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Flaming Fury - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 613
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-13-2009

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Ratings: 202 | Reviews: 102
Photo of rlee1390
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mild sour, good bit of oak, nice peach flavor, some leather like notes, grape must, well balanced.

Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: peaches and cream. Slight vanilla. T: peach, mild acetic.

Photo of KornWallace
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: 11/13/14
Location: Captain Lawrence Brewery
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Yellow/Gold in color, very clear and easy to see through letting lots of light in. Big fluffy carbonated head with decent cling and outstanding retention that last well over a few minutes.
Aroma: The peach is juicy and fairly detectable in the front. It's aroma is quickly pushed back by the souring yeast. Some ethanol, bandaid aromas. Which makes my mouth water just from the aroma. The barreling comes in next with a strong aroma of oak.
Taste: This beer needs to be sipped. Too much and my palate gets overrun. The peach really holds it's own during tasting and along with some lemon/lime flavor really adds it's own tartness to the beer. The tartness really builds from there with the yeast flavors, which is leathery. The alcohol adds a touch of ethanol flavoring and along with the oak gives Flaming Fury a clean taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body that is tart and puckering. A fair bit of dryness begins in the middle but doesn't make it very far into the finish. My mouth is left with that tart juicy feeling. High carbonation really moves the tartness around and can be overpowering if you doing watch it.

Notes: From the Whip it Out Wednesday Bottle Release. For more balance let if warm up. 2014.

Photo of xenjoiii
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Batch 2 into a HF Stemmed Tulip

A: The color is a light, but murky shade of gold. The pour yielded about two fingers of fluffy head that receded to a few cms that ringed the walls of the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity; peach is apparent in the forefront. Light funky notes, along with a lactic brightness.

T: The taste opens with ripe/juicy peaches that is cut with a soft to moderate lemony tartness, and rounded out by mellow notes from the barrel.

M: Soft carbonation, light to medium body and dry.

O: This beer has been on my radar for quite sometime. Luckily I was off on Wednesday and took up the opportunity to attend the release (which was very mellow). The beer is nuanced, balanced and complex. Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations. It is simply fantastic.

Photo of stakem
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enormous gratitude goes to BA Facesnorth for generously gifting me with a fresh bottle of this newly released batch 2. This has been a long time want of mine and getting to try the newest batch fresh has my expectations set very high. The brew appears a clear golden peachy color when poured into a matching captain lawrence cervoise. A white frothy topping rests atop leaving stringy lace. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is fruity and floral with a minor bacterial tropical feel. A hint towards phenolic and plastic-like at times. Some lactic notes are somewhat lemony and yogurt-like. Plenty of funk across the back with a pitted peachy/apricot note. It gets mildly grassy with some stinky cheese as it warms.

The taste is sharply sour with a strong pucker factor. Some lemony lacto and greek yogurt tartness lead the way with a wheat grain presence felt before the fruity/floral peach and apricot notes evolve. Some oak tannins and barrel character are strong in the finish with some alcohol becoming increasingly noticeable as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite sour, complex and very enjoyable. This was everything I had hoped/expected it to be. Thank you again Ryan.

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -32.6%

Pour is transparent golden yellow with a good bit of tight white head. Nose has a fair bit of peach, acetone, acetic acid, light bitter oak. Taste has a fair bit of peach fruitiness, moderate acidity, faint acetone, notes of acetic acid in the finish. Lighter body, strong carbonation, semi dry finish. Peaches are fairly bright up front, gets a little hot.

Photo of jaasen64
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into Captain Lawrence taster glass. Released in '09 with ~800 bottle count. Thanks Joe (ineedabeerhere) for trading me this bottle to bring it to a tasting a week later. Consumed side-by-side with '12 Fou' Foune.

A- Pours a translucent yellowish orange color, fairly vibrant but very minimal carbonation or head.

S- Peach skin, peach flesh, acetic acid, a very faint touch of acetic acetone. Fairly aromatic, barely any oxidation, and still plenty of fruit for being almost five years old.

T- Sour peaches, peach skin, peach juice, light acetic acid (not anywhere near as close as I thought there would be). A little bit one-dimensional at this point however it has held up considerably well for it's age. Still has a very nice peach presence, much more then the Fou' which was less then half it's age.

