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Cuvee De Castleton - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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223 Reviews
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Reviews: 223
Hads: 512
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 1,015
Gots: 94 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Billolick on 05-12-2007

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Reviews: 223 | Hads: 512
Photo of aerozeppl
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Not quite a gusher but it was happy to get out of the bottle in to my Hennepin glass. Minimal white head. Slightly hazy golden color.

S: Funk right up front. Little bit musty with hints of grapes and some other fruit that is hard to pin down. You can smell a little of the tartness as well.

T: Starts of tart on the front of your tongue. Then you get that wonderful blast of funky fruit. Then it goes into a taste that I can only describe as a good white wine. Finishes with a more subtle version of funk. No real taste of the barrel on this one. As it warmed got more hints of white grapes.

M: Medium body. Well carbonated. Finishes a little on the dry side but it worked with the wine like taste. I love the tartness on my lips after taking a sip.

D: Insanely drinkable. Would love to know the ABV on this but I don't care. If this were 20% I would still want it all the time. Totally different than anything I have ever had. Just a singular beer. Can't wait to see what this beast turns in to with a little time on it.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 5. Tasted 1 May 2015.

Pours a hazy straw yellow. Little head, but that's expected for a sour.

Smell is a super clean, rich lemony sour, with a white wine backing. Reminds me of the lemon sour candies, but without the sugar. Yum.

Taste is much like the smell, but a little empty. The flavors don't quite follow through on the promise. They're good, but lacking the complexity of truly great sours.

Feel is light, a touch on the flat side, but with bizzy (busy-fizzy) carbonation. Quite good.

A nice, smooth, clean sour. Would like more depth in the taste. But very good all around.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee de Castleton, Batch #2, courtesy of dkachur, shared at the January C'ville tasting - thanks Dan! Poured in to a snifter.

Appearance: A hazed, pear juice-hued brew with a great foamy spongy white collar and a fizzy, fast-fading head. Carbonation - when visible through the torpid, still body - is bright, fast, and erratic, though I did get the bottom of this bottle on this one. Not too terribly much to say about the this one - it's the least appealing aspect of this beer, as it is with every (or most) sour(s), I suppose.

Aroma: Amazingly complex. Obviously, slight vinegary sourness is evident, but they're not overwhelming or too intense - this doesn't smell like a sourbomb, essentially. The fruit notes are what's most impressive about this one - the obligatory Granny Smith apples are present, but so are Muscat grapes, strong bananas, some sour cherries, and more various tropical fruits than I could try and attempt to name. Nothing about it is too heavy or sharp or striking, and they all meld absolutely beautifully with a moderate amount of wild funk, slight farmhouse, and slight bandaid. An amazingly mature, complex, and well-developed aroma.

Taste: Oh my sweet damn that's good. A strong, sweet spiciness underlies the sourness on this one, adding flourishes of cinnamon to a heavy, fruity base. Smooth citrus, tropical fruits, juicy grapes, tart apples, bananas, and sour cherries meld amazingly with the moderate sourness. The malt base is great, sweet but light, crisp and golden, leaning more towards the sweet side of things (as well as the heavy side of things) than many of the light, crisp, fluffy, barely fruity sourbombs I've had.

Mouthfeel: A slightly thicker base - which makes sense given the attenuation - but with enough carbonation to keep it light, crisp, and only slightly spicy.

Drinkability: An amazing brew, and one I imagine would fill two roles with equal aplomb: it's a good introductory beer in that it's not overwhelmingly sour, is somewhat sweet, and also presents a nice array of fruit notes; but it's also an amazingly complex beer for sourheads, if you like the way the sour quality pronounces the array of weapons available to Brettanomyces. That is, if you want a huge, biting, kick-you-in-the-nuts, vinegar/lactic/acetic bomb, this isn't your beer. This one is full, complex, and runs the gamut of what brewers are (or should be) capable of when Brett. Just truly stellar.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks to Dan (Dslim71) for hooking me up with a couple of these beers and allowing me to tick a longtime want. Cheers and Merry Christmas! (also thanks to Cuzco!) Batch 5, 375ml bottle, split with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours a lovely hazy golden color into my trusty generic tulip. About a half finger of slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates quickly leaving zero lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Just a plethora of barnyard funk and other tart aromas emerge from the glass as I swirl the beer around. Heavy must, wet hay, slight leather, tart citrus (i.e. lemon zest), and earthy qualities.

