Little Linda's Liquid - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
04-07-2011 16:43:27 | More by kevinv
4.33/5 rDev +16.4%
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!
02-17-2011 00:51:55 | More by brewandbbq
4.43/5 rDev +19.1%
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!
01-14-2011 03:57:53 | More by corby112
3/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
10-06-2010 05:17:47 | More by largadeer
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
09-22-2010 00:27:34 | More by billab914
4.63/5 rDev +24.5%
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).
09-04-2010 07:13:07 | More by Arbitrator
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
07-24-2010 20:04:31 | More by mcallister
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
Thanks to KRAMER17801 for sharing this 375ml bottle with Brewslut and myself on 4/9/10.
A - Emerged from the bottle as a hazy orange liquid with a tiny white cap that quickly dispersed into a thin ring and wispy veil.
S - Aroma suggests a vinous quality with sour grapes and a hint of floral sweetness with subtle funky basement notes. A hint of oaky astringency also develops as I allowed the liquid to reach room temperature.
T - The flavor is much sweeter that the aroma would imply, with an almost artificial sweetener character. Think Splenda. The funk is somewhat muted, especially when compared to the aroma, although the sour grape character is quite obvious, as well as oaky notes. Finishes with sharp herbal tones in the backend.
M - Thin, moderately carbonated body with a semi-dry finish and fair amount of tartness on the palate.
D - Interesting, and although not a favorite of mine from Captain Lawrence, I did appreciate it's unique, complex qualities and deviation from the typical American Wild Ale fare.
04-16-2010 16:47:34 | More by ffejherb
3.55/5 rDev -4.6%
Sampled December 2009
The beer is carbonated, but it has a hard time forming much of a head. A vigorous pour produces only a spotty, very large bubbled, pale colored head. The beer is a reddish, copper hue that shows a mostly clear, orange tinted, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a solid mustiness and sort of mushroom note to it as I am pouring it. When inspected more closely it shows a bright tartness that is as much, if not more, acetic in its bite than lactic. A fair amount of spicy, woody oak is noticeable and this accentuates a funky, woody mushroom note as well as a touch of over-ripe cheese character. There is a distinct note here in the nose that took me a while to recognize, but I think it is a fermented out raspberry, almost seed like aroma; the sweetness characteristic of raspberries is gone and instead there is that almost vegetal, spicy fruitiness and slight woodiness that makes raspberries so distinct. I like that the raspberries integrate so well within the nose, they play more of a supporting role and even add to the complexity.
A light carbonation adds some texture to this light, almost watery feeling beer. There is definitely an acetic edge to this beer, but a lactic acidity also plays a role; actually the flavor is a lot less tart than I was expecting based on the aroma. There is that characteristic, raspberry pit, spicy woodiness, perhaps a wisp of sweetness that plays up the fruit character. This has an oaky backbone to it that plays a definite supporting role without overwhelming the other flavors; there are some lingering woody notes and perhaps a hint of oaky astringency.
This is more complex in the nose than in the flavor, which is definitely a bit of a disappointment. Overall not a bad beer though; the texture, and likely the flavor, would have been boosted with a zippier, more substantial carbonation. The texture and the flavor seem a bit flat as a result and in the end this actually seems quite forgettable. Hopefully subsequent takes by this brewer will be a bit more characterful and complex; I wonder if they just need some serious fermentation time.
03-07-2010 16:37:28 | More by Gueuzedude
3.08/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
02-14-2010 22:09:03 | More by vacax
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
Thanks to jdubfl for this one.
A: Pours a murky sort of yellow hue with a small white head. No retention or lace.
S: Lots of tart cherry, funky brett, with mild oak and vinegar.
T: Good bit of cherry for sure. Mild tartness with Brett noted. The oak is there but not in a very big way. A bit of aspirin flavor as well.
M: On the lighter side of medium, sort of slick.
D: Just okay, not my favorite sour.
02-13-2010 17:57:45 | More by tpd975
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
Reviewed from notes after consumption at hoppymcgee's tasting. Thanks Jon!
