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Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%

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

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 08-14-2006)
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Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

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
Photo of david18

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following is a review I wrote on the bottle version:

The brewery once told me that this was a liquid gold doubled. I'm not a huge fan of Captain Lawrence's Liquid Gold but I like this beer a lot.

It has a great belgian flavor that's not quite a tripel to my taste but a very good beer nonetheless. Good aroma, great carbonation and belgian lacing. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.


The draft version is as good or better. One of my favorite Captain Lawrence offerings. The brewery is one of the best on the east coast and very adept and both American and Belgian styles. I highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 19:35:02 | More by david18
Photo of negroobserver

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C: Reddish / Pinkish gold color. In direct light it appears to be a golden lager color.

S: Hoppy. Citrus notes. Fruity.

T: A bit of an apricot flavor. Light malty flavor. Good balance of flavor. Fruity tones in the middle w/ a slight alcohol bite.

M: Smooth. Medium body and weight. Not watery and not to dense, good balance. Medium carbonation. Slight bite on the tongue.

D: Highly drinkable. Good balance of flavors, texture and body.

Overall Grade; B+/A-

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2011 16:07:14 | More by negroobserver
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC a while ago.

A: Golden semi clear color with awesome lacing and a bubbly ring of white head.

S: Very hoppy grapefruit smell with bread notes and a little candy sweetness on top almost even on both ends.

T: Balanced attack in the taste as well with hops and candied tripel typical malt. Belgian dry straw hop profiles with a yeasty middle flavor and a bitter lingering finish. Some kitchen spice like coriander, a little cinnamon, love and nutmeg. Interesting and pleasing bouquet of flavor.

M: Initial taste has an almost acidic hop that fades to mellow malt in the middle and a bitter back. Medium feel.

D: Pretty drinkable for the style for me, as tripels aren't always my favorite. Not too sweet and approachable hop profile. Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 01:33:36 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of dirtylou


4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Rattle & Hum NYC

cellphone notes

appearance: served in an unbranded tulip, hazy golden-orange with a healthy beige pillowy head

smell: tropical fruit, citrus hops, pineapple, sweet grapefruit zest, sweet belgian yeast

taste: Really liked this one - great profile of tropical fruits - pineapple, mango, grapefruit, starfruit. White pepper, sweet yeast, corriander, clove and a light alcohol presence balance this one out. The hopping works well in this one - give me more

mouthfeel: sweet, medium body

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 14:30:11 | More by dirtylou
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY. Served in a tulip glass. This might be my first tripel review so take it with a grain of salt.

Look: pours a golden, light orange color with a pretty solid head that retains well and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. Its a little hazy but not that much.

Smell: smells very good. There's some sugar sweetness, a little malt, and a good deal of hops. There's some resin, grass, and fruity hops in there. There's a little chalkiness from the yeast also. I can't really smell the alcohol.

Taste: follows the nose well. All the flavors from the nose are there plus some additional fruitiness. I also get some spices but my palate can't really tell them apart.

Feel: pretty surprisingly full bodied. The finish is a little dry. The carbonation is spot on as well.

Drink: I could have sessioned this but at 10% I would've been dead in no time. Very easy to drink.

Overall, this was a very good beer and I'm happy to have tried it. Captain Lawrence continues to impress me and I recommend trying this out as soon as you can. Worthy. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 17:06:10 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of taigor

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with minimal head that quickly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Hops upfront with citrus scent and some spices.

T - Fruits and yeast with slight tones of spices and nuts.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Decent tripel with a well hidden abv so be careful. Would definitely recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 20:09:52 | More by taigor
Photo of treyrab


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad I got to make the business trip out to NYC yesterday and stop at one of my favorite beer bars - Rattle n Hum. They always have a good selection of Captain Lawrence on tap, so I wasn't super surprised to find this. But glad I did. I drank this as it started storming outside and while a tornado was hitting the Bronx.

A: Pours a light yellow (clear) with a solid white head. The head doesn't last long at all, and recedes into a thin ring of foam. Pretty basic looking for a Tripel. Perhaps a bit more yellow-ish and less pale than the European styles, but not in a bad way.

S: The smell is pretty interesting and intriguing. Smells like sticky, wet granny smith apples, coupled with some cane sugar and Belgian spices. The spices are muted however, and the fruit really comes forth. Pretty intense smell.

T: The granny smith apples segues into the flavor. It is very sticky, like caramelized apples that have been dosed with clove and some banana. As expected for an American interpretation of the style, it is rather sweet. Not dry like some of the best Belgian tripels.

