Birra DeCicco - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: koopa on 02-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Boto
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle: This one pours a ruby tinged darker amber color. There was a small light tan head that didn’t linger long. The nose is very nose. Spicy, yeasty, some malts, honey, dark fruits. The taste is very good. Some tart cherry, spices, malts, honey, other berries. There is a lot going on here for a 6% beer. Very nice!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini growler filled by the good guys at DeCiccos in Ardsley, NY. The currently have growler pour and bottles of this new one from CL. Collaboration frm 2 of my fav. places. Pours darker chestnut amber, murky, an active pour produced a darker khaki head, tiny bubble and loose, that stayed nicely and left a thicker collar and ample sheeting and scattered lace. Soft, sweet and fruity nose. Flovor notes of light figs, dark fruits, raisins, Belgian yeast spice, more fruit/honey. Sweet malt goodness, tasty and enjoyable with the yeast spice and moderate late hop dryness adding to complexity. What can be said? Yet more interesting and high quality brew from the Captain, inspired/influenced by DeCiccos.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is honey, toffee and earthy/dirty hops. The flavor is honey with some earth and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not too good of a beer, at least compared to some of the other great beers I have had from Captain Lawrence.

Photo of nickd717
2.69/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle via trade.

Pours a nice deep reddish-amber color with a small fading off-white head.

The aroma is a little with raspberry and strawberry jam, slight metallic notes, and (someone else pointed this out but it's true) cream corn.

The flavor is very jammy, with raspberry especially, with Belgian yeast, nuttiness, and a little tartness that seems unintentional. Probably some lacto. A little metallic on the finish.

Medium-bodied with fairly high carbonation and a drying metallicity on the mouthfeel.

Overall pretty average - some good aspects and some bad ones. Decently drinkable despite the flaws.

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Mikesgroove, cheers Mike!

Pours a ruddy brown with a finger of tan head, clears up considerably after a few minutes. Some head retention & lacing

S: Much jammyness, some brown bread notes, sour & berry notes as this warms

T: Jammy apricot & pear notes along with dryness & a touch of tartness & oakyness up front. Green apple skin, tart raspberry & leafy hops as this warms, along with some persimmon, figs & apricot sweetness & just a touch of funk. Finishes dry & tart with some earthy & jammy fruit notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, over carbonated at first, this smooths out after few minutes

I didn't like this at first, but after a while this really opened up

Photo of Gmann
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather flat brown color with a weak off white head that left the slightest of rings. The aroma is of earthy chocolate, honey, and brown sugar, with a hint of carob. The taste is a bit woody with chocolate and carob. There is a sour twang, a bit of lemon and red wine. There is a sugary sweetness that runs throughout. The feel is light and the carbonation is a bit weak. Finishes sweet and sour on the palate. A tasty dubble but could use a touch more body. The sour aspect plays well with some of the earthiness. I enjoyed the St. Vincent's dubble more but this is still worth a try for those who like the style.

Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is more like a half sour ale than a traditional dubbel. Beautiful light garnet brown with a sizable, somewhat creamy beige head. Decent retention and lacing. A bit of murk in the glass. Smell is sweet with earthy notes, grass, and a light woodiness. Some dark fruits mixed with fresh brown bread. Belgian funk is in the house. There is a hint of the vinous sourness that will blossom in the palate. Taste is a great balance of a dry red wine like vinous front underpinned by a sweet malt backbone. Tart baby. That gives way to a fruity complexity that melds the chestnut honey with red grapes, dates, a hint of raisins and light pears. There is funk and a light toffee in there. Some grassiness and lovely Belgian yeast. A bit of soap. A delicious nuttiness in the finish flows into a very dry earthiness with a light sourness on the tongue and palate. Some wood like notes combined with a soapiness linger as well. Feel is finely carbonated with a touch of light creaminess. On the lighter side for a dubbel. It caresses the mouth as you sip it. Goes down quite easily and while highly quaffable it is best enjoyed in smaller mouthfuls as it is so wonderfully complex. I'll say it again A very complex and intriguing beer that ages well in spite of the low abv. An excellent brew for the sophisticated palate.

Photo of alleykatking
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle. Thanks Luke for the chance to try this one out. Review from phone notes

A- Pours a hazy brown chestnut color. One finger light tan head that shows some alright retention. Light lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink this one down.

S- I can pick up a sugary sweet wrapped chestnut from the get go. Light honey tone to this one overall. The jam is not detectable at all which was a little to be expected. I do pick up some light bready malts in the middle of the beer. Some Belgian yeasts in the end of the aroma round this beer out pretty well.

