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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

436 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 987
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

billab914, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

petermethot, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

popery, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

mikecharley, Mar 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

szmnnl99, Jul 17, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

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!

SpeedwayJim, Aug 02, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

nickd717, Oct 06, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

Hair, Jun 04, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

A batch 3 bottle that was so generously shared by my good friend Kris, thanks man!

A: An extremely fizzy, hazy, golden hued beer that displayed a beautiful white fluffy head momentarily.

S: A strong tart punch upfront that's then followed by vanilla, wood, grape, apples, and a mixture of spices.

T: The sour and tart punch is much subdued, but still very much a large part of the overall flavor profile. What I like the most is the strong wood flavors and subtle notes of sweet malt, banana, lemon and vanilla.

M: A light bodied beer that has a decent amount of carbonation and some robust drying qualities, sometimes a bit too much.

D: If this were to come in a 750ml, I'm sure I would be able to polish it off quite easily.

Overall: Robust, complex and easy to drink; one of the better sours out there. Do yourself some justice and try this beer. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Jan 17, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

375 mL bottle picked up on site at CL.

Appearance is a light golden color with cloudiness and some bubbles. Aroma has a lot going on; white grapes, yeast, lemon, tart and an overall funk. Taking a sip of CdC, it tastes like apple, lemon, pear, tart, and musty too. MF has a champagne characteristic to it and there are some bubbles going on, very neat. All in all, this is a very nice wild ale/ sour from Captain Lawrence. I am just kicking myself that I never made it to any of the CdC releases prior to 2010.

mltobin, Mar 19, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

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!

joe1510, Jun 08, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

Big thanks to an oversharing dmeadows for a great in person trade. Hope you guys enjoyed AK!

Pours a nice yellow gold with a slight tint of orange. Slighty hazy. A nice fizzy head forms, but dissipates faster than methadone in a rehab clinic. Vanished within seconds. No lacing. For any other style, I would knock the appearance down much further, but lambics/wilds arent exactly known for their head retention. And I'd much rather have it this way than have it all over my dining room table like last time *cough* smoke from the oak wine *cough*

Nose is quite good. Ripe crisp juicy granny smith apples. Some brett and barnyard funk, horseblanket etc are defenitely present. Slight peach and some vinous grape and oak.

Taste is very nice. The green apple does jump out in front, along with some vinous grape. Oak and wild yeasts dominate the middle of the palate. Not mouth rapingly sour, but defenitely a sour beer. White grape peaks its head out before the finish and rides to the end, but it is nicely subtle. The finish is beautifully dry, and oak, horseblanket, and slight sweet grape are mixed with more green apple like flavors on the finish and linger into the aftertaste. The barrel aging is well done here. Something about wine barrels just accents a lighter color lambic/wild so well.

Mouthfeel is pretty much spot on for the style. Despite being a notoriously fizzy style, this one is a tiny bit overcarbonated, but just tiny. Dryness on the finish is top notch, and the level of sourness is ideal for a beer of this kind.

Drinkability is quite solid. Easy drinking, especially for being on the high end of the abv spectrum stylewise. The sourness is not too enamel stripping, and the dryness is spot on. The overcarbonation is so slight, that it does not become abrasive but is close.

Overall, a fine wild ale from Captain Lawrence. I like the subtleness of the grape flavor, and the barrel aging is well done. Cant beat a nice blonde wild ale aged in wine casks. First temptation, now this...america has come a long way. It would make me more comfortable to see some better head retention on this one, but aside from that, really no major flaws. A great beer, defenitely one worth seeking out.

PS. Great "Last Call" article entitled "Too Many to Thank" by Scott Vaccaro in the latest BA mag. Volume III, issue II. Awesome.

AKBelgianBeast, Mar 16, 2009
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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.

tayner, Sep 23, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

illidurit, Aug 23, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

Light hazy gold, large head that makes a lot of noise and dies really quickly, leaving nary a wisp behind. Nose is first of brett, champagne yeast, and some vague sparkling light fruits. There's a burst of white grape, it's definitely that and it's really developed, one of the strongest fruit characters in any beer I've had. The oak is really nice and subtle, perfectly dry. Prickly mouthfeel. The finish is ridiculously long -- on an aside I went to the release and had a single sip out of a glass there, and I literally could still taste the flavor evolving 20 minutes into the car ride home. Really a pefect, wonderful sour character, not overly so, but really elegant and refined. Bright, clean, crisp, really awesome.

****Had a few bottles of this since the initial rating, and the score has receded a bit. The grapes come across a bit too much at times and that effervescent sparkling quality isn't really there anymore. batch 2 has been my favorite. GO BACK TO THE 750ML BOTTLES FOR THIS!

****Second edit, this time reviewed from a 750ml batch 1 bottle, consumed March 2011. Just going to highlight some of the differences here. Carbonation is particularly high on this. Nose is lots of oak, brett, and a bright tropical fruit note. Flavor is awesome -- reminds me of later batches in a way, especially batch two with that really funky wet sock brett, but this has tons of lime acidity and kind of a pineapple tropical fruit to it. All about the acids here. Works wonderfully. So bright and well integrated, definitely the best batch.

