Cuvee De Castleton - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev -0.5%
375 mL bottle from batch 5, poured into my Duvel tulip.
Cuvee de Castleton pours a golden yellow, with a good amount of clarity. Maybe a finger and a half of white foam caps the beer, before fading quickly and without leaving any lacing behind. The nose has lots of white wine-like acidity. There's also a distinct oakines present, and just a hint of brettanomyces funk. There's just a touch of fruitiness right on the front end of each sip. As with the nose, a vinous tartness fills the lion's share of the flavor profile. A tropical fruit like brett funk provides a nice bookend around the acidity, before a light oakiness fades in for the finish. The mouthfeel's a little slick. The combination of a slightly heavy body, and carbonation that's a little bit dull just misses the mark. Despite one or two technical flaws, Cuvee de Castleton still comes together stunningly well. Muscat grapes, oak barrel aging, and brettanomyces all come together to produce a great wild ale.
06-26-2012 05:26:50 | More by axeman9182
4.05/5 rDev -8%
Pours a straw yellow color without much of a head. Nose is grapes with a lot of lemon and sours and a lot of Brett funk. Taste starts off with sour lemon flavors that fade to a funky Brett musk. Some soft muscot grapes in next but are pushed aside by more lemon sourness. Mouth is pretty good. Overall this is a decent American wild. I don't know if it is worth the ammo, but pretty delicious.
06-10-2012 23:39:00 | More by birchstick
4.15/5 rDev -5.7%
Batch 5, courtesy of of mrand01.
Pours a translucent golden dark yellow with zero head. Zero; no bubbles. Some mild lacing if I swirl the beer a little.
The aromas remind me of champagne straight off the bat. Vinous white grapes, tart granny smith apple and oak. Funky Brett emerges more as it warms with some mild barnyard and earth, like a wet piece of wood.
The flavors directly follow the nose, but are definitely more complex and enjoyable. Sweet pale maltiness alongside a mild of lemon sherbet with a pop of bright acidity. Vinous muscat grapes with lingering honeydew melon juiciness and subtle funky flourishes of Brett. As it warms you get emerging notes of spicy oak.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower than expected amount of carbonation. I expected more for the style. The finish is dry and acidic with a final bump of tart fruitiness.
Overall this is a great American Wild Ale. It's not the best I have ever had but it is definitely not a slouch by any means. I feel I would like it better if the ABV was a little lower and the carbonation was bumped up a little. A little unbalanced but extremely drinkable and one of my new favorite wild ales that skews towards the white vinous flavor spectrum.
06-10-2012 04:27:16 | More by claspada
District of Columbia
4.25/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
06-09-2012 22:22:43 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.1/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours clear gold with little head and lots of bubbles.
Lots of white wine notes in the aroma. Some lemon, pear and a bit of funk. Not overly sour on the nose.
Flavor is similar. Lots of sour apple and lemon up front. Finishes with a lot of white wine, heavy oak and nearly bone dry. A little bit of a funky flavor on the back end too.
Light mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.
Pretty good, but doesn't compare to some other highly rated sours I've had lately. The funky aftertaste isn't bad, but isn't my favorite either. Would drink again although I'll save my trading ammo for stuff I like better.
05-28-2012 20:18:08 | More by jmarsh123
4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
1299th Review on BA
Bottle to Wine Glass
30th Birthday Party
Shared by Callmecoon
App- Glowing golden yellow with zero head or cling. A few bubbles around the edges.
Smell- A great wild ale. The booze levels are incredibly hidden with a lot of sour on the nose with some oaky lemon fruits. The tart level really balanced the lactic out. Smooth and tasty with a small white wine tannin note.
Mouth- A bit of a light medium with a fairly medium carbonation level. A bit of grape and lemon residual flavors.
Drink- A damn fine wild ale. Great layers and very smooth. Thank you Steve for sharing.
05-21-2012 15:40:29 | More by FosterJM
4.38/5 rDev -0.5%
Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration.
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.
05-19-2012 22:29:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.48/5 rDev +1.8%
Bottle (Batch 5)
Thanks for opening this with me, Jordan!
(Aged for 6 months)
Cloudy bright yellow and a small white head that leaves the glass spotted with lace.
Incredibly powerful aroma of white grapes, lemon, oak barrel, and big levels of tart and sour. Awesome, impressive, and exactly what I was hoping for.
The flavor too is wonderful and very similar to the aroma. There's lots of lemon, a mild funk, a good amount of oak, big sour notes, along with some white grapes.
Medium bodied with high carbonation.
A joy. Simply incredible.
05-16-2012 02:04:26 | More by ehammond1
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.
05-14-2012 22:31:03 | More by mclaughlindw4
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
Batch 5. Pours a very hazy, slightly murky golden color with a small white head that diminishes to aggressive carbonation bubble almost instantly. Scent is immediately funky with some Brett and sour aroma. Nice white grapes with a lot of lemon and some other citrus fruits. A bit of saison-like peppery aroma as well. Also some sweet, fruit snack aroma. Very good nose on this one. Taste is very tart and sour at first...very lovely chardonnay characteristics. The spices definitely come through in the flavor, which is what I think separates this one from the other American sour wild ales. Stays very tart with each sip, but nice, sweet green and white grape flavor on the back of the tongue. Tingly tart pucker on the tip of the tongue. Lovely oak and white wine flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, puckering at times, and somewhat fizzy. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a very well-crafted sour wild ale. Drinks like a 5% sour...would never guess it's almost double that. Great complexity and flavor. The spices in it bring together two of my favorite styles swimmingly, saison and wild ale.
04-26-2012 06:16:10 | More by DovaliHops
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
Batch 5, courtesy of rlmartin
A: Poured into my Drie Fonteinen glass with no head, but active bubbles. Looks like sparkling apple juice.
S: Mouthwatering lemon & apple aromas, with wine character like a minerally chablis or sauvignon blanc. Little whiffs of funky barnyard.
T: Quite tart on the tip of the tongue, and an explosion of fruits from kiwi to pineapple to melon with a singing acidity tying it all together.
M: Light and effervescent with moderate linger.
O: First, I absolutely wouldn't guess this was 9%. Tastewise, I'd put this on part with some of the best gueuzes I've had. Definitely at the pinnacle of American Wilds. I do wish the aroma had a little more going on, but it may be that this glass isn't showing it as well as possible.
04-13-2012 02:14:41 | More by kscaldef
4.23/5 rDev -3.9%
Most recent batch poured into a tulip.
Soft cream colored yellow with just a ring of foam that dissipates quickly after a few sips. Some chill haze to the beverage, with some spotty bubble dancing to the top.
Sharp acidic aroma to this with hints of fruit like green apples and muscat grapes. A bit of white wine and barrel as well, but over all it is a very sour smelling beer.
Unripe grape juice and lemon juice on the tongue at first then moves into a sweeter fruit like flavor with some vinous notes. Delicious stuff.
Sticky at first with a little bit of drying on the finish, medium bodied and a tingle of carbonation.
Great use of the muscat grapes in a wild ale. Glad to have tried this one, it did not disappoint.
04-02-2012 03:35:53 | More by auroracrisis
Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.