Revival Hard Apple – Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (Portland, OR, USA)

Revival Hard Apple – Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, 6.0% ABV, 500ml, (Portland, Oregon, USA)

on the front-right label:

“Belgium is home to the most exceedingly sublime yeasts and I have elected two contrasting strains to craft this deeply complex yet subtly familiar cider: A farmhouse saison yeast from Hainaut and an exotic secret culture yielding notes of pineapple, mango, and dried pear. Add a sprinkle of Michoacan piloncillo and my most compelling creation is born.”


  • Style: (flavoured – michoacan piloncillo, saison yeast) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Layered fruity light sticky mango red apple pear
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $12.75 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes, subtly complex

Visual: Pours clear deep golden yellow with a smallish dissipating head, surfacing active layer with clusters of very active streams.

Nose: faint mango and red-green apple juice. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: sweet crisp apple bite

Mid-palate: low sourness, subtle tart, sticky (lvl-5-sweetness) light caramelized apple sugars, notes of mango + red apple juice

Finish: off dry pear/muscat, hints of pineapple exhale, very minor cloying sugars.

Summary: I’m pleased with the complexity of fruitiness that was obtained just by using a a couple of unique yeast strains as well as adding a bit of cane sugar. The alcohol is very well hidden and it drinks according to your temperament; Simple if you are relaxed, multifaceted if you are serious.