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 | website

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
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
537
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
13.63%
 
 
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1,004
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For Trade:
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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A long time Want!!! Big thanks goes out to sincereNC for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Batch #4! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, honey, tart cherry, tart, sour, funk, and buttery. The flavor was of sweet malt, honey, tart, sour, tart cherry, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a really good brew. As stated, I had been waiting to try this one for quite some time and was shocked to see it come out. Thanks again for this Ian! I was hoping this one wouldn't disappoint me, and alas, it did not. All of the flavors and aromas on this one blended very well together and complimented each other perfectly. Really hope to get a chance to have more of this in the future. I suggest you do the same if you are reading this...

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

Batch 4

A- One finger white bubbly head that dissipates quickly, decent lacing on the sides, nice retention, clear golden straw color, decent carbonation.
S- Really nice, sour, brett, really nice grape skin presence, pears, lemon citrus, white grapes.
T- Wow really smooth as well as puckering, not too puckering though really balanced, nice grape skin taste, brett is present, some green apple, pear, lemon, barnyard funk, slight oak, really tasty and easy drinking.
M- Medium/light mouth feel, decent carbonation, slightly puckering, sour, clean finish.
O- Really impressed with this beer, this is a quality and easy drinking sour, really smooth and tasty.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with aussy13 and SubpoenaDeuces at an impromptu tasting.

I've had this numerous times and thought I'd reviewed it. Apparently not. This bottle was Batch 4

Pours a light yellow gold with a thin white head that was not long lasting.

Nose of light funk and still hints of grapes and some sweet fruit - hints of green apples and just a slight funk.

Mouthfeel is light and delicate but pleasing and inviting. Light body with a delicate balance.

Flavor profile is of a light and "elegant" grape/chardonnay character. Pleasant. Very drinkable but not quite as assertive, sour, funky or flavorful as you'd hope, given the quality of what you get in the glass. It's very good, one just wants "more" of everything.

Finish is dry with some "grapy" characteristics. All in all, quite pleasant.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into snifter. Batch 4. Shared with armock.

A: Pours a light yellow golden with a thin, short lived bright white head that faded into a thin collar that left no lacing.
S: Light notes of funk and sweet fruit including pears, green apples and a bit of brett.
T: Big woody oak notes, pie dough, brett, light fruits, vinous grapes, and chardonnay. The finish is dry and gritty with tannins.
M: Medium body, tingly carbonation with a decent amount of sourness to the mouthfeel and a comfortable amount of tannins.
O: Tart and refreshing with a complex flavor. Definitely not a palate killer.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 4. 375 ml bottle shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a hazy amber with no head and no lacing. The aroma is a sweet lemon zest, light brett funk, some white wine grapes, and some light hay. The initial taste is sweet with wine grape, then the brett funkiness comes in with some lemon and a bit of oak with the funkiness clear on the finish. Only a light sourness and relatively sweet. Medium body and close to no carbonation. An enjoyable beer, but a bit sweeter than I would have preferred. The mouthfeel would have benefited from more carbonation.

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

Poured a clear pale color with a mostly lasted frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour, yeasty and wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth oily texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer for style.

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Photo of billzav
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden orange color, with considerable notes of Brettanomyces yeast and Muscat grapes complimented by malted barley. Cuvee De Castleton has a buttery Chardonnay like character from being aged in French oak barrels. Incredibly smooth with a crsp, clean finish. This is undoubtedly one of the best sour ales I have ever had.

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Photo of Kshock
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- bright straw yellow with a white head that Sudanese quickly, leaves a bit of lacing.

S- subtle but obvious lemon citrus with the brett sourness apparent. It's a light nose but is true what comes next.

T- immediate grapefruit that vaneshes into a dominate lemon sourness. Awesome flavor.

M- soft and easy with a carb tickle that is nice.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden yellowish color, hazy and a light glow to it

S: Immediate lemon, sour, horse blanket. Oh yeah

T: Very acidic, lots oft annins, lemon zest, white grapes, hay, horseblanket, funky and lots of brett.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation, feels a touch too heavy.

O: Ridiculously drinkable for the style and ABV.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #900!
750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Batch #2 (06/2008) courtesy of kegatron; thank you!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced a giant effervescent and bubbly pure white head that disappeared quickly to froth.

(S)- A nice dry and lightly earthy tartness. Not so much fruit anymore, but there are subtle white grape and lemon. This definitely gives way for the oak nuances to shine.