T- Some caramel malts in the front with honey and a light Belgian flavor. Nutty flavor comes into play next with a bug chestnut burst. Some light spicing in the middle to ending. There are some fruity flavors that come out toward the ending which is where I think the jam may have come in. This beer still has a big alcohol burn to it as goes down.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lacking but it kind of makes the beer. Flavors were well blended for the most part with nutty flavor left on the palate with some warming alcohol in the aftertaste. Very drying I thought on the palate.

D- This beer would be too sweet for me to finish a whole bottle. The alcohol needs to mellow out a little more as well. Looks like it might become a bit more rounded out if it sits down for a year or so.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

light brown with loads of ruby colored tint emerging before me. Lots of haze and cloudiness to it as well, with a little bit of sedimentation in the bottom after it started to settle. A nice sized two inch high head of tan colored foam then came across the top and settled down

rich with spices and hints of dark fruit. Hints of raisins and plums, along with dates and figs were all over this one. Really nice profile here, with a touch of grain n the back. Slight bit of alcohol located in it, but nothing distracting at all.. A rich toffee like sweetness rolled through first, with a rich spiced back that really got your attention. Once this passed, and especially after it started to warm you were able to pick up the nice dark fruity flavors. Really interesting combo here, with the raisins being very pronounced and the fig and date like flavors coming through more so in the finish then in the front. Still very sweet, but with a nice bitter chocolate like flavor mixed in, very interesting to be honest. light tartness on the finish and a smooth dry palate.

Photo of vacax
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a dark copper head, reddish brown goodness with a khaki yellowish head that spans a full finger, good retention and lacing. The aroma is interesting, I believe it is the chestnuts that stand out, but like the chestnut scent common in a brown ale, it is nutty, oily, woody, earthy. When the jam mixes into it it reminds me of peanut butter and jelly. Fruits and vegetables. I'll give it the thumbs up there for unique character. The flavor takes these same elements and amps them up into hyperdrive. Lots of sweet malts with some spiciness to it, woody, earthy flavors, and a finish with cloves, cookie, and grassiness. Belgian yeast present but masked by the (crazy) ingredients. Not quite a home run, but at least it is interesting. Seems bigger than 6%. Body is lively with carbonation, but feels natural, resulting in a nicely done smooth medium thickness that seems right for a dubbel. I can't see myself drinking this repeatedly, but despite the awkward flavors I keep going back. Interesting in a good way.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle pours a hazed and bright amber color with a creamy light tan head. Fades slowly and leaves a touch of thin lace.

Nose has lots of grape and raisiny fruitiness with a nutty and slightly 'jammy' tanginess...tart even. Bit-O-Honey candy sweetness.

Wow..this is it supposed to be? If it is not, luckily this is a good bacterial strain for beer. Background toffee and nuttiness with some bready yeast. Very wine-like with the tart tannic flavors and the fermented honey really seems to throw in some flavor. Not sure this was a planned sour, but worked out well here.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Birra DeCicco was dark brown. Aroma was a smokey chestnut and rich malt. Taste is slightly tart (weird) and nutty with a smokey finish. Mouth feel is fairly thin, probably due to the honey. Bready yeast character and moderate carbonation. Really strange taste with a malty finish. The addition of jam is random. Not really sure what kind it was but it may have contributed to its tartness. There's a lot going on with this beer to begin with.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Val-Dieu goblet. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this from our latest trade!

A: Pours a slightly murky, tarnished copper color with a golden honey hue at the edges. A pretty vigorous pour only netted about one finger of light tan foam. Retention was ok, with the head quickly melting down to a whispy skim and sticky ring that left a decent amount of droopy/ropey lace in the glass.

S: Spicing is on the bright side along with a toasted/nutty malt, honey, and cinnamon dusted apples.

T: The first flavor to hit my tongue was of spices. Quickly following that was some green apple, pan roasted nuts, and in the finish, some fresh honey. Also in the finish was an herbal hoppiness and more toasty malt. Late in the bottle I began to notice a smoky dark chocolate type flavor and some fruity jam.

M: Suprisingly tangy. A little on the thin side initially, but thickens a little by the second pour. I was expecting more malty sweetness, but the not-quite-ripe apple tang was a nice suprise. Finishes dry and tangy with a dash of honey sweetness left stuck to my lips.

D: Lately it seems that everything new coming out is 9% and above so I was excited to try this 6% Dubbel. Though I liked the fruity tang, I felt that I'd be a little more inclined to spend more time with this guy if it held just a tad more malty sweetness.

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another treat in a trade from zipper8650

Poured from bottle into Duvel Tulip

A: Pours dark reddish brown with a 2 finger fizzy head that settles quickly into a light bubbly ring around the top of the brew. Little-to-no lacing on the glass.

S: There is some definite funk and yeast smells. Sweet malty hints and definitely lots of honey. With a giant whiff I definitely get a bit of jam as well.