Overall, I was pleased with this. It is not as sweet as a lot of American Tripels, although it is sweeter than the Belgian examples. Worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2010 11:34:59 | More by treyrab
Photo of Andreji


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this was my last thing at the DC's. Initially just a pick among the bunch but nonetheless a decent beer.

Poured in a duvel tulip. thick creamed up white head. slight hued body of rather golden tones. seems more complex than that provided it is cloudy a bit.

smell is spicy malty with an abundant fruity sensation. they're all there- apricots, clementines, whatnot. it's very strong and would seem like the prelude to a great beer.

However, the taste was rather unimpressive provided the smell had seemed this would be so abundant. in fact, after an initial and overall mild honey like sweetness, the feel goes blank and it is apparenly too watery to realize. so you can somehow only determine the body but the whole taste is sort of gone.

Otherwise a decent medium bodied pour. not a bad tripel for the americans, but this is a field i believe they've still to master.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 12:18:58 | More by Andreji
Photo of MikeGill

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught beer poured into a tulip.

Luminous deep gold with a two inch foamy white head. Peppery spice on the nose with traces of citrus and sour yeast.

Smooth, malty and balanced. The peppery spice is again present on the palate but is matched by a sweet and tart lemonade-like quality. There is a little warmth going down but the alcohol is very well masked. Carbonation is soft. There is a bubble gum quality that comes in at the end but overall the beer finishes dry. Delicious and well rounded.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 17:40:56 | More by MikeGill
Photo of nickd717


4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

A - Very nice appearance - bright golden with a frothy white head and great lacing.

S - Sweet pale malt, candi sugar, light fruits, and citrusy hops.

T - Flavor is excellent: sweet pale malt, apple, pear, mango, a hint of funky yeast, and just the right amount of citrusy hops to make it interesting but not too hop-forward.

M - Palate is smooth and medium-light with the 10% ABV almost unnoticeable.

D - Very drinkable. Another winner from CL. This is one of the better American tripels out there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 22:36:35 | More by nickd717
Photo of woosterbill


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 in a 33cl Ommegang goblet.

A: Slightly hazy and radiant gold; 1/2" head of fine, white foam, with decent retention and excellent lace.

S: Not much aroma forthcoming at first from a full pour into a relatively narrow glass; what does show up is all good, however: some mildly spicy yeast notes up front, backed up with a little bready malt and a surprising amount of hops.

T: Starts out with the twang of yeast and some soft, subtle tropical fruit flavors; this gives way to, again, a surprisingly aggressive profile of citric hops; finishes smooth, warm, and semi-sweet. Tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly sticky, low carbonation.

D: A little overly sweet on the finish for my taste, but not bad at all for the double-digit ABV.

Notes: This started out almost like a Belgian DIPA: awesome. The fruity, borderline-cloying sweetness of the malts took over toward the finish, though, which was the only thing keeping this delicious beer from being truly stupendous. I'd definitely order this one again, and would love to try it from the bottle.


Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2009 03:40:25 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Slatetank


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Belgium comes to Cooperstown '09, served chilled in my tulip, approximately the 2nd beer of the day.

A - A hazy golden like mango nectar w/ a quickly dropping white head with very fine bead

S - very pleasant nose w/ plenty of citrus/orange scented hops. There is a slight acrid odor of rind and yeast which seems to give a spice aspect to the aroma

M - A mix of herbal and sweet with a warming alcohol feel, The texture while sweet is also dry with mild bitterness from the hops as it finishes

T - A fierce tropical fruit upfront with mild banana sugary taste followed by strong alcohol and spiced yeast notes. The flavor of other tropical fruit like papaya and pineapple are hinted at with tinges of lemon rind and mild hops are there as it finishes

D - A nicely hopped Triple, the American hops do nothing but help add dimension to a trully strong almost boozy tripel. I enjoyed the beer but would have to take my time if consuming a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 19:01:05 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Full finger of frothy sticky-looking white head. Light, bright clear yellow gold color. Some curtain-like lacing

S - Yeasty; candy sweetness; pears; and a little sour

T - Quite hoppy up front, and was pretty surprised but in a good way; some spices; pears show up again in the flavor

M - Lighter body; subtler carbonation; good

D - Pretty nice drinking. Some interesting layers, and I really could not believe this was 10% abv...didn't really show up anywhere.

Overall, a really good tripel, and I would definitely recommend this, especially to fans of hoppier Belgian-style brews.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 00:15:13 | More by Nickls
Photo of Moxley

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served from a gravity keg at the brewery's 3rd anniversary party in Pleasantville, NY. Enjoyed with fellow BA Pleepleus.

A - Tons of hoppy sediment, which I think was multiplied from being served from a gravity keg. Foamy white head and a cloudy golden yellow.

S - Lots of hops in the nose with a citrusy sweetness.

