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Saison - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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87
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 16
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-21-2011

Originally, Saisons were brewed in Belgium for the farm workers to enjoy after a long day in the field; and while we’re not working in the fields all day we are thirsty! The recipe for this beer was formulated with input from the entire CLBC brew crew, fermented with a traditional Belgian yeast strain, and dry hopped with US grown hops. Straight from the Captain’s cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy!

30 IBU
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 39
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Photo of steelerguy
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow, high carbonation, large head that hangs around, with just a bit of haze.

S - Fruit forward with a bit of spice, would like more of the typical Belgian yeast aroma.

T - Like the aroma with a bit more spice and a little less fruit. There is a bit of a grassy, hay like flavor (not that I eat hay...). I feel the spiciness of the yeast is coming through but lacking that Belgian funk I like in a Saison.

M - Light, refreshing, highly effervescent.

O - Good beer, if I am looking for a Saison and a real Belgian isn't around I'd get again, but DuPont is still the king.

Photo of Billolick
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical large CL bottle, w/o freshness info, purchased at the brewery for $10

Pours clouded tangarine, nice frothy off white head, slowly goes to rocky meraingue, a very thick collar and ample sheeting ang thicker webs of lacing.

A hint of lemon and grassy hops in the nose.

This is a hoppy take on the style, moderate fruit and just a wiff of pepper, yeasty and nutty in the finish. Decent, especialy for a US version, but somewhat underwhelming in the end. Lacks the crisp clean flavors (fruit, pepper, pjenolics) of the all stars of the style.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Starts with a snort of sour and waves of over ripe fruit. It pours hazy gold with a very fluffy 3” rocky white lacy head that slowly dissipates. Has a crisp, tart, dry lemony palate backed by over ripe fruit and a little barnyard funk and light malts in the background. Luscious creamy mouthfeel from foamy carbonation. Light and refreshing.

Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big soapy pure white head that slowly settled into a solid cap and leaving some webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a bit tart with green apple skins, white grapes, and lemon. There are some floral and musty notes. Nice but not very strong.

The taste is tart as well, with green apple skins leading the way. This is countered with a coriander spice that I wish wasn't there. There is some sweet floral notes but those have a hard time competing against an odd bitterness from the hops. Kind of a grassy bitterness that went wrong; its somewhat metallic. Probably should have went with a noble hop. The beer does have a nice farmhouse funk thing going on.

The feel is light, dry, and crisp just like I would expect a saison to be. The finish is a little off due to the odd hop bitterness.

An ok saison. I didn't get enough spiciness and phenols from the yeast and the hops added a strange flavor. A bit disappointed but not a bad beer.

Photo of MetalandBeer
2.16/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I don't like to bash a brew, but, unfortunately this was terrible...I'm wondering if I just got a bad bottle?

Poured from a 22 Oz bomber into a pint glass.

Looked good...dark amber color. Half inch white some nice lacing.

Smelled like lemon, wet hay and manure(barnyard)

Tasted like it smelled....reminded me of a barn full of animals.

Mouthfeel was medium, mild carbonation.

Not a beer I would have again....unless of course I just had a bad bottle. Appearance and mouthfeel were fine, smell was a bit off putting, but that hasn't stopped me before. The taste was not my cup of tea....

Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a description of the recipe. It mentions being dry hopped with American hops. It shows. My initial pours were gentle to keep the yeast out just in case. A cloudy deep full gold with a somewhat soapy head and a fair amount of lace on the glass. Smell is a mix of malt, funk and firm hops. Some Belgian yeast and banana fruit notes as well as some pears and alcohol. Taste follows suit with a super dry hoppy finish. Not grapefruit mind you but hop oil and astringent with more hop oil lingering. The usual saison spiciness and funk also abound in the front of the beer with a subdued malt backbone. As the yeast is introduced the hops mellow a touch and I feel it improves. Feel is medium with a touch of girth and nicely carbonated. Quite a drinkable brew and the overall dry quenching character lends itself quite nicely to summer quaffing. While the abv is not on the bottle it feels around 8% and very well integrated as to be invisible. Goes down nicely and while no lightweight quite quaffable. This is an American hop heads saison. Well crafted and quenching it brings a wonderful attitude to the party and I will be stocking up on this one for my summer grilling and house projects . Scott you have done it again.

Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a Duvel glass.

