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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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 90
Photo of vfgccp
2.44/5  rDev -34.1%
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 -33.5%
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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Photo of oakbluff
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
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 -27.3%
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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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
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 -16.8%
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 -13.8%
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 -13.8%
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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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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 -11.9%
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 -8.6%
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 -8.6%
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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle split with oglmcdgl at the compound. I love Captain Lawrence and I love De Cicco's so this was a no brainer. Purchased at De Cicco's.

A light reddish brush stroke with a minimal amount of marmalade orange mixed in making for a beautiful looking beer. This one was clean with hardly any sediment on the bottom. A healthy looking beige head stood atop the liquid leaving squiggly lace patterns.

A rather weak smell on this beer, Birra smells good yet muted and somewhat young. All the ingredients are there, The jam beats out the honey a bit. The Captain Lawrence Belgian yeast as well, but not at the levels of St. Vincent's. Some small nuts and some underlining malt character.

Getting some spices in the mouth where it was not in the nose. On first sips i get a small amount of iced tea mixed with the honey and the jam. It's funny I got more jam in the nose and I get more of the honey in the taste. In the middle a faint assortment of nuts and some malt in the finish. I think a bigger malt addition would of helped this out a bit and made it more like a dubbel.

The feel is very thin for a dubbel and it may be the thinnest dubbel that I've had to date. It's a nice change of pace, but a bigger body would of brang this together a bit more. While the body is thin, the carb is high and lively but not a deal breaker. If the carb was any lighter this would of came off half dead. While im glad to have tried this I'll go for a St. Vincents dubbel next time. This is very drinkable, but kinda bland.

Note: I think it would be a great idea for DeCicco's to put the ingredients used for this beer out for sale to customers so they can pair it up to their preferrence.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle. Thanks Luke for the chance to try this one out. Review from phone notes

A- Pours a hazy brown chestnut color. One finger light tan head that shows some alright retention. Light lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink this one down.

S- I can pick up a sugary sweet wrapped chestnut from the get go. Light honey tone to this one overall. The jam is not detectable at all which was a little to be expected. I do pick up some light bready malts in the middle of the beer. Some Belgian yeasts in the end of the aroma round this beer out pretty well.

T- Some caramel malts in the front with honey and a light Belgian flavor. Nutty flavor comes into play next with a bug chestnut burst. Some light spicing in the middle to ending. There are some fruity flavors that come out toward the ending which is where I think the jam may have come in. This beer still has a big alcohol burn to it as goes down.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lacking but it kind of makes the beer. Flavors were well blended for the most part with nutty flavor left on the palate with some warming alcohol in the aftertaste. Very drying I thought on the palate.

D- This beer would be too sweet for me to finish a whole bottle. The alcohol needs to mellow out a little more as well. Looks like it might become a bit more rounded out if it sits down for a year or so.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from American Beer in Brooklyn.

An aggressive pour into my pint glass yields a surprisingly creamy foam atop a brownish ruby brew. A little haze, decent lacing.

Wow lots of spice in the aroma... Belgian yeastiness with some fruit component and bready malt underneath. A general honey sweetness is there too. Taste is a little odd... a lot of this spiciness again with a rocky nutty-malty background but there is thing tangy spiciness to it hinting at a fruity tartness. It's really kind of odd. At first I was surprised and a little confused by it... but it kind of worked in some weird way.

Birra is medium bodied with a low-medium carbonation out of this growler. Not the highest fill, but it survived the rocky trip through the streets of brooklyn and down the parkway while holding carbonation. Drinkable enough, but I wouldn't really see sessioning this, I would like to try it out of the bottle though.

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Photo of BTPete
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Birdsall opening.

A: hazy brown, minimal head and lacing.

S: spicy up front with a Belgian yeast quality also. Malt driven beer. Sweet.

T: smooth and spicy at the same time. The beer has a rely nice sweet malty character back by the spice. I'm not sure I'm picking up on the jam per se but it is sweet, fruity, and spicy.

M: smooth, tastes more carbed than it does if that makes sense. Probably due to thick malt presence.

D: pretty good. I like the saint Vincent's and this is a nice twist on it.

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Photo of craytonic
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazel-chestnut pour, decent head and lacing.

Smell: Nuts and honey, not any jam

Taste: Nutty with plenty of honey, I didn't really notice any jam. Also some raisins, figs, and other dark fruits and plenty of malt. Needs some spices and jam.

Mouthfeel: Medium, a bit too carbonated

Drinkability: Easy if you like it, I wasn't a big fan.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, fruit, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit and honey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting chestnut aromas and flavors.

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Photo of gford217
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky chestnut brown that shows a brighter amber when held up to light underneath a small off-white head that recedes quickly leaving little lacing.

The aroma is mostly sweet with lots of sweet malts and plenty of the honey. Roasted nuts, Belgian yeast and a little bit of smoke as well.

The taste is a little spicier, especially up front where the honey takes on an earthier character than in the aroma. There are caramelized malts and Belgian yeast spiciness before a dry, slightly smoky finish.

The mouthfeel is thin for a dubbel with low carbonation. Lighter bodied than I would expect.

