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Liquid Gold - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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very good

394 Ratings
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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 02-04-2006)
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Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

Pours a pale golden color with a frothy one finger head that lasts a long time. There is good lacing on this beer when swirled. The smell is yeasts, malts and some lovely spices. Taste is much like the smell, with the flavor really leaning on the malts and yeast. The mouth feel is nice with a dry finish and medium carbonation.

All in all a decent beer, nice to find another Belgian style ale that I can go to.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 23:25:59 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of woodychandler


3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up on a recent visit to Brooklyn and as yet another snowfall looms on Presidents Day, I am continuing to reduce my backlog, especially of bottles.

From the bottle: "East Coast Ales"; "Est. 2006"; "Belgian Style Ale Brewed with Spice"; "Craft brewed in New York"; "Don't let the golden color fool you; this is no simple golden ale. Brewed with an imported yeast strain & lightly hopped with US grown hops, this Belgian style ale is loaded with spicy and fruity flavors. Light in color, but big on flavor. [undersigned] Scott Varner".

My pour created a finger of dense, bone-white head with great retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy golden-yellow (SRM = 4) and it should be of no surprise to anyone that Midas, Mammon and Croesus were champing at the bit to try some. The nose had a yeasty mustiness to it that created a cheesy, slightly flowery/perfume-like scent. Mouthfeel was slightly full, thanks to a huge effervescence. The taste was slightly sweet, absolutely driven by the yeast, kind of fruity, kind of perfume-y. The bottle mentioned spice, but it was difficult to parse where the spice began and the yeast ended. Was the addition of spice a case of gilding the lily? Overall, it was a decent beer, but it was not mind blowing. The finish was semi-dry and I was again wondering whether this was a by-product of the yeast, the spice or both.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 19:21:39 | More by woodychandler
Photo of GroggyGreg

New York

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty light. Straw / light amber in color but it some body (medium) to it.

Clove, banana peel, clean yeast, acetone in the background

Dry with little residual sugar, taste of Pilsener malts, noble hops

Well carbonated with small champange like bubbles, medium-light in body

The aroma and taste of this beer make this a beer a really nice sensory experience. As a pale ale the ABV is not as strong as a double or tripel style Belgian so its a bit more easygoing. That said, its so full of flavor that I tend to sip rather than guzzle this relatively light bodied brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 23:34:45 | More by GroggyGreg
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $2.50 tax in

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, yeast, grapefruit/lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit/lemons, and hops. There is also some ginger, corn, and a yeasty spiciness.

Overall - Another excellent offering from this brewer. The flavours are bright and refreshing and it has a great balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 01:08:12 | More by spinrsx
Photo of inlimbo77


3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, Bottled 8/2/13
Riedel tulip

A: Mildly hazed light golden yellow color. Thin layer if bright white. Forms a collar very early on. Some lacing bits.

S: Initially I was getting a very off putting nose. In glass, better. Typical Belgian character: the yeast, the spice blend, etc. Some grassy hops. Grainy malts.

T: Pretty typical Belgian white almost IPA type beer. Not anything to write home about. Clean. Basic. Easy drinking.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 17:55:40 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of digitalflood

New York

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Liquid Gold (2013) - 6% ABV. Very good head foaming. Solid lacing. Highly active carbonation. Brilliant golden color paled and hazy. Citrus aromas. Lemons, oranges, and passion fruit. Crisp mouthfeel. Full citrus nose with oranges and lemons. Some wheat and barley. Good crisp mouthfeel. Not too dry, not too wet. Just right. Passion fruit, kiwi, and wheat mid-palate. Lager hops subtle but solid in the background. Creamy orange juice and grass on the back palate. A little more hops. Grains of passion and Belgian yeast. Aftertaste is clean and crisp. Lingering lemon drops and Skittles. Malt and citrus. Insanely well balanced for a Belgian fruit beer. Most of the breweries try to overdo the fruit notes making it into girly drinks or liquid candy. Headaches in a bottle if you will. But this is a more serious Saisson varietal homage. A true session farm beer. Very well done. Still a beer and highly drinkable. 3.6 out of 5. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 02:18:59 | More by digitalflood
Photo of JohnG190

New York

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a small white head. Good retention and little lacing. Fruity aroma - mango, peach, citrus, with faint floral notes. Flavor follows nose, lots of fruit up front. Not much in the way of bitterness. Finishes dry. Light to medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall, a decent drinkable Belgian-style pale.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:21:40 | More by JohnG190
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, pale malt, banana and spices. Body is full and crisp. Biscuit malt, herbal hops, spicy yeast and banana fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Overall it is tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 15:42:16 | More by mikeg67
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a very hazy yellowish-orange color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, hanging on for quite some time before fading away to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is nice and Belgian like with lots of grainy and wheaty malt and a big level of a yeasty smell. Along with these aromas comes other common Belgian smells with a nice lemon citrus, a good level of grass and banana, as well as some lighter spice aromas of clove and coriander. Overall the aroma is quite inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit malt flavor as well as some grassy and yeasty flavors straight from the start. There is a bit of sweetness of lighter fruits (tangerine and grape) as well as a lighter spice flavor of clove. As the taste advances the bready and sweet flavors remain relatively constant, with just a hint of a banana flavor joining the tongue. While the majority of the flavors remain constant, the grassy flavors kick it up even more at the end and are accompanied by some more sour lemon flavors as well as a light herb to leave a more bitter grassy Belgian pale ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average to slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The creamier body was quite nice for the yeasty, wheat, and grainy flavors of the brew, while the carbonation kept it rather refreshing and crisp. Rather nice overall.

