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Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 63
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 08-14-2006)
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Photo of coldmeat23
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a hazy, golden, orange color. Like spring sunshine. A three-finger head of fluffy, white, foam sits on top of it, like a cloud. Retention is very good. Lacing is in broken strands and fairly sticky.

There are big notes of grapefruit that hit me first. These are balanced by the biggest presence of tangerines and sweet oranges that I've ever smelled in a beer. There are hints of pears and white grapes, among other fruit notes, making this one way more fruit forward than I'd expected it to be. There is a big, bready, yeastiness below this. Mild hints of butterey caramel toffees. Nice notes of melons and bubblegum. The sweet fruitiness of this is really impressive and hard to ignore.

The taste follows the nose, for the most part. The huge fruitiness is still here, and it's quite delicious. There is still a big, bready, yeastiness. These are joined by a wonderfully earthy hoppiness, with some light floral notes. A very light touch of bitterness hits you in the finish.
This is a very well balanced beer.

This one is full-bodied with a high level of carbonation. I think, personally, that the bubbles are just slightly too big. This has a good deal of creaminess, but could be even creamier with smaller bubbles and it would definitely be smoother. There is a mild roughness to it, around the edges.

I like tripels alot, and find this one to be quite enjoyable. It's creamy, fruity and yeasty, which are all what I think a good tripel should be.
Well done, Captain Lawrence!

coldmeat23, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with a one finger foamy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Earthy hop aroma with some crisp golden fruit notes. Hints of apple and pear and subtle malt.

Very well balanced with a lot of estery Belgian yest notes and amarillo hops. Earthy hop bitterness balances out the crisp light fruit notes. Apple and pear along with some grape notes. Nice balance of bitter and sweet. Alcohol well masked making it quite quaffable.

corby112, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery recently, been excited to try this after liquid gold fell flat for me.

Some noise with the cap pry, hazy orange tangerine sights, when the liquid resides in the snifter. Small debris floating with bubbles rising, all together xtra looks clean. This looks close enough to a belgian head from the USA i've seen in a while, 3 fingas of foamy white stuff with a rocky mountain look on top. Spotty soapy lacing dwindling.

Hoppy triple indeed, Xtra boast a big hop aroma with some grass and some tropic fruit. Underneath, a big weird smelling yeast strain makes for a big appearence. Fruits with apple and pear and some melon. Some malt with bubblegum and other's in the same vein. Doesn't quite replicate the belgian triples(De Dolle) bigness on ripe fruit but close enough.

Small traces of the belgian yeast up front with the obligatory tastes that come with them. Some fresh bread afterwards. Next up a basket of fruits with apple and pear leading with some orange and slight tangerine following. Some bananers as well. The hops have held up enough to let you know they are not dead with citrus flavors from the tropics. I kinda like this take on a triple and it screams american. Sweet malt with candi and bubblegum.

The carbonation is fine, not overly big as some folks have said. I'll say it has a whole lot less than mad bitch, that one's a doozy. There is a light/slight crispness in the middle and end. A mix of yeast and fruit all in all and the body on this is a little below medium and not as sweet as some of the Belgiam examples. Alcohol is not completely out of the way.Not as hoppy as expected but im not sure the age on this bottle.

Well, this takes some xtra time to consume, and on a night where i wanted to drink a lot, i still took my time with it. Not as bold as other examples but i guess the slight alcohol taste combined with a odd yeast strain makes the taste hurt a bit and maybe cuts down on the fruits true cababilities. I would suggest spliting this with a friend, If you can find one.

BARFLYB, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of mikey711
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WooHoo, I am the 100th person to review this beer! I picked it up at the brewery at the SFTO Release. Poured it into a chimay goblet.

A: Golden color with an inch thick white head on top. The bubbles are a bit bigger tan I expect and lots of carbonation rushes up from the bottom like a deep sea geyser.

S: Nice candy sweetness and floral hop notes. Also has the unmistakable bubblegum yeasty aroma.

T: Hmmm sweet and delicious. As decsribed on the bottle this is a different interpretation of a tripel. It has a good balance of sweetness and hops. More hops than most tripels. The sweetness dates like rock candy and the hops are earthy and floral.

