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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11054) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6449) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2014
Tap at Pony Bar. Nice apple and barnyard nose. Pale golden color. Funky, minerally flavor, a bit dull.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Draft on tap at Little Goat (Chicago, IL). Finally a chance to get at this with the missus. Cheers! Pours a nice hazy straw hue, champagne colors and haze, gentle carbonation with a frothy white head atop that dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are champagne, gentle white wine, white grape and oak, touches of gentle yeast, dryness. A plethora of white wine and champagne feels keep me into it. Richer dry and yeasty feel, white grape, gentle apple. Initial is bright and vibrant light bodied and well carbonated, the champagne element shines on the palate. Dry, richer white grape, gentle apple, and mellow sweetness meets dry, richer carbonation, yeast, and Champagne feel. Middle is more mellow, gentle apple, white grape, oak, a touch of pear. Mellow, dry, touches of fruit jab a bit. Backend is dry and light, champagne yeast and gentle dryness, a touch of grapeskin and apple sweetness. This cider is very well put together, dry and yeasty, gentle jabs of white wine, grape, and apple. Mellow, dry, and light. Just an impressive beverage. Well done!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2012 Draft at Haymarket. Pours like hazy water. Aroma cheese, wood, green apple. Flavors are tart green apple, dry oak, minerally, white grape, dirt, long tart finish, very clean and crisp. Body is very light. Refreshing. 3.8 Sampled a few more times and next to Red Streak. I found this to be a lot more refined and the oak aging is brillant. very good stuff and easily above Red Streak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2014
This oneís pale, bright yellow... what an oxymoron. Look for faint white bubbles on the rim of the glass. Bonus points if you can find them. Itís thin like water. The aroma is salt and has a pleasurable complexity. I want to rate the appearance lower for lack of head but itís 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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Draft at FoBAB. Awesome first go with this one. Pours a pale water white with fizz on top. Nose is really nice. Fresh apple with some light vanilla and oak spice. I was afraid that the bareln would overshadow this but it works great here. Moderately sweet and apple forward with a nice tannin structure, both from the oak and the apples themselves. Fresh and floral. Superb stuff, canít wait to hit it again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
On tap at bad apple. Also had a small sample at fobab... Pours a hay pale, semi-transparent wheat-like hue, effervescent and topped with a very minimal head... Aroma of pale semi-sour apple with yeasty notes throughout. Light apple skin, semi-tart nature. Ok... Semi-sour, lightly tart with an earthy dry finish. Slightly watery thin body that just doesnít do it for me overall. Lightly carbonated body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
On tap at Hopleaf. Pours a hazed, golden-white colored body with a thin, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is really nice. Fresh, tart apples with dry oak, white grapes, and just a touch of sweetness. Flavor is similar. Clean, tart green apples with a nice oak presence, a very slight sweetness, and some white grapes. Finishes very dry, pleasantly tart, and crisp before leaving a medium length aftertaste. Light and clean body with a crisp, refreshing carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid cider. Tart and dry with a nice oak presence. I liked this a bit more than the Red Streak.

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