Taste – An immediate mouth puckering from the lemon zest which fades into fantastic barnyard funk qualities. To be honest, my brother-in-law and I both stated it has a slight gueuze like feature. The acidity from the lemon (and also green apple) is pleasant and I personally hope this gets a bit more tart with some age. When you take a sip the back sides of your jaw tense up from the tartness which I personally loved, haha. The mix of the tart citrus and funk is utterly delicious. I am savoring this beer as much as I can.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Overall – A wonderful experience from a beer. A perfect time to open it up on Christmas. I am thoroughly enjoying this drink and am sad to see my half disappearing faster than I was hoping. Very happy I have a couple more to cellar to see how this beer ages.

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Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml

Batch #2

Cuvee de Castleton is yet another hard to find bottle sent my way courtesy of the generous Kegatron, thanks again Heath! A soft pour produces a fizzy white head of two fingers that instantly disappears. There's no skimming or collar at all. Carbonation bubbles rush to the surface from multiple places throughout the body but can't manage to produce any head. The body is straw golden and quite pale with a surprising clarity that allows me to read the glass clearly through the liquid.

White grape vinous notes kick things off before a good amount of damp oak comes along and a horsey brett. Sugar cookie sweetness sits in the back while musty wildflower notes are given off. Each swirl of the glass shows off a minerality like wet rock. A squeeze of lemon escapes here and there as well. The aroma overall is mouthwatering. The brett and barrel aging make for a nice complexity. When this nears 55-60 a slight booziness comes forward but everything else opens up even more.

The aroma managed to nail the characteristics of the flavor. This beer is vinous throughout with both buttery and damp oak notes. Lemon juice sourness brings with it a touch of white vinegar and mustiness. Wildflower like floral notes abound and make this beer the sheer pleasure that it is. While the barrel aging and brett dosing steal the show there is a quality, although simple, sugar cookie sweetness that seems to be the perfect base for this beer.

The mouthfeel manages to fit this beer very well. Castleton causes a bit of a pucker that borders on sour but doesn't quite make it. The carbonation tickles the sides of the tongue with the light body and allows the tartness to take hold more in those places.

I got instant heartburn after the first couple drinks but it faded as quickly as the head. The tart refreshing qualities when combined with the light body make this an ideal summer drinker. If it's a warm day this is the beer to be sipping on.

If it wasn't for the lack of head on this beer the score would be much higher. This is a tasty beverage without a doubt. I'd love to have another bottle of this sitting down in the cellar, but as is the brett has developed nicely. Thanks for the treat, Heath!

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes. This was shared by our gracious host, thanks Dan.

This beer's first sip is tart as hell. Wow.
Pours a hazy yellowy gold, very little head or lace. Smells like vinous white grapes-- like a chardonnay or a pinot. Lots of big flavor! Smell has a hint or tropical fruits and white grapes-- like green sour grapes. Taste is tart. Tart is still the word.

A light, slightly syrupy body due to minimal carbonation. The beer still drinks nice and easy. It is really quite good!

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first beer from Captain Lawrence. With a pop of the cap an off white foam creeps out of the top of the bottle. That same off white foam quickly reaches three fingers but just as quickly settles leaving no signs of head. Body is a straw colored murky gold. Nose is penetrating and sharply sour with lemon, sour powder candy and astringent vinegar all very lively and tart. Initially as you take first sip this beer is packed with so much up front tart punch you think for a slight moment it might be dominated by this. Wine like vinegar feel with sour apple and lemon zest come first. This is all balanced by a full yeasty, bready feel on the second half of the palate. Pie crust like and teamed with those same dry spices that you would in a good pie crust. This all comes through to add wonderfull complexity and balance. Mouthfeel is a mix of fruity tart rich breadyness. So well done and a real treat to drink throughout.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12.7 oz bottle, batch 5, poured into a mini tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, produces a wispy white head, leaves little lacing.

S- Lemony tartness, musty barnyard funkiness, some apple and white grape, oak. As it warms a really fantastic, floral, perfumey spice aroma comes out and merges with the barnyard funkiness in a really great way. The aroma is really incredible.

