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Little Linda's Liquid - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Little Linda's LiquidLittle Linda's Liquid

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BA SCORE
84
good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 19.03%
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:
Beer added by: gregc on 04-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 34
Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of Arbitrator
4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
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).

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of tprokop7
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
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!

Photo of soccerman7
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with golden peach hues and a one finger frothy white head. Decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Funky aroma with lots of tart dark cherry, earthy oak, vanilla and dry bretty effervescence. As it warms it smells more tart and funky but the prominent character of the nose is lacto, brett and dark fruit. Hints of cherry, strawberries and cream, grape and other dark berries.

Tart and puckering without being overly acidic with lots of earthy oak, vanilla, vinous dark fruit and dry brett. There is a really nice balance of tart, sweet, earthy and dry. The oak character is strong with lots of earthy wood flavor and subtle vanilla which balances out the sweet and puckering notes. Hints of tart dark cherries, strawberry and grape as well as some faint light fruit. Slight lactic cream adds to the complexity, body and drinkablity. Lots of dry bretty effervescence . The finish is puckering and bone dry with only a faint vinegary aftertaste that leaves me salvatng for more.

This is one of the better Captain Lawrence sours I've had and I can't believe that the ratings aren't higher. Sour, complex, incredibly flavorful and extremely quaffable with very little acidity. Awesome!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml wax dipped bottle.

A whisp was evident upon cutting into the thick wax around the cap, with no whisp when the cap was removed..Odd.

Pours clear gold with an orangy hue. Perhaps a tinge of pink if you look closely. A thin whisp of white surface foam receded to a partial skim coat with streaks of dots for lacing througout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with musty Brett and faint cherries. Wet horse, lemon pith, dusty sock, pineapple skin, and cherry pits. Fruity and funky with a sharp, acidic promise.

Light bodied with a crisp, pointed mouthfeel. Drying and quenching.

Soured fruit and a wheaty twang start the palate. Quite dry with a juicy, cherry-like profile. Acid-spritzed citrus fruit with barely a trace of malt and a hint of cherries.

Finishes with a lingering dryness, light cherries, and tart acid.

The beer is severely drinkable. The acid is very clean and there is very little lacto-bite or vinegar. My main gripe is the beer needs a lot more cherries. Otherwise, great beer!

Photo of CTJman
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice hazy reddish rose color. Minimal white head.

S: Nice sour nose with a touch of cherries. It also has a little bit of a musty basement smell.

T: Very mild. The cherries are kind of subdued. Only a touch of tartness. The golden ale really does shine through. Finished with a nice natural sweetness.

M: Low carbonation. Very light body.

D: Very nice and drinkable. Not as tart as the other Captain Lawrence sours but a nice beer.

Photo of kevinv
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of drseamus
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange body with almost no head.

S: Funk right up front with some good tart cherries. Love it.

T: Tart but it doesn't have anything on the rosso. Slight cherries but more sweet than tart. Decent lacto with a musty aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and perhaps a bit too thin.

D: Not enough time on it. Let it sit.

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a hazy orange color with a fizzy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded but it left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it. Very nice for the style.

The aroma shows a lot of sour cherry flavor to it. It's tart, acidic and funky with a bit of the barrel characteristics coming through. The cherry flavor is excellent in it.

The taste has a sharp acidic tartness to it up front. The cherries seem to cut through that with a bit of sweetness in the finish though. It's moderately sour and funky but it also has a strong musty almost basement like flavor going on as well. It has a very dry finish to it and also shows a bit of the woody oak flavors coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, it's a very good American Wild ale. The cherries were very nicely done in it. Overall a very solid American wild ale. It's not the sourest of the sours, but the flavors just worked for me. I love real cherries in beer when done right.

Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by beerloco on New Years Day thanks!

Appearance: Pours golden orange with a large off white crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Lots of granny smith apples, some wild yeast presence, and some cherry notes.

Taste: Very earthy...like potting soil and perlite to me. Not much sourness but a bit dry/tart. A bit of barnyard presence and a leather note too. Good, but not "Big" by any means.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a light body. Appropriate for the style but not sensational.

Drinkability: No problems drinking this one.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from kennyo, thank you sir!

375 ml. waxed bottle poured into a tulip. Some mold and such underneath the bottle cap which is a bit odd seeing this is a pretty recent release...oh well, moving on.

Pours a golden orange with a big fluffy three finger white head that crawls down the sides of the glass leaving wonderful spiderweb lacing. Aroma is tart fruits with vinegar and grass. A good amount of barnyard and rhubarb too, a sour lover's dream. Taste begins with an apple flavor, hmmm...thought this was aged with cherries? Regardless, it tastes good. Much less funky on the tongue than the aroma gave off. Some oak and hay flavors with a bit of honey. Once again, no cherries but still tastes pretty good. Very light body with a crisp refreshing feel and aggressive carbonation. Easy drinker for sure, tart flavors are quite mild especially after taking a whiff. I could use more cherry flavors, but a solid sour none the less.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of JohnQVegas
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter. Big thanks to Gregc for the chance to try this one.

Pours a pinkish orange, close to a light coral maybe, with almost no head, thin foamy white head. I've never really seen a beer this color before.

Nose is nice - green apples, lemony acidity, some cherries, bit of vanilla, and a lot of bretty, barnyard funk, wet leather. At one point, between the light vanilla sweetness and the green apples, a really nice apple pie a la mode thing kinda came out, but was unable to reproduce.

I don't really find the cherries in this one; the golden ale comes out, as does the acidic funk. Quite leathery, some horse blanket, lightly acetic, all fairly kept in check. Some nice light fruity sourness (green apples and, oddly, apricots) right before the finish. This one works a bit better cooler - more fruit, keeps the golden and the leather in check.

Mouthfeel is nice, crisp and light, just a bit of acidity sharpness.

Drinkability is good, refreshing and not out of control. However, while this one has all the right pieces, they don't quite come together on the same level as say, Rosso, which is a great sour. Still, a nice beer, and absolutely pleasant if not a world beater.

Photo of Nickls
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes - shared by a kind RBer)

A - Lightly clear orangish pink hue; thinner eggshell colored head that didn't last very long; no lacing

S - Tart sourness; lactic; slight hint of funkiness toward the end

T - Tart cherries; sour; light vinegar; only slightly funky; buttery; overall a bit weird even for the style but still pretty good

M - Light; bubbly carbonation; dry finish

D - Good drinking; easy to quaff even if for the slightly odd flavors

Overall, an interesting brew, but I really think that there are quite a few better examples out there that are more readily available.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Little Linda's Liquid from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.