Little Linda's Liquid | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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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): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by gregc on 04-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
18.73%
 
 
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146
Gots:
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of portia99
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

375ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass. After several unsuccessful attempts to trade this one away, there's nothing left to do but drink this. Bruins/Capitals - Game 7 - seems like a good occasion.

A - Bottle opens with not even a whisper of carbonation...not a good start. Pours a pale and well hazed link pinkish orangey gold...reminiscient of fruit juice. A few sparse bubbles make their way to the surface, but seems to be more from the turbulence of the pour rather than any carbonation activity. The stillness is the only detractor for an otherwise good looking wild ale.

S - Very oaky/woody on the nose. Lots of white wine like aromas here too, grapey, apples, quite tart with lemons, tart cherries. Smells quite acidic - this is making me think it will be really sour...here's hoping. Bretty funk mixes nicely with the acidic and wine-like aspects of the beer. Sourness is mostly acetic and vinegary with hints of lactic sourness mixed in too.

T - Yep, as suspected from the opening and the pour, totally still...oh well - on to the flavors. Overall, really not that sour at all - smell is rather misleading. A bit of a mix of earthy and some metallic flavors at the base. Lots of oak, some mild funk, earthy and vaguely mushroom-like, not a corked&caged bottle - but cork, tart cherries, grape juice.

M - Totally still...not a bubble of life to this bottle - really disappointing. Body is quite thin and water-like. Not much tartness/sourness at all - not the slightest bit puckering. Combo of earthy flavors is a bit too strong and leaves behind a bit of a dry, metallic, drink out of a steel can kind of feel on the swallow.

O - Bottle past its prime in all likelyhood. Cap was solidly secured under a painfully difficult to remove 1/16th - 1/8th inch of wax so doubtful that it leaked...might have been on the still side to begin with - bad bottle - probably will never know. I think a little life could have helped this one out tremendously. Flavor was good, a bit heavy on the earthy to be ideal, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of Photekut
1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of sideshowe
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this retired sour beer.

The beer pours a very hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a little bit funky, with notes of apricots and peaches coming through. Very nice.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of tropical fruit including peaches and apricots. I also get some light funk and a little bit of tartness. Fairly dry and easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kevinv
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml red-wax dipped bottle into my Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Poured a light copper/orange with reddish hues that was ever so slightly hazy. About a 1 finger foamy white head formed which slowly dissipated to a thin ring. Moderate lacing was left on the glass. Carbonation is present

S - The nose is tart and acidic. Wonderful notes of cherries, mild oak, light apples, and a light funkiness. Notes of vanilla poke through as the beer warms.

T - I was surprised at how light the sourness was. It's tart, but not palate destroying-ly so. Strong earthy character with notes of a woody oakiness. Complex fruit characteristics - cherries dominate, but commingle nicely with light notes of lemon and grape. The finish is very dry. Well done.

M - Light crisp body with medium-high carbonation.

D - This is a very easy drinking sour. The cherry flavors were wonderful, but possibly a bit muted. I am a bit surprised at all of the disparity in the reviews.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml wax dipped bottle.

A whisp was evident upon cutting into the thick wax around the cap, with no whisp when the cap was removed..Odd.

Pours clear gold with an orangy hue. Perhaps a tinge of pink if you look closely. A thin whisp of white surface foam receded to a partial skim coat with streaks of dots for lacing througout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with musty Brett and faint cherries. Wet horse, lemon pith, dusty sock, pineapple skin, and cherry pits. Fruity and funky with a sharp, acidic promise.

Light bodied with a crisp, pointed mouthfeel. Drying and quenching.

Soured fruit and a wheaty twang start the palate. Quite dry with a juicy, cherry-like profile. Acid-spritzed citrus fruit with barely a trace of malt and a hint of cherries.

Finishes with a lingering dryness, light cherries, and tart acid.

The beer is severely drinkable. The acid is very clean and there is very little lacto-bite or vinegar. My main gripe is the beer needs a lot more cherries. Otherwise, great beer!

