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Cuvee De Castleton - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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223 Reviews
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Reviews: 223
Hads: 512
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 1,016
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 Jwale73
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2 courtesy of blisscent. Poured a hazy gold with a vigorous, frothy, white head that dissipates and reveals a band of bubbles around the edges of the bowl. Nose is tart and citrusy. Taste follows nose - sourness is not overwhelming by any means; however, a vinegary quality comes out as well. Mouthfeel is light and lively, and slightly stimulates the salivary glands. Finish was fairly dry. I'm fairly new to Wilds, but I found this beer really quite drinkable. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew.

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

Cuvee De Castleton pours a starbright yellow-gold that, indeed, looks something special. It struts the bling. Despite this obvious radiance, however, its ash blond complexion is hopelessly distorted (though I suppose technically still clear). Whatever head it might have once procured is now long gone, likely an unintended consequence of the barrel aging.

Though the bouquet is a relatively inward one for the style, muscat grapes are apparent from the start. I also wouldn't be surprised to learn the oak barrels in which it's aged at some point contained Chardonnay; the wood purrs like a cat asking to be stroked and there's also a touch of must. Smells like a wine cellar. It has the tartness (though not exactly the flavour) of a Granny Smith apple and a few other cider-like qualities.

Malty flavours are now a distant murmur, long since infected by the acidic tartness of wild yeasts and an almost savory oak wood taste. Its exquisite inner perfume is simultaneously juicy and off-dry and features nuances of Limoncello, yellow plum, and wafting florals. The bubbles are less than vibrant, leaving the acidity to settle on the palate like a heavy net (practically burning a small hole in the back of the throat in the process).

Cuvee de Castleton may taste unusual to most beer drinkers, but if you're a sparkling or white wine drinker this will all seem very familiar: steely, bubbly, elegant with apple and citrus acidity - this is definitely suited to a champagne flute (and given the rarity and price, champagne-worthy occasions). Were it not for those unfortunate facts, it would be more than advisable to bring to a party; a real conversation starter.

Batch #5 was released just over a year ago but I wouldn't allow it much more time to mature; it certainly doesn't taste young. The acidity is already powerful enough to make things feel a bit disjointed and its energy is far from outstanding. Despite impressing some sensation of weightlessness, the finish isn't exactly overly persistent either. Were it actual bubbly, it'd be the Borat of the champagne world.

So-called "wild ale" is a style where anything is possible, good or bad - surviving extended barrel aging and the onslaught of savage yeasts and bacterium aren’t easy conditions for a beer, but it’s a challenge that builds complexity and character. Despite the latter being added free of service, Cuvee de Castleton lacks the real drive and beautiful detail that describes the best beers, 'wild' or not so wild. Wish I could say better things...

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this one several times. This bottle was from batch 3.

A: Pours a light cloudy shade of yellow. The head is very small and white in color.

S: Aromas of sour sweet fruit, light tart citrus, and yeast.

T: Citric for sure, nice light tartness with hints of tart and sweet grapes. Light barrel notes with a hint of earthy minerals.

M: On the lighter side of medium nice carbonation.

D: Not bad, not my favorite sour, but I do like it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Batch No. 1.

Bottle foamed over upon opening, steathily, that is, not immediately, but within 10 seconds, enough time to turn away. Annoying. Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" white head above the totally cloudy orangey yellow brew. Head is completely gone quickly, with little to no lacing. Aroma is tart and grapey. Taste is dominated by the tartness, but is tempered somewhat by the grape flavor initially, and also by the wood character that floats in later. Mouthfeel and drinkability are what you expect from a Wild Ale, and the end product is surprisingly thirst-quenching. This one might be a bit over-the-top for a regular drinker, but is a nice treat.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"A frolic, then?"

She
speaks in a timid whisper, just the type of sweet
that we learn to adore
or despise,
depending upon the speaker.
This one, though, I adore more than any,
and cannot help but crack a smile at her whimperish lips as she makes believe to be a princess of old.