Pours clear orange with fluffy white foam. Very sticky. Fruity citrus smell, some orange. Citrus fruity taste, subtle hop background. Belgian strains. Strong carbonation a contributor. Taste has lots of orange. Mellow, smooth, and tasty. Very very good Saison.

Photo of philbe311
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Three finger's worth of airy fluffy light tan colored sticky froth with a lopsided rocky top... Excellent retention gives way to the richest creamiest pillow like layer of lacing that I have ever probably seen... The color is equal part golden yellow and light amber... Moderate carbonation throughout... Quite elegant and regal...

S - Fragrant Belgian yeast from the get go... A very understated and subtle spiciness... Some very faint candied sugars... Wheat notes... Loads of lemon zest... A slight but effective funkiness... Some golden raisins... Golden delicious apples... Intriguing and complex...

T - Apples... Belgian yeast... White pepper... Lemon zest... A bit of wheat... The dry hopping definitely adds an American character to this saison...

M - Medium bodied... More carbonation than expected... Dense... A modicum of lushness... Definitely a bit on the dry side...

D - The appearance and aroma lead me to believe this could be a truly world class top tier offering... The taste and mouthfeel are still very good, but bring it back to earth a bit... Still highly recommend and a very good saison...

Photo of DearthVader
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You, Brendan, are a good man. Thanks for this one bud. I enjoyed it immensely.

750 enjoyed solo with a little Lynyrd Skynyrd in the background.

What an outstanding looking brew. Pours a misty gold with the most impressive head I've ever seen. Just a huge billowing white cloud of foam that clings to the edges of my Jackie O's tulip. It live an intricate map of lacing all the way down the glass. So damn pretty.

Smell is upfront with the heavy spice and clove. Then in comes the funk. Glorious horse manure blanketing my nose. It has a slight sawdust smell to it as well. Very intriguing.

Mmmm pepper. Very nice white pepper notes covering up some nice lemon peel. Slight banana flavors and an ever so slight tartness. The tart characteristic is only present every so often. I wish it had more.

Mouthfeel is creamy and a somewhat lower carbonation that I expected when you see how many bubbles are racing around in this beer. I'd call this full bodied especially when considering the style.

Another beer that makes me love Saisons even more. I think they've taken the spot as my favorite style. When they are brewed right, you can't top them. Just so damn drinkable and easy to enjoy during any occasion. Thanks again for this New York treat, Brendan.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks for the growler! enjoyed on the deck after mowing the lawn in a white birch glass.

nice golden amber color with a huge, towering head of white that refused to part ways no matter what you did. Really just superb looking with tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and a rich and proper looking appearence. Nice elements of light clove, peach, hints of grain and fresh grasses and a nice little spicey punch to it. Warming brings out the wonderful light tart notes through the air that carry over so well into the flavor. Not over done at all, in fact it seemed to fit perfectly as the mellow sourness played off of the rich grainy and frsh flavor. Smooth, subtle and soft, this just worked on every level it possibly could have.

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are moderate aromas of fruity yeast and floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste has some maltiness with notes of fruit. There is some sourness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is somewhat unique for the style because it is quite fruity and malty.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a wispy white cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured light esters and a soft caramel.

The taste was likewise light on the esters with a touch if metal and a round sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

OverLl a tasty ale but a bit heavy for the style.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip. Light yellow..thick thick crazy head...volcanoing out of the bottle as soon as its opened. Smells of yeast, lemon, and grass. Taste crisp but bitter, yeast and grassy/lemony. A nice easy mellow beer to drink. It doesnt wow, but its a solid Saison. I like captain a lot...but I wouldnt buy again in bottle. If I ever see it on tap, id like to try again; better yet, id love a cask of this...which I missed when it was released.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 12/7/11
*From notes

A: Unfiltered pale sunrise in color. A careful pour yields a fluffy three finger white head that lasts for some time.

S: Brett. Lots and lots of brett. Intentional, I assume? If so, then well done, as it's quite refreshing. And if not, then lie and say you meant it, as it really is quite nice.

T: A bit biscuity up front. The mid showcases the brett, and the finish dries out quite a bit, as the malt grabs a firm grip of the brew.

M: Crisp, yet dense enough to carry the wild flavors of this saison.

