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Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 308
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 m1ked


4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My awesome wife picked me up a growler for a surprise...from WF Bowery beer room.

A- Pours a hazy dark straw yellow, looks like a light apple cider almost. There is a nearly 1 inch bright white head that almost looks soap sudsy at first, but fades to a white ring and some minor lacing. Looks unfiltered or like a hefe almost.

S- This gives off a sweet, tart and tangy aroma. I get some tart stone fruits, white grapes some tangerine citrus, some citrusy hops, a touch of alcohol, and some candied sugar. A very interesting an mouthwatering inducing smell.

T- I get some tangy citrus mixture of fruit and hops at first. The sweet stone fruits are more muted on the palate, some of the white grape juice is there too. It almost has a wood aged tangy-ness to it. There is some light candied sugar in the back ground. Finishes with a pleasant tangy bitter note.

M- While it is a medium bodied beer, there is some lingering sweet coating on the tongue. The tartness gets my salivary glands pumping for sure. Low, consistent fizzy carbonation- which I think works well. Doesn't hit as hard as i would have thought in the alcohol department.

D- This is a very interesting take on a Trippel that I thouroughly enjoy. Reminds me of a Stone Cali-Belgique. I wouldn't grab this if you are looking for a classic Trippel. But if you enjoy beer, and out-of-the-box beers, you'll probably enjoy this one. I always enjoy the CL offerings.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2010 00:10:00 | More by m1ked
Photo of nathanmiller


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

Xtra Gold is a very powerful beer, and much more delicious than one would expect with a cheesy name like "Xtra." Nonetheless, it is high quality and worth a glass.

Appearance: Beautiful gold (they aren't kidding) with a nice head. Really clear, even radiant.
Smell: This is the biggest downside of the beer; the smell is a little sharp and doesn't betray the tastes that lie within. Nonetheless, it's not terrible either, and the 10% ABV means that you get over it pretty quickly!
Taste: Again, delicious. Very strong but well balanced (despite the high alcoholic content, not very alcohol-y) and full of interesting flavors. Definitely some fruity aromas on the taste.
Mouthfeel: Good. Departs quickly but lingers slightly. Very balanced.
Drinkability: Pour me another please!

Serving type: growler

10-07-2009 23:54:18 | More by nathanmiller
Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

04-03-2009 23:34:18 | More by TheycallmeTim
Photo of brewdogmrb

New York

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

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.

Serving type: growler

09-07-2008 16:18:33 | More by brewdogmrb
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 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
Photo of ksimons

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear golden with visible carbonation and three fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale malts, sweet fruits of peaches, pears, apples, spices, Belgian yeast, and a bit of light bitterness

T-taste is similar to the smell with a pale malt backbone, sweet candied fruits with a few sour notes, peppery spice, and a nice hop finish

M-medium body, prickly carbonation, dry

Overall this is a really solid Tripel and one of the best from a USA brewery. Definitely worth a try if you find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 23:11:21 | More by ksimons
Photo of MadScientist

New York

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 00:47:58 | More by MadScientist
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bomber into a tulip- pours a clear yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head, decent retention, a disappointing lack of the traditional lacing.

Smell is wonderful- very pleasant combination of Amarillo hops (floral, slightly citrusy), some yeast and a little sugar.

Taste is a little heavier on the yeast than the smell would indicate- however it's very nice. Earthy hop flavor up front (interesting) mixed with the yeast, followed by sugar, to finish with a mix of hops and yeast (again, a little more of an accent on the yeast).

Mouthfeel is nice but perhaps not traditional- lighter mouthfeel (medium light), moderate carbonation, not any resin but an earthy feel. This tripel is out of the ordinary but they do specify that it's an "American Tripel" and not trying to imitate the Belgian tradition. A lovely beer, nothing wonderfully sophisticated except how hidden the alcohol is, but very nice to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 02:03:22 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of ngeunit1


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

A - Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy malts, grapefruit and other citrus smells, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, spices, coriander, a bit of banana, and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of grainy malts, grapefruit and orange hops, lemon zest, and some coriander. Through the middle, more Belgian yeast flavors come through with some other spices and a bit of banana alongside some fruity esters. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, some spices, fruity esters, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice complex Tripel with great balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 08:38:36 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of Rifugium


3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Cpt. Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet oversized tulip glass, a clear golden color with a full 3-4 fingers of frothy white head, that sank to a thick layer within a few minutes, leaving sheets of lacing on the glass; lively carbonation. Flowery aroma, sweet corn, toasted grains. Taste reflects the aroma, sweet, pale malts, corn, toasted biscuits, stone fruits, herb; notes of chlorine as it warmed. Crisp, clean mouthfeel, quite drying, light-medium body, quite drinkable, but a bit hard to finish. Keep on ice, or share it with a friend!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 16:56:48 | More by Rifugium
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

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

Beer is light golden with a large, fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell is quite hoppy- the amarillo hops jump right out. Quite citrusy, orange, tangerine and grapefruit. A surprising smell for a tripel, but that is why it is billed as an "American Tripel". Some yeast is there as well, some bready malt. Nice smell.

