Review of Reverend Nat’s Sacrilege Sour Cherry cider. I tried this at Cider Summit Seattle 2017 (although that draft version was listed at a higher ABV). I’ve also previously tried Rev Nat’s Revival, ¡Tepache!, Hopland #5 / Envy, Newtown Pippin, Ciderkin, Winter Abbey Spice, Hallelujah Hopricot, Deliverance Gin & Tonic, Revival Dry, The Passion, Whiskey Barrel Aged Golden Russet with Black Currant, New Moon Mandarin, Viva la Pineapple, Revelation Belle de Boskoop, Wooden Hellfire, and Tassjara Peach Book.
Cider: Sacrilege Sour Cherry
Cidery: Reverend Nat’s
Cidery Location: Portland OR
How Supplied: 500ml bottles
Style: American craft cider from granny smith apples with sour cherries, pear juice, and a hint of spice from ghost peppers
Availability: Year round. Rev Nat’s ciders are in general sold in AK, CA, HI, ID, MT, NY, OR, and WA, as well as Alberta & B.C. Canada, and Japan.
Cider Description: Others profess to produce a cherry cider, but none begin with 100% sour Granny Smith apples (eschewing all other apple varieties for their lack of sourness) unified with the superior Montmorency sour cherry (aka Prunus cerasus, a superior and vastly dissimilar cherry to Prunus avid, the bird cherry, the mere mazzard, so commonly used in cough syrup and children’s sweet-snacks) and the exotic Baladon sour cherry (hailing from my native country of Hungary), fermented with an English Ale yeast (procured from a fine brewery in Chiswick, London), rounded out with a spot of Bartlett pear juice (undeniably the world’s greatest pear-flavored pear) and completed with a touch of spiciness (largely attributable to the ghost chili pepper, although married with a secret spice), precisely enough to make your vigor race and spirits embrace another gulp.
Cidery Description: Reverend Nat is a single-minded cider evangelist who searches the world for superior ingredients to handcraft the most unusual ciders that no one else will make.
Where Bought: Special Brews in Lynnwood WA
Where Drank: home
How Found: My husband remembered liking this and bought a bottle (this appears to be his favorite cidery…he likes the weird stuff, like Wooden Hellfire), and I tried some.
First Impression: Cherry red-brown hue. Still (no carbonation). Smells of cherry and hot peppers (silly me made the mistake of taking a huge whiff of it too!).
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Light bodied. Moderate tartness and acidity. No bitterness, sourness, tannins, or funk. Low spiciness (heat). Notes of real cherry, green apple, lemon, and hot peppers. Long lingering spicy finish. Low to moderate cherry flavor, flavor intensity, complexity, and sessionability.
My Opinion: As expected, same as my previous trial, I didn’t like this due to the spiciness (although it was admittedly mild…I just don’t enjoy spicy beverages). The cherry part of the cider was nice though. My husband said the spiciness dissipated some by the time he got to the end of the bottle, but I only wanted two sips. My husband however really enjoyed it, and was happy he got the whole bottle to himself (he is a big fan of both cherry and anything spicy).
Side Note: Some other reviews said this was sour (like sour beer, from wild yeast), but I only picked up tart (like lemons and granny smith apples); I think the variety of cherries used are called sour cherries (similar to Doc’s Sour Cherry, my favorite cherry cider), but this wouldn’t be classified as an actual sour cider.
Most Similar to: I’ve had plenty of cherry ciders (28 last I counted), but none that were also spicy.
Closing Notes: My favorites from Rev Nat’s remain Revival, The Passion, Whiskey Barrel Aged Golden Russet with Black Currant, and Viva la Pineapple….ie. his more mainstream and sweeter selections.
Have you tried Reverend Nat’s Sacrilege Sour Cherry? What did you think?