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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

436 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 987
Gots: 86 | 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 hopdog
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle acquired in trade with puzzl (thanks!). Batch 1.

Gusher alert. This one erupted all over my bar.

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a small sized head (after gushing, I expected this to pour all head). Aromas of wood, grapes, coconut sunscreen, pineapples, lemon pledge, earthy, and funky. Tastes of grapes, wood, pineapples, citrus, and funky. Nice medium pucker/tartness.

Notes from 8/15/07

hopdog, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -9.1%

BMart, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5, courtesy of rlmartin

A: Poured into my Drie Fonteinen glass with no head, but active bubbles. Looks like sparkling apple juice.

S: Mouthwatering lemon & apple aromas, with wine character like a minerally chablis or sauvignon blanc. Little whiffs of funky barnyard.

T: Quite tart on the tip of the tongue, and an explosion of fruits from kiwi to pineapple to melon with a singing acidity tying it all together.

M: Light and effervescent with moderate linger.

O: First, I absolutely wouldn't guess this was 9%. Tastewise, I'd put this on part with some of the best gueuzes I've had. Definitely at the pinnacle of American Wilds. I do wish the aroma had a little more going on, but it may be that this glass isn't showing it as well as possible.

kscaldef, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of ffejherb
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into goblet on 10/2/09. Thanks to FooFaa and Deuane for each bringing a bottle of this to the SourFest.

A - Poured a cloudy golden body, akin to an unfiltered fruit juice, with a thin off-white head that disappeared almost immediately.

S - Initial aroma reveals an astringent band-aid character with spiced fleshy fruit (apple, pear) notes and a citrusy quality suggesting lemons and limes. There's also plenty of sour grape notes paired with oaky tannins, much like the nose of a barrel-aged white wine.

T - Cuvee de Castleton boasts a very vinous quality with an abundance of sour grape character and a hint of citrus fruit amidst a boat-load of oaky dryness and astringency. The wine-like attributes really open up in the backend, with the grapes and oak becoming quite apparent in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a watery yet bubbly, sparkling texture, resulting in a bristly mouthfeel overall. Finishes with quite a bit of sourness and astringency on the palate.

D - With such obvious oaky and vinous qualities, Cuvee de Castleton really drinks like a sour wine. This one is big on grape character with plenty of dryness from the oak and some pleasant tartness from the Brett. Complex and quite tasty to say the least. I've been wanting to try this for a while, and it did not disappoint.

ffejherb, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy golden yellow much like homemade hard cider. Thin off-white head vanished without a trace.

S-A bit of musty band-aid quickly drowned with a sharp zing of lemon, apple, pear, peach and a zing of tart grape. Oak notes in the background.

T-Sharp sour grapes,lemon and cider. Oak astringency and dryness come in at the dry finish.

M-Medium-light bodied, zippy and effervescent. Nice lingering oak dryness and sour grape tartness. Much like a sparkling cider.

D-Tasty for sure. I really like dry, hard ciders....and this is about as close to that I have had in a beer. Very well done.

Deuane, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

petermethot, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into tulip.
Batch 3.

A - Pours a mirky yellow/orange color...reminds me of a mimosa. Very fizzy champagne-esk head. It quickly vanishes and leaves no lacing whatsoever. The beer looks flat (but isn't at all).

S - Tart lip-puckering sour notes. Sour apples, grapes, oak woodiness. Some sweetness in there as well, but nothing I can pick off the top of my head. Maybe some oranges or sweet cirtus of some kind, not exactly sure here.

T - Sour apples, grapes, oak. The sour and oak notes meld together well. A nice tart finish but not extreme like other examples of this style. I'm really digging this one.

M - Light in body. Nice fizzy carbonation on the palate with a dry/clean finish. Like I've said above, reminds me a lot of a fine champagne (in a good way).

D - Super easy to drink. Light and refreshing. Glad I have more!

