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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

423 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 973
Gots: 87 | 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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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes. This was shared by our gracious host, thanks Dan.

This beer's first sip is tart as hell. Wow.
Pours a hazy yellowy gold, very little head or lace. Smells like vinous white grapes-- like a chardonnay or a pinot. Lots of big flavor! Smell has a hint or tropical fruits and white grapes-- like green sour grapes. Taste is tart. Tart is still the word.

A light, slightly syrupy body due to minimal carbonation. The beer still drinks nice and easy. It is really quite good!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 04:22:34 | More by AleWatcher
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

05-20-2014 01:03:31 | More by portia99
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle picked up on site at CL.

Appearance is a light golden color with cloudiness and some bubbles. Aroma has a lot going on; white grapes, yeast, lemon, tart and an overall funk. Taking a sip of CdC, it tastes like apple, lemon, pear, tart, and musty too. MF has a champagne characteristic to it and there are some bubbles going on, very neat. All in all, this is a very nice wild ale/ sour from Captain Lawrence. I am just kicking myself that I never made it to any of the CdC releases prior to 2010.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 02:01:38 | More by mltobin
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

05-28-2014 13:32:04 | More by jaasen64
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Photekut

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

05-18-2013 21:03:41 | More by Photekut
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. Poured from a 375ml. bottle into a tulip. Shared by schen9303.

A: Pours a 2 finger foamy white head that collapses quickly. Beer is a cloudy lemon with a slight red tint... a golden raisin if you will. No lacing.

S: Burn rubber, plastic, white grape, sweet ethanol, lemon, citrus, and awkward as it is, dry SMELLING. Fragrant though, and very enticing.

T: Rubber, sweet ethanol, white grape, lemon and grapefruit zest. Yeasty bitterness and tart in the middle. Bit of coriander towards the finish, which is very dry and slightly powdery. Sticky aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, dry, makes my mouth viscous from the saliva as it struggles to rehydrate. Finish is dry, aftertaste is messy and puckering.

D: One of the more unique sours on the market, CdC is as advertised, really more champagne-y than beer-y. Its damn tasty though and I'm dying to open some older batches to see the difference. A bit young at this point, but this'll no doubt develop into a masterpiece!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 00:22:05 | More by SpeedwayJim
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CelticAleMan

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-13-2011 04:32:11 | More by CelticAleMan
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WeisGuy

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

03-22-2012 13:47:53 | More by WeisGuy
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-01-2013 14:08:45 | More by doremite
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brystmar

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5. Had this plenty of times, finally getting around to reviewing.

Looks like white grape juice in my glass with almost zero head and poor retention. Brett and lacto amongst the grapes in the nose. Tart fruit, citrusy, oaky, and inviting.

Taste initially reminds me of lemon-lime Gatorade before jumping into full-on sour mode. Plenty of grape presence and tart citrus. Less bretty and acidic than expected; tons of lacto though, and I really like that. Reminds me of Oui Oui, but without the sulfuric aroma. Why can't I give a 4.25?

Either the carbonation is dying out with time, or this bottle was lacking. I still enjoy the creamy body, though more bubbles would be nice.

An excellent sour from the guys at Captain Lawrence. Wish I had more than one bottle left.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 04:11:34 | More by brystmar
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

03-22-2012 16:12:17 | More by cadaugherty
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kbutler1

Minnesota

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

Bottle. Batch 3. Pours a beautiful clear golden yellow color with little effervescence and surpisingly very little head into my small tulip glass. The aroma I get from this is sweet grapes, funk, and sourness. The initial taste is very good. The light carbonation dances in your mouth and is tart and sweet at the same time. Notes of apricot come to mind. The ending is very reminiscent of a white wine. Rethink my definition of beer? Yes, indeed. I recall first getting into craft beer and experiencing sours and they were no where near what I thought beers could be. This is a great style and a great beer. CL does a great job with this one! Light mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 14:37:21 | More by kbutler1
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jmarsh123

Indiana

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

Review 500!

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 20:18:08 | More by jmarsh123
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joe1510

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml

Batch #2

Cuvee de Castleton is yet another hard to find bottle sent my way courtesy of the generous Kegatron, thanks again Heath! A soft pour produces a fizzy white head of two fingers that instantly disappears. There's no skimming or collar at all. Carbonation bubbles rush to the surface from multiple places throughout the body but can't manage to produce any head. The body is straw golden and quite pale with a surprising clarity that allows me to read the glass clearly through the liquid.

