Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JoeMayo:
4/5 rDev -1.5%
A- Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a thick 2 1/2 finger head that eventually diminishes to a thick sheet of foam, leaving splotchy lacing down the side of the glass.
S- Spicy and yeasty, as per the traditional Belgian style, with a surprising hoppy aroma with hints of pine.
T- Spicy with a unique Belgian-style hop profile, however a unique piney kick is present as well. Spicy notes of Belgian spice and the discinct Belgian yeasty flavor comes through. A refreshing citrusy kick of lemon is noted in the aftertaste.
M- Fine carbonation with a crisp finish.
D- Clean and easy to drink. Overall, this is a very good tripel, however, CL has put out better beers.
12-19-2008 04:21:41 | More by JoeMayo
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Much thanks to DaSolomon.
This is easily the most clear tripel I've seen. Golden brass yellow, even with a touch of haze showing off a perfect middle column of rising carbonation in the middle, with green hue like edges as well. Big rocking white head with even pinhead bubbles throughout and lots of staying power. Real impressive looking beer.
Real unique nose. Candy like aromas of grass, but not in a Belgian sweet way. Airy and light with a bit of powdered strawberry. Clean. Solid, but doesn't give me the impression this is a tripel.
Palate fills with a crisp wine like refreshment. Almost too crisp in feel as it doesn't have much malt sweetness or dense body. Wine like green grape appeal, and a spicy character. Very hop forward for a tripel almost too much, and the hops actually dominate. Warmth kicks in with multiple sips but not an overpowering alcohol heat.
Overall this is a well made beer, but this isn't the ultimate tripel for myself. Wouldn't turn this down though for a second, and its an interesting take on the style.
04-14-2013 17:43:27 | More by smakawhat
3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
03-13-2014 12:22:14 | More by WheelsPSU
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
A: Well, Xtra gold! Beautiful, a bit hazy, nice big bubbles and a huge head.
S: Beautiful yeast, tropical fruit, bubblegum, a hint of hops, a hint of booze.
T: Balanced malt, a bit of hop bitterness, and a lot of belgian yeast flavors. Intense and beautiful.
M: Good amount of body without being syrupy. Nice amount of carbonation as well.
D: A heavy and heady brew, but I drank most of a growler by myself anyway. Not sure if this says more about me or the beer.
09-07-2008 16:18:33 | More by brewdogmrb
4.24/5 rDev +4.4%
A: A medium amber with good clarity. The head is white and rocky pouring about a finger then slowly settling over a minute to a thin cap.
S: The aroma is dominate by a balance of hops, malt and Belgian yeast. A moderate hops aroma that is citrus with lots of tangerine and pineapple. The malt initially has some Pilsner malt character that blends with the hops to give it that German Pilsner character brings moderate caramel sweetness. There is a moderately-light Belgian yeast character of orange fruit esters and peppery phenols.
T: All the same characters in the aroma nicely balanced. There is a moderate hops bitterness with a medium strong tangerine, citrus flavor and some pineapple hops flavors. The Pilsner malt is character about balances the hops bitterness and the peppery yeast favor are more pronounced being about equal with the other flavors. The alcohol is noticeable adding a bit of sweetness. The balance is somewhat towards the bitter. The finish is off dry and some bitterness in the aftertaste but not lingering like an IPA.
M: Medium-light bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation. Moderately creamy.
O: Like bitting into a tangerine skin and all dusted with some spice. A good Belgian Triple hit all the notes for style, which in BJCP doesn't say you have to use Continental hops.
02-01-2013 00:47:58 | More by MadScientist
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
A - Light golden hue, very clear, heavy carbonation, very high and white head that has some lacing and staying power.
S - Light fruity esters and hops, a little grassiness, definitely putting off some Belgian spice from the yeast.
T - Crisp pear and apple, but slightly subdued compared to aroma. The grassyness in the aroma comes through a bit as lemongrass in the beer, not overpowering but refreshing and nice.
M - Highly attenuated, very crisp which is helped by the high carbonation, definite alcohol warmth.
D - Although it has a high ABV, it still comes across as refreshing, with crispness and high carbonation.
05-24-2010 23:42:39 | More by steelerguy
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
I want to start by saying I normally don't like tripels because of the clove and banana notes.
But this is another story because of the american hops. For some reason going into this I thought it was going to be like their year round Liquid Gold which has all those qualities I don't like, but boy was I wrong
Served in Tulip Glass
app- golden yellow with a very thick carbonated head, about 2.5 inches that takes a good few minutes to dissipate.
smell- this is where I smell the tripel. Floral, clove, a little grassy, and a vague hint of lemon at the finish.
taste- not too too carbonated which I love. Up front you get the malty sweetness and the slight clove is evident throughout, but the slightness is the key. The hops are up front more than I thought with a slight pine throughout and it is what makes this beer a 4 out of 5 for me.
