Brewed by Gwatkin Cider
Style: Cider
Hereford, England


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 2.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
A dry still cider. Available in 500ml filtered bottles and occasionally on draught (abv varies).
NB: Gwatkin sometimes produces draught versions that differ significantly from the bottled. If you rate a draught version please specify that and include details of the ABV and designated sweetness level (if provided).

The Foxwhelp apple is one of the oldest recorded varieties of cider apple, dateing back over 300 years. It is thought to have originated on the Herefordshire Gloucestershire borders, where it remains as popular today with commercial and traditional cider makers alike. The trees grow to a good height, bearing apples which are good for blending with the lesser varieties. However, it is best kept as a single variety, which produces a dry, crisp cider full of body and flavour.

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Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2007

Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 5   Pale(1)->Dark(5) : 3   Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 1


Intensity : 3  

Yeast : 3   Bread : 2   Hay: XX   Brett : 2   Floral: XX   Wood: 3   Leather: 3   Barnyard : 3   Medicine : 2   Phenols: 3   Cheese : 2   Vinous: 4  

Caramel : 2   Honey : XX   Applesauce: 1   Appleskin : 4 Pear : XX   Tropical Fruits2  


Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2 Juicy: 2   Sourness : 2   Bitterness: XX   Farmy : 2   Complex: 3   Length : XX


Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 1 Chewy: XX   Sharp: 2   Chalk : XX   Astringence : 4   Tea tannins : 3   Alcohol : 2

Comments: Very well-balanced, dark, thick cider that starts almost caramelly, but finishes dry indeed.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2010
Cask Stillage at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 06/08/2010
Big tannin. Golden coloured very hazy in appearance and fruity with a really dry lasting finish.

Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2007
Takeaway from Middle Farm. Golden almost brown with slight haze. Tart fruity nose with slight solvent (not unpleasant) character.Very drinkable with a little sweetness and a nice tart finish. Despite the lovely tartness finishes suprisingly smoothly.

chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2008
750ml bottle (filtered) from Ciderstore. Clear, mid-gold colour. Still. Oak is noticeable in the aroma - more woody than vanilla though. Also mildly spicy fruit. Bone dry, with light tannins and a decent amount of residual fruit. Firm mouthfeel, but easy drinking. Clean, refreshing but not the most farmyardy. Quite wine-like. Well suited for home drinking with food. Went quite well with a spicy Chinese stir fry. The bottled and draught versions are distinctly different.

henrikb (1264) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle - Big bubbled head on clear deep amber body; The nose has quite warm sweet barrel aromas with yeast and a little acetic acid behind, apple skin as well, quite sweet for a dry Cider and not really elegant; Strange body, very soft textured almost oily, very yeast dry with quite a bit of tannins; A sharp acetic bite when swallowed with an almost Rochfort yeasty aroma. Very strange Cider and not as elegant as the other Gwatkin’s I have had.

rauchbier (3939) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2009
Bottle, from a stall at Lincolnshire Show. Gold, no head or condition. Gentle apple nose with slightly fungal woodiness and a touch of peppery spiciness, dry and alcoholic in the mouth with a pronounced barnyard note and some delicate phenolic flavours, although gentle sweet citrus apple is noticable in the background, dry woody finish with some retronasal alcohol and a slight oily tang of citrus at the back of the throat, plus a touch of apple on the burp.

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2010
A Sim rate (plastic cask at GBBF): sharp, acidic aroma that -although I really like it- has a bit of a cleaning products smell to it. Palate is thick and pulpy with a great fizz that hits you in the finish. Sharp, fizzy taste that’s both sweet and sour. I really like it.

Papsoe (25055) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of madmitch76. Pours a clear amber with a tiny, rough white head. Heavy acetone and sweet rotten apples. Medium body, flat, acetic with quite some tannins on the teeth and agai overripe apples. Heavy duty farmhouse Cider. 270812

ThirstyBird (3011) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2017
750 cl bottle, pours a clear golden color with a few tan bubbles ringing the glass. The smell is rich apple aroma, apple skin. The taste is super dry up front, some apple comes through and a lot of apple skin ending with a dry tongue and cheeks. The body is light with really no carbonation to speak of.

downender (8924) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2009
At the cider festival, the Royal Oak, Bath 13/06/09. deep gold in colour and slightly cloudy. Dry savoury aroma with some tart apples. Flavour was also dry, with a touch of wood in the finish. Good.

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