T- Starts out with apple and white grape before a nice amount of acidity kicks in, a decent amount of lemon, balanced acidity (not leaning too heavily towards acetic like a lot of American sours do). Nice barnyard funkiness, as well as oak, dry vinous flavors and a bit of vanilla. As with the aroma, very complex and delicious.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and dry, a bit of alcohol warmth on the finish, but really not too bad at all for it's strength.

O- An absolutely incredible beer, much better than I was expecting. The barrel, funkiness, fruitiness and yeast all come together really, really well. I know it's not exactly going for a gueuze kind of thing, but this comes closer to gueuze and lambic in terms of complexity and flavor than any other American sour I've had, which is about the highest praise I think I can give it. I mean damn.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 500!

Pours clear gold with little head and lots of bubbles.

Lots of white wine notes in the aroma. Some lemon, pear and a bit of funk. Not overly sour on the nose.

Flavor is similar. Lots of sour apple and lemon up front. Finishes with a lot of white wine, heavy oak and nearly bone dry. A little bit of a funky flavor on the back end too.

Light mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

Pretty good, but doesn't compare to some other highly rated sours I've had lately. The funky aftertaste isn't bad, but isn't my favorite either. Would drink again although I'll save my trading ammo for stuff I like better.

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Photo of brystmar
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5. Had this plenty of times, finally getting around to reviewing.

Looks like white grape juice in my glass with almost zero head and poor retention. Brett and lacto amongst the grapes in the nose. Tart fruit, citrusy, oaky, and inviting.

Taste initially reminds me of lemon-lime Gatorade before jumping into full-on sour mode. Plenty of grape presence and tart citrus. Less bretty and acidic than expected; tons of lacto though, and I really like that. Reminds me of Oui Oui, but without the sulfuric aroma. Why can't I give a 4.25?

Either the carbonation is dying out with time, or this bottle was lacking. I still enjoy the creamy body, though more bubbles would be nice.

An excellent sour from the guys at Captain Lawrence. Wish I had more than one bottle left.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Batch 3. Pours a beautiful clear golden yellow color with little effervescence and surpisingly very little head into my small tulip glass. The aroma I get from this is sweet grapes, funk, and sourness. The initial taste is very good. The light carbonation dances in your mouth and is tart and sweet at the same time. Notes of apricot come to mind. The ending is very reminiscent of a white wine. Rethink my definition of beer? Yes, indeed. I recall first getting into craft beer and experiencing sours and they were no where near what I thought beers could be. This is a great style and a great beer. CL does a great job with this one! Light mouthfeel.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another epic beer cracked by Adam. You are a fucking pimp.

A: cloudy golden yellow no head no lace

S: sharp lactic sour, lots of tart fruits like green apples and lemons moderate sweetness for some balance

T: sourness is mild, light sweetness seems to mellow this one out, nothing really stands out sort of one dimensional

M: Light dry body modest carbonation

D: good not great, glad I got the chance to try it, now I know not to hunt for it

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to gkatsoris. George is a stand up guy! The pour was a lemony yellow color with just a slight haze. Next to no head when poured and quickly dissipated. No lace. Odd, since some reviews note gushers.

The nose was complex with nice sour notes. Mostly white wine notes with noticeable grape aromas. Some minor funk notes with some nice spice notes. Boarder line nut aromas with some light pumpernickel notes. There is a subtle bready characteristic and a light lemongrass finish. Great complexity.

The taste is right there. The wine notes really pop out. A great sour flavor but limited on the funk. Would have like a touch more barnyard flavors. The spices also back off a bit but are detectable in the after taste. More of a nutty flavors come out with some almond like notes. Lemongrass flavors also come out as well. A great fruity, but dry, finish that lingers into the after taste.

The body is dry with a nice lingering sour flavor. I really enjoyed the subtle fruitiness that lingers in the finish. Overall a very nice beer. The only fault I can really see is the carbonation. Maybe could use a bit more funk, but very taste beer. Thanks!

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Photo of Proteus93
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky blonde, stark white head that falls back to a fizzly collar.

S: Good lord... the aroma of this beer alone is one of the more amazing experiences I have had. A great acidity that gives it a big green apple aroma, along with a warmer note - just the blend of malts and yeast doing wonderful things together. I get a big aroma of banana as well... an intriguing yeast ester. I spent a solid 5 minutes, at least, sniffing... I went about trying to take a taste and then inhaled and it went on.

