Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 64
Gots: 44 | 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:
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(Beer added by: John on 08-14-2006)
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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Opaque orange brown color. Two fingers of white creamy head. Good retention and plenty of lacing. Good here.

4.0 S: Smells like a hoppy saison rather than a tripel. Apply funkiness with peaches and clove yeastiness. Citrusy hops in the form of orange, lemon, grapefruit, and a healthy noseful of mango.

4.0 T: Interesting as hell and not too bad either. Again, the taste is like a hoppy saison instead of a tripel. Apple, pear, and peach funkiness as well as a bit of musty basement. Hops are again citrusy with orange, lemon, mango, and grapefruit. Very little tripel to this tripel, except that the yeast gives off some of the associated flavors: clove and black pepper. General yeastiness there too.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess and very smooth. Very good here.

4.0 D: For how yeasty this is, it never got overly bready. The alcohol is hidden really well. Good enough taste and different enough to keep things fresh for me. Overall no problems. Thumbs up for this.

Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Not really Belgium in appearance. Really hoppy aroma of citrus. I have a hard time detecting any Belgian qualities in the aroma. Pale malt is the only other player in the aroma. It does smell inviting with the American hops. These American hops dominate the flavor and that hurts the overall score of this beer. The Belgian malt and yeast do their best to overcome the hops but fall short of doing something great. The Belgian qualities do make their appearance near the finish with some nice clove and vinous qualities. Bitterness is very high for a tripel but knowing this is an American intrerpation of the style, it seems appropriate. Medium body with peppy carbonation helps lift this hoppy beer. Overall this beer is a little too hoppy with American hops to work. But at the same time those hops are quite flavorfull and adds it's own charactor.

Photo of asabreed
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into chouffe tulip. $9.99, purchased in Vista, NY.

A- Big fluffy white head on a nice golden body. Takes a second pour to account for the big head.

S- Nice powerful hop blast compliments some sweet citrus fruit, mainly tangerines and lemons. Yeast has some nice spice to it as well.

T- Floral and fruity notes hit the tongue, replaced with a blast of hoppiness. Amarillo? I think I remember reading this is dry-hopped w/ Amarillo. A bit medicinal and earthy yeast notes come through in the finish. Agressively hopped, which does a good job at distinguishing this from others in the style.

M- Great lingering flavors, nice body, high carbonation but not out of place. Well put-together. More dry than sweet, which is what I've been looking for in a tripel.

D- Fairly high. Boozy, but very tasty. This one'll sneak up on you, as it's a pleasure to drink. I'll be buying more when I go back to NY. One of the better US tripels I've come across, avoids being too sweet or syrupy. I r-e-a-l-l-y like this beer, and was surprised at how high it scored when the dust settled.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of stimulus
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden with a light white head that leaves light lacing.
S: Grapefruit and tangerine. Sweet aroma.
T: Orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Sweet aftertaste.
M: Full body, good carbonation, and crisp finish.
D: Wow, definitely doesn't taste like 10% abv. More than drinkable. Doesn't have the typical banana and clove tripel taste, but it works quite well the way it is.

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Photo of maximum12
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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!!

Photo of scottfrie
2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured into a westmalle chalice, the beer is a bright, rich golden in color, topped with a thin coating off bone-white carbonation

s: amarillo hops give aromas of orange and tangerine on a very nice tripel base - white grape, kiwi, pepper, and spicy belgian yeasts, the hops ride on the surface but don't become overwhelming, and it seems like CL has accomplished what they were going for here

m: carbonation on the lively side, a touch prickly, with a light-medium body

t: unfortunately, the American-ized hopping that worked on the nose isn't so welcome here, a bitter citrus peel comes in quick and really disturbs what seems to be a nice beer, covering much of the subtlety, bitter lime, some white grape, pepper, yeasty, mineral dry - borderline astringent, light pils grain the only malt flavor, this would be a nice hop profile in some other application, but it's out of place here

d: despite stylistic flaws, it's an interesting beer and drinks pretty well given the abv, worth a one-time purchase

750 from Manchester Wine, Manchester, CT

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Photo of taigor
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of number1bum
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with about a finger and a half of off-white head. It keeps a mostly full lace and leaves a good amount of stick on the sides.

