Barrel Select Batch 1 - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a golden amber with a nice off white head and a decent amount of lacing. Smells nice and musty with quite a bit of sourness. Stone fruits come through, but mostly straight sourness. Some acetic character. Taste of red grapes, currants, and some sour peaches. Medium body with good carbonation. Good drinkability overall; really looking forward to seeing how this one develops.
09-17-2010 18:15:40 | More by Thorpe429
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
While sharing what's great about Flanders Reds and Bruins, this beer does so with elegance, grace, and clean Brett tartness and character.
Rusty redish brown in color, the beer carries a deep haze. A terse and froathy head results in a lace around the glass but never fully disipates. The ample carbonation doesn't really fuel the cream-white foam that's expected.
Crabapples, tart cherries, vinous grape/oak combinations, and the must of lightly decaying woods fill the nose in sharp and aged fashion.
A blend of malt richness and clean lactic tartness attacks both the middle of the tongue and the sides. The intensity of tartness/sourness gives the impression of lemons, under-rippened berries, cherry skins, grape skins and green apples. A quick rebuttal of malts give a medium amount of chocolate, walnut, and woody richness that rounds out the sourness but doesn't quite balance it.
Creamy from the mild malty weight, but thinned by the acidic sourness and mild astringency, this beer lives on the back and fourth interplay between the sourness and malt profiles which eludes to the complexity and layering of sensations as well as tastes.
With a little more malty heaft than Rodenbach Classic and less cidery/vinegary notes than Duchesse du Burgogne, this beer carries the Flanders name well.
11-21-2010 08:11:33 | More by BEERchitect
4.43/5 rDev +3%
thrilled to be able to have this one, poured into a snifter at room temp.
dark brown with some light reddish touches around the sides and the bottom of the glass. A nice and foamy brown head rose up to a height of around two inches before dropping down to about half and then hanging around the rest of the session with deep and thoroughly coating side glass lace, this one was perfect.
The aroma was wonderful, previously poster arrived atthe word fuck to describe and I would have to agree here. Rich sour notes, sweet and tart cherries dropped in with light oak notes as it warmed, but dominted by the deep sour and cherry notes. Such a wonderful balance here between the sour notes and the rich underlying fruit flavor. Some nice dark malts as it starts to warm, but the long drawn out sour flavor comes back and dries out the palat
05-30-2011 22:05:38 | More by mikesgroove
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
Thank you to both Matt and Jason for sharing this one yestarday.
A: The pour is a cloudy amberish color with very minimal off-white head.
S: A nice acidity up front along with good fruit aromas in the form of raspberries, cherries, and maybe some green apple. Quite a bit of oak and a mild mustiness as well.
T: Tart, but not overly sour. The acidity is mostly lactic with a hint of vinegar. Lemons, green apple, cherries, and raspberries on the palate along with a solid tannic oak character.
M: The body is medium with a nice level of carbonation and a dry finish.
D: A really easy to drink sour, which is a nice change of pace from beers like Little Linda's or Flaming Fury which are nearly pure acid.
06-27-2010 19:10:57 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Barrel Select Series; Barrel No. FOBB/Bottled 2/10. American sour ale.
This is a wonderful drink all around. Amber with white head.
Nose of light sweet funk and light sweet sour.
Well balanced sour that's a big mouthful - rich, full, bold and sour, but with a sweet/malt/cooked orange flavor profile. There is a malty character and actually a carmel and coffee flavor profile that is unexpected in a sour. Yet, it works and is delicious. A vanilla oaky nose and flavor developes as undertones as it warms in the glass.
All around a nice drink.
02-28-2011 05:51:02 | More by GRG1313
4.3/5 rDev 0%
A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, off-white head of thick foam. It left soapy trails of lace.
S - Really good sour and funky barnyard aroma. Also, some nice bourbon and oak notes.
T - This is a tart and sour wild ale. Nice funky phenolic flavor with bourbon, oak and vanilla in the background.
M - This is fairly crisp and quite smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.
D - This is a great aged wild ale. Really well done with the balance.
08-02-2010 14:30:03 | More by zeff80
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
Thanks to chswimmer, alfrantzell and nickd717 for sharing bottles at various tastings.
The beer is a murky, turbid reddish-brown color. It's well carbonated and has a large and solid off-white cap.
Strong acetic acid in the aroma. Strawberries, raspberries, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar - quite pungent and complex, the bacteria gave this a fruitiness so intense you'd swear they brewed this with berries of some kind.
Balsamic vinegar-like acetic acid is heavy on the palate. Strawberry and cherry fruitiness is matched by somewhat heavy tannins. Medium-light in body with a tannic and acetic finish. This is good, though it's a beer you have to be in the mood for. The first time I tried this I found it overly acetic, the second time I enjoyed it much more. I'm not often crazy about sour beers with a dominant acetic acid character these days, but this one pulls it off.
06-02-2010 23:39:10 | More by largadeer
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to Sean9689 for sharing this on New Beer Saturday. Bottle is dated February 2010, with FO/BB also noted - French Oak/Bourbon Barrel!? Served in a snifter.
A - Pours with a half-finger of off-white foam that dissipates to some haze, leaving behind some splotchy lace. Body is a murky orange-brown color. This isn't much of a looker.
S - Horsey and funky, with lots of sweetness and apple cider vinegar. There are also some spicy bourbon barrel notes. As it warms up there is more of an Oud Bruine malt character and Rodenbach-esque flavors. There's also some light burnt plastic.
T - Taste is pretty sour and acetic. There's the same touch of plastic, but it's not overly distracting. Again, there is plenty of vinegar and sour cherry. Reminds me of the bourbon-batch of Jolly Pumpkin Bière De Mars a little bit. Better than the nose.