T: Very tart taste, as expected from the funkiness in the nose - maybe not to this degree. The finish is dominated with honey, which is unique for the flanders/sourish style. As it warms with every sip I get more and more of the jam. Some smokey malt flavors hide in the taste as well.

M: High carbonation. Moderate body. Dry. Good balance to the unique tastes for the style.

O: This one is balanced extremely well. I had such little expectations, due to the lower overall rating. As it warmed the flavors seemed to jump out of the glass and get even more prominent. I love how they went "off the beaten path" and completely out of the norm for the style with the flavors for this one. Bonus points in my book for that.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours brown with a crimson hue. Off white head with a touch of lacing. Fairly long lasting head. Nose is dark fruits, tart cherries, and some light caramel. Nose is slightly tart with some nice fruits and dark sugars. Taste is a bit more plain with the intensity falling off compared to the nose. Good body and nice tartness. A nice twist on the style.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes.

Pours a murky, cloudy, light colored-- almost orange hued. Light head that disappeared quickly.

Smell hints at sourness? Weird. Also some sweetness and dark fruit like prunes, plums, and figs, etc. That sourness is really interesting. The taste starts sweet and gets real nice tart dry towards the finish-- the dark fruits and light citrus notes come through in there too.

Not sure if I would compare this to a regular dubbel, but this is good nonetheless. The body is light and airy with TONS of carbonation. This beer is like a combination of a Belgian dubbel with a sour- possibly infected, I am not sure. Either way, I like it. I could drink the hell out of this thing.

Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Knifestyles for this one! Pours a very dark amber color, bordering on brown, with a two finger off-white head that left some spotty lacing on the Duvel tulip. Aroma is earthy, sweet, bready, a touch of caramel, Belgian yeast, and lightly floral. Good nose on this one. Taste starts out mildly sweet, then a good dose of fruity yeast comes into play, with some caramel apple in the background, a touch of licorice, some darker fruits in there, maybe a hint of raisin, lightly tart middle (probably from the jam), and a dry, earthy finish. Mouthfeel is light side of medium with ample carbonation, becomes more viscous as it warms up. Nice beer overall, I am enjoying it, but not up to par with some of my favorite dubbels. Interestingly subtle, yet somewhat complex at the same time. Thanks again, Chris!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Birreria Paradiso tulip glass.

This profile is the first I'm hearing of this brew being a dubbel. Not that it matters all that much, but it is interesting information given my experience prior to reading those words. For instance, I have never before consumed a dubbel with such a dark color, namely a milky garnet. The slight haze was nothing new, nor was the healthy creamy head (and I mean creamy both in terms of color and of texture). Also somewhat unexpected was what my nose inhaled from the beer's surface: Maple syrup, hickory, and a lightly dissipating smoke made me think the liquid in my glass was in fact a nice, roasty porter (I knew that bartender would mess with me somehow...). An act of salvation came from some vague funk, which came in like one of those character actors you've seen dozens of times but still can't find a name for: You didn't expect he'd show up, but he made the best of his inclusion, spouting at least one of the film's more memorable lines. In this case, the funk unknowingly reminded me that this was a beer influenced by the Low Countries. This Belgian-ness was accentuated by the tinge of sourness on the tongue, joined by some orange peel and coriander. But the aforementioned deviation from tradition also returns, this time in the form of a solid buttress system of caramel and toffee. This ain't like the lighter maltiness serving as a darker spine in IPAs, but rather a fairly assertive flavor dyad (occasionally helped out by their rascally walnut neighbor). All of this went down kinda thickly, but not too. Unsurprisingly, as this thing came from a cask, the carbonation was pretty damn light and sparse, paranoid guerillas in a soupy mist. All in all a satisfying, if rule-defying, New York emigrant.

Photo of lig24eva
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

Apperarence-a dark copper hue, with a thin off white head with medium lacing. The head falls quickly but the lacing persits.

Smell- quite jammy & floral

taste-it tastes like someone put a scoop of grape jelly into a light beer

mouthfeel-terribly thin

drinkability-could pound all night but wouldn't want to.

I love Captain Lawrence Brewery and was extremely disappointed with this beer. I really love everything that Scott does but, this needs help.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Steve for sending me this one awhile back.

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a fuffy white head.

S: A nice sweetness to the nose with some good fruit notes. A bit of a honey like flavor along with some subtle nuttiness. Perhaps it's the power of suggestion, but I do detect them...

T: Again, nicely sweet on the palate with some raspberries, raisins, figs, and a bit of honey-like sweetness. The nuttiness is slight but seemingly there.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: A pretty nice beer, not sure how "dubbel" like it really is, but I enjoyed the flavors.

Photo of jaxon53
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to FishGetter for getting me this beer at the brewery. Served chilled, in an Ommegang chalice, from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Birra DeCicco pours out a deep mohagony color that looks to be pretty clear. An easier pour resulted in about a finger of dense, yet fluffy head. Head faded on the quick side into an off white blob in the glass. Some random spotty lace was left behind.

