Barrel Select Gold
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #411
Ranked #4,070
4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
Apr 30, 2022
Oct 22, 2012
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Notes: This beer you're holding in your hand is the result of a lot of time, patience and experimentation. It took us years to build up enough of a reserve of this Barrel Select ages beer to release it to you. The result ... an award winning, tart, oaky, and uniquely drinkable beer. Enjoy today, or let it age some more.
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Photo of Sigmund
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

375 ml corked & caged bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 6.5%. Hazy golden colour, moderate white head. Aroma of brettanomyces / farmhouse and oak, lemons, mild spices, apple cider vinegar / white wine vinegar. Moderately sour and fairly dry flavour, lighter body than expected, notes of brettanomyces, oak and lemons, moderate hops.

Apr 30, 2022
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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell. Pours a golden, tropical hue with a level head. Intense aroma laden with notes of tart green apples and ripe apricots. Very similar flavor profile. Excellent stuff. Recommended.

Mar 04, 2021
4.01 by caffeinelogic from New York on Feb 01, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from a 500 ml bottle with out any dating, into the test glass
A - Excellent clarity allows for the carbonation show, to be fully appreciated, Billowing white cap of loose froth is the first act, then a series of clinging lace shows progress. Color is golden straw.
S - Apple skins, a bit of apricot, lime, sulfur, chalk, hints of oak, round out the nose.
T - Lemon verbena, green apple, nice barrel treatment adds the slightest vanilla, and young cider vinegar.
M - Medium in body, smooth on the palate, wonderful texture. Enough acidity to act as balancing agent. Linger is on the tart side and a delight.
O - A very well executed barrel sour. balanced with near perfection. Just sweet enough, the bitter and tart roll in unison.
A date on the bottle would be appreciated.

Sep 15, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by zonker17 from Texas

Very sour, bright, hoppy, woody. Enjoyable in small doses.

Jul 21, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a two finger head that fritters away to a collar in about a minute; shards of lacing are left behind before the head disappears

Smell: Funk, green apple and lemon tones enveloped by oak and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Moderately acetic green apple and lemon forward with the funk developing; oaky, with a hint of vanilla in the middle and a dry finish that leaves some acetic qualities lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; slightly pucker

Overall: A pleasant, well-balanced Brett beer with a nice acetic aspect

Mar 30, 2019
4.25 by KeyWestGator from Florida on Dec 26, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 12.6 oz (375 ml) corked bottle into a custom Sam Adams glass; no production information.
A: Pours clear initially, becoming cloudy, light golden color with quarter inch, white head, but little retention and only soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of green apples and unripened pear, with tartness and lactic acid both very much in evidence.
T: Tart. Palate basically follows the nose with apple cider vinegar tartness and vanilla. Very clean and refreshing.
M: Light bodied and robust carbonation initially.
O: This was a very drinkable, light bodied sour. Perfect for summer and practical for sharing with friends who are no sour aficionados.

Jun 21, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by bobv from Vermont

2015 Vintage.
Vigorous pour yields a 1/4 inch off white head over an amber/brown/gold body with no lacing. Nose of oak, green apple, lemon, and ever so slight funk. Taste mirrors nose somewhat with a bit of mustiness which isn't too off putting. Good feel, although just a bit thin. Overall a pretty good sour from Elmsford, NY. Cheers!

Jun 18, 2018
4.25 by BallsDeep from Florida on Jun 11, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

Pale translucent gold, thin lacing. Very yeasty and musty, the tartness is there but definitely in the passenger seat, oak tannins underneat, finishes with a medium weight

Apr 13, 2018
3.78 by Mikexw from New York on Jan 19, 2018
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4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by pmlondrigan from New York

Nearly 6 year old beer and tasted just as fine today as it did 6 years ago. Didn't look as good, fleeting head, but golden and clear body. Aroma of hay, straw, grass, earth, goat, pineapple, and lemon. Great. Taste of goat barn yard funk, tart green apple and lemon, dank wet leaves, earth, cracker malt. Mouthfeel is not thin, it's rather round with subdued carbonation. It feels prickly...but I know that's just the sour power. Seriously high class beer.

Jan 05, 2018
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Pencible from Virginia

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with rocky white head.
S: It smelled like tart apple cider vinegar and unripe apricots, with some coriander and funky oak and horse blanket.
T: It tasted like dry apricot and coriander, with some tart apple cider vinegar and oak and a little horse blanket. It had a clean and mildly tart aftertaste.
M: It was thin with lots of carbonation. Nice bubbly body.
D: This was a nice delicate brew with well balanced and enjoyable scent and taste. The body was great for the style, and the finish was really smooth, so it was easy to drink. Could age a long time, but doesn't need it. Not top tier, but still a very high quality drink that's crisp and refreshing on a hot day.

