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Flaming Fury by Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Sour Ale
0.00 % ABV


 
Review by Dr. Rockzo on 12/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 17 5 9 0
Big thanks to Alex for sharing this sour rarity with us tonight on a random tasting Thursday. Poured from a 375mL capped bottle into a Surly Darkness tulip.

A: Pours a very hazy golden peachy/orange-gold color with a modest .5 finger bubbly bone-white head that recedes into a thin ring quickly, but leaves nice spotty lace covering 30-40% of the glass. Looks much like many gueuzes I’ve enjoyed in the past.

S: The smell is bright and vibrantly tart/sour from the get go, with strong notes of cider vinegar and semi-fruity, mostly tart peaches up front. Subtle funky brett and oaky, vinous barrel aromas come in to play after the initial wave of sour peaches. A very light pale sugary sweetness adds a touch of balance to the equation, but the sour bacteria and tart, fruity peaches dominate. One of the more sour BA Captain Lawrence offerings I’ve had.

T: Damn this is sour and puckering! Lots of tart, fruity peach and sour , drying bacteria hit hard at first before nuances from the oak barrel and a white wine vinous fruitiness emerges with some warmth and time to breath. Not very sweet at all but light candy-like, pale sugary malt balance with some backing sweet peach juice barely adds some balance. Not super funky, but definitely dry and horsey/dusty-atticy in a minor way. Some what 2 dimensional at times with a dominant peach/vinegary-sourness but very strong in the flavor department overall.

M: The mouthfeel is just about spot on for a sour ale, with a lower-medium body and a higher level of crisp, bubbly, but smooth carbonation. The consistency starts a touch sweet but the puckering, drying funk and tart/sourness takes over and lingers on the finish for a good minute or two after the fact. Alcohol heat is hidden well and the mouthwatering sensation I get from each sip keeps me coming back for more and more.

D: Overall, this was a homerun from CL. This is by far the sourest beer I’ve had from them but the peachy-fruitiness and oak barrel presence are also noticeable and complex enough to stand on their own. For a sour head like me this is bomb.com, with only maybe just a hint too much vinegary presence that if redacted slightly would put this in the upper echelons of sour goodness.

If you like fruited sour beers, please do yourself a favor and seek this out. It’s the definition of bomb.com, highly recommended.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Sean9689 on 11/16/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 18 4 9 0
Thanks to blklab2007 (on RB) for my first official trade over there! Poured from 375ml bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a mirky orange color with a white fizzy head that quickly vanishes leaving only a very thin ring around the edge of the glass. A few bubbles are present here and there, but it's mostly just the orange body that's left to view.

S - Tart/sour notes right off the bat mixed in with some sweet fruit. Sour apples and grapes, but mostly the peaches up front. The oak and sweet fruit notes are a nice combo and reminds me of Yellow Bus.

T - The sweet peaches are right in your face straight away: skin, juices, pulp, etc. Second fiddle to this is the sour notes which deliver a medium amount of funky tartness. The oak is there on the finish, rounding things out.

M - Light bodied, fizzy carbonation, and not as dry a finish as I thought this would have.

D - A refreshing wild that I really enjoyed. Very easy to drink and I'm going to obtain more of this stuff to enjoy in the future. My favorite CL wild that they've made to date.

Served In: Bottle

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