Little Linda's Liquid - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
05-26-2009 01:16:47 | More by JohnQVegas
District of Columbia
3.13/5 rDev -15.9%
Appearance: Hazy/foggy red/orange. Minimal head.
Smell: Big time funk with the cherries, got me very excited. Lots of earth, horse blanket funk, vinegar, brett, wet leather
Taste: The funk and the cherries do not mesh, and it ruins this beer. They are like oil and water. I have had well executed beers with both of them, but this is not one of them. I like funk, I love cherries. Sadly this one fails to combine the two. Also vinegar, granny smith apples, wet leather.
Drinkability: Tiniest little bottle, but with the above-mentioned issues it was enough. Perhaps age will fix this issue.
05-25-2009 23:37:39 | More by craytonic
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
05-11-2009 00:35:57 | More by aerozeppl
4.47/5 rDev +20.2%
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.
04-26-2009 18:59:33 | More by soccerman7
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
04-26-2009 02:48:05 | More by HopHead84
4.4/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
04-18-2009 05:56:20 | More by RblWthACoz
Little Linda's Liquid from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.