Barrel Select Gold | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by acurtis on 10-22-2012

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24
Ratings:
113
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 113
Reviews by SpdKilz:
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of tectactoe
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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 joel66
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dbrulet
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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 KrissyKat6
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Golden Ale aged in barrels that once housed Cuvee de Castleton. All the fruit was removed from the barrel, it was given a brief hot water rinse and then filled back up. Aged for close to a year. Brettanonmyces was the only souring yeast/bacteria used. ABV around 7% based of the OG and FG of the beer."

Superb new offering from Scott. 375ml Gold waxed bottle consumed with friends Sat 10/20/12. Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Amazing effervescent qualities, crisp and light. Great character and complexity. Castleton characteristics shine though (next time we will do a Castleton side by side) Funk, citrus and some mellow barrel on the nose. Just the right amount of sourness, extremely drinkable. Delicious gentle sourness with some gueuze qualities, lemon finish.

Won GABF 2012 Gold in American-Style Sour Ale Category

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Photo of socon67
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Waited too long to add this one. 375ml waxed and capped bottle into a Hill Farmstead flute. Shared with schen9303.

Beautiful beer. Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with moderate to poor retention. Beer is aptly named. Clear and golden. Spotty, sparse, and sticky lace with thin legs. Very Solid.

This one's as aromatic as I've come across in a while. Notes of cane sugar, lemon, pineapple, Brett funk, and a slight plastic-y, band-aid quality hit hard and big but fade quickly. Real tropical.

Opens pineapple, lemon, citrus and Brett. A small cane sugar presence adds a bit of sweetness that's balanced out by a mellow sour note. Plastic and some cobweb with a touch of woodiness round this one out. Finishes slightly tart with a filmy, lemon-tart aftertaste. A nicely complex beer that's very balanced in all aspects.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down smooth and slick. Finish is subtle and soft with a light barely-there aftertaste. This is really spot on for the style.

I'm excited to see where this one is headed but as is, this is very balanced in its flavor profile and just right in terms of feel. Color is also beautiful. Just hoping Golden Sour lives up to its name and gets a bit more tart with time.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lurkerson
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +5%
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 OnryAndMean
3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mtomlins
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of SourinQns
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of aasher
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RollBounce
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crotharagain
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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 zac16125
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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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Barrel Select Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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