Barrel Select Gold | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Barrel Select GoldBarrel Select Gold

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by acurtis on 10-22-2012

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Photo of hophugger
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of LeRose
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/24...pours cloudy gold, hazy with sediment floating about and with a layer of white foam. Light woodsy taste, hints of pears and apricots. Wood based flavor, loads of oak. Light sour, smooth, fast finisher. Solid.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at a beer store in New York City. Bottled 2015. Regrettably brief impressions below.

Bottle has a cage over a cork.

Rudimentary but nevertheless effective, bringing notes of oak married to an acidic golden sour ale build replete with notes of complex bacteria, microflora, and Belgian blonde malts.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and light, with acidity and tart twang.

Low B (3.54) / GOOD

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Photo of Damian
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip

Gorgeous appearance. The nearly crystal clear, golden amber liquid was topped by a super tight and creamy, two-finger tall, bright white crown. Thick, streaky patches of lacing coated the glass.

The nose was intriguing. Crisp and slightly tart. Oaky notes came through big time. There was a dry, powdery yeastiness. Bready malts were apparent. Lots of white wine too. A plastic-y note was detectable initially but it subsided as the beer sat.

The flavor profile was solid but somewhat unusual for the style. Bready and biscuity malts appeared on the front end along with an intense oakiness. Crisp, dry and very white wine-like in the center. Touch of lemony tartness. More oak and lemon notes on the back end and in the finish. Touch of sweetness. Lemon candies came to mind. Fairly low acididy for the style.

The mouthfeel was super creamy and plush. Really fluffy and smooth. The liquid contained an ultra fine, zippy effervescence that frothed up beautifully on the palate.

Barrel Select Gold is a balanced, oak-forward wild ale with a minimal amount of tartness and acidity. In many ways, this had more qualities of an easy-drinking Belgian gueuze than a typical American wild ale. While this seemed to be lackig a bit in terms of depth of character, it was a welcomed change to many of the sour bombs oversaturating the maket today.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-09-17 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge

Hazy gold. Little head or lace. Nice sour, musty citrus smell with herbal spice. Taste is spot on for a golden sour. Tart orange, pear, wheat and grass. Light body and carbonation. Very dry and refreshing.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale gold color, frothy white head and lacing.

S - Moderate barnyard funk aroma, pears, musty, nicely rounded.

T - Barnyard funk and tartness, some pears, musty.

M - Extremely dry and moderately puckering.

O - Very nicely done, Captain Lawrence!

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Photo of Jimmys
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage.

pours a hazed straw blond color. bright white head. aroma is very musty, hardly any hop aroma here. oaky and vinous. not overly acidic, but there is a touch. it drinks a lot more tart and funky then it smells. this seems like a very controlled acidity, I wonder if it was blended with an un-barrel aged portion? finish is fairly dry and refreshing. this is definitely a well crafted sour. curious to see what age would do here, however it is drinking mighty fine right now.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very clear light pale malt color. Visible head at first and quickly just some foam around the edges.

S: Aromas of funky brett, light metallic and hay / straw aromas mixing with a light noble hop presence.

T: Starts off tart like sour cherry candy, but quickly stops immediately after that from most sourness. The tartness disappears as quickly as it arrives and I was left with an abundance of lacking flavor. I have had some of the original batches of Barrel Select Gold and this just doesnt have the same flavor notes or complexity to it. This is a watered down version, lacking any sediment / representing a highly filtered sour without many complexities that I found in the initial sip. It is dry and finished with the champagne yeast which lacks the complexity even a cheap champagne would have.

F: light with a high level of carbonation.

O: Disappointed. This is a beer that clearly is not on Rosso Level, but also is not on the same level I experienced 3 or 4 years ago with the original barrel select bottles. Wouldnt purchase again.

