Birra DeCicco | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by koopa on 02-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
15.41%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 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 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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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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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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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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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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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4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
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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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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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