Barrel Select Gold | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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

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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32
Ratings:
145
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.83%
 
 
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 145
Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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 cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is hazed yellow with tight white head and small bubbles. Nose is brett forward, leathery and dusty up front with assertive tropical fruits, pineapple is nice with a touch of cheese. Taste is also very nice, very Brett forward but depth within it. Dry finish and leathery taste as tropical fruits and citrus take hold, heavy carbonation in a good way with a touch of cheese in the finish.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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 cosmicevan
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of chefjack428
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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 acurtis
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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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