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Average: 4.25 | pDev: 8.24%

Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 149

Ranked #204 American Wild Ale and #1,915 overall.

ABV: 7.50% | Availability: Rotating

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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States

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
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 PittBeerGirl
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Eric for sending this my way!

A- Body is a quite murky, foggy, and translucent medium red/brown hue. Cloudiness is dynamic. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy head which fades to about 1 finger and leaves some lacing behind in the glass.

S-Sharp acidic sourness upfront. Behind it is some notes of oak, vanilla, sweetness, and a hint of vinegar.

T- Lots of lip-puckering acidic tartness upfront-this fades a lot of the finish but still tends to mask the rest of the flavor profile. Which has a hint of dusty oak upfront as well as a hint of vanilla and what seems like powdered sugar in the back of the palate.

M- Medium to high tingly carbonation and body that is light and just a bit thin.

D-ok. This borders on sour bomb...and that's what I love about it. Its not as complex as other well made sours but the acidic tartness makes its presence known. I really enjoyed this one and wish it wasn't such a limited release. Another great brew by CL.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a reddish copper color with a tight tan head

S-nice oakiness to it with a hint of vanilla, notes of vinegar and acidity with a nice sweetness in the back.

T-tart and acidic in the back, sweet dark fruit, oak underneath. strong acidic finish that lingers nicely.

M-quite smooth, a little thin in the back with good carbonation up front but falls off a little at the back.

D-this is pretty straight forward, not a huge mix of flavors, nice job on the acidity levels and balanced with some nice sweetness.

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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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday!

This beer pours a murky, hazy brown color with a nice sized head and good lacing. Immediately upon my first sniff, I can tell that there is a lot going on. Big aromas of oak and tannins. The taste was much more sour than the aroma would indicate. Wine, oak, and brettanomyces create a very complex and enjoyable taste. There is a mild vinegar note in the finish, but given how sour this beer tastes, that is to be expected. I'd happily drink this again.

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Photo of caresville
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this ones a gusher!! lost a decent amount in a cracking open to fast incident...

a- mahogany brown, almost maroon. yellowish, cream colored thin and puffy head. great lacing. pretty cool looking.

s- pretty typical of a sour but that doesnt mean bad. sour grapes, sour apples, farmhouse stinky funk, im getting hot strawberry pop tart outta this one.

t&m- its very good, but not interesting. the more i drank it the more i realized it doesnt POP to a certain taste so i have hard time picturing what im drinking. unusually thick and creamy for a sour, very slimy. not overly sour either, very fruity and creamy. all your sour fruits are in there and theres a little burn going down.

d- very easy to drink. like i said its unusually creamy and smooth for a sour (for me atleast). not overrun with tart, sourness. another very solid brew from the guys at CL.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, thanks to jedwards for breaking this out at what turned out to be a pretty epic tasting. Pours with a murky/cloudy clarity with the color of unpasteurized cider - no head, just a congealed skim. Nose reveals apple vinegar, grapefruit and a hint of grape. Taste consistent with nose, with a hint of oak and a buttery quality coming out. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an assertive carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. A top notch sour that might benefit from a little cellaring to dissipate the carbonation. I'm looking forward to Barrel Select 2.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a dark brown with lots of nice carbonation, light tan, good retention and lacing.

The aroma is light giving off notes mainly of light tartness, not much there.

The taste is the same, light tart but pretty boring. There is a little oak here, not much sweetness.

The feel and drinkability are ok.

This is ok, but nothing more than you're run of the mill wild.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Darkly red color with a white head that popped up about one finger and dissipated to a ring on the edges, slight lacing on the sides, but nothing overly extravagent. Very rich, and nice looking beer.

S - It smells tart like a wild should, but it has a great sweetness to it that mutes the tartness and blends quite nicely. There is a very very small woody smell to it that is apparently the result of the barrel aging.

T - This is fairly sour but has a nice sweetness that keeps it from becoming overpowering. Tiny bit of phenol burn in the taste. It's simple, with nothing real big hanging out, but I think it works for this.

M - Very carbonated, you can feel it on the tongue, almost to the heavier end of medium bodied. Dry finish.

D - This gets harder to drink as you go. It's quite full bodied and and the sourness kind of grows and starts to feed back on you.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a couple of these from Peter and Devin. Thanks, guys!

