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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
77 90 72 5 24 20
Cuvee De Castleton by Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Sour Ale
8.00 % ABV


 
Review by beastiefan2k on 05/01/19  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 9 15 3 7 2019
Generally, I really like this beer. I had the first 2 batches in life and the past 2 bottle releases. This is draft and it's just not as good. Flatter, thicker, seems to be missing the funk and grapes. I'll come back once I have a bottle version and hoping it's just the draft.

Price: $2.50 Served In: Other

Review by joe1510 on 02/16/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 1 9 17 3 7 2010
750ml

Batch #2

Cuvee de Castleton is yet another hard to find bottle sent my way courtesy of the generous Kegatron, thanks again Heath! A soft pour produces a fizzy white head of two fingers that instantly disappears. There's no skimming or collar at all. Carbonation bubbles rush to the surface from multiple places throughout the body but can't manage to produce any head. The body is straw golden and quite pale with a surprising clarity that allows me to read the glass clearly through the liquid.

White grape vinous notes kick things off before a good amount of damp oak comes along and a horsey brett. Sugar cookie sweetness sits in the back while musty wildflower notes are given off. Each swirl of the glass shows off a minerality like wet rock. A squeeze of lemon escapes here and there as well. The aroma overall is mouthwatering. The brett and barrel aging make for a nice complexity. When this nears 55-60 a slight booziness comes forward but everything else opens up even more.

The aroma managed to nail the characteristics of the flavor. This beer is vinous throughout with both buttery and damp oak notes. Lemon juice sourness brings with it a touch of white vinegar and mustiness. Wildflower like floral notes abound and make this beer the sheer pleasure that it is. While the barrel aging and brett dosing steal the show there is a quality, although simple, sugar cookie sweetness that seems to be the perfect base for this beer.

The mouthfeel manages to fit this beer very well. Castleton causes a bit of a pucker that borders on sour but doesn't quite make it. The carbonation tickles the sides of the tongue with the light body and allows the tartness to take hold more in those places.

I got instant heartburn after the first couple drinks but it faded as quickly as the head. The tart refreshing qualities when combined with the light body make this an ideal summer drinker. If it's a warm day this is the beer to be sipping on.

If it wasn't for the lack of head on this beer the score would be much higher. This is a tasty beverage without a doubt. I'd love to have another bottle of this sitting down in the cellar, but as is the brett has developed nicely. Thanks for the treat, Heath!

Reviewed: 6/8/09

Served In: Tulip

Review by Oxymoron on 10/29/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 9 16 4 7 2009
The pour was a lemony yellow color with just a slight haze. Next to no head when poured and quickly dissipated. No lace. Would like more carbonation.

The nose was complex with nice sour notes. Mostly white wine notes with noticeable grape aromas. Some minor funk notes with some nice spice notes. Boarder line nut aromas with some light pumpernickel notes. There is a subtle bready characteristic and a light lemongrass finish. Great complexity.

The taste is right there. The wine notes really pop out. A great sour flavor but limited on the funk. Would have like a touch more barnyard flavors. The spices also back off a bit but are detectable in the after taste. More of a nutty flavors come out with some almond like notes. Lemongrass flavors also come out as well. A great fruity, but dry, finish that lingers into the after taste.

The body is dry with a nice lingering sour flavor. I really enjoyed the subtle fruitiness that lingers in the finish. Overall a very nice beer. The only fault I can really see is the carbonation. Maybe could use a bit more funk, but very taste beer. Thanks!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tayner on 12/28/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 1 8 17 3 7 2008
750 ml bottle with many thanks to littlebreeze and her ever-so-generous husband!

pours a urine yellow wiht a white head that goes away almost instantly. has champagne like bubbles coming up from the bottom but they dont hold in a head on the top at all. would look much nicer if they held the head.

smell was sour, woody, brett funk a little but not overwhelming, and a white grape skin scent

taste is sour with a white grape mid palate flavor, some subtle oak, tangy white grape, unripe pear, and some brett funk, although I tend to feel it is a little underdeveloped funkiness at this point. finishes with a slightly tart white wine flavor. overall a little sweetness balances well.

lots of carbonation but no head. it finishes leaving a coating on the back of my tongue which makes me want to clear my throat. If i had it with food I am sure this would be no issue.

Easy to drink, had no problem finishing off the entire 750 in about an hour. would pair great with a garlic and olive oil pasta, or a light seafood dish or fish. I would rate it a 5 for drinkability if it was readily available as that is the only draw back in drinkability IMO.

Dont mortgage the house, but seek this one out if you can.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by smellysell on 11/06/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 1 11 20 3 10 2008
Appearance
The very nice looking bottle is marked as “Batch 2”. It pours murky, Budweiser yellow into my Rodenbach flute. The thin, stark white head disappears instantly and leaves no lacing. If this wasn’t a sour I would start worrying.

Smell
The aroma is really light, yet complex. There is a musty, earthy funk along with vinegar, white grapes, and lemon.

Taste
Up front there is white wine along with citrus sourness, grapefruit and lemon. While the sourness is definitely there, it isn’t puckering like some AWA can be. As it moves across the tongue there is a pretty strong sweet, white grape flavor. It finishes with a touch of vinegary acidity. Overall is very complex, and amazingly balanced.

Feel
This is very thin and light, with almost no carbonation. One of the only things I didn’t like about this beer was that I would have preferred a little more carbonation. The sourness and vinegar linger on the palate seemingly forever.

Overall
This beer was everything I was hoping for. What a truly fantastic beer! If you are a fan of sours, and are lucky enough to get a chance to try this, do it.

Served In: Bottle

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