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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-13-2009

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Jmoore50
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy smokes, this thing is incredible. I have read posts saying that is equal to or greater than Yellow Bus, which is interesting. This thing was a very enjoyable sour, and Captain Lawrence is climbing my list of breweries to watch for. Incredible.

The appearance is cloudy yellow with a white head. It is really hazy, no clarity. Slathers the sides of my Lost Abbey glass with oil, just leaving its mark.

The smell is heavenly. Strong Brett, lemon rind, peaches, peaches, and pineapple.

The taste is even better than the smell. It is perfect. Love it. Lemon, Lime, Peaches, sour funk, juicy awesomeness is a new flavor I am going to describe this one. Sour, tart, juicy, fruity, my mouth waters and doesn't stop. Excellent.

The mouthfeel is great, sour and tart, with the sweet sugars from the fruit makes this one stand out in my mind. It is somewhat acidic, effecting my sinuses like a few sours that have been epic.

Highly recommended, stunner!

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Damian for this trade.

A - Pours cloudy golden with a thin sheet of white head that recedes to decent lacing. A little darker in color than a straight gueuze, but similar to IP.

S - Great lactic nose with a touch of brett once it starts to warm. Peach, oak, and band aids round it out.

T - Starts tart up front which leads to a nice citrus peach and ends with oak notes. Not quite as bright as IP, but definitely one of the best balanced American Wilds I've had.

M/D - Light carbonation dances lightly over the tongue and allows you to fully enjoy the depth without destroying your palate. Drinkability is obviously great for me since I love extremely sour beers and this one definitely one of the best American Wilds I've had. I'd love to try to some more CL wilds and/or Allagash.

The American Wild is the closest I've had to a true Belgian, like Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen

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Photo of rpstevens
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
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 AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This isn't a "pretty" beer, but I actually like the look of it. Very cloudy, orangish/yellow color, with a very unfiltered look. Almost reminds me of orange juice in a way. Lots of stuff floating in it, even a bit of peach substance floating in there. Small head disappeared almost immediately.

S - Peachy smell, very tart and sour. A bit of oaky goodness in there, slightly funky yeast.

S - The taste definately delivers on the smell. Peachy, sweet but not too much, and a nice tart sourness to it. It's not overbearing or too "peachy", but melds nicely with the rest of the beer. It's a pretty fruity wild, but doesn't over do it.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, a bit of a pulp like texture comes through. Decently carbonated.

D - Very easy to drink, as it tastes great, and the sourness fades the more you drink it. Worry that the sweetness could become an issue at some point, but hard to say for certain. Wish this were easier to get and came in bigger bottles, would love to drink this again.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 375ml bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a very ugly murky watered down apple cider, very ugly, looks like wort. There is a light white head that is gone quickly.

The aroma is very nice and balanced. It has a very nice medium sour start that gives you what you are looking for in a sour but not enough to over power the senses. It is balanced nicely with some sweet notes at the end, I'd say they are peach but don't necessarily smell like it.

The taste is really nice. It has a medium sour taste to it, not horse blanket funk, just nice sourness. This is a balanced with a very distinct peach finish. It is sour, its sweet, its awesome.

The feel is a little light for my taste and there isn't much of a finish.

This is totally drinkability, I could drink this like juice all day long.

To me this is a peach fruit beer with a spice. It has a nice sourness that most fruit beers don't have, but that is why I like this. This beer is very balanced and very nice to drink.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled December 2009
Fairly well carbonated and a careful pour produces a fizzy, pale colored head that subsides to a thin, but covering layer fairly quickly. The aroma has an acetic acid note that is dominant, but there are some floral notes here that could perhaps be what is left of the peach aromatics. Secondary notes of musty earth, lightly moldy leather, musky Brettanomyces aromatics that reminds me a touch of baby vomit and a soft, but nice urea note that adds a hint of lovely cat piss. If you really dig for it there is perhaps a touch of pale grain cracker-like character. This definitely has a nice aroma, while the acetic is dominant, it does not drown out the complexity that lies just underneath it.

