Flaming Fury
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #62
ABV:
8%
Score:
97
Ranked #585
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 9.34%
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
286
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
 
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Notes: Created by blending our Sour Golden Ale with ripe and juicy Hudson Valley peaches. Aged in French oak foundres until the tart flavors of the beer and the sweet flavors of the peaches meld into one. Enjoy on a hot Summer day with a peach in hand.
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Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at The Ruck, Troy, NY

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a patch of white bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sour peaches are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having a bit stronger flavors of peaches with sourness.
M: It feels light-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the sourness and tartness in this beer and how it was more sour than fruity.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of WinterV
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Summer 2019
Very nice funky little beer, and pretty to look at. Good amount of fizz, which goes with peach character (e.g. a fuzzy peach). Appetizing nose--indicating complexity. Didn't taste too fruity, but had the slightly sour brightness of a peach. Nice wild yeasty flavor to balance and ground the beer. Was enjoyed on a breezy porch off the New Jersey Shore :) Refreshing.

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Photo of cavedave
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 edition
Almost clear dark gold with a nice white head that is quick to leave , finally a bare cap.

Fresh and over ripe peach hit first from this full strength aroma., some spicy and rotted fruit funk notes join it, very fragrant oak notes accentuate the white wine character that is here. I get a bit of strawbery. Sourdough tart with a bit of grainy character also, and even some floral sweetness complete this wonderful bouquet

Oh man, that peach though, fresh fruit flavor all these years later, overripe peach notes too, just brilliant peachy goodness, so much peach. Rounded sourdough tart is stronger than expected, some sharper notes too. Oak balances it, a clean not at all tannic flavor like the scent of a fresh barrel. The wine character is less than in the aroma. Sip ends with spicy funk, cresting tart, and a light herbal hit to make this perfection.

It is silky, easy drinking, low/med. carb, very viscous, clean as a whistle, finish is a long linger of excellence.

Complex peach driven mix of oak and fruity funk, that drinks like a dream. Highest recommendation

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Photo of snaotheus
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018-10-12
12.7oz bottle served in a pair of tulips. 2018 bottle.

First pour was a nice clear golden. Not much head or carbonation. Smell is tart -- I could believe peaches, but I wouldn't pick it out if it wasn't on the label.

Taste is similar. More lemony, I think. Mild bitterness mixed in there.

Mouthfeel is dry, very dry. Overall, good beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

these captain lawrence wild beers have been totally hit or miss in my experience, when they hit they crush, but not all of them do, so i was a little skeptical of this, but one sniff and my fears were assuaged. its a really cool picture of peaches, the nose is so authentic, so fruit forward, juicy fuzzy real ripe peach even in front of any acidity or oak character, its beautiful, mouthwatering, natural, i want to bite into the peaches this was brewed with! the beer has nice balance, some serious acidity, but enough wood and grain body for it to not seem out of place. i cannot believe how forward and fresh the peach is in this, its insane. lots of white wine too, oak tannins, and wild yeast maturity, really next level development of the flavors, all the elements coming together so well. shockingly strong too, it doesnt drink like that, especially with the high level carbonation that really makes it sing. the grain stays in a support role only, enough to make it more beer than fruit wine, but minimal in a way that lets the fruit stand almost alone, unmolested in all its ripe dripping glory. i wonder how long this took to make, it seems really dialed in and mature. special beer here, among the best of its type that i have had from captain lawrence to date!

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12.7 fl oz bottle to tulip.
Looks like apple juice, but the carbonation is driving a upward stream of effervescence reminiscent of champagne.
Definite peach, oak, and some white wine detected in the nose.
I'm 3 pulls in. The peach is less prominent but this very well done.
Super quaffable with a nice finish from the rising bubbles that are still present 10 minutes post pour.
Really great, grab several if you see this.

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Photo of scootny
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. A smallish head that fades quickly but leaves more lacing than I expected. Some nice spots and streaks along the glass. A lightly hazed liquid of a dark straw hue, it becomes somewhat cloudy as I empty the bottle and introduce a touch more yeast.

Nose has a nice fruity quality. Peaches are there but not in an overwhelming fashion. More like a gentle waft. A white wine vinous undercurrent carries the fruits forward. Some oak and light pilsner malt. Mild sweetness.

