Beer & Spirit Ratings
Captain Lawrence Cuvée de Castleton Batch #5
95 Points

Captain Lawrence recently relocated to a new space in Elmsford, New York, that is about five times the size of its old brewery. This Cuvée, now in batch #5, is something special: a Belgian-style golden ale refermented with Muscat grapes and aged in oak wine barrels with Brettanomyces. The bouquet is vinous and complex, with bright aromas of green apple, lemon and melon rind framed by barnyard and toasty oak accents. The palate is bright and effervescent, with more of that Bretty tartness coming forward alongside fine wood tannins that linger well into the long finish. Only 1,000 bottles were produced.

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  • Rating
    95
  • Alcohol
    8%
  • Bottle Size
    375 ml
  • Category
    American Wild Ale
  • Date Published
    8/1/2012
  • User Avg Rating
    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
2012
Lauren Buzzeo
Senior Editor and Tasting Director

Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon. Reviews beers.

Tasting Director/Senior Editor Lauren Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast in 2006. Thanks to her father, she developed a strong love for wine at an early age, with an enduring passion and respect for all things vinous. Today, Lauren is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program, and reviews wines from Languedoc-Roussillon and South Africa, as well as beer.

Email: lbuzzeo@wineenthusiast.net.
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