Smell is very hoppy up front, with a floral and citrusy quality. Has a sweetness to it as well, but it smells more like a Belgian IPA than a tripel to me. The fruitiness is distinctly hoppy rather than yeast derived, and although there is a bit of spice too there is little here to scream Belgian yeast at me. It's a pleasant nose, and certainly different.

Taste also has a nice floral, citrus hop flavor, orange-like in particular. Malt sweetness is moderate for a tripel, and is pretty simple, with no candi sugar or anything adding any layering to the sweetness. There is a peppery spice quality to the beer, although that is about all that would indicate a Belgian yeast strain. Like the nose it is pleasant, but it seems awfully simple to me. Some base sweetness and fruity hop flavor, but some more complexity would really be nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but at 10% I certainly expected more heft. Pretty dry in the finish, and not as creamy or rich as many tripels. It's a bit too thin for the style in my opinion.

This is a bit of a tough beer to review, because it's not a typical tripel, but it wasn't intended to be. Still, I expected it to resemble a tripel a bit more, while adding some hop character. Instead it doesn't bring the sweetness and yeast complexity that I had expected. It drinks as a pretty simple beer, which is why even if I blur style guidelines in my mind it still is just a good one and doesn't really come very close to being great. Regardless of style, more complexity would have been nice, particularly if it were yeast derived. A pretty good beer, but there are better American made tripels out there.

Photo of codewarrior
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL bomber poured into a Snifter

Picked this up from the Finger Lakes Beverage center in Ithaca, NY as part of a binge resulting in extra baggage. Was excited to see that the Captain had started bottling ... (hopefully Six Points will follow suit soon).

A: Cloudy hay colored, with lots of thick head.

S: Sweet with citrus notes. Lots and lots of malts there.

T: Wonderful aromotic fruitiness up front, sweetness picks up in the middle and falls into a leafy, rich grassiness. Finish is citrusy and flowery.

F: Thick, rich, good as it opens up.

D: Yum! What is most striking about this beer is that although it changes drastically in flavor as the temperature rises (the peaks and valleys becoming more and more dramatic with each degree), it's damn damn tasty throughout the spectrum. Served it around 40 degrees (a bit cold), and drank routinely up through room temperature. Awesome beer the whole way up.

Photo of treyrab
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of craytonic
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of this from the Gingerman in Manhattan, $20 at the bar, shared with my wife. The beer is a really light shade, pale gold of maybe 8 SRM, with a nice thick and light looking white foam. It smells much much better than I'd anticipated, definitely more hops than your usual tripel. Amarillo comes through more than any other hop, no surprise as it was dry-hopped with Amarillo. Outside of that there's a mild bret funk that I adored and my wife could do without. We both appreciated the hops though.

It tastes really good, if not exactly like a tripel. Not as spicy as I'm used to, but in its place there are nice hops flavors and a consistent barnyard funkiness with a light touch.

Adequately carbonated with a spritzy and peppery mouthfeel, this is a nice American-Belgian pale ale/tripel mix.

Photo of uturn
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Rochefort goblet.

A: The beer poured with a nice 2 finger head which dissipated rapidly and left a thin lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was floral and citrusy leaning more towards orange.

T: The taste started with the expected sweetness from a Belgian style triple with the citrus and spice notes. You get a mild piney bitterness which help balance the sweetness of this ale with those "American hops".

M: The mouthfeel was dry, thin and refreshing with a nice level of carbonation in this extremely drinkable brew.

D: Be careful as it is 10%abv, which you will not notice until you are done with the bottle.