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Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with golden peach hues and a one finger frothy white head. Decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Funky aroma with lots of tart dark cherry, earthy oak, vanilla and dry bretty effervescence. As it warms it smells more tart and funky but the prominent character of the nose is lacto, brett and dark fruit. Hints of cherry, strawberries and cream, grape and other dark berries.

Tart and puckering without being overly acidic with lots of earthy oak, vanilla, vinous dark fruit and dry brett. There is a really nice balance of tart, sweet, earthy and dry. The oak character is strong with lots of earthy wood flavor and subtle vanilla which balances out the sweet and puckering notes. Hints of tart dark cherries, strawberry and grape as well as some faint light fruit. Slight lactic cream adds to the complexity, body and drinkablity. Lots of dry bretty effervescence . The finish is puckering and bone dry with only a faint vinegary aftertaste that leaves me salvatng for more.

This is one of the better Captain Lawrence sours I've had and I can't believe that the ratings aren't higher. Sour, complex, incredibly flavorful and extremely quaffable with very little acidity. Awesome!

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam and Anna for opening this.

Peach colored with a reddish tint, oddly pale for a beer brewed with cherries. Hazy, but nicely carbonated with a fairly lasting head.

Musty and sweaty aroma, but also fairly oxidized. Cardboard-like, this reminds me of the first batch of Rosso that had capping problems. Fruitiness is evident, not necessarily full-on cherry, more like cherries mixed with stonefruit and lemon.

Pleasantly acidic on the tongue. Light bodied, cheesy, sharp, oxidized. Cherries and peaches and wet paper. The oxidation mars what would be a pretty good beer - as it stands, this is fairly enjoyable but flawed. Hopefully this is brewed again and their quality control problems are resolved.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a hazy orange color with a fizzy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded but it left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it. Very nice for the style.

The aroma shows a lot of sour cherry flavor to it. It's tart, acidic and funky with a bit of the barrel characteristics coming through. The cherry flavor is excellent in it.

The taste has a sharp acidic tartness to it up front. The cherries seem to cut through that with a bit of sweetness in the finish though. It's moderately sour and funky but it also has a strong musty almost basement like flavor going on as well. It has a very dry finish to it and also shows a bit of the woody oak flavors coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, it's a very good American Wild ale. The cherries were very nicely done in it. Overall a very solid American wild ale. It's not the sourest of the sours, but the flavors just worked for me. I love real cherries in beer when done right.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes scribbled down about 20 minutes after leaving a tasting tonight. I didn't intend to review anything, so I didn't bring a pen and paper, but I tried to commit to memory the details of a few beers. This is one.

A: Pours a clear, reddish copper body. Light beige head that retains decently well and leave some lace during sips.

S: Musty, funky, footy, salty, old cheese: my first thought upon sniffing this was, "This smells like an aged Cantillon Classic Gueuze." There's a vinous note that comes out, as well as touches of raspberry.

T: Solid and complex. I find myself enjoying notes of raspberry and grape intermingled with a full-on funk blast of salt, cheese, and something herbal in the back. A soft lactic sourness rounds out the beer without burning a hole in my throat. Among the upper tier of wild ales I have tried; again, the Cantillon comparison is appropriate.

M: Light-bodied, with active effervescence. It's semi-dry, with some tartness. Tannic astringency in the finish. If anything I would say the carbonation was higher than I like, but it doesn't ruin the beer.

D: This is one of the few times where I feel that people have solidly underrated a beer. I'm told this wasn't that great when it was young, but the bottle we tried has aged phenomenally, and nearly everyone at the tasting raved about it (except, surprisingly, largadeer).

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Photo of mcallister
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper colored with a very nice white head highly carbonated with sticky tight lace around the glass.

Effervesence of cherry, oak, raspberry esters, tart funky character with a slight hint of brett.

Hmmmm mildew and moldy flavors on the finish are a bit offputting. However the tartness and acidity of the cherry flavor on the beginning and middle are quite nice. Oak adds tannin and body with some sourness and funk but not overly puckering. Nice beer but if not for the mildewy flavor it would be a higher scorer.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to KRAMER17801 for sharing this 375ml bottle with Brewslut and myself on 4/9/10.

