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Flaming Fury - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 581
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-13-2009)
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Reviews by mikereaser:
Photo of mikereaser
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle on 11/6/09 along with Hophead101

A - Hazy straw yellow with a decent size foam that receded

S - aroma of tart peaches with enough sour funk to keep you sniffing

T - tart peaches that give way to some oak and funkiness in the finish, more tart than the nose gives away, very nice tasting

M/D - light and crisp in the mouth, enough carbonation to keep you coming back for more, i wish i could drink this more often than my bottle allotment allows me to.

mikereaser, Jan 06, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small (12.7 oz.) capped bottle. Been sitting in my beer closet in cold storage since the release date. Pours light amber, with a near golden hue. Some yeasty chunkage is spotted floating around and some tiny bubbles continue to rise. Dark eggshell head, thin and tiny bubble, goes to a thicker film and leaves near world class scattered larger bits of sticky lace and low lying sheeting. Bright fruity and bitingly sour nose, also quite a whiff of some serious barnyard/horse blanket. Outstanding smelling brew. The sour and funk continue onto the palate and tongue, more great fruity sourness, barnyard wild ale goodness and in general complexly good times continue to abound. Quite yeasty/cloudy final pour, adds the expected nutty note, but the sour continues to cut through and shine. Another wildly well done creation from the Captain.

Billolick, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to swalden28 for sharing this sour gem out of a 375 ml bottle.

The beer pours a cloudy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with some lemon and other citrus notes. The flavor is tart lemons as well as sour apple. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel. The beer finishes very dry, just begging you to take another drink. An outstanding sour that I wish I could try again.

Mora2000, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.04/5  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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by jophish17 - thanks!

Pours a hazy - wait for it - peach color with a thin white head. The head dissipates into a thin ring around the glass leaving decent lacing.

Smells of slightly sweet but mostly tart peaches with good amounts of funk. There's not a whole lot else going on here but what is going on is very nice.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though it's even more tart than the smell intimated. Tart peach flavors sweeten a bit midway through the sip before fading away into additional funk near the end of the sip. The ending is decidedly tart leaving hints of peaches lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with slick carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall this was a very unique beer. The only other peach sour I've had the opportunity to try was Upland's and this was more developed. My only qualm (consider it a picked nit) is that the peach flavor was a bit more tart than peachy if that makes any sense. Well worth a shot if you have the chance.

glid02, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of acurtis
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

acurtis, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to carps12 for the bottles.

Pours a cloudy peachy yellow orange color with a white head that lingers for a couple minutes and then reduces to a skim ring around the glass.

Nose is alot of lactic sourness, some slight dirty barrel, grass, lemon zest/peel.

Whoa. Thats pretty sour. Quite complex here. Starts off quite sour with large lactic acidic notes. The peach makes itself known, but its kind of a dull sweet flavor, like a warm peach. Like if you put peaches in an apple pie instead of apples, with no crust, and no spices. haha. Thats probably hard to follow but i dont know how else to describe it. Anyway, it could come or go as far as im concerned it doesn't make the beer a hell of alot better. The finish is brutally dry, and peaks in sourness. The peach does come out a little bit more on the aftertaste, as does some light oak, but its still a kind of dull sweet faded peach.

Mouthfeel is pretty close, but a little bit too viscous, and could use just a tiny tad more carbonation. Maybe making that request to CL is a bad idea though (*jab* SftO *jab)

Drinkability is pretty solid, but i would like just a little bit less sweetness.

Overall, this is very close to being a very fantastic beer. I'm not big on the peach but its ok, but using another fruit (raz, black, apricot) would have been a little better I think. I think this one will greatly improve with some age, but its already a nice beer as it is. A couple small tweaks and some age and you've got a great one here i think.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +12.1%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to review this one after standing in line for about 4 hours and then waiting weeks and weeks because I wanted to give it its due time... Poured into a wine glass.

A: Poured a gentle 1 finger coarse white head that seemingly evaporated into a thin film floating at the top. Brew is a cloudy, pale white/pink grapefruit with patchy lacing.

S: Very floral and so so sour... my palate is in for a shock with this one. Also hints of white grape and alcohol linger towards the end.

T: Starts off relatively malty but transitions into a middle that is just sooo intensely sour it makes me cringe. I can't write down anything after the first sip because I can make out anything else. Second try is a little better. As I get used to the extreme flavor, white grapes start to reveal themselves in the middle followed by a floral hint and distinct peachiness towards the finish in addition to a strikingly quick peak of alcohol.

M: Light to medium bodied and very dry and coarse. Finish is wet and the sourness really lingers with this one, but its good, letting you get used to the brew so its complexity can unfold.

