Review of Sun’s Out Saison from 2 Towns, their newest limited release cider with peaches and fermented with Saison beer yeast. I’ve tried a number of ciders from 2 Towns; see here.
Cider: Sun’s Out Saison
Cidery: 2 Towns Ciderhouse
Cidery Location: Corvallis OR
How Supplied: 500ml bottles and kegs
Style: American craft cider made from dessert apples with peaches added, fermented with Saison beer yeast
Availability: Limited release starting in late March 2016, in AK, CA, HI, ID, IL (Chicago), MN, NV, OR, and WA.
Cider Description: Sun’s Out Saison is made with tart, fresh-pressed Northwest apples fermented on peaches with an authentic French saison yeast. Roll up your sleeves, or better yet, rip ‘em off to get ready for this unfiltered, dry, slightly spicy and phenolic cider, with lots of big, clean, fresh-peach aromatics. Savor liquid sunshine from Oregon’s leading craft cider producer.
Made with over 46 pounds of peaches per barrel (a barrel is 238 bottles of 500ml if my math is right).
Cidery Description: At 2 Towns Ciderhouse we believe that the long history of cidermaking demands respect and deserves to be done right. Starting with the highest quality whole ingredients from local farms, we take no shortcuts in crafting our ciders. We never add any sugar, concentrates or artificial flavors, and instead use slow, cold fermentation methods to allow the fruit to speak for itself. As a family-owned company, we are committed to the growth of our team and enrichment of our communities. We take pride in producing true Northwest craft cider.
Where Bought: Chuck’s Hop Shop in Seattle WA (my first time there)
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing. I had seen it mentioned online, but didn’t know it was in stores here yet (and didn’t see it at the other 3 bottle shops I went that week).
First Impression: Hazy light straw yellow lemonade hue. Low carbonation and foam upon pouring. Smells of citrus, peach, green apple, a hint of sour, and yeast.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Light bodied. Low carbonation. Moderate acidity. Mild tartness. A hint of sourness. No tannins, bitterness, or funk. Notes of citrus, peach, green apple, tropical fruit, honey, and yeast. Moderate length finish. Low apple influence. Moderate to high sessionability. Moderate flavor intensity.
My Opinion: Yum! This is a perfect spring and summer cider, as it is light and refreshing. However, I didn’t really pick up “slightly spicy” in it, although there is definitely some bite and tartness. I think I picked up a slight amount of “phenolic” flavor, which I read is described as an herbal flavour primarily produced during the malo-lactic fermentation in ‘bittersweet’ ciders.
Most Similar to: 2 Towns Cidre Moscato and Attila Scourge of God based on being light & fruity, plus other peach ciders I’ve had from Blue Mountain (Peach), Blackfin (Pacific Peach), Finnriver (Country Peach), and Fox Tail (Fuzzy Haven).
Closing Notes: Another tasty cider from 2 Towns. This isn’t my favorite style of cider (I usually prefer something richer), but I quite enjoyed it. Sun’s Out Saison also suited the warm temperatures we’ve been having in Seattle to start out Spring.
Have you tried 2 Towns Sun’s Out Saison? What did you think?