Birra DeCicco | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Birra DeCiccoBirra DeCicco
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Birra DeCiccoBirra DeCicco

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

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by koopa on 02-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy chestnut color with a relatively modest head that leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Raspberry jam aroma, with nutty undertones; the chestnuts and honey are clearly discernable

Taste: Earthy, nutty, herbal and smoky, up front, with the raspberry jam flavor building through mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal and smoky flavors build, though the fruit is maintained through the finish; the fermented chestnut honey is also most discernable in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation

Drinkability: Love that this is 6%; just tons of flavor in this most unique brew - so different from anything else that is out there that I have come across

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some light lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, berries, jam, honey, and a touch of spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with dark fruits, berries, and some light spices. Through the middle, some honey comes through with some more fruity jam, some Belgian yeast, and some more berry fruits. The finish is a mix of berries, caramel malts, Belgian yeast, honey, jam, and some spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and fruity finish.

D - Very drinkable. Lots of fruity flavors and honey, but the balance and complexity is spot on.

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Photo of Tobes181
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of drewd0g
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being so close in proximity to CL and a frequent shopper of DeCicco's Market this certainly was a beer I was really psyched about! And I definitely was not disappointed!

Appearance - The beer a reddish brown color that is slightly translucent. It sits dominantly in the glass and a thin head has lasted the duration of this tasting session. Poured from a 1 Pint 9.4 FL oz. bottle into my Maudite Tulip, purchased at Hudson Valley Beverage in Mahopac, NY (bought one at the brewery too)

Smell - The smell is definitely something to be desired. It had subtle chest-nutiness to it which blends well with the smell from the maltiness of the beer. It's funny, when I smell the beer it reminds me of the tasting room at the brewery.

Taste - The taste is very pleasant. The taste is of chestnuts and honey, or I guess that would be the chestnut jam they use. When you drink this beer you can definitely notice that the ingredients that went into it were of high quality and careful selection. There's a very smooth, nutty, malty flavor with this beer. I wish I had another bottle.

Mouth feel - My first impression was that it was a bit lighter bodied than other dubbles that I have had. I do not think the lighter body hurt this one at all. The beer moves around the palette nicely while offering a very pleasant after taste that leaves you craving your next sip (or bottle!)

Drinkability - The drinkability on this one is very high; it was very smooth and tasty throughout. The complexity of this beer is high and you will appreciate it with every sip (I sure did). I enjoyed drinking this beer very much, and when I get the next chance to come home from school I will certainly be buying more (I hope there's some left). I only wish CL was available in the North Country.

When choosing pairings for this one I treat it like a Red Wine. Pasta, Tomatoes, other italian foods.

Nice Job guys, truly well done. I love this one.

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Photo of stimulus
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes: January 2011 (can't make out the day).
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear brown/ruby with a one finger beige head.
S: Sweet jam and Belgian candi sugar.
T: Jammy, nutty, fruity, and sugary sweet.
M: Great carbonation, medium body, and smooth finish.
O: An interesting take for a collaboration, I really think this worked with the Dubbel base, and I would be curious to try a future collaboration with the Xtra Gold if they ever consider it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Birreria Paradiso in D.C.

A: Chestnut brown hue with a nice head and plenty of lace.

S: Jam, chestnuts, honey, Belgian yeast, raisins, plums, prunes, figs.

T: I have never tried this beer on a regular draft or from a bottle. I wonder how much the cask and warmer serving temperature had to do with the huge aromas and deep complexities I received from this beer. Everything listed in the aroma is very present in the taste. There's a lot going on here. This is one of the most interesting beers I have had in a while.

M: As with many cask ales, this was incredibly smooth with very little carbonation.

D: Sweet and delicious. One glass was just right.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Chimay goblet. A weak, light brown head sits atop a murky, reddish brown liquid. Even after swirling, the head quickly becomes nothing but a thin, weak lace.

The aroma fits together quite well. The Belgian yeast adds a nice fruity, spicy character, but it doesn't overpower the rest of the beer. The malt character is deep and rich, providing a nice backbone to the aromas of honey, nuts, and smoke.

