Cuvee De Castleton - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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461 Ratings
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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 1,019
Gots: 85 | 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:
Beer added by: Billolick on 05-12-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Nickls
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
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 treyrab
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another goodie brought out by Dyan for our Graduation Tasting! Very, very appreciated!

A: Very surprised at how light this was. The lightest colored sour I have ever had. Pours a light yellow, almost lemon juice colored with an absolutely white head. Very spritzy and carbonated.

S: The smell on this was incredible. Very, very tart lemon juice, dry oak, lemon soaked white grapes, nice chardonnay and other tart, light fruits.

T: The taste did not hold up to the smell. It was good. Very good, but just did not hold up to the other sours I've had. Like my buddy Deuane mentioned, it tasted like a light lemon spritzer. Great flavor and highly drinkable, just light and not as complex.

Overall, thanks again to Dyan for this excellent sour!

Edit: Had batch 2 and it has really blossomed. The sour funk really picked up and the complexity increased. Great stuff.

Photo of Goldorak
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this highly hyped Beer, apparently it took quite some effort for my good friend to secure a bottle.

Appearance: Lemonade colored with just about no head, it turned a bit more orangey and opaque when I got a refill.

Smell: Lavander and litchi fruit, the kind you usually find in a nice dessert white wine - I've seen it in ice cider as well - but with a interesting horseblanket backdrop that is just enough to please lambic lovers without scaring off those who don't.

Taste: Fabulously intense acidity, almost lime-like with a bit of mandarine oranges. The carbonation levels and flavor reminds me of Federweisser, a partially fermented white wine served in the Franconian region. Lots of lemon rind twang that dries up the back of your tongue. Wine geeks would wet their panties over this one, it really didn't dissapoint.

Photo of rhinos00
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been craving a "sour" all week and finally decided to crack this one open while watching the King and crew destroy the Pistons. Batch #2 poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a golden straw yellow with very little clarity. Almost has a murky, mustard appearance. Solid two fingers width of white head forms, but literally dissipates within seconds of forming.

S- Nowhere near as complex as the taste. Hints of vinous, sour grapes a plenty mixed with oak and spices. The aroma just seemed too monotone to me. I wished it had a little more variance and character.

T- Wow! Flat out awesome! Talk about balance within a style of beer. From the get go, the beer gives the impression that this will be one sour beer. From the initial taste on the tip of the tongue and midway through, the beer seems to operate on two levels. At the forefront, there is a strong combination of sour grapes, lemon zest and spices. As the sourness builds, an undertone of oak and wood follow. Just before the beer reaches a mouth puckering intensity, the acidic flavors are counter balanced with the a bretty yeast for a perfect balanced flavor.

M- Light to medium bodied with some carbonation. Left a semi-dry feeling in the mouth.

D- The balanced flavor and delicious taste easily mask the 8% abv. I consumed a 750 mL bottle with ease.

Overall, huge thanks to Alex (BeerWorld) for my first in-person trade in which I acquired this excellent beer. Honestly this was one of the best beers I have ever had. Don't let the low marks for appearance fool you. This is a sour worthy of trying.

Photo of Anthony1
2.62/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky pastel yellow, with copious foam at first that settled and stuck around for awhile. Floral nose, fragrant lavender or chamomile, various spices, lime zest, and orange juice. Dry tart feel, zippy with a little grape sweetness. Earthy coriander. Reminds me of a sour blend of orange juice and sprite I used to make as a kid. The dry spritz just evaporates on the tongue, very clean and tasty. This brew really seems to showcase the herbs/spice with a nice orange/lemon-lime compliment.

Photo of auroracrisis
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of washburnkid
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a million to jdmek9 for this incredible beer. I cracked it open to celebrate the end of LSATs forever! 500mL batch #3-enjoyed in a flute.

A: A pour straight down the middle results in a quick fizzy white head. It dissipates quickly and there's no retention. The ale is a really cloudy golden color, varying in dark-light shades.
S: Stinky feet, horses, tart fruits with an emphasis on bitter lemon. Pretty clean and straightforward.
T: Similar to the aroma, but subtle. Very bitter fruits, with that lovely sour warhead flavor. The sour doesn't have the biggest kick, though, and I was really hoping for that! It's earthy, grassy, stinky, but still very clean for a sour. The residuals are surprisingly sweet, with the funky lemon turning into tart white grapes.
M: Medium carbonation and medium body, with tons of shifting residuals linger behind. They range from sour to sweet, and back again.
D: I really enjoyed this one. Thanks, Jason, for letter me crack this open on a very special day!

