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Flaming Fury | 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): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-13-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
250
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
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595
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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -31%

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 rvdoorn
3.17/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: pours a hazy amber-orange colour with a large white head.
Smell: Funky dog, tart, lemon, peach.
Taste: Very fruity (lemon, peach) and very tart. The sourness bites a bit too much (unbalanced). Like strong vinegar was added to this beer. Too unbalanced compared to the Cantillons beers e.g.
Mouthfeel: medium body and medium-high carbonation
Overall: nice to try, but unbalanced.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.42/5  rDev -21.4%
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 Damian
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
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 largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
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 vacax
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color, quite translucent with a slight ring of bubbles. Smells vaguely of peaches, ripe and tart, lemons, and nail polish. Tastes of mild funk, sulphuric acids, moderately sour. Finish has nail polish and peach skins. Medium bodied with lighter carbonation. This is a mild beer with not enough strong good flavors to compensate for the weaker points of the beer. The peaches are the good thing, but they are close to unnoticeable.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of fewa
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden orange colorand a nice white head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Sour and lots of lemon and orange fragrances. Don't really smell the funk in here.

Taste: Pungent citrus sourness. Some soil notes and surely some brett in the background. Some hints of grapes and peach.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a strong carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, it could use some improvements in the balance, but not bad, not at all.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/24/2009. Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of sour peaches, yogurt, sour candies. Flavor is tart and acidic, very sour, with sour candies. Quite similar to Castleton, but a little more sour and very acidic. I would have liked more of a peach presence in this one.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
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 nickd717
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
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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Photo of smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev -11%
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 JAXSON
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a light yellow orange with a white head. Nose is very bright, sharp, lemony and acidic. Light salt and fuel on the nose. Pretty good flavor profile, pretty sour but peaches are candy-like. Brightly acidic, probably too much so. Some fuel and acetone on the finish which detracts from the experience quite a bit.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split this bottle that I picked up at the release with some friends. When the cap popped, it started to gush quite a bit. Maybe it wasn't cold enough? Be careful.

The pour is an opaque, hazy gold with only some islands of whispy head. This was the first third of the bottle but it had a few white flakes floating throughout from the sediment that was disturbed from the gushing. I wish there was more head here, next time I'll use a flute glass instead of a wide, bowled glass.

The aroma is strong, just like the beer. It has some peach, rubbing alcohol, and some characteristics that give it away as a wild beer. Haystacks, and a bit of mustiness intermingle with the peach to create a nature-like aroma.

The flavor is very very sour, but pleasant. It has less of a funky flavor and more of a sweet and sour candy taste. Think of pixie sticks if they made them in peach flavor. Very intense, this one burns in the finish both because of the sourness and a bit of alcohol.

The mouthfeel has some good fizz, but I think could use more. I'm not sure if that's possible since the bottle exploded already upon opening. The beer is a slow sipper, but does actually have some refreshing character to it. Split this bottle, I think a whole bottle would be more than enough.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by mjn5036 at a recent tasting, poured into a mini goblet. The beer pours a light effervescent golden color with a thin white head that quickly fades to a bubbly ring around the edges, leaving a slight amount of oily lacing.

The nose on this beer is outstanding. The ripe peaches are tart and sweet at the same time and they overwhelm the other notes completely. There is a bit of musty oak and hints of vinegar, but the peaches really outshine everything else and set the tone for this one.

The peaches don't shine as much on the tongue as they do in the nose. The vinegar tartness really overshadows everything and relegate the peaches to a backup role. The beer is very sour, but it borderlines on harsh.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, very light, well carbonated, the vinegar flavor is a bit overwhelmingly sour, but the beer maintains it's integrity. The alcohol is well incorporated into the flavors and well hidden (everything is hidden by the vinegar), just a bit too much vinegar sour for this one to receive high scores in drinkability.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev -8%
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 ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared in early May 2009 thanks to kennyo.

Pours hazy orange with bubbly cream head.

Aroma was super tart lactic lemon, but the peach started to come through as it warmed.

Flavor was an overpowering tart biting lemon that almost seemed too excessive. However, it had a beautiful peach finish. I wish the sourness was toned a little, but the peaches really came through.

This was a relatively dry and light sour that had a good bit of carb.

Overall, a fantastic fruit sour, but I really couldn't drink more than a few ounces since it's so puckeringly tart.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to tampabrew for this one.

A: Pours a murky orange colored hue with a tall fizzy white head. No retention or lace noted.

S: Aromas of peach, mild citrus, farts, and oak.

T: Mild fresh peach juice with hints of rotting peaches as well. Hints of cheese, citrus, and vinegar. Big blast of sour in the middle, with notes of wood.

M: On the lighter side of medium, fairly sour, almost to the point of biting.

D: Not the most drinkable, but a tasty sour.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened at a recent tasting with bmanning, Azurelimits, amyliz4, and hhanson.

A: Pours a pale, clody apricot with a nice white head and a good amount of lacing as it makes its way down.

S: Way sour with plenty of character behind it. Loads of unripe peach alongside oak, apricot, more sourness, and some green apple.

T: Loads of sourness pack the initial punch, followed by peaches, apricots, oak, and green apple. Not the most complex of sours, but this one really hit hard. The peach flavor wasn't too strong; mostly the sourness coming through right now.

M: Mouth-puckering to the extreme. Definitely one of the most sour beers I've had in a long time.

D: A little too unbalanced in the sour direction without accompanying complexity to be truly drinkable, but the several-ounce pour that I had was very nice to work through.

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Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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 rodbeermunch
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Sarlacc83
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle for my 2000th beer. Big thanks to Doodler for this big time want.

A: Fizzy clear gold. No head at all, though. Great color, pretty much still in every other aspect, like wine.

N: Super sour lactic acid. Apricots and peaches. Vinegar. Some residual sugar. Raspberry and acetone. Oak. Quite nice if not overly complex.

T: Really shines here, unlike the nose. Lots of peaches still. Apricots and lemons. A good balancing sweetness which seems to be a hallmark of American Wilds. Oak is adding a nice balance. Unlike the sharp nose, this has a pleasant sour quality to it.

M: Crisp and light on the tongue. This is exactly what I want from American Wilds. Not the heavy dense liquid I'm so often getting.

O: A shining example of the style, though I wish the nose had held up like the body. I'm still thrilled to have tried this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -6%
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 BarrytheBear
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
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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