Taste is a perfect balance of fruit, oak and brett. It's not a slam you back sour but its dry and puckering. Fruits blend into a lovely melange where none press forward, but all give a wonderful contribution. The finish is dry and juicy, lucious in its mouth watering quality. Light malt lingers with grains and light doughy bread.

Feel is light and crisp. Carbonation tingly and well done. Body has just enough weight to keep it from being watery. So refreshing that even as it warms in the glass cellar temperature I feel it take the edge off the heat.

A great sour that even my wife, who eschews the style enjoys it. Nuff said! This is such a good summer beer that I wish I had more right now!

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really wished I grabbed several more of these while in Connecticut on business. Without reading the bottle, I honestly wouldn't be able to identify the peaches exclusively by the flavor. Nose yes, flavor no. I'd simply say its a delicious fruit done extremely well and balanced to a perfect level for a July Friday night. I could chug this bottle after bottle. Goes down too smooth and easy while leaving you refreshed and satisfied. Not as punch you in the jaw tart as I normally like.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a mildly hazy golden yellow with a billowing white head. The scent of the peaches leaps from the glass. Underneath the fruit their is a mild rusticity imparted from what is likely Brett. A touch of lactic acid and very mild vinegar.

The taste begins with an initial impression of vanilla followed by some malt or wheat that supports the acidity. The finish is firmly of sweet ripe peaches. With a strong lingering fruitiness. Less Brett character than in the aroma. Mouthfeel is light with effervescent carbonation. Very enjoyable and fruit forward oak aged sour beer.

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Photo of Damian
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz corked and caged bottle purchased at CT Beverage Mart, Newington, CT
Served in a tulip

Nearly clear, golden yellow appearance. The liquid was topped by a finger-tall cap of creamy, bubbly, bright white foam that slowly fell to a thick, frothy, lasting collar. Some steaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was fairly straightforward. Tart and bretty. Lemon notes came through strong. Bit of mustiness. Hint of oak as well.

The flavor profile surprisingly had even less going on than the aroma. Tart lemon notes dominated. Fairly acidic. Some biscuity malts were noticeable. Touch of oakiness in the center. More oak and tannins in the finish. Quite disappointing.

Crisp, frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence. Solid.

I drank Captain Lawrence's Barrel Select Gold a few nights ago and was anticipating this peach-infused version of that beer to contain more complexity and nuance. For some reason, that definitely was not the case. While BSG had lots of funk and oakiness, this beer was all tart lemon and contained absolutely no peach in the flavor or the aroma. Looking at older reviews, it seems like this used to be a completely different (better) beer than it is now.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 4 into a Captain Lawrence Tulip glass

A: Pours a slightly off hay colored yellow with some haze. Small ring of white around the glass. The bottle opened almost noiselessly and slightly flat in appearance.

S: Aromas of plain yogurt, lemon, peach and pale malt.

T: Slightly lacto sour reminiscent off the bat, but not as sour as I remember hearing prior batches had been or have tasted. I waited in line a few years back in a ticketed line, only to see people who came hours later than me receive these beers and walk home happy but I was literally one person away from getting a bottle.

M: Thin and lightly carbonated, nearly flat but with a slight tongue sting from the sourcream flavors.

O: Its good with this batch, but not world class. I think the quality fell off from a prior release. After the long wait, I am somewhat disappointed that this is what has become of what was once a world class american wild ale. This is merely a watered down slightly sour peach ale to me and doesn't nearly match up with some of the sours I have made myself. I would even bring this to the brewery for comparison and dare a challenge from CL Scott!

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Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle

A: Pours a clear gold with no head, no lacing, no retention, nada. Nearly still-appearing right out of the gate.

S: Tart lemons and peaches. A hint of vanilla?

T: Peaches and lots of them. Very sour initially with a citric bite really hammering you. Lactic in the middle. Turns slightly sweet with some vanilla backing to help balance it out in the finish. Crisp, clean peachy finish with hints of oak.

M: Medium bodied, sour.