Captain Lawrence suggested drinking this out of a goblet. I did, but since I always enjoy my tripels in tulips, I had my second glass out of a La Chouffe tulip. I thought the presentation & the nose where superior when it was in the tulip glass. The taste, maybe it was more psychological, also tasted much better in the tulip. I say go with a TULIP GLASS instead.

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the brewery atr the cdc release. Poured from a 750 ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a bright golden color with high carbonation evident and one finger of fluffy white head. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grain, spices, bananas, fruity malts, and light floral notes.

t - Tastes of bananas, light fruity malts, spices, yeast, bready malts, and hints of alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV.

d - A pretty nice beer. I didn't think it smelled or tasted too much like a tripel, but it had some notes of that style in each. Lots of bananas, citrus, and fruity malts. Would try again.

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A minor eruption causes me to pour fast and a huge 1/2 glass head rises up and fades with a messy Belgian head over a super hazy peach orange beer.

N: A Belgian tripel nose with B malts, light spices, little sweetness and booze, light fruit, juicy fruit too, little citrus fruit, orange peel, light creamy.

T: Creamy malts alstart with lots of Belgian malts, some light spices with tripel flavors, chest malts, some sweetness, a strong booze taste and almost mouth burn. Light fruit, little citrus and juicy fruits, and touch of apple.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of hot booze and lots of carbonation.

F: Finishes with a lingering hot booze with spicy booze. Some sticky sweetness but mostly dry. Some lingering Belgian malts and tripel like flavors. A slight rustic flavor too.

Photo of jrallen34
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, thanks to hoppymcgee...Pours a really nice looking honey gold, light white head gone is right away though...The aroms is light hops, missing the floralness that I love...The taste is super sweet, not much of a hop presence, fruit notes of sour apples mixed with apricots dominates.

Not a bad beer, just not a good tripel if thats what you were wanting to drink. Worth trying if its around don't trade for it.

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow with some wispy cloudiness. It had a small, bubbly white head of foam. It left a little soapy residue as it receded.

S - The was some phenolic funk present with some of the usual tripel aromatics like spices, grains and fruits.

T - Sweeter than most tripels it still has a touch of the funkiness that came through in the aroma. Fruity notes of apple and pear. Some citrus fruits, too.

M - It had some good bite on the tongue and finished exceptionally dry. A medium bodied ale with some alcohol heat.

D - This is a solid tripel. Not as spicy as I like but still quite good.

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

A- An aggressive pour from the bottle yielded a massive stark-white head, which slowly dissipated and produced some nice foamy lacing. The yellow body was filtered, but featured some chill haze... along with some trace amounts of carbonation.

S- Judging by the nose, the name of this beer is appropriate... as it smells more like a tripel than anything else familiar... pale malts, Belgian yeast esters and phenolics... but there is definitely a moderate hop aroma here that comes across slightly citrus in the nose.

T- Wow. While the nose was reminiscent of a tripel, the flavor is something altogether unique! Starts out with some sweet pale malts, which are immediately met with an overwhelming PINEAPPLE ester! Weird... The Belgian yeast esters/phenolics are barely perceived. In the finish the pineapple co-mingles with some mild citrus flavors. Mild bitterness and faint booze lingers on the tongue after each sip.

M- A medium-plus body with an oily feel to it. The carbonation is super-delicate... and just a touch of heat comes into play from the EtOH. Definitely one of the more substantial mouthfeels I have experienced from a tripel.

D- Incredibly drinkable for 10% ABV. Nothing in the flavor, aroma or mouthfeel is overpowering. I will definitely finish this 750mL tonight... and I'm sure it will leave me feeling GOOD!

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger head which finally settles down to some really thick/creamy off-white sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, bready, with some bananna notes, coriander, slight peppery note. The taste is malty, yeasty, bready, nice touch of bananna/coriander/pepper. Medium body. Drinkable, pretty tasty brew.

Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.