Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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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
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.
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.
07-02-2010 23:10:15 | More by Wasatch
3.98/5 rDev -2%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Lindeman's wine-style glass.
A: Poured a bright, golden yellow color with a bit of a chilled haze and formed a big, three-finger thick head of sudsy, white carbonation bubbles. This retained very well and left sheets of lacing on the glass. Nice!
S: Smells quite hoppy, with citrus and tropical fruit notes coming through along with white pepper and some banana.
T: Taste is clean, dry, semisweet and mildly tart pilsner malts at first. This gives way to a bit of a sour, tropical fruit medley of pineapple, mango and apple to go along with the lemony citrus flavors. Finishes slightly bitter with a lingering tart, alcoholic sting.
M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty clean and slightly creamy, with a pretty high effervescent factor and slight alcohol bite.
D: Very easy to down a couple of six ounce pours of this Tripel. The 10% ABV XTra Gold is a pretty harmonious marriage of the American IPA and Belgian Tripel. Just the right amount of funky, spicy Belgian yeast strain character to go along with those pungent and citrusy, yet balanced, hop influences.
06-30-2010 05:36:28 | More by Gambrinus1184
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.
06-22-2010 01:42:54 | More by ktrillionaire
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
750 ml bottle split with a friend, my half poured into a Triple Karmeleit glass. From notes 06/14/10.
Forms a nice head with the assistance of the glassware but it settles with disappointing rapidity. Very little lacing. Body is the style-typical bright but hazy yellow.
Aroma is fruity and intense. Most of it can be picked out even before the pour. Strong peaches, cane, spice and some bananas.
They call this an American Tripel but from the spicy yeast flavors and fruity esters it's clear they used a Belgian style strain of yeast. Still very fruity with more peaches, banana, and even some whites grapes. Secondary flavors include a surprisingly hefty shot of grassy hop bitterness, wood, and a mildly phenolic aftertaste. I wish the flavors were bolder and better integrated though, would also like a cleaner finish.
Feel is somewhat dry, relatively thin bodied compared to many well known versions, medium carbonation for the style. Alcohol is well hidden.
Overall a fair approximation of a Belgian Tripel but falls well short of the best in the style and well short of my expectations from this brewer based on their other beers I've tried. It has a lot of the elements for a good Tripel but somehow it doesn't quite come together for me. Now that I've posted this review and see how highly this is rated I can only assume there's some variation bottle to bottle.
06-15-2010 19:31:15 | More by berkey
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a clear golden color with a big, sticky, white head that slowly dissipates into a thin film. Nicely webbed lacing left behind.
Sweet malts and sticky, pine-infused, hops make up the majority of the nose. Sugary sweet, almost like sugar cookies with tangerines.
The taste has all the qualities of the typical Belgian Tripel but adds a layer of juicy, bittering hops. Malty, bready and grassy. Alcohol comes through lightly, but flows well with the flavor profile. Pears and other light citrus fruits dance in the background.
Mouthfeel is slick, almost oily from the hops. Somewhat chewy and bitter. Yet sweet at the same time. Warming alcohol.
Drinkability is pretty good. I usually find most tripels to be too sweet, so I really like the addition of hops in this brew. A 750 is probably a bit much for one person, but excellent to split with another BA. The 10% ABV is also well masked, adding to the drinkability.
Overall, this is another quality beer from Captain Lawrence. Sours seem to be their specialty but based on this beer it looks like they can probably do a pretty good job with any style they brew. It's definitely worth checking out this tripel and I will probably seek out some of their other brews. Also, if you like strong sours, then you'll love their Rosso e Marrone. Quality brewery.
06-09-2010 00:34:30 | More by sisuspeed
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
4.18/5 rDev +3%
Poured into a snifter on 6/5/10
Xtra Gold is a hazy golden amber with highlights of pineapple. Pours a one finger head of white foam that thins to a skim rather quickly. Swirling revives a thin but decent layer. Splotchy retention & minimal lacing. Some sediment sits at the bottom.
American Tripel, huh? I reckon it smells the part. Zesty notes of citrus hops are prevalent - lemon, tangerine & grapefruit. Spicy notes of clove are in abundance. Also notable are effervescent swaths of ripe, light fruit, namely pear & apple. It's kind of hard to draw a line of demarcation between the fruits & the citrus hops. Yeast undertones.