M: Very full bodied and the high carbonation tickles the back of my tongue. Some booziness and a dlightly dry and fruity finish.

D: Easy sipping beer and very nice for the fall

mikey711, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden tan with a silky white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has floral hops over fruity malts, citurs, spicy yeast and sweet candies.

Taste also has a good amount of bitter hops up front and through the finish. Well balanced by a tropical fruits, caramel malts and peppery Belgian yeast.

Medium body a bit over carbonated, but still nice. Great Belgian IPA from CL.

rye726, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of nathanmiller
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

nathanmiller, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

nickd717, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle courtesy of gregc poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big billowy white head that shows excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with lots of pears and green apples on top of some Belgian candi sugar. There are some lightly toasted pale malts as well as some citrus fruits, especially tangerines and pineapples.

The taste is excellent with the sweet sugar coated pears and apples mixing with the citrus presence of the pineapples and lemons. The taste brings in a bit of yeast that wasn't as prevalent in the aroma with the finish having a little bit of pepper.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and sugary sweet on the palate.

An excellent tripel with a complex and well-integrated taste that brings a bunch of different elements together extremely well. Highly recommended!

gford217, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.


woosterbill, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle, one of at least a dozen I've had of this beer. This particular bottle was shared by psycohops. Thanks Bob! Poured into a matching pair of basic tulip glasses. The tripel appears a crystal clear rich golden yellow color with at least two fingers of fluffy, cloud-like off white foam. The nose and flavor consist of fresh citrus hops such as tangerine and orange, tropical fruits, melon, apples, spicy yeast, great sweet malt balance, a bit of black pepper, and some white grapes. An awesome, hoppy American tripel. The ale is just as good with some time in the cellar. A notch or two better than medium in body with ample carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable given the high ABV. Great stuff!

ClockworkOrange, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Slatetank, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks for gpcollen1 for this one.

A-Pours a clear gold with lots of fluffy white head and great lacing.

S-Nicely balanced between Belgian yeast and pineapple and tangerine hop notes,

T-Crisp green apple, followed by pineapple hoppiness and Belgian yeast. Nicely balanced.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-Very tasty. Glad I drank this one fresh to get the full effect of the hops.


sholland119, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired on my first trade. Poured into a thick walled chalice.

A- Clear golden color (until the last couple glasses where my efforts to decant begin to fail). Huge huge head. It rushed up quickly and stays literally the entire time. I had to take my time pouring this one but its worth it.

S- Quite unlike other tripels. I now quickly understanding why they are calling this an "American Tripel". The nose has a hit of hops that Ive not had in any other tripels Ive tried. Its quite nice.

T- The hops come through more than in other beers of this style but are not offensive. Other than that its a typical tripel.

M & D- medium bodied, carbonation is on the high side but it goes well with the belgian candi sugars and fruitiness. Drinkability is alright, the alcohol is defiantly a defining factor here.

MbpBugeye, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of mltobin
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Captain Lawrence Brewing in Pleasantville.
I poured the xtra gold into a Duvel tulip glass. The appearance is a medium hazy yellow with a large frothy head. It smells of citrus and some light spice. Taking a sip, I taste grapefruit, hops and some of the malt. It tastes very, very good and it is a great tripel from the U.S., which is not always the end result of this style from U.S. brewers. The mouthfeel is sweet, hoppy, some of that warm alcohol comes through as well. But for 10%, xtra gold is by no means overpowering. Drinkability is there on this spectacular beer from Captain Lawrence, very glad that I picked up this bottle after finally making the trip down to see their brewery in person.

mltobin, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an aggressive white foamy head. This is one where it takes several minutes to pour a glass. (Beer slowly foaming out of the top of the bottle) The beer itself is a bright gold color with decent clarity and an active burst of carbonation rushing to the surface. The head just stays around forever. I am still trying to pour the glass, this is getting a bit ridiculous. As I keep trying to pour this the beer becomes more cloudy. Clearly the sediment is now stirred up in the bottle despite my efforts to decant a glass. Chunks of lacing everywhere.

