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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

426 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 975
Gots: 88 | FT: 7
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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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 23:58:25 | More by Urbancaver
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 22:39:15 | More by WillCarrera
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-22-2012 17:56:53 | More by FreshmanPour77
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pixieskid

Germany

5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-12-2011 07:42:37 | More by pixieskid
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev 0%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 15:44:30 | More by Oxymoron
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

07-17-2014 23:40:53 | More by szmnnl99
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:39:12 | More by tmoneyba
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bauermj

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-24-2012 13:12:06 | More by bauermj
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DovaliHops

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 06:16:10 | More by DovaliHops
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 22:54:22 | More by callmemickey
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ThatsThatDude

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8%

03-08-2014 14:25:52 | More by ThatsThatDude
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-06-2012 17:47:12 | More by funkel81
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 00:13:10 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

03-16-2014 21:29:56 | More by nrs207
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Treebs

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 14:30:16 | More by Treebs
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 19:42:31 | More by Foxman
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younger35

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev 0%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 01:38:29 | More by younger35
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 04:50:03 | More by starrdogg
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Batch 2, 3, 4, and 5 tasted side by side. Batch 2 seemed much different than the other two and is worth scoring separately. The overall score is the score of the newer recipe.

Batch 2:
4/4.5/4.75/4/4.25
Batch 3, 4, 5:
4/4/4/4/3.75

Tangerine peach color, transparent with a bit of haze. Lighter, more transparent edges. A small cap fades to a ring fairly quickly.

The aroma is fairly tart, white grape, lemon zest, and peach. Acidic and some musty funk.

The flavor is quite sour, although not quite as extreme as the batch 2. Just a touch of sweetness from the malt, then the white grape comes through a bit. Peach, a bit of tangerine, and then some lemon zest in an escalating sour flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 05:03:48 | More by KickInTheChalice
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

11-23-2013 22:05:19 | More by siege06nd
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-01-2013 13:34:08 | More by doucmehu
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8%

02-06-2013 00:36:32 | More by Hugonaut13
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour is a straw-yellow, medium white head with little/no lacing.

Smell: A bit subdued, with light and sweetish malts. Neither very tart or sour. Strong sauvignon blanc wine element and green apples. Not much funk or oak. Very yeasty.

Taste: Again, light and sweet malts up front, little sourness.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, but a bit light and thin.

Drinkability: Disappears, similar to the way a wit disappears on a warm day. I was expecting a bit more from this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 04:37:24 | More by craytonic
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pwoods

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped brown bottle poured into a Leffe wine/chalice. Batch 2, Notes.

A: Pours a watered down orange juice color. Short, thin white head with little retention and lacing.

S: Tart apples and sour grapes. Not a lot of straight fruitiness. Some kind of burnt aroma? Light farmy, barny aromas and a touch of barrel.

T/M: Mildy sour with some added funk. Really juicy and sweet to balance the tartness. a bit of orange juice astringent citrus starts to come through as it warms. Some nice wine like tannins and leather taste and dry feel. Body is medium light with subdued carbonation.

D: A bit more carbonation would do wonders. Tasty and drinkable, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:35:12 | More by pwoods
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 22:22:43 | More by Dreadnaught33
Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.