Birra DeCicco | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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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)

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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
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1/5  rDev -72.6%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of vfgccp
2.44/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A – Rich, deep mahogany. Almost sherry-like in appearance. Nice lace and ok retention on an off-white head.

S – Sweet BBQ sauce (brown sugar, smoke, and a faintly sour-like sauciness), roasted chestnuts, and milk chocolate. Complex, but the wrong mix of flavors for me.

T – Tart lemon sourpatch candy with an underlying nuttiness of hazelnut and brazil nut. Faint raspberry note and a trace of smoke in the middle. Has an indiscriminant funk to it. I wasn't a big fan of the way the nuttiness played out with the sourness. I've had similar flavor combinations before, but here the flavors seem to compete with each other instead of working together, and the net effect on my palate was spoiled fruit and nuts.

M – Medium body with a tart, medium-dry finish.

O – The almost wild-ale character was definitely an interesting twist, but the net effect fell short for me. 'A' for creativity though - I hope CL keeps pushing in these directions.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, dark mahogany-hued body with a finely-textured, whitish head.

Smell: Noticeably tart-scented nose of ransacked fruits and berries with vague notions of musty cracked nuts, a pinch of spice, and some altogether stinging wafts of fusel alcohol.

Taste: Compiled tastes of yeasty bread, lightly toasted, and given a touch of dry caramel, modestly earthy nut meal, stale dried herbs, and a slight sourness that's not altogether enticing and seems out of place. A bit more of that tartness on the heated finish. Can't be finish with this one fast enough.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Unacceptable. A rather muddled, messy flavor profile with what seems to be more than 6% in alcoholic heat. Not diggin' it, Captain!

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of oakbluff
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark garnite/brown, with medium clarity and frothy vanilla ice cream head. Nose- the belgian yeast is quite strong imparting a significant spiciness. Taste- its taken on off sour flavours along with fruit jam and dry finish. I’m thinking this has some level of infection to it as the flavour profile is nothing like what the description of the beer is. very strange stuff...

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Photo of nickd717
2.69/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle via trade.

Pours a nice deep reddish-amber color with a small fading off-white head.

The aroma is a little with raspberry and strawberry jam, slight metallic notes, and (someone else pointed this out but it's true) cream corn.

The flavor is very jammy, with raspberry especially, with Belgian yeast, nuttiness, and a little tartness that seems unintentional. Probably some lacto. A little metallic on the finish.

Medium-bodied with fairly high carbonation and a drying metallicity on the mouthfeel.

Overall pretty average - some good aspects and some bad ones. Decently drinkable despite the flaws.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Somewhat drab sienna hue, with a big soapy froth that recedes to a very scant trace.

S - Aroma ranges between banana and plastic; smells almost like an infected nut-brown ale. Dissatisfactory at any rate.

T - This is not really anything special. It is not a very good example of the style; it is far too fruity, light, and juicy. The flavors are well-harmonized, I guess, excepting for a little heaviness on the honey; it is the specific nuances of the chosen flavor impartations that irk me. I just don't think these variables are very tasty; the honey is underwhelming despite being overly present in the mix, the jam may have been the tipping point for sweetness, or have caused the fermentation to get 'hot'.

M - The feel is very thin, with a cheap alcohol burn that lingers

D - If I owned CL or DeCicco's, I'd be pissed about this stuff representing my brand. Way sub-par.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 rate.

Pours a somewhat hazy raspberry red with a creamy beige head. Nose is a quite fruity yeast, cereal grains, a light bread element, maybe a little nutty. Whoa, crazy flavor, not what I expected. Tart and sour, pretty biting, high carbonation. Raspberry jam with lemon rind. But really a lot of residual sweetness, too much for my liking. Raspberries and honey with a tart, sour kick. Interesting, I guess.

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Photo of lig24eva
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

Apperarence-a dark copper hue, with a thin off white head with medium lacing. The head falls quickly but the lacing persits.

Smell- quite jammy & floral

taste-it tastes like someone put a scoop of grape jelly into a light beer

mouthfeel-terribly thin

drinkability-could pound all night but wouldn't want to.

I love Captain Lawrence Brewery and was extremely disappointed with this beer. I really love everything that Scott does but, this needs help.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from AlpineBryant, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep, clear mahogany color with a decent tightly bubbled white head that shows minimal retention and lace. Smells of rich caramel, slightly tart aroma reminds me of lemons, fig and prune and maybe a hint of non descript nut. Taste is sugary, tart, and fruity. A lemony tart fruitiness pierces the tongue right up front. Caramel, brown sugar and bread come up next then a prune fig kind of thing mixes with the spicy yeast in the finish. Spirited level of carbonation, medium body, slick sweet mouthfeel. This was decent but the tartness was unexpected. Its possible I sat on this bottle too long.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Birra DeCicco was dark brown. Aroma was a smokey chestnut and rich malt. Taste is slightly tart (weird) and nutty with a smokey finish. Mouth feel is fairly thin, probably due to the honey. Bready yeast character and moderate carbonation. Really strange taste with a malty finish. The addition of jam is random. Not really sure what kind it was but it may have contributed to its tartness. There's a lot going on with this beer to begin with.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle split with onix1agr. Thanks for the taste bud.

A- ruddy brown with a nice cap of fluffy tan head. Glimmering orange edged in the light.

S- subdued sweet nuts and malts. A mild fruit character as well. Lite all around.

T- tasty chestnut jam for sure, that's cool, and a mild honey sweetness. A back round spiced fruit touch.

M- rather tin with a bit more carb then others I've had but it makes it very refreshing for a dub.
D- nice stuff for sure, but I'm happy I had a buddy with me one glass was cool. I liked it but not great. Cool local product usage.

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Photo of billab914
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a brown orange color with a thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

In the aroma I get the sweeter honey flavor to it at first. The jam is definitely there as well and gives it a bit of a fruity presence. It has a modest tartness to it that helps counter all the sweet additives. Pretty interesting aroma, but not a really outstanding one.

The taste shows more of the honey sweetness to it up front. In the finish I get more of the fruity jam starting to come out. Some tartness shows up in the finish as well, which definitely helps balance it out some. Very interesting flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was an interesting beer with some cool new flavors, but just not a great beer. Something cool to try once though.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 4/3/2010. Growler. Pours a semi clear brown with no head. Aroma of lots of spices, chestnut, slight honey, bready malt. Flavor is very similar -- bready malt, chestnut, Belgian yeast, slight jammy sweetness. Ok, but it was nothing special and definitely starts to wear on the palate by the end of the glass.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Birra DeCicco from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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