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Cuvee De Castleton - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

433 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 982
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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blackie

California

4.4/5  rDev 0%

a: into my new St. Bernardus chalice, the hazy orange-yellow beer glows in indirect light, negligible head dectracts a bit from the score

s: tangy-sour bacterical complexity supported by a pale malt body that's almost completely dry, aromas of dried grape skins and citrus, delicate spice, white flowers, white tea with sourwood honey

m: delicate, fleeting carbonation on a light body

t: dry pale malts carry waves of sour bacterial funk, dried lemon peels, dry yeast bread, mild spice dust, mild aged hops, very dry finish

d: exceptionally drinkable given the moderately high abv

capped 750 split in msn with the dirtman, batch 2

01-01-2009 00:12:09 | More by blackie
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, batch 2. sampled dec 28/08.

pours hazy pale yellow, a bit chunky, with just a bit of very fine white head that quickly drops to a scant ring around the glass. a few spots of lace.

aroma is wild. big blast of lemon and cider vinegar. leather. horse blanket and barnyard funk. raw oak. light alcohol. cracker. white bread. bit of grain. white grape.

taste is good. light puckering lemon and cider vinegar, but not overly so. just a touch of caramel, but without any real sweetness. cracker and white bread. horse blanket and barnyard funk. leather. bit of tobacco leaf. white grape and white wine character. raw oak. there's a bunch of tannins at play here too - wine tannin/grape tannin/oak tannin, all lending an almost hoppy bite and drying finish that i wouldn't really call "bitter" but has a similar character.

mouthfeel is good. light body with a nice dry finish. fairly low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. great funky and lightly sour presence that doesn't overpower the light grape/wine and malty elements. not the most deep wild i've had, but it's got its own unique place on the spectrum that i'm enjoying. good stuff.

12-28-2008 22:53:47 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%

750 ml bottle, batch 2 courtesy of Dyan.

Pours a cloudy yellow, light amber, pretty unique colour for a beer, thin fizzy white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, no lacing. Smell is crazy acidic, lemons, oak, grapes, vinegar, vanilla, very funky, lots of straw and barnyard with the acidity, very complex. Taste is similar, sweet/sour beginning, toast, oak, lemon juice, quite acidic, vanilla, white grape juice, nice sweet sugary middle really balances out the sourness, nice dried fruit flavour, finish is charred wood and lemon juice, but nicely balanced and a dry floral end. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth and perfectly balanced, no rough edges, perfect amount of sour and perfect amount of sweet. Very nice sour, thanks a ton Dyan!

12-28-2008 22:47:31 | More by Viggo
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badbeer

Iowa

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%

Batch 1:
Bright yellow color with quickly receding white head, little lacing. Aroma has lemon, oak, somewhat acidic, pineapple, and some chardonnay. Taste is quite acidic, but full of interesting flavors like oak, lemon, hay, chardonnay, and pineapple. Very dry and light on the palate with fairly high carbonation. A very, very good sour.

Batch 2: Yellow with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving no lacing. Oak in the aroma, along with some lemon and other citrus aromas. Not very intense, rather delicate, but interesting and well done. White wine taste, lemon tartness, oak, peaches, and maybe a hint of apricot. Medium carbonation and light body, finish is fairly dry. Not nearly as sour as the first batch, but it has nice flavors and is still a nice sour. 4 - 9 - 9 - 4 - 17 = 4.3

12-28-2008 01:44:04 | More by badbeer
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.22/5  rDev -4.1%

Reviewed on 7/27/08. Bottle, batch 2 sampled the day of the release. Pours a cloudy light orange with a fizzy white head (careful when opening!). Aroma of tart sour fruits (apple, pear), oak/barrel, and some grapey wine notes, especially as the beer warms. Flavor of sweet tart oak, same fruits as in the aroma. I have to admit that I haven't been impressed with some of Captain Lawrence's special release beers, but thankfully this beer lived up to its reputation and more! An awesome sour, super drinkable, very complex and interesting. Excellent and well crafted.
8/4/9/4/18 (4.3/5)

12-22-2008 00:39:58 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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drseamus

New York

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%

Review 500!! Hopefully Scott doesn't let me down. Batch 2. Huge thanks to bwyker for getting me a bottle at the release.

