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Barrel Select Gold | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tart golden ale, with tropical notes from the lactobacillus and a touch of oak from the Italian oak tanks.

Added by acurtis on 10-22-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,260
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
160
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
172
Gots:
26
Trade:
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by tectactoe:
Photo of tectactoe
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of stakem
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
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 mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/01/12 notes. Big thanks to Knifestyles for hooking me up with a bottle of this one; thakns Chris, was nice to meet you! 375ml bottle poured into a flute. Bottled on 6/12/12.

a - Pours a murky yellow-brown golden color with one finger of off white head and moderate carb onation evident. Head lasts for 2 minutes or so.

s - Smells of some major funk, sour fruits, tart lemons, oak, vinegar, barnyard funk, citrus, hay, some vanilla. Really awesome nose; lots of funk and some nice sour fruits too. I like it a lot; seems quite gueuze-y.

t - Tastes very tart, with much more sour dark fruits than the nose had. Also tastes of barnyard funk, oak, sour citrus and lemon, earthy notes, vanilla, and vinegar. More sour fruit here as I expected in a CL sour. Different than the nose, but I enjoy it equally as much.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic and sour; very enjoyable.

o - Overall a fantastic new wild ale from CL; I liked it a lot. I thought it had a nice mix of funk and sour fruit throughout it; the nose was gueuze-like in its funk and the taste had more sour dark frui like a lot of other CL sours. I still like CDC better but I enjoyed this more than most of their other good sours lately. Would love to get another bottle of it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure who brought this to Ryan's place, but thanks! If it was Ryan, thanks again for hosting! Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and spotty lacing. Murky peach flesh body.

S - Not at all what I was expecting - whoever put 'Sour' in the original beer name on here gets a fail. There's a massive tropical brett clausenii aroma, with some funk, as well as wine barrel and vanilla. Not very heavy on the 'sour', which is why I was initially puzzled, with only light lemon and apple peel tartness.

T - The taste has a bit more lemony acidity amid the fantastic tropical fruit. A tad more acidic than the aroma suggests, but heavier on fruity citrus and vinous flavors than anything else. There's a Saison-esque pale malt and vanilla lotion backdrop in there as well.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, dry finish, and only the mildest acidity. No perceptible alcohol.

D - Once I got past the fact that this wasn't really a 'sour' ale I enjoyed this quite a bit. Probably the best beer I've had in this series, as it eschews that plastic flavor I get from a lot of Captain Lawrence wilds. Would happily drink this again if it were easier to acquire. At least I know my palate isn't off, as digging up the beer description reveals this only had Brettanomyces added to it.

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Photo of JW_WNC
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2015.

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Photo of joel66
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dbrulet
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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 ipc2000
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of beergorrilla
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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 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 broadway848
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 PaleAleWalt
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Barrel Select Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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