Dukes Cider from Tree Brewing Company in Kelowna, British Columbia pours a clear golden colour with a high amount of visible carbonation after a small head quickly burns off. Bubbles range from tiny champagne-like ones to larger, soda-like ones. It’s quite appealing really, sporting more colour than a lot of ciders (and some of the beers I’ve reviewed).
Dukes Cider has a fairly mild, warm aroma of freshly-cut apples with a subtle honey-like sweetness. It’s very clean and natural in both smell and taste compared to other canned ciders, with no odd chemical or overly syrupy qualities.
The taste of Dukes Cider is quite crisp and tart. The flavour reminds me of not-quite-ripe Royal Gala apples and skin from the Empire variety, though I could be way off. Point being it tastes like real apples and not much else. The finish is mostly dry with a mild sourness and a subdued, lingering apple tone in the otherwise clean aftertaste.
Dukes Cider comes in a black and red can with yellow accenting. There is depiction of a surfboard, waves and the silhouette of an apple tree and a couple of apples. A brief description can be found on the side. There is also a suggestion to serve the cider on ice, but I find that this just washes out the smell and obviously can dilute the taste.
Dukes Cider is remarkably easy to drink. Its natural taste and tart (but not cloying) finish put it squarely above most other ciders currently available in the Ontario market. It pairs well with pork chops and salads, but also went surprisingly well with Italian fare like pizza, pasta and meatball sandwiches in my experience.
You can find Dukes Cider in six packs at many LCBO locations, stores in Alberta, at MLCC stores in Manitoba and throughout British Columbia.
Region: British Columbia, Kelowna
Brewery: Tree Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 6 x 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%