Saison - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
12-06-2011 07:38:51 | More by corby112
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
11-21-2011 04:18:16 | More by MasterSki
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
11-21-2011 03:26:21 | More by AgentZero
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
11-21-2011 01:14:09 | More by Agold
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
11-01-2011 04:19:25 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
10-27-2011 02:12:12 | More by Pahn
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
10-22-2011 19:07:00 | More by phichifiji00
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
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...
10-08-2011 22:55:42 | More by philbe311
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
09-12-2011 07:16:34 | More by DearthVader
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
08-24-2011 02:58:33 | More by DefenCorps
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
08-21-2011 17:45:06 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
08-02-2011 21:55:30 | More by aerozeppl
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
08-02-2011 03:52:04 | More by superspak
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-31-2011 17:13:15 | More by metter98
4.18/5 rDev +8%
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!
07-17-2011 14:11:13 | More by Bitterbill
Saison from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.