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Little Linda's Liquid - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 19.35%
Wants: 149
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gregc on 04-04-2009)
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Reviews by kevinv:
Photo of kevinv
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml red-wax dipped bottle into my Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Poured a light copper/orange with reddish hues that was ever so slightly hazy. About a 1 finger foamy white head formed which slowly dissipated to a thin ring. Moderate lacing was left on the glass. Carbonation is present

S - The nose is tart and acidic. Wonderful notes of cherries, mild oak, light apples, and a light funkiness. Notes of vanilla poke through as the beer warms.

T - I was surprised at how light the sourness was. It's tart, but not palate destroying-ly so. Strong earthy character with notes of a woody oakiness. Complex fruit characteristics - cherries dominate, but commingle nicely with light notes of lemon and grape. The finish is very dry. Well done.

M - Light crisp body with medium-high carbonation.

D - This is a very easy drinking sour. The cherry flavors were wonderful, but possibly a bit muted. I am a bit surprised at all of the disparity in the reviews.

kevinv, Apr 07, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Super thick red wax on the bottle. Clear golden pour with a touch of pink and a small bubbly head. Funky upfront with light cherry and wet oak scents as well. A bit acidic with some vinegar and honey accents.

First sip birngs funky, cheesy flavors upfront with an underlying tart cherry that's rather mellow. A touch of honey midway through along with mineral water. Lemon zest and puckering tartness on the way down. Odd brew here, flavors seem off.

Mouthfeel is light and arid with solid carbonation. Overall, flavor is just a bit weird and seems infected in not a good way. Shared this one at that was more than enough. Glad to have had the opportunity but this didn't do it for me.

orbitalr0x, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this retired sour beer.

The beer pours a very hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a little bit funky, with notes of apricots and peaches coming through. Very nice.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of tropical fruit including peaches and apricots. I also get some light funk and a little bit of tartness. Fairly dry and easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 04, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at a tasting at hoppymcgee's. About a 2oz. pour into a tasting glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Gentle pour yielded a tiny yellowish-white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a cloudy yellow color. Lacing is spotty and near non-existent. Carbonation is really not there for a sour...

S: Nose is funk, woody, barnyard, cane sugar, fresh granny smith apples.

T: Opens tart and woody. There's a band-aid funkyness. Also cherries and granny smith apples. This sour lacks complexity and intensity. Flavors are a little muddled and tartness is present but not knock-your-socks-off overwhelming. At least its balanced though.

M: Light bodied, smooth, but surprisingly a bit flat. Near no finish but with phelgm inducing tartness at the end.

D: Overall with the hype surrounding this one, a bit of a letdown. Not a bad beer by any means a particularly well balanced. However, flavors are too toned down. Also, mouthfeel is flat, which is off for a sour. I'd have it again, perhaps for sheer novelty, but CL has and does usually come up with much better.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Photekut
1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

Photekut, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.5%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to this one. I had tried to track one down for quite a while and was thrilled with the kind BA who gifted me one in a recent BIF. Served a cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 08/02/2009.

Appearance 3 - The pour was rather unremarkable I have to admit. Light pink hue comes across rather dull on top of a liquid with no visible carbonation to speak of. No head, no lacing.

Smell 4 - Aroma is nice, tart cherries, hints of light oak notes start to come through as it warms. Nice balance here between the light fruit and tartness that comes with it. Some sugary sweet notes start to perk up after a few minutes as well. Interesting.

Taste 4 - As I take the first sip cherries are on the tongue right away. A nice quick hitting dash of light sour then comes in clean, with a light touch of spice in it towards the finish. Warming brings out a light oak, hint of grapes perhaps and a well balanced profile. Smooth, long drawn out cherry flavor caps it off quite nicely.

Feel 3.5 - Light, too little carbonation for me left me searching for something more. Though it wasn't bad per se I just felt it needed a bit more of a pop.

Drinkability 4 - Very drinkable, but again it needed a little bit more for me. Still though nice and smooth and the flavors seem to work well together.

Overall 3.75 - Pretty darn solid,. But I am underwhelmed by the hype machine that was created around it. Taken on its own it's a shot above average at best. Not saying not to try it, but it wasn't all there for me.

mikesgroove, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam and Anna for opening this.

Peach colored with a reddish tint, oddly pale for a beer brewed with cherries. Hazy, but nicely carbonated with a fairly lasting head.

Musty and sweaty aroma, but also fairly oxidized. Cardboard-like, this reminds me of the first batch of Rosso that had capping problems. Fruitiness is evident, not necessarily full-on cherry, more like cherries mixed with stonefruit and lemon.

Pleasantly acidic on the tongue. Light bodied, cheesy, sharp, oxidized. Cherries and peaches and wet paper. The oxidation mars what would be a pretty good beer - as it stands, this is fairly enjoyable but flawed. Hopefully this is brewed again and their quality control problems are resolved.

largadeer, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of vacax
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden beer with the slightest tinge of red. A few large white bubbles to be seen, but not much head. Aromas of earthy sweet cherries, crisp with barely any malts, traces of honey and flora. Very little aroma. Tastes like cherry water with a light tartness. Light bodied with a light carbonation, watery feel matches the watery taste. Drinkable in that there is hardly any flavor to deal with, but the high acid content burns the lips, bringing it down. I would not recommend this beer.

vacax, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into two white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this unexpected surprise from our latest trade!

