Flaming Fury | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-13-2009

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Reviews by Bardwashrind:
Photo of Bardwashrind
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW. Shared with Cschmidt87 on one cold excitement filled Colorado evening.

From the first second air escaped, a large murky head came a rushing. With glasses ready, we captured every drop.

Very dense and cloudy in appearance with an almost chicken stock like comparison. BIG carbonation, a bit impressive for a sour of such.

The smell brought to mind the distinct elements that traditional Gueuze and Lambic would have. A touch more sweetness came out with more thought, as well as a very obvious peach presence. The aroma for sour fans will bring chills and thrills.

The first sip was one of the most dynamic sips I have ever experienced in a beer. A distinct tartness first emerged then bringing a massive mind-palate weight of richness and highly ripe peaches to front. Where the Belgium based sours allow for an almost elegant balance to come though, this beer contributes a much more luscious succulence and fantastic tartness of dynamic indulgence to be the focus. Not for the faint of heart or for the prejudice umami disbeliever.

The solid cascade of tartness meshed with the body of mashed sweet peaches truly made the end note feel like a composed cocktail of the highest order. Not an oak presence to detract, but I don't feel a great degree of oak would even take away from what was in each sip. The richness always stayed in my mind, like a warm peach scone or stone fruit compote.

What a great food beer. The thought of pairing this with some great duck fat or sea salt would just be mind blowing. The main course aside, this has been one of the most amazing sour styled beers I have had the opportunity to try. Amazingly complex, fully diverse in flavor, bold in mouth feel and completely enjoyable. All will agree who have tasted this.

Readjust your 'WANTS' if you have not....

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stakem
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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 jaasen64
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
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 xenjoiii
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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 Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle to a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Poured from the middle of the bottle, so it's a bit murky. Yellowish orange with no head worth mentioning.

Smell - Awesome acidity with a slight funk. Bright lemon tartness. Only peach because I read that they added peaches. Otherwise, it's mostly lambic-like aromas. Wheat, some funk, and a lot of lemon acidity.

Taste - Genuinely peachy in the taste. Really tart without any vinegar flavors. Lemon and peach fruit flavors. Maybe it does get a little bit vinegary in the finish, but it's not too detracting. Grainy bread malts support, but it's all about the sour.

Mouthfeel - Tart without being puckering. Astringent and dry. Exactly what I'd expect from it.

Overall - Quite good, but the fruit flavor has either faded or didn't come out as much as I'd like. A couple of off flavors that are minor annoyances more than anything.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from sinstaineddemon in a trade a few months back. Thanks!

Pale cloudy blond in the glass, like ripe peach flesh. There's still a lot of sediment in suspension despite having let this one settle for a week. A small white head tops the straw-colored body, retaining for a moment before eventually receding to a crown.

Peaches are immediately noticeable on the nose, though they're not explosively aromatic. There's some lactic sourness behind it, acetone, lemon-like acidity and a touch of solvent. Not exceptionally complex, but the fresh fruit character is enjoyable.

Tart, unripened stone fruit is the first flavor to reach the palate, followed by lemony acidity and a hint of vanilla. There's a fair bit of acetone, too. The mid-palate brings out a creamy sweetness that, combined with the fresh peach flavor, brings to mind peaches and cream. The body is light and crisp, almost to a fault; I find myself wanting a fuller mouthfeel and more tannin from the oak to add some dryness and astringency. As it stands, the finish just sort of drops off abruptly, leaving only a hint of peaches on the tongue. Fairly good overall, though it didn't impress me as much as I had hoped.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
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 madtowndmb1
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of my oldest wants and didn't disappoint! Well worth searching out

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small (12.7 oz.) capped bottle. Been sitting in my beer closet in cold storage since the release date. Pours light amber, with a near golden hue. Some yeasty chunkage is spotted floating around and some tiny bubbles continue to rise. Dark eggshell head, thin and tiny bubble, goes to a thicker film and leaves near world class scattered larger bits of sticky lace and low lying sheeting. Bright fruity and bitingly sour nose, also quite a whiff of some serious barnyard/horse blanket. Outstanding smelling brew. The sour and funk continue onto the palate and tongue, more great fruity sourness, barnyard wild ale goodness and in general complexly good times continue to abound. Quite yeasty/cloudy final pour, adds the expected nutty note, but the sour continues to cut through and shine. Another wildly well done creation from the Captain.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to swalden28 for sharing this sour gem out of a 375 ml bottle.

The beer pours a cloudy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with some lemon and other citrus notes. The flavor is tart lemons as well as sour apple. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel. The beer finishes very dry, just begging you to take another drink. An outstanding sour that I wish I could try again.

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

Photo of BranfordBound
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jh1982 for sharing this at a Wolfpack tailgate, I've dranken some of the best and most rare stuff on asphalt with that guy. This beer was no different.

Pours a glowing, hazy, almost chunky orange color, perhaps its where the name comes from, it can be construed to be slightly flame-ish, ok, perhaps. Aroma is vinuous oak tartness. Peach, nice, smells fou fune-eee, but in much lesser gusto.

