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Cuvee De Castleton - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Cuvee De CastletonCuvee De Castleton

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

402 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 402
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%


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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3. Pours a hazy golden with some sediment from a hard pour. Little head. Smells acetic followed by a slightly musty aroma of sour grapes and just a touch of sweetness. Slightly funky, n a good way. Tastes quite complex. Sour notes to start, then barnyard, metal, and leather, light herbal notes, fruitiness, and a light, sweet, muskiness from the grapes. Slightly mouthpuckering with sourness and some tannins, and some spice notes at the end. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 15:19:43 | More by Georgiabeer
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beachbum1975

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch # 3 shared by DrewOSU - Thanks, man! Part of our little sour tasting...

Pours a cloudy grapefruit in color with a white creamy top.

Nose action: Nasty gym socks, blue cheese, barnyard and some general stench with some light citrus and almost wheat. Wow...

Oak, funk and sour continues on the mouth. Very interesting flavor I can't define that's very acidic and almost grapefruit like.

Nice...

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 01:04:42 | More by beachbum1975
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Yellow that's slightly cloudy. Small head that left the sides clean.

S - Tart with some wine influence. Get green apples and some grape. A little bit sweet with some oaky barrel influence.

T - Oak, apple, grapes and a decent amount of tartnes. I enjoy barrel aged wilds, an this one is very solid. Some funk and farmhouse grass in there. Pretty light and non-offensive flavors.

M - Light with medium carbonation. Not bad.

D - Fairly drinkable, although not quite as effervesent as I like my wilds to be.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 03:43:12 | More by AgentZero
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with onix1arg thanks for the splits dude.

A- brilliant golden yellow with just a touch of haze. Not much head from the pour but it is a year old barrel aged beer. A good swirl does build a bit of foam but settles instantly.

S- funky green apples and horse blanket. Wet hay and some musty dusty.

T- tart and sour with under ripe grapes and granny smith apples. Funky wood and unmalted wheat. Lemon rind and juice. Slightly cheesy.

M- less then medium in body and low carb. Very dry and puckering.

D- this is amazing stuff with all of the thing I love in a sour. Not to buggy at all. Super delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 01:07:28 | More by oglmcdgl
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kfsv034

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle in a trade from obrienj thanks man.

A - Pours a straw yellow with no head at all, looks like white wine.

S - tart white grapes, tart apples, some grassy lemon zest

T - Very tart, grape skins, tart apples, a mild lemon/peppery flavor, very little oak and some white wine like characteristics.

M - Medium bodied

D - at 8% its pretty easy going i could drink a few from the alcohol standpoint but the sourness might limit me to one or two

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 02:14:55 | More by kfsv034
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a monster box from 6daysbottomocean in the Whale BIF 3. This is a 375ml bottle from batch 3. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a hazy bright straw color out of the bottle with lots of beading carbonation in the body of the beer. About a quarter finger of fizzy white head caps the beer and dies back in short order to a thin ring around the edges. Carbonation remains in beading throughout however.

Smell- Lots of mildly tart white wine grapes and a little bit of Granny Smith apple up front on the nose, with just a touch of funk. Some barrel mildly evident as well. Finishes with just a whiff of lactic acidity.

Taste- Similar to the nose in that I get a lot of slightly tart white wine/green grapes and grapeskin on the palate. Again a little bit of funk and some mild oak flavors from the barrel as well but nothing overwhelming in those departments. Finishes with a very mild tartness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is adequate for the style and not over-carbonated, which was nice. Drinkability was quite decent as well as it went down easily and unoffensively.

Overall, a very solid and somewhat mild American wild ale. I enjoyed it and thought the flavor profile was somewhat similar to RR Temptation (however, I will say I think I prefer Temptation). Would be a good introduction to sours for somewhat who is beginning to enjoy the style but can't handle anything too acidic.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 23:57:38 | More by boatshoes
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hayesez

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 23:07:29 | More by hayesez
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2. Golden Delicious apple gold with an intensely fizzy, soda-like cap of bright white foam that fades to nothingness inside of one minute, leaving the glass untouched. The beer itself is fine, but no head and no lace is bizarre looking.