M - Medium body that is fairly hefty for the style. Zesty carbonation and a nice dry finish.
D - This gets a little acetic and stomach-churning after a while. High acetobacter is fatiguing. Otherwise it's pretty enjoyable.
07-12-2010 21:23:59 | More by MasterSki
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
Served in a tulip glass. Beer is brown and slightly hazy. Forms a brown head that breaks and gravitates toward the glass. Does not leave any lacing, carbonation is low.
Aroma is pretty sour with a woodsy undertone. I can't type today. Mostly acetic in the nose, some lactic and this ever so slight funk. Smells pretty good.
Beer is thin with an acetic bite to it in the front of the mouth and some sour / tart at the back corners. There is a really nice yeasty / brettanomyces character to this whole thing. Finishes really clean, its a pretty good sour.
05-17-2010 19:28:45 | More by drabmuh
4/5 rDev -7%
The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and crystal malt base along with a killer sourness. The yeast really dominates; very sour indeed. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth malt profile with a delicate sourness. It has a sharp edge up front that lingers in the finish. The malts calm the flavor and really round out the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a nice bit of carbonation. This is damn fine beer. It's sour, but not overly done. Thanks to Arpit for the opportunity to try this one. I owe you.
05-25-2010 01:01:36 | More by WesWes
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle, which was drank alongside Cuvee de Castleton, Rosso e Marrone and Flaming Fury. I thought this was the best beer of the four.
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is brown sugar, tart cherries and some brett notes. The flavor is tart cherries, some funk, some brett notes, oak and vanilla. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding beer.
10-10-2010 18:07:22 | More by Mora2000
4.43/5 rDev +3%
From 08/26/10 notes. Brought to a local DC tasting. Thanks to monsterzero for trading me this one!
a - Pours a murky brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing
s - Smells of sour dark fruits, especially cherries and raspberries. Also some oak, fruity malts,raisins, and funk. Very enjoyable.
t - Tastes of sour, sour cherries, raspberries, dark fruit, oak, vinegar, some funk, and light vanilla. Insanely lip puckering, very enjoyable.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
d - I was looking forward to this one and to me, it did not disappoint. I thought it smelled great and tasted insanely sour; lots of cherries and dark fruits. A great sour I would like to try again.
09-16-2010 22:08:15 | More by mdfb79
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
Barrel No. FO/BB; Bottled 2/10
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. the beer is a dark plum color that is quite opaque, when held up to the light the beer shows a murky, light-brown to amber color. As I pour this the aroma smells fruity and lactic. A closer inspection confirms these being the most noticeable aromatics, but there are also some dusty malt notes, a light mustiness, some light acetic notes that accentuate a berry like aroma as well as a firm backdrop of buttery, woody and hint of vanilla oak aromatics. The buttery oak mixes with a generally funkiness that reminds me a bit of ripe, somewhat rustic cheese. If you really dig around notes of plum, slightly oxidized apples and even a touch of something that reminds me of kiwi fruit is noticeable in the nose. A toasted maltiness really starts to become much more prominent as the beer warms up, it almost becomes one of the more noticeable aromatic notes.
Nicely tart, the sourness here is predominantly lactic in nature. There is also a viscous, fullish texture to this beer that is contributed by slick lactic acid, structure from the oak and some residual malt character. Speaking of malt, there is a subtle, toasted malt character in the finish that can be hard to notice under the more expressive, spicy oak, tannic astringency and biting acidity, but it is there and adds a nice touch to the finish. This has a nice general fruitiness to it that is not really of a specific variety, but leans towards richer fruit notes of raisins, plums, perhaps a hint of berries and maybe even some cherry like nuances. The oak contributes a light spiciness as well as the woody flavors, but it is not overwhelming, despite being noticeable and it works in balance with the other flavors here. The malt is not overtly noticeable, but there is that toasted note, as well as a vague, perhaps caramelized, sort of biscuit like flavor.
This is a very nice beer, it doesn't blaze any new trails, but what it does do is done very well and strikes a nice, integrated balance of flavors and aromas. With the malt and the darker fruit notes this reminds me of a Flemish type of sour. The oak is of course much more heavy than one would expect in that type of beer, and even the flavor isn't quite as malty as those can be, but if I had to stick it in a style that is what I would call it; clearly though this is its own thing, some sort of American interpretive style and I hope, actually I would guess it to, that these will be different each time they are bottled.
06-28-2010 03:21:36 | More by Gueuzedude
3.2/5 rDev -25.6%
A: Poured a cloudy grapefruit color with good carbonation and a white cap and bubbles
S: Funky and tart, light whiff of vinegar and some light cherries
T: Not as much cherry as I wanted, very subtle and it hid behind the tartness. Some wood and Earthiness, a sharp acidic note with light booze sting
M: Light body, big carbonation and tart
O: Worth a try but not overly exciting or good
01-08-2012 15:36:03 | More by barleywinefiend
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
First release of bottles, enjoyed at the Birdsall House in Peekskill,NY as part of their opening weekend celebration. Bomber that was bottled 2/10, pours cloudy/murky medium brown, under a dark tan head, showing excellent retentive power, with cling, sheet and more then ample scattered lace. Woody, musty, sour nose with a jolt of vinagar. Solidly sour, with out being biting or off putting, dark malts still present. Earthy, funky, barnyard oozing, oaky and highly complex. Easy flowing over the tongue. Wild ale/sour beer lover track this one down and enjoy. Simply delicious new one from the good captain.
03-31-2010 01:47:10 | More by Billolick
Barrel Select Batch 1 from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.