The adjuncts in this beer are easy to detect. Honey sweetness is clear on the front end of the palate. On the middle is some dark, nutty malts. The finish is sweet with a clear jam flavor that is the most powerful and interesting aspect of the beer. A little more malt flavor would have helped, but I really like how the creative ingredients worked here.

The mouthfeel seems to mimic the feeling of honey. Think of a tea with honey added, only a bit thicker. It's medium bodied, with maybe a bit less carbonation than I would like. The drinkability is really good...after the second pour I feel like I was owed one more. This was a nice treat and was better than I expected.

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Photo of koopa
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Arsdley today.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper to faint garnet with a 1 finger khaki crown that displays a little bit of retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Light honey sweetness, lots of clove, a hint of smoke (extremely faint), lightly caramelized malt.

Taste: Light honey jam sweetness over belgian yeast, hints of dates, plums, cloves and pecans.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation. I wouldn't mind if it were a touch more hefty. That faint hint of smoke makes a momentary appearance during the finish.

Drinkability: This one goes down smooth and I do want more!

I like this much better than St. Vincent's Dubbel. I also like the fact that Captain Lawrence was inspired by and paid tribute to DeCicco's. Both companies have a good thing going individually and have (in my humble opinion) both benefited from collaborating.

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Photo of Boto
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle: This one pours a ruby tinged darker amber color. There was a small light tan head that didn’t linger long. The nose is very nose. Spicy, yeasty, some malts, honey, dark fruits. The taste is very good. Some tart cherry, spices, malts, honey, other berries. There is a lot going on here for a 6% beer. Very nice!

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Photo of caresville
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- sort of like a dark brown, almost rubyish color with nice little white head that subsides rather quickly, laces very well and overall just looks quite appealing.

s- sweet fruits, hints of honey and sugar, yeasty as well.

t&m-pick up the nuts on this one for sure... sips very smooth, overall lots of nuts, hints of strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, i also detect an underlying sweetness of caramel or toffee. great mix of lots of different flavors.

d- i think this one is pretty different, it goes down pretty easy and is smooth for sure. it is quite sweet so i can see how anything more than a few gulps could be too much for some people.

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Photo of drseamus
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to aerozeppl and avryle for sharing this growler that had been randalized through wine soaked oak chips and wine soaked dry cherries. Let the haterade flow kiddies...

A: Somewhat cloudy red brown body. Not much head but to be expected from a growler.

S: Oak and cherries abound. Some sweet malt in the background. There is a good wine aroma throughout.

T: This is complex. The aforementioned oak and cherries are right up front but there is more behind it. The cherries are stronger but the oak is more subdued. There is more nuttiness and sweetness in the flavor. Belgian yeast is obvious. The oak flavor isn't there but there is some heavy bitter roast from it.

M: Pretty thin for the flavor but good for a abbey ale.

D: Damn. So complex.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

light brown with loads of ruby colored tint emerging before me. Lots of haze and cloudiness to it as well, with a little bit of sedimentation in the bottom after it started to settle. A nice sized two inch high head of tan colored foam then came across the top and settled down

rich with spices and hints of dark fruit. Hints of raisins and plums, along with dates and figs were all over this one. Really nice profile here, with a touch of grain n the back. Slight bit of alcohol located in it, but nothing distracting at all.. A rich toffee like sweetness rolled through first, with a rich spiced back that really got your attention. Once this passed, and especially after it started to warm you were able to pick up the nice dark fruity flavors. Really interesting combo here, with the raisins being very pronounced and the fig and date like flavors coming through more so in the finish then in the front. Still very sweet, but with a nice bitter chocolate like flavor mixed in, very interesting to be honest. light tartness on the finish and a smooth dry palate.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I forgot about this one in my cellar; always interesting to see how a Captain Lawrence brew has developed.

A: Clear chestnut body (naturally), with a finger of fine beige head that settles into a persistent ring and leaves delicate lace. Quite attractive.

S: Smells unlike any Dubbel I've had, with an interesting mixture of sour fruit and nutty malt. The sourness is both lactic and acetic, with grape and cherry standing out. Lemon as well. More like an Oud Bruin than a Dubbel, but I'm not complaining - it's quite enticing.