The surprisingly powerful aroma is a pleasing combination of golden grains, white grapes and well-behaved barnyard funkiness. If the mouthfeel is any good at all, this should be wonderful ale.

Who cares how it looks when beer is as good as Cuvee de Castleton? Just more evidence that taste and mouthfeel are all that really matter to this BA. Too bad the final score will not be reflective of the experience as a whole, but it can't be helped.

This American wild ale isn't that wild and, as such, is extremely approachable for anyone with even a slight interest in the style. Along with keeping sweet-tart-bitter in perfect balance, the various flavors complement one another beautifully.

CdC tastes like a BSPA brewed with white grapes and Brettanomyces... probably because that's what it is. Captain Lawrence doesn't say what sort of French wine oak barrels were used for aging, but the tangy-sweet Muscat grapes are front-and-center enough that Chardonnay is a good guess.

This seasonal release has big beer power without having even a hint of alcohol on the palate. Must be the sourness, the acidity, and the huge blast of flavor every time the glass is upended. With a better mouthfeel, look out.

Speaking of which... the mouthfeel is too light and the carbonation is too soda-like. The bubbles are active early and fade quickly, although not as quickly as the head. It's a tribute to the brilliance of the flavor profile that I don't really mind that much.

Cuvee de Castleton is a better job of bottle-conditioning away from being one of the best American wild ales that I've had so far. Kudos to the brewery and thanks to marcpal for the bottle. Highly recommended... with reservations.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 14:25:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 18:53:44 | More by cpetrone84
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kevin for sharing this! Have been wanting to try it for awhile now!

A- Body is a uniform, translucent really foggy blond hue. Pours with a 1 finger foamy white head that has decent retention. Leaves traces of lacing down the glass.

S-Amazing! Tart white grape, apple, and pear-very fruity. There is also a hint of vinegar and acidic tartness detectable in the nose.

T- Upfront is lots of apple and pear with a very light acidic sourness/twang to it. Background is a slight yeasty funk and some floral hop overtones. Finish is consistent with the initial flavor but is slightly dry. Very well done and balanced.

M- Medium tingly carbonation with a light drinkable body.

D- This brew is great! It offers a great balance of fruit, sourness, and funk while still being somewhat dry. This sour is on the mild side but very well put together and another fine brew by CL!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 23:44:13 | More by PittBeerGirl
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with Douroguy...provided by him, thanks dude!! a slow gusher...be careful! Served at cellar temp. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a small tasting glass. Pours a clear golden/straw color. A very little bit of head rises and dissapears quickly! No lacing to speak of.

Wow! I can smell this beer from the other side of the room! Huge funk and tartness. Oak, spices, and grape aromas. This is one of the best smelling sours out there!

Flavor is good...but not as crazy as I expected. A good sour, but doesn't stand out like I wanted it to. With that said, it's still top notch. The sour grape flavors add a great characteristic to this beer...with a slight dry finish. The obvious sour/tart funk is right on key...and very clean and crisp. Picked up a slight oak-iness throughout as well. Body is light with medium to low carbonation. Overall, a very solid sour from Captain Lawrence...a must try!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 02:19:37 | More by ShadesOfGray
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PEBKAC

New York

3.58/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 07:09:37 | More by PEBKAC
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urwithdave

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviweing from notes taken at the hunahpu release. Big tnx to mcdiddypop for sharing! Poured into a cigar city snifter.

A- pours pale golden yellow in color. A fingers worth of white head that doesn't stay around for long. Some lacing left behind.

A- big on lemons and grapes. There is a funky earthy aroma present also.

T- follows the nose I get a lot of lemon coupled with some grapes and granny smith tasting apples. Very sour in a lovely way.

M- very light bodied. The sourness sucks every bit of saliva out of my mouth with every drink. Its like my mouth is being vaccumed with a wetvac. It's really intense.

D- love it. I wish I had a case in the cellar. I will def be looking to trade for some of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 19:03:28 | More by urwithdave
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kennyo for sharing his batch 3.

A: Clear golden yellow body with a thin bubbly head that stuck around the edges of the glass for quite some time. No lacing.