O: Pretty good offering here from Cpt. Lawrence. I see this more as a unique and off kilter summer change up, yet it was perfectly drinkable mid-winter. Recommended for both the saison and wild ale fanatics.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, CT last weekend. Served in a wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately-hazed yellow color with a good white head and nice retention. Lots of good, sticky lacing on the way down. The nose carries some nice floral hops and a good bit of spice. Light base pilsener malt in the background. The flavor hits all the saison notes fairly well. Good hoppy character backing up the yeast, which stands in the front. Malt behind that. All in good harmony. Nice body and carbonation with a crisp finish. Well done.

Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent to me by beerworld. Thanks Alex!

A - Hazy golden colored beer with a really large white head that left behind lots of stick on the sides.

S - Smells great. A bit of brett it seems, wth a lot of barnyard funk and some belgian yeast that makes no effort to be subtle. Some earth tones.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the nose, but still quite nice. A bit of mineral in there. Some lemon, brett, funk, lots of belgian yeast. Very solid stuff, nothing off putting, a good take on the style.

M - Medium bodied, pretty filling carbonation, dry on the end.

O - Very nice beer, well done. It's not exactly mind blowing, but a great taken on the style and very well made beer.

Photo of davey101
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Older style plain silver cap. 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice golden amber body. Ever so slight haze. Massive white head forms and settles into a thick cap. Swirling just crates another massive head. Tons of sticky lacing.

S - This one is way funkier than it is earthy. Really great barnyard Brett funk with lemons, grass, and a light spice in the background. A touch of booze on the end.

T - Similar to the nose. Bright lemons and grass with some light spice and malt. The brett funk is cheesy. Its sounds so wrong, but this is the cheesiest beer I have tried but it works so well! Finish is dry and abrupt. Mouth feel is crisp and lively with ample carbonation.

O - The best American made sasion I've tried so far. Such a great brett presence right now.

Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good American cut on the Saison style. Received in a trade from woodchopper...Thanks!

Pours a clear golden color with a big white head. The head appears to be delicate and bubbly as you pour it but settles down as frothy and long lasting. Thick patches of lacing on the far side of the glass.

Smell is lemon zest and a whole lot of Belgian funk.

Taste is similar. More funk / horse blanket than the top Belgians, less lemon zest and a little grassy hops at the end. The lack of lemon zest costs you a little smoothness and subtlety. The upside is really pronounced flavor...an unusual but still tasty Saison.

Mouthfeel is crisp and just rich enough. Overall this is a really enjoyable beer. The top Belgian versions are better for sipping on a warm day. This one is different but still very enjoyable. I am in the process of drinking the whole bomber and enjoying every bit!!!.

Photo of DCon
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from Amity Wines & Spirits in New Haven, CT for $10.99. Poured from the Tan Labeled bottle w/ a Barrel on fire on the front into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has no bottled on or freshness date.

Aroma- Tons of floral hops and mixture of fruit starts this one off. Light spices are present in the background? May have some funk as well but tough to pick out many of the characteristics.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, long lasting head. Has a golden body with hazy background and leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Good combo of spiciness and fruit from the get-go. Light pepper attribute coming in during mid-drink and then dry effervescent with some funk again!?!? Wow...

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Highly Carbonated, Effervescent, Prickles with flavor, and tons of light tartness/funk is left on the palate. Bring this on! Awesome.

Overall Impression- Wow! Really pleased with this Saison. If you get the chance to grab this one, go for it! Very enjoyable and worth the price. Especially enjoyed all the funk happening in here. That makes a Saison the best!

Photo of kojevergas
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an oversized wine glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. Props to Adam for the share. Purchased at a bottle shoppe in New York.

A: Pours a two finger head of light cream, okay thickness, and good retention. Cloudy murky dirty orange colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: A floral aroma, with yeast, bacteria, lilac, and orange peel. Smells soft - if that's possible. Pleasant, inviting, and fecking brilliant. Incredibly inviting. Heavenly. A pretty strong aroma.

T: Floral notes, citrus notes (primarily orange), light yeast, a hint of bacteria (only on the finish), and other soft esters I can't quite identify. Not horribly complex for a saison, but it takes the higher path of simple effective flavours that are enjoyable and definitely drinkable. Perfectly balanced. Extremely well built for the style, maintaining a loyal sense of grand subtlety. No flavours beat you over the head; the beer as a whole functions on a higher level. Brilliant. Bravo.