(T)- A huge acidic sour bite up front. Very earthy and oaky with very subtle fruit. Lots of Brett funk on the finish.

(M)- A huge effervescent carbonation level on this guy. Its actually a bit too high even for the style. A good and potent sourness with a very funky Brett oak profile.

(D)- Definitely a solid wild ale. Has stood the test of time well; sacrificing fruit and morphing into funky sour oak. My only complaint is how high the carbonation level was, though that significantly got better as it sat and breathed.

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Photo of kevinv
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally decided to open this. Received this one in a trade sometime last winter from dvelcich - Thanks, Dan!

Batch 4 vintage. Poured into my Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Pours a bright, hazy golden. About a quarter finger of fizzy white head which quickly fades to a thin rim around the glass. No lacing noted.

S - Very pleasant! The use of muscat grapes is definitely present in the smell. Notes of a sweet white wine. Slightly acidic and funky.

T - Large amounts of white grapes. Chardonnay-like notes. Lightly fruity - lemons and apples. This is very approachable sour as it's only slightly funky and just the right amount of pucker. Spicy oak in the finish. Truly exceptional.

M - Very crisp and sharp. Medium mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. Dry wine like finish.

D - Remarkable drinkability. Like I said before, this is a very approachable sour for those getting interested in the style. Very well rounded and well done. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of meatyard
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. 375ml bottle. big thanks to onix1ager

Nice to see that it pours out with a fast falling but 1 to 2-finger white head. The color is a hazy but pretty, yellow orange and shows nice carbonation streams. At first pour the body is nearly clear.

The smell is acidic funk, oak and grapes. It would be very wine-like in many respects if not for the funk.

The taste is very acidic and tart, some oak with wine grapes and light citrus. Again, it would be more wine-like if not for the funk which seems to be at a lower level than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate but nice carbonation and is dry.

Overall: Yeah, this is a fine beer. I wish I had more both to drink & age. This has it all going on, nice tartness, nice funk, oak, vinous quality and complexity. Can't really knock the head much on this either.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 bottle into a snifter. Huge thanks to Jason for sharing this long-time want.

A: Hazy, nay, positively milky golden body with a head that disappears quickly and completely. It looks more like orange juice than beer, to be honest. Less than great.

S: Intensely acidic, with lemon, grapefruit, white wine grapes, sour apple, and general sour goodness. Awesome.

T: Tropical fruit sweetness heads things up, followed by vanilla, lemon, green apple, and biting tartness. Clean, dry finish. Lovely.

M: Creamy medium body with low carbonation; the sourness prickles all the way up to my sinuses, and that's all right by me.

O: Superb sour. I'm a huge fan of its balancing act between intense acidity and complex fruit sweetness, as neither side ever gets out of hand. Yeah, I'd probably rather get my face melted by Flaming Fury if I could only have a sip of one CL sour, but I could easily see myself reveling in an entire bottle of CdC. Hugely enjoyable, hugely drinkable, and just great beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of mltobin
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle picked up on site at CL.

Appearance is a light golden color with cloudiness and some bubbles. Aroma has a lot going on; white grapes, yeast, lemon, tart and an overall funk. Taking a sip of CdC, it tastes like apple, lemon, pear, tart, and musty too. MF has a champagne characteristic to it and there are some bubbles going on, very neat. All in all, this is a very nice wild ale/ sour from Captain Lawrence. I am just kicking myself that I never made it to any of the CdC releases prior to 2010.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

Tonight I am pulling out my favorite glass in the cabinet, my Dogfish Head goblet which I am finding out that I need to try and buy more of these since I'm always washing and using this one. As I pulled the short bottle out of the fridge I took a glance at the classy light blue and ornate writing which reminds me of a mini fine champagne bottle. As I pulled off the cap everything seemed to go picture perfect and a beautiful loud hiss came from the neck and the carbonation gasses lingered around the mouth's bottle. On the pour I decided to go slowly and give slight tilt to my glass trying to not create a overflowing head while not pouring out the yeast dregs on the bottom. When I was finished I was left with a slim half inch thick bone white head that hung around the whole time and had tiny champagne like bubble floating up from the bottom. This beauty is a deep golden hay like color that is absolutely clear with some lemon and golden apple undertones. Bright and sunny with no haze or yeast floating around this is just perfect and when I give a slight swirl the viscosity appears to be pretty light only leaving some little legs crawling down the glass walls.

