Cuvee De Castleton | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Cuvee De CastletonCuvee De Castleton
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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
Ratings:
548
Reviews:
228
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.8%
 
 
Wants:
990
Gots:
103
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 548 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of Crosling
1.97/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Batch 2. Very mild aroma of popcorn, sour fruit, oak and funk. Not a lot of complexity in the nose, or much vibrancy. Flavor is poorly balanced, harshly sour. Not much oak character at all or fruit. Very poor appearance, poorly lasting head and a gusher. I had batch 1 several times and didn't like it. I guess I just don't understand this beer. It doesn't seem to have much finesse.

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Photo of rab53
2.25/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of Wesley_Legg
2.41/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

I must have received a bad batch bottle or the cork was damaged. Hopefully, I will land this again and give it another go because it was terrible.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.62/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky pastel yellow, with copious foam at first that settled and stuck around for awhile. Floral nose, fragrant lavender or chamomile, various spices, lime zest, and orange juice. Dry tart feel, zippy with a little grape sweetness. Earthy coriander. Reminds me of a sour blend of orange juice and sprite I used to make as a kid. The dry spritz just evaporates on the tongue, very clean and tasty. This brew really seems to showcase the herbs/spice with a nice orange/lemon-lime compliment.

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Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of newbeeraday
3/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thinking the keg was bad. Tasted like old grapefruit and bready. Weird funk and off putting.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.34/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 5. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Clear golden with almost no head. Looks pretty flat.

Smell - Slightly fruity. Lemon comes to mind. Mostly vinegar here, though. Not intense, but dominant. Touch of funk and some peaches.

Taste - Quite sour. Lemon fruit flavors. Light vinegary flavors, at least compared to the nose. Clean, but intensely acetic. Too much for my taste. Bready in the finish also.

Mouthfeel - Puckering. Clean sour. Low carbonation.

Overall - I see why everyone loves this. It's incredibly sour, with some nice fruity notes. I just don't dig the acetic sourness, especially in a pale sour.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.48/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to alcstradamus for another amazing brew.

375mL poured into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a pale straw yellow with a nice haze to it. Absolutely no head on the beer. With no head comes no lacing left behind.

S- A little bit of Belgian yeast and some wild yeast as well. Sour grapes, almost liken to a sparkling wine, which makes sense after reading the bottle.

T- More of a subdued flavor than the nose. The Belgian yeast is present and the grapes are barely even noticeable. A little bit of lemon zest round this one out.

M- Lighter bodied, dry on the finish and not very much carbonation. I was hoping this would be a little more crisp.

D- Decent body but not too complex. The flavors aren't very deep or pronounced and not really all that sour.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle batch 2 courtesy of Tayner. This immediately gushed but I didn't lose hardly any because I had my glass ready. Cloudy, dull yellow with a white head that disappeared instantaneously. The smell is faint and sour, spice, urine? Biting sour flavor with a slight hint of a lemon at the end and brett. Overall this was pretty sour but it didn't really hit the right note for me, maybe it needs more time in the bottle. The one thing I did really like about this beer is that it had the faintest taste of Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries, which was cool.

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of PEBKAC
3.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3

Ommegang flute hybrid glass. Had it in place of white wine with my flounder.

Sparkling, clear pale gold color with just a spritz of head. Can't help but yeast it up a little with my second pour though, turning it a towards a murky mellow gold, a bit like watered down grapefruit juice.

Smell is full with apricots, unripened peaches, melon, & soured cider. It has a bit of that Cantillon bite in the nose. A bit musty like ice wine, but more familiar & less appealing, with traces of spoiled milk & rubbing alcohol.

Taste is dominated by tangy & sharp fruit. Unripened pineapple, more peaches, & hard green grapes. Middle in it turns slightly bitter with lettuce, then slightly buttery. Finish has lots of similarities to spontaneously fermented scrumpy cider. Last call on the finish is a drag of gooey dough & yeast.

Carbonation is pretty nice, & the alcohol is decently hidden by the sharp fruit notes. It's gets your palate salivating for more appetizers when drank in tight sips.

Overall, a bit more mellow & less sour then previous batches I feel. Maybe less complex, but certainly easier to drink, which is a shame because of the price & bottle limit. I can't exactly remember how this tasted fresh, aside from a little less oxidation, & more snap in my tongue. I do remember licking my lips a bit more back at the release. Aging this bottle hasn't really made me say "wow". I wouldn't hold on to these expecting anything better in the long term.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with an appearance similar to Champagne. Bubbles are quickly streaming up the glass and popping on top with no head except a thin fizz that disappears completely.

Aroma is full of tart fruits, including white grape skins and green apples. There is a slight oaky wood aroma to round it out, but I still found it a bit one-dimensional.

Flavor is tart with a tight, effervescent profile. The sourness is gentle at this point, reminding me of under ripe fruit. It could dry out a bit, as the fruit profile seems almost artificial. It's as if grape juice was added to the beer, rather than being an integral component.

Not one of my favorite pale sours, but it may be better after more time in the cellar.

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Photo of my_knew_craft
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Evilyak
3.59/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of srroos
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle (Batch 3) into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, straw yellow with a small off white head. Quickly fades into a thin ring.

S: Slightly funky with some grassy hops.

T: Mildly tart, sour apples, and a slightly bitter finish.

MF: Light and moderately carbonated. Very smooth.

D: Light and easy drinking. Not as strong as many sours.

Very tasty, but not nearly as good as I might have expected with all the hype. Tasted much better once the yeast was poured into the glass.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very cool blonde sour from captain lawrence. this brew pours a very pale almost clear shade of yellow with the faintest purple tint from the grapes, nearly imperceptible, not quite as much head as i would like. fruity aromatic with some strong acidic notes. oaky and sour for sure, but very interesting from a yeast standpoint, lots of brett has dried this right out. some very light malt and straw cereal properties, and the grapes are only subtle, contributing more of a tannic vibe than real fruit flavor. insanely light body and well enough carbonated, this is rather easy drinking as sours go, a very delicately put together and well balanced brew. would be curious to try some with a little age on it.

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Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of craytonic
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour is a straw-yellow, medium white head with little/no lacing.

Smell: A bit subdued, with light and sweetish malts. Neither very tart or sour. Strong sauvignon blanc wine element and green apples. Not much funk or oak. Very yeasty.

Taste: Again, light and sweet malts up front, little sourness.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, but a bit light and thin.

Drinkability: Disappears, similar to the way a wit disappears on a warm day. I was expecting a bit more from this one.

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Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.32 out of 5 based on 548 ratings.
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