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Cuvee De Castleton - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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215 Reviews
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Reviews: 215
Hads: 466
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 5.35%
Wants: 1,011
Gots: 85 | 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:
Beer added by: Billolick on 05-12-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 215 | Hads: 466
Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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! (634 characters)

Photo of mrkrispy
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2

Pours a very cloudy, chunky blond. Light frothy head that lingered around a bit.

Shocking aroma of white grape juice, unexpected since I hadn't read the bottle yet. Some Brett stank, apple notes?

Fantastic tasting beer. Sour, tart, noticeable grape flavors, citrus, lemon, hint of clove? Well carbontated, fine bubbles almost like champagne. Slight banana notes. Slightly puckering tartness that sticks around. Beer opens up well and gets better as the glass goes down. Complex, layered, dull sweetness, great sourness. What a great beer!

Bottle #2 (batch 2) - I cracked another bottle approx. 6 months later, about 9 months after release. Still a fantastic beer but the grape and some citrus flavors have subsided so it didn't have the "Wow" factor it first did. Looking forward to batch #3. (806 characters)

Photo of vacax
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3, 375 mL bottle.

Somewhat of a gusher upon opening. Pours a cloudy pale golden with a generous fine white head. Dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a ring along the rim of the glass, which clings nicely to the sides.

Nose has a light sweetness and a good amount of spice and sourness. The muscat grapes are present, but not in abundance. Fair amount of wet dog in a phone booth. The nose says something interesting is going on here, but gives an inkling things could go horribly wrong.

Tastes of mild flavors at first, sweet white grapes with a hint of spices (which I cannot put a finger on), then intensifying funk, the fruit comes back in a bitter way, and finishes with bitter light spices. Relatively clean finish despite everything that is going on, making it fairly easy drinking despite the layers of flavor. Light to medium body with a high level of carbonation, which works with the tart horse blanket. Quite tasty. (934 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a bunch to little breeze for sending this treat along
I have been sitting on this batch two bottle for a while .I cracked it open last Thursday. Review from notes I just found. Bottle split three ways in tulip glasses. It produced a short lasting white head on a cloudy greenish yellow body.
The first thing that hit me was the wonderful Bret character in the aroma along with that comes some lemon and a slight note of sour apple. Nice feel in the mouth department comes off like champagne. The flavor is reminiscent of the nose. A nice tartness reminding me of lemons and sour apples were just some of the flavors I got.
This is an exceptional Wild ale reminded me of Gueuze in a lot of ways. The drinkability is right on for a sour. I will seek this one out again, by far my favorite Captain Lawrence (812 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 2

So this is the stuff. I have finally opened my bottle and all I can say is wow! A meeting of white wine and beer. What champagne would be if it had the guts. This is an indescribable wonderful beer that has its feet planted in two worlds quite comfortably.

Not much to look at as the fizzy head disappears quickly and leaves a slightly cloudy beer the color of apple juice.

The smell is dry white wine and light sweet malt.

Taste is eye opening. A sour graped front is backed up by an un-wine like grain based breadiness. There are apples as well along with a light fruit blend. All of them juicy and sour. A bit of oak to balance and enhance the superb blend here. The finish of this one is all beer. The malt core leaves the mouth with a cornucopia of grains to enjoy. This is what wine is missing for me. The sweet complex cereals and breads that come with a good beer. The malted goodness. You could give this one to wine lovers and watch them fall in love. As a beer advocate this one is a new love.

Feel is somewhat fizzy at first but batch 2 was to be opened at lager temps to avoid bottle overflow. As it warms the carbonation settles down and leaves a delightful experience.

So drinkable. Not since I had Rodenbach Red on tap have I had such an experience. Juicy and inviting this stuff. (1,313 characters)

Photo of carps12
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3. Poured into a carbernet wine glass. Nice lively head with lacing that dissapates quickly. Dark yellow color. Nose of bright lemon, vinous, some funk, oak, white grape. Taste is great. Sweet lemon, grape with a bit of tartness followed by an oaky finish. Not that funky on the nose or taste. A lot of oak on the finish as well that becomes more prevalant as I drink. The oak on te finsih battles with the light funk making a balanced finish. This is way to easy to drink and with the smaller format I drank this in no time. mouthfeel was perfect carbonation and not to dry. Fantastic. (592 characters)

Photo of bret27
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of kplynch

Appearance: Bottle overflowed when popped, then rather flat. Cloudy pale yellow look w/some little yeasty chunks floating around throughout snifter.

Smell: tart and grape mostly. Little like white wine+ little funkiness on the side.

Taste: tart, fairly thick, funk, wine, woody.

Finish: Very dry, tart+lemon/acidic lingering.

Overall: Very tasty and one of a kind. (396 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bret27. Poured into a 400 mL Bruery tulip. Hazy opaque light-goldenrod color with a filmy white head. Aroma is lemony with light meringue sweetness, some brett, apple, phenols, and a vinous note. Flavor of wine grapes, lemon, sour apple, chlorine, pepper, a hint of woody tannin. Great complexity all around. Not a ton of acidity but firmly sour with a nice drinkability. (387 characters)

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -7%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (845 characters)

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice straw color with a quick to disappear white head.

