Cuvée De Castleton
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Cuvée De CastletonCuvée De Castleton
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #67
Ranked #705
4.37 | pDev: 8.47%
May 13, 2022
May 12, 2007
Cuvée De CastletonCuvée De Castleton
Notes: 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.
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4.35 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on May 13, 2022
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3.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

2017 vintage

Oct 27, 2019
4.43 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on Feb 20, 2019
4.75 by BallsDeep from Florida on Nov 08, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by VoxRationis from New York

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.

Aug 17, 2018
4 by Mattias from Sweden on Aug 17, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Maxms from Russian Federation

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.

May 05, 2018
3.94 by jaydoc from Kansas on May 04, 2018
4.27 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Feb 28, 2018
4.4 by Mikeypnh from New Hampshire on Feb 13, 2018
4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Dec 18, 2017
3.75 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia on Nov 29, 2017
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by unclejazz from New York

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

Nov 29, 2017
3.96 by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island on Nov 25, 2017
4.25 by bl00 from Pennsylvania on Oct 30, 2017
4.39 by TomMorris from Connecticut on Oct 23, 2017
4.34 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Oct 23, 2017
4.12 by Lucular from Maryland on Oct 17, 2017
4.25 by paulish from New York on Oct 07, 2017
4.08 by GDawgs34 from Georgia on Aug 29, 2017
4.2 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Aug 27, 2017
4.24 by Vivs85 from New York on Aug 06, 2017
4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Jul 14, 2017
4.34 by TheLefty1616 from New York on Jul 03, 2017
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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
by chrishiker1409 from New York

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.

Mar 11, 2017
3.58 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts on Mar 08, 2017
4.13 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Feb 17, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by zac16125 from South Carolina

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

Jan 21, 2017
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jan 20, 2017
4.03 by happyreefer from Connecticut on Jan 12, 2017
4.06 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2016
4.15 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Oct 28, 2016
4.37 by AMCimpi from New York on Oct 17, 2016
4.25 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia on Oct 04, 2016
4.6 by mani from New Jersey on Oct 03, 2016
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3.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by Evilyak from Minnesota

poured pale yellow with little head, but then i perhaps poured out too much from the bottom of the bottle and now it looks opaque.

smell is funk and grape and sour cider. not in love with the aroma per se, but for what the beer is, it's pretty much spot on.

i dunno. if i wanted wine, i would have signed up for wine advocate. flavor is nice - quite sharp and sour up front but the aftertaste mellows it out. i'm missing the spice here and the oak is more woody than barrel.

mouth is leaving me wanting something to clean my palate.

i like sours. i like brett. something about this one just doesn't do it for me.

Sep 20, 2016
4.15 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Aug 28, 2016
4 by pisano from Massachusetts on Jul 28, 2016
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ClavisAurea from New York

2015 vintage served cold in a teku

Appearance: bright and clear gold with no head at all. Very low carbonation. Bottle presentation is very nice however the cage that secured the cork fell apart after only 1/2 a turn on opening. I've found this true with other CL sours. Possibly a QA issue with packaging or a product defect.

Nose: Brett funk, sweet grape juice, vinous, very complex, strong Barrel character

Taste: sharp acid here. Quite sour initially. The barrel character is strong with a ton of tannins. This drinks like a full bodied white wine with very little sweetness. The "beer" qualities are very understated. There is a significant astringency to the beer as well. Not a bad thing per say and it does add complexity, just wasn't expecting it. The wine barrel and vinious characters are the centerpiece here. Extremely low carbonation. Very nice sour.

Overall: this one shocked me. It completely straddles the line between beer and wine. I can decide if Scott Vaccaro is a mad genius or just crazy. Either way this was a delightful beer.

Jul 09, 2016
4.92 by TheChemTeacher from New York on Jul 05, 2016
Cuvée De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 572 ratings