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Cuvee De Castleton - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Cuvee De CastletonCuvee De Castleton

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

441 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 989
Gots: 87 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 05-12-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a most unique ale. It pours golden with some sparkling head and body. The aroma is complex, wine, champagne, malt, brett. A full, aggressive on the palate mouthfeel - you get the brett and carbonation. Muscat is right there - a quarter of it? Best to share with friends, or if you have to, lots of different food, to mull it over. Not too sour, but sour.

Sammy, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

t0rin0, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration.

Batch 5.

Pours a murky light yellow with no head and no lacing. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some sour grape and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with some woody flavors and a super sour and acidic quality on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent sour with some very well done aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, May 19, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

zestar, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.75/5  rDev +8%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to both bmanning and Azurelimits for opening these.

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is light gold with a white head and a bit of lacing. Nose brings grapes, oak, slight spice, and a nice sourness. Taste is sour but not overdone. Balances well with the fruit and oak presence. Good sour feel with a nice body. Perhaps my favorite sour from them.

Thorpe429, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of acurtis
4.75/5  rDev +8%

acurtis, Dec 04, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy grapefruit juice color with a foamy Champagne head that noisily disappears and leaves no trace

Smell: Tart citrus aroma and horse blanket dominates, but underneath there is a beguiling sweet grape element from the Muscat

Taste: Although the sweet grape flavors make an initial impact, the tartness builds to a mouth-puckering level by mid-palate; after the swallow, the barnyard funk adds yet a third dimension; this beer has it all, from the sweet honey tones to the puckering citrus to the stone fruit to the yeasty spice

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; makes you pucker, however

Drinkability: Just an extraordinary accomplishment; I cannot think of another beer that goes in so many dimensions

brentk56, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2. Golden Delicious apple gold with an intensely fizzy, soda-like cap of bright white foam that fades to nothingness inside of one minute, leaving the glass untouched. The beer itself is fine, but no head and no lace is bizarre looking.

The surprisingly powerful aroma is a pleasing combination of golden grains, white grapes and well-behaved barnyard funkiness. If the mouthfeel is any good at all, this should be wonderful ale.

Who cares how it looks when beer is as good as Cuvee de Castleton? Just more evidence that taste and mouthfeel are all that really matter to this BA. Too bad the final score will not be reflective of the experience as a whole, but it can't be helped.

This American wild ale isn't that wild and, as such, is extremely approachable for anyone with even a slight interest in the style. Along with keeping sweet-tart-bitter in perfect balance, the various flavors complement one another beautifully.

CdC tastes like a BSPA brewed with white grapes and Brettanomyces... probably because that's what it is. Captain Lawrence doesn't say what sort of French wine oak barrels were used for aging, but the tangy-sweet Muscat grapes are front-and-center enough that Chardonnay is a good guess.

This seasonal release has big beer power without having even a hint of alcohol on the palate. Must be the sourness, the acidity, and the huge blast of flavor every time the glass is upended. With a better mouthfeel, look out.

Speaking of which... the mouthfeel is too light and the carbonation is too soda-like. The bubbles are active early and fade quickly, although not as quickly as the head. It's a tribute to the brilliance of the flavor profile that I don't really mind that much.

Cuvee de Castleton is a better job of bottle-conditioning away from being one of the best American wild ales that I've had so far. Kudos to the brewery and thanks to marcpal for the bottle. Highly recommended... with reservations.

BuckeyeNation, May 18, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty yellow color ale with a very small bubbly head with no retention or lacing. Aroma is quite complex with loads of musky white wine notes with some funky barnyard notes and a light oak and tart finish. Taste is very much complex with again some musky white wines notes with definitive Brett notes though not as much as expected and some tart finish with hints of oaks. I was expecting more sour character but still very much enjoy the final product. Body is full with limited filtration and not much carbonation with alcohol being very well hidden. Great experience and while not being an everyday kind of beer it is surely something I would wish to have more often.

Phyl21ca, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with aussy13 and SubpoenaDeuces at an impromptu tasting.

I've had this numerous times and thought I'd reviewed it. Apparently not. This bottle was Batch 4

Pours a light yellow gold with a thin white head that was not long lasting.

Nose of light funk and still hints of grapes and some sweet fruit - hints of green apples and just a slight funk.

Mouthfeel is light and delicate but pleasing and inviting. Light body with a delicate balance.

Flavor profile is of a light and "elegant" grape/chardonnay character. Pleasant. Very drinkable but not quite as assertive, sour, funky or flavorful as you'd hope, given the quality of what you get in the glass. It's very good, one just wants "more" of everything.

Finish is dry with some "grapy" characteristics. All in all, quite pleasant.

GRG1313, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding sour. I had the privilege of doing a mini sour tasting last night and this was the night cap on the evening. Served from the cellar, Batch #2. This one was consumed via a snifter on 05/21/2009.
 