"Of course, my love."
So we meander
a white/orange morning with simply a small ring of cotton around the edge...
a misty, foggy, cloudy morning.
As we traipse along through the tall weeds and listen
to the crushing of fresh grass and ripe fruit
underfoot, we take in the aromas:

peach, first of all, overwhelming the white cheddar, earth, and lemon. Somewhere underneath it all is a deep sour-bitter and a faint hop note.
"Mmmm... I always love these mornings."
I smile assent and glance knowingly at her, feigning disinterest, or at least distractedness.
"Are you even listening to me honey?"
"Of course, love. You said that the flavour
is far sweeter than the aroma, with a pronounced peach note and a finish of light syrup notes and a slight oak-sour. You wish
it were a bit more complex and not as cloying, the sour doesn't balance as much as you'd prefer, as much as the truly world class examples of the style."

"I suppose you're right. It wasn't what I meant

though

and that's what matters."

"Well then, what did you mean?"
"Oh, I don't know. It's not what I expected. A lot more

mild
dry
and astringent in the mouthfeel.

I guess..."
"You just expected more."
"Yes, I suppose so. But it's alright darling. I'm with you."
"That you are, dear. You'd bettern't forget."
I wink at her through my pretentious improper use of English, and
She smiles back at me
and squeezes my hand
as we continue through the field and enjoy one another.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2 received in trade from mcallister, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a huge white head that dissipates like the head on a diet soda. I can smell the funk as soon as I pop the cap on this one. Lemony tartness mixed with a sour grape fruitiness along with a mild bit of sweet candy malts and a solid hit of barnyard funkiness make up the aroma. The flavor is extreme lemony citric tartness. The grape flavor comes through a little along with a hint of sweet candy like malts and barnyard funk, but this one is all about the tart. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a tart tongue piercing mouthfeel. Nice mouth puckering wild ale.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with an audible popping from the carbination that fades after a few seconds, leaving no head or lacing.
Aroma contains a complex but faint weave of light fruits such as Pear, White Grapes, funk, oak, and earthy raw nuts.
Once you tip your glass back is when the Lemon takes over. There is a big lemon slice note that is accented by granny smith apples and kiwi. Some of the funk and oak comes through here also.
This one has that desireable tartness but it isn't one of the strongest in terms of sour, just a moderate clean finishing Wild Ale.

This bottle was split between my Wife and Myself, repeatedly poured into 3oz snifters, over the course of 30min.

A great beer, wish i was able to get it often. But that is how it goes living in the midwest and liking sours.

Chad

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Photo of jethrodium
3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 4. 375 ml bottle shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a hazy amber with no head and no lacing. The aroma is a sweet lemon zest, light brett funk, some white wine grapes, and some light hay. The initial taste is sweet with wine grape, then the brett funkiness comes in with some lemon and a bit of oak with the funkiness clear on the finish. Only a light sourness and relatively sweet. Medium body and close to no carbonation. An enjoyable beer, but a bit sweeter than I would have preferred. The mouthfeel would have benefited from more carbonation.

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

Got to try a bottle of this thanks to a friend who does beer trades. The colour was a light straw with no head at all. The aroma was filled with tangy citrus notes and hints of yeast. On the palate, there was a bitter feel initially, then plenty of tanginess and some light citrus as well.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into my De Struise glass. Batch 4...A light honey gold pour, decent carbonation at first but falls quickly with very light lacing...The aroma is pretty nice, Brute lite; acidic but lightly bready, small oak notes, white wine (sauvigon blanc) characteristics (light grass)...The taste is a bit of let down, displays too many of the white wine qualities in taste and feel. The more you drink the more vinous it gets, more oak and light feeling wine pour through. Weird alcohol finish, but pretty flat.

Huge start, sorry finish, not worth trading much to get.