The aroma was of granny smith apples and hay.

The taste first jumped out as tart apples and peaches and mellowed down to ripe pears and green grapes.The slightly sour flavor made this a perfect beer for a hot summer afternoon.

This beer was almost too drinkable, I overheard other who don't normally drink sours loving this one. (386 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage Into A Tulip Glass
12.7oz.Bottle Split W/ Another BA

Poured a golden color w/ a minimal ammount of head and no lacing to speak of - appears boring but it was definately not! The nose is of fermenting grapes, citrus fruits, spiced apple juice, and clean no holds barred funk. The taste was of tart/sour citrus obviously and a finish of grapes w/ more funk and slight bitterness in the background. Mouthfeel is very thin and leaves the palate dry and clean. Could without a doubt session this one and the 8.00% ABV is manageable. This one lived up to my expectations and the hype. (592 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +7%
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! (783 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to open a bottle of Batch 3 tonight poured into some Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a wimpy bit of white head forming after a careful pour. Leaves spotty lacing.

Grape skins, lemon zest, barnyard, still a bit buttery. Nice brett character but you can tell it isnt full developed yet. Very good level of acidity and tartness that doesn't overwhelm the brilliant subtleties that are also hiding in the background.

The moderate acidity and appropriate level of carbonation make this a real treat to drink.

I have had batch 2 a few times recently and really like how it is drinking now. I would love to get my hands on a bottle of it to try side by side with the batch 3 as it develops. The batch 2 has a much more developed brett character right now and just tastes more 'complete'. I can't wait until the batch 3 gets there. This review describes the current characteristics of batch 3 but has a quantitative evaluation of batch 2 and 3 combined. (983 characters)

Photo of Plenum
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is absolutely amazing. Picked up my alloted 6 bottles at the brewery this past weekend, and had a bottle that night. Beer has a great yellow-orange color. The smell is definitely that of a sour ale. The taste hints at lemon and bitter orange peel. The mouthfeel is impressive. This beer makes you wish you were a Captain Lawrence employee...

Excellent job!!! Great release day!!!! Hopefully this can become a twice annual release... (443 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
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... (968 characters)

Photo of Nickls
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3

A - Poured with a thinner slightly off-white head that dissipated very quickly; light peachy orange color; very hazy

S - Sour and vinegary at first; definitely pick up on the tart grapiness; faint bit of light fruit sweetness; bit barnyard as well

T - Definitely sour; like unripened grapes; vinegary acidity; smooths out with some doughiness; just a touch funky

M - Lighter MF overall, nice carbonation, puckering (pleasantly) finish

D - Damn good drinking as it is a very interesting brew, and a lot of fun to drink. The abv is definitely a little higher against some others I've had in the style, but not bothersome to me at least.

Overall, this is a really great brew. Interesting, fun, and overall a nice drink. I'm anxious to see what this looks like in a year or two. Highly recommended. (809 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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! (2,218 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,425 characters)

Photo of CoolJosh
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Graduation Tasting: This was the fourth beer that we shared together. Courtesy of Dyan.

The appearance is really appealing to me. It pours an ultra hazy, lemon yellow. The beer sits still, with a small white ring of head at the top.

This smells magnificent. Very interesting floral notes mixes perfectly with sweet lemon. This beer smells like roses, and is very spritz and refreshing. Sweet orange scents hide behind the lemon. There is a really different funk element, as well as subtle musket grapes. Very unique, in that this beer smells sweet and dry.

The taste is outstanding, with very sweet lemon and horse blanket. This beer is a little spicy which has perplexed my taste buds. Fairly floral helps create a nice easy drink. Light cherry comes out in small amounts as the beer warms. Overall a very easy and smooth sour, one of my favorites on the day!

NOTE: Just had batch 3. Much better, more complex.

S: +.5, more pungent, super sour lemon with a really funky cheese scent.

T: +.5, very sour, horse blanket, tarter, nice cheese funkiness. (1,055 characters)

Photo of treyrab
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another goodie brought out by Dyan for our Graduation Tasting! Very, very appreciated!

A: Very surprised at how light this was. The lightest colored sour I have ever had. Pours a light yellow, almost lemon juice colored with an absolutely white head. Very spritzy and carbonated.

S: The smell on this was incredible. Very, very tart lemon juice, dry oak, lemon soaked white grapes, nice chardonnay and other tart, light fruits.

T: The taste did not hold up to the smell. It was good. Very good, but just did not hold up to the other sours I've had. Like my buddy Deuane mentioned, it tasted like a light lemon spritzer. Great flavor and highly drinkable, just light and not as complex.

Overall, thanks again to Dyan for this excellent sour!

Edit: Had batch 2 and it has really blossomed. The sour funk really picked up and the complexity increased. Great stuff. (866 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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!! (1,617 characters)

Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.