The pour was interesting. Nice big and very fizzy head of white capped what was a white grape juice colored liquid. Lots of carbonation coming up the surface initially, but then it all simply vanished as quickly as it came. No really side glass lacing to speak of, just the clear liquid gold throughout the rest of the night. Huge aroma here, lots of sour grapes, really very tart with hints of light woody notes and a touch of what I can honestly say was like a chardonnay aroma that just oozed off of this one. As I take my first sip, I get exactly what I came for, a huge, lip puckering sour experience. Ripping through the taste buds, this was definitely a good way to end the nice. Loaded with grape notes, tiny touches of a vinegar like flavor, and a huge biting dry finish that really just capped the show for me. Smooth, easy, with no hint of the high ABV in here at all. This was really a wonderful sipper.
 
Overall this was about what I expected. So far away from some of the sweeter ones I have tried lately, this was far and away one of the sharpest, tartest sour flavors I have had in a while. Very clean and very well done. I would have no issue with getting another one to sit on for a while.

mikesgroove, May 22, 2009
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Richard for sharing this bottle from Batch 4. One of my favorite sours that I have never seemed to getting around to reviewing.

A: The pour is a cloudy straw color with a large white head that dies down to a thin white layer relatively quickly.

S: A wonderful bright acidity to the nose with notes of lemon, green apple, and the muscat grapes used in this beer. Quite a vinous quality to the beer which I really enjoy.

T: A moderate funky quality to the beer that is of the wet oak and must. The sourness is primarily lactic without any real acetic notes. The lemon and green apple character accentuates the white muscat grapes wonderfully, which provide a touch of sweetness.

M: The body is on the light end of medium with a lively carbonation and a pleasantly dry finish.

D: One of my all time favorite sour beers and one that I wish I could drink all the time. Just a great beer that I look forward to at every release.

womencantsail, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice clear golden color with a fizzy white head on top. The retention comes and goes rather quickly. The lacing is minimal here. The smell of the beer is definitely funky, lots of tart grape aroma on the nose. The taste of the beer gives off a tart white wine-like flavor, there is quite a bit of sourness on this one also. The mouthfeel is light bodied and heavily carbonated with a dry tart finish. Overall I found the pucker factor on this one to be quite high, it really was a solid brew. Glad I got to try this one.

Knapp85, May 28, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale yellow body with an initially large white head, though it soon dissipates. Though, even a modest swirl of the glass easily revives it.

Smell: Pleasantly scented nose of sweetish malts, lightly tart, well-oaked white wine, lavender, funky Brett notes, and with a distinct whiff of Matt's 1978 Gas Line Lemonade.

Taste: Sweet pale maltiness alongside a sharp taste of lemon sherbet with a pop of bright acidity. Thin ripples of lavender. Muscat grapes marinated in white wine and honeydew melon juice laced with subtly funky flourishes of Brett. Zip of spicy oak character. Finishes dry, acidic, and with a final bump of tart fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Rather well carbonated.

Drinkability: Recommended. Cuvee de Castleton is good enough to run laps around most other beers.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 24, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2 bottle received from Dyan, thanks for the chance to try this rarity.

Appearance: Pale amber with a slight haze to it. Plenty of carbonation, but very little head.

Smell: Pure unbridled funk is most immediate, but beneath that there's a strong undercurrent of tart grapes, almost white wine-like, and a hint of spice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tart and dry with some oaky tannins. The inclusion of grapes gives this beer a definite wine-like quality, bringing to mind a funked up dry white at times, as odd as that sounds. There's an underlying spiciness, but it's subtle enough that I can't tell which spices were used. While this is definitely on the dry side, there's a hint of honey-like sweetness present that does a lot to balance the tannic finish.

largadeer, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to orbitalr0x for breaking this out!
Review from notes, batch #2.

Murky pastel yellow, with copious foam at first that settled and stuck around for awhile. Floral nose, fragrant lavender or chamomile, various spices, lime zest, and orange juice. Dry tart feel, zippy with a little grape sweetness. Earthy coriander. Reminds me of a sour blend of orange juice and sprite I used to make as a kid. The dry spritz just evaporates on the tongue, very clean and tasty. This brew really seems to showcase the herbs/spice with a nice orange/lemon-lime compliment. I'd seek it out again, good stuff. Thanks again Don for sharing!

emerge077, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very cool blonde sour from captain lawrence. this brew pours a very pale almost clear shade of yellow with the faintest purple tint from the grapes, nearly imperceptible, not quite as much head as i would like. fruity aromatic with some strong acidic notes. oaky and sour for sure, but very interesting from a yeast standpoint, lots of brett has dried this right out. some very light malt and straw cereal properties, and the grapes are only subtle, contributing more of a tannic vibe than real fruit flavor. insanely light body and well enough carbonated, this is rather easy drinking as sours go, a very delicately put together and well balanced brew. would be curious to try some with a little age on it.

StonedTrippin, Jan 12, 2014
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Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.