This tastes mostly in line with the aroma. It definitely falls in the direction of hoppy. Bold notes of citrus hit upfront & with a moderate pine element following. A decent amount of bitterness is present considering the take on the style. Accents of clove & spice hang about. Light fruits abound, offering bit of tartness. A slight inkling of yeast, but it seems minimal.
Medium-light in body with subtle carbonation. It's a pretty chill beer in that respect. Finishes clean with some grass & spice notes lingering on the finish.
Overall it's pretty impressive, especially taking into account the American twist on the Tripel style. It's an easy drinker. I'm glad I picked it up.
06-08-2010 02:22:02 | More by Ryan011235
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
Pours a glowing golden yellow with three fingers of head and great lacing.
The aroma is very citrusy, like a can of mixed fruit. Peach, pineapple, grapes, apples, plus more. Lots of yeast and some clove. Spices are there but subtle. Nice.
The spices that were subtle in the aroma are huge in the flavor....a real kick to the palate. Kind of shocked me at first. Very peppery. The citrus fruits are still present but reduced, and the yeast dominates the rest of the flavor.
The body is medium and carbonation is appropriate for the style.
Overall, I found this to be a very unique take on the style. To me it was like a blend of a Tripel, Saison, and Belgian IPA. It is a bit too peppery for my liking, but I still kept reaching for the glass out of curiosity.
06-01-2010 21:26:13 | More by alcstradamus
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
Cheers to Cuzco for sending this bottle along. The beer pours a nice golden yellow. The fluffy white cap is initially impressive (3 fingers or so) and leaves plenty of lace, but retention is poor. The nose is primarily of lemon/orange citrus notes from the hops, with some clove and traditional yeast spiciness there as well. The taste is largely a blend of the same, and the problem with both is that the balance is too far tilited towards the hops. The bottle refers itself as an "American Tripel" and the beer is just a little too much American hops and not enough traditional Belgian tripel flavor to live up to its billing. The beer has a nice body to it, suitably creamy, but it's noticeably undercarbonated. The best thing this beer has going for it is its drinkability, as the hops are focused on flavor rather than bitterness and the alcohol doesn't have much in the way of a presence. I appreciate what Captain Lawrence was going for, but for my money they went to far in mixing American hops and Belgian style.
05-30-2010 04:13:39 | More by axeman9182
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
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
Poured from 750ml bottle. Thanks to Luke for sharing this with me! Review from notes.
A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Two and a half finger white head sticks around forever and caps on the beer itself. Tons of sticky lacing left all over the glass.
S- Lots of tropical fruits in this nose. Mango, grapefruit, and lemon in here. Some light bubblegum like notes throughout the entire aroma. There is a very light hopping in the backing altogether...can't make out what it is though.
T- Nice bready malts come out for a quick kick before being overtaken by a citrus and tropical fruit blast. There is a bitterness to this from some hops in the middle. Light Belgain style sugar sweetness in the backing of this. This adds a yeasty element to the beer along with some light peppery flavors.
M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Tropical fruits soaked in alcohol left on the palate with some Belgain yeasty aftertaste. Flavors were blended well together overall. Flavors were crisp for the most part. Drying on the palate with every sip.
D- This was a good drinker but after one glass I was ready to jump into something else. Look forward to drinking this again but just not back to back. Nice beer overall though...would recommend.
05-22-2010 23:06:52 | More by alleykatking
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
I picked this up from CharlatanSin-- thanks man!
Poured into Duvel tulip.
This is a hazy, slightly orange, toasted gold color with a HUGE white head of thick, frothy, billowy bubbles rising 3 fingers and sticking around for quite some time. Great retention, and decent enough lace.
Smells of crisp apples and flowery yestiness. Some spiciness sneaks into nose as well.
Taste follows nose on this beer-- apples and pear flavors with a white pepper spice note from the yeast. Finish is crisp with some sweetness. Nice and refreshing, with a great body that is airy and light with huge amounts of carbonation.
This isn't a huge old Belgian strain tripel, this is a more subdues and drinkable American take on the style, and it works well here.
05-10-2010 04:13:30 | More by AleWatcher
4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours from the 750ml bottle with a light gold color. Decent clarity, even on the second pour. The head is a nice thin lace around the edges that is easily revived with a swirl.
I've had this beer a few times before and thought they were hoppier then. Perhaps this isn't as fresh. Still, the amount of hops right now add a nice dimension to the Tripel style. I don't usually think throwing extra hops in any style of beer makes it better, but it works here. The lightly floral and citrus character of the hops blends nicely with the spicy and sticky sweet character coming from the yeast. The impressive thing is that the nose is as hoppy as an IPA and as yeasty as a Belgian Tripel.
