Cuvee De Castleton | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
95
world-class
548 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
Ratings:
548
Reviews:
228
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.8%
 
 
Wants:
988
Gots:
102
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 548 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbaker67
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swierczt
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NateF90
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jpd026
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of von_kaiser
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of knicks19947
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ButaPub in Rochester, NY.

This pours a pale yellow color, lots of bubbles, with a very small essentially non-existent head, and a no lacing. Doesn't look all that tasty, but the appearance is not super important.

Smells like grape skin, lactic acid, lemons, green apple cider, and some mild oak.

This is definitely an assertively sour beer, probably about a 7/10. It's got a lemony acidity, with a feeling of almost green apple cider, in it's fruity sourness. There's definitely some grapes here, but they're light and well-integrated, and don't stand out. There's some definite oak, but it's of the damp "wet" variety of wood.

This is crisp and clean in the mouthfeel, though it's quite sour. The sourness does not diminish from the drinkability.

This is most excellent, and I'm really glad Captain Lawrence made another batch of it.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHickman
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Lark, pours hazy gold color with zero head and zero lacing.

Smells like apple cider, funky yeast, light pepper, white wine, white grapes, sweet fruit, light earthy barnyard and some sugary sweetness. Leafy and earthy notes mix with funk and some tart grape must, which all work well together.

Tastes sour and tart up front with strong grapes and white wine combined with oaky tannins like a fine wine. Earthy with barnyard funk, pepper, mild coriander, lemon zest, sour green apple, apple cider, yeast which has that light brett funky active feel. Complex and fruity with a sour bite that is flavorful and tart, but has a lot different personalities that all give really nice flavors which let the grains come through and compliment the sour grapes and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is zesty yet sour and easy to drink; easier to drink than it should be at 9% ABV, very enjoyable, this was a really tasty wild ale. A fun beer to drink which hides the alcohol completely and differs slightly with each sip, letting the fruity sweetness and live yeast surprise you with each sip. I'd love to have it again and definitely recommend it.

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Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well-crafted wild ale! Nice light drinking...light tart notes with light oak barrel notes! Glad I seemed this out! Very tasty!!

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 batch from bottle...
golden hue, meringue-like foamy head....
smell od chardonnay, lemon, and vanilla...
taste is tart, with nice grape, citrus and mild spice.. sour but not overly so....
very nice sour with great balance and some interesting flavors...
delicious!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden/light orange color with a thin white head that dissipates and lingers slightly. Smell reminds me of white wine. Tart taste but not overwhelming, the grapes come through nicely with a slight sweetness. Carbonated, bubbly feel which I enjoy with this style. Very nice beer

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Photo of Hootie159
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Note: 2013 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint honey orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sourness with a light amount of brett-like funkiness. Lighter aromas of light fruits (apricot, white grape, and pear). Hints of lemon citrus.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts which is quickly overtaken by the strong flavors of tartness/sourness. There a light to moderate flavors of light fruits (apricot, white grape, and pear) and a moderate amount of brett-like funkiness. Lingering sourness through the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate to strong amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very sour but very interesting with a lot of complexity. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with a bit of funk.
T: As one would expect from the smell, the beer is very sour has has notes of vinegar and hints of green grapes, apples, and lemon citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate with just about a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is so sour that it will make your mouth pucker, but it has an interesting complexity of fruity flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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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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