White grape vinous notes kick things off before a good amount of damp oak comes along and a horsey brett. Sugar cookie sweetness sits in the back while musty wildflower notes are given off. Each swirl of the glass shows off a minerality like wet rock. A squeeze of lemon escapes here and there as well. The aroma overall is mouthwatering. The brett and barrel aging make for a nice complexity. When this nears 55-60 a slight booziness comes forward but everything else opens up even more.

The aroma managed to nail the characteristics of the flavor. This beer is vinous throughout with both buttery and damp oak notes. Lemon juice sourness brings with it a touch of white vinegar and mustiness. Wildflower like floral notes abound and make this beer the sheer pleasure that it is. While the barrel aging and brett dosing steal the show there is a quality, although simple, sugar cookie sweetness that seems to be the perfect base for this beer.

The mouthfeel manages to fit this beer very well. Castleton causes a bit of a pucker that borders on sour but doesn't quite make it. The carbonation tickles the sides of the tongue with the light body and allows the tartness to take hold more in those places.

I got instant heartburn after the first couple drinks but it faded as quickly as the head. The tart refreshing qualities when combined with the light body make this an ideal summer drinker. If it's a warm day this is the beer to be sipping on.

If it wasn't for the lack of head on this beer the score would be much higher. This is a tasty beverage without a doubt. I'd love to have another bottle of this sitting down in the cellar, but as is the brett has developed nicely. Thanks for the treat, Heath!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 01:56:14 | More by joe1510
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another epic beer cracked by Adam. You are a fucking pimp.

A: cloudy golden yellow no head no lace

S: sharp lactic sour, lots of tart fruits like green apples and lemons moderate sweetness for some balance

T: sourness is mild, light sweetness seems to mellow this one out, nothing really stands out sort of one dimensional

M: Light dry body modest carbonation

D: good not great, glad I got the chance to try it, now I know not to hunt for it

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 22:26:24 | More by beerwolf77
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uturn

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

03-13-2014 18:39:38 | More by uturn
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Proteus93

Virginia

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

A: Murky blonde, stark white head that falls back to a fizzly collar.

S: Good lord... the aroma of this beer alone is one of the more amazing experiences I have had. A great acidity that gives it a big green apple aroma, along with a warmer note - just the blend of malts and yeast doing wonderful things together. I get a big aroma of banana as well... an intriguing yeast ester. I spent a solid 5 minutes, at least, sniffing... I went about trying to take a taste and then inhaled and it went on.

T: A little more citrus, and a smoother acidity on the palate. There's a doughy flavour to it, and a touch of perfume - while that may come across as an unpleasant descriptor, it is wonderfully pleasant.

M + D: A little fuller than I would have thought, it sports a nice medium body without the same kind of dryness that many other sours. It's still there, but a lot less vapourous, for lack of better words. Quite a lovely brew, and one I'd most definitely love to smell again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 01:49:37 | More by Proteus93
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-23-2013 01:37:09 | More by savagepm
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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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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-13-2012 13:56:14 | More by DaveHack
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brdc

Wisconsin

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

Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip. Batch 2. Unfortunately, I forgot who was the generous BA that provided this one.

Not as hazy as described by others until the last glass, straw colored, capped by a large white bubbly head.
The aroma is very funky, acid and tart, with a few grape notes in there as well as some oakiness.
Nicely carbonated, medium bodied, but quite refreshing.
It is very tart and acid, and very funky. Sour grapes and apples, multiple notes that remind you of an acidic wine, tart, and sometimes herbal. There are hints of woodiness and some sweetness, but the acidity remains the most noticeable character.
A very nice beer, although not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 15:53:37 | More by brdc
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-17-2011 02:37:23 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Urbancaver

Ohio

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

Pours a clear pale yellow... Nice white head. Pretty wonderful smelling. Lots of grape and spice. Wonderful smelling. Tastes similar. Lots of nice spice. Tart, fruity. Very well balanced. Not too acidic. Well carbonated but a bit thick. Overall one of my favourite sours in terms on balance

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 23:58:25 | More by Urbancaver
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 13:57:10 | More by hooliganlife
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-22-2012 17:56:53 | More by FreshmanPour77
Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.