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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

426 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 974
Gots: 88 | FT: 7
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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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-23-2013 21:12:30 | More by Luk13
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Azrael


4.75/5  rDev +8%

02-21-2013 04:26:35 | More by Azrael
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-19-2013 15:09:23 | More by ShanePB
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8%

02-06-2013 00:36:32 | More by Hugonaut13
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Batch 2, 3, 4, and 5 tasted side by side. Batch 2 seemed much different than the other two and is worth scoring separately. The overall score is the score of the newer recipe.

Batch 2:
4/4.5/4.75/4/4.25
Batch 3, 4, 5:
4/4/4/4/3.75

Tangerine peach color, transparent with a bit of haze. Lighter, more transparent edges. A small cap fades to a ring fairly quickly.

The aroma is fairly tart, white grape, lemon zest, and peach. Acidic and some musty funk.

The flavor is quite sour, although not quite as extreme as the batch 2. Just a touch of sweetness from the malt, then the white grape comes through a bit. Peach, a bit of tangerine, and then some lemon zest in an escalating sour flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 05:03:48 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-29-2013 21:08:37 | More by Soonami
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hansgruber

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-29-2013 04:05:02 | More by hansgruber
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pmoney

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-28-2013 16:03:21 | More by pmoney
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Treebs

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a Half Acre snifter. Batch #5. Big thanks to cosmicevan for the share.

A: Pours a hazy lemon color with a light orange body. A thin white head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to a thin ring. Some splotches of lace are left behind.

S: Fruity with a little acetone. Sour lemons, a little lactic with some white grape sweetness and tartness.

T: Lactic sourness, some cheek puckering dryness. Oaky finish with some lemon grass and white grape.

M: Light bodied. Puckering tartness with a dry, mildly acitic finish. Medium carbonation

O: Very nice beer. Definitely enjoyed the subtleties of this and the mouthfeel was spot on.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 14:30:16 | More by Treebs
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-27-2013 08:06:46 | More by popery
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jbuddle

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-22-2013 21:47:58 | More by jbuddle
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jampics2

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-21-2013 14:51:47 | More by jampics2
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-20-2013 19:36:11 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Arbitrator

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-20-2013 01:35:21 | More by Arbitrator
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-19-2013 16:38:57 | More by jacewg
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-19-2013 16:29:26 | More by SkiBum22
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-18-2013 01:42:31 | More by yourefragile
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spycow

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-13-2013 22:26:37 | More by spycow
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.6%

01-09-2013 17:22:57 | More by Stigs
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beagle826

New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful big fizzy head. Amazing color and aroma. Lip puckeringly sour, maybe a bit too much so for my tastes. Excellent for the style though.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 02:00:33 | More by beagle826
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-06-2013 17:13:03 | More by orangesol
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 5. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Clear golden with almost no head. Looks pretty flat.

Smell - Slightly fruity. Lemon comes to mind. Mostly vinegar here, though. Not intense, but dominant. Touch of funk and some peaches.

Taste - Quite sour. Lemon fruit flavors. Light vinegary flavors, at least compared to the nose. Clean, but intensely acetic. Too much for my taste. Bready in the finish also.

Mouthfeel - Puckering. Clean sour. Low carbonation.

Overall - I see why everyone loves this. It's incredibly sour, with some nice fruity notes. I just don't dig the acetic sourness, especially in a pale sour.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 19:16:19 | More by Alieniloquium
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

12-28-2012 14:41:02 | More by AlexFields
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FalconA

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

12-26-2012 15:26:39 | More by FalconA
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Cuvee De Castleton pours a starbright yellow-gold that, indeed, looks something special. It struts the bling. Despite this obvious radiance, however, its ash blond complexion is hopelessly distorted (though I suppose technically still clear). Whatever head it might have once procured is now long gone, likely an unintended consequence of the barrel aging.

Though the bouquet is a relatively inward one for the style, muscat grapes are apparent from the start. I also wouldn't be surprised to learn the oak barrels in which it's aged at some point contained Chardonnay; the wood purrs like a cat asking to be stroked and there's also a touch of must. Smells like a wine cellar. It has the tartness (though not exactly the flavour) of a Granny Smith apple and a few other cider-like qualities.

Malty flavours are now a distant murmur, long since infected by the acidic tartness of wild yeasts and an almost savory oak wood taste. Its exquisite inner perfume is simultaneously juicy and off-dry and features nuances of Limoncello, yellow plum, and wafting florals. The bubbles are less than vibrant, leaving the acidity to settle on the palate like a heavy net (practically burning a small hole in the back of the throat in the process).

Cuvee de Castleton may taste unusual to most beer drinkers, but if you're a sparkling or white wine drinker this will all seem very familiar: steely, bubbly, elegant with apple and citrus acidity - this is definitely suited to a champagne flute (and given the rarity and price, champagne-worthy occasions). Were it not for those unfortunate facts, it would be more than advisable to bring to a party; a real conversation starter.

Batch #5 was released just over a year ago but I wouldn't allow it much more time to mature; it certainly doesn't taste young. The acidity is already powerful enough to make things feel a bit disjointed and its energy is far from outstanding. Despite impressing some sensation of weightlessness, the finish isn't exactly overly persistent either. Were it actual bubbly, it'd be the Borat of the champagne world.

So-called "wild ale" is a style where anything is possible, good or bad - surviving extended barrel aging and the onslaught of savage yeasts and bacterium aren’t easy conditions for a beer, but it’s a challenge that builds complexity and character. Despite the latter being added free of service, Cuvee de Castleton lacks the real drive and beautiful detail that describes the best beers, 'wild' or not so wild. Wish I could say better things...

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 08:05:59 | More by biegaman
Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.