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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by koopa on 02-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 90
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 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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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 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 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 womencantsail
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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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 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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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 Huhzubendah
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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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 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 Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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 drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is brown with a slight haze to it. Forms a brown head of small and medium bubbles that breaks. Leaves some lacing on the glass, carbonation appears moderate.

Beer has a sweet aroma with malt and dark fruits.

Beer is really thin. The stark lack of body thins out the sweetness in the front and leaves almost no bitterness in the back of the mouth. There are some subtle fruit flavors but this beer would have benefited immensely from some body. All the flavors are there it just doesn't come together 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 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 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 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 sour...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 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 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 Gmann
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather flat brown color with a weak off white head that left the slightest of rings. The aroma is of earthy chocolate, honey, and brown sugar, with a hint of carob. The taste is a bit woody with chocolate and carob. There is a sour twang, a bit of lemon and red wine. There is a sugary sweetness that runs throughout. The feel is light and the carbonation is a bit weak. Finishes sweet and sour on the palate. A tasty dubble but could use a touch more body. The sour aspect plays well with some of the earthiness. I enjoyed the St. Vincent's dubble more but this is still worth a try for those who like the style.

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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 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 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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Birra DeCicco from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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