The peach is a little lighter in the taste, but there's a solid amount of 'flaming' sourness to it, nice. Very little sweetness, this has the peach start to fade in the mouthfeel as you adjust to it. The sourness is probably average for style. Acidic for sure. Was not lacking in carbonation at all. Hides the alcohol immensely well.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by jophish17 - thanks!

Pours a hazy - wait for it - peach color with a thin white head. The head dissipates into a thin ring around the glass leaving decent lacing.

Smells of slightly sweet but mostly tart peaches with good amounts of funk. There's not a whole lot else going on here but what is going on is very nice.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though it's even more tart than the smell intimated. Tart peach flavors sweeten a bit midway through the sip before fading away into additional funk near the end of the sip. The ending is decidedly tart leaving hints of peaches lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with slick carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall this was a very unique beer. The only other peach sour I've had the opportunity to try was Upland's and this was more developed. My only qualm (consider it a picked nit) is that the peach flavor was a bit more tart than peachy if that makes any sense. Well worth a shot if you have the chance.

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Photo of acurtis
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to carps12 for the bottles.

Pours a cloudy peachy yellow orange color with a white head that lingers for a couple minutes and then reduces to a skim ring around the glass.

Nose is alot of lactic sourness, some slight dirty barrel, grass, lemon zest/peel.

Whoa. Thats pretty sour. Quite complex here. Starts off quite sour with large lactic acidic notes. The peach makes itself known, but its kind of a dull sweet flavor, like a warm peach. Like if you put peaches in an apple pie instead of apples, with no crust, and no spices. haha. Thats probably hard to follow but i dont know how else to describe it. Anyway, it could come or go as far as im concerned it doesn't make the beer a hell of alot better. The finish is brutally dry, and peaks in sourness. The peach does come out a little bit more on the aftertaste, as does some light oak, but its still a kind of dull sweet faded peach.

Mouthfeel is pretty close, but a little bit too viscous, and could use just a tiny tad more carbonation. Maybe making that request to CL is a bad idea though (*jab* SftO *jab)

Drinkability is pretty solid, but i would like just a little bit less sweetness.

Overall, this is very close to being a very fantastic beer. I'm not big on the peach but its ok, but using another fruit (raz, black, apricot) would have been a little better I think. I think this one will greatly improve with some age, but its already a nice beer as it is. A couple small tweaks and some age and you've got a great one here i think.

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to review this one after standing in line for about 4 hours and then waiting weeks and weeks because I wanted to give it its due time... Poured into a wine glass.

A: Poured a gentle 1 finger coarse white head that seemingly evaporated into a thin film floating at the top. Brew is a cloudy, pale white/pink grapefruit with patchy lacing.

S: Very floral and so so sour... my palate is in for a shock with this one. Also hints of white grape and alcohol linger towards the end.

T: Starts off relatively malty but transitions into a middle that is just sooo intensely sour it makes me cringe. I can't write down anything after the first sip because I can make out anything else. Second try is a little better. As I get used to the extreme flavor, white grapes start to reveal themselves in the middle followed by a floral hint and distinct peachiness towards the finish in addition to a strikingly quick peak of alcohol.

M: Light to medium bodied and very dry and coarse. Finish is wet and the sourness really lingers with this one, but its good, letting you get used to the brew so its complexity can unfold.

D: Insanely complex and insanely intense. This sour isn't for the faint of heart but its most definitely an enjoyable journey. Really drink here to try to distinguish the different tastes and every sip is different.

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

Photo of Photekut
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mikey711
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great way to start the weekend.

A: Pours a very cloudy golden orange with only a single layer of foam that rings around the edges of the glass. It look a bit like concentrated peach juice.

S: Some bretty funk up front. Ripe peaches and woodiness are also detectable.

T: Peaches, sour/super right peaches. The fruitiness of it is sour but it has a good level of sweetness that really balances the beer out. The oak gives a nice earthy/woody flavor. As it warm the tartness is much mellower

M: I like that this one does not have any vinegar characteristics. A bit of a rubbery feel. Despite not showing much carbonation, there was some that detectable in the feel. The peach lingers sweetly on the back of my tongue

D: I am going to sip on this one for a while. I like it a bit better on the colder side because the tartness bursted through a bit more. Very drinkable for a sour. Now I am just going to have to get some more.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to kennyo!

pour was a very hazy yellowish orange. fizzy head that quickly disappeared.

very funky and sour up front. light hints of white grapes and even lighter apricots.

very sour up front...puckering sour. very light malts quickly give way so a light smooth apricot flavor. not much funk going on. a bit of a sweet yet sour finish. slight malt and apricot aftertaste.

decent carbonation with bite. smooth.

i dig the apricot flavor and love the aftertaste. very sour so a 375ml is enough for me. glad i had a chance to try this. an excellent sour!

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Photo of nickd717
3.77/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle shared by cloudskipper.

This beer pours hazy golden-orange with a white head and not great retention.

Aroma is decent but not great. Stale crackers and mild funk with a little peach.

Flavor is pretty nice, with peach and your typical American wild ale yeast. Slightly perfumy and slightly sweet.

Decent palate, somewhat tingly from the wild yeast with medium body and lively carbonation.

Drinkability is good, but overall this beer was pretty underwhelming.

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Flaming Fury from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 280 ratings