Barrel Select Batch 1
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #207
Ranked #1,933
4.25 | pDev: 8.24%
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
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Notes: This is a new beer that was produced after waiting for some of our sour brown ale barrels to "ripen" and take of the flavors of the wild yeast and the oak barrels until we thought they were ready to be blended and bottled. This batch is a blend of 6 barrels, 4 of one batch and 2 of another, the mix of which has created a totally new beer. Intensely sour with hints of oak and funk. ABV 7.5-8.0%. The first batch's code FO/BB means French Oak Bret Brown.

This is a different beer than Barrel Select #1 which was a single barrel served at EBF 2009.
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 149
Reviews by Mora2000:
Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle, which was drank alongside Cuvee de Castleton, Rosso e Marrone and Flaming Fury. I thought this was the best beer of the four.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is brown sugar, tart cherries and some brett notes. The flavor is tart cherries, some funk, some brett notes, oak and vanilla. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours dark amber with a murky haze and a quickly fizzling head. A placid surface with coke-like bubbles rising to the surface remained for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a sour promise. Sour cherries, peach pits, balsamic, and acid. Light funk with a strong fruit and acid base.

Medium bodied with a stingingly tart mouthfeel. Sharp and snappy.

Vinegar-soaked cherries, tannic fruit stones, and lactic-laced malt start the palate. Jowel watering with plenty of acedic punch and puckering tart fruit.

Finishes extremely long with a prolonged saliva flow from the back cheeks, acid burn, and persistant tack-studded cherries.

Wowza, this sour means business. Very sour and acidic with a fruity depth charge.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and crystal malt base along with a killer sourness. The yeast really dominates; very sour indeed. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth malt profile with a delicate sourness. It has a sharp edge up front that lingers in the finish. The malts calm the flavor and really round out the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a nice bit of carbonation. This is damn fine beer. It's sour, but not overly done. Thanks to Arpit for the opportunity to try this one. I owe you.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel No. FO/BB; Bottled 2/10
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. the beer is a dark plum color that is quite opaque, when held up to the light the beer shows a murky, light-brown to amber color. As I pour this the aroma smells fruity and lactic. A closer inspection confirms these being the most noticeable aromatics, but there are also some dusty malt notes, a light mustiness, some light acetic notes that accentuate a berry like aroma as well as a firm backdrop of buttery, woody and hint of vanilla oak aromatics. The buttery oak mixes with a generally funkiness that reminds me a bit of ripe, somewhat rustic cheese. If you really dig around notes of plum, slightly oxidized apples and even a touch of something that reminds me of kiwi fruit is noticeable in the nose. A toasted maltiness really starts to become much more prominent as the beer warms up, it almost becomes one of the more noticeable aromatic notes.

Nicely tart, the sourness here is predominantly lactic in nature. There is also a viscous, fullish texture to this beer that is contributed by slick lactic acid, structure from the oak and some residual malt character. Speaking of malt, there is a subtle, toasted malt character in the finish that can be hard to notice under the more expressive, spicy oak, tannic astringency and biting acidity, but it is there and adds a nice touch to the finish. This has a nice general fruitiness to it that is not really of a specific variety, but leans towards richer fruit notes of raisins, plums, perhaps a hint of berries and maybe even some cherry like nuances. The oak contributes a light spiciness as well as the woody flavors, but it is not overwhelming, despite being noticeable and it works in balance with the other flavors here. The malt is not overtly noticeable, but there is that toasted note, as well as a vague, perhaps caramelized, sort of biscuit like flavor.

