Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Ironic that on the week I finally decide to crack this beer - indeed, to take it on the road with me to a legal conference in Northern Virginia and crack it at my hotel room - I happen to find it on cask at a DC restaurant. The bottle thus remains untouched for another day - this one was served on cask in a 10 oz. tulip at Pizzeria Paradisio in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Appearance: Arrives a still peachy golden body, capped by two fingers of tawny, "untouched snow" head - just a really fantastic, still, smooth, crisp looking mound of cream. Retention is superior, and leads to a fantastic amount of dripping, rocky lace. No carbonation of which to speak, though it's not expected.
Aroma: A tropical fruit bonanza greets the nose before the head fades (which takes some nice), but assaults the nostrils once it's gone. Peach, pineapple, mango, and guava run roughshod, like a tropical citrus fruit cup in the way it mingles with golden cane sugar. The American hop presence is also definitely noticeable, coming through as faintly minty and mingling with the fruits to suggest lemon balm or thyme. Very smooth.
Taste: Fantastic. Huge Belgian tripel character - Candi sugar, cloves, and a slew of citrus and other spice - are large up front. It's authentic but also incredibly intensely flavored, enhanced (but also having something taken away from it) by the lack of carbonation and the temperature. Lemon, mango, orange, and pineapple mingle with the spices and a fat Amarillo bill, oily and resinous, with grassy and herbal leafyness complimenting everything beautifully.
Mouthfeel: Oily and thick, I think how well the cask setting works with the flavor profile depends on how much of this beer you've had. It starts off strongly enough - the spiciness of the base beer and the tingly hoppiness of the dry hop addition adding all the prickle and "lift" you need - but eventually, once this one hits perfect room temperature, it becomes a little heavy, thick, and the sugars begin to get to you. Whether that means you should drink it quickly or not order more than 10 oz. if this is your thing, I'm unsure.
Drinkability: A drinkable beer, but a cautionary note (outlined above in mouthfeel) stands. At 10%, this was a sipper that should have perhaps been sipped a little faster, but was also fairly solid at the rate at which I took it. Truly looking forward to cracking the bottled version soon to see both what it looks like with a year or so of age on it (how much of those hops have faded?) and what it's like with actual carbonation. Regardless, a great take on an old favorite.
Serving type: cask
02-27-2011 20:57:13 | More by CrellMoset
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3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
16 oz pint on tap at Little Town in Union Square.
Poured a very clear soft gold with almost no head. The lacing was disappointing as there was no retention on the glass.
Smell was not overly fragrant. Some citrus notes but mostly floral, grain, yeast, and clove.
The taste was surprising for a tripel. Lightly carbonated, some malt sweetness, that dash of clove but a generous heaping of hops up front (which was rather pleasant).
Quit enjoyable tripel. The 10% alcohol was barely evident. This is a well done hop forward beer that went down a little too easy.
Serving type: on-tap
03-13-2014 12:22:14 | More by WheelsPSU
Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.