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Flaming Fury | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Flaming FuryFlaming Fury

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-13-2009

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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 236
Photo of Jwale73
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev -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 Sarlacc83
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
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 cosmicevan
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Mark99 for sharing. Have had this once before (thanks to suitcase jon for that one, but looks like i haven't gotten to that part of the notes yet).

a - poured a murky yellow.
s - smells of stinky sour rotten eggs.
t - taste is phenomenal sour eggs with a burst of fruit.
m - mouth is smooth and after a swallow i'm left with a pucker.
o - overall dynamite beer. holding up great. really just phenomenal.

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edit - found my notes from the first time i tasted this gem (probably about 6 months to a year earlier) - thanks suitcase for the HUGE bust out!!!

poured a straw yellow with a fizzy head
smells a bit acetone, but nice sour underneath
very fruit sour. tangerines, apricots, oranges.
really amazing. great feel perfect tart. this is amazing. sour meets fruit and they mix perfectly. perfect prickly carb, just a winner.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
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 djmichaelk
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter. Enormous thanks to urwithdave for opening this one over the weekend; I never thought I get a crack at this one. Dave continues to break out the whales ever time I see him!

A - Pours a somewhat opaque but luminous golden, with a thin cap across the top. Not much in the way of lacing or retention.

S - Huge stone fruit notes in front, with peach, apricot, and maybe some guava notes. Really tight acidic sourness in there. It's making me mentally prep for the taste -- my mouth is watering.

T - I've never been a huge apricot fan when it comes to eating them, but I absolutely love the flavor in this beer. It's definitely turn-your-face-inside-out sour, kind of like Fou' Foune was. The sweetness that I got in the nose isn't there at all; it's all peaches and apricots and sour. After I finished the glass I considered eating it.

M - Low-ish carbonation, more or less par for the style and complimentary to the beer. It's definitely on the dry side, but the finish is longer than I expected.

O - The only reason this wouldn't get a 5 overall is that my stomach just wouldn't be able to handle it. We had this immediately after a Beatification, and while I was floored by that beer -- this blew us away. It's almost depressing to know that it's retired. Now on to the hunt to find another bottle...

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Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 03/30/12 notes. Huge huge thanks to BManning for sharing this one; thanks Ben! Has been a huge want of mine for a while. 375ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a clear, transparent golden color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour raspberries, tart cherries, and sour dark fruits. Also some oak, wine, peaches, funk, earthy notes, and acidity. Awesome nose, was surprised how much sour fruit there was still.

t - Tastes or sour raspberries and cherries, tart dark fruity malts, vinegar, light funk, oak, lemon, and wine. Taste is super sour, really awesome again.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. A little more carbonation and this would be great. Acidic and sour body.

o - Overall I thought this was an amazing sour; this is probably the best beer I've had from CL so far, and that is saying something. A ton of super sour dark fruits and easy to drink. Definitely going to be going to this release if they re-release it. Would give it a tiny edge on Rosso E Marrone, and put it on par with cDc for me. Top notch

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by bmanning at a recent tasting, thanks, served in a tulip. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a thin head of small bubbles, no lacing, low retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is bright, succinic and mildly acetic with a strong peach flavor.

Beer is thin and quite bright on the palate, very sour, tart in the corners, lactic is light in this one but there is a strong succinic and fruit flavor with a mild almost vinegary flavor to ti. A very sour beer, a great find and something I'd for sure have again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by bmanning. Thanks Ben.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a fleeting white head. The aroma is very nice, offering peaches, stone fruits, and a prominent sour/tart character. Fruity, complex, acetic, wonderful. The finish is bold, offering a bit of a vinegary sting. Really tasty beer. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip. Big thanks to bauermj for bringing this over.

Appearance: My pour has a mostly pale golden color with a creamy looking off-white head. Pretty much what I would expect from a peach sour.

Smell: This aroma is simply incredible. Peach and apricot accompany a blisteringly sour presence in the nose. Acidic, hugely lactic and a bit dry in the nose. Some barnyard funk really gets swirled up in the sour aroma but is still noticeable.