Smell: Nice nose. Definitely some stong, fruity aromas (strawberry?), I'm guessing from the jam. Just barely getting a subtle honey aroma through the fruit. Nutty and sweet. Having a little trouble picking this beer apart. Has a very nice spicy belgian yeast aroma to it. Quite complex.

Taste:Pretty good flavor here. I'm really liking this. Alot more of the fruity jam flavors. Starts out tart but not quite. Underlying smokiness. A bit of honey layered into the background. Great malty base that this beer is built on. The six percent abv is almost unnoticed. Finishes dry and a bit tart with a lingering nuttiness. Not blown away, but it is good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body. Carbonation is medium.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable brew. Lots of flavor with lower abv. Would love another bottle of this.

Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in trade with hoppymcgee. Big thanks for this one Greg! Poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a hazy amberish brown color with a finger plus of tan head with decent staying power. No lacing as the beer falls in the glass.

S - Picking lots of nutty (I'm guessing chestnuts, but not that experienced with these) aromas, a bit of smoke, some sweet and honeylike aromas, some bready malt and a little bit of a sourish twang in the aroma.

T - Pretty much right on with the aroma...nutty, malty, honeyish sweet, a sour twang on the tongue although this isn't dominant. Some bready malt, a bit sweet. Quite unique, but interesting and enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation...a bit of a tingle, but not overpowering. A bit of sourness but not puckering at all.

D - Overall, this is an enjoyable beer, if not outstanding. An interesting note, we were surprised to find this went very well with chocolate ice cream...who knew??? Not sure I could have a bunch of this in a sitting, but sharing this bottle was just about perfect today.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Somewhat drab sienna hue, with a big soapy froth that recedes to a very scant trace.

S - Aroma ranges between banana and plastic; smells almost like an infected nut-brown ale. Dissatisfactory at any rate.

T - This is not really anything special. It is not a very good example of the style; it is far too fruity, light, and juicy. The flavors are well-harmonized, I guess, excepting for a little heaviness on the honey; it is the specific nuances of the chosen flavor impartations that irk me. I just don't think these variables are very tasty; the honey is underwhelming despite being overly present in the mix, the jam may have been the tipping point for sweetness, or have caused the fermentation to get 'hot'.

M - The feel is very thin, with a cheap alcohol burn that lingers

D - If I owned CL or DeCicco's, I'd be pissed about this stuff representing my brand. Way sub-par.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We rip a 750 mL, pouring into our CB’s Signature Series chalices. The coloring glows a deep ruby amber, putting up a pith of a tan creamy head, and showing surprisingly high carbonation for its age. The aroma is musky as hell, with massively cloying honey, formaldehyde, clove and chemical phenols, rose stem, bready and sweetly dark Belgian amber and caramel malts, brown sugar syrups, and molasses. Holy crap, this is unexpectedly sour!! The age must have done something to it, because this is as sour as your typical wild, Flanders red, or Oud Bruin, with big inclusions of honey, tart raspberry and apple fruitiness, white grape skins, basement musk, hollow booze, cheddar cheese, gravel, champagne yeastiness, chestnut and cashew oily chewiness, autumn leaves, and copper. The feel is wet and a touch slimy, but works a tannic, puckered astringency deep into the mouth’s mucosa. Drinkability is as a slow sipper, if for nothing more than to try and figure out what you’re dealing with here.

Overall, this bottle is at least two years old, if not more, and we’re not sure if it was the age, or something intrinsic to the brewing and bottling process, but this beer has become a whole new kind of beast. It does not seem like a dubbel, but more of a Belgian-based wild. At this point, the malts take a back seat to the sourness, but it works wonderfully. The smell seems more to be like what is advertised, and what was likely intended, but the taste was downright shocking, in the best way possible. One curious thing was the feel, which seemed scarily slimy at first sip, but this faded after the first few minutes. Just to underline how sour this has actually become, we just had Almanac’s Dogpatch Strawberry, and this is AS sour as that guy, just for a frame of reference. The warmth cuts this, allowing for more of the nuttiness to shine, but man, was this one the surprise of the year.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from AlpineBryant, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep, clear mahogany color with a decent tightly bubbled white head that shows minimal retention and lace. Smells of rich caramel, slightly tart aroma reminds me of lemons, fig and prune and maybe a hint of non descript nut. Taste is sugary, tart, and fruity. A lemony tart fruitiness pierces the tongue right up front. Caramel, brown sugar and bread come up next then a prune fig kind of thing mixes with the spicy yeast in the finish. Spirited level of carbonation, medium body, slick sweet mouthfeel. This was decent but the tartness was unexpected. Its possible I sat on this bottle too long.

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Birra DeCicco from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.