M- I was expecting an acid bomb however this was quite drinkable, fairly minimal carbonation but I didn't mind too much, finished extremely smooth without hardly any alcohol detection. For a peach sour being 5 years old the mouthfeel on this has held up incredibly well, the only thing I can default it on is the lack of carbonation.

O- I wasn't quite sure what to expect of this, I've heard reports that this has turned into an acid bomb. At this point though it probably primarily depends upon how it was cellared, and luckily this seemed to be cellared very well. There was way more peach then I was expecting and despite the carbonation being fairly lacking this was still quite drinkable. This is without a doubt still worth trading for if it's been cellared properly and one of the best peach sours I've had.

Photo of Jwale73
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the chance to try this longtime want. Pours a translucent piss yellow. Nose expresses bright citrus, a hint of lactic acid, peaches and a slight vinegar character. Taste consistent with nose with a salty tartness added to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an almost still carbonation. All I can say is that in doing this side-by-side with a 2012 Fou' Foune, the Fou' Foune tasted like dishwater in comparison. So sad that this beer is retired.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jh1982 for sharing this at a Wolfpack tailgate, I've dranken some of the best and most rare stuff on asphalt with that guy. This beer was no different.

Pours a glowing, hazy, almost chunky orange color, perhaps its where the name comes from, it can be construed to be slightly flame-ish, ok, perhaps. Aroma is vinuous oak tartness. Peach, nice, smells fou fune-eee, but in much lesser gusto.

The peach is a little lighter in the taste, but there's a solid amount of 'flaming' sourness to it, nice. Very little sweetness, this has the peach start to fade in the mouthfeel as you adjust to it. The sourness is probably average for style. Acidic for sure. Was not lacking in carbonation at all. Hides the alcohol immensely well.

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.07/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle for my 2000th beer. Big thanks to Doodler for this big time want.

A: Fizzy clear gold. No head at all, though. Great color, pretty much still in every other aspect, like wine.

N: Super sour lactic acid. Apricots and peaches. Vinegar. Some residual sugar. Raspberry and acetone. Oak. Quite nice if not overly complex.

T: Really shines here, unlike the nose. Lots of peaches still. Apricots and lemons. A good balancing sweetness which seems to be a hallmark of American Wilds. Oak is adding a nice balance. Unlike the sharp nose, this has a pleasant sour quality to it.

M: Crisp and light on the tongue. This is exactly what I want from American Wilds. Not the heavy dense liquid I'm so often getting.

O: A shining example of the style, though I wish the nose had held up like the body. I'm still thrilled to have tried this.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.82/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Mark99 for sharing. Have had this once before (thanks to suitcase jon for that one, but looks like i haven't gotten to that part of the notes yet).

a - poured a murky yellow.
s - smells of stinky sour rotten eggs.
t - taste is phenomenal sour eggs with a burst of fruit.
m - mouth is smooth and after a swallow i'm left with a pucker.
o - overall dynamite beer. holding up great. really just phenomenal.

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edit - found my notes from the first time i tasted this gem (probably about 6 months to a year earlier) - thanks suitcase for the HUGE bust out!!!

poured a straw yellow with a fizzy head
smells a bit acetone, but nice sour underneath
very fruit sour. tangerines, apricots, oranges.
really amazing. great feel perfect tart. this is amazing. sour meets fruit and they mix perfectly. perfect prickly carb, just a winner.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle to a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Poured from the middle of the bottle, so it's a bit murky. Yellowish orange with no head worth mentioning.

Smell - Awesome acidity with a slight funk. Bright lemon tartness. Only peach because I read that they added peaches. Otherwise, it's mostly lambic-like aromas. Wheat, some funk, and a lot of lemon acidity.

Taste - Genuinely peachy in the taste. Really tart without any vinegar flavors. Lemon and peach fruit flavors. Maybe it does get a little bit vinegary in the finish, but it's not too detracting. Grainy bread malts support, but it's all about the sour.

Mouthfeel - Tart without being puckering. Astringent and dry. Exactly what I'd expect from it.