S: Pleasantly funky. Green grapes and some green apple. Might even be some kiwi like notes and a bit of oak. Plus bright lemon sourness to round things out. Really clear and enticing.

T: Much like the nose there is a bit going on here. In order of prominence... Green grapes, green apple, lemon, kiwi, pear, oak. Nice and funky. Good sourness throughout that isn't overwhelming but is certainly on display.

M: Light-medium bodied with a well balanced carbonation to keep things fresh on the tongue. A bit of funk and plenty of sour. Nice dry finish.

D: Thoroughly enjoyable. A bit young, but certainly drinkable right now.

Side note.. got a taste of a bottle of batch one at the Rosso Batch 2 release. I'd bump both the taste and drinkability to 5s with batch 1. I found there to be a strong presence of fuji apple juice which I found to be stellar. Too small of a sample to review everything else on its own though. ISO Batch 1 haha

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 22:54:22 | More by callmemickey
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed Flaming Fury more.

The appearance is a very hazy gold with little to no head. Come on, give me some head! It has some bubbles that are produced with an aggressive pour, but other than that nothing. It has some great leg on it though, coats the entire glass with great ABV leg.

The smell is of grapes, sour funky yeast, crisp white wine, and grapes. Very vinous, delicious smell.

The taste is much like the smell but with more complexity. It has a strong white grape and orange rind taste. It is nicely tart and has some wet barnyard characters. It reminded me of this one wine tour I did in Mendoza, Argentina. Earthy, sweet wine, and must, really interesting characters that were intensified after a rain, just superb.

The mouthfeel is good, but could be carbonated a little more. The yeast on the bottom provided the most flavor, which is something I am starting to learn the more sours I drink. Tart and astringent, this was a treat.
J

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 01:21:11 | More by Jmoore50
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my man Dyan who hooked up "The Most Epic Fucking Tasting You Wish You Were a Part Of" with both a 750mL of batch 2 and a 375mL of batch 3 that we tasted side-by-side for beers 10 and 11 of the tasting, numbers 1 and 2 of day 2. Needless to say, we got off to a great start!

I will do my best to review both of these masterpiece brews in the same place by listing the properties of batch 2, and then the comparison that I can draw to batch 3. Here goes...

Pours a crisp and clear golden color that gains haze as a bit of sediment tumbles over the lip of the bottle into my glass. Unlike many wilds, the champagne-like bubbles that often cling to the glass are nowhere to be found. Instead, the carbonation shows up only slightly, giving very nice presentation points to this sour.

The batch 2 exhibits a very formidable aroma. I can smell its funk easily 5 feet away. The notable characteristics are mainly some unripened white grapes and a nice sour yeasty character that comes through with very little acidity. The batch 3 brings more apple esters and a more potent lemony citric acid sourness.

On the palate, this beer really comes together. There is incredible depth, and I struggle to pick out every single element to the flavor. White wine grapes dominate, as pear esters come through in the middle. Unlike the smell, the citric acidity comes through here, but it is almost like lemonade, as it is accompanied by a sweetness that immediately checks the sourness as if to make sure that it doesn't get out of hand. The batch 3 by comparison displayed a much funkier sourness, again, contrary to what the nose led on. There were also peach esters that showed face.

Smooth and satisfying sourness on the palate, like lemonade, as I mentioned earlier. This beer is very nicely balanced, as the flavors dance nicely, each one taking its turn in the spotlight. The younger brother was a bit rougher around the edges and less mellow, with every signal pointing to an incredible maturation to come over the next few years.

Batch 4 10/2/10
4/4.5/3.5/3.5/4
Slightly hazy, peach colored. No head, no lacing to speak of.

Aromas of lemon, peach, strawberry, honey, some sourness, still very light at this point, and tanninc notes that are very strong. The flavor is light and citrusy, with some good funk and sourness, but it really needs some time to evolve and mature.

This will come around, but it isn't there yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 00:58:07 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Gtreid

Florida

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to McDiddyPop for crackin' this one open at the Hunahpu release. Poured into my Stone IRS tulip.