A: It started frothing as soon as I cracked the bottle but it wasn't a gusher. No beer was harmed during the pouring of my glass. A huge white head formed while pouring in the glass again with copious carbonation but it fell immediately leaving only a cloudy straw color beer with tons of visible carbonation.

S: Funk city baby!! Super tart aroma. It is very obvious there is Brett in there. I don't really get any grapes because the funk is so strong but there is the typical apple.

T: Super tart bite up front but quickly fades into a nice sweetness and a smooth sweet white wine flavor. The weird/impressive thing is how little aftertaste there is. Usually I find that Brett beers leave a super tart dusty aftertaste and the sweet grapes seem to eliminate that, creating a great package.

M: The lack of the tart aftertaste creates a interesting situation where I find myself drinking sips faster than usual trying to capture that early tartness and not linger on the sweetness. I consider that to be a great thing.

D: Nor'Easter is amazing, but this is the best beer that Captain Lawrence makes as far as I'm concerned. A great beer from every possible angle. Scott did not let me down.

12-18-2008 04:04:34 | More by drseamus
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gregc

New York

4.97/5  rDev +13%

Batch 1...bottle

Poured into a wine glass...nice hazy yellow color with a nice foamy white head.

Aroma is amazing, there is so much going on...lemons, white grapes, sour apples, mild brett barnyard, oak and vanilla. Its very intense and the smell is extremely sour.

Flavor is very sour, had batch 2 and it was not as intense yet. I think it still needs some time to catch up to this one. Nice flavors of sour grapes, lemon zest, oak. Its very tart, but very drinkable at the same time. The mouth feel is nicely carbonated and smooth. I could drink this all night, but my stash of these bottles is dwindling.

11-24-2008 03:01:30 | More by gregc
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

750ml bottle batch 2 courtesy of Tayner. This immediately gushed but I didn't lose hardly any because I had my glass ready. Cloudy, dull yellow with a white head that disappeared instantaneously. The smell is faint and sour, spice, urine? Biting sour flavor with a slight hint of a lemon at the end and brett. Overall this was pretty sour but it didn't really hit the right note for me, maybe it needs more time in the bottle. The one thing I did really like about this beer is that it had the faintest taste of Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries, which was cool.

11-15-2008 03:47:36 | More by ArrogantB
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8%

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

11-10-2008 01:21:01 | More by hopdog
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Crosling

Colorado

1.98/5  rDev -55%

Batch 2. Very mild aroma of popcorn, sour fruit, oak and funk. Not a lot of complexity in the nose, or much vibrancy. Flavor is poorly balanced, harshly sour. Not much oak character at all or fruit. Very poor appearance, poorly lasting head and a gusher. I had batch 1 several times and didn't like it. I guess I just don't understand this beer. It doesn't seem to have much finesse.

11-06-2008 02:41:31 | More by Crosling
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%

Batch 002

It pours almost no head with a carbonation like soda pop and a clear yellow color. The smell is slightly sour with some white wine characteristics and dry bouquet. Taste is a dry white wine with some subtle sour flavors in the background. Still a good mouthfeel with carbonation not overpowering, but giving a good soft acidity. Overall, it's pretty easy to drink as it's a good palate refresher and easily should pair with intense food flavors.

10-26-2008 01:59:49 | More by Erdinger2003
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sleazo

New York

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

A_Pours a bright straw bordering on yellow. I was expecting a gusher but it was not to be. The rather large head subsides quickly but easily replensihes itself via a nice stream of bubbles and a little agitation. Towards the end there are wisps of yeast sediment.

S_The aroma presents the nose with lemon, horse blanket, other mustiness, a bit of earth, some oak and grape. Not overly potent but a very nice smell. There is a nice sweetness to the smell that evens out the sour a bit.

T_Not quite as funky as the nose. The grapes are strong here with a contrasting background of sour in the form of white wine vinegar and a hitn of lemon rind. There is also a bit of vanilla and oak in there as well. As it warms I am getting some other spices which I cannot quite pinpoint and bit of vegetal hop bitterness. Despite all of these aspects it still isn't overly complex rather this is just a great tasting brew.

M_A bit creamy with a nice carbonation, almost like champagne but a bit less fluffy.

D_This is an outstanding beer. On par with some other wilds I have had, it manages to live up to the hype. All of the elements really seem to blend well together here.

I was thinking of trading one of the other two I have of this but now I am not so sure. I think this can convert some people over to the funk. It is mainstream enough to convert but funky enough to give true beer geeks a rise.