T: Follows the nose, with delightful vinous sourness dominating and just enough nutty sweetness midway through to add balance. The finish is puckeringly acidic and delectably dry. It's like someone blended a red wine with a Dubbel and then randalled it through warheads. I'm a fan.

M: Well-carbonated medium body. Lively but not too prickly. Pretty good.

O: Crazy. I wasn't expecting much from a several-year-old 6% Dubbel, but whatever happened to this beer turned it into a delightful sour. If you told me it was Rosso e Marrone, I wouldn't doubt it. Really sour, really good. I just wish I'd opened it at a tasting instead of by myself.


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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini growler filled by the good guys at DeCiccos in Ardsley, NY. The currently have growler pour and bottles of this new one from CL. Collaboration frm 2 of my fav. places. Pours darker chestnut amber, murky, an active pour produced a darker khaki head, tiny bubble and loose, that stayed nicely and left a thicker collar and ample sheeting and scattered lace. Soft, sweet and fruity nose. Flovor notes of light figs, dark fruits, raisins, Belgian yeast spice, more fruit/honey. Sweet malt goodness, tasty and enjoyable with the yeast spice and moderate late hop dryness adding to complexity. What can be said? Yet more interesting and high quality brew from the Captain, inspired/influenced by DeCiccos.

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Photo of Errto
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler purchased at DeCicco's, Ardsley, NY, poured into a wine glass (no tulip available).

Pours a clear reddish-brown. Modest head fades quickly, just a touch of lacing.

Smell is sweet, malty, that distinctive Belgian yeast smell, lots of dark fruit, cherries maybe. Faint whiff of alcohol, very little hops detectable.

The cherry aspect comes through in the taste a little more, which is also less sweet than the smell suggested. Not a bad thing by any means. Just a touch of hop bitterness sets in as the taste lingers. After cheating a little and reading what this beer actually is, I notice the chestnut flavor, but I admit that without the hint I wouldn't have placed it. It's a pleasant change from a traditional dubbel.

Mouthful is lighter than I expected, but decent, and though I was afraid the growler version would be a little flat after the pour, there was a quite noticeable lively carbonation.

I was apparently a week too early to get an actual bottle - perhaps I'll have to go back and grab one for comparison. Overall, a delightful and distinct beer, and I hope to have it again.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Regular bottle version.

A: Reddish amber color with a half finger of white head. Tons of lacing.

S: Chestnut and honey comes through strong. Sweetness just resounds through the nose.

T: Lots of chestnut. Honey does make it's way through. A definite Italian take on the Dubel style.

M: Medium bodied. Not that well carbonated.

D: Good drinker. Quite complex but drinks easy.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another treat in a trade from zipper8650

Poured from bottle into Duvel Tulip

A: Pours dark reddish brown with a 2 finger fizzy head that settles quickly into a light bubbly ring around the top of the brew. Little-to-no lacing on the glass.

S: There is some definite funk and yeast smells. Sweet malty hints and definitely lots of honey. With a giant whiff I definitely get a bit of jam as well.

T: Very tart taste, as expected from the funkiness in the nose - maybe not to this degree. The finish is dominated with honey, which is unique for the flanders/sourish style. As it warms with every sip I get more and more of the jam. Some smokey malt flavors hide in the taste as well.

M: High carbonation. Moderate body. Dry. Good balance to the unique tastes for the style.

O: This one is balanced extremely well. I had such little expectations, due to the lower overall rating. As it warmed the flavors seemed to jump out of the glass and get even more prominent. I love how they went "off the beaten path" and completely out of the norm for the style with the flavors for this one. Bonus points in my book for that.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a light frothy head

Smell of primarily belgian yeast , lots of honey and pale malts

Taste of a sweet honey, white pepper, belgian doughy yeast, and an earthy nutty flavor which CL deems to be from a Chestnut Jam. Not sure of a lot of beers that are made with Jam, but I approve. There is also some decent sourness to the beer which is either from the Jam, or product of the yeast interacting with honey / jam. There is a slightly cloying finish at the end which really makes the pepper flavors stand out.

I appreciated this more than St Vincents Dubbel due to the additional complexity and sour undertones. A lightly carbonated Dubbel that is enjoyable.

