Barrel Select Batch 1 | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by aerozeppl on 03-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
149
Reviews:
72
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
Wants:
146
Gots:
16
For Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barrel Select Series; Barrel No. FOBB/Bottled 2/10. American sour ale.

This is a wonderful drink all around. Amber with white head.

Nose of light sweet funk and light sweet sour.

Well balanced sour that's a big mouthful - rich, full, bold and sour, but with a sweet/malt/cooked orange flavor profile. There is a malty character and actually a carmel and coffee flavor profile that is unexpected in a sour. Yet, it works and is delicious. A vanilla oaky nose and flavor developes as undertones as it warms in the glass.

All around a nice drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of nmann08
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this treat! We were craving sours and this hit the spot.

Poured into CCB Snifter.

The bottle is a somewhat gusher. It foams up a lot, but we don't lose any of the beer.

Pours 1 finger of off white head. Color is a dark ruby hued brown. A dark sour ftw.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, and lots of funk. Horse blanket with a bit of vinegar. I get some sour raspberries as it warms up a bit. A very nice sour indeed. Wow.

Taste: Mouthpuckering goodness. Sour cherries right up front. With oak flavors and the bugs following. Horse blanket funk with a touch of vinegar. Very sour indeed. I am a pretty big fan of this one.

Mouthfeel: Sour, funky, and mouth puckering. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation for a sour. Ends a bit sour and dry but relatively clean.

Overall, a very solid dark sour. I am glad I got to drink this one. It is definitely a great beer. It is drinking very easy. This one is worth a try if you have a chance.

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4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a nice off white head and a decent amount of lacing. Smells nice and musty with quite a bit of sourness. Stone fruits come through, but mostly straight sourness. Some acetic character. Taste of red grapes, currants, and some sour peaches. Medium body with good carbonation. Good drinkability overall; really looking forward to seeing how this one develops.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thrilled to be able to have this one, poured into a snifter at room temp.

dark brown with some light reddish touches around the sides and the bottom of the glass. A nice and foamy brown head rose up to a height of around two inches before dropping down to about half and then hanging around the rest of the session with deep and thoroughly coating side glass lace, this one was perfect.

The aroma was wonderful, previously poster arrived atthe word fuck to describe and I would have to agree here. Rich sour notes, sweet and tart cherries dropped in with light oak notes as it warmed, but dominted by the deep sour and cherry notes. Such a wonderful balance here between the sour notes and the rich underlying fruit flavor. Some nice dark malts as it starts to warm, but the long drawn out sour flavor comes back and dries out the palat

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4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Brought to a local DC tasting. Thanks to monsterzero for trading me this one!

a - Pours a murky brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, especially cherries and raspberries. Also some oak, fruity malts,raisins, and funk. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour, sour cherries, raspberries, dark fruit, oak, vinegar, some funk, and light vanilla. Insanely lip puckering, very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I was looking forward to this one and to me, it did not disappoint. I thought it smelled great and tasted insanely sour; lots of cherries and dark fruits. A great sour I would like to try again.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to both Matt and Jason for sharing this one yestarday.

A: The pour is a cloudy amberish color with very minimal off-white head.

S: A nice acidity up front along with good fruit aromas in the form of raspberries, cherries, and maybe some green apple. Quite a bit of oak and a mild mustiness as well.

T: Tart, but not overly sour. The acidity is mostly lactic with a hint of vinegar. Lemons, green apple, cherries, and raspberries on the palate along with a solid tannic oak character.

M: The body is medium with a nice level of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: A really easy to drink sour, which is a nice change of pace from beers like Little Linda's or Flaming Fury which are nearly pure acid.

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Barrel Select Batch 1 from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.22 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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