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Saison - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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87
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 16
Gots: 9 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-21-2011)
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Reviews by jrbuch:
Photo of jrbuch
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

jrbuch, Jun 18, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of steelerguy
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

steelerguy, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Billolick, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +3.4%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%

ipc2000, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Gonzoillini, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Gmann, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of MetalandBeer
2.08/5  rDev -46.3%
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....

MetalandBeer, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of scootny
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

scootny, May 21, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

KTCamm, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of dgeebs07
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

dgeebs07, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of wesley14
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

wesley14, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of philbe311
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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...

philbe311, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of DearthVader
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

DearthVader, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

metter98, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

plaid75, Jun 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

BGsWo22, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

DrinkSlurm, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of jkchristy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jkchristy, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of KevSal
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

KevSal, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.03/5  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.

Rhettroactive, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ChrisPro, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

dbrauneis, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Jul 14, 2011
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Saison from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.