Birra DeCicco - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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3.54/5 rDev -3%
Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.
Pours a clear copper with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, fruit, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit and honey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting chestnut aromas and flavors.
08-26-2013 15:46:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
11-04-2010 14:22:55 | More by Thorpe429
4.7/5 rDev +28.8%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy chestnut color with a relatively modest head that leaves plenty of lace behind
Smell: Raspberry jam aroma, with nutty undertones; the chestnuts and honey are clearly discernable
Taste: Earthy, nutty, herbal and smoky, up front, with the raspberry jam flavor building through mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal and smoky flavors build, though the fruit is maintained through the finish; the fermented chestnut honey is also most discernable in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation
Drinkability: Love that this is 6%; just tons of flavor in this most unique brew - so different from anything else that is out there that I have come across
04-01-2010 02:31:12 | More by brentk56
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
07-11-2011 03:03:19 | More by mikesgroove
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
06-27-2010 19:26:47 | More by womencantsail
2.45/5 rDev -32.9%
Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, dark mahogany-hued body with a finely-textured, whitish head.
Smell: Noticeably tart-scented nose of ransacked fruits and berries with vague notions of musty cracked nuts, a pinch of spice, and some altogether stinging wafts of fusel alcohol.
Taste: Compiled tastes of yeasty bread, lightly toasted, and given a touch of dry caramel, modestly earthy nut meal, stale dried herbs, and a slight sourness that's not altogether enticing and seems out of place. A bit more of that tartness on the heated finish. Can't be finish with this one fast enough.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: Unacceptable. A rather muddled, messy flavor profile with what seems to be more than 6% in alcoholic heat. Not diggin' it, Captain!
12-24-2010 16:40:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
05-30-2010 02:20:05 | More by TMoney2591
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
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
01-18-2012 03:22:47 | More by russpowell
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Beer is brown with a slight haze to it. Forms a brown head of small and medium bubbles that breaks. Leaves some lacing on the glass, carbonation appears moderate.
Beer has a sweet aroma with malt and dark fruits.
Beer is really thin. The stark lack of body thins out the sweetness in the front and leaves almost no bitterness in the back of the mouth. There are some subtle fruit flavors but this beer would have benefited immensely from some body. All the flavors are there it just doesn't come together for me.
05-17-2010 19:09:58 | More by drabmuh
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
07-10-2010 04:26:20 | More by Mora2000
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
03-07-2010 14:13:21 | More by Billolick
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
25.4oz bottle split with oglmcdgl at the compound. I love Captain Lawrence and I love De Cicco's so this was a no brainer. Purchased at De Cicco's.
A light reddish brush stroke with a minimal amount of marmalade orange mixed in making for a beautiful looking beer. This one was clean with hardly any sediment on the bottom. A healthy looking beige head stood atop the liquid leaving squiggly lace patterns.
A rather weak smell on this beer, Birra smells good yet muted and somewhat young. All the ingredients are there, The jam beats out the honey a bit. The Captain Lawrence Belgian yeast as well, but not at the levels of St. Vincent's. Some small nuts and some underlining malt character.
Getting some spices in the mouth where it was not in the nose. On first sips i get a small amount of iced tea mixed with the honey and the jam. It's funny I got more jam in the nose and I get more of the honey in the taste. In the middle a faint assortment of nuts and some malt in the finish. I think a bigger malt addition would of helped this out a bit and made it more like a dubbel.
The feel is very thin for a dubbel and it may be the thinnest dubbel that I've had to date. It's a nice change of pace, but a bigger body would of brang this together a bit more. While the body is thin, the carb is high and lively but not a deal breaker. If the carb was any lighter this would of came off half dead. While im glad to have tried this I'll go for a St. Vincents dubbel next time. This is very drinkable, but kinda bland.
Note: I think it would be a great idea for DeCicco's to put the ingredients used for this beer out for sale to customers so they can pair it up to their preferrence.
04-06-2010 18:06:42 | More by BARFLYB
Birra DeCicco from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.