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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Naturally fermented with authentic Sake yeast using a premium blend of fresh pressed apple juice, not from concentrate, with no added malt, spirit, or grape alcohol. A racy, high-speed cider that remains crisp and well balanced. Cloudy and straw colored with an exotic polished complexity. Cho-tokkyu is clean, vibrant with an authentic dry sake nish and a distinctive apple backbone. Cho-tokkyu Artisanal Reserve cloudy hard cider is unfitered and uses racked apple wine smoothed with pure organic, gluten free, rice syrup. No added colorants, sorbate or benzoate preservatives. Best served cool to cold. As with all our Artisanal Reserves, give a full bottoms-up tilt and swirl to disperse unfiltered apple-wine sediment evenly.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ReggieDunlap (3018) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Pours a hazy very pale yellow with minimal white head. Aroma has tart and slightly funky apple. Flavor follows suit...not so funky...a bit yeasty and has notable rice notes...somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is lught and the finish is the finish is apple/winey and dry.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Appearance: Light yellow with a slight haze. Pours spritzy and carbonated with a fizzy head that disappears quickly. After it settles there is very little apparent carbonation, even after a few vigorous swirls.
Nose: Apples and washed polished rice. Definitely smell the sake yeast which provides a nice essence of white rice – good sake meets good cider. Light floral esters. Sake balances the sweetness of the apples. Hint of residual acidity in the back and along the edges.
Palate: Subtle fermentation reminiscent of cask ale. Dry overall with an especially dry finish. Apples and sake dance together harmoniously. As it warms up the sake yeast takes over and dominates the apples. Sweet, dry, and a bit musky in the middle. Honeydew. A bit simplistic…maybe too simplistic.
Final Thoughts: Overall okay but definitely not my favorite Crispin cider. I enjoy cider and I enjoy sake, but at this point in my gourmand career, I think I’ll keep them separate. On the flipside though, I like that Crispin isn’t afraid to experiment with different takes on the classic cider style and so I look forward to further flavor explorations with Crispin.
(An original written work by Kristyn Lier, Beer Ambassador LLC. Plagiarism is not tolerated)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5184) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Bomber to pint (shared with the Mrs.). Looks solid; a hazy lemon with razor-thin white lacing. Smells and tastes decent; like a dry cider with a light sake yeast influence and a clean, dry finish. A decent cider.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erikh04 (115) - - MAY 19, 2013
Not a bad Cider. Did not have much of a Sake taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6002) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Sample from a 22oz bottle. Mildly hazy white color. No head or lace. Medium body. Lighter, crisp carbonation, more dry finish. Crisp apples. Just a very light hint of the sake-like rice, works pretty well with the apple. Light tart taste. Solid, easy drinking, refreshing cider, not too sweet. I like seeing these types of creative ciders.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
annunz123 (852) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Apple and cinnamon in the aroma, vaguely reminiscent of breakfast cereal. Appearance is Fresca without the carbonation. For me, taste is more cider than sake (and I disagree with most of the other reviewers here). Pleasant enough if you’re in the mood for a change of pace, but nothing extraordinary.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mnmike (1019) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle pour. Sake is a good attempt at uniqueness but I don’t think I’m the biggest fan of it. Still good enough though.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle. Murky milky yellow color, coca cola head. Aroma actually does remind me of sake, but that could just be my imagination. Taste s bitter lemon and apple flesh. Interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3533) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Cider that smells and tastes like China. Oh, yeah, and its cloudy pear juice colored with no head, a fishy plasticy aroma and flavor, and reminds you of good times in Chi-town with your girlfriend. yea!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ellolovey (443) - Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a murky light yellow with barely any head just a faint ring. Aroma of rice and pears. Hint of apples. Very dry on the palate. Sake flavor dominates with a slight hint of soured apples on the backbone. Loads of carbonation. Exactly what the bottle says it is minus the "distinctive apple backbone." The apple is barely in there. Sour and disappointing.


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