T: A little more citrus, and a smoother acidity on the palate. There's a doughy flavour to it, and a touch of perfume - while that may come across as an unpleasant descriptor, it is wonderfully pleasant.

M + D: A little fuller than I would have thought, it sports a nice medium body without the same kind of dryness that many other sours. It's still there, but a lot less vapourous, for lack of better words. Quite a lovely brew, and one I'd most definitely love to smell again.

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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip. Batch 2. Unfortunately, I forgot who was the generous BA that provided this one.

Not as hazy as described by others until the last glass, straw colored, capped by a large white bubbly head.
The aroma is very funky, acid and tart, with a few grape notes in there as well as some oakiness.
Nicely carbonated, medium bodied, but quite refreshing.
It is very tart and acid, and very funky. Sour grapes and apples, multiple notes that remind you of an acidic wine, tart, and sometimes herbal. There are hints of woodiness and some sweetness, but the acidity remains the most noticeable character.
A very nice beer, although not great.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale yellow... Nice white head. Pretty wonderful smelling. Lots of grape and spice. Wonderful smelling. Tastes similar. Lots of nice spice. Tart, fruity. Very well balanced. Not too acidic. Well carbonated but a bit thick. Overall one of my favourite sours in terms on balance

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear pale color with a mostly lasted frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour, yeasty and wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth oily texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer for style.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for sharing this one. Batch 5.

Beer pours a clear light yellow without much head - it's really not much to look at. The smell here is excellent - white wine, oak and lactic sourness really come together nicely to make a mouthwatering aroma. The flavor too is fantastic, it's incredibly vinous and pretty sour with a nice grape aspect to it to go along with a little bit of oak. You can definitely see how the white wine factored in here, as it's one of the more wine-forward beers I've had. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied but coats the mouth very nicely. Overall, this is a great beer and a must try for wine lovers who also happen to enjoy sour beers. It's what I hoped Russian River Temptation would be.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5. Pours a very hazy, slightly murky golden color with a small white head that diminishes to aggressive carbonation bubble almost instantly. Scent is immediately funky with some Brett and sour aroma. Nice white grapes with a lot of lemon and some other citrus fruits. A bit of saison-like peppery aroma as well. Also some sweet, fruit snack aroma. Very good nose on this one. Taste is very tart and sour at first...very lovely chardonnay characteristics. The spices definitely come through in the flavor, which is what I think separates this one from the other American sour wild ales. Stays very tart with each sip, but nice, sweet green and white grape flavor on the back of the tongue. Tingly tart pucker on the tip of the tongue. Lovely oak and white wine flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, puckering at times, and somewhat fizzy. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a very well-crafted sour wild ale. Drinks like a 5% sour...would never guess it's almost double that. Great complexity and flavor. The spices in it bring together two of my favorite styles swimmingly, saison and wild ale.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kennyo for sharing his batch 3.

A: Clear golden yellow body with a thin bubbly head that stuck around the edges of the glass for quite some time. No lacing.

S: Pleasantly funky. Green grapes and some green apple. Might even be some kiwi like notes and a bit of oak. Plus bright lemon sourness to round things out. Really clear and enticing.

T: Much like the nose there is a bit going on here. In order of prominence... Green grapes, green apple, lemon, kiwi, pear, oak. Nice and funky. Good sourness throughout that isn't overwhelming but is certainly on display.

M: Light-medium bodied with a well balanced carbonation to keep things fresh on the tongue. A bit of funk and plenty of sour. Nice dry finish.

D: Thoroughly enjoyable. A bit young, but certainly drinkable right now.

Side note.. got a taste of a bottle of batch one at the Rosso Batch 2 release. I'd bump both the taste and drinkability to 5s with batch 1. I found there to be a strong presence of fuji apple juice which I found to be stellar. Too small of a sample to review everything else on its own though. ISO Batch 1 haha

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gregc for this one. Batch #2.

This beer pours a bright straw with soft peach. The carbonation is mesmerizing. Multiple chains of bubbles continuously rise from the bottom. This is has been going on for about 15 minutes now with no signs of slowing down. Once they reach the surface, the look like little ball-bearings that stackup and push each other out of the way. Sadly, they don't stick around, so the head doesn't accumulate.

Smells of green grapes, pomegranate and cranberries with a healthy dose of citrus, rounded off with a nice funky tartness. Light flour and just a hint of baklava round this one out.