Overall- I dont know if they are the first to do this, but its my first american tripel and the Captain does it again. I seriously love everything I've had from them except liquid gold. First tripel I could say I really liked, almost loved
06-26-2012 04:01:19 | More by bnewall3
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
Hunted down a 750mL bottle and poured into pint glasses. Was pretty excited to find since I've had Capt Lawrence at bars but hard to get bottles.
A/S- The lacing stands out, with golden and hazy appearance. Sweet, citrus smell.
T/M- Slight alcohol with lemon and bready taste. Great Tripel, love this beer.
Highly impressed, another quality brew by Capt Lawrence.
10-02-2011 23:32:44 | More by bierdabbler
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
Bottle review 11-22-06
Bottle with Vintage dating (2006 version )
Belgian style large bottle, capped, pours cloudy light, lemony amber, raises an initially huge Duvelesque light tan head, showing fine retentive powers, dissolves very slowly to a ½ inch thick film, lively carbonation continues to send bubbles rising to the top, and leaving thick gobs of sticky lacing. Bold nose of citrus infused hops. This is simply a delicious brew, hoppy/American style tripel is a style made in heaven, at least for my taste buds. Notes here of fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, pears, grapes, all balanced by a healthy jolt of grainy, citric hops.Nutty, yeasty final pour puts this one over the top... Nice, nice, nice .Got an extra bottle this afternoon to help wash down the Thanksgiving Turkey and fixins. Drop what you are doing and get over to the good Captains to secure yourself a few bottles of this complex, well crafted elixir!
11-23-2006 00:06:57 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured into a goblet
Appearance: orange/brown in color, cloudy, minimal head, moderate carbonation
Smell: hay, tropical fruit, grass, some toasted malt, star fruit, possibly mango
Taste: hay, pineapple, tropical juice, pine, slight hops in the back.
Mouthfeel: bitter with very sweet backbone, medium body with medium carbonation, dry
Drinkability: Very complex. I like the dryness of this tripel and the tropical fruit. One of my favorites in the style, this is a one per sitting beer as the alcohol sneaks up. Very worth the price.
07-06-2010 15:18:55 | More by tigg924
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
Reviewed from notes. Split with my bother
Was up in Jersey this weekend visiting family and went out to a local package store I used to work at. Much to my surprise I found this gem sitting on the shelf. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Fin Du Monde chalice. No born on date. Aggressive pour yields a thin head that diminishes rapidly. Nice lace. Very nice light cloudy golden amber in color.
Nose- As the label states this is an American interpretation of a Belgian tripel. Hops really shine through in the nose. Citrus notes, primarily orange and grapefruit. Belgian yeast, looking forward to sipping on this.
Palate- Yum, trend in American style tripels leans toward the use of American high alpha acid hops, and this is no exception. Slightly bitter citric hops, again orange and grapefruit. Sweet from the use of Belgian Candi Sugar. Belgian yeast. Lemon peel. Very zippy carbonation, palate cleansing. Sweetness is overcome by hop bittered finish. Finishes dry and citric, long finish.
Mouthfeel- Tangy and Dry.
Drinkability- Very Nice, maybe a bit hot.
Xtra gold is very nice. More reminiscent of an IPA then a true tripel. This "Belgian IPA" is very very tasty regardless of style. Well worth sampling if a fan of Belgians or IPAs
10-07-2008 21:29:11 | More by Kraken
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Pours a pale yellow, light gold pour with slight haze and a nice fluffy head that dissipates to a floating skin, and leaving decent patches of lacing.
Aromas of hops dominate, mainly citrus flavors (grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine) and light fruits (pears and apples) with some pine and grassiness. Spices (clove and pepper) are light on the nose.
A complex taste that follows the aromas of citrus, spices, and bitterness ending with slight tang. A hint of alcohol warmth at the end balances this brew nicely.
Creamy, medium mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. ABV % is well hidden and sneaks up on you, unless you're pussy-sipping.
I really thought this beer was going to be a mess but it is extremely well balanced for all the flavors. Definitely will go back for more.
06-08-2010 21:24:16 | More by ThreeDimesDown
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Bottle sampled courtesy of my cousin a few weeks ago when I returned to the U.S. for a visit.
Beer poured a light golden body with a medium white head, nice lacing and ring on the edge. There was a pleasing citrus note that mirrored the taste as well. The nose and taste also had definite tones of hops, bitterness as well. Balancing this all out was a present but not overpowering malty sweetness. I also detected some peach notes in the taste as well. Overall a solid beer.
04-06-2008 14:46:40 | More by ggaughan
4.8/5 rDev +18.2%
Growler from Bierkraft into Hennepin flute.
A--Pure gold. Body is very reminiscent of champagne (look out Miller high Life--we may have a new winner), tawny and golden. Spot on for the style. Head is almost three fingers of dense creamy white foam. Retention is remarkable, lacing is significant.