Mf: Delicately soft and fragile, with very light cream. Excellent smoothness and wetness, suiting the style. Near perfect. Fluffy.

Dr: Close to, if not the best saison I've had. Very impressive and incredibly well built for the style. I really enjoy this one. Its strength is its mastery of subtlety, and the near perfect marriage of flavour with texture. Any fan of the style, and any beer fanatic, owes it to him or herself to try this.

B/B+

Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stupid me. I saw this on shelves last time I was in NY, balked at the price and passed on it. Then, I traded for it. Like I said, stupid me. Nevertheless, big thanks to joefuzz for sending this my way.

A solidly hazy light orange with a dense, off-white head that's 3 fingers thick. The head falls off, leaving stiff peaks and moderate lacing. The nose is solid. Crushed white pepper, cloves and plenty of spicy esters are the most prominent characteristics here. A mild citrus fruitiness is present in the back, along a dry, grainy cracker character. The fruitiness grows, with apples, pears and honey appearing as the beer warms up. Very refreshing.

The palate opens with a very dominant spice character. In fact, there's so much clove here, I've surprised there's no Brett added. Again, there's delicate white pepper, along with a melange of fruits, with light citrus hops, fruity esters (apples, pears, white peaches), but there's also an herbal component, with a mild flavor of rosemary, and the bitterness that I associate with bolted basil. Drying on the finish with a touch of honey, a grainy bitterness and clove, this beer is light in body with a highly carbonated creamy mouthfeel. Highly recommended, one of the better American saisons out there. I only wish it weren't priced so damn high.

Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into oversized wine glass. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice dense 2 finger white head with great retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Some thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big pepper, grass, lemon, and spicy yeast. Very nice aromas here, with nice strength. Taste of big pepper, lemon, spices, breadiness, light fruits, grass, and some funk as well. Lingering notes of lemon, spices, and pepper on the finish for a bit. No bitterness noticed as expected, but a lot of spiciness. Medium carbonation and body, easy drinking and smooth as well. No alcohol in the taste or finish. Overall, an outstanding and highly enjoyable saison with great drinkabiliy.

Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enormous pillowing head that protrudes out of the glass like a cloud in the sky. Golden elixir obviously unfiltered with light sediment.

light Brett, barnyard, Belgian spices, fresh mown grass, wheat, yeast, lemon grass, berry, and earth.

Very dry and full of hop bitterness on the finish. Herbal and grassy, lemon, pineapple, dried tropical fruits, horse blanket like Brett flavors, fruity and delicious.

Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for the share. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear golden yellow color with a streaming amount of fizzy carbonation. A finger of white froth sits atop and a full wall of lace sticks to the glass.

The smell initially is quite lemon-filled. So lemony that it goes beyond a natural scent of coriander and gets quite perfumey. As it warms up, some funk and earth come out. A lot of barnyard quality is evident once it goes beyond ideal temp with a hint of stinky cheese and sonething along the lines if raw oak. Initially this smelled like a mess but as it breathed a bit it got significantly better.

The taste is a bit of a mess just like the aroma. My first thoughts are that of lemon pledge. It hits with a ferocious amount of oily artificial lemon that persists from start to finish and just doesn't simmer down. I struggle to take in some character other than lemon and stretch to find notes of subtle cheese, grass and earth. The finish is a bit rindy reminescent of bitter pulpy fruit. Not horrible but also not really something I enjoy in my saisons.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a light yet effervescent level of carbonation. It is quite pulpy and a bit too earthy and oily with bitterness that doesn't make for a good combination. It is worth a try but not really something I would seek out again.

Photo of jrbuch
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Captain Lawrence Pint glass at Bridgeview Tavern, Sleepy Hollow, NY.

A: A nice copper color with a thin white head that remains. Darker than Saison Dupont. Definitely some Caramel malt in here.

S: There isn't much smell here right away, but it might be the glass. Definitely a little hoppy with yeasty esters.

T: The taste is full flavored and a little sweet for the style. The bubble gum, citrus, and slightly spicy taste is surprising to the lack of smell.

M: Carbonation is a little light for style, but this could be just from the keg. I would imagine from the bottle would be much more sto style.

O: This is a good beer. This isn't my favorite saison (not spicy or dry enough), but definitely another good offering from Scott.

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