A - Emerged from the bottle as a hazy orange liquid with a tiny white cap that quickly dispersed into a thin ring and wispy veil.

S - Aroma suggests a vinous quality with sour grapes and a hint of floral sweetness with subtle funky basement notes. A hint of oaky astringency also develops as I allowed the liquid to reach room temperature.

T - The flavor is much sweeter that the aroma would imply, with an almost artificial sweetener character. Think Splenda. The funk is somewhat muted, especially when compared to the aroma, although the sour grape character is quite obvious, as well as oaky notes. Finishes with sharp herbal tones in the backend.

M - Thin, moderately carbonated body with a semi-dry finish and fair amount of tartness on the palate.

D - Interesting, and although not a favorite of mine from Captain Lawrence, I did appreciate it's unique, complex qualities and deviation from the typical American Wild Ale fare.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled December 2009
The beer is carbonated, but it has a hard time forming much of a head. A vigorous pour produces only a spotty, very large bubbled, pale colored head. The beer is a reddish, copper hue that shows a mostly clear, orange tinted, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a solid mustiness and sort of mushroom note to it as I am pouring it. When inspected more closely it shows a bright tartness that is as much, if not more, acetic in its bite than lactic. A fair amount of spicy, woody oak is noticeable and this accentuates a funky, woody mushroom note as well as a touch of over-ripe cheese character. There is a distinct note here in the nose that took me a while to recognize, but I think it is a fermented out raspberry, almost seed like aroma; the sweetness characteristic of raspberries is gone and instead there is that almost vegetal, spicy fruitiness and slight woodiness that makes raspberries so distinct. I like that the raspberries integrate so well within the nose, they play more of a supporting role and even add to the complexity.

A light carbonation adds some texture to this light, almost watery feeling beer. There is definitely an acetic edge to this beer, but a lactic acidity also plays a role; actually the flavor is a lot less tart than I was expecting based on the aroma. There is that characteristic, raspberry pit, spicy woodiness, perhaps a wisp of sweetness that plays up the fruit character. This has an oaky backbone to it that plays a definite supporting role without overwhelming the other flavors; there are some lingering woody notes and perhaps a hint of oaky astringency.

This is more complex in the nose than in the flavor, which is definitely a bit of a disappointment. Overall not a bad beer though; the texture, and likely the flavor, would have been boosted with a zippier, more substantial carbonation. The texture and the flavor seem a bit flat as a result and in the end this actually seems quite forgettable. Hopefully subsequent takes by this brewer will be a bit more characterful and complex; I wonder if they just need some serious fermentation time.

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Photo of vacax
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden beer with the slightest tinge of red. A few large white bubbles to be seen, but not much head. Aromas of earthy sweet cherries, crisp with barely any malts, traces of honey and flora. Very little aroma. Tastes like cherry water with a light tartness. Light bodied with a light carbonation, watery feel matches the watery taste. Drinkable in that there is hardly any flavor to deal with, but the high acid content burns the lips, bringing it down. I would not recommend this beer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jdubfl for this one.

A: Pours a murky sort of yellow hue with a small white head. No retention or lace.

S: Lots of tart cherry, funky brett, with mild oak and vinegar.

T: Good bit of cherry for sure. Mild tartness with Brett noted. The oak is there but not in a very big way. A bit of aspirin flavor as well.

M: On the lighter side of medium, sort of slick.

D: Just okay, not my favorite sour.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes after consumption at hoppymcgee's tasting. Thanks Jon!

A - Very hazy apple gold with lots of sediment (probably a product of this being the dregs of the bottle). Very low carbonation with zero head.

S - Very sour/tart green apples, with strong hints of ammonia

T - Underwhelming, and disparate from the nose as its not nearly as sour as I expected. Lots of apple and cherry.

M - Very thin and flat, almost even thinner than water.

D - Not one I'd seek out again, but glad I tried it. I don't think this is Scott's best showing by far.

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Little Linda's Liquid from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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