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Captain Lawrence Cuvee de Castleton

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RATINGS: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This is a beer that will make you rethink your definition of beer. It doesnít taste like any beer youíve ever had, yet it doesnít taste like anything else either. Pushing the limits of brewing is what makes this job so much fun. Malted barley, wild yeast, hand picked Muscat Grapes, and French oak wine barrels are just a few of the things that went into crafting this beer. Breathe deep, take a long sip, and enjoy the creation in your hand.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mep3222 (1137) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2016
Lactic sour, oaky Woody, dry grape, white wine aroma and flavor. Not too sour, maybe 4 or 5 of 10 sour and virtually all lactic, but with a little earthy funk in the finish. Carbonation dies fast. Really complex and balanced and a solid sour. A notch below the greats I think with the low dying carbonation and the earthy funk in the finish ( but the earthy funk does compliment the dry oaky white wine and balances with the lactic sour, the earthy funk balance may be a benefit for some... And the more I drink the more I like the balance the slight funk provides). Bumping up a notch the more I have. So complex and so good, only negative now is the lack of carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokestereo (276) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
Pours clear yellow white white head. Aroma; Funky, peach, hay, green grapes, green apples. Vinegar and barnyard. Flavours; Peach oak, earth, green apples, acidic with a touch touch of citrus and lime.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
March 27, 2016. Bottle, vintage 2015, shared by linusb and Jokestereo, thanks!
Light hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is fruity and funky with juicy grapes, apple skins, oak, notes of vinegar, touch of gooseberries. Taste is sour and fruity. Finish is soft acidic with white balsamico notes, juicy grapes, oak notes, earthy and a citrusy touch. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation
Very good, nice soft acidity.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (639) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
A: Clear light yellow with a white head that goes away directly. N: Peach, Muscat grapes, funk T: Grapes, peach, funky barnyard O: Nice fruityness and hint of funk. Decent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (618) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle shared at tasting. Light yellow pour. Nice funky tart aroma. Taste follows. This is really well balanced between the tart and funk. Great stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (9222) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle shared by Matt - thanks! Slightly hazy light yellow pour with minor head. Cheese and mild funk aroma. Juicy taste with funk and cheese. Intricate and easy drinking. Excellent!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2016
375ml bottle, big thanks to phaleslu for sharing. I got the last 3-4oz. 2015 batch. Wow. Awesome smell. Big, funky, mildly cheesy, oaky nose, with a nice amount of grape character. Hazy golden color. Ring of white head. Some bits of lace. Wow, great flavor too. Awesome moderate to bigger sour taste, moderate sweet. Just a very mild spicy bite. Medium-plus body, mild chewiness to it. Lighter, kind of crisp carbonation. Mild dry in the finish. Awesome funky aftertaste. Very nice sour.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2016
375 ml bottle via trade - thanks again, Charlie! 2015 vintage. Pours a hazy gold with almost no head. Aroma of white wine, lemon juice, oak, herbs and spices, dusty grains, plum skins, wildflowers - really sharp and fresh and tart. Flavor of white wine, plums, lemon, wet hay, grass, mild spices, vanilla, wildflowers, apple, funk, and tannins. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a fruity, vinous, funky, tart mouthfeel that starts cleaner and muddles up over time. Really good but I was picky on this one since Iíve been excited for it for a long time. The flavor and mouthfeel just donít deliver like they could, especially based on the aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5250) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2016
Draught at the Merchant, 2/9/16.
Bright flaxen-yellow body shows a light to moderate haze and is topped by a medium-sized white head that slowly fades to cover.
Spice and herbs come out in the nose, up front, and are joined by a buttery oak character that is mitigated somewhat by a strong lemon-like citrus element. Hay and wheat-like graininess in the background is pleasing and helps keep things light and beer-like, while the grape character seems only lightly apparent from the nose (more estery and spicy than tremendously wine-like). Brett shows key limes, pineapple and soft guava notes, lending brightness.
Buttery oak and rich, developed brett acids contend with a lightly grainy maltiness that adds a crispness in concert with the tart acidity and light grape must qualities. Light sweetness helps balance (a light, honey-like pale malt) and though itís quite woody and barrel-influenced, itís never astringent/husky. Floral and fruity notes emerge with warming, but I can never quite shake the slight overabundance of buttery oak that does not go well at all with what the bright, tart, lighthearted brett and grape notes are trying to do. Carbonation is moderately tight, though a touch loose at times. Texture ranges from grainy to softly malty with a touch of oak slickness to it as well. Perhaps this seemed more revolutionary 8 years ago? Itís certainly a very competent sour, but doesnít strike me as the best of the best.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (2469) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Draft at Bru Craft during Sour Bowl II. Slightly hazy bright gold pour with just a slight fizzy white head. VERY oaky sour with some nice vinous juiciness. Muscat grapes. Golden plums. Apples. Nectarines. Applesauce. Lemon. Pepper. Oak. A sharp mix of gentle amber fruit, giant tartness and huge tannins. Medium-full bodied. Seems it might not work but somehow does. Quite shocked. Pretty extraordinary!


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