Overall - Quite good, but the fruit flavor has either faded or didn't come out as much as I'd like. A couple of off flavors that are minor annoyances more than anything.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter. Enormous thanks to urwithdave for opening this one over the weekend; I never thought I get a crack at this one. Dave continues to break out the whales ever time I see him!

A - Pours a somewhat opaque but luminous golden, with a thin cap across the top. Not much in the way of lacing or retention.

S - Huge stone fruit notes in front, with peach, apricot, and maybe some guava notes. Really tight acidic sourness in there. It's making me mentally prep for the taste -- my mouth is watering.

T - I've never been a huge apricot fan when it comes to eating them, but I absolutely love the flavor in this beer. It's definitely turn-your-face-inside-out sour, kind of like Fou' Foune was. The sweetness that I got in the nose isn't there at all; it's all peaches and apricots and sour. After I finished the glass I considered eating it.

M - Low-ish carbonation, more or less par for the style and complimentary to the beer. It's definitely on the dry side, but the finish is longer than I expected.

O - The only reason this wouldn't get a 5 overall is that my stomach just wouldn't be able to handle it. We had this immediately after a Beatification, and while I was floored by that beer -- this blew us away. It's almost depressing to know that it's retired. Now on to the hunt to find another bottle...

Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 03/30/12 notes. Huge huge thanks to BManning for sharing this one; thanks Ben! Has been a huge want of mine for a while. 375ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a clear, transparent golden color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour raspberries, tart cherries, and sour dark fruits. Also some oak, wine, peaches, funk, earthy notes, and acidity. Awesome nose, was surprised how much sour fruit there was still.

t - Tastes or sour raspberries and cherries, tart dark fruity malts, vinegar, light funk, oak, lemon, and wine. Taste is super sour, really awesome again.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. A little more carbonation and this would be great. Acidic and sour body.

o - Overall I thought this was an amazing sour; this is probably the best beer I've had from CL so far, and that is saying something. A ton of super sour dark fruits and easy to drink. Definitely going to be going to this release if they re-release it. Would give it a tiny edge on Rosso E Marrone, and put it on par with cDc for me. Top notch

Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by bmanning at a recent tasting, thanks, served in a tulip. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a thin head of small bubbles, no lacing, low retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is bright, succinic and mildly acetic with a strong peach flavor.

Beer is thin and quite bright on the palate, very sour, tart in the corners, lactic is light in this one but there is a strong succinic and fruit flavor with a mild almost vinegary flavor to ti. A very sour beer, a great find and something I'd for sure have again.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by bmanning. Thanks Ben.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a fleeting white head. The aroma is very nice, offering peaches, stone fruits, and a prominent sour/tart character. Fruity, complex, acetic, wonderful. The finish is bold, offering a bit of a vinegary sting. Really tasty beer. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.87/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip. Big thanks to bauermj for bringing this over.

Appearance: My pour has a mostly pale golden color with a creamy looking off-white head. Pretty much what I would expect from a peach sour.

Smell: This aroma is simply incredible. Peach and apricot accompany a blisteringly sour presence in the nose. Acidic, hugely lactic and a bit dry in the nose. Some barnyard funk really gets swirled up in the sour aroma but is still noticeable.

Taste: There is a soft peach and apricot juice sweetness up front that quickly gets overwhelmed by the incredible sour flavor. It grows and grows, turning lactic until it starts to burn my throat in a glorious way. A little bit of vanilla and oak toward the end. Right at the end a great gueuze like lemon zest seals the deal. This is incredible.

Mouthfeel: Obviously very sour and lactic creates a salivating and puckering sensation in my mouth, and I love every second of it. Still a bit smooth, but it leaves a burning in the back of my throat.

Overall: I did not think it was possible to have a sour peach or apricot beer that I liked better than Fou Foune, but I was happy to be surprised.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to bobby8405 for the share. This delectable libation pours a turbid peach hue and is capped with a modicum of suds; it looks appropriate for what it is. The nose is amazing; extremely tart peach and general funk. The taste is tart-sour-wild-funky with acetic and fruity notes, with the acidity ramping up towards the finish. The feel is quite pert, but stops short of effervescent. Overall this is one of the best sour beers ever. As good as any Cantilloon, really.

Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Been sitting on this one for a while a decided tonight was the night to give it a try, no special reason, just cuz, shared with the girlfriend. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass a clear light amber color with a slight collared white head. The aroma just screams sour with notes of lemon zest, slight fruit (hard to pick out peaches exactly), and lactic acid. Tart beginning that then transitions to a nice fruitiness but not overly fruity. Decently sour. The barrels to me are fairly subtle but kick in later at the end. Not really earthy or funky but rather a straight forward sour with a little fruit kick. Overall, a very good beer and one that I wish was made in bigger quantities. Ends with a bit of chewiness.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!

Gonzoillini won this in a generous LIF and shared it with me. Thanks guys!

pale gold, straw color in the sunlight. Very clear, small white head, no lace. But I like it.
Smells fresh and crisp with some good funk and lemony citrus and lactic sour bite. The flavor is dry and funky with some apricots and peach notes, lemony citrus notes that are bright clean and crisp, and delicious. Really liking this beer a lot.

The body is great-- light and airy, but never watery. Bubbly enough to be tasty and easy drinking, but not overdone.

I'm really a big fan of the way this beer works. Just spectacular.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.17/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: pours a hazy amber-orange colour with a large white head.
Smell: Funky dog, tart, lemon, peach.
Taste: Very fruity (lemon, peach) and very tart. The sourness bites a bit too much (unbalanced). Like strong vinegar was added to this beer. Too unbalanced compared to the Cantillons beers e.g.
Mouthfeel: medium body and medium-high carbonation
Overall: nice to try, but unbalanced.

Photo of henway
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at a pretty epic tasting courtesy of bucketboy. Thanks a bunch! Pours a cloudy Amber peach with a thin white head that quickly recedes to a nice ring of lacing. Aroma is cheesy, funky, peachy, a little bit of grapefruit. Lactic pretty intense, a pleasantly surprising amount of fruit still present. There is a enjoyable abrasive sourness. The finish is not quite what I expected, juicy sweet peach with medium dry sour. Somewhat thick and syrupy with light, fine, prickly carbonation. Impressive how much peach peach hangs around in this and how strong of a presence it has in the finish. This is something again I could enjoy a few times a week.

Photo of oregone
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orange with some haze to it and a decent bhead forming from the pour. Nothing exciting here.
S: Ahhh, that smells good! Acidic fruit qualities play with oak charcteristics and some fruit sweetness. Notes of red wine vinegar complement.
T: Acidic vinegar in front softened by a faint fruit sweetness and a woody richness. Strong characteristics but nothing out of place or overwhelming. Delicious.
M: Heavier than expected, but not to its deteriment. Good carbonation keeps this fresh.
O: Damn nice. Just hitting on all cylinders (with a so-so appearance). Officially ISO, and thanks Oregonhopmonster for sharing this one in our very secure ghetto-suite/apartment!

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by brian23456 at our recent La Crosse sour tasting, thanks Brian. Split with some other BAs and poured into snifters:

A - Light golden color with silverish hues. Slight head but not much carbonation. Lacing is light.

S - Peaches and candy tarts. Cherries, lemon zest, oranges and mild oak. Reminds me a bit of sweetarts.

T - Tart peaches and orange rind. Lemon and lime and bits of oak. Apricots, green apples and grapes. A nice funk and acidity here as well.

M - Smooth and tart funk prickle. Carbonation isn't too bad.

O - I want a growler of this or any size bigger than the current offering size. Its like when I get done working out or biking, instead of drinking water I'd drink Flaming Fury. Just an awesome sour and one worth trying.

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle shared by beandip with starrdogg.

Pours a cloudy golden peach concentrate with a thin white head that quickly fades to crown with wispy streaks of lacing.

Aroma is cheesy, funky, peachy and juicy. Lactic and intense, but still a surprising amount of fruit present.

There is a surprising amount of peach juice and sweetness immediately upon first sip that weaves in front of and behind the intense, abrasive sourness. The finish takes an interesting, unexpected turn toward juicy sweet peach fruit with intense dry sour.

Medium thick and syrupy with extremely fine, prickly carbonation.

Amazing how much peach fruit is still present in this and even more so how assertive it is in the finish. This would still be a challenge to work through a 12 oz bottle alone, but I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

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Flaming Fury from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.