JAXSON, Sep 07, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

This poured out as a nice clear golden color with a fizzy white head on top. The retention comes and goes rather quickly. The lacing is minimal here. The smell of the beer is definitely funky, lots of tart grape aroma on the nose. The taste of the beer gives off a tart white wine-like flavor, there is quite a bit of sourness on this one also. The mouthfeel is light bodied and heavily carbonated with a dry tart finish. Overall I found the pucker factor on this one to be quite high, it really was a solid brew. Glad I got to try this one.

Knapp85, May 28, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

375mL bottle received from Cuzco, excited to finally try this CL beer. The label states it is a "combination of Belgian style Pale Ale which has been refermented 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".

The bottle isn't corked like I expected it to be, just a standard cap. Poured into my new Cantillon "wine glass", it starts with a clear golden color and has nearly no head, just a ring of bubbles. Subsequent pours add some haziness from sediment.

It smells really good, brettanomyces funk and grapes, the sum effect is excellent. I don't get any spice in the nose, although the bottom of the label says there are some added, mostly a strong musty wild ale character with some white wine.

The grapes really come through in the flavor, not quite just accenting the funk but actually providing a good percentage of the overall taste. Tart and sour, lemons and white wine, barnyard character throughout, I really like this beer.

Dry, light bodied exceptional all around. Easy drinking, I could definitely go for a 750ml bottle, no problem.

TurdFurgison, Nov 08, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

Batch 4. 375ml bottle. big thanks to onix1ager

Nice to see that it pours out with a fast falling but 1 to 2-finger white head. The color is a hazy but pretty, yellow orange and shows nice carbonation streams. At first pour the body is nearly clear.

The smell is acidic funk, oak and grapes. It would be very wine-like in many respects if not for the funk.

The taste is very acidic and tart, some oak with wine grapes and light citrus. Again, it would be more wine-like if not for the funk which seems to be at a lower level than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate but nice carbonation and is dry.

Overall: Yeah, this is a fine beer. I wish I had more both to drink & age. This has it all going on, nice tartness, nice funk, oak, vinous quality and complexity. Can't really knock the head much on this either.

meatyard, Apr 30, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Batch number five bottle. A very clear beer with golden color. Not hazy at all as others have described. Oh wait, I guess pouring the last half was. No head.

Aroma is funky, vinous and cidery.

Tastes like sour apple, grapes, lemon, some funk. Very delicious. On the second pour with the yeast (or maybe as it warms) I am picking up some more floral components and some spice, but hard to pin down what.

I cracked this bottle for my 30th birthday and what a treat. Always nice to have a sour of this caliber.

mclaughlindw4, May 14, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

err, my review was lost so i busted out the notes. lesson learned, keep notes!

pour was a hazy yellowish golden color. quick white head.

a bit if funk with stronger sour grapes. slight tartness.

lots of sour white grapes with subtle funky notes. clean malt finish with grape aftertaste. a bit dry overall with a slight sweetness. quite south and mouth puckering.

nice carbonation bite, full yet easy

i dug on this, big time. lots of grape flavors with an accommodating sourness and funk.

hooliganlife, Nov 17, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

From notes.. batch 4

Pours a beautiful golden color with a lively carbonation, quickly settles out to leave no head. Aroma is full of musty sweat and tart phenols, the brett is really is in its glory here. Initial flavor is of tart green apples and oak quickly followed by a puckering tartness but not overtly sour. A nice mouthfeel that is light but not thin that provides a solid platform for the flavor to stand. I could drink quite a few glasses of this, sadly a 375ml will have to suffice. I look forward to this release every year, great stuff.

6DaysBottomOcean, Oct 08, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Drank out of a tulip at Brett Fest at Spuytin Duyvil in Brooklyn, NY in August 2009.

I got the end (approx. 3 oz.) of a bottle of Batch 1.

A: Since I got all the yeast, the pour was very cloud and milky. Almost looked like I Thai Iced Tea if you could imagine. No head.

S: Fruity, funky, and forward.

T: Lavender-ish, bretty, and a pleasant apricot aftertaste.

M: A neat feel as there was little carbonation but a kick from the yeast fermenting this beautious Batch 1 offering a few years.

D: Surprisingly strong for 8% ABV. A nice warming feeling hits the palate.

Overall, a very fun beer to try and can't wait to crack the different batch I have in my cellar.

hoppymcgee, Dec 19, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to both bmanning and Azurelimits for opening these.

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is light gold with a white head and a bit of lacing. Nose brings grapes, oak, slight spice, and a nice sourness. Taste is sour but not overdone. Balances well with the fruit and oak presence. Good sour feel with a nice body. Perhaps my favorite sour from them.

Thorpe429, Nov 04, 2010
Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.