Overall – A decent Belgian Pale ale with a bit more grass and grain and a bit less banana and spice then the typical. Overall it is a bit drier in nature and a rather nice Belgian Pale ale to give a go too.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 01:10:12 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Rob S, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. Aromas of banana and clove with a hint of pepper, sweet sugary malt and a hint of citrus. The flavor follows the aroma. Yeasty bready sweet citrus clove and banana with a hint of earthy tartness that I wasn't expecting. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. Decent brew but nothing horribly exciting.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 21:36:54 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has quite a bit of age on it. Had it fresh and loved it. This happens to be a bottle i had sitting in my fridge for a while.crystal clear golden color a finger of white head. Nice sweet belgian scented nose, banana and clove, still some earthy hop presence. For being pretty old, pretty clean still. Sweet malt, prickly carbonation, fluffy light-medium bodied. Belgian yeasty nuance, just enough hop to balance things, faint lingering bitterness with some lingering sweetness and a touch of alcohol probably from the age, Still drinks really great.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 02:03:45 | More by jtierney89
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, no freshness info on the bottle or six-pack.

Appearance: Pours a lemonade color, stark white head that is voluminous and leaves thick lacing behind.

Smell: Orange peel, fresh citrus fruit, mild spices.

Taste: Pureed fruit, tingly spices, mango, bit of banana.

Mouthfeel: Strong up front but lacks in the finish, bit weak and doesn`t linger.

Overall: Good stab at the style, worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 20:49:01 | More by papat444
Photo of Dr3n5ky

New York

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gladly replaced everyday drinking water with this potion!

Just perfect beer ~ love Captain Lawrence Brewery, very affordable growlers, Sunday tasting events, friendly staff.

Back to Liquid Gold.. got a happy buzz, can't deny its the magic in beer talking now

Serving type: growler

07-30-2013 01:48:48 | More by Dr3n5ky
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Lighter than a typical Belgian Pale Ale but in keeping with the name of this beer, the color is a pale gold. The clarity is absolutely brilliant, and the persistent head is a true snow white.

Smell: Immediately apparent is the pleasant clove-like aroma, which is backed by pale malt and faint, citrusy hops.

Taste: Biscuity malt takes a backseat to the cloves and coriander, which are paired with sugary pears and tangy apricot. Low hop bitterness is quite right for the style, but in my opinion, the spiciness of this brew would be better complemented by a hoppier, more highly carbonated American Pale Ale. Just sayin'.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel and medium carbonation are in keeping with typical Belgian Pale Ale attributes.

Overall: The spices bring a fun and fascinating twist to this BPA, although they seem slightly out of place in the absence of hops. In the end, however, this is a tasty, enjoyable beer that I would never pass up.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 21:18:20 | More by BethanyB
Photo of argock


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).

A: Slightly hazy golden with short tightly bubbled white head with a few spots of lacing near the top of the glass.

S: Phenolic Belgian yeast, grainy pilsner malt, light candy sweetness, melon, and herbal earthy hops.

T: A very cohesive beer. The phenolic character of the yeast is very strong at first but fades a bit with accommodation and warming. The cereal grain maltiness then takes over with some fruity yeast and malt flavors working together nicely. The bitterness is moderate with herbal hopping. The flavors join forces effectively and provide a very even, balanced Belgian pale ale.

M: Light-medium body with aggressive carbonation and a fairly dry, lightly phenolic finish.

O: Liquid Gold is a solid and then some Belgian pale ale with a good balance of yeast, hops, and malt character to provide an interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 03:13:19 | More by argock
Photo of exzacly_beer


4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amazing light beer - served 9oz at Victorie in Rochester, NY. Great mouthfeel and can't say enough about how beautiful the head is in the sunlight - the attention to detail with the apple subtleties is striking in a good way. I loved this beer - please try it if you can find a good tap!

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 19:11:31 | More by exzacly_beer
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow with a small head of foam the fell fast and left a thin ring. Starts with some soapy lace but that disappears. Nose is plenty of yeast, banana, clove, pepper, bubblegum, hay and lemon. A nice touch of lemon all around and all over in fact. I really like this. Malt is caramel and bread. Taste is sweet malt with lots of dough and caramel and hops follow the nose all the way. Bubblegum, floral, banana, sweetly juicy with orange and lemon citrus that isn’t sour or tart, and a little pepper to take it into a sweet finish . No real aftertaste, very light body, almost thin with a little carbonation to gently remind you this is beer. Pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 11:43:21 | More by utopiajane
Photo of MusicaleMike


3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy gold body with a decent amount of white head on top, but that quickly disappeared to almost nothing and left zero trace after it was gone.