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Photo of zac16125
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375mL bottle into a Teku glass
no bottling dates

A: Pours a translucent golden yellow, with a huge 3+ fingers width of white head. Head has great retention and leaves a good amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Tart and sweet. Sour citrus, some fruit sweetness, lots of floral notes, and subtle oak. Some funky Brett-like notes. 4.25

T: Taste is slightly tart but not nearly as much as anticipated. A bit funky. Lots of floral notes; subtle oak. Fairly muted flavors as a whole. 3.5

M/D: Lighter bodied with a big carbonation. Not sure what the ABV is but I’d guess low. Drinkability is average. 3.75

O: Nice aroma, but the complexity and tart characters from the nose didn’t come out in the aroma. A decent beer, but as my first Captain Lawrence beer I am a bit disappointed. 3.75

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Photo of crotharagain
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in Greenfield, MA. Poured into a pilsner.
L - Beautiful cloudy golden color with a full finger of foam.
S - Can tell it's going to be a sour - citrus with dank earthy undertones
T - Complex and outstandingly refreshing. Tangy Brett and citrus, smooth finish.
F - Carbonation drops quickly - I've found this in most AWA's, I'm no expert so wondering if this is the norm. But still a solid feel.
O - Definitely worth trying if you find it. $15 for 375ml caged and corked bottle was a bit too steep. I agree with one of the previous reviewers, $12 makes more sense. All in all, glad I tried it and if I see it priced lower, will pick up a few more.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened by Rob tonight, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy golden color with a decent off white head. Earthy tart funky aroma and flavor somewhat tart. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of cavedave
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy gold, an inch of foam of fine-knit purest white, make this wild ale seem to glow, a visual delight.

Earth and pepper funk grabs righteous tart notes, some barnyard in there too but not strongly, some floral and oaky hints in there sweetly, with some lemon limey goodness backing the play nicely. A precisely complex and delectable aroma.

Not as bright a taste as one would expect from the brilliance of the bouquet, it starts with some super soft and rounded tart notes leading a parade of deliciousness that is fronted by nice lemon limey and pepper, then just as the fruity and tart aspects seem about to win, some funk and earthy bitter changes the sip into a deep experience of brett and barrel that is astoundingly delicious.

Despite the great depth of stronger flavors this beer has it also has a refreshing character as well as the cleanest finish with potent linger that doesn't build. Perfect low/med. carbonation.

Amazing Wild Ale from our region's premier wild ale producer for long. All the hallmark barrel and funk notes in a beer that is super delicious and drinkable

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: gorgeous cloudy gold, soft.

S: orange blossoms, lemon and lime, funky hay

T: creamy lemon rind, funk and oak, some grass

F: creamy, nice body, great carbonation

O: an extremely complex sour beer I would put up there with the greats. Seek this out. So cool that this is from New York.

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

2015 vintage 375ml bottle served cold in a teku-like glass

Appearance: great looking bottle and label. The beer opened up with a satisfying pop from the cage and cork, no gusher here. Poured a slightly hazy golden with a nice billowy white head.

Nose: Brett funk, barnyard, Pear and apricots, other Stone fruit, lemons, Belgian Farmhouse yeast funk, doesn't smell very sour at all

Taste: mildly tart, Brie cheese notes, Brett funk, citrus, lemony, semi dry finish with a lingering bitterness. Medium body. Peaches, New Zealand Savion Blanc wine notes, some tannins.

Overall: Solid sour here. Not the best I've had but it has amazing drinkability. Reminds me of Lindemans Cuvee Rene Geuze (high praise). I think it could be more sour to improve the score. I have 3 more bottles in my cellar; lets see what time does to this one. I thought the price wasn't too bad either: $12 for a 375ml cage and corked bottle from a well established sour producer. Well done Skipper.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at One Stop Brew Shop in Greece, NY.

This one pours a golden yellow color, clear as day, with a small head, and a just a hint of lacing.

Smells like oak, dry wine, tons of lemon and orange citrus, and a bit of lacto on the nose.

This is really excellent, it quite surprised me. It's bone dry, with lots of oak of delicious oak, just a hint of vanilla, lemon and orange, white wine, and a nice light rolling funk on the tongue. This is so drinkable and awesome.

This is light bodied, with a crisp and pretty juicy mouthfeel, and a good level of carbonation.

An excellent sour from Captain Lawrence that shows their sour game is still super sharp.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feels so light and elegant, with the effervescent joy of a mildly carbonated brett saison mixed with the attic-dust complexity of of a geuze, all mixed together in one smooth, easy package. Really well done! Glad I bought two.

Captain Lawrence should be focusing on their strengths, like this one here.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New batch...woohoo..."bottled 2015" on the label

Small bottle, corked and caged

Pours hazed near golden Amber, eggshell head, stays a while, then goes to a broken up film, and some thick and short strands of lace

Tart apples on the nose

Brightly flavorful, crisp and tart, with notes of apples again, as well as pears. Moderate sour/tart bite....delicious...happy to try this treat...

