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Cuvee De Castleton | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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4.38/5
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561 Ratings
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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:
#371
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
561
pDev:
8.68%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
987
Gots:
109
Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 561 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of Duffman79
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ClavisAurea
4/5  rDev -8.7%
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 +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of cgskippy
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of campfirebrew
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -9.1%
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 +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tregan_20
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 mrn1ceguy
3.87/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbaker67
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swierczt
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NateF90
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jpd026
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of von_kaiser
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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