This is a very nice beer, it doesn't blaze any new trails, but what it does do is done very well and strikes a nice, integrated balance of flavors and aromas. With the malt and the darker fruit notes this reminds me of a Flemish type of sour. The oak is of course much more heavy than one would expect in that type of beer, and even the flavor isn't quite as malty as those can be, but if I had to stick it in a style that is what I would call it; clearly though this is its own thing, some sort of American interpretive style and I hope, actually I would guess it to, that these will be different each time they are bottled.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First release of bottles, enjoyed at the Birdsall House in Peekskill,NY as part of their opening weekend celebration. Bomber that was bottled 2/10, pours cloudy/murky medium brown, under a dark tan head, showing excellent retentive power, with cling, sheet and more then ample scattered lace. Woody, musty, sour nose with a jolt of vinagar. Solidly sour, with out being biting or off putting, dark malts still present. Earthy, funky, barnyard oozing, oaky and highly complex. Easy flowing over the tongue. Wild ale/sour beer lover track this one down and enjoy. Simply delicious new one from the good captain.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass. Beer is brown and slightly hazy. Forms a brown head that breaks and gravitates toward the glass. Does not leave any lacing, carbonation is low.

Aroma is pretty sour with a woodsy undertone. I can't type today. Mostly acetic in the nose, some lactic and this ever so slight funk. Smells pretty good.

Beer is thin with an acetic bite to it in the front of the mouth and some sour / tart at the back corners. There is a really nice yeasty / brettanomyces character to this whole thing. Finishes really clean, its a pretty good sour.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While sharing what's great about Flanders Reds and Bruins, this beer does so with elegance, grace, and clean Brett tartness and character.

Rusty redish brown in color, the beer carries a deep haze. A terse and froathy head results in a lace around the glass but never fully disipates. The ample carbonation doesn't really fuel the cream-white foam that's expected.

Crabapples, tart cherries, vinous grape/oak combinations, and the must of lightly decaying woods fill the nose in sharp and aged fashion.

A blend of malt richness and clean lactic tartness attacks both the middle of the tongue and the sides. The intensity of tartness/sourness gives the impression of lemons, under-rippened berries, cherry skins, grape skins and green apples. A quick rebuttal of malts give a medium amount of chocolate, walnut, and woody richness that rounds out the sourness but doesn't quite balance it.

Creamy from the mild malty weight, but thinned by the acidic sourness and mild astringency, this beer lives on the back and fourth interplay between the sourness and malt profiles which eludes to the complexity and layering of sensations as well as tastes.

With a little more malty heaft than Rodenbach Classic and less cidery/vinegary notes than Duchesse du Burgogne, this beer carries the Flanders name well.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I goit this bottle from dmeadows as part of a BIF, and I am in his debt. The label says barrel FO/BB, bottled on 2/10. It further says "this beer is the result of a lot of patience and a lot of experimentation. It took over 4 years to build up a reserve of barrel aged beers from which to pull from to create the beer. A blend of several barrels ranging in age from 2 to 3 years old."

The cap came off easily, then the bottle started to slowly gush. Nothing too problematic, and only a little beer was lost. Based on appearance and aroma, this beer starts off strong. The beer is dark orange, maybe a light shade of brown, very hazy, with a thick frothy tan foam and lots of clumpy lacing. The aroma is intensely good, kind of mixing the best from lambics, American wild ales, and oud bruins. Sour funk and dark cherries or plums, tart and fruity smelling. The beer tastes just as good, bracing tartness tempered by just a touch of sweetness, a sour ale that doesn't go vinegar, instead it gives dark fruit characteristics while keeping an alum-like finish.

Thin body, just about right for the style, this goes down as easily as a sour wild ale can. Extremely good, very recommended, I'll try to get more now.

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Photo of kkipple
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Todes for saving our palates from the nearly-disastrous HOTD Halloween tasting a few days ago, this one put us on the solid upswing of good brews.

750ml bottle, "2009", etc.

A. Hazy caramel russet-brown beer sporting 2cm tall tan head with some lace. Thickish, dense foam holds steady.

S. The real charm here, reminds me of a Jolly Pumpkin brew barrel-wise. Sour, buttery oak with limited funk charms, coconut, lots of red wine, vinous, complex with sweet highlights, Supplicationish. Joyful to smell but not as tightly wound as I really like 'em; there is some vague barrel here but it mostly just adds to the fun.

T. Sour and oaky, with a distinct lacto-pedio flavor going strong. Slight acidic lemon burn in the throat detracts, otherwise, solid. Lots of red wine and barrel curiosities, ultimately mostly dry and tempting with a pleasing undercurrent of caramel sweetness. Vinous, for sure, again, acidic and a little rough 'round the corners. But good.