Taste: There is a soft peach and apricot juice sweetness up front that quickly gets overwhelmed by the incredible sour flavor. It grows and grows, turning lactic until it starts to burn my throat in a glorious way. A little bit of vanilla and oak toward the end. Right at the end a great gueuze like lemon zest seals the deal. This is incredible.

Mouthfeel: Obviously very sour and lactic creates a salivating and puckering sensation in my mouth, and I love every second of it. Still a bit smooth, but it leaves a burning in the back of my throat.

Overall: I did not think it was possible to have a sour peach or apricot beer that I liked better than Fou Foune, but I was happy to be surprised.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to bobby8405 for the share. This delectable libation pours a turbid peach hue and is capped with a modicum of suds; it looks appropriate for what it is. The nose is amazing; extremely tart peach and general funk. The taste is tart-sour-wild-funky with acetic and fruity notes, with the acidity ramping up towards the finish. The feel is quite pert, but stops short of effervescent. Overall this is one of the best sour beers ever. As good as any Cantilloon, really.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Been sitting on this one for a while a decided tonight was the night to give it a try, no special reason, just cuz, shared with the girlfriend. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass a clear light amber color with a slight collared white head. The aroma just screams sour with notes of lemon zest, slight fruit (hard to pick out peaches exactly), and lactic acid. Tart beginning that then transitions to a nice fruitiness but not overly fruity. Decently sour. The barrels to me are fairly subtle but kick in later at the end. Not really earthy or funky but rather a straight forward sour with a little fruit kick. Overall, a very good beer and one that I wish was made in bigger quantities. Ends with a bit of chewiness.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!

Gonzoillini won this in a generous LIF and shared it with me. Thanks guys!

pale gold, straw color in the sunlight. Very clear, small white head, no lace. But I like it.
Smells fresh and crisp with some good funk and lemony citrus and lactic sour bite. The flavor is dry and funky with some apricots and peach notes, lemony citrus notes that are bright clean and crisp, and delicious. Really liking this beer a lot.

The body is great-- light and airy, but never watery. Bubbly enough to be tasty and easy drinking, but not overdone.

I'm really a big fan of the way this beer works. Just spectacular.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.17/5  rDev -27.6%
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 henway
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at a pretty epic tasting courtesy of bucketboy. Thanks a bunch! Pours a cloudy Amber peach with a thin white head that quickly recedes to a nice ring of lacing. Aroma is cheesy, funky, peachy, a little bit of grapefruit. Lactic pretty intense, a pleasantly surprising amount of fruit still present. There is a enjoyable abrasive sourness. The finish is not quite what I expected, juicy sweet peach with medium dry sour. Somewhat thick and syrupy with light, fine, prickly carbonation. Impressive how much peach peach hangs around in this and how strong of a presence it has in the finish. This is something again I could enjoy a few times a week.

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Photo of oregone
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orange with some haze to it and a decent bhead forming from the pour. Nothing exciting here.
S: Ahhh, that smells good! Acidic fruit qualities play with oak charcteristics and some fruit sweetness. Notes of red wine vinegar complement.
T: Acidic vinegar in front softened by a faint fruit sweetness and a woody richness. Strong characteristics but nothing out of place or overwhelming. Delicious.
M: Heavier than expected, but not to its deteriment. Good carbonation keeps this fresh.
O: Damn nice. Just hitting on all cylinders (with a so-so appearance). Officially ISO, and thanks Oregonhopmonster for sharing this one in our very secure ghetto-suite/apartment!

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by brian23456 at our recent La Crosse sour tasting, thanks Brian. Split with some other BAs and poured into snifters:

A - Light golden color with silverish hues. Slight head but not much carbonation. Lacing is light.

S - Peaches and candy tarts. Cherries, lemon zest, oranges and mild oak. Reminds me a bit of sweetarts.

T - Tart peaches and orange rind. Lemon and lime and bits of oak. Apricots, green apples and grapes. A nice funk and acidity here as well.

M - Smooth and tart funk prickle. Carbonation isn't too bad.

O - I want a growler of this or any size bigger than the current offering size. Its like when I get done working out or biking, instead of drinking water I'd drink Flaming Fury. Just an awesome sour and one worth trying.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle shared by beandip with starrdogg.

