Urban Farm Fermentory: Super Dry Cidah Review
Urban Farm Fermentory is an experimental urban farm and fermenter in Portland, Maine. They make a variety of products from cider to mead to kombucha and many more fun treats. Their focus is on the local wild yeast of Maine, and this is clear in their Wild Fermented Super Dry Cidah. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a can a while back and we finally got around to reviewing it. This is their flagship cider with is around 6% ABV and created with Maine dessert apples and of course the wild yeast of the area. Their cider offers are true and natural, even leaving behind sulfites that kill that beautiful wild yeast. These products take two months to mature into the delicious dry product, and we could taste every bit of it.
On the pour, you will notice a light yellow cider with a hazy, cloudy look. This is due to the natural yeast and a state of being pure to the products — unfiltered. The smell is very distinct with fresh apples and earthy notes of “funk” and yeast. The carbonation was very low which is typical of naturally fermented ciders. When we tasted it, the quality of dryness was apparent. Very dry, just the way we like it! There was also the presence of the funky, yeasty taste, which you get from the scent blending into the taste on the tongue. A hint of apple, a very mild flavor in the scope of this super dry cidah. The body was light to medium with a champagne-like tickle on the back of the tongue. This also displayed a clean apple flavor with some tart notes and little tannic effect. If you have yet to have a naturally fermented cider this is one that would be a good start. If you have had a lot of them, you can taste the landscape and this can taste very different in every region and year. Therein lies the fun of wild fermented cider but also speaks to the craft, hard work, and time it takes to develop such a great cider.
This cider also displayed a clean essence, tinkering with some tart notes and light tannic effect. If you have yet to have a naturally fermented cider, this is decisively the one that would be a good start. An artisan offering without the artificial! If you had a few of these ciders, you would get a true taste of the cidermaker’s current landscape. This type of cider would taste different in other regions of the US or during different times of the year. Therein lies the fun of wild-fermented cider. This type of cider, and Urban Farm’s cider in particular, just speaks to the craft, hard work, and time it takes to develop such a great, natural cider.
We give this a 4.25/5 for a great dry cider with the taste of Maine! Learn more about these fermenting experts.