The smell is filled with spicy notes, a heavy handed aroma, with what I think is a lot of coriander, grains of paradise and a ton of esters from the yeast. It is somewhat onion-like and reminds me of dirty feet. I moved past that though, and appreciated the spices for what they were. However, I'm not the biggest fan of this particular mixture.

The taste was very similar, and carried a sharp tangy nature that just felt out of place. The aftertaste is messy and carries a lot of herbal, flowery notes, with hints of hibiscus, chives, rosewater, and then this hint of beefy coriander.

the body is actually quite decent for this style, with sharp enough carbonation and a medium body that wasn't too heavy. The tangy part up front dissipates and leaves the bitterness at the front door.

Overall, a beer that I will not revisit again. It is only a difference in opinion here, but the herbs and spices that they used are a bit overdone, and the yeasty quality, hops and malts are lost underneath them.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 22:44:18 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Monk. A lighter Belgian ale. Pours deep yellow to golden colour with a minimum head. Carbonation bubbles. Yeast is the characteristic, as it warms I can distinguish a tad of funk, spiciness featuring clove. True to style, but Something needed to distinguish itself in this style?

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 11:34:54 | More by Sammy
Photo of mattbk

New York

4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Completely clear, no head retention, very carbonated. Looks like: beer.
S: Nice witte like aroma, clove, pepper, banana, orange, very nice. Another aroma smell gave me something a little grapey.
T: It's very nice, orange peel, a little banana in flavor, definitely fruity, fairly sweet actually. I like this, fairly complex yet very drinkable. Another sip and it's just a little grassy and spicy, a little peppery. I like this quite a bit.
M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not very dry actually, but I like this, it makes the beer very interesting. Medium carbonation, just a bit crisp on the tip of the tongue and lips as it goes down.
O: Very, very nice beer. Already planning on a six of this in the summer. Can't wait. Why'd they filter it? Only real ding against this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 01:04:24 | More by mattbk
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly thin head of bone white, mostly tiny bubbles which dissolve off swiftly, the lacing likewise close to nonexistent. The liquid is a shimmeringly bright yellow, fully transparent, only a few bubble beads but these are highly active. Very expressive nose of banana, strawberry, apple fruit, clove and cinnamon, bubblegum and all kinds of general yeastiness, undercurrent of powdered milk chocolate, here too it is pure and unblemished, preferring a spring to its step than grounding itself firmly. Light to medium-bodied, fluid with a sort of metallic ring to it at first which makes the attack somewhat bitter. The carbonation churns steadily and agitates more than let’s the underlying creaminess take hold. White pepper and lemon peel beat the clove, nutmeg, allspice to the punch. Eventually turns more resinous in feel which brings out more yellow apple, peach, banana, melon fruit. That cocoa maltiness persists. A lot going on retronasally. Lower yeast presence, more unbaked dough than bread or scone, etc. and certainly outpaced by the grassy nip. Overall, it’s pleasing to quaff, guileless and simple to the verge of innocence. You’d lose interest after a couple of dates.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 01:15:12 | More by farrago
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear see through golden hued. Very little foam remains. Belgian yeast strain nose. Light fruit. Taste is smooth, yet bitter. Firm hoppiness throughout but balanced into the mix. Firm carbonation in the mixture. This is a good beer. Deceptively simple.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 13:56:38 | More by KTCamm
Photo of PHBoiler


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

Bubbly with loads of effervescence and a bright golden color.

Hard to pick up much scent despite agitation with some slight yeast

The mouthfeel is pretty thin, but I do appreciate the carbonation.

Not a lot of flavor coming through. I just don't pick up the Belgian in this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 03:34:10 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale golden with no head. The nose is pure bubblegum with a hint of hops and artificial smelling fruity esters. The taste has a honey sweetness and of course bubblegum, some white grape. This is a beer that definitely improves as it warms. The mouthfeel is light bodied and drinkable, slightly bitter with a honey sweetness. This beer was a bit of a disappointment and drinks like a strangely flavored lager.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 02:18:29 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear light golden yellow with a 1 finger white head. Lots of visible carbonation in the body. No real lacing.

S: First thing that I notice is a banana like yeast characteristic. Has a farmhouse or saison sort of a pale malting to it. Certainly has a belgian twist to it.

T: Light banana and a nice belgian yeastiness. One of the better American attempts at a Belgian style. Focuses on the yeast and it comes through. Well balanced, moderate hopping with a sweet malt finish.

M: Fairly light on the tongue but still creamy in mouthfeel. Bit of a booze bite but not much. Easy drinking, good finish certainly has some authenticity.

Overall another tasty Captain Lawrence, been impressed with everything from them so far. Recommended to any belgian fans.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 01:54:38 | More by CloudStrife
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Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.