Belle & Co Alcohol Free Sparkling Rose Review. Cheap and cheerful?


Belle & Co alcohol free sparkling wine i bought and drank for this review
Belle & Co

If a wine has nearly 2000 reviews on Amazon and a 4.5/5 star rating, it really is worth trying. Especially as the price per bottle can be as low as £3! There really isn’t a lot of risk here is there?

I suppose the main thing that can be wasted is time, so will this be a waste of mine or a new hidden gem?

How is Belle & Co made?

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Most, if not all non alcoholic wines are made but making a wine then dealcoholising it via 1 of 3 methods…

  • Spinning cone column
  • Cold filtration, reverse osmosis
  • Vacuum distillation

Belle & Co are different however. They state that their drink is crafted from bacterial fermented grape juice. No alcohol is formed as a by-product in a yeast fermentation.

The go on to stay that as none of the highly volatile aromatic compounds are lost the the usual techniques, Belle & Co drinks have a better depth of flavour.

This is slightly laughable as they dilute their wine down with fizzy water.

The Ingredients

So hands up here. It wasn’t until i read the label that i realised how little actual wine was in Belle & Co. More of a nod to wine than an actual wine.

The ingredients include…

  • Carbonated water
  • Non alcoholic fermented grape juice concentrate (10%)
  • Green tea infusion (0.5%)

Rose has an added secret ingredient i’ll come to soon.

So you can see that this is basically fizzy water with wine flavouring and strangely green tea.

What is the difference between Belle & Co White and Rose?

The very surprising answer is… ‘organic black carrot’.

Apparently black carrots have a very unexpected sweetness as well as a subtle spicy aftertaste. These are both characteristics that work well in a Rose so that is the missing key ingredient.

Both wines start out the same until the magic carrot moment.

The Nutrition

Alcohol – 0.0%

Calories – 22kcal per 100ml

Carbohydrate – 5g per 100ml

Sugar – 4.9g per 100ml

This is standard enough for a non alcoholic wine and lowish sugar for a sparkling grape juice.

Is Belle & Co really alcohol free?

Yes the company confirm their Sparkling drinks are entirely alcohol free. That means they have an ABV of less than 0.05%.

The Look

It looks the part but it was very difficult to get into! There was no pull tab for the foil and the cage was difficult to remove. Not a great start.

The colour is light pink and tight bubbles fizz from it.

The Aroma

Hardly anything on the nose

Tricked into thinking strawberry from colour

The Taste

I really expected this to be uber sweet given the price point. Id not read the ingredients or nutrition prior to testing. It was pleasantly surprising that it wasn’t overly sweet and all the better for it.

That said, there was not a lot of anything for my money. I really tastes of mostly fizzy water with peachy and strawberry or red fruit tones. When i read the label and found there was only 10% concentrated fermented grape juice i knew why.

As for the green tea, i would never in a million years have said i tasted green tea in this bottle, nor the magic carrots.

The Verdict

It’s ok, might means it could be much worse! For the hugely cheap price point its actually not bad, it just isn’t wine. It’s refreshing, its cheap and my family thought it was quite nice.

The Score

6/10 – It would have been a lot lower for being an actual wine but its cheap, easy to get and not horrible.

Where to buy

You can check out the live prices on Amazon right now if you follow this link

For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off

*Affiliate Disclosure – if you click on the links and buy from these providers, i might receive a small commission*

Can i drink Belle & co on medication?

Belle & co is safe to drink in pregnancy. I have researched the topic extensively and consulted with doctors. My article on non alcoholic drinks in pregnancy can be seen here.

In general, alcohol free drinks are safe in pregnancy. They have had their alcohol removed to a level below 0.05% alcohol by volume (ABV) meaning it is not physiologically active. Belle & co never starts off with any alcohol to remove.

If you compare that to a glass of fresh orange juice has an ABV of 0.5%.

Is it safe to drink Belle & co when pregnant?

Belle & co is safe to drink in pregnancy. I have researched the topic extensively and consulted with doctors. My article on non alcoholic drinks in pregnancy can be seen here.

In general, alcohol free drinks are safe in pregnancy. They have had their alcohol removed to a level below 0.05% alcohol by volume (ABV) meaning it is not physiologically active. Belle & co never starts off with any alcohol to remove.

If you compare that to a ripe banana which may have 0.2-0.4% alcohol by volume

Is it safe to drink Belle & co when breastfeeding?

Belle & co is safe when breastfeeding. I have written a full article about non alcoholic drinks and breastfeeding here.

In general, alcohol free drinks are safe in breastfeeding. They have had their alcohol removed to a level below 0.05% alcohol by volume (ABV) meaning it is not physiologically active. Belle & co never starts off with any alcohol to remove.

If you compare that to a glass of fresh orange juice has an ABV of 0.5%

Does Belle & co get you drunk?

No, you can not get drunk drinking Belle & co .

I crunched all the numbers and have written an article about how you can’t get drunk on 0.0% wine here

In general you are unable to get drunk from non alcoholic (<0.5% ABV) wine and it is impossible to get drunk from alcohol free (0.0%) wine. The volume of non alcoholic wine required to raise your blood alcohol concentration to the legal intoxication level is not possible to consume or digest.

Can you drink Belle & co and drive?

You can drink any amount of Belle & co and be safe to drive.

You can reasonably drink up to 900 glasses of alcohol free Freixenet 0.0% (<0.05% ABV) without increasing your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.08%.

Some factors such as size, age and sex and can have an affect on this.

I have crunched all the numbers for you to see my working out in this article

Is Belle & Co vegan?

Yes, Belle & Co Rose and White are both vegan friendly

This is confirmed by the company here.

Is Belle & Co gluten free?

Yes, Belle & Co Rose and White are both gluten free

This is confirmed by the company here.

Review Overview
Score
SUMMARY

6/10 - It would have been a lot lower for being an actual wine but its cheap, easy to get and not horrible.

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