10-01-2008 01:46:01 | More by sleazo
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

Bottle graciously shared with me by thequeue. Thanks dude. From iPhone notes :-)

BRIGHT Lemoncello Yellow with a BIG head of pure white snow foam. Aromas humurously enough, feature lemon, citrusy funk, with a slight vinegar twinge, some white wine [sauvignon blanc] notes and a bit of oak and vanilla. Aromas is solid. Taste is similar to the aroma. Sour, puckering, with some citrusy oak, and a bit of honeyed vanilla. Not too much going on really. Kinda one dimensional. Mouthfeel was the best part of the beer as it was nicely carbonated and creamy smooth. Drinkability is very good as well. This is a pretty straight forward, kinda one-dimensional wild ale. Still quite good, but not the mind blower we expected it to be

09-24-2008 17:52:15 | More by francisweizen
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

750 ml bottle with many thanks to littlebreeze and her ever-so-generous husband!

pours a urine yellow wiht a white head that goes away almost instantly. has champagne like bubbles coming up from the bottom but they dont hold in a head on the top at all. would look much nicer if they held the head.

smell was sour, woody, brett funk a little but not overwhelming, and a white grape skin scent

taste is sour with a white grape mid palate flavor, some subtle oak, tangy white grape, unripe pear, and some brett funk, although I tend to feel it is a little underdeveloped funkiness at this point. finishes with a slightly tart white wine flavor. overall a little sweetness balances well.

lots of carbonation but no head. it finishes leaving a coating on the back of my tongue which makes me want to clear my throat. If i had it with food I am sure this would be no issue.

Easy to drink, had no problem finishing off the entire 750 in about an hour. would pair great with a garlic and olive oil pasta, or a light seafood dish or fish. I would rate it a 5 for drinkability if it was readily available as that is the only draw back in drinkability IMO.

Dont mortgage the house, but seek this one out if you can.

09-23-2008 03:02:57 | More by tayner
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

25.4 oz bottle, batch 2, into my Duvel tulip

A: Crystal clear yellow with a lot of carbonation. A mild, wispy head appears, only to fizzle out very quickly.

S: Funky, musty and mildly sour with a definite presence of grapes that add to a sweetness. Oak is present Nothing outrageous 4/5

T: Starts off mildly sour with a pleasing mouth-puckering effect. There's a rather pronounced vinous grape-sweetness. Oak is huge with a tannic-astringency that complements the sweetness rather well. 4/5

M: Surprisingly sweet for a wild but i think it works really well with the grape sweetness meshing well with the funk. Could use more carbonation. 3.5/5

D: I'm enjoying this but not as much as i'd hoped. This could probably use a little more time in the bottle to grow in funk, maybe?

*Edit:
I drank this again in May 09 and it's hugely improved. The scores reported are from the improved version here:
S: Brilliant. Excellent blend of grapes, white wine sourness and lemony barnyard funk. Mild mustiness/ dusty aroma. Floral blossoms 4.5/5

T: Excellent tartness, lemon rind sourness. Very dry on the finish, almost confusingly so because the mid palate is so grape-like and vinous, it's unexpected. Honey-like flavors come over my palate,and the clean and barnyardy funk is awesome 4.5/5

M: Light, spritzy and an EXCELLENT finish 4.5/5

**Edit: 29 March 2010
We drank batches 2 and 3 side by side this past weekend and here are my thoughts:
Batch 2:
The nose is very Temptation like with light white wine, a great tartness, citrus, crisp grape character. There's plenty of depth. Light fruit character is noticeable - apples and pears. The palate is quite sour with a lemony sourness (this has grown), mildly juicy with grapes and a drying white wine-like finish. A light tannic character has appeared in this beer, there's a nice lingering sourness. This beer has really dried out S/T: 4.5,4.5
Batch 3: A lot more sweetness on the nose, with the grape character having some unripened grapes. This beer was very peachy when fresh, but that's fallen off quite a bit, with the apple character growing. The palate is rougher around the edges with a bigger sourness, more lemony in character and unripened grapes. Lemony finish. Great stuff, I prefer batch 2, though batch 3 should be as good in a years time. S/T: 4.5,4

