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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

454 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 1,023
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:
Beer added by: Billolick on 05-12-2007

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a light pilsner malt scent along with a mild grape character and a semi-aggressive sourness. The taste is great as well. It's light and very drinkable. It seems like a simple pilsner malt and grape flavor with a nice dry, sour finish. It's not overly sour, but it does have a mild character that really enhances the experience. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an exceptional beer. It's light and easy drinking; a damn fine beer.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a pale golden yellow that is quite hazy. the head is thin and bubbly, pure white in color with little retention.

S-the nose is quite strong bringing notes of white grapes and hints of apples and cinnomon, spicy in the back with a light sour/tartness to it.

T-the taste is not as big as the nose but still substantial. slightly sour grapes with a light berry taste and tartness to it. Lemon and floral hops in the back with a spicy finish that lingers.

M-medium body with lots of carbonation and a strong prickly feeling on the mouth. the finish is dry and crisp

D-this is very tasty and the tartness level is quite low making it quite enjoyable. very good beer and a wild that isn't too wild!

Photo of hellbilly
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

batch #2 rusty broke this out... unimpressed so i had to drink one alone. perhaps it was footy yelling at me?

pale golden pour with no head whatsoever. milkiness makes it almost white near the bottom of the glass.

surprisingly fruity aroma... until i remembered it had grapes in it!... green apples, grapes, cement/slate/minerals, spice and wood.

the flavor doesn't pack that sour punch which most tend to possess. instead, it is very burgundian, subtle and refined... it's more dry and bretty than sour with notes of green apples, green grapes/verjus, oak with just a touch of smoke and some spice on the finish. terribly easy to enjoy yet a bit too refined for this brute!... 8/4/8/4/17/4.1

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. Poured from a 375ml. bottle into a tulip. Shared by schen9303.

A: Pours a 2 finger foamy white head that collapses quickly. Beer is a cloudy lemon with a slight red tint... a golden raisin if you will. No lacing.

S: Burn rubber, plastic, white grape, sweet ethanol, lemon, citrus, and awkward as it is, dry SMELLING. Fragrant though, and very enticing.

T: Rubber, sweet ethanol, white grape, lemon and grapefruit zest. Yeasty bitterness and tart in the middle. Bit of coriander towards the finish, which is very dry and slightly powdery. Sticky aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, dry, makes my mouth viscous from the saliva as it struggles to rehydrate. Finish is dry, aftertaste is messy and puckering.

D: One of the more unique sours on the market, CdC is as advertised, really more champagne-y than beer-y. Its damn tasty though and I'm dying to open some older batches to see the difference. A bit young at this point, but this'll no doubt develop into a masterpiece!

Photo of hayesez
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this in an "in-person" at this year's Dark Lord Day. Thanks to deliriumfest for road-tripping it down from Minnesota! Split with my wife...unfortunately, there just isn't enough for both of us! We tend to have semi-different tastes in the types of sours we enjoy, but this is one that we both really like. When I first popped the cap off of this one, I thought I was going to have a gusher. However, the carbonation just kept forcing tons of bubbles to the top of the beer without the foam every coming out. We actually stared at what was happening for quite some time. Large chunks of sediment from the bottom of the bottle kept getting rushed up the center of the bottle to the surface and then "spilling" back down the inside of the bottle back to the bottom - looked remarkably like a volcano. We watched for a few minutes before pouring.

You could have told me that I was pouring white wine into my Portsmouth tulip and I probably would have believed you. Even before the pour was finished the wine-like white grape smell hit us. Color is a sparkling light clear gold with a tiny white head that vanishes fairly quickly. There is no lacing left on the glass. Nothing spectacular, but a bit of props for the science-experiment in the bottle!

As noted, wine is definitely noticeable on the nose. A deep sniff gives an intense white grape alcohol that is quite impressive. Musty brett is also prominent, implying barnyard, especially during a full smell.

I was a bit surprised by the very, very sweet taste that starts this drink. Right as the beer hits my lips, I'm hit with an overly-sweet wine. It really doesn't last long at all, but is obviously there before yielding to a more tart white-grape taste. A bit of tart apple and pear are also involved, as well as a touch of lemon. Very different than other sours we have had...and very enjoyable. Light-bodied and very easy to drink, we were disappointed that we only had 375 ml to split.

I hear rumors that this tastes even better after being aged for a bit. We'll definitely cellar a couple and bust them out later. Overall, this is one excellent beer. Cheers!

Consumed: 5/17/2010

Photo of Hair
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/gold with a pure white head that is large but fades quickly. Head is sort of soapy, and there is no lacing because the foam simply slips down the side of the glass. The aroma is of lemons and brett. A lot of brett funk in the aroma, but not much in the flavor. The Brett is very subtle in the flavor. Tastes like grapefruit juice (not in a hoppy way) and lemons (juice and rind). Very easy to drink if you like sour flavors. Very refreshing, though not super complex. Being a sourtooth, I love this. Thanks HopHead75 for the beer. I feel very special to have got to try a bottle of this out on the West Coast.

Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of joel66
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Photekut
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-posting earlier review that was deleted...

Batch 3 bottle via trade thanks to badbeer, shared at a BA tasting. Hazy golden color with a small white head that leaves just a little foam, and good lacing. Great aroma, tart with funk, honey, lemon, oak, and floral hops. Flavor is barnyard funk, honey, floral hops, spices, dry white wine, oak, and lemony bretty tartness. Very tasty and complex. Nice smooth palate, only slightly acidic. Drinkability high. Overall this is a great sour ale.

Photo of GimmeGumballHead
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of FalconA
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BColton1
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hansgruber
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BGsWo22
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sblanton83
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Habmike
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml batch 4

Very little head, just a small white ring around the edge. Light sunshine yellow thats just not completely glowing but still looks very nice at that.

Funky brett with a spicy lemon and herbal aroma. Some oak and acidity.

Funky tart with a citrus snap of herbal spicyness and grape flavor. Excellent depth and complexity but definitely some notes of cat piss as well.

Medium mouth with perfect carbonation for the age.

Pretty great drinkability but not too outrageous. I could drink the 375ml alone but I'd probably rather share it with someone.

Photo of Bobbydigi
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jdklks
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.