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Cuvee De Castleton | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
4.38/5
Outstanding
561 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#372
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
561
pDev:
8.68%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
987
Gots:
109
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 561 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to cavedave for this blind share, batch #4 release.
The beer pours a clear straw yellow with a razor thin halo of white head. The nose is sweet and slightly acidic. The taste is slightly tropical with a bit of Brett funk and a mild, dry finish. It's not a bone dry finish as expected making this beer quite drinkable. The body is light and effervescent. This is an outstanding sour, but I wish the grapes came out more than they did. It's similar to beat, but not as intensely sour.

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Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank out of a tulip at Brett Fest at Spuytin Duyvil in Brooklyn, NY in August 2009.

I got the end (approx. 3 oz.) of a bottle of Batch 1.

A: Since I got all the yeast, the pour was very cloud and milky. Almost looked like I Thai Iced Tea if you could imagine. No head.

S: Fruity, funky, and forward.

T: Lavender-ish, bretty, and a pleasant apricot aftertaste.

M: A neat feel as there was little carbonation but a kick from the yeast fermenting this beautious Batch 1 offering a few years.

D: Surprisingly strong for 8% ABV. A nice warming feeling hits the palate.

Overall, a very fun beer to try and can't wait to crack the different batch I have in my cellar.

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Photo of Overlord
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to hophead84, whose generosity belies his stature (I keed, I keed).

Pours a rather sinister looking hazy orange-ish gold. If you swirl it in the light, what looks like very definite lighter colored yellow streaks meander about. Interesting. Some bubbles on the pour, but zero head. Zero.

Smells strangely sweet. I can count on one hand the number of sweet wild/sour/reallambic/gueuzes I've had. Smells like lemons and juicy green grapes. Maybe a twinge of horse blanket-y funk.

Taste is also strangely sweet. Seriously tastes like sweetened lemon juice mixed with grape juice mixed with a bit of sour and funky vinous notes gone rotten. In a good way. This is seriously like fruit juice. Alcoholic, sourish fruit juice. No bubbles. I do want some bubbles. There's a bit of oak-y vinousness to it, but this is the ultra-rare sour where the funk, oak, and vinous/vinegar/acidic bite take a backseat to abundant fruit flavors, rather than vice versa.

Thanks again!

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Photo of grub
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, batch 2. sampled dec 28/08.

pours hazy pale yellow, a bit chunky, with just a bit of very fine white head that quickly drops to a scant ring around the glass. a few spots of lace.

aroma is wild. big blast of lemon and cider vinegar. leather. horse blanket and barnyard funk. raw oak. light alcohol. cracker. white bread. bit of grain. white grape.

taste is good. light puckering lemon and cider vinegar, but not overly so. just a touch of caramel, but without any real sweetness. cracker and white bread. horse blanket and barnyard funk. leather. bit of tobacco leaf. white grape and white wine character. raw oak. there's a bunch of tannins at play here too - wine tannin/grape tannin/oak tannin, all lending an almost hoppy bite and drying finish that i wouldn't really call "bitter" but has a similar character.

mouthfeel is good. light body with a nice dry finish. fairly low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. great funky and lightly sour presence that doesn't overpower the light grape/wine and malty elements. not the most deep wild i've had, but it's got its own unique place on the spectrum that i'm enjoying. good stuff.

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Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of TomMorris
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-posting earlier review that was deleted...

Batch 3 bottle via trade thanks to badbeer, shared at a BA tasting. Hazy golden color with a small white head that leaves just a little foam, and good lacing. Great aroma, tart with funk, honey, lemon, oak, and floral hops. Flavor is barnyard funk, honey, floral hops, spices, dry white wine, oak, and lemony bretty tartness. Very tasty and complex. Nice smooth palate, only slightly acidic. Drinkability high. Overall this is a great sour ale.

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Photo of Crosling
1.97/5  rDev -55%
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 mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jampics2
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of pisano
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of seeswo
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with onix1arg thanks for the splits dude.

A- brilliant golden yellow with just a touch of haze. Not much head from the pour but it is a year old barrel aged beer. A good swirl does build a bit of foam but settles instantly.

S- funky green apples and horse blanket. Wet hay and some musty dusty.

T- tart and sour with under ripe grapes and granny smith apples. Funky wood and unmalted wheat. Lemon rind and juice. Slightly cheesy.

M- less then medium in body and low carb. Very dry and puckering.

D- this is amazing stuff with all of the thing I love in a sour. Not to buggy at all. Super delicious.

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Photo of knicks19947
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BATCH 1

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first beer from Captain Lawrence. With a pop of the cap an off white foam creeps out of the top of the bottle. That same off white foam quickly reaches three fingers but just as quickly settles leaving no signs of head. Body is a straw colored murky gold. Nose is penetrating and sharply sour with lemon, sour powder candy and astringent vinegar all very lively and tart. Initially as you take first sip this beer is packed with so much up front tart punch you think for a slight moment it might be dominated by this. Wine like vinegar feel with sour apple and lemon zest come first. This is all balanced by a full yeasty, bready feel on the second half of the palate. Pie crust like and teamed with those same dry spices that you would in a good pie crust. This all comes through to add wonderfull complexity and balance. Mouthfeel is a mix of fruity tart rich breadyness. So well done and a real treat to drink throughout.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of Arbitrator
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of portia99
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks to Dan (Dslim71) for hooking me up with a couple of these beers and allowing me to tick a longtime want. Cheers and Merry Christmas! (also thanks to Cuzco!) Batch 5, 375ml bottle, split with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours a lovely hazy golden color into my trusty generic tulip. About a half finger of slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates quickly leaving zero lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Just a plethora of barnyard funk and other tart aromas emerge from the glass as I swirl the beer around. Heavy must, wet hay, slight leather, tart citrus (i.e. lemon zest), and earthy qualities.

Taste – An immediate mouth puckering from the lemon zest which fades into fantastic barnyard funk qualities. To be honest, my brother-in-law and I both stated it has a slight gueuze like feature. The acidity from the lemon (and also green apple) is pleasant and I personally hope this gets a bit more tart with some age. When you take a sip the back sides of your jaw tense up from the tartness which I personally loved, haha. The mix of the tart citrus and funk is utterly delicious. I am savoring this beer as much as I can.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Overall – A wonderful experience from a beer. A perfect time to open it up on Christmas. I am thoroughly enjoying this drink and am sad to see my half disappearing faster than I was hoping. Very happy I have a couple more to cellar to see how this beer ages.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 5. Tasted 1 May 2015.

Pours a hazy straw yellow. Little head, but that's expected for a sour.

Smell is a super clean, rich lemony sour, with a white wine backing. Reminds me of the lemon sour candies, but without the sugar. Yum.

Taste is much like the smell, but a little empty. The flavors don't quite follow through on the promise. They're good, but lacking the complexity of truly great sours.

Feel is light, a touch on the flat side, but with bizzy (busy-fizzy) carbonation. Quite good.

A nice, smooth, clean sour. Would like more depth in the taste. But very good all around.

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Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 561 ratings
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