1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Xtra Gold TripelXtra Gold Tripel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

335 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 335
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 63
Gots: 42 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 08-14-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 335 | Reviews: 207 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -50.7%

BGsWo22, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Thedrizzle
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Thedrizzle, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of WassailWilly
2/5  rDev -50.7%

WassailWilly, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
2.65/5  rDev -34.7%

750ml bottle into North Coast Brother Thelonious goblet. Big thanks to craytonic for this one.

A: Pours a hazy orange tinted gold with a surprisingly fizzy off-white head that quickly bubbled away into a faint film that eventually disappeared leaving me with a glass of apple juice looking liquid. Not very impressive as far as tripels go. Where's the denseness, retention and lacing?
S: Light golden fruits with a decent punch of hop. Grainy malty undertone and vapory medicinal alcohol come through as well.
T: Spicy and fruity but not very tripel like. There is a faint amount of clove, and bigger notes of pepper, but other than that I'm not picking up much yeast. Instead there is a ton of hops and even a note or two of caramel in the finish. I pick up vinous notes of grapes as well.
M: Too much prickly carbonation. It's not harsh but it's too reminiscent of seltzer water carbonation and isn't nearly soft or creamy enough. Medium-full body is slick and a tad oily. Alcohol is phenolic and a bit medicinal.
D: I was disappointed with this one. Not a terrible beer, but a pretty mediocre example of the style in my opinion. The carbonation was especially off. Below average.

scottfrie, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
2.73/5  rDev -32.8%

A: This one is a gusher! White foam everywhere. After all is cleaned up, this pours clear gold with loads of white head, tons of lacing.

S: the nose is not pleasant, notes of cat piss, musty pine and sawdust

T: the taste isn't as offensive as the nose, I get lots of lemon zest, some sourdough bread, and mild funk

MF: high carbonation, medium body

O: Wasn't too impressed by this one, perhaps it was past its prime but it was not a good representation of the Tripel style

homebrew311, May 07, 2012
Photo of Florida9
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%

A: Cloudy gold-yellow in color. Forms a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Musty and almost sour. Smells like a cheap white wine.

T: Tart with the flavor of green apples and earth. Again, somewhat musty with a flavor I can only describe as "dirty" on the finish. Finishes quickly.

M: On the thinner side of medium and horribly overcarbonated.

O: Possible bad bottle? Don't know, but it's not as if this beer was bad - it was certainly drinkable - but it's not as if it was all that great either.

Florida9, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
3/5  rDev -26.1%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -26.1%

jenray, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%

Disclaimer: This bottle was procured from New Beer Dist. and has some age on it (2006).

Dirty golden amber tone, flecked with a haze of sediment. Drippy network of lacing, the head retention was good.

Musty aroma, library books, paste, chalky grain, alcohol.

A muddled flavor, difficult to pick out distinct notes. Very yeasty and full feeling, lightly sweet and bitter. Honey nut cheerios and grains. Dry finish. Full bodied and a little overbearing with the alcohol bleeding through.

This was a Tripel I could sip slowly, and would want to share a bottle with 1-2 others. If I can get a fresher sample i'll re-review this. Thanks to EehaiCJ for sharing!

emerge077, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of hardy008
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%

Pours clear gold with a two finger white head, which has decent retention and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has peaches, pears, citrus, pepper, coriander, and Belgian yeast. Not quite as nice of an aroma as the best Tripels have, but still pretty good.

Tastes more bitter and less sweet than most Tripels. There are peaches, pears, alcohol, pepper, coriander, Belgian yeast, and quite a bit of hop bitterness from the citrus flavored hops. The alcohol is not hidden as well as I would like it to be, but is not overly boozy.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Has a somewhat boozy aftertaste. Not made as well as I would have hoped for, but I'm glad I had a chance to try this.

hardy008, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Overlord
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%

Pours a semi hazy golden yellow. Gigantic, colossal white foam head. Wow. Huge sudsy long lasting foam that never goes away. Maybe too much. It coats the glass.

Semlls like citrus, some yeasty mineral-iness, notes of grass, and a sort of smell I can only describe as sugary sweet.

Taste has a backbone of yeasty sweetness with bits of citrus and ... funk? But there's a large undercurrent of bittering hops that's, frankly, a little surprising. The strange peppery funk is a little offputting after a while. Is that intended?

All in all, decent, but seems like some clashing styles here. The sweetness of the tripel doesn't mesh all that well with the hop content.

Thanks for the chance to try it beerloco!

Overlord, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%

Thanks to beandip for trading me this big old bottle of tripel. Have really enjoyed my previous encounters with the Captain, so looking forward to this one. Split with my wife.

Pours sheer golden, no false advertising here. Only pour about 2/3 of the bottle into our snifters due to the writhing mass of yeast slickering across the bottom of the bottle. Smell follows the bottle too; Belgian sweets & yeasts coupled with a startling shot of hops that echo with tropical fruits.

