Saison - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 86
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of jrbuch
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Saison from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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