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Bretagne Local Customs: 19 reviews and 24 photos

Brittany is too cold and too wet to grow grapes but perfect to grow apple trees. Consequently, the traditional drink of Brittany is neither wine nor beer but cider. You will typically find three types of cider:

Cidre Doux, sweet cider, is deep yellow, clear and fizzy, has 2% alcohol and is ideal for kids who want to have cider like the adults.
Cidre Brut, dry cider, is similar in aspect to sweet cider but, obviously, is dry and has 4 to 5% alcohol.
Cidre Fermier, farmhouse cider, is a yellow brownish, cloudy liquid, less fizzy than the other two and has 5% alcohol. This is the real traditional cider.

Good cider will always be "Cidre Bouché", i.e., contained in a glass bottle with a real cork, similar to a Champagne cork. There are some cheap brands with screw on caps but they are really not worth the saving.

Cider is traditionally drunk out of a sandstone bowl. Hence traditional restaurants will have "Bol de Cidre" or "Bollée de Cidre" on their drinks list rather than "Verre de Cidre".

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  • Written Apr 4, 2003
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