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Cuvee De Castleton - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

454 Ratings
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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 1,024
Gots: 86 | FT: 6
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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 TurdFurgison
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Photo of Nickls
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellowish color with a fairly nice foamy white head. Smells flowery and slightly funky. Taste includes citrus and grape notes, mild pepper, a tart acid/oak tannin back. This is puckering and dry on the finish with a really nice faint lemon essence. Overall, a wonderful wild ale and so glad to have tried it.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mrkrispy
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of stakem
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks again to ClockworkOrange for sharing this at a recent tasting he hosted. 750ml labeled as batch 2. Poured into a mini-snifter, this brew appears a clear light yellow color. A white fizzy cap appears and quickly dissolves. A swirl hardly does anything but does produces a couple spots of lace on the glass.

The smell is lemony and lactic mixed with vinous notes that are juicy smelling. A bit of yogurt hits the nose along with some funk and mild oak. Towards the back are more mellow notes of wild character and funk but overall this is an enjoyable smelling brew.

The taste includes mild white grape juice that reminds me of almost Chardonnay. A dry quality of oak and lactic yogurt contrasts the vinous qualities. As it warms up, more funk and less tart flavor hits the palate as the mouth becomes accustomed. The funk gets mildly grassy into the finish.

This is a light bodied brew with a low level of carbonation visually yet it contained some liveliness about it in the feel. This is a light and easy drinking brew. Nice sharp and tangy elements not to mention I am a sucker for brews that have vinous elements. Well done.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Foxman
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of STEG
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4, Fresh-ish.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow mixed with mandarin orange color into a Duvel Tulip. One finger eggshell white head fades into a collar of thin bubbles quite quickly.

Smell has perfume, sour apple, white grape and white peach mostly with some pear and lime as well with an undeterminable funky smell.

Taste is more of the same, sour grapes sour apples are dominant with a white wine like character as it fades. The sourness stays for a while.

Mouthfeel is light with a relatively dry finish.

Drinkable but not too drinkable.

Photo of Kshock
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- bright straw yellow with a white head that Sudanese quickly, leaves a bit of lacing.

S- subtle but obvious lemon citrus with the brett sourness apparent. It's a light nose but is true what comes next.

T- immediate grapefruit that vaneshes into a dominate lemon sourness. Awesome flavor.

M- soft and easy with a carb tickle that is nice.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration.

Batch 5.

Pours a murky light yellow with no head and no lacing. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some sour grape and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with some woody flavors and a super sour and acidic quality on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent sour with some very well done aromas and flavors.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for opening this...
After gushing upon the opening, this appears a hazy, flouorescent yellow with a small white head that slowly fades out.
Smell is of tart lemon, leather, barnyard funk, grapa, oak, and vanilla.
Taste mimics the aromas with an acidic, soapy citrus up front that fades to the mentioned aromas, which are splendid.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, tart, and acidic.

Photo of joepais
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Photo of koopa
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
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...

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