S--Sweet, with the candi sugar filling out the fruitiness of it, with considerable sweet nectarine, apricot, and a bit of citric (from the hops) tangy notes. Almost a cross between orange and apricot, or a muted grapefruit-peach hybrid. Less lemony, more limey, actually, which is weird and refreshing and wow do I have to taste this,
T--Even better. On the cool side it's quite sweet with more of that apricot swish in the middle. Fat, juicy malt shows the honey sweetness of the candi sugar it can meet its match. Some more tanginess from a nudge of hops, maybe cascade--dunno, but it's citric rather than floral, and the finish is parching and subtle and incredible. The sweet fruitiness of the opening of the tasting gives way to a gracious dry bow from the hops. This is nowhere near an IPA, but the hops are there, and complement the style tremendously from judicious, masterful use.
M&D--Creamy, bubbly, lively and fun. Alcohol warms as the beer does, but not in an unwelcome way. I had to take my next glass with food because I was getting an insta-headache, but that's just the way the Tripel rolls. Drinkability is fantastic and totally a million percent dangerous.
Wow. Maybe the best American beer I've ever had. This is a masterpiece, right up there with CL's Nor'Easter.
04-03-2009 23:34:18 | More by TheycallmeTim
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
This is a beer that I have heard good things about. It pours a cloudy yellow/gold with a gigantic white frothy head that leaves good lacing. The smell is pungent with banana,cloves,citrus scents,wheat,and pepper. The taste is very crisp with a bitter hop and citrus lemon flavor. There are also lemon,pepper,banana,cloves,and some alcohol. The taste is very good and the alcohol is pretty tame,but the citrus flavor is fantastic. The m/f is light for a high octane brew which makes this a very good beer. It's my first from this brewery,but it won't be the last.
11-08-2008 22:52:17 | More by jmz62565
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
25.6 oz. capped bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.
Appearance: A nice and slightly hazy golden color with nice retention and a lot of white raindrops sticking to the bulbous part of the glass.
Smell: Definitely some nice initial earthiness and citrus, as if to say, yes, this is going to be hoppier than a blast of nuanced candi sugar-infused Belgian style. There's a hugely aromatic grapefruit and lemon component, almost lemon candy, but a puckering sense of bitter citrus that comes through, which, for the most part, overtakes the sweetness. But there's some good malt aromas in there, they're just subdued, and I think, working well to balance everything nicely.
Taste: Like the aroma, the stars here are the hops. Juicy, bitter, semi-sweet, they're both candied and hugely puckering, with enough sourness to make this lip-smacking. They make a point on the label to distinguish this as an American Tripel, and this is certainly so. But here, more than the aroma, is the evident caramel and earthy sweetness going on, after the hops kind of slide into the malt flavors almost effortlessly, which speaks to the quality and balance of the craftsmanship. A lingering, almost honeyed quality to the malts combines nicely for a long finish with the nuanced bitterness of the hops.
Mouthfeel: For a heavy-bodied brew, the use of concentrated carbonation limits any semblance of cloying that would otherwise be going on. Almost champagne-like, this thing gets better as it warms, and, not surprisingly, loses none of the carbonation that keeps contributing extremely well.
Drinkability: At around $10, this is a pretty awesome sipper. I feel like I may have recently had a brew like this -- not an overly hopped American version of the style, but something that's less heavy on the Belgian characteristics but still imparts enough to give full credit to the original style. Another stellar brew from a brewery that I continue to be impressed with.
12-10-2010 03:53:05 | More by asabreed
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Another great Captain Lawrence, this yummy hybrid of a bitter IPA and yeastiness looked good, smelled good, and tasted great. So what the person I shared this with and supper thought it overly hoppy and likes sweeter Belgiums. More for me. Very drinkable.Creaminess from the yeast, which starts sweet and then gives a good controlled bitterness from the tasty Amarillo.
10-07-2007 03:35:33 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev -11.8%
Big thanks to ShogoKawada for the hook-up. Poured from a 750mL capped bottle into my Bruery tulip.
Large upthrust of foam upon carefully popping the cap, and the initial pour fills the glass half-way with ivory suds. The head is active and recedes rapidly to a lasting finger of uniform froth. Liquid is initially clear and pale, but becomes more of a burnished gold with subsequent pours. Thick balloons of lacing coat the glass.
Dank resinous hops waft out from the glass - cellar or well-like aromas emerge, tinged with intermittent grapefruit, and white pepper. A little malt character shows up as the beer warms.
Sweet-tart palate entry, with a moderate but growing bitterness that is citrus-laden and herbaceous. Amarillo adds it's specific character. Lots of grapefruit, but also lemongrass, white wine grapes, aspirin, and Japanese citrus. Some light rock candy and lavender or vanilla notes as well. Finishes bright and dry, with a phenolic/peppery aftertaste.
Effervescent yet crisp; slightly hot at moments from the alcohol - though this character is fleeting.
I'm not sure this is an entirely successfull marriage of styles, as I'm left prefering an IPA or a Tripel on their own merits - none the less, it is a tasty hybrid if you can put expectations out of your mind (particularly if you are a hop-head who can enjoy Belgian styles - though perhaps less so if you are the other-way-around).
03-11-2011 05:17:10 | More by augustgarage
Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.