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Saison - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
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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Gmann

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 23:29:09 | More by Gmann
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-11-2014 01:37:22 | More by BGsWo22
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 23:54:45 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-08-2013 19:04:14 | More by jaxon53
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ngeunit1

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 07:17:44 | More by ngeunit1
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-07-2013 08:31:45 | More by Hanzo
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-08-2014 00:40:35 | More by petermethot
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-09-2012 22:54:56 | More by oldp0rt
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Overlord

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 22:29:05 | More by Overlord
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mcallister

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 21:50:38 | More by mcallister
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 04:19:25 | More by DrinkSlurm
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-22-2011 15:59:34 | More by thewimperoo
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KTCamm

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 15:44:49 | More by KTCamm
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JayQue

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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!!!.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 02:01:16 | More by JayQue
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

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...

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:55:42 | More by philbe311
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aerozeppl

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 21:55:30 | More by aerozeppl
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vonnegut21

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-14-2014 18:07:51 | More by vonnegut21
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-16-2011 01:22:29 | More by HopStoopid120
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -48.3%

02-18-2012 17:49:22 | More by chrispoint
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LambicKing

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-08-2013 18:40:24 | More by LambicKing
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DCon

Missouri

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 03:32:25 | More by DCon
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-18-2012 11:40:22 | More by polishkaz
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dunix

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-29-2012 16:09:21 | More by dunix
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sirsteve42

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-23-2013 23:51:07 | More by sirsteve42
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 23:50:13 | More by alpinebryant
Saison from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.