M / S. Finish comprised of wild-sour lemons, Malbec, buttery oak and that mouth-watering tartness. Quite nice, body is dry and slightly burning / warming. The only real flaw here.

Barrel Select is a fine sour brown beer and one that I would like to try again. One of the better things to come out of Cap'n Lawrence; would be interested to see what age does to this one as it is already pretty lively and woody.

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Photo of hayesez
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a recent trade with SpeedwayJim. Generally split these with some friends or my wife...but it's after 1:00 a.m. and I'm really pining for a sour. So I guess I'll slowly put this one away as I watch all of the specials on John Wooden. Batch "F0/BB" and bottled on 2-10.

Poured (several times mind you) into my Portsmouth tulip. Pours a murky dark pine sap color with a beautiful, dense one finger head (that looks very similar to a foamy hot chocolate. Hangs around for quite some time and leaves a small amount of lacing on the side of my glass at the beginning. As the head recedes, it leaves interesting "clumps" on the surface. By the last pour this one has left all kinds of thick patchy lace on my glass.

Definitely smells like it is going to lean toward the tart side of the spectrum. Some sour cherries and a little bit of funk are the major players that I uncover. As it warms up a bit, I get some other sweeter fruits as well, but can't specifically place them. A tiny bit of vinegar on the nose as well, but nothing detracting.

Yup, definitely leans toward the tart side (which is just fine by me). A bit of sweetness up front, but sour cherry jumps right in (there are no cherries used in this beer, by the way). Other mouth puckering flavors emerge, the more I drink. The wood is obvious as well, however I'm missing the vanilla. This is a light bodied beer that really is quite easy to drink...I am having no problems putting it away by myself, and I'm already digging into my fridge for something else. I do enjoy the finish as it vanishes quickly leaving just that telltale tartness in the corners of my mouth.

I was quite impressed with the Barrel Select. This is a quality brew that I will seek out yet again.

Consumed: 06/05/10

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of JAXSON
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Early 2010 rate.

Bottle. Pours a pretty dark brown, a bit of a reddish glow in the light, with a soapy tan head. Nose is classic Captain Lawrence sour -- wet wood, soft brett, with some very pleasant cherry tones. Dry and soft in the mouth. Beautiful dry palate. Flavor comes mostly in the back palate with that dank wet wood, sour cherries, brett. Dry and acidic finish. This is really well-balanced, soft, very refined. Actually really good, a lot better than I was expecting, a bit better than Rosso e Marrone with the soft, prickly mouthfeel and really expressive dry palate.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of cmurren25 in a recent BIF, thanks a ton Chad! Pours a dark copper color with a little bit of tan foam. Fades pretty quick to a nice sheen and collar.

Nose is sweet-ish with plenty of fruity tartness. Oh, and did I mention puckeringly sour? Yea, strawberries and cherries.

Whoa, this bitch is sour, but oh-so delicious. Slight oak and vanilla are really the only other things I can discern besides the powerful fruity sour/funk. Carbonation might be a bit high, but there is really not a whole lot to complain about here for lovers of sour beers. It is really good, but had this next to Red Poppy from LA and lacks the complexity and finesse that Red Poppy shows. Still though, if you can get your paws on one of these, do it!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this from our most recent trade!

Barrel No. FO/BB
Bottled In: 2/10

A: Pours a hazy, muddled, dark caramel brown color. Sitting on top for the duration is a thin and creamy, khaki colored head that leaves quite a bit of lace on the glass. Open by the sink, it's a slooow gusher. Loads of sediment suspended in the skim and ring.

S: Aromas of tart peaches, sour cherries, vinegar, and funk. Strangely enough, from time to time I was able to pick up on an ever so slight cocoa/chocolate smell.

T: Fantastic mix of flavors. This starts off with a blast of sour and acidic cherry and really tart green apple. Right after that I got some sodden buttery oak and right behind that is that hint of cocoa. Finishes with a mild vinegar flavor and slightly sweet orchard fruit as well as a little bit of funk.

