Saison | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally, Saisons were brewed in Belgium for the farm workers to enjoy after a long day in the field; and while we’re not working in the fields all day we are thirsty! The recipe for this beer was formulated with input from the entire CLBC brew crew, fermented with a traditional Belgian yeast strain, and dry hopped with US grown hops. Straight from the Captain’s cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy!

30 IBU

Added by Bitterbill on 05-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
7
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 40
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, I need a beer here.

Pours a light, hazy golden amber color with a huge frothing white head. The head will. not. stop.

Smells like yeasty peppery spices, a hint of floral/fresh grass, and a surprising amount of citrus. But not really fresh bursting citrus, more like ... dank citrus juice mixed with peppery yeasty funk. Interesting.

Okay, the taste is not as good as the aroma. The spicy/pepperiness is just a bit too much. The funk gets a bit bearing after a while, and I'm not sure the citrus/hops blend that well with the yeasty zesty pepperiness. The different elements are fighting for breathing space rather than blending. It's not a bad beer, in fact it's definitely above average, but it's not quite there.

So much carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical large CL bottle, w/o freshness info, purchased at the brewery for $10

Pours clouded tangarine, nice frothy off white head, slowly goes to rocky meraingue, a very thick collar and ample sheeting ang thicker webs of lacing.

A hint of lemon and grassy hops in the nose.

This is a hoppy take on the style, moderate fruit and just a wiff of pepper, yeasty and nutty in the finish. Decent, especialy for a US version, but somewhat underwhelming in the end. Lacks the crisp clean flavors (fruit, pepper, pjenolics) of the all stars of the style.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of stimulus
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Rusty18
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a massive three finger, frothy white head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap. The glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing. A bit over carbonated but looks pretty nice.

Floral, earthy aroma with a nice balance of funky saison yeast, zesty spice and crisp, light fruit. Hints of coriander, pepper and lemon zest followed by earthy funk, hay and straw as well as some banana, apple and pear. Very nice.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a prominent zesty spice presence up front that lingers over the funk and sweeter notes into a dry finish. Hints of pepper and coriander are complimented by the dry, funky yeast before being countered by hints of apple, pear and subtle alcohol phenol. Really well balanced and complex with a bit less funk than expected. All of the characteristics work very well together resulting in a flavorful beer that's pretty quaffable.

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Photo of Paul68
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Phoenix2443
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Glunz taster glass.

A - Giant white foam quickly settles to a thin cap, leaving plenty of splotchy lace behind. Hazy pale straw body.

S - White pepper, farmhouse yeast, lemons, stone fruit malt backdrop. Pretty much everything you'd expect in a good Saison.

T - Taste is pretty similar, with more of the stone fruit malt character cutting through the peppery yeast flavors. No alcohol present, and I couldn't find one listed on the bottle.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, crispy and dry finish, and a slightly grainy texture.

D - Considering how bad many American-made Saisons are this is a breath of fresh air. Solidly executed, with obvious craft and skill, and fairly subtle and traditional. If this were reasonably priced and available in my market I'd buy it regularly.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent to me by beerworld. Thanks Alex!

A - Hazy golden colored beer with a really large white head that left behind lots of stick on the sides.

S - Smells great. A bit of brett it seems, wth a lot of barnyard funk and some belgian yeast that makes no effort to be subtle. Some earth tones.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the nose, but still quite nice. A bit of mineral in there. Some lemon, brett, funk, lots of belgian yeast. Very solid stuff, nothing off putting, a good take on the style.

M - Medium bodied, pretty filling carbonation, dry on the end.

O - Very nice beer, well done. It's not exactly mind blowing, but a great taken on the style and very well made beer.

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Photo of Agold
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to get a taste of this from a bottle opened at the Sour Bitch release.

Pours hazy light golden color with a nice tight short head which recedes fairly quickly. Aroma is extremely fruity with lots of tropical fruits; pineapple, maybe clementine... who knows. There is also a little bit of funk in there which is not too big, but is a nice complement to the fruit. Taste is great. Still very fruity and tropical with mild cidery and funky notes. Mouthfeel is ridiculous. Smooth, creamy with outstanding perfect carbonation which is very fine. Pretty dry and exactly what I want in a saison. Overall this is a damn good beer. Would love to get a chance to try this again.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of BeerMe42
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip. Light yellow..thick thick crazy head...volcanoing out of the bottle as soon as its opened. Smells of yeast, lemon, and grass. Taste crisp but bitter, yeast and grassy/lemony. A nice easy mellow beer to drink. It doesnt wow, but its a solid Saison. I like captain a lot...but I wouldnt buy again in bottle. If I ever see it on tap, id like to try again; better yet, id love a cask of this...which I missed when it was released.

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Photo of Pahn
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Not sure when bottled, but it just came out this year around Summer. Internet detective work turns up a draft list proclaiming the ABV to be 6%, so that might be true.

Appearance: Upon popping the cap (yay for potential gushers having caps and not corks!), some foam steadily tries to creep up and out of the bottle. Careful pour yields a two and a half inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly leaving thick, eternal webs of lacing. Pours a crystal clear light-orange/golden. Easy 5.0.

Smell: Brettanomyces as earthy, tangy, musty, but not dirty/"barnyard"/funky. Lemony hops, some typical saison yeast aromas, and lots of fruit.

Smells like fantasy fruit; like there's fruits in here without names or instantiations in the real world. This kind of thing is a big plus in these kinds of beer, at least for me. Great stuff.

Taste: Wow, really refreshing. Very mineral-y, with little sweetness despite some nice fruit flavors. Tart and dry in the finish. Lemony and bretty. Really clean, refreshing flavors.

Not as adventurous as the nose, but very solid.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Creamy in the middle, tart and dry finish. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Really good saison. While it won't blow your mind the way a good bottle of Fantôme Saison will, it's delicious, refreshing, and has a truly exceptional aroma. Also could be pretty educational for those who haven't had many saisons other than Saison Dupont.

Specific comparisons aside, it's a masterfully made beer. Will definitely pick up more next Summer if they rebrew it.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearane: Golden in color, slightly hazy, pours about three inches of thick white pillowy head that fades very slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Barnyard, lemon zest, estery, grassy, green apple, pear.

Taste: Slightly tart, funky, green apple, earthy, barnyard, grassy, white wine.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: Very drinkable. Complex flavors/aromas. A great saison.

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Photo of philbe311
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Three finger's worth of airy fluffy light tan colored sticky froth with a lopsided rocky top... Excellent retention gives way to the richest creamiest pillow like layer of lacing that I have ever probably seen... The color is equal part golden yellow and light amber... Moderate carbonation throughout... Quite elegant and regal...

S - Fragrant Belgian yeast from the get go... A very understated and subtle spiciness... Some very faint candied sugars... Wheat notes... Loads of lemon zest... A slight but effective funkiness... Some golden raisins... Golden delicious apples... Intriguing and complex...

T - Apples... Belgian yeast... White pepper... Lemon zest... A bit of wheat... The dry hopping definitely adds an American character to this saison...

M - Medium bodied... More carbonation than expected... Dense... A modicum of lushness... Definitely a bit on the dry side...

D - The appearance and aroma lead me to believe this could be a truly world class top tier offering... The taste and mouthfeel are still very good, but bring it back to earth a bit... Still highly recommend and a very good saison...

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Saison from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.95 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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