A: Pours a very cloudy, pale-peach color. Perched on top is a bright-white, one-finger thick head. A few floaties were visible and what laceing was present was of the drooping rope variety. Note: this bottle gave me the "pffft" sound as soon as I started to pry off the wax (before even touching the cap!) and the underside of the cap had what looked like specks of mold on it...weird.

S: Marginally tart, definitely funky. Aromas of sour berry and vinegar with a fleeting hint of vanilla to take the edge off.

T: Tastes just as it smells with the additions of un-ripened peach, a pinch of pear, and wet earthy oak.

M: Acidic and puckery with a surprisingly full and satisfying heft. The middle and finish bordered on feeling creamy. Heather's not completely sold on sour beers because she feels a lot of them are too thin, but she was very impressed by the fullness of this one.

D: Could've used a 750 of this, it was that good. Very refreshing and a pleasure, not a chore, to drink. Fantastic...thanks again, Joe!

GbVDave, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of soccerman7
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very nice salmon/pink champagne color. A nice little head that quickly disappeared but a constant carbonation.

S - Fruit and funk. Cherries and wine characters with a little earthiness and lemon. Really complex.

T - Excellent sour. The sourness isn't overwhelming, but very delicate. The carbonation gives it a very refreshing fruit character. The funk is present but adds interesting notes like leather and straw. Has a champagne type of finish

M - Really excellent for a sour. The carbonation makes it refreshing and light while it is smooth and lingers.

D - Truly an excellent sour! I am looking forward to trying this down the road and seeing how it develops. Another hit by Captain Lawrence.

soccerman7, Apr 26, 2009
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Ilovebrew
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Ilovebrew, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for opening this one at our tasting over the weekend.

A: The pour is a pale golden color with some highlights of orange. There's not much in the way of head formation, however.

S: The nose has muted notes of sweet cherries (like pie filling). The funkiness is quite minimal, as is the perception of tartness. There's a slight mustiness, but overall, nothing all that noteworthy going on here.

T: The flavor is similarly lackluster. The sweet cherry pie flavor is there, which I find to be somewhat unpleasant in wild ales. There is a definite acidity and a bit of tartness, but this is not overly sour.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation, which was a pleasant surprise due to the lack of head on the pour.

D: This was a pretty disappointing effort, all told. I was hoping for a nice sour cherry beer, but found an acidic (but not very tart) sweet, cherry beer.

womencantsail, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of portia99
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

375ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass. After several unsuccessful attempts to trade this one away, there's nothing left to do but drink this. Bruins/Capitals - Game 7 - seems like a good occasion.

A - Bottle opens with not even a whisper of carbonation...not a good start. Pours a pale and well hazed link pinkish orangey gold...reminiscient of fruit juice. A few sparse bubbles make their way to the surface, but seems to be more from the turbulence of the pour rather than any carbonation activity. The stillness is the only detractor for an otherwise good looking wild ale.

S - Very oaky/woody on the nose. Lots of white wine like aromas here too, grapey, apples, quite tart with lemons, tart cherries. Smells quite acidic - this is making me think it will be really sour...here's hoping. Bretty funk mixes nicely with the acidic and wine-like aspects of the beer. Sourness is mostly acetic and vinegary with hints of lactic sourness mixed in too.

T - Yep, as suspected from the opening and the pour, totally still...oh well - on to the flavors. Overall, really not that sour at all - smell is rather misleading. A bit of a mix of earthy and some metallic flavors at the base. Lots of oak, some mild funk, earthy and vaguely mushroom-like, not a corked&caged bottle - but cork, tart cherries, grape juice.

M - Totally still...not a bubble of life to this bottle - really disappointing. Body is quite thin and water-like. Not much tartness/sourness at all - not the slightest bit puckering. Combo of earthy flavors is a bit too strong and leaves behind a bit of a dry, metallic, drink out of a steel can kind of feel on the swallow.

O - Bottle past its prime in all likelyhood. Cap was solidly secured under a painfully difficult to remove 1/16th - 1/8th inch of wax so doubtful that it leaked...might have been on the still side to begin with - bad bottle - probably will never know. I think a little life could have helped this one out tremendously. Flavor was good, a bit heavy on the earthy to be ideal, but good nonetheless.

portia99, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of sideshowe
3/5  rDev -19.4%

sideshowe, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jkane101
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jkane101, May 15, 2013
Photo of mcallister
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper colored with a very nice white head highly carbonated with sticky tight lace around the glass.

Effervesence of cherry, oak, raspberry esters, tart funky character with a slight hint of brett.

Hmmmm mildew and moldy flavors on the finish are a bit offputting. However the tartness and acidity of the cherry flavor on the beginning and middle are quite nice. Oak adds tannin and body with some sourness and funk but not overly puckering. Nice beer but if not for the mildewy flavor it would be a higher scorer.

mcallister, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle with red wax on the cap. The wax smells disgusting. Poured into my Bruery tulip.