Photo of rpstevens
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to corby112 for this bottle, poured into my white birch glass. Celebrating the end of another term with this beer, cheers. The beer pours a hazy straw color with an effervescent glow around the edges. There is a thin cap of white foam that leaves no lacing.

The smell is tart apples, sour grapes, oaky wood notes and lemon zest. There is also a musty sourness that rears it's head throughout the scent.

The flavors match the smell well, tart apples, sour grapes and a healthy dose of citrus sour funk. There is a slight oak flavor that complements all the sour and crisp citrus notes.

The beer is light bodied and only slightly carbonated, but the crisp and sharp flavors and dry finish make this beer insanely drinkable. The sour grape flavor is intense at first, but it is so well balanced it makes this beer incredibly drinkable. I wish I had another.

Photo of badbeer
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1:
Bright yellow color with quickly receding white head, little lacing. Aroma has lemon, oak, somewhat acidic, pineapple, and some chardonnay. Taste is quite acidic, but full of interesting flavors like oak, lemon, hay, chardonnay, and pineapple. Very dry and light on the palate with fairly high carbonation. A very, very good sour.

Batch 2: Yellow with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving no lacing. Oak in the aroma, along with some lemon and other citrus aromas. Not very intense, rather delicate, but interesting and well done. White wine taste, lemon tartness, oak, peaches, and maybe a hint of apricot. Medium carbonation and light body, finish is fairly dry. Not nearly as sour as the first batch, but it has nice flavors and is still a nice sour. 4 - 9 - 9 - 4 - 17 = 4.3

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

Batch 4

A- One finger white bubbly head that dissipates quickly, decent lacing on the sides, nice retention, clear golden straw color, decent carbonation.
S- Really nice, sour, brett, really nice grape skin presence, pears, lemon citrus, white grapes.
T- Wow really smooth as well as puckering, not too puckering though really balanced, nice grape skin taste, brett is present, some green apple, pear, lemon, barnyard funk, slight oak, really tasty and easy drinking.
M- Medium/light mouth feel, decent carbonation, slightly puckering, sour, clean finish.
O- Really impressed with this beer, this is a quality and easy drinking sour, really smooth and tasty.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002

It pours almost no head with a carbonation like soda pop and a clear yellow color. The smell is slightly sour with some white wine characteristics and dry bouquet. Taste is a dry white wine with some subtle sour flavors in the background. Still a good mouthfeel with carbonation not overpowering, but giving a good soft acidity. Overall, it's pretty easy to drink as it's a good palate refresher and easily should pair with intense food flavors.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled thanks to some generosity at Capone's (not sure who poured this but thanks!).

Appearance: Hazy golden with no head.

Smell: Nice sour funky aroma. Very tart lemony and earthy nose.

Taste: Very acidic and sour. Nice flavors of grape, funky Brett and even some oak.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and dry.

Drinkability: I was very lucky to get to try this one here. I was impressed with the overall sourness and it really was a great beer. I would definitely seek this one out again.

Photo of domtronzero
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden yellow with a big, short lived whitish head. Tons of lacing.

S - Sweet candy-like pilsner malts, tropical fruits (pineapples and more), big funky barnyard. Light acidic tartness.

F/M - Huge funky barnyard, medium acidic tartness. Sweet malts and tons of tropical fruits (pineapples and mangoes) and a little bit of a white grape flavor. Low bitterness, medium body and moderately high carbonation. Clean dry finish.

D - Great. This is an excellent beer, world class for sure. Dry, fruity, funky, sour, flavorful and very well balanced.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
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

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could tell as soon as I poured this one that it was going to be an immediate favorite. Very quickly fading head, yet remains effervescent looking. Very clear, very hay yellow like apple juice. Smells crazy good. Oak, white grapes and lemon faint horse blanket; I can imagine a small amount of spice coming through, coriander I believe. The flavor is more tart than sour. Lemony and grassy with some horse blanket flavor coming through, but just a little. There is a real chardonnay quality to this beer and a clear grape and sour green apple thing going on. Mouth feel is perfect for the style, a little buttery and a little prickly reminds me of a geuze. It is so sad that this beer is so limited because I could drink tones of it.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to alcstradamus for another amazing brew.

375mL poured into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a pale straw yellow with a nice haze to it. Absolutely no head on the beer. With no head comes no lacing left behind.

S- A little bit of Belgian yeast and some wild yeast as well. Sour grapes, almost liken to a sparkling wine, which makes sense after reading the bottle.