**Edit 27 April 2012**

My lone bottle of batch 5, received from Azurelimits. Thanks, Peter.
As always, this pours with a rapidly dissolving head. The nose is wonderful. Bright, fresh and bursting with a beautiful grape character with plenty of stone fruit (peaches, nectarines), a moderate floral character and a definite but faint sulfur note. Bright kafir lime leaf (really, really nice IMO), this is really really good. The palate opens with a bright burst of acidity with a blend citrus and lactic acidity, as well as an unripe stone fruit sourness and tannins (barely ripe persimmons come to mind). The palate has a really nice grape character, with firming acidity, a mild mineral character , fruit and floral characteristics. My initial sips reveal a little bit of a Belgian yeast character, but that does fade, especially as the sourness kicks in. The sourness is so clean and nice! The funk is mild, mostly grassy and mildly hay-like, rather mellow compared to something like Temptation. Sourer than I remember it being. While a little rough around the edges (does this need to be 9%? no), this is one of the better batches this fresh. A touch of grape tannin and stone fruit astringency linger on in the finish, working well with the sourness and fruit. Enjoyed solo, this beer always does well, but side by side with Temptation, not so much. 3/4.5/4/4/4.5

09-16-2008 03:47:27 | More by DefenCorps
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing!

Pours hazy lemon-drop yellow with a fizzy head that immediately pops down to nothing. Not pleasant to look at with the head just loudly popping to nothing, with small bubbles continuing but producing no head.

The smell is tart - lemony, sour, some funk and acidity.

The taste is of tart lemon and apple. Sour/tart with balancing sweet maltiness, it has some funkiness mixed in. A hint of oak/vanilla grows as it continues, putting a unique spin on it that works very well. It has a touch of acidity in the finish.

Medium-bodied with carbonation towards aggressive to start with that mellows to medium as it progresses.

Drinks very well! Interesting complexities going on here. I can see this one - because of the lemony and acidic notes - a great pairing with many fish dishes. Too bad that the head was so unimpressive and the carbonation fine, but not great (esp. at the start).

09-13-2008 18:08:24 | More by jwc215
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +8%

This is a Batch 2 bottle:

When I popped the cap, it started to *slowly* gush but not a drop was lost!

A hazy straw yellow colour, the foam was about an inch deep max with some good lacing.

The smell is very nice! Some tartness, some fruitiness that's mostly citrus lemon and grape I think, and a good amount of a nose brought on by the Brett. This one smells delicious.

The taste has a very tasty tartness up front with good notes of lime with some lemon, grape that is semisweet, wood, some Brett that is more noticeable in the nose than the taste but yeah, it's there. Ahhh. No sign of the alcohol at all in either the nose or the taste and that kicks up the drinkability big time.

Mouthfeel falls just short of medium with the carbonation being on the lighter side of heavy and man that works for me. It finishes with a mix of tartness and slight funk and has a rather short lived aftertaste. Great brew here!!

Btw, second pour got it all cloudy and the foam left right after I put the bottle down so...it's not the best looker in a glass(cloudy is fine by me) but it sure makes up for it with the smell and taste. This 750ml bottle will be doubly easy to finish and I plant it firmly in the "exceptional drinkability" category.

Bottom line: When I look to try an American Wild Ale, I want all sorts of flavours and smell to go on and *this* one fits the bill superbly! I cannot recommend this brew highly enough!! I once again salute Captain Lawrence for their brewing skills!!

08-31-2008 15:55:18 | More by Bitterbill
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev 0%

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!

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

New York

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

08-13-2008 23:59:11 | More by aerozeppl
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largadeer

California

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

08-11-2008 18:50:08 | More by largadeer
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%

thanks to azurelimits for this via trade! Having tried one other captain lawrence brew I looked forward to this release and hoped to have a chance to try this beer.

A - the first beer I had from them was a gusher and this being recently released I was still cautious of a repeat gush. I was right. A loud pop, a second, a burst of beer gushed forth as I was quickly tilting the bottle towards my awaiting cup. The beer was a cloudy straw yellow with a burst of white foam overtaking the glass and ultimately settling down to a steady ring at the side of the glass.
S - sour acidic notes, citric notes, white grapes and a musty note.
T - similar to the nose but with additions of oak, lime, sweet tarts.
M - medium bodied, over carbonated fizzy notes with a tart finish
D - I liked this beer for almost the entire package. The overcarbonation detracted from the experience for me.

glad I tried this shortly after it's release. I'd be concerned about it becoming a big gusher at 6-12 months and worse if held longer than that. I like where this brewery is taking it's beers. I just wish they could get the carbonation under control. I'd recommend trying it while young. Any age on it and I'd prepare for a gusher!

