It finishes very crisp and clean. Extremely easy to drink for a 6.9% cider.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this may very well be my favorite cider I’ve ever had. And since their arrival I have really enjoyed a lot of Crispin’s line but this is just great. Before I knew it I was through the entire 22 oz bomber. Usually doing that is not difficult at all but this was gone way quicker than normal.
Again as I mentioned in my review of Lansdowne this bottle is not available in South Florida, yet. With that I make a plea out to Gold Coast Beverages. Please bring in The Saint. You have done a great job of bringing Crispin down in the first place and you are pushing them pretty good. I saw Crispin/Fox Barrel products all over Key West. Now just bring in these Artisanl Reserves, other than Honey Crisp which is here, and I will be a happy man.
So be on the lookout and maybe we will get it soon South Florida. To those of you that get Crispin in other areas and if you have never tried this one, do yourself a favor and do it.
Grade – A