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Birra DeCicco - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.62%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: koopa on 02-27-2010)
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Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a hazy orange with a nice head on it. Smells fruity and lemony with some spicing going on. The taste has lavender, lemons, and herbal spices; there is also some nice wheat malt integrated into the profile. It tastes like a spiced lotion / potpurri. Creamy and smooth body and goes down nicely. Solid wheat ale, very floral and wheaty.

birchstick, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +9.6%

djrn2, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Bmoyer0301, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

jwelsh, Dec 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

twowheelssoar, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +9.6%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

PittBeerGirl, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Exiled, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

monsterzero, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SourNotes
4/5  rDev +9.6%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a brown orange color with a thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

In the aroma I get the sweeter honey flavor to it at first. The jam is definitely there as well and gives it a bit of a fruity presence. It has a modest tartness to it that helps counter all the sweet additives. Pretty interesting aroma, but not a really outstanding one.

The taste shows more of the honey sweetness to it up front. In the finish I get more of the fruity jam starting to come out. Some tartness shows up in the finish as well, which definitely helps balance it out some. Very interesting flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was an interesting beer with some cool new flavors, but just not a great beer. Something cool to try once though.

billab914, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

johnnnniee, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of oakbluff
2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark garnite/brown, with medium clarity and frothy vanilla ice cream head. Nose- the belgian yeast is quite strong imparting a significant spiciness. Taste- its taken on off sour flavours along with fruit jam and dry finish. I’m thinking this has some level of infection to it as the flavour profile is nothing like what the description of the beer is. very strange stuff...

oakbluff, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
2.4/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A – Rich, deep mahogany. Almost sherry-like in appearance. Nice lace and ok retention on an off-white head.

S – Sweet BBQ sauce (brown sugar, smoke, and a faintly sour-like sauciness), roasted chestnuts, and milk chocolate. Complex, but the wrong mix of flavors for me.

T – Tart lemon sourpatch candy with an underlying nuttiness of hazelnut and brazil nut. Faint raspberry note and a trace of smoke in the middle. Has an indiscriminant funk to it. I wasn't a big fan of the way the nuttiness played out with the sourness. I've had similar flavor combinations before, but here the flavors seem to compete with each other instead of working together, and the net effect on my palate was spoiled fruit and nuts.

M – Medium body with a tart, medium-dry finish.

O – The almost wild-ale character was definitely an interesting twist, but the net effect fell short for me. 'A' for creativity though - I hope CL keeps pushing in these directions.

vfgccp, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

scootny, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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 sour...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.

twiggamortis420, May 01, 2011
Photo of stimulus
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes: January 2011 (can't make out the day).
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear brown/ruby with a one finger beige head.
S: Sweet jam and Belgian candi sugar.
T: Jammy, nutty, fruity, and sugary sweet.
M: Great carbonation, medium body, and smooth finish.
O: An interesting take for a collaboration, I really think this worked with the Dubbel base, and I would be curious to try a future collaboration with the Xtra Gold if they ever consider it.

stimulus, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at Pizzaria Paradiso in DC. Interesting beer, with Jam?

A: Muddy ruby color with no head or lacing. Nice color overall, but nothing special.

S: Interesting chestnut honey with drier wheat tinged malts. Lots of ripe fruit.

T: An interesting sour back with oak. Nice nutty cherry tastes and lactic acid certainly cutting through it all.

M: Not bad twisting sour back with a malty amber like front.

D: Ok.

Dreadnaught33, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temp and poured into a tulip glass. Almost no head. The body is a clear red-brown. A few patches of lacing here and there.

Honey, fruits, Belgian yeast and grapes on the nose. Slightly nutty with apple and pear. Pleasant.

Lots of juicy grapes with some tartness on the tongue. Bready malts and red apples. Touch of floral honey. Light, grassy, herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is juicy and tart with medium to low carbonation. Body is on the thinner side.

Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer and an easy drinker. I don't know how often I would want this, but I'm enjoying the glass in front of me. Another solid beer from Captain Lawrence's non-sour lineup.

sisuspeed, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of scottcarpenter
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler purchased at DiCicco's in Ardsley, supposedly one of the last kegs of this brew. Poured into pint glass (no chalice available).

A: Striking amber color glowing with shimmer of red. Quarter-inch of putty-colored head froths up and settles into a thin skin.

S: Big and strong fruity blast with notes of candied lemon and a bit of pepperiness.

T: The yeastiness up front is there, and a pleasant fruitiness, too, but a bit underwhelming after the promise of the nose. A bit thin and watery in the middle without much of a finish. Strikes the "Belgian" note and not much else.

M: Good and smooth carbonation. Refreshing.

D: Pretty quaffable. A nice option for a session brew. Lighter in taste and body than the color and heady aroma would indicate.

I did not expect a "spring-friendly" brew from this amber concoction, but I was glad to get maybe some of last of the kegged. Would love to try this with some strong cheese.

scottcarpenter, Feb 23, 2011
Birra DeCicco from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.