Saison | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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91 Ratings
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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
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of mltobin
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stupid me. I saw this on shelves last time I was in NY, balked at the price and passed on it. Then, I traded for it. Like I said, stupid me. Nevertheless, big thanks to joefuzz for sending this my way.

A solidly hazy light orange with a dense, off-white head that's 3 fingers thick. The head falls off, leaving stiff peaks and moderate lacing. The nose is solid. Crushed white pepper, cloves and plenty of spicy esters are the most prominent characteristics here. A mild citrus fruitiness is present in the back, along a dry, grainy cracker character. The fruitiness grows, with apples, pears and honey appearing as the beer warms up. Very refreshing.

The palate opens with a very dominant spice character. In fact, there's so much clove here, I've surprised there's no Brett added. Again, there's delicate white pepper, along with a melange of fruits, with light citrus hops, fruity esters (apples, pears, white peaches), but there's also an herbal component, with a mild flavor of rosemary, and the bitterness that I associate with bolted basil. Drying on the finish with a touch of honey, a grainy bitterness and clove, this beer is light in body with a highly carbonated creamy mouthfeel. Highly recommended, one of the better American saisons out there. I only wish it weren't priced so damn high.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a Duvel glass.

Pours clear orange with fluffy white foam. Very sticky. Fruity citrus smell, some orange. Citrus fruity taste, subtle hop background. Belgian strains. Strong carbonation a contributor. Taste has lots of orange. Mellow, smooth, and tasty. Very very good Saison.

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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 Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big soapy pure white head that slowly settled into a solid cap and leaving some webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a bit tart with green apple skins, white grapes, and lemon. There are some floral and musty notes. Nice but not very strong.

The taste is tart as well, with green apple skins leading the way. This is countered with a coriander spice that I wish wasn't there. There is some sweet floral notes but those have a hard time competing against an odd bitterness from the hops. Kind of a grassy bitterness that went wrong; its somewhat metallic. Probably should have went with a noble hop. The beer does have a nice farmhouse funk thing going on.

The feel is light, dry, and crisp just like I would expect a saison to be. The finish is a little off due to the odd hop bitterness.

An ok saison. I didn't get enough spiciness and phenols from the yeast and the hops added a strange flavor. A bit disappointed but not a bad beer.

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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 whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of sirsteve42
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good American cut on the Saison style. Received in a trade from woodchopper...Thanks!

Pours a clear golden color with a big white head. The head appears to be delicate and bubbly as you pour it but settles down as frothy and long lasting. Thick patches of lacing on the far side of the glass.

Smell is lemon zest and a whole lot of Belgian funk.

Taste is similar. More funk / horse blanket than the top Belgians, less lemon zest and a little grassy hops at the end. The lack of lemon zest costs you a little smoothness and subtlety. The upside is really pronounced flavor...an unusual but still tasty Saison.

Mouthfeel is crisp and just rich enough. Overall this is a really enjoyable beer. The top Belgian versions are better for sipping on a warm day. This one is different but still very enjoyable. I am in the process of drinking the whole bomber and enjoying every bit!!!.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that thinned out after a while leaving spots of lacing all over the place.

S - spices and yeast a bit of earthiness as well.

T - tart and spiced hit all at once some pepper on the swallow leaving a tart, dry taste in the mouth when finished with just a kiss of sweetness tossed in.

F - medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O - a good example of the style.

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and pilsner malts, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander and other spices, and some farmhouse smells.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet grainy and lightly bready malts with some lemon zest, citrus hops, and a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, the Belgian yeast comes through with some coriander, other spices, and farmhouse flavors. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts, lemon zest, citrus hops, Belgian yeast, and some coriander and other spices.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great overall balance with good yeast character coming through.

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Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of oldp0rt
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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Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enormous pillowing head that protrudes out of the glass like a cloud in the sky. Golden elixir obviously unfiltered with light sediment.

light Brett, barnyard, Belgian spices, fresh mown grass, wheat, yeast, lemon grass, berry, and earth.

Very dry and full of hop bitterness on the finish. Herbal and grassy, lemon, pineapple, dried tropical fruits, horse blanket like Brett flavors, fruity and delicious.

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Photo of swierczt
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aerozeppl
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Classic looking saison pour. Hazy golden color with a touch of yeast floating in suspension. A finger of billowy head with some lacing as well. Good head retention.

S: Tons of esters. Quite a bit of fruit thrown in there for good measure. Not quite bready in the nose but it has the smell of freshly milled grain as well. Quite a bit of white pepper which is something I love in the nose of a saison.

T: Carbonation starts the beer off. Then right into the esters. A touch of fruit. Then the white pepper. Apples. A touch of pear. It finishes super dry with a lingering bret presence. Wow.

M: Bone dry. Well carbonated.

D: One of the best American saisons that I have ever had. It is hot out and right now I think I could drink a case of this. I just keep finding myself reaching for my glass.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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