Aroma is fresh, fruity and floral. Slight yeast and white pepper. This is one that smells like Juicy Fruit gum to me. (that's a good thing) Citrus hop aroma evident.

Flavor is very nice. You can clearly see why they call this an American Tripel. The hop presence is right up front, totally Citrus and American in nature. Very nice. The fruit flavors just keep coming. Apple, white grapes. Really like the malt tones I taste. The end is also nice with the lingering hop bitterness. More white pepper in the flavor.

Crisp mouth feel, finished a bit dry. Refreshing. Two steps below chalky.. but it is dry on the tongue.

I really like this beer and it's a perfect compliment to a warm summer day.

Reagan1984, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 capped bottle at New Beer Distributors in the Bowery. I like it when labels tell the truth and this really does taste like an American-style tripel. It's more crisp (and fresh) with juicy citrus hops rounding out a more traditional spice and pepper malt and yeast flavor. Sometimes US brewers try to put their own American spin on a Belgian, but the beer just comes out too plain, this beer doesn't do any of that. It takes the best of both worlds making for a delicious and satisfying beer. I'll also note that fans of hoppy Belgian's should look to this beer.

tempest, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Nickls, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Poured clear amber color with an average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Complex spicy citrus and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium citrus balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a refreshing good beer.

tmoneyba, May 19, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a solid pale malt scent along with a warming alcohol and fruity yeast ester aroma. There is a bit of citrus and an earthy undertone. The taste is exceptional. It has a very nice pale malt flavor that's warming. The yeast adds a ton of character. It has an awesome fruitiness with a dry earthy finish. It's also quite bitter. I'm guessing Chinook hops, because of the grapefruit character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a very good drinking tripel. It's loaded with taste and aroma; a well brewed beer.

WesWes, May 18, 2009
Photo of Moxley
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Moxley, May 17, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Nice bright, chill hazy golden with a pretty three fingers of near-white froth. Quite pillowy in appearance with lots of multi-shaped bubbles.
Aroma of dry champagne, honeydew, fresh baked bread. Nice fruity alcoholl vapor fills the nostrils.
Zesty yet dry in the mouth. Saltine cracker maltiness, with a nice burst of juicy fruity hop flavor. Kiwi, mango...of that variety. Zesty, juicy, then dry mouthfeel. Touch of tartness on the backend. Alcohol very well hidden...excellent version of an American Tripel...probably the best I have tasted. And a very nice beer for my 200th review.

RustyDiamond, May 04, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with Ineedabeerhere. Pours a brilliant gold into my pint glass. The head is massive, frothy, and white. The retention is outstanding, and the lacing covers my glass.

The aroma is of yeasty apricot and lemon with a sweet, sugary malt profile. A bit of peppery spices and clove are present in the nose. The alcohol is barely detectable. The flavor is initially sweet with apricot and a bready, sugary malt backbone. The alcohol has a decent presence, yet doesn't hinder the other flavors. The cloves are present and the dry finish is peppery citrus with a little bitterness.

Light-medium bodied with a lot of carbonation and a dry, crisp mouthfeel. A delicious beer.

HopHead84, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 4/11/09. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, melon rind, and yeast. Classic abbey tripel aroma. Flavor is a bit more citrusy and finishes dry. Slight bitterness from the hops. Light and pleasant.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

TheycallmeTim, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Risser09
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into a snifter - fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with lots of lively carbonation. The cream colored head rises 1" tall and shows great retention. Lots and lots of sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: Powerful spice from the Belgian yeast. Readily hopped with the mentioned Amarillo. A bit of a citrus and floral hoppiness. Very heavy pale malt aroma.

Taste: A pinchy spiciness come right off the bat. A big dose of Belgian yeast, pepper and booze. Slight banana and pale malt flavors. A weird mineral booze flavor in the finish. Some hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and boozy are two words that would perfectly describe this ale. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. It foams all the way down.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew. It needed to be a little more delicate with the spice and alcohol as they do get cloying. Not terrible.

Risser09, Apr 03, 2009
Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.