Smell:

Right out of the gate, this has powerful citrus and lemon notes surrounded by slight sweetness and acidity. Very floral perfume like aromas are surrounding all of the fruit and acid which really balances this very nicely. Slight hay and barnyard funk is there as well, almost reminds me of my moms old musty basement but in a warming familiar way. In the finish, loads of white grapes and apricots tingle your nostrils and resemble a Pinot Grigio wine.

Taste:

This is an aggressive start to a sour beer! Very mouth puckering and full of acid but the grapes really are the major component here. Vinous and sweet-tart like with lots of citrus and wood and slight vanilla undertones. Funk beyond belief and almost hard to describe, its amazing what those brett bugs can do to a well crafted base beer. Green apples, and slight vinegar round out the middle and balance out some of the cloying sweetness. In the finish, almost a slight burn of the lemon like acid hits my throat and reminds me that I got a whole glass left of this delicious punishment to my esophagus.

Drinkability:

What can I say, this was a stellar beer and I am sad to see it go. This was big and bold yet so complex with lots of flavors going on that are stellar. As I drank this to the end my palate became a little shot from all the acid but it was worth every last drop. I only had a tiny sip of this last time at a tasting and was hoping another one would find its way to me again and thankfully it did. I would highly recommend this beer to any sour head out there and if you can find it or trade for it I'd say jump on the deal ASAP. Thanks again to Chris for hooking me up and I hope we can work out something again soon

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.54/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with an appearance similar to Champagne. Bubbles are quickly streaming up the glass and popping on top with no head except a thin fizz that disappears completely.

Aroma is full of tart fruits, including white grape skins and green apples. There is a slight oaky wood aroma to round it out, but I still found it a bit one-dimensional.

Flavor is tart with a tight, effervescent profile. The sourness is gentle at this point, reminding me of under ripe fruit. It could dry out a bit, as the fruit profile seems almost artificial. It's as if grape juice was added to the beer, rather than being an integral component.

Not one of my favorite pale sours, but it may be better after more time in the cellar.

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Photo of corby112
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Batch 2 750ml. Thanks to onix1ager.

Pour a slightly hazy golden yellowish orange color with a thin half finger white head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing. Visible carbonation.

Earthy funk aroma with lots of bretty effervescence, barnyard mustiness, oak and light fruit notes.

Slightly puckering with a nice amount of light tart sourness that isn't overpowering or acidic at all. Earthy and funky with lots of dry brett, earthy oak and a surprisingly prominent light fruit presence. Slightly vinous with hints of light grape, apple and pear. The fruit is very prominent and adds complexity and a sweetness that balances out the sourness/funk. The combination of balance and light funk make this beer very drinkable.

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Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled thanks to some generosity at Capone's (not sure who poured this but thanks!).

Appearance: Hazy golden with no head.

Smell: Nice sour funky aroma. Very tart lemony and earthy nose.

Taste: Very acidic and sour. Nice flavors of grape, funky Brett and even some oak.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and dry.

Drinkability: I was very lucky to get to try this one here. I was impressed with the overall sourness and it really was a great beer. I would definitely seek this one out again.

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

Originally reviewed on: 01-07-2009

Batch 2, 750ml bottle at 50 degrees.

Pours pale gold with a light fog and a quickly fizzling white head. Zero lacework and a placid surface within seconds of pouring.

Aromatics lead off with a hint of Brett from arms length immediately as the glass is poured. Closer examination reveals lemon-spritzed wet hay, dried pinapples, grapefruit pulp, and white grapeskins. Soured apples, sherry-soaked apricots, and wet cat follow through with a hint of cheese rind.

Light bodied with a razor-sharp crispness and a drying, tart mouthfeel.

Lemon pith, grape must, acid-spiked grapefruit, and oaky tannins start the palate. Grassy and catty sour notes quickly step forward along with hints of juniper, Sherry vinegar, and sharp minerals.

Finishes with a peppery warmth, lingering lemon-infused acid, and tart funk.

Very tasty. Plenty sour with a boatload of Brett. Bone-dry with plenty of lively carbonation and a sharp as nails tartness.

Revisit 12/4/10

375ml bottle, batch 4, vintage 2010.

This bottle had a pellicle that formed in the neck which made me quite curious. Opening the bottle there was barely a whisp of carbonation and the brew poured completely flat with the white flakes of pellicle floating in suspension. Clear light gold otherwise.

Aromatics are very wine-like and funky. Crisp Chardonnay character with sour apples, pineapples, wet goat, and lemon pith.

Light bodied with a flat but crisp mouthfeel. Fairly sharp but I'm missing the lively carbonation of previous vintages.

