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Cuvee De Castleton | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Cuvee De CastletonCuvee De Castleton

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

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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed on 7/6, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up at the brewery a while back. enjoyed from my captain lawrence tulip.
Batch 5

a - brew poured a mostly opaque orange with lively carbonation. at first there was a big fizzy head, but it fizzled away in moments, yet i could still see a geyser of champagne like bubbling at the center of the surface of the beer.

s - smell is dynamite. sour tarts, white wine, green grapes. some brett sweetness.

t - taste is spot on. super sour green grapes. lemons and fruit drenched in white wine. good sourness without being off putting. the oak is a bit present in the finish. the brett shows in some sweetness, the funk can be found as the sourness rolls off your tongue.

m - tart, prickly carbonation. some spiciness in the finish.

o - overall, super refreshing. really well made sour. captain lawrence is no joke when it comes to sour beers and castleton is a fine example.


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Photo of brystmar
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5. Had this plenty of times, finally getting around to reviewing.

Looks like white grape juice in my glass with almost zero head and poor retention. Brett and lacto amongst the grapes in the nose. Tart fruit, citrusy, oaky, and inviting.

Taste initially reminds me of lemon-lime Gatorade before jumping into full-on sour mode. Plenty of grape presence and tart citrus. Less bretty and acidic than expected; tons of lacto though, and I really like that. Reminds me of Oui Oui, but without the sulfuric aroma. Why can't I give a 4.25?

Either the carbonation is dying out with time, or this bottle was lacking. I still enjoy the creamy body, though more bubbles would be nice.

An excellent sour from the guys at Captain Lawrence. Wish I had more than one bottle left.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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 axeman9182
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle from batch 5, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Cuvee de Castleton pours a golden yellow, with a good amount of clarity. Maybe a finger and a half of white foam caps the beer, before fading quickly and without leaving any lacing behind. The nose has lots of white wine-like acidity. There's also a distinct oakines present, and just a hint of brettanomyces funk. There's just a touch of fruitiness right on the front end of each sip. As with the nose, a vinous tartness fills the lion's share of the flavor profile. A tropical fruit like brett funk provides a nice bookend around the acidity, before a light oakiness fades in for the finish. The mouthfeel's a little slick. The combination of a slightly heavy body, and carbonation that's a little bit dull just misses the mark. Despite one or two technical flaws, Cuvee de Castleton still comes together stunningly well. Muscat grapes, oak barrel aging, and brettanomyces all come together to produce a great wild ale.

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Photo of birchstick
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow color without much of a head. Nose is grapes with a lot of lemon and sours and a lot of Brett funk. Taste starts off with sour lemon flavors that fade to a funky Brett musk. Some soft muscot grapes in next but are pushed aside by more lemon sourness. Mouth is pretty good. Overall this is a decent American wild. I don't know if it is worth the ammo, but pretty delicious.

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Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 5, courtesy of of mrand01.

Pours a translucent golden dark yellow with zero head. Zero; no bubbles. Some mild lacing if I swirl the beer a little.

The aromas remind me of champagne straight off the bat. Vinous white grapes, tart granny smith apple and oak. Funky Brett emerges more as it warms with some mild barnyard and earth, like a wet piece of wood.

The flavors directly follow the nose, but are definitely more complex and enjoyable. Sweet pale maltiness alongside a mild of lemon sherbet with a pop of bright acidity. Vinous muscat grapes with lingering honeydew melon juiciness and subtle funky flourishes of Brett. As it warms you get emerging notes of spicy oak.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower than expected amount of carbonation. I expected more for the style. The finish is dry and acidic with a final bump of tart fruitiness.

Overall this is a great American Wild Ale. It's not the best I have ever had but it is definitely not a slouch by any means. I feel I would like it better if the ABV was a little lower and the carbonation was bumped up a little. A little unbalanced but extremely drinkable and one of my new favorite wild ales that skews towards the white vinous flavor spectrum.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to bigsexy410, thanks Ben. Batch 5.

The look is on par for a wild, it has a nice straw yellow color with little head or lacing whatsoever. Hazy and pretty much opaque.

The smell has a heavy white grape aroma with a great tart wild yeast overtone to it that is very cohesive, especially for a sour. Some more welch's grape flavors as well.

The taste follows the smell, with some great dry white grape flavors with a very refined sour flavor, that isn't really in your face but is very elegant overall and certainly tart enough for a sour head. The flavor plays out with some sweetbread and tart flavors, like a nice pastry blend. Quite nice.

Mouth is very dry and decently carbonated, some body to it.

Overall the beer is nice, worth a buy if you're in NY.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 500!

Pours clear gold with little head and lots of bubbles.

