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Rev Nats Hard Cider Abbey Spice

Review: Abbey Spice by Rev. Nat’s Hard Cider

Review Date: December 30, 2020

Sweetness: Semi-Dry

ABV: 7.50%

Cider Maker’s Description

The winter of '04 was specially brutal in the north Maine woods, with many offerings to razor-shins. I wintered-over with a crew of woodsmen in Wheelock Mill and having emptied our stores of harder drinks early (due to the customary tributes), we dipped into the new cider by Christmas whereupon I discovered a strong, spiced, and dark cider the likes of which no one else in the world makes.

Our good friends in the north counteract winter's bitter chill with this traditional drink, big in flavor, bold in character. Made with raisins, unrefined cane sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg and aged on oak, this tipple is sure to warm your bones.


  • rusty orange color, slight haze


  • light carbonation


  • baking spices, raisins, orange, bold and rich


  • raisins, nutmeg, red apples, cinnamon, bold and rich


  • tannic and acidic


  • lasting acidic astringency on the tongue

Tasting Notes / General Impression

Occasionally I like to sit and just enjoy a cider. If I get the opportunity to try this again, there will be better notes next time.

Reviewer Notes


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Cidery Information

Rev. Nat's Hard Cider
Portland, OR

Matthew Ostrander
Matthew favors dry hard ciders with body and leans towards traditional English styles, and he’s also developed a serious appreciation for hopped ciders and creative flavor infused ciders. Though he prefers sweets in solid forms, he does enjoy semi-sweet to sweet ciders responsibly when the mood strikes. Learn more about our Chief Cider Curator here.