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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Introducing Lapinette, a Norman-style cidre brut, aged in French oak barrels. Reminiscent of the old days in France, before the great wars, when wine makers of the south shared their used barrels with their northern cousins, the resulting ciders were a little bit rough, unfiltered with a balance of flavors from the fruit, the farm and the barrel. Virtue has recreated this traditional cider by sourcing tart fruit, patiently aging for months in wine barrels, and serving as is, without fine filtration. Lapinette is a window into our past, a very tasty time indeed.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6446) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2014
Tap at Pony Bar. Nice apple and barnyard nose. Pale golden color. Funky, minerally flavor, a bit dull.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markducommun (208) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Clear straw, gold. No head. Musty, earthy, light fruit. Dry upfront, some touch of bitterness, and some sourness. Relatively clean, a little bit of chewy. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2014
This one’s pale, bright yellow... what an oxymoron. Look for faint white bubbles on the rim of the glass. Bonus points if you can find them. It’s thin like water. The aroma is salt and has a pleasurable complexity. I want to rate the appearance lower for lack of head but it’s cider and the visuality of the texture is complex, therefore unique, therefore intrigueing. The flavor is dry apple pulp but all over a wet palate. Go figure. The apple stock seems of high quality and the dryness will.l make you white wine wimps wail. Enjoy, because why not?

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11047) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Tap at Capitol Beer and Taproom in Sacramento, CA. Pours pale yellow. Aroma is cider with an oak note? med minus body. Flavor is dry/tart and a little oaky. Finishes dry, tart, apple, astringent, oak. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2014
On tap at Standard Market. Bold apple with mild hay. Light barnyard character. Crisp and dry.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2014
On tap at Mash Tun Festival 2013. Pour is translucent peach with no head. Aroma is of oak, candied apples, caramel, and resin. Flavor is white wine, apples, earth, wood, and yeast.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drdisque (525) - Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2013
On tap at Lincoln Hall, Chicago. Dry and a bit tart, but not too heavy handed on the flavor. Good, but still very mild cider. Still way better than the overly sweet ciders that are so common.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2013 Draft at Jerry’s. Pale gold with light, fine-bubbled, white head / Elegant, clean nose of oak, cream, resinous, and subtle candied orchard fruit / Medium body, fat from low carbonation, modestly sweet, with good balance and some dryness on the finish / Flavors of candied pear & green apple, dry cheese, straw, and oak / Terrific flavor profile and balance, but think just needs a little more zip to the carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Sampled at the 2013 Chicago Cider Summit. Pours a clear peach like color with no head whatsoever. Aroma has a farmhouse note with a bit of a wine note and extremely dry wine. Flavor has extremely dry apple but is over all a bit thin.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MichaelMcC39 (1) - Lyons, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2013 does not count
This seems to be a "hit or miss" cidre. People I have talked to either love it or hate it. I love it. It is very reminiscent of the old world style of cidre. Straight aged apples in wine casks, no other ingredients. Dry, with champagne notes to it. I like the unfiltered aspect as well. Much more straight-forward than many of today’s bottled cidre. You can only find this on tap.


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