Grapeskins, acid-spiked pineapple, vineous tannins, and tart apples lead off the palate. Oaky undertones and sour fruit pith follow through along with hints of cider vinegar and lemon seeds.

Finishes with a lingering, drying, crisp tartness, soured citrus, apples, and tannic grape.

Still a great beer, albeit flat.

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Photo of hawks10
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml green bottle - Batch 4 - Poured into a tulip...

Pours a bright golden orange color with one finger of very spritzy, fine white head, which recedes to nothingness very quickly. What is left is a still looking beer, similar to Indian Summer Apple Juice (my favorite). I don't like when beers look still...

Smell is initially tart and lemony. White grapes add some sweetness and makes this beer resemble sparking grape juice/champagne. Though no champagne I ever smelled has the subtle nuances this beer has. Lots of barnyard funk, the brett is very apparent here. Musty and dry with hints of oak. Very nice smelling beer, complex and balanced, bright and tart...

Tart and dry to start. Very dry, lemony with loads of white grapes, they add some sweetness and champagne/white wine-like characteristics. Dusty and musty, brett really shows through, as do some hints of oak. Tasty beer, tart and refreshing, funky and complex, but balanced and highly drinkable...

Medium bodied with low, but spritzy carbonation. Tart, not quite puckering, but a good level of astringent tartness. Finishes dry, making you want more...

Pretty good beer, gonna hang on to my other bottle for a while and see what this one is like with some age on it...

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Photo of Habmike
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml batch 4

Very little head, just a small white ring around the edge. Light sunshine yellow thats just not completely glowing but still looks very nice at that.

Funky brett with a spicy lemon and herbal aroma. Some oak and acidity.

Funky tart with a citrus snap of herbal spicyness and grape flavor. Excellent depth and complexity but definitely some notes of cat piss as well.

Medium mouth with perfect carbonation for the age.

Pretty great drinkability but not too outrageous. I could drink the 375ml alone but I'd probably rather share it with someone.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a light pilsner malt scent along with a mild grape character and a semi-aggressive sourness. The taste is great as well. It's light and very drinkable. It seems like a simple pilsner malt and grape flavor with a nice dry, sour finish. It's not overly sour, but it does have a mild character that really enhances the experience. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an exceptional beer. It's light and easy drinking; a damn fine beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 mL courtesy of mikereaser, thanks for this gem Mike! Pours a clear gold color with a bubbly white head. Fades fast to a collar, very little lace.

Nose is wonderful...vinous, lavender and buttery chardonnay poke through a sourness and brettanomyces-laced aroma.

Very wine-like on the flavor with equal parts lactic acid and funky brett. Not a whole lot going on in the malt department, maybe a touch of grain. I cant tell which has a bigger influence: the muscat grapes or wine barrels (chardonnay or pinot grigio?). Very delicate beer, so light but yet packs a nice sour and funky punch. This one seems like it would develop over the next few years nicely.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with an audible popping from the carbination that fades after a few seconds, leaving no head or lacing.
Aroma contains a complex but faint weave of light fruits such as Pear, White Grapes, funk, oak, and earthy raw nuts.
Once you tip your glass back is when the Lemon takes over. There is a big lemon slice note that is accented by granny smith apples and kiwi. Some of the funk and oak comes through here also.
This one has that desireable tartness but it isn't one of the strongest in terms of sour, just a moderate clean finishing Wild Ale.

This bottle was split between my Wife and Myself, repeatedly poured into 3oz snifters, over the course of 30min.

A great beer, wish i was able to get it often. But that is how it goes living in the midwest and liking sours.

Chad

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4

A. Pours a very clear yellow-orange. Just a few shades darker than many white wines. A fizzy head on a hard pour quickly dissipates, but plenty of carbonation remains present.

S. This is off the charts - oak, balanced funk, plenty of sweet white wine-like grape character. Very bright. Very balanced.

T&M. The first sip is surprisingly tart. The brett has dried out this beer quite a lot. As I adjust to the sourness, I can slowly start to pick out more flavors - oak first, then the sweet grapes from the nose. Plenty of alcohol burn on the finish (I expect this will mellow with age). Just a bit of lingering funk. The body is really nice here - approaching a dry champagne spritziness.

D. This is a sipper, but the more I sip, the more it opens up. I'm really liking this, but I think I'll like it even more with age. I'll be seeking these out, and then trying to forget about them.

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Cuvee De Castleton from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.33 out of 5 based on 537 ratings.
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