The flavor impresses me as well. The hops don't clash at all with the Belgian style beer. It tastes like they were meant to be used in a tripel. The bitterness stands out a little bit on the finish, but not much. This style is supposed to have a good amount of bitterness.
The sweetness is heavily influenced by candy sugar. There is also an herbal element that blends nicely with the fresh, floral aspect from the hops. It's all simple, but effective.
The carbonation is a bit below average for the style but fits well. The body is thick and sugary with an almost grainy feel to it. This is one of my favorites. One bottle is plenty for right now, but I'll get it again.
05-07-2010 00:17:59 | More by jeffthecheff
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
A: Straw yellow pour, topped with a huge white head that sticks around forever. When it begins to slowly recede, it becomes more rolling. A nice strand of bubbles rising on all sides is also attractive.
S + T: Aroma is modest, though pleasant. I find that tripels often come across to me more like saisons, with a lot of hay and funk that can be a little off-putting - at least when I'm not after that kind of brew in the glass. This has some pleasant fruit notes - notably pear and apple, and a big hop presence not usually found in tripels. The bottle explains that, though, so it's not something 'wrong.' Their use has actually worked quite well with that fruitiness, offering some citrus flavours. There's a little bit of a peppery hint that cuts through the sweetness to add a nice touch.
M + D: Mouthfeel is one of the best points of this beer, I found. Body is on the lighter side of medium, with an active carbonation and absolutely no stickiness, which works well for the sweet flavours... it keeps them in check, and doesn't make anything seem cloying (though I don't think that would happen anyways, honestly. Alcohol is barely noticed, with just that little bit of spiciness adding to the mix... quite nicely done, and a good choice for evening sipping.
04-30-2010 00:46:06 | More by Proteus93
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, unleashing what is for a short time a massive white head that quickly settles down into a more manageable small but dense layer of foam. Good retention on this smaller layer, with a bit of lacing left behind. Some visual carbonation shoots up through the haze.
Very appealing aromas. Lightly sweet with plentiful fruits- fresh sliced apples and pears, white grapes, a hint of citrus. Some cloves and yeast with a bit of an earthy edge.
I'm really digging what the bold American hops bring to this beer. Loads of fruitiness- golden and tart apples, a few drops of lemon, orange zest, peaches- that match up quite nicely with the yeast and cloves. Some other spicy notes in there, too. Starts off with a powerful honey sweetness, but this begins to dry out toward the swallow, leaving behind some lightly toasted malt flavors, lingering tanginess and a touch of funk. Carbonation seems just about perfect, nice and smooth. The hefty ABV is shockingly well hidden. Quite complex- lots going on, but with smooth transitions between all the flavors.
Overall impression: A fine tripel, and certainly worth seeking out.
04-20-2010 15:13:02 | More by PDXHops
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
Thanks to Jaxson53 for my Capt. hook-up. Light honey color with crystal clearity. Thick frothy head lingers, great retention. Carbination from stem pours up.
Aromas pour out as soon as bottle was opened. Distinct Belgian yeast aromas, slight sour, clove, some sweet malt, and suttle hop aroma.
Delicious Belgian yeast flavors blend with classic clove and spices. Hops make a big push with slight sweet citrus character, some bitterness,and slight floral tones. Backed by a strong sweetend malty backbone. Some sour tones hang around throught drink.
Medium body thats solid and refreshing. Clean, fresh mouthfeel with only slight yeasty notes lingering.
Quality craft brew from the Capt. Fresh and clean characters aid in the enjoyment of this brew. Great twist with the additions of amarillo hops and increased sweet malts. Great to see brewers taking there craft to outter boundaries. Can't wait for distribution to Massachusetts.
04-19-2010 15:00:24 | More by FishGetter
3.98/5 rDev -2%
Served this chilled, (although I let it warm a bit) In an Ommegang tulip, From a brown 750ml bottle. Can't go wrong with Captain Lawrence.
Appearance: Xtra Gold pours out a bright yellowish gold color that is a bit hazy. An easy pour resulted in about three fingers of dense, creamy, bone white head. Great head retention, lasted untill the end. Tons of thick what lace was left sticking to the glass.
Smell: Pretty decent nose on this beer. Thick malty aromas out front. A bit of cloves and black pepper. Herbal hops stand out quite a bit. Lemon zest and fresh cut grass also come to mind. Quite spicey.