This has a nice, bracing sourness to it that is a good mix of ample lactic sourness and backing, spicy acetic notes that add a touch of a hard edge. Floral peach notes are noticeable, but I would probably descripe it as floral frutiness if I didn't know about the peach addition. The middle and front of the finish also has a touch of urea to it, but this competes with the more noticeable acetic acid vinegar notes. There seems to be just a wisp of sweetness to this otherwise bone-dry beer, and this helps to accentuate the floral flavors. The Brett is much subdued by the acidity, but soft notes of baby vomit, an earthy muskiness as well as a mustiness are noticeable. A touch of astringency in the finish hints at tannic oak and there is perhaps just a touch of woody spiciness here too.

As the beer warms up the peach becomes much more distinct in both the nose and aroma; especially in the aroma it is now distinctly peach like. In fact the aroma almost explodes with the scents of a ripe, freshly cut into peach; complex, floral, fruity and fantastic. Even the flavor has some distinct peach notes to it, even if not quite so distinctly as the nose.

The aroma ends up quite complex despite the up front acetic edge, on the other hand the secondary flavors are not qutie robust enough to stand up to the onslaught of lactic and acetic sourness that dominates the flavor profile; there is still enough in the flavor to keep this interesting, but it could use more funkiness to balance the ample acid character. Still this is not a bad beer, and I was in quite the mood to be drinking a hard sour beer; and this certainly fits the bill as I can even feel it a bit in my stomach :-)

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is killer! It's light and dry with a huge fruity sourness. The peach character is very nice, but the horsehair funk is tremendous. The taste is awesome. Wow, what a sour bite on this one. It's crisp and fruity with excellent peach notes and a dry, acidic finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a real treat for sure. It's very crisp with a sensational sour character. Love those peaches!

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

NOTE: As this has aged it has soured considerably and lost much of the pach flavors I enjoyed. This review was on 2/20/2010 of the most recent batch. As of 1/1/2011 I would give it probably a 4.2 or so.

Had a bottle of this the day after opening a yellow bus.

Appearance: Nice hazy golden peach, enormous white head with some decent lacing.

Smell: Peach here, good meaty peach, not skin or fluff. The sort of stuff I cut up and put on come ice cream with blackberries. Also a nice funk to it. Very well done, complex.

Taste: Nice peach up front, eclipsed only by the lemony sourness. Bit of vinegar and light funk. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit over-carbonated initially, but that quickly fades.

Drinkability: Off the charts, please make more. Beats yellow bus hands down. Between this and Rosso E Maronne, this brewery is going places.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the great trader NutBrown. Thanks Alan!

375ml capped green bottle.

I pulled this from my "cellar" and when I popped the cap, I saw what was coming....perfect timing on my part as not a drop was lost!

Yellow yellow, orange orange in colour, very cloudy too, it has about an inch of foam and the lacing looks to be fine and dandy.

Putting my nose over my glass, man, this is one sour puppy! Lemom tartness, lots of vinegar notes, and an unmistakable aroma of peaches. Wow. It smells scrumptious. The way I like my American Wild Ales to smell.

OK, the first sip convinces me right off that this is a superb beer! Peaches galore along with a nice vinegar tartness has my mouth puckering at first but now, after a few more sips, I can taste a fairly large malt backbone of some sweet notes but man, just when I feel they're going to play a big role in the taste, the wonder tart takes over again. And again. Now some pepper shows up and adds a nice spice factor. Wow!

On the light side of medium bodied with lowish carbonation, it finishes decidedly? Tart!

Drinkability? I seem to be zooming through this glass but hang on, the alcohol is kind of up there and brings some warming. Take it slow and easy because of *that* but more importantly, take it slow and easy cuz it's just that damn good. A wonderful brew!!

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mark for sharing this!

Review from notes, fairly short ones, so I must have been too busy enjoying the beer :)

Hazy peach tone, a weak string of bubbles cling to the edges, with a few random spots of lacing. A lightly acetic sharpness in the nose, vinous and even leafy. Flavor has a cleaner lactic tartness, zesty and firmly puckering. A clear residual peach flavor lingers on the palate after the sour train rolls through. Very clean and refreshing sour ale. Would love to have more of this on hand in the Spring and Summer...

2016: had a 375ml, seemed a bit more one dimensional than the previous notes above. Moderate acidity, vague peach taste, sharper. Seemed more like one of Almanac's less refined fruited sour ales. 3.75

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

inflatablechair brought this over on Saturday.. Thanks a ton Sam!!