08-04-2008 13:46:40 | More by barleywinebrewer
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

Picked up at the brewery last weekend during the release.

750 ml. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Batch 2.

Pours a murky gold hue with a loud fizzy carbonation that immediately dies down to a thin ring along the outside. No webbing what so ever to speak of. Smell is one you won't forget. Sour white grapes, lemongrass, sweet flowers, brett, and some bready characteristics. The oak is there, but somewhat subtle in the aroma. Very complex beer for the nostrils to enjoy. Tastes begins with sour apples, white grapes, and pears. The woody oak flavors emerge midway with a dry zesty lemon as well. The brett-y goodness is big on the tongue in the aftertaste with a musty pepper flavor and more lemony tartness to finish it off. Light fluffy body with a soft fresh feel. Carbonation is strong and stings the mouth. So much going on with this beer. I feel pretty fortunate to have the opportunity to try this one. Definitely looking forward to seeing what some age will do to this beauty. A truly unique beer that deserves the recognition. Keep up the good work Scott!

08-02-2008 01:39:14 | More by BeerTruth
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a foggy gold with a head that disappeared quickly. Nose is like any other gueuze or lambic. Straight sour funky. Flavor is real nice. Sour and tart with a fruity edge. There seems to be a vanilla and caramel edge to it too. Sour is the key here and it's coming with authority, but it's in the right place. Feel is slick and smooth. If you like sours, this will be very drinkable. If you're not a sour fan, this might be a nice one to take a few sips on. It's not overly intense, but it's bringing enough to keep it real.

Excellent beer. On the level of Russian River and other great sour producers, but still stands alone.

08-01-2008 20:37:40 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheViceBlog

New York

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%

Trained up from Manhattan early Saturday morn to score a few of the coveted 840 released bottles.

Captain Lawrence compares it to a champagne and they aren't lying. I popped the top and it nearly exploded, ejaculations of foamy whiteness coming from the bottle like I was celebrating New Year's. It pours fizzier than any beer I've ever seen before. On the label it is described thusly as a "...combination of Belgian style ale which has been re-fermented with hand picked Muscat grapes & aged in wine barrels. As the beer ages in the oak it undergoes a secondary fermentation using the wild yeast known as Brettanomyces."

Cuvee de Castleton smells very much like a champagne and tastes like it too. Upon my first small sip, I almost retracted my tongue, I was so surprised by the intense tartness as this is the first wild ale I've ever had before. Definitely the most non-beer-tasting beer I've ever had as well. Even more so than Sam Adams Utopias. This really has nothing that really grounds it to being a beer except for the slight Belgian Ale of it. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Very carbonated, some good bite. You smell and taste white grapes and some spice too. Lemons and green sour apples. You'd have a hard time convincing a lot of people that this is actually beer though.

The sourness nails you at first so don't give up on this beer after the first sip. It takes a while to figure out this brew's brilliance. Luckily I got 4 bottles, two of which I am making my first attempts at cellaring, which should actually make the beer even more sour Captain Lawrence claims.

Due to the tartness you have to drink it slowly, but that's a good thing as it helps you absorb it better. I don't think any one besides me will say this, but ask yourself if you like Sour Patch Kids before having this one. (Oh he's so irreverent say the beer snobs reading this!) The tartness is remarkable though, my mouth was puckered for at least an hour after having the bomber. Everyone around me must have thought I wanted to kiss them. Perhaps I did. The beer makes you giggly and high just like some champers. I don't completely buy that it's 6% either. I was kinda effed up after one solo-consumed bomber.

Cuvee de Castleton becomes more beer-like the more you drink it and the warmer it gets. The oak flavor starts to really come through in this insanely complex brew. I was confused at first by this beer as it's my first ever wild ale, but by the end I was loving this and glad I have so many more bottles.

I really don't think this is a beer that impatient neophytes will like and it would be hard to convince them otherwise. They should probably avoid it as I could see them doling out knee jerk F grades. And, considering I've drank one bottle and thus there are at maximum 839 left in the world, good chance these folks will never get to try this masterpiece.

Aaron
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07-29-2008 04:49:24 | More by TheViceBlog
Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.