A: Cloudy wheat color. The pour drops a two finger slightly, off white head that leaves some great spotty lace.

A: Sour funk, lemons, white grapes, wine barrels, and earth. Smells like this one could be mouth puckering.

T: Yep, mouthpuckering. Sour, barnyard funk. Big sour citrus and earthy, grassy hops. It just makes your tastebuds stand on end. Finishes very dry and tart.

M: Light body, sharp and acidic. High carbonation.

D and overall impression: Could not have too many of these, the sourness would just destroy my tastebuds. Overall, this is a pretty solid example of the style. I like my sours with just a touch more sweetness to balance out the tartness, but nonetheless a good brew. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 20:36:54 | More by Gtreid
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tpd975

Florida

4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 20:48:05 | More by tpd975
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srroos

California

3.65/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 02:29:49 | More by srroos
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sleepydave

Vermont

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hophead101 for this in trade! 375ml bottle from batch #3.

Opened to a slight gushing but nothing near bad. I think this has some effect as there is a slight spritzy nature to a beer that looks devoid of carbonation after a few seconds of a large eggshell/ivory/ecru/white (random simpsons reference) head.
Poured into a Lindeman's tulip and rather hazy as well. A nice deep golden root beer color, pear juice maybe. Think the color from root beer candy canes, the gold they stripe them with is exactly this hue. By the time that sentence was written my second glass' head is completely gone and this looks like a nice still lambic albeit cloudy.

The nose is reminiscent of Bruocsella to me. Grapefruit, lemons, citrus rind, limes, maybe even some pineapple and peach scents (those two aromas came out much stronger after a few sips). Sandwiched by a nice funky intoxicating mix of brettanomyces and a tinge of alcohol. The brett is a little subdued on the front end with some acidity and prominent on the back with the fruit mingling in the middle. Only after pulling my nose away does my brain detect a slight muscat grape smell at the dying end.

The taste is where this brew really shines. It really is a journey, it's that complex. And it doesn't even stop after you have taken a sip. Sit back and revel in some very tropical fruit flavors long after the sip has gone down. It's complex, but it ramps into it. Although maybe it's more of a sine wave than a ramp.
It starts off with a tame tartness and some pineapple juice sweetness. Upon the swallow this beer explodes with a much more prominent citrusy tart bite followed immediately by some light funk and brett. You'd think that'd be it. But this beer is just warming up. A vividly fluxing aftertaste awaits you. My brain went a little nuts it was so unexpected. I get peaches, then pears, green apples, there are those muscat grapes, more pineapple sweetness. This aftertaste loiters for ages and it's wonderful and ever changing the entire time. This is the most tropical fruit experience I've had with a beer.
The 8% is very believable but not in a bad way at all. It's always there slightly, but it's nowhere near strong. It's rather odd to find an alcohol taste in a lambic style for me, but it's almost welcome.

Mouthfeel is that of a still lambic. Very thin, but the alcohol makes it coat like olive oil. Quite nice. Drinkability suffered as the tart citric quality mixed with the present alcohol would make a 750 a chore for one person. More so than others in the style.

While not my favorite beer ever, it's quite an experience and one I hope to seek out again. Very worthy of the hype, I can't believe this was done on this side of the pond.

EDIT: I just had the pleasure of a batch 1 bottle of this particular beer and it was one of the most delicious drinks I have ever been privy to. I'd go into more detail but I wasn't feeling too well for parts of the day and it was a long drive.
Sans excuses, the alcohol heat was GONE, GOODBYE! This turned into a thin tropical orange julius type of drink. I just cannot get over how absolutely spot on this beer is aged a few years. Just stunning!
I have changed my scores to a combination of the batch#3 and #1. Rounding in favor of batch#1.
#3 Scores- 3.5, 3.5, 4.5, 3.5, 3.0
#1 Scores- 3.5, 5.0, 5.0, 4.0, 5.0

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 00:39:24 | More by sleepydave
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Halcyondays

California

4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 mL, Batch 3,

A: Pours golden with a soft white head, fair retention.

S: Smells like you aged white grape juice in an attic for 6 months, very musty/attic/cobweb.