The beer is effervescent and bright golden with a pillowy one inch, angelic pure white head. The retention is very good and there's a nice amount of thick soapy lacing on the glass. This beer looks fantastic.

The aroma is earthy, with some oak and fruitiness. There's a lot of Brett in the nose, imparting musty barnyard, goaty, and horse blanket characteristics. Some vinegar is present. The sour and tart cherries aren't dominant in the nose, but they're noticeable beneath the Brett. The aroma is moderately tart. Smells great.

The initial flavor is tart with a Brett attack. It's slightly musty, and not as...well, Bretty as the nose. The cherries are noticeable shortly after, lending sweetness to this tart beer. Vinegar is present, and the finish is very dry and oaky, with a medium level of tartness. The finish leaves my mouth tasting like cherries and, strangely enough, golden delicious apples. Weird. There's some sugary sweetness in the finish.

Light bodied with a high level of carbonation, and a very dry mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a solid sour from Captain Lawrence. It looks great, has a very nice mouthfeel, and smells fantastic, but the taste wasn't what I was expecting. The flavors don't blend together well. The Brett seems to fight the cherries. The beer at all times seems to be contemplating whether to be sweet or tart.

HopHead84, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of AlexFields
1.75/5  rDev -53%

AlexFields, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle into a large snifter. Bottle# ??? out of 250ish. I guess this is a one off.

Linda's liquid looks good with a nice semi bright orange glow with some trace amounts of red depending how your looking at it, I guess we can call it pinkish. A minimal white head reaches 1/4 of an inch and eventually only wraps around the perimiter of the glass, very small lacing, if I can call it that.

Linda's musk is not in your face large but enough to get a good idea of where this is going. For being a wild ale, this is just light on funk and no sign of extreme tartness. Any tartness comes from the addition of tart cherries which are also very faint. A bit of a earthy scent coming from the very faded hops giving off fresh grass. Decent, not eye opening.

Linda tastes very good, im not sure why some people are shitting on her. I'll say that the base golden ale is still very much noticable with just enough wild yeast to call this a wild. The cherry flavor is not as big as other similar wild cherry beers so it comes off more like a squirt of cherry juice. Some oak from the barrel and some light earthy/musty flavors with some lactic coming through. A bit of barnyard and smelly cheese with a lot of warming.

Just a little tart and even less sweetness rolling off the tounge as this goes down. Perhaps the bottle is a bit young. A nice light body with a ok amount of carbonation. Over the course of this I found it to be very smooth but somewhat dead in the water. This is very refreshing finishing on the dry side.

Im not sure what the ABV on this one is but if Linda came in a bomber or bigger I would have no problem killing my liver and stomach lining with it. This is smooth and light on the funk/sour/tartness, but there is enough to classify it as wild. With the tame wildness of Linda I can see this pairing well with a assortment of foods. Hopefully CL makes a revamped version of this down the line.

BARFLYB, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +34.4%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes scribbled down about 20 minutes after leaving a tasting tonight. I didn't intend to review anything, so I didn't bring a pen and paper, but I tried to commit to memory the details of a few beers. This is one.

A: Pours a clear, reddish copper body. Light beige head that retains decently well and leave some lace during sips.

S: Musty, funky, footy, salty, old cheese: my first thought upon sniffing this was, "This smells like an aged Cantillon Classic Gueuze." There's a vinous note that comes out, as well as touches of raspberry.

T: Solid and complex. I find myself enjoying notes of raspberry and grape intermingled with a full-on funk blast of salt, cheese, and something herbal in the back. A soft lactic sourness rounds out the beer without burning a hole in my throat. Among the upper tier of wild ales I have tried; again, the Cantillon comparison is appropriate.

M: Light-bodied, with active effervescence. It's semi-dry, with some tartness. Tannic astringency in the finish. If anything I would say the carbonation was higher than I like, but it doesn't ruin the beer.

D: This is one of the few times where I feel that people have solidly underrated a beer. I'm told this wasn't that great when it was young, but the bottle we tried has aged phenomenally, and nearly everyone at the tasting raved about it (except, surprisingly, largadeer).

Arbitrator, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Exiled, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into my Cantillon glass it pours a foggy orange. Minimal creme head. Nose is lactic. There is that funkyness. There is also a soft floral kind of fruit tone as well. At first I thought I was getting a whiff of leather smoky tones. Flavor is smooth. Lactic tones are there. I don't really get an out-right cherry flavor on it, but there is a smooth fruit tone that seems ambiguous. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation is lower. The complexities could stand to be a bit more thorough, but perhaps some aging will bring that out. Either way this is extremely drinkable, unfortunately. And I say unfortunately because there is only 12.7 ounces of this to be had from this bottle. If this were available in 5 liter containers, I would be happy to sit around and sip on it all day. Hopefully there will be a new batch available sometime soon.

RblWthACoz, Apr 18, 2009
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Little Linda's Liquid from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.