Maker: Virtue Farms, Fennville, Michigan, USA
Style: Cidre Brut (in the style of dry Norman cider)
Purchased: $8/750 ml
Appearance: Pale gold. Very little effervescence.
Nose: Yeasty funk with a light sweet apple juice aroma.
Palate: Mineral water with hints of apple, yeast and lemon juice.
Finish: Clean and quick. Flint, dry citrus.
Parting words: The last cider I reviewed was a real Norman cider, so I thought it might be fun to try this hommage. It’s firmly in the style with all the yeasty dryness of its French cousin. Maybe I’m just getting used to the style but I enjoyed this one a little more. Not that I really love it but it’s more enjoyable. No criticism of Virtue here, they nailed the style, but Lapinette is only mildly recommended.