Cuvée De Castleton | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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4.37/5
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568 Ratings
Cuvée De CastletonCuvée De Castleton
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
captainlawrencebrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Since we filled the first barrel of Cuvée de Castleton in 2007 we have continued to push the boundaries of sour ales. This years batch stays true to the original batch stay true to the original version with notes of white grape, toasted oak and a touch of funk. Drink now or lay it down for years to come.

This is a beer that will make you rethink your definition of beer. It doesn’t taste like any beer you’ve ever had, yet it doesn’t taste like anything else either. Pushing the limits of brewing is what makes this job so much fun. Malted barley, wild yeast, hand picked Muscat Grapes, and French oak wine barrels are just a few of the things that wen into crafting this beer. Breathe deep, take a long sip, and enjoy the creation in your hand.

Added by Billolick on 05-12-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#531
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
568
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
Wants:
985
Gots:
111
Trade:
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Photo of VoxRationis
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12.7 oz (375 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; 2017 vintage.
A: Pours a clear, golden color with a short-lived with large bubbled white head disappears rapidly. No lacing at all.
S: Sharp. Aromas of apple, pear, vanilla, and Chardonnay grapes.
T: Semidry and pleasantly tart. Flavors largely follows the nose. Very drinkable.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down very easily.
O: Well made, highly palatable sour which I could see in numerous pairings. A bit pricey.

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Photo of Mattias
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Maxms
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle has higher 8.4% ABV. Great sour with. Strong grape notes and smell. Some toasted oak. Although this brewery has better options - Hops N’Roses.

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3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unclejazz
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great grape, prefer this to Rosso and Hops n Roses. All other beer/wine hybrids could learn something from this beer.

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3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a golden yellow with a bubbly tan white which recedes immediatey. No lacing.

A: Smells like white wine. Chardonnay.

T: White grapes, quite sour on the finish and it lingers for a bit. There is some oak in there. Quite subtle.

F: Medium to full bodied. High carbonation.

O: Probably the best sour I've had. If they weren't so expensive, I'd be drinking them a whole lot more frequently.

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3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zac16125
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Captain Lawrence Cuvee de Castleton
375mL bottle into a Teku
Vintage 2015


A: Pour is crystal clear, unappealing urine colored yellow, 1 fingers width of very fizzy head which dissipates almost immediately, leaving a drink that looks flat. No lacing. 3.25

S: Aroma is tart, super funky, fruity esters. Decent amount of grape, belgium-yeast-like bubblum, subtle oak, and decent sourness. 4

T: Taste is quite good. Wine-like vinous notes, pretty tart and sour, oaky and dry on the finish. Subtle funk, with plastic notes. No real pungent funk characters which is ok with me. Some sweet, fruity notes to balance. Very nice. 4.25

M/D: Lighter side of medium body, carbonation is on the higher end which is appropriate, dry on the finishing, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Overall, a very nice beer. 4

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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Cuvée De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 568 ratings