The taste begins with the dry cranberry funky that gives way to a dry oaky chardonnay. Finishes heavy on the oak.

The mouth feel is a swarm of bubbles. Although busy, the CO2 sting compliments the cranberry nicely.

Wow. A very solid, quite enjoyable beer. Very well rounded!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to bigsexy410, thanks Ben. Batch 5.

The look is on par for a wild, it has a nice straw yellow color with little head or lacing whatsoever. Hazy and pretty much opaque.

The smell has a heavy white grape aroma with a great tart wild yeast overtone to it that is very cohesive, especially for a sour. Some more welch's grape flavors as well.

The taste follows the smell, with some great dry white grape flavors with a very refined sour flavor, that isn't really in your face but is very elegant overall and certainly tart enough for a sour head. The flavor plays out with some sweetbread and tart flavors, like a nice pastry blend. Quite nice.

Mouth is very dry and decently carbonated, some body to it.

Overall the beer is nice, worth a buy if you're in NY.

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Photo of Treebs
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a Half Acre snifter. Batch #5. Big thanks to cosmicevan for the share.

A: Pours a hazy lemon color with a light orange body. A thin white head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to a thin ring. Some splotches of lace are left behind.

S: Fruity with a little acetone. Sour lemons, a little lactic with some white grape sweetness and tartness.

T: Lactic sourness, some cheek puckering dryness. Oaky finish with some lemon grass and white grape.

M: Light bodied. Puckering tartness with a dry, mildly acitic finish. Medium carbonation

O: Very nice beer. Definitely enjoyed the subtleties of this and the mouthfeel was spot on.

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Photo of Foxman
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy and maniacally carbonated bright lemon yellow. Two fingers of white head snap, crackle, and pop away leaving a churning spring-fed surface. Boomerangs of lacing slide down the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a light grain sweetness is frisked by big-league crisp esters, markedly dry and lightly spiced. Green apples and a sparkling vinous note duel with a distant tartness and even more distant alcohol.

Upon sipping, the grain is sweet and earthy with a berry impression that is dried by a flex of crisp esters. Along with apple and mild spice, a brut effervescent wine character is brightened by a slight acetic sourness. Alcohol is notable, but it's cool and lays rather low. The tartness intensifies a bit toward the end and a soft pad of biscuit joins a dogged residual sweetness. The finish is very dry and refreshingly clean. It's a lively, sassy, energetic profile with some interesting blends and twists.

Medium bodied, it amps the palate with carbonation and a seriously assertive crispness.

It seems to want to be several things, but it pulls together and ends up a high-torque, clean and fresh melding of personalities. It manages to be many things but never unduly schizophrenic. The flavors and sensations combine to make a drinkable, enjoyable impression, and the ABV is incorporated well enough that it doesn't take away at all from the positives. The release was anticipated, and the delivery was well worth waiting for. Thanks for the bottle Stacy, and Bravo to the brewers.

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Photo of younger35
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew quite some time ago from LittleBreeze. Been sitting on for a bit to let it sour a bit more. Drank from my Stone India Pale ale flute.

Batch #2 bottled June 2008.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear yellowish hay with a nice big one finger white head that recedes really quickly. No cap and a very thin collar are left.
Smell- Very fruity and slightly musty with an almost mushroom like dirtiness. The grapes are very abundant and if someone held this up to my nose while blindfolded, I'd definitely guess this was a wine. A slight apple cider like vinegar tartness that somewhat resembles green apples. Very light oak that seems soft and creamy.
Taste- Starts very tart with a big quenching green apple presence. The grapes are somewhat prominent as well and something sort of reminds me of white cranberries. A light bit of citrus adds a bite of acidity. The beer has a sort of light funk but nothing crazy. I don't know if it's because the Brett hasn't fully "kicked in" or the acidity/oak has kept everything in check. Speaking of which the oak is light and has sort of a hazelnut like linger. Some soft vanilla and cream lingers along with some slightly astringent grape skins.
Mouthfeel- Very sharp carbonation with a light to medium body that finishes fairly dry.
Drinkability- Although I think the acidity/tartness is how I like it, it just seems to need something else. It may be the grapes but there is just something off. I know that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement but this beer is really good. Really really good. It just needs something of which I don't know... Thanks Ginny!!

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Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.