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Barrel Select Gold - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 183
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: acurtis on 10-22-2012)
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Reviews by stakem:
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4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks BA Dslim for hooking me up with a bottle of this in our most recent exchange, it is greatly appreciated. Prying the cap off reveals a bit of a gusher. Poured into a matching CL cervoise, the brew appears a hazed yellow to cloudy with a fizzy white finger of head. Stringy patches of lace stick to the glass.

This brew smells pretty fantastic. Lemony hints of yogurt with an overall tropical fruit feel. Mild raw oak and earth with a slight tingle of alcohol. It gets progressively more wild and funky as it swirls and warms up.

The flavor is tangy with citrus, oak and funk mildly like yogurt. A bit of rindy bitterness that finishes very clean. There is an overal tropical feel to this that blends well into the other components.

This is a light bodied brew with a lively amount of efforvescent carbonation. Overall this is a solid brew that is super easy drinking with a crazy amount of complexity to nerd out over. I would love to have more of this. It is unfortunate it is/was so limited. Thank you again Dan for the trade.

stakem, Apr 25, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to the person who brought and popped this open at our tasting! Pours a musky white, cloudy straw color with a light-white head that fades very fast, leaving nothing behind. The aroma is immediately sour - a nice combo of pears, peaches, and apricots. This one almost smells like a Sweetart, and ironically enough, shows signs of being mildly sweet and tart. Whouda thunk? Some light carbonation bubbles pop and explode into my nose as I'm taking a whiff, this one is pretty volatile. I wasn't picking up as much brett or funk as others have mentioned, kind of surprising. It's there, in a sort-of "wet wood" manner, but it's still more buried than I would have imagined.

The first thing my palate picks up on is the tartness, there's no holding back here. Sour, juicy green apple skins, pears, peaches, and even a touch of cherries make there way into the flavor profile. The tartness works quickly, exercising the cheek muscles nicely before settling into a drying sweetness. As the sour notes are fading away, out comes a nice, refreshing lemon zest flavor to wrap things up. The finish is pretty dry on this one with a mild oaky presence, probably due to the abundance of carbonation. Thin-ish body, crisp and slick.

Damn good wild ale/sour/whatever you wanna call it. Very drinkable and nearly puckering, this will give the sour freaks something to look forward to. The dry finish caught me off guard for being such a "juicy" beer in terms of flavor. Glad to have tried this one.

tectactoe, Feb 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

joel66, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Golden Ale aged in barrels that once housed Cuvee de Castleton. All the fruit was removed from the barrel, it was given a brief hot water rinse and then filled back up. Aged for close to a year. Brettanonmyces was the only souring yeast/bacteria used. ABV around 7% based of the OG and FG of the beer."

Superb new offering from Scott. 375ml Gold waxed bottle consumed with friends Sat 10/20/12. Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Amazing effervescent qualities, crisp and light. Great character and complexity. Castleton characteristics shine though (next time we will do a Castleton side by side) Funk, citrus and some mellow barrel on the nose. Just the right amount of sourness, extremely drinkable. Delicious gentle sourness with some gueuze qualities, lemon finish.

Won GABF 2012 Gold in American-Style Sour Ale Category

acurtis, Oct 22, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Waited too long to add this one. 375ml waxed and capped bottle into a Hill Farmstead flute. Shared with schen9303.

Beautiful beer. Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with moderate to poor retention. Beer is aptly named. Clear and golden. Spotty, sparse, and sticky lace with thin legs. Very Solid.

This one's as aromatic as I've come across in a while. Notes of cane sugar, lemon, pineapple, Brett funk, and a slight plastic-y, band-aid quality hit hard and big but fade quickly. Real tropical.

Opens pineapple, lemon, citrus and Brett. A small cane sugar presence adds a bit of sweetness that's balanced out by a mellow sour note. Plastic and some cobweb with a touch of woodiness round this one out. Finishes slightly tart with a filmy, lemon-tart aftertaste. A nicely complex beer that's very balanced in all aspects.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down smooth and slick. Finish is subtle and soft with a light barely-there aftertaste. This is really spot on for the style.

I'm excited to see where this one is headed but as is, this is very balanced in its flavor profile and just right in terms of feel. Color is also beautiful. Just hoping Golden Sour lives up to its name and gets a bit more tart with time.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Gonzoillini, May 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

SpdKilz, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

mtomlins, Feb 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

SourinQns, Nov 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

funkyaudio, Apr 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Ilovebrew, Aug 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Franch, Feb 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

thezoobrew, Nov 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

chippo33, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

oldp0rt, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from tasting on 11/16. thanks to those locals who helped out on this one when i couldn't get to the brewery in the minute it was available, you know who you are! enjoyed from a captain lawrence tulip.

a - poured a murky golden yellow with thin fizzy head which was gone quickly. streaky lacing was left, but a really great color.

s - wow, smells great. some rotten egg with a white wine oak quality. some lemon rind with lots of vanilla...BIG vanilla notes.

t - OH WOW. vanilla with wine and oak. unreal sour. clearly obvious to me why it won gold. just phenomenal.

m - sour but not insanely puckering. the flavor is just the tops.

o - overall, tasting this brew clearly answers the mystery of how this won gold beating out all the beers it did. the vanilla and oak just compliment the sourness perfectly. what a beer!

cosmicevan, Nov 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Archemedies, Nov 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

DSlim71, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Romulux, Feb 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

pmoney, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

BARFLYB, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

spycow, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is hazed yellow with tight white head and small bubbles. Nose is brett forward, leathery and dusty up front with assertive tropical fruits, pineapple is nice with a touch of cheese. Taste is also very nice, very Brett forward but depth within it. Dry finish and leathery taste as tropical fruits and citrus take hold, heavy carbonation in a good way with a touch of cheese in the finish.

cpetrone84, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

ncaudle, Apr 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

AlainBrevard, Sep 23, 2014
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Barrel Select Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.