Lots of white wine notes in the aroma. Some lemon, pear and a bit of funk. Not overly sour on the nose.

Flavor is similar. Lots of sour apple and lemon up front. Finishes with a lot of white wine, heavy oak and nearly bone dry. A little bit of a funky flavor on the back end too.

Light mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

Pretty good, but doesn't compare to some other highly rated sours I've had lately. The funky aftertaste isn't bad, but isn't my favorite either. Would drink again although I'll save my trading ammo for stuff I like better.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1299th Review on BA
Bottle to Wine Glass

Batch 5

30th Birthday Party
Shared by Callmecoon

App- Glowing golden yellow with zero head or cling. A few bubbles around the edges.

Smell- A great wild ale. The booze levels are incredibly hidden with a lot of sour on the nose with some oaky lemon fruits. The tart level really balanced the lactic out. Smooth and tasty with a small white wine tannin note.

Mouth- A bit of a light medium with a fairly medium carbonation level. A bit of grape and lemon residual flavors.

Drink- A damn fine wild ale. Great layers and very smooth. Thank you Steve for sharing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration.

Batch 5.

Pours a murky light yellow with no head and no lacing. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some sour grape and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with some woody flavors and a super sour and acidic quality on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent sour with some very well done aromas and flavors.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (Batch 5)

Thanks for opening this with me, Jordan!

(Aged for 6 months)

Cloudy bright yellow and a small white head that leaves the glass spotted with lace.

Incredibly powerful aroma of white grapes, lemon, oak barrel, and big levels of tart and sour. Awesome, impressive, and exactly what I was hoping for.

The flavor too is wonderful and very similar to the aroma. There's lots of lemon, a mild funk, a good amount of oak, big sour notes, along with some white grapes.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A joy. Simply incredible.

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Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch number five bottle. A very clear beer with golden color. Not hazy at all as others have described. Oh wait, I guess pouring the last half was. No head.

Aroma is funky, vinous and cidery.

Tastes like sour apple, grapes, lemon, some funk. Very delicious. On the second pour with the yeast (or maybe as it warms) I am picking up some more floral components and some spice, but hard to pin down what.

I cracked this bottle for my 30th birthday and what a treat. Always nice to have a sour of this caliber.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5. Pours a very hazy, slightly murky golden color with a small white head that diminishes to aggressive carbonation bubble almost instantly. Scent is immediately funky with some Brett and sour aroma. Nice white grapes with a lot of lemon and some other citrus fruits. A bit of saison-like peppery aroma as well. Also some sweet, fruit snack aroma. Very good nose on this one. Taste is very tart and sour at first...very lovely chardonnay characteristics. The spices definitely come through in the flavor, which is what I think separates this one from the other American sour wild ales. Stays very tart with each sip, but nice, sweet green and white grape flavor on the back of the tongue. Tingly tart pucker on the tip of the tongue. Lovely oak and white wine flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, puckering at times, and somewhat fizzy. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a very well-crafted sour wild ale. Drinks like a 5% sour...would never guess it's almost double that. Great complexity and flavor. The spices in it bring together two of my favorite styles swimmingly, saison and wild ale.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5, courtesy of rlmartin

A: Poured into my Drie Fonteinen glass with no head, but active bubbles. Looks like sparkling apple juice.

S: Mouthwatering lemon & apple aromas, with wine character like a minerally chablis or sauvignon blanc. Little whiffs of funky barnyard.

T: Quite tart on the tip of the tongue, and an explosion of fruits from kiwi to pineapple to melon with a singing acidity tying it all together.

M: Light and effervescent with moderate linger.

O: First, I absolutely wouldn't guess this was 9%. Tastewise, I'd put this on part with some of the best gueuzes I've had. Definitely at the pinnacle of American Wilds. I do wish the aroma had a little more going on, but it may be that this glass isn't showing it as well as possible.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most recent batch poured into a tulip.

Soft cream colored yellow with just a ring of foam that dissipates quickly after a few sips. Some chill haze to the beverage, with some spotty bubble dancing to the top.

Sharp acidic aroma to this with hints of fruit like green apples and muscat grapes. A bit of white wine and barrel as well, but over all it is a very sour smelling beer.

Unripe grape juice and lemon juice on the tongue at first then moves into a sweeter fruit like flavor with some vinous notes. Delicious stuff.

Sticky at first with a little bit of drying on the finish, medium bodied and a tingle of carbonation.

Great use of the muscat grapes in a wild ale. Glad to have tried this one, it did not disappoint.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to cjo for opening this

Pours a clouded straw yellow with a tuft of white head on top. Retains for a moment before dissolving into some light film, leaving a few patches of lacing on the glass.