M: Almost perfect balance between acidity, sour, funk, astringency, and creaminess. Don't ask me how, but this feels full and creamy at times.

D: I can't believe how smooth and full this beer presented itself for a sour AWA. Those guys at the Captain are really firing on all cylinders, especially with their sours.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, off-white head of thick foam. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - Really good sour and funky barnyard aroma. Also, some nice bourbon and oak notes.

T - This is a tart and sour wild ale. Nice funky phenolic flavor with bourbon, oak and vanilla in the background.

M - This is fairly crisp and quite smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a great aged wild ale. Really well done with the balance.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of RedChrome
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slight haze to a slightly darker then ruby beer. Inch high light tan head faded over two minutes to a slick on top. Tiny carbonation bubbles.

Scents of raspberries with a very tart funk. There is a very faint malt backing to the aroma, but the overall sour presence is too overpowering to be a good balance.

Same raspberry from the nose is forward on the tongue. A bit of a gritty nature to the malt and a faint hops note on the back of the tongue. A bit more balanced then the scent.

Average thickness on the tongue, but a clingy sour on all surfaces. Carbonation is average.

A good brew. This would be great for a salad with raspberries and lemon dressing. Yet another solid brew from a solid brewer. Worth hunting down for any fan of wild ales.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle I received in a trade from a BA but I can't remember who, thanks! When I popped the cap there was a very icky brown sediment all around the neck but I soldiered on. Dark brown color, decent head, smells a little wild and sour. The taste was like an oud bruin, sour brown ale. Overall not a bad beer but not one I'd visit a second time but I was glad for the opportunity.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to chswimmer, alfrantzell and nickd717 for sharing bottles at various tastings.

The beer is a murky, turbid reddish-brown color. It's well carbonated and has a large and solid off-white cap.

Strong acetic acid in the aroma. Strawberries, raspberries, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar - quite pungent and complex, the bacteria gave this a fruitiness so intense you'd swear they brewed this with berries of some kind.

Balsamic vinegar-like acetic acid is heavy on the palate. Strawberry and cherry fruitiness is matched by somewhat heavy tannins. Medium-light in body with a tannic and acetic finish. This is good, though it's a beer you have to be in the mood for. The first time I tried this I found it overly acetic, the second time I enjoyed it much more. I'm not often crazy about sour beers with a dominant acetic acid character these days, but this one pulls it off.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled the bottle down and poured it into my Ommegang flute.

A: Very deep rusty brown colored. Poured with a quarter finger of white head. Quite a bit of lacing which I really did not expect.

S: The first thing I got was pungent funky cheese. Like a blue allowed to warm on a hot day. Lots of vinegar in the nose. The bret is subdued but I get get a slight whiff of some barnyard. The oak really does come through nicely giving just a hint of vanilla. Really complex nose.

T: Starts off with a blast of acidic taste combined with a touch of plums. The sourness hits the front of your tongue after that and just lasts to the finish. Super sour. If you do not like super sour beers with tons of lacto this one is not for you. The vinegar became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

M: Medium bodied. Not as carbonated as I thought this was going to be. No gushing or anything else like that. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. Hopefully they will continue to release more in this series. I think I have had a few components that make this up at various stages but this blew them all out of the water. This is a nice example of when blending works.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard tulip. Bottle was fresh from the recent release.

Minimal head and virtually no head retention. There were some brown yeasty flakes floating on top of the head when I did my second pour. yum!

Light brown in color.

Great smells coming from this one. Fruity at first but the typical barnyard and sour smells come to the forefront after a bit.

Quite tart and sour up front but a very smooth finish. Very lactic with a bit of a vingary burn in the back of my throat especially as the beer warmed in my glass.

Great american Oude Bruin (though not quite as sweet as some classic Belgian examples). I have a feeling this one will continue to develop nicely in the bottle. I am glad I have a few bottles for the cellar.

Another great one from the Captain.

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Barrel Select Batch 1 from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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