Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

Liquid Gold | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
87
very good
166 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER STATS
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
574
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
21.59%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
106
For Trade:
1
Liquid GoldLiquid Gold
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Billolick on 02-04-2006

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 574
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

 1,773 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

 492 characters

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

 560 characters

Photo of papat444
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

 420 characters

Photo of Dr3n5ky
5/5  rDev +28.5%
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

 260 characters

Photo of BethanyB
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

 966 characters

Photo of argock
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 981 characters

Photo of exzacly_beer
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

 287 characters

Photo of utopiajane
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

 666 characters

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

 1,159 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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?

 298 characters

Photo of mattbk
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

 780 characters

Photo of farrago
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

 1,200 characters

Photo of KTCamm
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 312 characters

Photo of PHBoiler
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

 314 characters

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

 414 characters

Photo of CloudStrife
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

 805 characters

Photo of TangTKE402
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard-issue pint glass. A pale-white, 1-finger head emerged, then dissipated to a thin wispy ring. Minimal lacing, and a slightly hazy, extremely pale yellow body remained. Almost the color of bad water...

S: Spicy and light, with banana bread notes, cloves, coriander, nutmeg, pepper and bready yeast. A tad watery on the nose, otherwise great.

T: Spicy, buttery, peppery. A mild blend of crystal malts and some American hops makes this a bit different than your typical Belgian Ale, flavor-wise. It has a mild citrus/spice up-front with an orange/anise middle and a slightly hoppy finish. Overall the flavor is a touch watered-down, which gives it a session feel, but also robs flavor. Notes of citrus (lemon and orange,) spice (nutmeg and cloves,) vanilla, all with a touch of pine hops and notes of butter.

M: Can something be chewy and watery? I suppose the answer is yes. The feel is standard-issue unfiltered Belgian, but there is a watered-down spine that robs it of true character. It doesn't stick with you long after swallowed, but it's nice enough while it's there.

O: A pleasant and crisp beer for those looking for a lighter version of your favorite Belgian Ale. Not risking much, but hitting the mark where it tries, I'd say give it a whirl and don't expect the world.

 1,327 characters

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ThePorterSorter for sharing this.

Poured from a bottle into a 12oz. mug.

Appearance- Haystack gold with a bubbly, fizzy head that quickly fades into a frothy quarter-inch residual head. Not much to speak of. Bubbles bursting from underneath, all over the glass gives this a fun champagne-like vibe. The name does it justice. Looks like gold.

Smell- Spice, strong Belgian yeastiness, dry barnyard air. Finishes with sweet, bready malts. Smells like a Belgian style.

Taste- Sweet alfalfa, straw, a blend of spices- coriander, nutmeg, allspice. Finishes with hints of corn and rice malts. Only a hint of bitterness. Not much hop character to speak of. Perhaps drowned out by the spiciness. Surprisingly sweet for a Belgian style.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, light and fizzy. Just like it looks. Very champagne-like texture.

Overall- Truth be told, I am not big on "golden" ales. I usually find them lacking in substance, and not much more complex than full flavor macro brews. This one however, was a bit more palatable. Easy drinking and smooth, without overpowering flavors akin to some Belgian styles. When I think Belgian, the term "bold" usually comes to mind. Strong sipping beer rather than beer that can be consumed quickly. Though this one is a bit bland, I still find it refreshing and sessionable. At 6% ABV, it doesn't even seem that strong. This one might be a great Belgian for Summertime.

Cheers.

 1,417 characters

Photo of GotWad629
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours yellow gold with a small head that quickly dissipates

S - Fruity and spicy esters, with hints of apples and some bubblegum. It does smell a bit musty and stale.

T- Similar to the smell. Dry and spicy with hints of banana, bubblegum, and apple. I'm still getting that musty stale flavor as well which is disappointing.

M - A thin slightly watery body with sharp prickly carbonation

Overall a pretty good example of a BPA. Crisp and refreshing but the mustiness is throwing me off.

 497 characters

Photo of chugalug06
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks very unrefined. Foggy yellow with thin white soapy head; no lacing.

Banana, very Belgian, bready, clovey.

Watery, thin, strong bitterness, cloves, banana, pepper, dry, sweet from Belgian yeast, bready, overly carbonated. Slightly past due.

This brew is out of balance and could use refining. Recommended, but not over the top. Glad I tired it, but I believe CL would do better on their next brew..

 408 characters

Photo of thecheapies
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date on the bottle, but picked this one up in the early fall. Using a goblet glass for the pour.

Sure enough, the beer is a wonderfully clear yellow-gold color with a sudsy, almost cider-y like, carbonation that has too many big bubbles popping away to hold firm.

Wafts of peppercorn and mild funk meshes with a dry hard cider aroma focused on pear and dried apricot. Whole lotta yeasty tang going on, which usually turns me off, but it's unlike your typical Belgian Golden Ale or Belgian Pale.

Peppery note with a chalky chew to it takes center stage. Peeled layers reveal apple and white grape juice along with some floral hop elements that are unique for this style of ale. Seemingly obvious and fitting addition of coriander keeps it bristling with spices; the American hops keeping it bitter and complex. Straw and fruit skin/must all provide dryness. There's an almost Brett-y funk undercurrent that impresses me. All around stellar, yet delicate, flavor.

Drinks softly with a medium body and tightly-wound carbonation. Concealed alcohol reveals itself now and again as it warms, but promises easy drinkability.

A most impressive American-made Belgian Pale Ale that soars above many others in its complexity and subtleties. I so badly wish I had at least one more of these to enjoy when this one's finally kicked the bucket.

 1,349 characters

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has lots of fine particles visible floating in suspension and a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense white head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a quarter finger high head covering the surface and a very thick coating down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of apples and hints of cloves and other spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, slightly smooth and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink and has a nice mixture of Belgian yeast and fruit flavors.

 762 characters

Photo of Bubba83
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me by an internet video game pal that I recently found out is as crazy about beer as I am. Thanks afksports. Poured at 45 degrees into a New Belgium Globe.

It's a nice light orange, yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles rising to support a creamy white head. Retention is quite good for the style and lacing is fantastic. A pleasure to look at.

Smells like an amalgamation of styles, sort of a cross between a witbier, a saison, and a belgian pale. I get coriander, pepper, horsey funk, clove, slight banana yeastyness and hay. Reminds me a lot of how North Coast Pranqster smells, but this seems to be a little more complex.

Tastes a lot like what I'm getting in the aroma, a big hit of coriander and clove, a decent bit of banana and slight apricot followed by some peppery funkyness. Hay, grass, and some floral hop character hit at the end.

Quite smooth in the mouth for the style, not over carbonated like some. Feels medium light in body and goes down pretty easy.

Overall this is a very nice beer, blending the better bits of witbier, saison, and belgian pale. Glad I got a chance to try this one.

 1,125 characters

Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Captain Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

Actually quite an excellent crack at a Belgian-style ale. Poured a clearish golden-yellow color with a small wispy white head that receded to a ringlet, leaving a few wayward streaks of lacing on the glass. Smell was loaded with Belgian goodness, yeasty, spicy, floral. Taste is simliar, bready, yeasty, notes of banana and stone fruit, peppery spice, floral hops, sweet honeyish malts...lots of flavor here. About medium in body, smooth, well-balanced, well-flavored, quite drinkable.

 538 characters

Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.