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Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is more like a half sour ale than a traditional dubbel. Beautiful light garnet brown with a sizable, somewhat creamy beige head. Decent retention and lacing. A bit of murk in the glass. Smell is sweet with earthy notes, grass, and a light woodiness. Some dark fruits mixed with fresh brown bread. Belgian funk is in the house. There is a hint of the vinous sourness that will blossom in the palate. Taste is a great balance of a dry red wine like vinous front underpinned by a sweet malt backbone. Tart baby. That gives way to a fruity complexity that melds the chestnut honey with red grapes, dates, a hint of raisins and light pears. There is funk and a light toffee in there. Some grassiness and lovely Belgian yeast. A bit of soap. A delicious nuttiness in the finish flows into a very dry earthiness with a light sourness on the tongue and palate. Some wood like notes combined with a soapiness linger as well. Feel is finely carbonated with a touch of light creaminess. On the lighter side for a dubbel. It caresses the mouth as you sip it. Goes down quite easily and while highly quaffable it is best enjoyed in smaller mouthfuls as it is so wonderfully complex. I'll say it again A very complex and intriguing beer that ages well in spite of the low abv. An excellent brew for the sophisticated palate.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Val-Dieu goblet. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this from our latest trade!

A: Pours a slightly murky, tarnished copper color with a golden honey hue at the edges. A pretty vigorous pour only netted about one finger of light tan foam. Retention was ok, with the head quickly melting down to a whispy skim and sticky ring that left a decent amount of droopy/ropey lace in the glass.

S: Spicing is on the bright side along with a toasted/nutty malt, honey, and cinnamon dusted apples.

T: The first flavor to hit my tongue was of spices. Quickly following that was some green apple, pan roasted nuts, and in the finish, some fresh honey. Also in the finish was an herbal hoppiness and more toasty malt. Late in the bottle I began to notice a smoky dark chocolate type flavor and some fruity jam.

M: Suprisingly tangy. A little on the thin side initially, but thickens a little by the second pour. I was expecting more malty sweetness, but the not-quite-ripe apple tang was a nice suprise. Finishes dry and tangy with a dash of honey sweetness left stuck to my lips.

D: Lately it seems that everything new coming out is 9% and above so I was excited to try this 6% Dubbel. Though I liked the fruity tang, I felt that I'd be a little more inclined to spend more time with this guy if it held just a tad more malty sweetness.

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Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Knifestyles for this one! Pours a very dark amber color, bordering on brown, with a two finger off-white head that left some spotty lacing on the Duvel tulip. Aroma is earthy, sweet, bready, a touch of caramel, Belgian yeast, and lightly floral. Good nose on this one. Taste starts out mildly sweet, then a good dose of fruity yeast comes into play, with some caramel apple in the background, a touch of licorice, some darker fruits in there, maybe a hint of raisin, lightly tart middle (probably from the jam), and a dry, earthy finish. Mouthfeel is light side of medium with ample carbonation, becomes more viscous as it warms up. Nice beer overall, I am enjoying it, but not up to par with some of my favorite dubbels. Interestingly subtle, yet somewhat complex at the same time. Thanks again, Chris!

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in trade with hoppymcgee. Big thanks for this one Greg! Poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a hazy amberish brown color with a finger plus of tan head with decent staying power. No lacing as the beer falls in the glass.

S - Picking lots of nutty (I'm guessing chestnuts, but not that experienced with these) aromas, a bit of smoke, some sweet and honeylike aromas, some bready malt and a little bit of a sourish twang in the aroma.

T - Pretty much right on with the aroma...nutty, malty, honeyish sweet, a sour twang on the tongue although this isn't dominant. Some bready malt, a bit sweet. Quite unique, but interesting and enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation...a bit of a tingle, but not overpowering. A bit of sourness but not puckering at all.

D - Overall, this is an enjoyable beer, if not outstanding. An interesting note, we were surprised to find this went very well with chocolate ice cream...who knew??? Not sure I could have a bunch of this in a sitting, but sharing this bottle was just about perfect today.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Birra DeCicco from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 51.1% out of 100 with 90 ratings
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