Dec 30, 2017
3.75 by jagada from Pennsylvania on Dec 13, 2017
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Nov 17, 2017
4.25 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 05, 2017
4.06 by jaydoc from Kansas on Nov 04, 2017
4.14 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Sep 10, 2017
4.12 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania on Aug 11, 2017
4.18 by smi69 from New York on Aug 07, 2017
3.77 by DBosco from Massachusetts on Jul 24, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by scootny from New York

2015 bottling. A lovely hazy gold with a nice tight head that fades rather quickly. Still there's a bit of lace and it looks quit nice for the style. Carbonation is quite champaign like.

Nose is tart vinous and funky. Sour apples and pears. Some malt and a bit of horse blanket. A nice amount of oak. A white grape re-presents the grain bill with a fruity flourish.

Taste is dry and tart. Like a grainy dry champaign. Sour juicy white grapes with a touch of green apple. A light oak presence from the nose. Some malt sweetness. Nicely funky. A bit of grassiness comes through as the mild hops dry out out the finish.

Feel is lively and brimming with a gentle effervescence that continues the champaign like character. light body gives a crisp refreshing swallow.

This is a great beer for summer sipping. Its refreshing crispness and dry thirst quenching qualities make for enjoyment bottle after bottle. wish I had bough more.

Jul 19, 2017
3.5 by atrocity from Virginia on Jul 13, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by richj1970 from Alabama

Poured from 375 ml bottle dated 2015.

A: Clear pale yellow and 1-2 finger frothy white head with decent retention and moderate lacing.

S: Lemon zest and a touch of lime mixed with an earthy, peppery note. Subtle oak at the end.

T: Lemon and lime with a little sweetness. A little tart but highly drinkable. Some earthy funk but not as much as I was expecting.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Soft mouthfeel and leaves a lightly tart finish.

O: Tasty, highly drinkable wild ale. I wish the barrel was more prominent but still and outstanding beer.

Jun 30, 2017
4 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2017
4.16 by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts on May 26, 2017
4.31 by bluehende from Delaware on May 19, 2017
3.59 by Lucular from Maryland on May 02, 2017
4.29 by nater919 from New York on Apr 17, 2017
3.85 by broadway848 from New York on Apr 15, 2017
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3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by hophugger from Virginia

Very nice light sour. Good color and decent head. Good amounts of yeast, fruity sourness and a nice barnyard funk. Fizzy mouthfeel. Crisp citrus finish

Apr 04, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LeRose from Massachusetts

The beer pours a lightly hazy gold color, pure white head that looks like is going to live a while. A visual beauty this is.

The aroma is delectable - earthy, peppery, just a hint of farm fresh funkiness, a little bit of citrus leaning toward lime, floral top notes and the faintest whiff of wood, a little sweetness.

It drinks more gently than I would expect from the smell. It is "soft" on the palate with a sweet malt cushion underneath everything. Tartness is present, but it is a well-rounded fruity tartness that comes in after an initial kiss from a 7-Up-like lemon-lime and a bit of a peppery bite. Mid -palate there is a decidedly fruity note, but before it can dominate the flavor, some mild earthy funk comes to play. There is a mild bitterness to clean it all up and round this beer out nicely. Just a gentle oakiness to remind you of the barrel, maybe a tiny hint of vanilla.

So...a bunch of assertive flavors all playing nice in the sandbox. It isn't quite crisp...there is an aftertaste that just lingers without accumulating much, so it still manages to feel refreshing. Just enough of a persistent reminder to look forward to the next sip, Mildly carbonated despite the look.

Everything you would expect to find in a wild ale is in here, but it takes a little effort to unlayer the onion, so to speak. Really finding these subtly complex brews are a lot of fun to drink, and I could drink a lot of this one. This is a worthy brew.

Mar 20, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JW_WNC from North Carolina

Bottled 2015.

Mar 17, 2017
4.24 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia on Mar 14, 2017
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3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

On tap:
Looks a little muddy, a dirty brown gold. A decent little rim for a sour, though.

Nose is generally sour melon, nice and light sour combined with a tart fruit background.

The taste follows the nose, with a sour watermelon (specifically near the rind) flavor. In fact, a little lime spritzer added to the bitter part of a watermelon might be a good description for what im getting. Easily quaffable with a grassy to earthy base upon which the tart (more than sour) notes are laid. Maybe a slight lean to an unsweetened grapefruit soda (or somewhat flat seltzer)

A nice beer that is tart but not puckering, a little woody but integrated well, a little earthy but countered by the former aspects. Enjoyable beer, all in all.

Mar 12, 2017
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MVBINTANG from Massachusetts

Poured cloudy with a nice healthy froth in tulip. Some sediment. Great nose, I got pears and wood. Significant barny funk in a good way to me. Certainly woody and pleasant. I notice these lose the initial bread bite as the glass warms in my hand. well carbonated. Overall a great American Wild Ale from a program that is only getting better.

Feb 22, 2017
4.24 by TheLefty1616 from New York on Jan 20, 2017
4.02 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Jan 16, 2017
4 by Zaphog from Michigan on Jan 16, 2017
Barrel Select Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 174 ratings