T - Great beer. Not a lot of booziness despite the high 10.0ABV. Would like to try this beer in the bottle as well.

M&D - Smooth and crisp. Clean finish. Highly drinkable.

Worth trying if you can get ahold of it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 18:41:29 | More by Moxley
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught at Beer Table.

Slightly hazy, gold with a slight amber tint.

Nose is yeasty, clove, a bit of candy sweetness and a crisp hop note that hints at pine, citrus, and even mint.

Taste is sweet, spicy, cloves, caramel malt, yeasty breadiness, and a very distinct dry, hoppy mint. Tropical, pineapple. Unique and delicious. Finished dry, crisp minty hop bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2009 12:32:58 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of EPICAC


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Blind Tiger in NYC.

Pours a lightly hazed golden with a white head that fades to a ring. The aroma is interesting: honey, strong floral aromas, and some spice.

There's an initial honey-like sweetness that's met by a mild spiciness in the center. The finish is floral, citric and lightly bitter. Medium-bodied and highly carbonated, but smooth despite the carbonation.

I thought this one was very tasty and refreshing, despite the high alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2008 19:02:32 | More by EPICAC
Photo of FreightTrain


4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC.

Pours a sparkling and completely clear yellow/gold with little head retention and light lacing. Makes for a very attractive pint.

The nose floored me. Complex and powerful scent of lemon, hops, tropical flowers, and burnt sugar. Filled the entire space around the glass. I would wear this as cologne if they packaged it in a spray bottle.

Taste was exceptionally balanced. I was pleasantly surprised by the strength of the hop character, which was perfectly balanced by thick pale malts. Up front notes of lemon as well, delivering on the promise made in the nose.

A very full mouthfeel for a beer with a fairly light color and notable clarity. The body is relatively thick without being syrupy, the perfect vehicle to deliver this exceptionally delicious brew.

By the time I finished my pint, I was completely blown away. This immediately became one of my favorite beers. That said, I had it again a few days later at barcade and it was overly lemony in both nose and taste and the body wasn't as impressive. Not sure if this was from batch variation or handling or tap lines or what, but that one I had at the Ginger Man came pretty close to the perfect pint.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 15:56:38 | More by FreightTrain
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Order on tap at Spuyten Duyvil. I had had xtra gold out of the bottle before and had remembered liking it very much which prompted me to give it a go on tap. I must say though I was slightly let down.

Poured into the glass a hazy straw gold with a thin white head that went away rather quickly. Super hoppy nose, with a bit of funkiness and some tropical fruits. I remembered the tropical fruits being MUCH more pronounced on the bottled version I had. Somewhat acidic on the palette with a bit of spiciness. The taste is dominated by the hops, which are a bit overpowering even to someone who loves hops. A little more sweetness would be appreciated (i think I remembered the bottle being sweeter as well)
Creamish body that leans toward medium, fair to heavy amount of carbonation. Decent mouthfeel.

Over all a decent beer, that I recall being much better in the bottle, I'll have to go back and test a bottle again when i get a chance. For only 5$ a glass at Spuyten Duyvil it's definitely worth a try

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2008 15:29:40 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of jbsteiny


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love tripels, and was psyched to find this on tap at The Blind Tiger. The first couple of glasses I was poured weren't up to snuff (maybe the keg had been jostled?) and she ended up discounting the 12 oz. glass because it "wasn't cold enough" (it was perfect, probably about 55 F).

Served in a tulip glass, the beer was an opaque haze of gold. Bit of white head, but didn't leave much lace at all. Smelled extra hoppy for a tripel -- fruity (Cascade?) and a touch spicy (the yeast?). Delicious! The hops were dominant -- definitely an American take on the Belgian style -- but there was a bit of the yeasty bitter spice and a honeyish undertone. Full mouthfeel, and went down smooth for the style. Another feather in CL's cap!

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2007 06:23:06 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of hardy008


3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 01:30:14 | More by hardy008
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info was apparent.

A -Pale straw yellow with two fingers of thick bright white head.

S - Belgian yeast, clove, bubble gum, spice/pepper, citrus and a bready sweetness.

T - Belgian yeast, clove, spice, a bready malt sweetness and a warming alcohol presence throughout.

M - Medium body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:45:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of smakawhat


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 17:43:27 | More by smakawhat
Photo of metter98

New York

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose along with some hints of peppery spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the citrus and tropical fruit flavors aren't quite as prominent. Notes pepper spices and hints of candi sugar are present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is not your typical type of tripel and is quite interesting as it has some hop aromas and flavors that you would expect to find in an IPA (but without any bitterness).

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 01:14:02 | More by metter98
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:52:08 | More by jtierney89
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Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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