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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Virtue Cider is doing cool things in the world of cider. For their latest, they “borrowed” an idea from Beaujolais producers – Beaujolais Nouveaeu, specifically. They picked the freshest fruit to make the freshest, youngest cider possible.

Our first release of the 2013 harvest. French, dry, sparkling, and a perfect new tradition at your Thanksgiving table. To be released each year on the second Thursday of November.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
750ml bottle. 2013 vintage. Interesting having what is supposed to be a "fresh young cider" a year old almost exactly, and I hope to try it fresh as well but this isquite mellow, not sweet at all, all dryb ut not tart, just a pleasant drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6953) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a bubbly white head that dissipates immediately and completely. Aroma has a good amount of funk with some earthy apples and a hint of tartness. Flavor is similar but starts a bit thin and grows to have dry apple, a good amount of must and a touch of funkiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
olr1984 (1137) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2014
750ml bottle pours a clear dark gold with a small white carbonated head. Tart apple aroma and taste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zach8270 (3579) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2014
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Orange pour with a light head. Grossly sour aroma with an equally gross and dry flavor. No thanks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2014
tap. Pale golden with minimal head. Barnyard aroma. Funky and tart cider. Very dry and acidic, not enough apple for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
750ml bottle from Binnys Naperville (Naperville, IL). Finally got around to grabbing this one to keep the series going. Opened with Mrs. Alum. Pours a well hazed almost murky yellow champagne hue. Lively bubbles, quickly dissipating brighter white head dies to nothing. Bubbles stay through the body, dulled translucent body shows that champagne slant. Aromas are a bit yeasty and dry, gentle spiciness meets apple juice and skin, a gentle kiss of white grape, champagne like with some yeasty funk, faint vanilla. A bit of sulfur and stink at times. Initial is lighter bodied, dry and a bit yeasty, with gentle red apple, touches of yeast, dryness and gentle mellow spice. A bit bland and mellow semi-sweet qualities, the residual sugars are well fermented out, touches of vanilla, gentle clove and spiciness. Mellow sweet and tart apple qualities mix in and out, subtle, lighter body. It’s pretty approachable, perhaps a bit bland as a focus or strength doesn’t develop for me. The apple sugaars are fermented out, but the yeast also doesn’t assert and dry it out as much as you’d expect. Subtle vanilla, clove, and spice give it a touch of complexity, with gentle tartness, apple skin and mellow white grape. Solid stuff. Not my favorite cider from Virtue thus far but it certainly is pretty solid. Quite approachable. Kinda would like a bit more yeast/dryness to come in on that backend but it’s certainly enjoyable and grows on me as the dryness and yeast creeps in a bit more further in.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
2013 Vintage bottle filled to the brim. Expensive for a young cider at $21 for a 750ml. Pours with a lightly hazy, pale golden hue with a fizzy white head that dies quickly. Aromas are slightly sulfuric with moderate funk notes, brett, barnyard a low chlorophenolics. Lemony acidity, manure and fresh cut grass. Despite some of those descriptors the overall impression is of a nice cider. Flavors are dry, bright, medium low acid with very low tannin for what I was expecting. Lots of strong apple character. Full carbonation, mild sulfur notes. Dry finish. Pretty good, but not too complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Pours golden yellow, clear, nice bubbles. Aroma is apple and yeast, subdued. Taste is slightly tart, subtle apple, yeast, very dry finish. Essentially apple champagne, fun to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11061) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear amber color with a minimal fizzy head that lasted with good legs. Medium sparkling sweet apple aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation and good legs. Medium to heavy sweet crisp apple flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable complex cider.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6934) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2013
750ml bottle, shared by tmoney99. Totally clear, golden, slightly orange color. Little off-white bubbly head. Medium body. Great, smooth, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Smooth. and easy to drink. Refreshing. Great, light, sweet, moderate tart taste, very tasty.; Good fresh apple, very light funk, light mustiness. Some pear. This is a great cider. Light, easy drinking. Delicate, yet incredibly complex and tasty.

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