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:
989
Gots:
103
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 548 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of chrishiker1409
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
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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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 Chuckdiesel24
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zac16125
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of happyreefer
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurzman
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMCimpi
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mani
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Duffman79
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pisano
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheChemTeacher
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of cgskippy
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of campfirebrew
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with almost no head. The smell is sour and fermented fruit. It says it's aged in oak but I don't pick any up in the aroma. The taste hits you with that sour up front but not a super sour beer. It is very wine like in flavor and is very complex. I get a slight touch of the oak in the flavor but not overpowering. Reminds me of a dry carbonated Chardonnay with a hint of sour. Very nice sour for sure!

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Morey
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tregan_20
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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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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