D: Insanely complex and insanely intense. This sour isn't for the faint of heart but its most definitely an enjoyable journey. Really drink here to try to distinguish the different tastes and every sip is different.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Photekut
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photekut, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of mikey711
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great way to start the weekend.

A: Pours a very cloudy golden orange with only a single layer of foam that rings around the edges of the glass. It look a bit like concentrated peach juice.

S: Some bretty funk up front. Ripe peaches and woodiness are also detectable.

T: Peaches, sour/super right peaches. The fruitiness of it is sour but it has a good level of sweetness that really balances the beer out. The oak gives a nice earthy/woody flavor. As it warm the tartness is much mellower

M: I like that this one does not have any vinegar characteristics. A bit of a rubbery feel. Despite not showing much carbonation, there was some that detectable in the feel. The peach lingers sweetly on the back of my tongue

D: I am going to sip on this one for a while. I like it a bit better on the colder side because the tartness bursted through a bit more. Very drinkable for a sour. Now I am just going to have to get some more.

mikey711, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Gonzoillini, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of hooliganlife
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to kennyo!

pour was a very hazy yellowish orange. fizzy head that quickly disappeared.

very funky and sour up front. light hints of white grapes and even lighter apricots.

very sour up front...puckering sour. very light malts quickly give way so a light smooth apricot flavor. not much funk going on. a bit of a sweet yet sour finish. slight malt and apricot aftertaste.

decent carbonation with bite. smooth.

i dig the apricot flavor and love the aftertaste. very sour so a 375ml is enough for me. glad i had a chance to try this. an excellent sour!

hooliganlife, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle shared by cloudskipper.

This beer pours hazy golden-orange with a white head and not great retention.

Aroma is decent but not great. Stale crackers and mild funk with a little peach.

Flavor is pretty nice, with peach and your typical American wild ale yeast. Slightly perfumy and slightly sweet.

Decent palate, somewhat tingly from the wild yeast with medium body and lively carbonation.

Drinkability is good, but overall this beer was pretty underwhelming.

nickd717, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of brian23456
5/5  rDev +12.1%

brian23456, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +12.1%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Trevdawg
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Trevdawg, May 07, 2014
Photo of OtisCampbell
5/5  rDev +12.1%

OtisCampbell, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of sfr26
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%

sfr26, Sunday at 03:57 PM
Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

SpdKilz, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of jsilva
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

jsilva, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mark for sharing this!

Review from notes, fairly short ones, so I must have been too busy enjoying the beer :)

Hazy peach tone, a weak string of bubbles cling to the edges, with a few random spots of lacing. A lightly acetic sharpness in the nose, vinous and even leafy. Flavor has a cleaner lactic tartness, zesty and firmly puckering. A clear residual peach flavor lingers on the palate after the sour train rolls through. Very clean and refreshing sour ale. Would love to have more of this on hand in the Spring and Summer...

emerge077, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of jlb502
5/5  rDev +12.1%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Bardwashrind
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW. Shared with Cschmidt87 on one cold excitement filled Colorado evening.

From the first second air escaped, a large murky head came a rushing. With glasses ready, we captured every drop.

Very dense and cloudy in appearance with an almost chicken stock like comparison. BIG carbonation, a bit impressive for a sour of such.

The smell brought to mind the distinct elements that traditional Gueuze and Lambic would have. A touch more sweetness came out with more thought, as well as a very obvious peach presence. The aroma for sour fans will bring chills and thrills.

The first sip was one of the most dynamic sips I have ever experienced in a beer. A distinct tartness first emerged then bringing a massive mind-palate weight of richness and highly ripe peaches to front. Where the Belgium based sours allow for an almost elegant balance to come though, this beer contributes a much more luscious succulence and fantastic tartness of dynamic indulgence to be the focus. Not for the faint of heart or for the prejudice umami disbeliever.

The solid cascade of tartness meshed with the body of mashed sweet peaches truly made the end note feel like a composed cocktail of the highest order. Not an oak presence to detract, but I don't feel a great degree of oak would even take away from what was in each sip. The richness always stayed in my mind, like a warm peach scone or stone fruit compote.

What a great food beer. The thought of pairing this with some great duck fat or sea salt would just be mind blowing. The main course aside, this has been one of the most amazing sour styled beers I have had the opportunity to try. Amazingly complex, fully diverse in flavor, bold in mouth feel and completely enjoyable. All will agree who have tasted this.

Readjust your 'WANTS' if you have not....

Bardwashrind, Dec 10, 2009
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Flaming Fury from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.