Hazy lite gold.. not much of a head..

aroma is fantastic.. bunches of fruity funk.. lactic.. peach skin.

WOW!!! flavor has alot more peach essence.. very fresh fruit flavor .. tight.. again pretty lactic.. reminds me of peach yogurt.. sweet and ooooh so tart... yummy.. finish is very dry and sour with only lacto and peach essence.. some acetic presence with warmth.

The body is lite with good carbonation... Simply wonderful.. Thanks goes out to Sam... and to Eric for a good sample a while back.. Really one of the brews that should go down in history.


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Photo of vacax
3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
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 womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for opening this one up during out tasting this past weekend.

A: The pour is much like Little Linda's with a pale, hazy golden color, however this beer has a small white head.

S: The nose has a slight funk to the nose which is quickly overwhelmed by the peaches. The lactic tartness provides a nice lemony aroma to contrast the peaches.

T: The sweet peaches are balanced well by a strong acidity. The tartness really provides a nice counterpoint to the fruit and gives the beer a decent complexity. There is a touch of oak and funk, but the peaches really are the star.

M: The beer is almost enamel erodingly acidic. The carbonation is low, which doesn't really help the slick, thin feel on the tongue.

D: This was a nice beer and an interesting combination of sweet and sour. While I find some other sour beers with sweetness to be off-putting (ie. Little Linda's or Transatlantique Kriek), this one has actual fruit flavor rather than sugary pie filling.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle into my Cantillon glass watching Damages. Picked this up at the brewery not to long ago.

Flaming fury, on the light golden side with yellow sunbeams creating a slight haze. Some soda like white fizz on the top with activity, settles fairly quick leaving some poka-dot spots here and there. A white ring aound the glass after some time.

A big blend of peaches, some brett notes, barnyard, hay and some wood in the back. I noticed the peach character tamed down even after only a few months, this was a lot sharper then. The 2nd pour with the dregs really opened up the earth on the scent.

I really like where this is at now but the peaches are fading a bit, the golden ale base is showing more and the malts while sweet and low are noted. This still is mouth puckeringly sou though with sharp peaches and wild yeast melding nice. Under that an assortment of barnyard and wild yeast notes. Minimal oak apeaance.

Very tart and pucker inducing, fury is a medium bodied beer with very high carbonation which leads to a sharp and crisp beginning and ending. One of the sourest bees that I have had all year, although I found it even more tart within a week of release, ah well, this is still great. The body is a bit bigger than alot of wild's i've had.

I'm looking forwad to a bottle of this in the summer as it seems like the perfect drink for that season. I had to get a review in befoe the peach faded anymore though. There's no telling where this one is going to go in a year or two besides the peach fading but the brett addition seems strong in FF. This is easy drinking for somebody who knows what they are getting into, other's I don't know, the fury is very aggressive.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -19.4%
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 OlieIPA
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Again, another Captain Lawrence brew shared by the almighty Mauerhan, thanks man!

A: A typical hazy golden ale that had a substantial amount of lacing, along with a thin layer head that held its own for quite awhile.

S: A robust tart and sour aroma engulfs the nose at first, masking many of the other underlying smells, but notes of sugary fruits come through towards the end.

T: A very pronounced sweet peach backbone that is supported by a strong tart-pucker flavor, oak, grape, spice, and perhaps a bit of smoke at the tail end. Not as delicate and complex as their other sour golden ale (Cuvee de Castleton), but the flavors coming off this particular beer a more bold and in your face.

M: Mildly carbonated and dry.

D: The flavors are great, but at times...they can be a bit too much. Other than that, another CL beer that can be easily downed in a short amount of time.

Overall: An epic sour! A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to crack this with olieipa and pehlman in celebration of the colts game.

cracks with a loud hiss and it almost goes gusher. pours a hazy golden color with a nice one finger white head. nice splotchy lacing. this is a good lookin brew.

smell is fucking spectacular. bg juicy peach. sour funk. oak. seriously just smelling this makes my mouth water.

I take a sip and I am literally kicked in the face by a peach. very sour but EXTREMELY enjoyable to drink. sweet and sour slightly spicy. god this is good.