T- More of a subdued flavor than the nose. The Belgian yeast is present and the grapes are barely even noticeable. A little bit of lemon zest round this one out.

M- Lighter bodied, dry on the finish and not very much carbonation. I was hoping this would be a little more crisp.

D- Decent body but not too complex. The flavors aren't very deep or pronounced and not really all that sour.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.54/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with an appearance similar to Champagne. Bubbles are quickly streaming up the glass and popping on top with no head except a thin fizz that disappears completely.

Aroma is full of tart fruits, including white grape skins and green apples. There is a slight oaky wood aroma to round it out, but I still found it a bit one-dimensional.

Flavor is tart with a tight, effervescent profile. The sourness is gentle at this point, reminding me of under ripe fruit. It could dry out a bit, as the fruit profile seems almost artificial. It's as if grape juice was added to the beer, rather than being an integral component.

Not one of my favorite pale sours, but it may be better after more time in the cellar.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3. Nice pop and poured into a RR BA stem. Somewhat fizzy with a nice white head that quickly dissipates into the golden liquid. Slight chill haze with bubbles rising from the bottom like a glass of champagne.

Arom of currants, lite funk, sour grapes and a hint of phenol.

Little prick up front and nicely sweet on the nose with peach and grapes. Very smooth with all the elements in there- sour/tart/funk. Sour hits me on the sides of tongue and does not overwhelm. Oak hidden very nicely and felt in the back. Fizzy yet low in acidity. Finishes dry and very pleasant.

In the realm of American Wild Ales, I really enjoyed CdT. VERY smooth and a treat to drink.

Photo of tayner
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of CoolJosh
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Graduation Tasting: This was the fourth beer that we shared together. Courtesy of Dyan.

The appearance is really appealing to me. It pours an ultra hazy, lemon yellow. The beer sits still, with a small white ring of head at the top.

This smells magnificent. Very interesting floral notes mixes perfectly with sweet lemon. This beer smells like roses, and is very spritz and refreshing. Sweet orange scents hide behind the lemon. There is a really different funk element, as well as subtle musket grapes. Very unique, in that this beer smells sweet and dry.

The taste is outstanding, with very sweet lemon and horse blanket. This beer is a little spicy which has perplexed my taste buds. Fairly floral helps create a nice easy drink. Light cherry comes out in small amounts as the beer warms. Overall a very easy and smooth sour, one of my favorites on the day!

NOTE: Just had batch 3. Much better, more complex.

S: +.5, more pungent, super sour lemon with a really funky cheese scent.

T: +.5, very sour, horse blanket, tarter, nice cheese funkiness.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4, so I've been storing this one for a couple of years.

A: Brilliant golden color, with a small white head the dissolves into a ring. Wish there was a little retention. Effervescent. A little haze from the yeast.

S: Sweet and tart fruity smell, and with a strong brett kick. It's almost like a white wine mixed with brett, which now that I think about it is the point, I suppose.

T/M: Tart and funky. Lactic. Funky. Woody. Distinct grape flavor -- even more like white wine than I remember it being a couple of years ago. A little grainy on the finish, with a mild earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and dry with low-ish carbonation.

O: Sad to finish off my last CdC, but beer is made for drinking, no? Excellent.

Photo of OlieIPA
4.26/5  rDev -3%
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!

Photo of hawks10
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml green bottle - Batch 4 - Poured into a tulip...

Pours a bright golden orange color with one finger of very spritzy, fine white head, which recedes to nothingness very quickly. What is left is a still looking beer, similar to Indian Summer Apple Juice (my favorite). I don't like when beers look still...

Smell is initially tart and lemony. White grapes add some sweetness and makes this beer resemble sparking grape juice/champagne. Though no champagne I ever smelled has the subtle nuances this beer has. Lots of barnyard funk, the brett is very apparent here. Musty and dry with hints of oak. Very nice smelling beer, complex and balanced, bright and tart...

Tart and dry to start. Very dry, lemony with loads of white grapes, they add some sweetness and champagne/white wine-like characteristics. Dusty and musty, brett really shows through, as do some hints of oak. Tasty beer, tart and refreshing, funky and complex, but balanced and highly drinkable...

Medium bodied with low, but spritzy carbonation. Tart, not quite puckering, but a good level of astringent tartness. Finishes dry, making you want more...

Pretty good beer, gonna hang on to my other bottle for a while and see what this one is like with some age on it...

Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.