Dan Armor Cuvee Speciale Cidre Brut

I love TJ’s. I didn’t even know that they sold cider until Val brought this one home.


ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to traderjoes.com, “What Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale is to beer, Dan Armor Cuvée Spéciale Cidre Brut is to hard cider. Hard cider has been around for centuries, and is currently enjoying a huge upswing in popularity. With all the options available, we found ourselves drawn to the cork-finished ciders made in the Brittany region of France, where a co-op of apple growers has been producing small-batch, hand-crafted cider since 1953. Their apples are grown in Brittany, and the cider definitely has a ‘local flavor’ that makes it unlike any of the other ciders we offer. Dan Armor is made with two ingredents – fresh-pressed apple juice and brewing yeast. The cider is bottle fermented (like sparkling wine), which allows the live yeast to develop into fine bubbles – small amounts of CO2 are added to create uniform bubbles throughout each batch. It’s dry and crisp (thus the Brut designation), with forward notes of apples, and strong, persistent bubbles. It’s incredibly drinkable and not at all sweet, a refreshing take on a centuries-old classic. Most of the craft ciders we’ve seen elsewhere sell for nine dollars and up for a 750ml, cork-finished bottle. We’re selling Dan Armor Cuvée Spéciale Cidre Brut for $4.99, plus deposit where applicable, making this a stellar value on a really special bottle of cider.”

Random: I tend to like ciders more in the summer. Given how popular they getting, I expect to see some really good ones hitting shelves soon.

This cider poured a clear, orange color with a one finger, fluffy white head. It dissipated quickly and left slight lacing on the glass. There was a lot of carbonation visible in the cider. The nose was clean with apple juice and not much else. The taste was nice. It was like a lighter version of Martinelli’s sparkling cider. There were apples and a touch of yeast. This was almost champagne like. The body was thin, but not watery with lots of carbonation. It had a quick and clean finish with apples. For $4.99 a bomber, this broke down to $.22 per ounce, which is a great deal for a quality cider, albeit one that is a bit one note.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0