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Photo of craytonic
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very cool blonde sour from captain lawrence. this brew pours a very pale almost clear shade of yellow with the faintest purple tint from the grapes, nearly imperceptible, not quite as much head as i would like. fruity aromatic with some strong acidic notes. oaky and sour for sure, but very interesting from a yeast standpoint, lots of brett has dried this right out. some very light malt and straw cereal properties, and the grapes are only subtle, contributing more of a tannic vibe than real fruit flavor. insanely light body and well enough carbonated, this is rather easy drinking as sours go, a very delicately put together and well balanced brew. would be curious to try some with a little age on it.

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Photo of srroos
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle (Batch 3) into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, straw yellow with a small off white head. Quickly fades into a thin ring.

S: Slightly funky with some grassy hops.

T: Mildly tart, sour apples, and a slightly bitter finish.

MF: Light and moderately carbonated. Very smooth.

D: Light and easy drinking. Not as strong as many sours.

Very tasty, but not nearly as good as I might have expected with all the hype. Tasted much better once the yeast was poured into the glass.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.54/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3

Ommegang flute hybrid glass. Had it in place of white wine with my flounder.

Sparkling, clear pale gold color with just a spritz of head. Can't help but yeast it up a little with my second pour though, turning it a towards a murky mellow gold, a bit like watered down grapefruit juice.

Smell is full with apricots, unripened peaches, melon, & soured cider. It has a bit of that Cantillon bite in the nose. A bit musty like ice wine, but more familiar & less appealing, with traces of spoiled milk & rubbing alcohol.

Taste is dominated by tangy & sharp fruit. Unripened pineapple, more peaches, & hard green grapes. Middle in it turns slightly bitter with lettuce, then slightly buttery. Finish has lots of similarities to spontaneously fermented scrumpy cider. Last call on the finish is a drag of gooey dough & yeast.

Carbonation is pretty nice, & the alcohol is decently hidden by the sharp fruit notes. It's gets your palate salivating for more appetizers when drank in tight sips.

Overall, a bit more mellow & less sour then previous batches I feel. Maybe less complex, but certainly easier to drink, which is a shame because of the price & bottle limit. I can't exactly remember how this tasted fresh, aside from a little less oxidation, & more snap in my tongue. I do remember licking my lips a bit more back at the release. Aging this bottle hasn't really made me say "wow". I wouldn't hold on to these expecting anything better in the long term.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.54/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with an appearance similar to Champagne. Bubbles are quickly streaming up the glass and popping on top with no head except a thin fizz that disappears completely.

Aroma is full of tart fruits, including white grape skins and green apples. There is a slight oaky wood aroma to round it out, but I still found it a bit one-dimensional.

Flavor is tart with a tight, effervescent profile. The sourness is gentle at this point, reminding me of under ripe fruit. It could dry out a bit, as the fruit profile seems almost artificial. It's as if grape juice was added to the beer, rather than being an integral component.

Not one of my favorite pale sours, but it may be better after more time in the cellar.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to alcstradamus for another amazing brew.

375mL poured into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a pale straw yellow with a nice haze to it. Absolutely no head on the beer. With no head comes no lacing left behind.

S- A little bit of Belgian yeast and some wild yeast as well. Sour grapes, almost liken to a sparkling wine, which makes sense after reading the bottle.

T- More of a subdued flavor than the nose. The Belgian yeast is present and the grapes are barely even noticeable. A little bit of lemon zest round this one out.

M- Lighter bodied, dry on the finish and not very much carbonation. I was hoping this would be a little more crisp.

D- Decent body but not too complex. The flavors aren't very deep or pronounced and not really all that sour.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.34/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 5. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Clear golden with almost no head. Looks pretty flat.

Smell - Slightly fruity. Lemon comes to mind. Mostly vinegar here, though. Not intense, but dominant. Touch of funk and some peaches.

Taste - Quite sour. Lemon fruit flavors. Light vinegary flavors, at least compared to the nose. Clean, but intensely acetic. Too much for my taste. Bready in the finish also.

Mouthfeel - Puckering. Clean sour. Low carbonation.

Overall - I see why everyone loves this. It's incredibly sour, with some nice fruity notes. I just don't dig the acetic sourness, especially in a pale sour.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.62/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Crosling
1.97/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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