After gushing and nearly getting my keyboard, this beer eventually settles, pouring a hazy, murky red with a dense, beige head with excellent retention ans a little lacing.

The nose is quite excellent. Deep in Flanders territory, this really makes me think of Rosso minus the grape. With a blend of cured leather, bright acetic notes, cherries, there's also a mellow musty funk. The oak character is quite pronounced, there's a solid barrel vanilla character along with a noticeable tannin backbone. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens with a big, juicy, acetic bite that helps emphasize the fruity undertones. The fruit complexity in pretty astounding for a non-fruited beer, with a blend of sour cherries, red raspberries and some citrus peel. The barrel character is quite beautifully balanced too, with the vanilla and tannins really playing off the fruity character. Not particularly vinous, this beer is drying on the finish with some well-used leather and tannins lingering, this beer is medium-light in body and has a moderate level of carbonation. One of the best CL beers I've had. I'd love to try this side by side with Oude Tart and Rosso.

If you don't like particularly acetic beers, I would recommend against extended cellaring. At the same time, though, a little bit of oxidation would work wonders in conjunction with the leather, so I guess I'm not sure what to recommend.

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Photo of craytonic
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bit of a gusher on opening, nice light brown head, pour is a rusty, cloudy mud that is nearly opaque. Looks a bit like diarrhea.

Smell: Lots of american oak, joined by vinegar and funk. Followed by faint tart cherries and possibly raspberries with a hit of apricot (that does not fit in at all).

Taste: Big american oak dominates, a bit too freshly cut. Followed by funk and vinegar, then the faint tart cherries and raspberries. Very dry and sour. Too much fresh oak, but it doesn't lend much of a tannic backbone. Might be some balsamic vinegar in there, maybe some hoisin sauce.

Mouthfeel: Big ding here, a bit thin.

Drinkability: Goes down easily enough; doesn't hold a candle to rosso. Brewery is certainly starting to come into its own though, should be interesting over the next few years. Can't imagine that this would get any better with age, probably will degrade fast.

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Photo of BTPete
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with friend at Birdsall opening. Reviewed from notes.

CL Barrel Select Series bottle.

A: murky brown with no head once settled. A big swirl works it up though. The bottle did have a little gush but totally contollable.

S: funky, musty, earthiness. Smells tart and sour. Not a ton of oak but some wood in there. I wonder where this will go with time in the bottle.

T: really nice, sweet and sour. Sour kicks in and really dry and puckers my mouth. I'm really enjoying. Some unique fruit characteristics but the dry puckering at the end really is interesting.

M: smooth, not overly carbed and dry at the end. Medium bodied.

D: really drinkable, will make trip to brewery when bottles are released.

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Photo of mikey711
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank alot of this yesterday and then more of it today

A: Murky brown with a brown colored head that was fairly thick when it was poured. Some clarity, but not much and very little lacing

S: Nice sour fruit notes, some cherries and even a bit of figs. Also very nice dryness. Some good wood notes too as well a a touch of sweetness.

T: Much like it smells with some sour fruit, and very winelike with a load of tannins. I really enjoyed the oaky woodnotes that were present.

M: The dryness was my favorite part of this beer. It was slightly puckering in terms of sourness and really i cant find many flaws heere.

D: Very easy to drink for a sour. One in which i can enjoy probably a whole bottle myself.

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden red color with a light head. Reddish color, pretty dark for a sour, very nice in appearace, I am happy to have tried this beer.

Smell is of tart cherries and a little vinous, a little acidic aroma as well.

Taste is very tart, it makes my mouth water just from the scent. Very good, slight vinegar, barnyard funk, horseblanket, and tart cherries. The vinegar is subdued very nicely, I am a huge fan of the tartness here, terrific beer, great offering from Captain Lawrence.

Mouthfeel is dry and puckering. Very nice sour, terrific wild ale, I am pleasantly surprised.

Very drinkable, I would love to drink this sour all night long!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duchess wine glass. Shared by schen9303.

A: Moderate pour (after half of it exploded into the sink) yields a 1 finger, fluffy off-white head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy brown-clay. Lacing is abundant, surrounding the glass in a near permanent design.

S: Woody, funk, soil, plums, cherries, and rasberry... all engulfed in a vinegary booziness. Very appropriate and gives a great preview of what's gonna be on the palate.