Xtra Gold Tripel is rife with fruitage. Ripe, heavy tropical fruits are rampant, egged on by the sweet malts, & a sugary sweetness that just doesn't stop. The hops appear & do their Custer act in front of the bum rush of tooth-decaying sugar. Light slap of alcohol.

Man. I love all things sweet. Fill me up with chocolate & maple syrup & ice cream. But this? Just too sweet. Pretty good, but I can feel my dentist laughing every time I take a swig. Too sweet!!

maximum12, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of CrazyLarry
3.25/5  rDev -20%

CrazyLarry, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%

Picked this up at Skibbo's the other night. I've had Captain Lawernce on tap recently and wanted to try on on bottle as well as their take on the triple style.

A; Poured into on on goblet to display somewhat clear golden amber. Pretty good lacing at first witha one finger white pitted head. The lace and carbonation don't hang around for long and with time on on is cloudy from the side.

S; The nose is on on subtle mix of floral tints combined with broad hop canvass. There are tart fruit elements well in the background of the overall fragrence.

T; Hops hit you throughout the taste. Significant Oregon and Washington hops infleunce in the body. As with American taskes on established styles, the mixture of ingredients, malt in particular are changed around. This tiple has very mild sweetness overall due to the abundence of several types of hops. I was impressed with the control of the bitterness from the hop bevy.

M: .Medium to light mouthfeel and low carbonation. The finish starts off crisp but slides to smooth as this beer warms.

D: Westcoast hoppy take on the triple style. Captain Lawrence's pale ales are ver popular and this creation has some cross pollination to the triple. More spicey and light than the full body and sweeter versions.

Brianmerrilyn, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of dragonWhale
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%

A dear old bottle from the cellar..
The clarity is astounding. Light gold, and I can perfectly read the lettering on the other side of Delerium Tremens glass through the beverage. Sexy lace lingers, sliding down the glass after a pillowy cushion first sat atop the beer.
Hoppy aroma, for sure. Citrus and spice, some bready malt.
Nice flavor, the malt profile is definitely falling a bit short, the alcohol bringing it, but the hops and phenols bring some excitement and spiciness. A little peppery. Needed just a little more sweetness/body to bounce the flavors.
A pretty good beer.

dragonWhale, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of craytonic
3.33/5  rDev -18%

This one was a gusher, way over carbonated. Popped the cap and 1/4 the bottle was all over the marble. No lacing. Fruity aroma; flavor isn't right for a triple, hops are adding a lont but in the wrong way. Mouthfeel suffers from the heavy carbonation as well, as does the drinkability. Wasn't particularly crazy about this one; give me Curieux.

craytonic, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of HopHooligan
3.45/5  rDev -15%

A- Golden hazy color, a ton of lacing and a huge amount of foam when poured.

S- A lot of pepper, with a citrus smell probably lemon

T- Lemon taste upfront, similar to a Belgian. Not too much malt taste, mostly a grassy hop.

M- Smooth, medium to heavy body. Low carbonation that sticks around.

D- Smooth again and light for a such a strong beer. I'm not crazy about Belgians and this one is very similar, so I could have a glass but that's probably it.

HopHooligan, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

Thanks to rlmartin for the brew.

A - It looks like an extra-gold Tripel. Good head and lace.

S - The aroma is decent; it is very lemony and grassy with some mineral notes, and not hugely Tripel-like. There is a minor presence of an unwelcome alcohol-chemical-other aroma.

T - Huh. I love Tripel, and was very excited about this one. It seemed like a 'can't-miss', especially in view of how outstanding Golden Delicious is. I am underwhelmed though. Very grassy, and somewhat barrel-pickly, though I don't know if it saw a barrel... I am cool with it, but it is not exceptional. Also has weird floral characteristics more suitable for Saison.

M - Well-carbonated disappointment.

D - This is a good beer, but by no means great. Drink a Straffe Hendrik Brugse Tripel instead; you'll thank me.

ktrillionaire, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Semi gazed pale gold color with a thin bright white head. No freshness date on bottle. Dried fruits, Apple's pears, honey dew, distinct pale malt scent.

A lil bland for such a big beer but incredible deniability at its strength. Tastes a bit old like some of the flavors are faded but the beer itself is very smooth.I could be wrong though. Initial sweetness along with a bit of spiciness. Dry finish with a very mellow alcohol bite. Reminds me of golden monkey a bit in its simplicity but it's dangerous drinkability . On that note though I do like it better as there's a bit more balance rather than the super dry after taste that golden monkey has. This beer leaves a faint belgian like sweetness lingering in the mouth reminding you of the style.

jtierney89, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

dgeebs07, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of mdimeglio
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

mdimeglio, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Noelito76, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of joshtrich
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

joshtrich, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

sparx1100, Sep 27, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.