Saison - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 86
rAvg: 4
pDev: 6.5%
Wants: 16
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of MetalandBeer
2.16/5  rDev -46%
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.... (592 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (1,357 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (984 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, I need a beer here.

Pours a light, hazy golden amber color with a huge frothing white head. The head will. not. stop.

Smells like yeasty peppery spices, a hint of floral/fresh grass, and a surprising amount of citrus. But not really fresh bursting citrus, more like ... dank citrus juice mixed with peppery yeasty funk. Interesting.

Okay, the taste is not as good as the aroma. The spicy/pepperiness is just a bit too much. The funk gets a bit bearing after a while, and I'm not sure the citrus/hops blend that well with the yeasty zesty pepperiness. The different elements are fighting for breathing space rather than blending. It's not a bad beer, in fact it's definitely above average, but it's not quite there.

So much carbonation. (747 characters)

Photo of steelerguy
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
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+ (1,503 characters)

Photo of jrbuch
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a massive white head with clear goldenrod body.

Aroma of Aging Hay, slight brett aromas, a bit of saison like peppery sulfur. Clove and honey

Taste of light hay, very slight white pepper flavors mixed with barnyard in the distance. Lemon Rinds, herbs that are faint and only slightly detectable and may be entirely yeast qualities. I believe this will get a bit funkier over time and I was mildly surprised to have a mild bretty barn flavor going inside when I opened and poured.

Medium carbonation , and a light body which is standard for the style. No abv listed on the bottle, overall this is a good saison and I would drink it again. (650 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearane: Golden in color, slightly hazy, pours about three inches of thick white pillowy head that fades very slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Barnyard, lemon zest, estery, grassy, green apple, pear.

Taste: Slightly tart, funky, green apple, earthy, barnyard, grassy, white wine.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: Very drinkable. Complex flavors/aromas. A great saison. (433 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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!!!. (881 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5-22-11. Couldn't help reading the only other review and was surprised by how diff. the bottle seems to be from what I tasted.

It pours a beautiful, clear gold, topped by a billowy two fingers of pure white head. Plentiful lace. Nice.

The aroma is full of clove and pepper, some mineraly and tart yeastiness, and hints of candi sweet. a bit of grassy/herbal hop smell in there. I expected a touch of funk, considering this is Capt. Lawrence, but it is MIA.

Taste is a med. strength representation of the nose, with just a bit of a strange under-flavor I can't identify in there with the spicy and mineraly herbalness. It ends with the spicy joining the hop for a nice bitterness to it. Less sweet than I expected from its aroma, the clove is strong, and the grassiness really comes through as it warms. It is really tasty, though not as tasty as I'd hoped.

Very light in mouth, lower carb. than it looks, with a very good finish of spicy and herbal bitter

Overall this is a very good saison that I recommend. Just don't expect it to be as top-notch a representative of style as are most of Scott Vaccaro's other beers. It isn't. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.04/5  rDev +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. (778 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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! (1,098 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +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. (1,304 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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. (933 characters)

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