Taste: Bready, sweet malt is noted first. Before you know it the malt is quickly cut by some bitter hop flavors. Lemon and orange peel. Light cloves in the background. Finishes dry with more juicy hops. Ten percent ABV is well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Slick, medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderate amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Very easy drinking brew. Almost too easy.
04-03-2010 13:09:25 | More by jaxon53
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
Green 750 mL capped bottle, not sure on vintage, but purchased January 2009. Poured into a snifter.
A unique take on an "American Tripel" that doesn't quite hit the mark in regards to both flavor and body. Appearance is average, pale and cloudy golden with a short lasting cream head. Aroma is sweet, solvent and tonic-y. Age has taken edge off the hop bitterness but the hops are still much more present than expected for the style and provide some of the sweetness. Flavors of ripe fruit, apple, pear, lime, some tropical flavors and a lingering dry and sweet finish. Hard to get an objective take on the body and mouthfeel with the extremely sharp, fine carbonation. Alcohol is still present and warming throughout even with the at least year age. Despite the negatives, I still found this to be an interesting blend of flavors but this is the most disappointing beer I've had from CL so far.
03-29-2010 01:22:58 | More by yourefragile
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured a bright golden color with a big fluffy white head. The head settled but left some very good lacing on the glass.
The aroma a citrus, lemon zest like smell to it along with some fruity, spicy Belgian yeast flavors. The taste has the same lemony citrus found in the nose along with the fruity, spicy yeast flavors as well. The citrus comes through up front with some good tropical fruit like flavors. The yeast gives it a slightly peppery flavor in the finish with some hints of cloves and allspice.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice drinking Belgian inspired beer. The citrus and fruit flavors went very well with the Belgian yeast flavors and helped make it more drinkable. Probably one of the best Triple's I've had so far.
03-28-2010 20:10:46 | More by billab914
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
03-26-2010 12:18:58 | More by Andreji
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
03-05-2010 17:40:56 | More by MikeGill
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.
02-26-2010 22:09:24 | More by HopHooligan
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
Captain Lawrence extra gold American triple poured into my Orval chalice. I haven't had this one in a while. Immediately struck by how crisp and golden the beer was, but slightly disappointed in the lack of a pillowy head. The beer does not leave heavy lacing, but is attractive never the less. The "American-ness" of this triple is apparent right away, having taken a deep wiff I expected much more of a fruity aroma but found more of a hoppy aroma. Although unexpected the aroma was pleasant and well balanced, there is some fruit in there and yeasty aromas.
This beer has great flavor and is nicely balanced. It is slightly spicy with a distinct vegetal green character from the hops. There are less yeasty flavors then I am accustomed to in a triple, but that's probably because it is an American Triple style. Never the less the beer has a clean crisp quality and there is just the ever so faintest taste of alcohol in the finish. Tasty...period.
The mouth feel is lovely, perhaps could be a little bit more carbonated. But the beer has nice body. As mentioned the alcohol is hidden rather well making this beer rather drinkable.
Oh boy, my first review...been a beer geek for a while and have known about BA for some time. Thought it was time to start rating. Cheers All
02-06-2010 03:57:04 | More by pmlondrigan
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
750 ml bottle into a goblet.
Pours a clear gold, with about a finger of poofy off-white head. Retains with a thick soapy look, just slathering the sides of the glass with thick lacing. The aroma is alive in the nose with candy, bread, yeast, and fresh blast of American hops, which give this lively notes of floral character, spice, and citric fruits. Just a smidge of warmth gives the flavors a bit of a fume feel in the nostrils.
The Amarillo hops in the taste are used to great effect here, with the biting spice and zesty fruit of them nicely playing against the bread and candied feel of the Tripel. The biscuits and citrus especially work well together here, while yeast and spice add a fair bit of intenseness to the dryness of the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a certain amount of sharpness to middle section of body before getting more slick feeling on the edges of the swallow from the hop oils. Very mellow feeling overall in the mouth and I am honestly not picking up very much of that 10% ABV in the feel at all. This has a very well hidden alcohol content here.
Nice! I like a good surprise one in a while and this one really shocked me with how good it was. Well balanced, with a fresh hoppy vibrancy to it, and a killer feel and drinkibility for the size. I'm glad that this is one of the easier Captain selections to find, I'll definitely be revisiting this again in the future.
02-02-2010 20:33:49 | More by Kegatron
Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.