I am very glad I got my hands on this and I am actively lookin for another bottle...or six

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Photo of HopHobo
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this beer in a trade with KnifeStyles. Much thanks for this much desired want. Pour into a Chimay goblet and shared with my wife. This beer pours a hazy straw yellow color. This is much more cloudy than a German Hefe, probably because of the amount of sediment at the bottle of the bottle. Pours with thin white head and nice foam lacying on the side of the glass. The smell is pretty great. Loads of citrusy juice smells and citrus acidity. Also, a good amount of funky and sweet candy sugar flavor. The taste is everything a good wild ale should be. Tart, acidic, citrus, sugar and puckering. A nice medium mouthfeel and fairly light body. I could drink this beer all day and it very much reminds me of a cool summer evening. The only reason that I didn't give this a 5 for taste is because I didn't really get any peach flavor and for a sour ale made with peaches I felt as if the peach flavor was over shadowed by the funky citrusness of the beer. All and all this beer is absolutly delicious. Not overly sour, just the right amount for a beer to be enjoyed and for all the subtle details to come through. I will definetly be seeking this wild ale out again and I hope it become an annual release from Captain Lawrence...Bravo!

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

Been waiting a while to open a bottle and sour tasting part 5? sounded like a good time.

A: Clear golden color with tons of visible carbonation working it's way up from the bottom of my glass to form a thin coating of white head. Even the earliest pours had some yeast floating in suspension.

S: Tons of lacto with fresh peaches right after. Some other light slightly overripe fruit in there as well. You do get a little bit of oak in the back but it is faint and smells more like a white wine barrel.

T: Sour up front. Finishes with FRESH peaches. The sourness and peaches works remarkably well together. Reminded me of a more intense Fou Foune only with the peaches a little bit brighter. The sourness is off the charts.

M: Light and refreshing. Well carbonated.

D: Amazing. So drinkable. Drinks like it is 2%. Would love to sit outside on a warm day and sip this. A definite hit from the captain.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle on 11/6/09 along with Hophead101

A - Hazy straw yellow with a decent size foam that receded

S - aroma of tart peaches with enough sour funk to keep you sniffing

T - tart peaches that give way to some oak and funkiness in the finish, more tart than the nose gives away, very nice tasting

M/D - light and crisp in the mouth, enough carbonation to keep you coming back for more, i wish i could drink this more often than my bottle allotment allows me to.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to BevMoIan for opening this up!

A - Hazy straw yellow. Thin white head leaves a light collar and no lace.

S - Huge funk and bretty underripe strawberry. Tropical fruits abound: light peaches (less than expected, really), mango, pineapple, and passion fruit.

T - Citrus, tropical fruit, and salty brine. Big pineapple. Medium sweetness - not as dry as I expected. Fruity as hell. The peaches finally come fully forward late in the glass, when the funk begins to subside somewhat.

M - Light & crisp. medium-light sweetness. Some salty snap.

D - Excellent. Great balance, wonderful fruit profile, easy on the palate but not lacking in complexity. Absolutely top notch.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So happy to be able to open this one up. I received this from the very generous BA wrapping up my six's BIF. I was watching a movie late last night and decided this would have been a perfect way to end my holiday weekend. Served chilled and poured into a Bell's snifter, this one was consumed on 12/27/2009.
The pour was about what I had expected. Nice hazy peach color with a big head of white that fizzled out very quickly, leaving behind some nice lacing, but nothing that was too terribly crazy. It was when I reached in for my first sip that things really started to take off. Rich, vibrant, and tart notes of peach mixed with horse funk dominated the aroma from the very onset. Just a huge explosion of smells taking over from every angle. Warming only serves to bring out more of this wonderful aroma. Just tart as could be with this bright peach and fruity explosion that seems at times to get balanced out by touches of light spice and hints of oak. The first sip was a throwback to some of the best sours I can remember having in recent memory. Just sublime with rich touches of peach and fruity notes, tart apples, hints of oak and a touch of light spice prickling. But the warmer it go, the more sour it became, eventually just taking over in its entirety and becoming a funky, vinegar infused ale. Simply amazing.
Overall I was blown away with this one. Most of the time the CL sours have not made me fall back in a chair, but this one was certainly the exception. A marvelous concoction here and one that I truly feel lucky to have been able to try.

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Flaming Fury from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.38 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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