Sean9689, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of tom10101
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed on 7/6, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up at the brewery a while back. enjoyed from my captain lawrence tulip.
Batch 5

a - brew poured a mostly opaque orange with lively carbonation. at first there was a big fizzy head, but it fizzled away in moments, yet i could still see a geyser of champagne like bubbling at the center of the surface of the beer.

s - smell is dynamite. sour tarts, white wine, green grapes. some brett sweetness.

t - taste is spot on. super sour green grapes. lemons and fruit drenched in white wine. good sourness without being off putting. the oak is a bit present in the finish. the brett shows in some sweetness, the funk can be found as the sourness rolls off your tongue.

m - tart, prickly carbonation. some spiciness in the finish.

o - overall, super refreshing. really well made sour. captain lawrence is no joke when it comes to sour beers and castleton is a fine example.

bottle

cosmicevan, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (Batch 5)

Thanks for opening this with me, Jordan!

(Aged for 6 months)

Cloudy bright yellow and a small white head that leaves the glass spotted with lace.

Incredibly powerful aroma of white grapes, lemon, oak barrel, and big levels of tart and sour. Awesome, impressive, and exactly what I was hoping for.

The flavor too is wonderful and very similar to the aroma. There's lots of lemon, a mild funk, a good amount of oak, big sour notes, along with some white grapes.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A joy. Simply incredible.

ehammond1, May 16, 2012
Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

AlexFields, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of cbutova
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks out to Emma for sharing this a little while back. Forgot to enter my notes from the notebook.

Batch 4, shared with good friends.

A- Small snifter pour from the 500ml bottle. Hazy golden bodied with just a small ring of white foam that leaves some nice legs. No true lace as it looks like wine after some time.

S- Super pungent funky lactic bouquet. Lemons and white sour grapes are massive, some cheesy Brett funk and barnyard is strong.

T- Mellows out a bit in a way with some balanced yeasty apple and pear flavors, lactic acid flavor is dominant with lemons and green apple, intense tart fruits. Funky vinous oak seems to round it out but candy sour goodness and some coriander spice.

MF- Dry as all hell with a lighter end Gueuze consistency and body. Silky foamy carbonation at a high end level accentuates the sour tartness that lingers on the palate.

Wow, one of the sourest beers I can think of with some good good funk and nice barnyard. Apple skin, sour grape fruity feel goes a long way with the bugs present.

cbutova, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Exiled, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into snifter. Batch 4. Shared with armock.

A: Pours a light yellow golden with a thin, short lived bright white head that faded into a thin collar that left no lacing.
S: Light notes of funk and sweet fruit including pears, green apples and a bit of brett.
T: Big woody oak notes, pie dough, brett, light fruits, vinous grapes, and chardonnay. The finish is dry and gritty with tannins.
M: Medium body, tingly carbonation with a decent amount of sourness to the mouthfeel and a comfortable amount of tannins.
O: Tart and refreshing with a complex flavor. Definitely not a palate killer.

scottfrie, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1/1/10 REVIEW BATCH 2 AND BATCH 3

We (beerloco, mrs. beerloco, myself, and pythonhgr) tried a Batch 3 and Batch 2 bottle side by side today. As predicted, the batch 2 is much drier with more pronounced wild yeast notes. The fruity citric quality is disappearing on the batch 2 though.

7/19/09 REVIEW BATCH 3
Batch 3 bottle (375ml) picked up at the release today which was a blast!

Appearance: Cloudy light golden hue with a 1 finger white crown that dissipates rapidly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: A whirlwind of brett, muscat grapes, oak, and green apples.

Taste: Good amount of tartness and sourness. I can't wait to see what that component is like with some age on the bottle. Brett dominates while green apples and muscat grapes round out this wild golden ale.

Mouthfeel: Med-thin bodied with active carbonation.

Drinkability: I want to drink this all nigh long but if you are prone to heart burn I'd say avoid that idea.

Home Run Captain Lawrence...

koopa, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into two white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Very extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the hook-up!!!

Batch no. 3

A: Pours a near perfect, hazy apricot nectar color with a short lived, spritzy, bright white head. The only way to improve on this would be a little lace in the glass.

S: Aromas of soft orchard fruit, grape, vinegar, toasty malt, and Heather said fermented apples. Incredible.

T: Sour grapes, tart apples, unripened peaches, gently toasty malt, funky yeast, and sour lemon. Heather said she picked up a tiny hint of vanilla and/or honey.

M: Sour, tart, and puckery with a large whack of malt that adds a ton of balance.

