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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:
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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 caresville
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- sort of like a dark brown, almost rubyish color with nice little white head that subsides rather quickly, laces very well and overall just looks quite appealing.

s- sweet fruits, hints of honey and sugar, yeasty as well.

t&m-pick up the nuts on this one for sure... sips very smooth, overall lots of nuts, hints of strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, i also detect an underlying sweetness of caramel or toffee. great mix of lots of different flavors.

d- i think this one is pretty different, it goes down pretty easy and is smooth for sure. it is quite sweet so i can see how anything more than a few gulps could be too much for some people.

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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 AleWatcher
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes.

Pours a murky, cloudy, light colored-- almost orange hued. Light head that disappeared quickly.

Smell hints at sourness? Weird. Also some sweetness and dark fruit like prunes, plums, and figs, etc. That sourness is really interesting. The taste starts sweet and gets real nice tart dry towards the finish-- the dark fruits and light citrus notes come through in there too.

Not sure if I would compare this to a regular dubbel, but this is good nonetheless. The body is light and airy with TONS of carbonation. This beer is like a combination of a Belgian dubbel with a sour- possibly infected, I am not sure. Either way, I like it. I could drink the hell out of this thing.

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Photo of fear025
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SMason for this beer!

Aroma:Smells a little fruity, I get plums and raspberry.

Appearance:Burgundy in color, nice thick head, which quickly dissipates.

Taste:Lots of tart, fruity flavors that stay with you through the aftertaste. Raspberry, strawberry, blackberry flavors peak in the foretaste.

Mouthfeel:Light and tangy, with a little tart harshness.

Drinkability:Wonderful fruity flavors, much more of a fruit beer than a dubbel.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in trade with hoppymcgee. Big thanks for this one Greg! Poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a hazy amberish brown color with a finger plus of tan head with decent staying power. No lacing as the beer falls in the glass.

S - Picking lots of nutty (I'm guessing chestnuts, but not that experienced with these) aromas, a bit of smoke, some sweet and honeylike aromas, some bready malt and a little bit of a sourish twang in the aroma.

T - Pretty much right on with the aroma...nutty, malty, honeyish sweet, a sour twang on the tongue although this isn't dominant. Some bready malt, a bit sweet. Quite unique, but interesting and enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation...a bit of a tingle, but not overpowering. A bit of sourness but not puckering at all.

D - Overall, this is an enjoyable beer, if not outstanding. An interesting note, we were surprised to find this went very well with chocolate ice cream...who knew??? Not sure I could have a bunch of this in a sitting, but sharing this bottle was just about perfect today.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 aerozeppl
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Regular bottle version.

A: Reddish amber color with a half finger of white head. Tons of lacing.

S: Chestnut and honey comes through strong. Sweetness just resounds through the nose.

T: Lots of chestnut. Honey does make it's way through. A definite Italian take on the Dubel style.

M: Medium bodied. Not that well carbonated.

D: Good drinker. Quite complex but drinks easy.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 KeefD
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Knifestyles for this one! Pours a very dark amber color, bordering on brown, with a two finger off-white head that left some spotty lacing on the Duvel tulip. Aroma is earthy, sweet, bready, a touch of caramel, Belgian yeast, and lightly floral. Good nose on this one. Taste starts out mildly sweet, then a good dose of fruity yeast comes into play, with some caramel apple in the background, a touch of licorice, some darker fruits in there, maybe a hint of raisin, lightly tart middle (probably from the jam), and a dry, earthy finish. Mouthfeel is light side of medium with ample carbonation, becomes more viscous as it warms up. Nice beer overall, I am enjoying it, but not up to par with some of my favorite dubbels. Interestingly subtle, yet somewhat complex at the same time. Thanks again, Chris!

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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 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 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 jeffthecheff
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Chimay goblet. A weak, light brown head sits atop a murky, reddish brown liquid. Even after swirling, the head quickly becomes nothing but a thin, weak lace.

The aroma fits together quite well. The Belgian yeast adds a nice fruity, spicy character, but it doesn't overpower the rest of the beer. The malt character is deep and rich, providing a nice backbone to the aromas of honey, nuts, and smoke.

The adjuncts in this beer are easy to detect. Honey sweetness is clear on the front end of the palate. On the middle is some dark, nutty malts. The finish is sweet with a clear jam flavor that is the most powerful and interesting aspect of the beer. A little more malt flavor would have helped, but I really like how the creative ingredients worked here.

The mouthfeel seems to mimic the feeling of honey. Think of a tea with honey added, only a bit thicker. It's medium bodied, with maybe a bit less carbonation than I would like. The drinkability is really good...after the second pour I feel like I was owed one more. This was a nice treat and was better than I expected.

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