O: Interesting peach sour. It has elements of sweetness which gives it a sweet and sour peach character.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Golden hued, with excellent multiple colors of tangerine orange, lemon and peach yellow. Slightly hazy, and a simple collar while settling that's a bit khaki and not quite white. Nice little middle column of carbonation rounds everything out nicely for eye candy. Very nice looker.

Simple yet subtle nose. Peaches and apricot like quality with a hint of spritzy character. Light sensing notes of sweetness, and a moderate tart quality to go with it. Quite a nice fruit aroma, a bit varied if takes some time to explore and discover, but rewards real nicely.

Palate goes for a bit simpler quality. A strangely canned peach like taste, but with minimal sweetness luckily. Tangy and light bodied with minimal funk and tartness, but an almost peach canned flavor. Finishes clean but with a lighter almost session body, and not much round oak character.

Hard to think this came from a foudre, and more so the quality of the peach flavor isn't really getting justice here. A decent tasting brew with minimal wild quality but not really delivering the goods that much.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very light yellow, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like sour peach, a little bit of white wine vinegar, and wet oak.

This isn't quite the best fruited sour that Captain Lawrence makes. It's a little bit vinegary, with lots of white wine, a moderate level of peach, damp oak, and a nice level of lacto sour. It's pretty sour.

This is light bodied, a bit slick and "wet" feeling, with a good level of carbonation.

This was pretty enjoyable, but not their best.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.42/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at American Sardine Bar.
Hazy golden-orange pour, effervescent, with a thin ring of bubbles on top. Grainy aroma, light peaches, and somewhat sulfuric. In the taste, sour grains, fresh-cut wood, dry fragrant leaves, sulfur, light peachy yogurt. Light body with some acidic crispness. Not bad, but not really great either.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport into an Allagash glass. Nice clear amber gold liquid with a small head that fades pretty quickly.

Very tart aroma, good sweetness with some wine like notes, bit of peach. Flavor wise has a good tart blast upfront, malt sweetness in the middle, some peach flesh here. Finishes tart with some vinuous notes, hint of oak.

Nice sour, walked in not knowing what this beer was and enjoyed it, not overwhelmed. Peach was a bit subdued and wasn't overly sour. Good balance.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Comes in a mixture of yellow and orange, with a head that barely forms and just as quickly vanishes. Aroma was heavy on the lemon and orange citrus tart sour notes. A tad bit of oak.

Very acidic, very citrusy sour notes, more oak envelopes the palate. The alcohol is noticeable but not distracting. Some wet grass/hay notes. Some plastic funk. This is a sour one, and it burns, hence the flaming fury name I guess.

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Photo of Fux
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Crystal clear hay/orange pour with a minimal fizzy head which dies immediately.
S: Nose is very oaky, with notes of citruses and peaches, some funk and underlying notes of spices and orange peels. Oak and white wine dominate the scent.
T: Very sour with a bright acidity. Tons of wood and vinous flavours. Unfortunately also some light but distinctive acetone. The fruit is not so prominent though still there. Earth, grass and hay also come through but the aftertaste is mainly focused on oak and wine.
M: Fine carbonation, medium body. Alcohol warmth on the back of the throat.
O: I expected something more fruity, but the high level of sourness and complexity makes this beer something well drinkable despite noticeable alcohol. Good but not great.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle......Thanks to Cam for hitting my oldest want on BA...awesome buddy!

Loads of peaches, touch of sulfur and acetone that lingers and becomes distracting...grainy, acetic, long linger.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: 11/13/14
Location: Captain Lawrence Brewery
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Yellow/Gold in color, very clear and easy to see through letting lots of light in. Big fluffy carbonated head with decent cling and outstanding retention that last well over a few minutes.
Aroma: The peach is juicy and fairly detectable in the front. It's aroma is quickly pushed back by the souring yeast. Some ethanol, bandaid aromas. Which makes my mouth water just from the aroma. The barreling comes in next with a strong aroma of oak.
Taste: This beer needs to be sipped. Too much and my palate gets overrun. The peach really holds it's own during tasting and along with some lemon/lime flavor really adds it's own tartness to the beer. The tartness really builds from there with the yeast flavors, which is leathery. The alcohol adds a touch of ethanol flavoring and along with the oak gives Flaming Fury a clean taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body that is tart and puckering. A fair bit of dryness begins in the middle but doesn't make it very far into the finish. My mouth is left with that tart juicy feeling. High carbonation really moves the tartness around and can be overpowering if you doing watch it.

