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Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

338 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 63
Gots: 41 | 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 hopdog
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottles acquired in multiple trades.

Opened to a loud psst. Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a huge sized head. Aromas of spiced pears, yeast, apples, bananas, and a little bready. Tastes of spices, fruity, and yeast. Lacing left on the glass. Medium sweet but not overly sweet.

Notes from 2/20/07

hopdog, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -1.2%

nh2032, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev -1.2%

JRod1969, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of jkane101
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jkane101, May 15, 2013
Photo of sitarist
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, just a bit hazy with lots of tiny bubbles rising up to an one and a half inches of rocky white head. The head falls to a coating that leaves webs of lacing.

I smell apples, peaches, spice, sourdough, and musty basement. Not as strong of funky as other tripels that Ive had, but good none the less.

The flavors match the nose with a mild funk leading the way, followed by the fruits, and finishing with a light peppery spice.

It has a creamy, medium body with hardly any carbonation. It is slightly sticky.

Alcohol is well hidden. Easy to drink and delicious. Style-wise Id say this lies somewhere between a Saison and a Tripel.

sitarist, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.2%

InspectorBob, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

sirsteve42, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bjorntele, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Archemedies, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of calsbeek
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purportedly among the best American breweres I had very high expectiations. Someone recently related this beer to RR Damnation batch 23 so I had higher expectations.

Together, this meant that I was rather disappointed with the actual beer. A bit under carbonated for a tripple and entirely too bitter (I know it is pumped as American hops etc... but it just didn't do it for me). Batch 23 is far superior....

I enjoyed it a great deal nonetheless. I just set myself up for something bigger....

smoke from the oak to follow.

calsbeek, Nov 27, 2008
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

kjkinsey, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Paul68, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

malfunxion, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

wizo, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bmur112, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a cloudy golden straw color with a full white fluffy head and good lacing. The aroma is bready/musty clove and sweet yeasty malt. The flavor is very consistent with the aroma. I get orange and lemon highlights as well. At first there is a metallic edge but it disipates quickly with a little warming. It's well carbonated, finely, and bites the tongue with tart citrus clove. There is plenty of rye bread in this mid-bodied beauty with lots of fine suspension. Refreshing, fairly drinkable if you like the style. This does better as it warms and ultimately is a slightly muted and enjoyable version of a typical Belgian trippel. It has some guts, a bit of alcohol, a good entry from the quality crew at Captain Lawrence.

Durge, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks scootny for this one, large capped bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Its golden body is amazingly clear, and it produces a copious whitish head that shows average retention and lacing.
Aroma is mostly spicy, but also fruity (citric), sweetish, earthy with hay/straw notes, and yeasty.
Medium body, quite refreshing despite the high alcohol, and well carbonated, crisp, opening to the same notes suggested by the aroma, along with a slightly salty and orangey/lemony note.
It matched perfectly with a roasted salmon on lemons.

brdc, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a thick 2 1/2 finger head that eventually diminishes to a thick sheet of foam, leaving splotchy lacing down the side of the glass.

S- Spicy and yeasty, as per the traditional Belgian style, with a surprising hoppy aroma with hints of pine.

T- Spicy with a unique Belgian-style hop profile, however a unique piney kick is present as well. Spicy notes of Belgian spice and the discinct Belgian yeasty flavor comes through. A refreshing citrusy kick of lemon is noted in the aftertaste.

M- Fine carbonation with a crisp finish.

D- Clean and easy to drink. Overall, this is a very good tripel, however, CL has put out better beers.

JoeMayo, Dec 19, 2008
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Newbiebeer, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ant880, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

whartontallboy, Feb 05, 2012
Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.