T: White grapes, some sweet Muscat with a good acidity. White vinegar and some funky lemon, I like the flavour a lot.

M: Light aftertaste, as I've said I enjoyed the strong acid, medium-bodied.

D: A real good sour. Good complexity in this one, don't think I'll ever be able to try it again, but I really liked it. My 2nd experience with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 06:18:31 | More by Halcyondays
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 04:37:24 | More by craytonic
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OlieIPA

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:25:42 | More by OlieIPA
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afausser

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by dkachur--thanks, Dan!

A: pours a very clouded light tangerine with very faint head and lacing. So hazy, in fact, that it almost looks like fruit juice.

S: the first sour I've had, and wow. Clears our your sinuses. Crisp, fresh green apples and sour candy as well as slight yeast, bread and butter notes. Also a mild hint of not-quite ripe raspberries. Slightly musty like an attic or perhaps a barnyard with the smell of horse hair, slight honey, and a bit of hay. Mild white grapes, white and pink (though a dry pink) grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and even banana, as well as a bit of licorice as it warms.

T: Like granny smith apples, only 5 times more sour and slightly bitter. Actually has notes of white wine, along with (no surprise) white grapes. Extremely heavy grapefruits, which I absolutely love. Not quite to the warhead or candy sour level of acidity. The apples and grapefruits actually make this somewhat juicy considering how dry the actual mouthfeel is. The balance between the fruit and the sourness actually works very well.

M: Very crisp and dry, like biting into an extremely sour apple, or a green apple combined somehow with a grapefruit. This is great, though the carbonation dies quickly and I would have liked it to have had slightly more.

D: Had this at a tasting and wish I could have had the whole bottle. Like having a smooth, sour, fresh squeezed (albeit sour) fruit juice.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 19:23:41 | More by afausser
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee de Castleton, Batch #2, courtesy of dkachur, shared at the January C'ville tasting - thanks Dan! Poured in to a snifter.

Appearance: A hazed, pear juice-hued brew with a great foamy spongy white collar and a fizzy, fast-fading head. Carbonation - when visible through the torpid, still body - is bright, fast, and erratic, though I did get the bottom of this bottle on this one. Not too terribly much to say about the this one - it's the least appealing aspect of this beer, as it is with every (or most) sour(s), I suppose.

Aroma: Amazingly complex. Obviously, slight vinegary sourness is evident, but they're not overwhelming or too intense - this doesn't smell like a sourbomb, essentially. The fruit notes are what's most impressive about this one - the obligatory Granny Smith apples are present, but so are Muscat grapes, strong bananas, some sour cherries, and more various tropical fruits than I could try and attempt to name. Nothing about it is too heavy or sharp or striking, and they all meld absolutely beautifully with a moderate amount of wild funk, slight farmhouse, and slight bandaid. An amazingly mature, complex, and well-developed aroma.

Taste: Oh my sweet damn that's good. A strong, sweet spiciness underlies the sourness on this one, adding flourishes of cinnamon to a heavy, fruity base. Smooth citrus, tropical fruits, juicy grapes, tart apples, bananas, and sour cherries meld amazingly with the moderate sourness. The malt base is great, sweet but light, crisp and golden, leaning more towards the sweet side of things (as well as the heavy side of things) than many of the light, crisp, fluffy, barely fruity sourbombs I've had.

Mouthfeel: A slightly thicker base - which makes sense given the attenuation - but with enough carbonation to keep it light, crisp, and only slightly spicy.

Drinkability: An amazing brew, and one I imagine would fill two roles with equal aplomb: it's a good introductory beer in that it's not overwhelmingly sour, is somewhat sweet, and also presents a nice array of fruit notes; but it's also an amazingly complex beer for sourheads, if you like the way the sour quality pronounces the array of weapons available to Brettanomyces. That is, if you want a huge, biting, kick-you-in-the-nuts, vinegar/lactic/acetic bomb, this isn't your beer. This one is full, complex, and runs the gamut of what brewers are (or should be) capable of when Brett. Just truly stellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 23:48:51 | More by CrellMoset
Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.