Pours a cloudy golden peach concentrate with a thin white head that quickly fades to crown with wispy streaks of lacing.

Aroma is cheesy, funky, peachy and juicy. Lactic and intense, but still a surprising amount of fruit present.

There is a surprising amount of peach juice and sweetness immediately upon first sip that weaves in front of and behind the intense, abrasive sourness. The finish takes an interesting, unexpected turn toward juicy sweet peach fruit with intense dry sour.

Medium thick and syrupy with extremely fine, prickly carbonation.

Amazing how much peach fruit is still present in this and even more so how assertive it is in the finish. This would still be a challenge to work through a 12 oz bottle alone, but I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
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 fewa
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
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 fiver29
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mike. Thanks Mike! Pours hazy yellow with white head. Aroma is lemony tart, sour, peach, apricot, and funk. Light mouthfeel. Wow. This is real tart and sour. The aroma continues into the taste and is real lemony, peach, and funky. Finishes with a mix of funk and fruit flavor. Amazing stuff.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 375ml shared amongst friends. This is hay strewn hue of gold with orange on this sides and frothy white on top

S: Lactic sour funk with barnyard and horse blanket at the fore

T: Sour funky and fruity, almost tastes like an aged Cantillon

M: Crisply tart and refreshing. give me more.

O: Totally on point for the style. One of the best American Wild Ales out there...

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Photo of sweemzander
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375mL bottle into a tulip. This has been a longtime want of mine and major props to Kyle for tracking one down and actually sharing it with me! Review #800!

(A)- Pours a pale golden orange color. Some nice white foam down to bubbles and lace. A beauty of a color.

(S)- A wonderful sour and lactic body with tart fruits of lemon, orange, white grape, peach, and maybe mango. Not overly funky, but the acidity coming from this aroma is very very nice.

(T)- A wonderfully powerful acidic sourness. Not palate melting, but a great assertiveness to it. Funky and earthy, but not in a dirty way. Superb fruit and acidity profiles.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Sour as hell, but good funk and fruit too. Acidity is spot on yet powerful.

(D)- A brilliant and fantastic sour. This is what I like to see for the style. Sour power and a great smell, taste, and feel. World class through and through. Captain Lawrence, you need to make this again!

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Photo of Gtreid
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just an enormous thanks to Casey for sharing this one. One of the few brews that I have been eagarly anticipating for quite some time. Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: pours a slightly cloudy, orangish yellow. The pour dropped an off white head that receded to a thin rim.

A: funky peaches right off the bat, followed by lemon, some grapefruit, and floral hops. You can just tell this one will be a peach, sour, punch to the taste buds.

T: all I can say is wow. The peaches taste like they are fresh. The sourness is prevalent but not over the top. Lemon and floral notes present. And the there is the residual sweetness at the back, it's almost a vanilla/coconut type of flavor. It finishes dry, sour, and sweet. Simply put, this is fantastic!

M: medium body. aggressive carbonation delivers the peachy, sour goodness all over the palate.

D and overall impression: drinkability is as high as it gets for a beer of this magnitude. Overall, this is one of the best beers I have ever had, and probably my favorite sour to date. I love this beer! Skal.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Enormous thanks to Jason for sharing this, a long-time top want of mine.

A: Milky pale gold body with chunks of yeast and a thin, wispy layer of white bubbles on top. I volunteered for the dregs on this one, and while it shows, I won't hold it against the beer. This might kill me, and I can't wait!

S: Wow, that's sour. Super sour. And awesome. I can feel my nose hairs curling from the sheer acidity. Dry, citric, peach, acetic, and sharp as a razor. Wow.

T: Warheads. Sour Patch Kids. Lemon/lime/peach/cider-vinegar acidity. I feel like this would burn through the bottom of my mouth if I held it for too long. I love it.

M: Smooth medium body with light, prickly carbonation to complement the sharp acidity.

D: This is the definition of intense, and I say bring it on!

Notes: This is one beer that can only be called an experience - and I'm just sad I'm not likely to have it again (unless Captain Lawrence decides to grace us with another batch...hint, hint). I even had some great peachy emissions the morning after the tasting, and it was clear that FF was the culprit. I've never been happier to smell my own farts.


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Flaming Fury from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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