Tart and funky in the nose with hints of white wine and grapes. Sour with oak and faint fruity sweetness and barely any notion of alcohol, despite the ABV.

Pretty sour right up front, supported by the muscat grapes with some grape skin hints. Tart and biting with underlying oak tannins. Some straw and funky tones, followed by a dash of sweetness from the fruit. Finishes sour and lingering on the tongue.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and bubbly on the tongue. This might be my favorite CL wild ale so far, even though I don't like muscat grapes. Definitely worth it.

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Photo of oline73
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Captain Lawrence booth at the EBF was empty for a while so it was like I was drinking my own bottle.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish golden color with a layer of white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the cup.

Smell: Vinegar and some lemon tartness along with an herbal note. Smells quite crisp.

Taste: Quite sour, vinegary and a citrus tartness. Mildly sweet with a funkiness that accompanies the sour citrus taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth yet aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really dry and refreshing sour. I would love to have my own bottle some day.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden body, low carbonation, low to no lacing and stickiness.

Tannins of white grapes, sweetness from them. It's fructose and citric acid bite. Light woody nature, the oak is there for sure. It's so funky egg shell and bright with acidity.

Bright grapeskin tannins, woody bite, popsicle sticks and bits of vanilla memory. The acidity is citric and lactic with no acetic. The grapes give off a white wine nature.

Smooth, light, crisp back end, wheated middle. Very creamy center. The acidity is nice bittering in the middle to back end. Puckering lightly.

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Photo of SDDanC
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to finally crack one of these babies open. Batch 5 into a Lost Abbey tulip. Golden straw color poured aggressively, yielding no head. Regardless, carbonation bubbles are rushing up from the bottom. Nose is filled with lots of funk, vinous/white grape, slight woodyness, a bit of soft floral tones, and finishes with lemon peel. The tongue follows to a generous degree, funky, lemon peel, subtle vinous (almost like a white wine), and sour green grapes. Pretty strong burst of carbonation in the beer itself, goes well with the sourness. Overall, my gosh. I think the complexity of this is great. I get so many flavors, it is hard to land them all. I have one more b5, and will surely sit on it till b6 comes around and do a side-by. Thanks CLBC!

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Photo of claaark13
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the b4, courtesy of speedwayjim. It was recommended to me that I open this before trying the b5. Thanks Jim and Jonah for sending these bottles. Poured into a wide-mouth Grottenbier globe/chalice.

A - Yellow, like a mix between apple juice and chardonnay. Thick foam head quickly turns into lacing.

S - Sour apples, lemon/lime. A small amount of citrus.

T - Funky oak, lemon. A little bit of citrus comes through on the finish. As I drink more, there is almost a tart white grape flavor that takes over the citrus.

M - Light to medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Feels very good for the style and attributes to the feeling of crispness in each sip.

O - Very good. Almost everything is on point here for me. I will probably end up seeking out more.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright yellow. 3 finger foamy white head.

S: Pungent sour and citrus notes.

T: Wonderfully sour. Great lemony citrus on the nose followed by vinegary sourness.

M: Light and refreshing. Well carbonated.

O: So glad to have tried this. Up there with Beatification. I need to find more.

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Photo of stakem
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks again to ClockworkOrange for sharing this at a recent tasting he hosted. 750ml labeled as batch 2. Poured into a mini-snifter, this brew appears a clear light yellow color. A white fizzy cap appears and quickly dissolves. A swirl hardly does anything but does produces a couple spots of lace on the glass.

The smell is lemony and lactic mixed with vinous notes that are juicy smelling. A bit of yogurt hits the nose along with some funk and mild oak. Towards the back are more mellow notes of wild character and funk but overall this is an enjoyable smelling brew.

The taste includes mild white grape juice that reminds me of almost Chardonnay. A dry quality of oak and lactic yogurt contrasts the vinous qualities. As it warms up, more funk and less tart flavor hits the palate as the mouth becomes accustomed. The funk gets mildly grassy into the finish.

This is a light bodied brew with a low level of carbonation visually yet it contained some liveliness about it in the feel. This is a light and easy drinking brew. Nice sharp and tangy elements not to mention I am a sucker for brews that have vinous elements. Well done.

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with no head, looks very simalar to wine. Aroma of funk and sour grapes, tastes a lot like wine with great sour notes. Smooth yet dry, very tasty, sour but not over the top, its just right I wish this wasn't limited because I would drink it all the time!!!

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale yellow... Nice white head. Pretty wonderful smelling. Lots of grape and spice. Wonderful smelling. Tastes similar. Lots of nice spice. Tart, fruity. Very well balanced. Not too acidic. Well carbonated but a bit thick. Overall one of my favourite sours in terms on balance

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Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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