Barrel Select Gold | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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

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

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle.
pour is golden and slightly hazy, looks really nice.
the aroma is very aromatic, hints of citrus fruits, white table grapes,wet hay, oak barrel and band aid. taste is very nice. right off the bat I get the citrus, some pineapple and a nice tartness. a little bit of wood to finish off. very well rounded beer, a real joy to drink. one of the better sours I've had in quite a long time.

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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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4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from tasting on 11/16. thanks to those locals who helped out on this one when i couldn't get to the brewery in the minute it was available, you know who you are! enjoyed from a captain lawrence tulip.

a - poured a murky golden yellow with thin fizzy head which was gone quickly. streaky lacing was left, but a really great color.

s - wow, smells great. some rotten egg with a white wine oak quality. some lemon rind with lots of vanilla...BIG vanilla notes.

t - OH WOW. vanilla with wine and oak. unreal sour. clearly obvious to me why it won gold. just phenomenal.

m - sour but not insanely puckering. the flavor is just the tops.

o - overall, tasting this brew clearly answers the mystery of how this won gold beating out all the beers it did. the vanilla and oak just compliment the sourness perfectly. what a beer!

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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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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
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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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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Barrel Select Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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