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.14/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap at DeCicco's in Armonk. Something must have been wrong with the keg, because this was very, very flat. Some tartness, but virtually no carbonation. Flavor seemed a bit off as well, although the aroma was still there. I'll give the Captain a mulligan on this one.

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Photo of stakem
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks BA Dslim for hooking me up with a bottle of this in our most recent exchange, it is greatly appreciated. Prying the cap off reveals a bit of a gusher. Poured into a matching CL cervoise, the brew appears a hazed yellow to cloudy with a fizzy white finger of head. Stringy patches of lace stick to the glass.

This brew smells pretty fantastic. Lemony hints of yogurt with an overall tropical fruit feel. Mild raw oak and earth with a slight tingle of alcohol. It gets progressively more wild and funky as it swirls and warms up.

The flavor is tangy with citrus, oak and funk mildly like yogurt. A bit of rindy bitterness that finishes very clean. There is an overal tropical feel to this that blends well into the other components.

This is a light bodied brew with a lively amount of efforvescent carbonation. Overall this is a solid brew that is super easy drinking with a crazy amount of complexity to nerd out over. I would love to have more of this. It is unfortunate it is/was so limited. Thank you again Dan for the trade.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to the person who brought and popped this open at our tasting! Pours a musky white, cloudy straw color with a light-white head that fades very fast, leaving nothing behind. The aroma is immediately sour - a nice combo of pears, peaches, and apricots. This one almost smells like a Sweetart, and ironically enough, shows signs of being mildly sweet and tart. Whouda thunk? Some light carbonation bubbles pop and explode into my nose as I'm taking a whiff, this one is pretty volatile. I wasn't picking up as much brett or funk as others have mentioned, kind of surprising. It's there, in a sort-of "wet wood" manner, but it's still more buried than I would have imagined.

The first thing my palate picks up on is the tartness, there's no holding back here. Sour, juicy green apple skins, pears, peaches, and even a touch of cherries make there way into the flavor profile. The tartness works quickly, exercising the cheek muscles nicely before settling into a drying sweetness. As the sour notes are fading away, out comes a nice, refreshing lemon zest flavor to wrap things up. The finish is pretty dry on this one with a mild oaky presence, probably due to the abundance of carbonation. Thin-ish body, crisp and slick.

Damn good wild ale/sour/whatever you wanna call it. Very drinkable and nearly puckering, this will give the sour freaks something to look forward to. The dry finish caught me off guard for being such a "juicy" beer in terms of flavor. Glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of Treebs
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by cosmicevan, served in a Half Acre tulip. Bottled 6/12.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin white ring that leaves some splotches down the glass. Seems a tad undercarbed.

S: Tons of stone fruit and berry notes with a under ripe green apple tartness. Light lemon grass with some sweet white wine grapes.

T: Same green apple from the nose with very mild sourness in the mid-palate. Tropical fruits with a mild pucker to them. Sweet vanilla notes with a touch of oak as well.

M: Light bodied with a low carbonation. Not prickly and effervescent like I would have liked, but still a tasty treat.

O: I enjoyed the mild sourness that this had in addition to a light acidity. The fruity flavors were great and I really enjoyed drinking this.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Waxed 375ml bottle into a Drie Fonteinen wine-style glass. Thanks Dan!

A: Cloudy pale gold body under a half inch of fine ecru head that leaves a good amount of delicate lace. Nice.

S: Fruity sourness, and lots of it. Peach, white grape, orange, lemon, and sugar-frosted grapefruit. A touch of acetic character in the background. Soft and intense at the same time. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose for the most part, with lots of citrus and some tropical notes up front. Raw lactic sourness midway through, with some cherry-tinged acetic notes on the clean finish. Delicious.

M: Soft, creamy, and well-carbonated at first, with the sourness ripping through with some tongue-numbing qualities. Perfect for the style.

O: Wonderful beer. We shared this right after enjoying a 3F Oude Geuze Vintage '08, and it was a real treat to compare a top-notch Geuze with a top-notch American Wild Ale. They could hardly have been more different, but each was amazing in its own way. Really, really glad I got to try it.


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Barrel Select Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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