Taste is like the nose. Hop-focused, tangerine and grapefruit, with a bready malt base and a bit of yeast. The interplay between bittern and sweet leaves it fairly neutral, a little on the sweet side. Pretty tasty.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit oily and bready.

Overall, quite good. An interesting beer. I find it a bit hard to call it a tripel, really, since it is so hop focused (at least my bottle is). Still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 20:12:18 | More by jrenihan
Photo of bnewall3


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 04:01:19 | More by bnewall3
Photo of ThePorterSorter


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

This beer pours an elegant golden yellow with an inch of fluffy white froth that laces. I cooled it down briefly and would say it's about 55ish degrees, which helps to bring forward the beer's big breadiness and a floral hoppiness. The ethanol cuts through the nose, but mingles well with the beer's sweetness.
The taste is exquisitely hoppy with a clean, lingering sweetness followed by an extended, dry bitterness. Towards the end of drinking, and after most of the beer's incredible carbonation has burned off, a lot more of the malt comes forward...but the alcohol will still melt your eyebrows off. I'm pleasantly surprised by how this beer drinks and it's definitely a tasty tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 23:03:55 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of rlee1390


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

A-Clear yellow orange, two finger head with some carbonation.

S-Wheat, spices, some grass as well.

T-Starts with a nice blend of grass, lemon and spice with hints of bitterness. As it warms spice dominates.

M-Light in bodied, well carbonated.

O-The problem is that spices starts to dominate and the hops are not really there for this American version.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 23:53:04 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Flounder57


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

25.4 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass. This bottle was picked up a few months back at Bierkraft after volunteering for the B4B.

Appearance: WOW!!!! Two finger of white puffy head. Golden yellow with great clarity and good sight of lots of bubbles coming up through the glass. The head has finally reduced to a small layer and left some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: grapefruit, tangerine, and more citrus on the nose. Belgian candy, bready notes, and sweet malts in the background.

Taste: super citrus flavors, apples, pears, and some sweetness from the malts and Belgian candy. Bitterness in the end from the massive hop bomb, but good. A little alcohol in there too.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, dry, some lingering bitterness in a good way, dry, a little boozy, and very interesting on the palate.

Overall: Usually with tripels you expect the apples, pears, and Belgian candy. This is insanely hopped and you seem to miss out on the characteristics due to the hops, but they are all still there.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 04:32:51 | More by Flounder57
Photo of flagmantho


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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Been looking forward to this one for a while!

Appearance: nice golden hue with a touch of haze and a light effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy white foam. I like it.

Smell: interesting aroma reminiscent of a hoppy saison. There's light malt with plenty of funk, and a bright, acidic citrus coming out which could be hop-derived. Interesting.

Taste: nice malty flavor with a bit of an orchard fruit component. There's also a nice hop contribution which is fruity and citrusy in nature. The funkiness of the aroma is only lightly present in the flavor. A bit out-of-the-box, but tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a giant carbonation and resulting mammoth creaminess. Ba-dow!

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot. It's not a traditional tripel by any means, but I am really cottoning to it. I just wish it were more readily available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:21:05 | More by flagmantho
Photo of vonnegut21

New York

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a gusher upon opening. Pours a cloudy golden hue with a huge white head. The nose is spicy with hints of hops and light bready malt. The first sit is excellent. The hops really yield themselves nicely to the backbone tripel flavors. Overall this is a very tasty interpretation of a tripel and drinks very easy for a 10% beer. Recommended for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 15:50:56 | More by vonnegut21
Photo of homebrew311


2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 07:08:57 | More by homebrew311
Photo of TheCorkStopsHere


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I opened the bottle of Xtra Gold on my coffee table, turned around to grab a glass and within a minute the carbonation had overflowed the bottle and onto the table. The bubbles continued to foam out and over the bottle and make a horrible mess of my coffee table.

The rest of the experience with the Xtra Gold was great! Very flavorful, complex, and delicious! The best Captain Lawrence brew I've had yet!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 21:13:49 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
Photo of harrymel


3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

EXPLOSIVE!!!! Cracked the crown on this and nearly half the bottle came flooding out all over the counter. Brutally either overcarbonated or infected. Anyway, after about five minutes of letting this one air out, I poured a half glass - lovely golden with a fine white foam atop. Slightly herbal hops, some nice sourish tones (nearly tart apple with hint of lime). Tastes like a tripel with refined tones of yeast and a really pleasant lees creaminess. medium bodied with lighter carb now. Nice beer. Wish it wasn't a brutal gusher.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 15:11:54 | More by harrymel
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Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.