Barrel Select Gold
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #366
Ranked #3,002
4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Barrel Select GoldBarrel Select Gold
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 SABERG
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of bobv
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of ajm5108
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of scootny
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
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 +3.4%
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 -7.2%
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 -3.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/13/2017 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains esters, citrus, caramelized malts and oak.

T: The taste starts out with some tartness from wild yeast and citrus that is quickly followed by some caramel and fruit sweetness along with some oak aging essence. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid sour beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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 -15.1%
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 +3.4%
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 +0.7%
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 +5.3%
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 +3.4%
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 -24.5%
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 -8.9%
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 +4.3%
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 -10.1%
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 +7.9%
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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Barrel Select Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 172 ratings