D: What an amazing beer! Such incredible balance out of a "sour beer". Thanks again, Joe!

GbVDave, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of LoveStout
4/5  rDev -9.1%

LoveStout, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow color without much of a head. Nose is grapes with a lot of lemon and sours and a lot of Brett funk. Taste starts off with sour lemon flavors that fade to a funky Brett musk. Some soft muscot grapes in next but are pushed aside by more lemon sourness. Mouth is pretty good. Overall this is a decent American wild. I don't know if it is worth the ammo, but pretty delicious.

birchstick, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

DarthKostrizer, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Floydster
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with radiorandy, thanks for giving me the chance to try this hard to find beer

Split with my girlfriend tonight at her family's annual Christmas party, evrybody seemed to like this one that tried it along with myself

Poured into an oddly shaped wine glass with a murky orangish yellow color and practically no head, very little retention, but some lacing towards the beginning, tiny bubbles that resemble a good champagne

Smell was fantastic and full of lemons, brett, sour fruits, tartness, cherries, lots of sugar, and some other citrus aromas

I would definitely call this one a sour, taste was very tarty and strong, tasted like a hard cider with a kick when it was cold, but when it warmed a little, the tart really took over and changed my mind about its flavor, lots of citrus and a nice spiciness on the back of the tongue, very very acidic, white grapes dominated the taste more than anything once the beer reached its proper temperature in the glass, hints of wine throughout from the barrels it was aged in, great sour and fruity taste overall

Tons of carbonation to go with a nice body, taste did not last as long as I had hoped for, good overall mouthfeel though

Saw that this was only six percent ABV on another site because it did not say here or on the bottle, making it even more drinkable than it already was, very light on the stomach, could have drank a few of these big bottles by myself no problem, scary how easy this goes down

My first Captain Lawrence beer and it was great, pretty sure this stuff is pretty hard to get, I know I had to trade away a lot of good things for it, worth every word of hype I have heard, highly recommended if you can track a bottle of this bad boy down

Floydster, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +8%

oldp0rt, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Five years ago, if you told someone that you were drinking a Belgian-style Golden Ale fermented with grapes and aged in oak barrels with a secondary fermentation with Brettanomyces they would think you were from Mars. Today it is the cutting edge and all the rage. That is where Captain Lawrence is too, batch #2.

Champagne-like frothing, and more or less dissipates the same way. The clarity has dropped bright to show off the pale yellow color. The aroma ranges from barnyard to overripe fruit, mild wood tannin to a sour twang. A big aroma to say the least. Pungent sip to sip, but the taste buds do dull a bit as they become accustomed to the sour twang and chaotic medicinal/barnyard flavor from the Brett. Maltiness dials in strong enough to plant a solid tone of barley flavor. Hops? They are more or less staying out of this chaos, though they do pop out with the mild breath of alcohol real quick. The sourness drops out and leaves the mild oak and residual dry malt flavor to keep it going. Bone-dry finish.

Sure, Brett is a "love it or hate it" trait, though if you do love it this beer is without a doubt for you, and worth seeking out ... good luck, as only a small amount of cases are released each year.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of IrishColonial
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

IrishColonial, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Overlord
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to hophead84, whose generosity belies his stature (I keed, I keed).

Pours a rather sinister looking hazy orange-ish gold. If you swirl it in the light, what looks like very definite lighter colored yellow streaks meander about. Interesting. Some bubbles on the pour, but zero head. Zero.

Smells strangely sweet. I can count on one hand the number of sweet wild/sour/reallambic/gueuzes I've had. Smells like lemons and juicy green grapes. Maybe a twinge of horse blanket-y funk.

Taste is also strangely sweet. Seriously tastes like sweetened lemon juice mixed with grape juice mixed with a bit of sour and funky vinous notes gone rotten. In a good way. This is seriously like fruit juice. Alcoholic, sourish fruit juice. No bubbles. I do want some bubbles. There's a bit of oak-y vinousness to it, but this is the ultra-rare sour where the funk, oak, and vinous/vinegar/acidic bite take a backseat to abundant fruit flavors, rather than vice versa.

Thanks again!

Overlord, Nov 02, 2009
Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.