Saison - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
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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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Willytee3
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle in to a Captain Lawrence tulip glass.

Pours a light orange-gold color with huge head that tops the glass. Head has a whip cream foam effect that floats in the center of the glass throughout the drink. Some larger floating bubbles in the center of the foam make this attractive without collapsing the head.

Smells of white flowers and brett. Some funk and wet hay with citrus undertones coming through.

The first sip tastes of banana like warm vanilla with light funk, Brett comes through in the middle with a hard to pin down unripe Guava or other green tropical fruit. Light sour carries the fruit through to a very nice dry finish.

Refreshing and enjoyable very well balanced Saison.

Photo of dgeebs07
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Paul68
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of aerozeppl
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Classic looking saison pour. Hazy golden color with a touch of yeast floating in suspension. A finger of billowy head with some lacing as well. Good head retention.

S: Tons of esters. Quite a bit of fruit thrown in there for good measure. Not quite bready in the nose but it has the smell of freshly milled grain as well. Quite a bit of white pepper which is something I love in the nose of a saison.

T: Carbonation starts the beer off. Then right into the esters. A touch of fruit. Then the white pepper. Apples. A touch of pear. It finishes super dry with a lingering bret presence. Wow.

M: Bone dry. Well carbonated.

D: One of the best American saisons that I have ever had. It is hot out and right now I think I could drink a case of this. I just keep finding myself reaching for my glass.

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.

Photo of Agold
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to get a taste of this from a bottle opened at the Sour Bitch release.

Pours hazy light golden color with a nice tight short head which recedes fairly quickly. Aroma is extremely fruity with lots of tropical fruits; pineapple, maybe clementine... who knows. There is also a little bit of funk in there which is not too big, but is a nice complement to the fruit. Taste is great. Still very fruity and tropical with mild cidery and funky notes. Mouthfeel is ridiculous. Smooth, creamy with outstanding perfect carbonation which is very fine. Pretty dry and exactly what I want in a saison. Overall this is a damn good beer. Would love to get a chance to try this again.

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.

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...

Photo of KevSal
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of davey101
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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 superspak
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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 LambicKing
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of redliner8
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and pilsner malts, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander and other spices, and some farmhouse smells.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet grainy and lightly bready malts with some lemon zest, citrus hops, and a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, the Belgian yeast comes through with some coriander, other spices, and farmhouse flavors. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts, lemon zest, citrus hops, Belgian yeast, and some coriander and other spices.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great overall balance with good yeast character coming through.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that thinned out after a while leaving spots of lacing all over the place.

S - spices and yeast a bit of earthiness as well.

T - tart and spiced hit all at once some pepper on the swallow leaving a tart, dry taste in the mouth when finished with just a kiss of sweetness tossed in.

F - medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O - a good example of the style.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle courtesy of JoeBeerBelly. Thanks Joe!

It pours a hazy yellow gold with a huge billowy head of foam and plenty of lacing.

The smell is very bold. Lots of spiciness with notes of clove and white pepper, very musyt/earthy, and very much a scent of yeast. Ha, some citric notes as well.

Very strongly flavoured too. Some cloves and pepper, earthy bordering on funky, plenty of citrus lemon that adds some tartness that's noticeable mostly on the back end. The finish is a mix of tartness and bitterness and is very dry and refreshing. I like.

Medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is a bit spritzy and could be a shade lighter with the bubbles but nonetheless, it has a decent feel to it and is quite quaffable. Thanks, Joe, for this very tasty Saison!

Photo of Pahn
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Not sure when bottled, but it just came out this year around Summer. Internet detective work turns up a draft list proclaiming the ABV to be 6%, so that might be true.

Appearance: Upon popping the cap (yay for potential gushers having caps and not corks!), some foam steadily tries to creep up and out of the bottle. Careful pour yields a two and a half inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly leaving thick, eternal webs of lacing. Pours a crystal clear light-orange/golden. Easy 5.0.

Smell: Brettanomyces as earthy, tangy, musty, but not dirty/"barnyard"/funky. Lemony hops, some typical saison yeast aromas, and lots of fruit.

Smells like fantasy fruit; like there's fruits in here without names or instantiations in the real world. This kind of thing is a big plus in these kinds of beer, at least for me. Great stuff.

Taste: Wow, really refreshing. Very mineral-y, with little sweetness despite some nice fruit flavors. Tart and dry in the finish. Lemony and bretty. Really clean, refreshing flavors.

Not as adventurous as the nose, but very solid.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Creamy in the middle, tart and dry finish. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Really good saison. While it won't blow your mind the way a good bottle of Fantôme Saison will, it's delicious, refreshing, and has a truly exceptional aroma. Also could be pretty educational for those who haven't had many saisons other than Saison Dupont.

Specific comparisons aside, it's a masterfully made beer. Will definitely pick up more next Summer if they rebrew it.

Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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 corby112
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a massive three finger, frothy white head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap. The glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing. A bit over carbonated but looks pretty nice.

Floral, earthy aroma with a nice balance of funky saison yeast, zesty spice and crisp, light fruit. Hints of coriander, pepper and lemon zest followed by earthy funk, hay and straw as well as some banana, apple and pear. Very nice.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a prominent zesty spice presence up front that lingers over the funk and sweeter notes into a dry finish. Hints of pepper and coriander are complimented by the dry, funky yeast before being countered by hints of apple, pear and subtle alcohol phenol. Really well balanced and complex with a bit less funk than expected. All of the characteristics work very well together resulting in a flavorful beer that's pretty quaffable.

Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Glunz taster glass.

A - Giant white foam quickly settles to a thin cap, leaving plenty of splotchy lace behind. Hazy pale straw body.

S - White pepper, farmhouse yeast, lemons, stone fruit malt backdrop. Pretty much everything you'd expect in a good Saison.

T - Taste is pretty similar, with more of the stone fruit malt character cutting through the peppery yeast flavors. No alcohol present, and I couldn't find one listed on the bottle.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, crispy and dry finish, and a slightly grainy texture.

D - Considering how bad many American-made Saisons are this is a breath of fresh air. Solidly executed, with obvious craft and skill, and fairly subtle and traditional. If this were reasonably priced and available in my market I'd buy it regularly.

Photo of DCon
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 06/25/11 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip. Received this one from SpeedwayJim in the 666 Round 4 BIF; thanks Jim!

a - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves a little bit of spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of some light yeast, spices, pepper, and floral notes.

t - Tastes of of spice, floral hops, pepper, and yeast. Pretty enjoybale.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy; very easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice saison with a great mouthfeel. Not too much pepper and very easy to drink, a great summer beer.

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.

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Saison from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.