Notes: From the Whip it Out Wednesday Bottle Release. For more balance let if warm up. 2014.

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Batch 2 into a HF Stemmed Tulip

A: The color is a light, but murky shade of gold. The pour yielded about two fingers of fluffy head that receded to a few cms that ringed the walls of the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity; peach is apparent in the forefront. Light funky notes, along with a lactic brightness.

T: The taste opens with ripe/juicy peaches that is cut with a soft to moderate lemony tartness, and rounded out by mellow notes from the barrel.

M: Soft carbonation, light to medium body and dry.

O: This beer has been on my radar for quite sometime. Luckily I was off on Wednesday and took up the opportunity to attend the release (which was very mellow). The beer is nuanced, balanced and complex. Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations. It is simply fantastic.

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Photo of stakem
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enormous gratitude goes to BA Facesnorth for generously gifting me with a fresh bottle of this newly released batch 2. This has been a long time want of mine and getting to try the newest batch fresh has my expectations set very high. The brew appears a clear golden peachy color when poured into a matching captain lawrence cervoise. A white frothy topping rests atop leaving stringy lace. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is fruity and floral with a minor bacterial tropical feel. A hint towards phenolic and plastic-like at times. Some lactic notes are somewhat lemony and yogurt-like. Plenty of funk across the back with a pitted peachy/apricot note. It gets mildly grassy with some stinky cheese as it warms.

The taste is sharply sour with a strong pucker factor. Some lemony lacto and greek yogurt tartness lead the way with a wheat grain presence felt before the fruity/floral peach and apricot notes evolve. Some oak tannins and barrel character are strong in the finish with some alcohol becoming increasingly noticeable as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite sour, complex and very enjoyable. This was everything I had hoped/expected it to be. Thank you again Ryan.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Pour is transparent golden yellow with a good bit of tight white head. Nose has a fair bit of peach, acetone, acetic acid, light bitter oak. Taste has a fair bit of peach fruitiness, moderate acidity, faint acetone, notes of acetic acid in the finish. Lighter body, strong carbonation, semi dry finish. Peaches are fairly bright up front, gets a little hot.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into Captain Lawrence taster glass. Released in '09 with ~800 bottle count. Thanks Joe (ineedabeerhere) for trading me this bottle to bring it to a tasting a week later. Consumed side-by-side with '12 Fou' Foune.

A- Pours a translucent yellowish orange color, fairly vibrant but very minimal carbonation or head.

S- Peach skin, peach flesh, acetic acid, a very faint touch of acetic acetone. Fairly aromatic, barely any oxidation, and still plenty of fruit for being almost five years old.

T- Sour peaches, peach skin, peach juice, light acetic acid (not anywhere near as close as I thought there would be). A little bit one-dimensional at this point however it has held up considerably well for it's age. Still has a very nice peach presence, much more then the Fou' which was less then half it's age.

M- I was expecting an acid bomb however this was quite drinkable, fairly minimal carbonation but I didn't mind too much, finished extremely smooth without hardly any alcohol detection. For a peach sour being 5 years old the mouthfeel on this has held up incredibly well, the only thing I can default it on is the lack of carbonation.

O- I wasn't quite sure what to expect of this, I've heard reports that this has turned into an acid bomb. At this point though it probably primarily depends upon how it was cellared, and luckily this seemed to be cellared very well. There was way more peach then I was expecting and despite the carbonation being fairly lacking this was still quite drinkable. This is without a doubt still worth trading for if it's been cellared properly and one of the best peach sours I've had.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the chance to try this longtime want. Pours a translucent piss yellow. Nose expresses bright citrus, a hint of lactic acid, peaches and a slight vinegar character. Taste consistent with nose with a salty tartness added to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an almost still carbonation. All I can say is that in doing this side-by-side with a 2012 Fou' Foune, the Fou' Foune tasted like dishwater in comparison. So sad that this beer is retired.

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Flaming Fury from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 286 ratings