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)

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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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 90
Photo of TheBrewo
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We rip a 750 mL, pouring into our CB’s Signature Series chalices. The coloring glows a deep ruby amber, putting up a pith of a tan creamy head, and showing surprisingly high carbonation for its age. The aroma is musky as hell, with massively cloying honey, formaldehyde, clove and chemical phenols, rose stem, bready and sweetly dark Belgian amber and caramel malts, brown sugar syrups, and molasses. Holy crap, this is unexpectedly sour!! The age must have done something to it, because this is as sour as your typical wild, Flanders red, or Oud Bruin, with big inclusions of honey, tart raspberry and apple fruitiness, white grape skins, basement musk, hollow booze, cheddar cheese, gravel, champagne yeastiness, chestnut and cashew oily chewiness, autumn leaves, and copper. The feel is wet and a touch slimy, but works a tannic, puckered astringency deep into the mouth’s mucosa. Drinkability is as a slow sipper, if for nothing more than to try and figure out what you’re dealing with here.

Overall, this bottle is at least two years old, if not more, and we’re not sure if it was the age, or something intrinsic to the brewing and bottling process, but this beer has become a whole new kind of beast. It does not seem like a dubbel, but more of a Belgian-based wild. At this point, the malts take a back seat to the sourness, but it works wonderfully. The smell seems more to be like what is advertised, and what was likely intended, but the taste was downright shocking, in the best way possible. One curious thing was the feel, which seemed scarily slimy at first sip, but this faded after the first few minutes. Just to underline how sour this has actually become, we just had Almanac’s Dogpatch Strawberry, and this is AS sour as that guy, just for a frame of reference. The warmth cuts this, allowing for more of the nuttiness to shine, but man, was this one the surprise of the year.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Boto
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
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 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 Justin_Neff
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
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 ngeunit1
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
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 russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Mikesgroove, cheers Mike!

Pours a ruddy brown with a finger of tan head, clears up considerably after a few minutes. Some head retention & lacing

S: Much jammyness, some brown bread notes, sour & berry notes as this warms

T: Jammy apricot & pear notes along with dryness & a touch of tartness & oakyness up front. Green apple skin, tart raspberry & leafy hops as this warms, along with some persimmon, figs & apricot sweetness & just a touch of funk. Finishes dry & tart with some earthy & jammy fruit notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, over carbonated at first, this smooths out after few minutes

I didn't like this at first, but after a while this really opened up

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Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a hazy orange with a nice head on it. Smells fruity and lemony with some spicing going on. The taste has lavender, lemons, and herbal spices; there is also some nice wheat malt integrated into the profile. It tastes like a spiced lotion / potpurri. Creamy and smooth body and goes down nicely. Solid wheat ale, very floral and wheaty.

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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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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 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 scootny
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle pours a hazed and bright amber color with a creamy light tan head. Fades slowly and leaves a touch of thin lace.

Nose has lots of grape and raisiny fruitiness with a nutty and slightly 'jammy' tanginess...tart even. Bit-O-Honey candy sweetness.

Wow..this is it supposed to be? If it is not, luckily this is a good bacterial strain for beer. Background toffee and nuttiness with some bready yeast. Very wine-like with the tart tannic flavors and the fermented honey really seems to throw in some flavor. Not sure this was a planned sour, but worked out well here.

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Photo of stimulus
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
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 Dreadnaught33
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at Pizzaria Paradiso in DC. Interesting beer, with Jam?

A: Muddy ruby color with no head or lacing. Nice color overall, but nothing special.

S: Interesting chestnut honey with drier wheat tinged malts. Lots of ripe fruit.

T: An interesting sour back with oak. Nice nutty cherry tastes and lactic acid certainly cutting through it all.

M: Not bad twisting sour back with a malty amber like front.

D: Ok.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temp and poured into a tulip glass. Almost no head. The body is a clear red-brown. A few patches of lacing here and there.

Honey, fruits, Belgian yeast and grapes on the nose. Slightly nutty with apple and pear. Pleasant.

Lots of juicy grapes with some tartness on the tongue. Bready malts and red apples. Touch of floral honey. Light, grassy, herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is juicy and tart with medium to low carbonation. Body is on the thinner side.

Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer and an easy drinker. I don't know how often I would want this, but I'm enjoying the glass in front of me. Another solid beer from Captain Lawrence's non-sour lineup.

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Photo of scottcarpenter
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler purchased at DiCicco's in Ardsley, supposedly one of the last kegs of this brew. Poured into pint glass (no chalice available).

A: Striking amber color glowing with shimmer of red. Quarter-inch of putty-colored head froths up and settles into a thin skin.

S: Big and strong fruity blast with notes of candied lemon and a bit of pepperiness.

T: The yeastiness up front is there, and a pleasant fruitiness, too, but a bit underwhelming after the promise of the nose. A bit thin and watery in the middle without much of a finish. Strikes the "Belgian" note and not much else.

M: Good and smooth carbonation. Refreshing.

D: Pretty quaffable. A nice option for a session brew. Lighter in taste and body than the color and heady aroma would indicate.

I did not expect a "spring-friendly" brew from this amber concoction, but I was glad to get maybe some of last of the kegged. Would love to try this with some strong cheese.

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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 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 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 Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours brown with a crimson hue. Off white head with a touch of lacing. Fairly long lasting head. Nose is dark fruits, tart cherries, and some light caramel. Nose is slightly tart with some nice fruits and dark sugars. Taste is a bit more plain with the intensity falling off compared to the nose. Good body and nice tartness. A nice twist on the style.

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