This is an interesting take on a dubbel but nothing I would go out of my way to have again. The honey brings an interesting earthy sweetness to the beer but it just an average version of the style for me.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is honey, toffee and earthy/dirty hops. The flavor is honey with some earth and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not too good of a beer, at least compared to some of the other great beers I have had from Captain Lawrence.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed a bottle of this at the brewery a while back. It appears everyone I wanted to share it with has already had it, so I'm going in solo.

Pouring a clear reddish brown with a dense light brown head with good retention. Lacing is moderate. The nose is complex. Malt character is strong with dark caramel, brown sugar and some maple, along with a definite nut character that's quite pleasant. A touch dusty as well. Fruit is present, with some ripe figs and a little grape. Solid stuff, the yeast character is rather swamped by the adjuncts.

The palate opens with a fruity tartness with a gooseberry like tartness. The malt character is rather dull and flat, moderately stale, with some brown sugar and a little caramel. Moderately fruity, there's a blend of figs and ripe apricots as well. Nut character appears towards the finish that's drying. This beer is quite light in body and has a great carbonation that's high but creamy. I really like the mouthfeel here. The low ABV makes drinking this easy, but I wish this had more balance and character

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Photo of jaxon53
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to FishGetter for getting me this beer at the brewery. Served chilled, in an Ommegang chalice, from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Birra DeCicco pours out a deep mohagony color that looks to be pretty clear. An easier pour resulted in about a finger of dense, yet fluffy head. Head faded on the quick side into an off white blob in the glass. Some random spotty lace was left behind.

Smell: Nice nose. Definitely some stong, fruity aromas (strawberry?), I'm guessing from the jam. Just barely getting a subtle honey aroma through the fruit. Nutty and sweet. Having a little trouble picking this beer apart. Has a very nice spicy belgian yeast aroma to it. Quite complex.

Taste:Pretty good flavor here. I'm really liking this. Alot more of the fruity jam flavors. Starts out tart but not quite. Underlying smokiness. A bit of honey layered into the background. Great malty base that this beer is built on. The six percent abv is almost unnoticed. Finishes dry and a bit tart with a lingering nuttiness. Not blown away, but it is good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body. Carbonation is medium.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable brew. Lots of flavor with lower abv. Would love another bottle of this.

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Photo of vacax
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a dark copper head, reddish brown goodness with a khaki yellowish head that spans a full finger, good retention and lacing. The aroma is interesting, I believe it is the chestnuts that stand out, but like the chestnut scent common in a brown ale, it is nutty, oily, woody, earthy. When the jam mixes into it it reminds me of peanut butter and jelly. Fruits and vegetables. I'll give it the thumbs up there for unique character. The flavor takes these same elements and amps them up into hyperdrive. Lots of sweet malts with some spiciness to it, woody, earthy flavors, and a finish with cloves, cookie, and grassiness. Belgian yeast present but masked by the (crazy) ingredients. Not quite a home run, but at least it is interesting. Seems bigger than 6%. Body is lively with carbonation, but feels natural, resulting in a nicely done smooth medium thickness that seems right for a dubbel. I can't see myself drinking this repeatedly, but despite the awkward flavors I keep going back. Interesting in a good way.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Birreria Paradiso tulip glass.

This profile is the first I'm hearing of this brew being a dubbel. Not that it matters all that much, but it is interesting information given my experience prior to reading those words. For instance, I have never before consumed a dubbel with such a dark color, namely a milky garnet. The slight haze was nothing new, nor was the healthy creamy head (and I mean creamy both in terms of color and of texture). Also somewhat unexpected was what my nose inhaled from the beer's surface: Maple syrup, hickory, and a lightly dissipating smoke made me think the liquid in my glass was in fact a nice, roasty porter (I knew that bartender would mess with me somehow...). An act of salvation came from some vague funk, which came in like one of those character actors you've seen dozens of times but still can't find a name for: You didn't expect he'd show up, but he made the best of his inclusion, spouting at least one of the film's more memorable lines. In this case, the funk unknowingly reminded me that this was a beer influenced by the Low Countries. This Belgian-ness was accentuated by the tinge of sourness on the tongue, joined by some orange peel and coriander. But the aforementioned deviation from tradition also returns, this time in the form of a solid buttress system of caramel and toffee. This ain't like the lighter maltiness serving as a darker spine in IPAs, but rather a fairly assertive flavor dyad (occasionally helped out by their rascally walnut neighbor). All of this went down kinda thickly, but not too. Unsurprisingly, as this thing came from a cask, the carbonation was pretty damn light and sparse, paranoid guerillas in a soupy mist. All in all a satisfying, if rule-defying, New York emigrant.

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3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Steve for sending me this one awhile back.

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a fuffy white head.

S: A nice sweetness to the nose with some good fruit notes. A bit of a honey like flavor along with some subtle nuttiness. Perhaps it's the power of suggestion, but I do detect them...

T: Again, nicely sweet on the palate with some raspberries, raisins, figs, and a bit of honey-like sweetness. The nuttiness is slight but seemingly there.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: A pretty nice beer, not sure how "dubbel" like it really is, but I enjoyed the flavors.

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Birra DeCicco from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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