A - Very hazy apple gold with lots of sediment (probably a product of this being the dregs of the bottle). Very low carbonation with zero head.
S - Very sour/tart green apples, with strong hints of ammonia
T - Underwhelming, and disparate from the nose as its not nearly as sour as I expected. Lots of apple and cherry.
M - Very thin and flat, almost even thinner than water.
D - Not one I'd seek out again, but glad I tried it. I don't think this is Scott's best showing by far.
02-08-2010 04:22:38 | More by NYCWheatFanSC
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
02-03-2010 19:24:32 | More by womencantsail
3.6/5 rDev -3.2%
Picked up this bottle from the brewery way back when but had never opened a bottle until I brought one to a tasting. From notes, 1/16.
First pour yielded an amberish yellow color with decent clarity. Some stray bubbles float to the surface, but no real head formation.
Smells just kind of musty and dirty. No real developed funkiness here. Some sweaty tartness. Earthy and just kind of dusty like that old box of pasta you left in the way back of your cupboard. Relatively low sourness in the taste, same kind of odd dirtiness apparent in the aroma... some fruitiness but really not distinctly cherry.
Low level of carbonation creates a somewhat slippery of a mouthfeel which almost exacerbates the weird profile of the funk flavors. Pretty drinkable, but I'm left wondering what the ABV is. Overall an interesting attempt, but could've been a lot better if Scott had maybe left it in the barrels longer and given it more of a chance to develop. That combined with a larger addition of fruit could make for a world-class beer, as is, it's a bit underwhelming.
01-21-2010 00:50:52 | More by Ineedabeerhere
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
01-17-2010 14:03:26 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
01-05-2010 23:32:52 | More by koopa
3.3/5 rDev -11.3%
Reviewed on 11/7/2009. Bottle, huge thanks to j12601! Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of sour funk, light fruits (cherry I suppose). Flavor is a little minerally, some cheese, and sour funk. Some sweet tart cherries in the finish. It was ok, but overall I was a little disappointed.
12-19-2009 04:00:14 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5 rDev +3%
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.
11-25-2009 22:53:23 | More by BARFLYB
3.23/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
11-12-2009 02:13:53 | More by orbitalr0x
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev +7%
(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.
08-29-2009 16:34:03 | More by Nickls
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
Received this brew in a trade with Gregc. I've been pretty excited to give this brew a go as Captain Lawrence is one of my favorite breweries. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.
Appearance- Pours a semi hazy yellowish orange with a nice frothy full fingered bright white head. A nice spotty cap is left along with a thick collar that leaves a fair amount of random lacing.
Smell- Fairly tart with a big burst of green apple and cherries. Acidic and vinegary with a sour that makes my mouth water in anticipation. A nice funk hides underneath that isn't overly potent, but it is present. Horse blanket and a bit of mushroom mingle and mix well with the barrel. A light bit of vanilla and white grapes hang around in my nostrils as well.
Taste- Wow, I get no cherries what-so-ever. The beer almost seems a bit watered down but the light funk and sour is still lightly present. Not as acidic as I thought it would be but it still has a light wine like character. Some grape skins, green apple and a light soapiness. Nothing crazy, just something that reminds me of soap. A light bit of wood is slightly tannic and a bit of earthy tobacco but like everything else in this beer, it's very subtle. Honestly, that's about it. The beer is good it's just not huge on flavor.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light and airy with a nice crisp carbonation and a light bit of quenching.
Drinkability- The drinkability on this beer is high but for only getting a 375mL bottle of something, I want it extreme (sour). The cherries are almost non existent so I'd also like them kicked up quite a bit. The base of the beer is good although maybe a bit reserved. Overall a very easy drinking brew that I did enjoy, I just wasn't blown away. Thanks Greg!
08-06-2009 21:27:41 | More by younger35
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
08-05-2009 02:14:22 | More by mikesgroove
4.47/5 rDev +20.2%
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!
07-06-2009 13:33:56 | More by GbVDave
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
06-12-2009 15:39:00 | More by drseamus
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
05-31-2009 01:10:27 | More by BeerTruth
Little Linda's Liquid from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.