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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Draft. Pours a light hazy pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma is clean and light sour apple, very woody and earthy. Flavor has extremely dry, a bit white wine like without the sweetness, very woody and earthy again, light in character and in mouthfeel. Interesting cider, you can really taste the dryness from the wood.


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 (1329) - 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 (504) - 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 (1906) - 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 (6489) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2013
What a disappointment after loving the RedStreak. Half pint on tap at the Hop Leaf. Looks bland in color, murky puddle water. Almost lifeless, not sure if this was at all carbonated, Norman Style my ass. I think they used some weird yeast on this, tons of off flavors, strong fecal on the nose for me. Flat dead palate did not help. Some mildly tart fruit underneath the mess.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3350) - 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 doesn’t do it for me overall. Lightly carbonated body.


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