T: Acetic acid and vinegar and intensely sour throughout. Sour plums and cherries are present along with soil and dirt in the background. Yeasty bitterness is present towards the middle and end, no doubt a result of the intense carbonation. Finish is dry but messy. Yeast leaves its mark, adding more and more bitterness to the end and with each sip thereafter.

M: Here's where this beer falters. Light to medium bodied that just keeps getting fuller and fuller as it warms. Carbonation is there but evaporates quickly, leaving a heavy beer that drains the palate. Appropriately dry though and it seems to suck all the moisture out of my mouth. Finish is a bit messy due to the lingering yeastiness.

D: Very intrigued to try this a year from now, the sourness here is a bit too intense for me when coupled with the inappropriately heavy body. This beer just isn't lively enough for its style and I'd like to see how time will change it. Can't wait to come back to it in a year or two.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/10
Pours a rusty doo doo brown with a nice haze and a healthy head of tiny tan bubbles. Some very light gushing directly after opening, but not more than one drop on the floor after grabbing my glass.

Smell of sour lemons, brett, oak and light fruit, Apricot, lemon, ripe Bosc pear.

Taste of lemon, vinegar, oak, green apple, pear. The flavors start off nice and puckering with a dry tickle from finishing yeast, followed by a nice mellow sweetness of light colored fruit. Even the brown sugar caramelization comes out after warming a little more and your tastebuds come out of shock from the tartness, creating a great well rounded sour.

This one really convinced me that I will have the ability to stop having to order Russian River beers from the Left Coast (shipping kills) and can really look forward to the Barrel Select series to continue coming. Not the cleanest looking, but definitely one of the better sours I have had. One to be savored for sure

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Photo of rpstevens
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. The beer pours a murky hazy dark ruddy copper with a thin white head. As the head fades to a tight cap it leaves behind a surprising amount of foamy lacing.

The smell is tart lemon, vinegar, hay and musty oak. There are hints of peaches, pears, green apples and apricots under all the sour, but they are definitely in the background.

The taste is similar to the smell; tart vinegar, hay, oak and lemon zest. The green apples that were so faint in the smell really come out in the flavor, especially as the beer warms. It's a very nice addition. The mid-palate on this one is strangely sweet, before the lemon zest and barrel flavors are re-introduced to dry out the finish.

The beer is well carbonated, light bodied and well balanced. The beer is tart and funky, without going overboard at any point. The alcohol is well hidden by the tart flavors, and the crisp dry finish invites me to drink the entire bottle. This is one I am happy to have multiples of, I can't wait to see what more time in the bottle does here.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

knifestyles giving me a big beer. Cheers to him.

Captain Lawrence has been showing me that they are serious about their sours, and this one does not disappoint.

The appearance is disgusting. It looks like brown muddy toilet water. Totally hazy with chunks of yeast everywhere, this thing is a disaster. I realize that it is a blend of their brown ales, but this thing looks like toilet water with a white fluffy head and thick ABV legs. Disgusting.

The smell is intensely sour and tart and everything nice. It has some tart grapefruit with some candied sugar. Lemon rind and bitter sweet tarts.

The taste is intense, as is the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is just an overall destruction of your palate, with sour, tart, bitter, funky flavors wreaking havoc. It has some lemon, grapefruit, woody oak, sweet tart, brown sugar tastes that are intense. Other than the color, you cannot really tell this was once a brown ale, rather a decoction only produced by the bastardized children of wild Belgian yeasts. So many complex aspects that are hard to pinpoint, a melting pot for every lactic-acidic-pedio-brett funk imaginable. Its amazingly funky, makes me want to listen to James Brown, maybe the Godfather of Funk can decide what to do with this crazy concoction.

Drink it when my palate has been misbehaving.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2 / 10. Gushes ever so slightly on opening. Pours with a very thin white to white tan head. On agitation head puffs up nicely and clings to the glass with speckley lacing all over. Aroma is tart, fruity, more leather and oak and little wet horse. Smells awesome. Sweet and sour fantastic balance. Flavor - Malty backbone is surrounded by tart, earthy, leathery flavors. Strong avnilla oak notes are present. Long finish that lingers. This beer fills your mouth but is balanced by an appropriate amount of carbonation. The right temperature is important to get the full flavor of this one. Great sipper for an early spring night. Drinks easy. So happy to have this beer, props to Scott and all at CL.

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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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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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