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Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
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:
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(Beer added by: John on 08-14-2006)
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Photo of Vancer
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Holy moly, been sitting on this 2006 brew from the BA Get Bombed annv. Club - sent from gpcollen1 - thanks again George!

Big ol' 750 hisses as the top is popped, tried to foam out, but I was ready with the Corsendonk tulip. Luvley golden brew, of course massive white topping that sticks like glue.

Excellent aroma of spices, apple, apricot - quaff just mirrors these and adds a sturdy malt backbone. A touch of hops still kick in the finish. Well carbonated and sips like a dream - no hint of the high power abv. Maybe it's the aging, but this is a top-notch tripel - American style.

Vancer, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of sleazo
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a hazy straw golden hue with a big fluffy white head. A steady stream of bubbles rises from the murky depths of the snifter to replenish the lofty crown. Sheets of lace cover the glass. The only drawback here is the head does not remain as long as it could.

S_The aroma is a delightful blend of grassy and medicinal hops, cloves, allspice, sweet honey and a hint of citrus.

T_The sweet honey flavour dominates at first which quickly delves into a hop explosion of grassy and medicinal tastes. The finish is very dry and reveals hints of wild flowers, cloves, white pepper and a citic astringency. The yeast is there throughout providing the spices and a nice lightly baked bread note. Ont he whole perfectly on the dry side with just a bit of sweetness.

M_Dry and effervecent like the best of the style.

D_A very interesting take on the tripel style. Very American in the liberal use of hops but with all the classic hallmarks of the style. I have had this on tap a few times before without reviewing it but I have to say I am glad to have that i haven't. The bottled version is superior.

sleazo, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Chugs13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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 brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of balinor
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

balinor, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of DSlim71
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

DSlim71, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of PorterBoy14
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

PorterBoy14, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of 52ndVictory
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

52ndVictory, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of mltobin
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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 zestar
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

zestar, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of brewandbbq
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, light gold, with a lively, massive head.
At least three inches of dense white froth settle down slowly, revealing some beautifull lacework. A singular strand of minute orbs relentlessly ascend from the bottom of the tulip glass.
Aromatics are filled with fruit, vanilla, and warming alcohol. A kiss of malt and honey finish through, along with a minerally nod.
The classic Belgian triple nose paired perfectly with fresh peaches and tangerines. Wowza.
The mouthfeel is crisp and creamy, with vibrant carbonation.
Tropical fruits and phenols dominate the pallet, with warming alcohol following closely behind.
Exeptionally dry and fruity. Bitterness is firm and smooth, but not overbearing. Most of the hopping is in the flavoring and aromatics.
Alcohol is warming, and the beer is a bit big for style...Perfect!
Finishes with lingering orange, peach, and marmalade melange,
some minimal lingering heat, with a faint vanilla note.

Probably the best domestic triple I've ever had.

Big thanks to EriktheRed for hooking me up!

brewandbbq, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of jackie7787
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

jackie7787, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of BeerTruth
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rcielsa hooked me up with this bottle, thanks man.

750 ml. bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a foggy sunset orange hue with a full two finger pillowy white head that slowly dies down to a soft layer of foam. Nice lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty hoppy up front, I guess that's why Scott calls it an "American Tripel". Sweet grapefruit, honey, and yeast in the nose to begin with. Some apple and pear combined with faint pepper and spice as well. Sweet fruit flavors consisting of pear, tangerine, and white grapes at first. Midway the bread-like characteristics emerge with the yeasts and pale malts. Aftertaste is a touch dry with honey, grapefruit, lemongrass and lingering alcohol. Best tasting Tripel that I have experienced by far. Soft medium body with a pleasant carbonation. The 10% abv is hidden extremely well, be careful with this one. I'm not a fan of the style and I haven't tried too many, but this is by far the best overall Tripel I've sampled. I'm thinking because it's hopped up, but hey, that's the hophead in me. Hell of a beer, get your hands on this one for sure.

BeerTruth, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

just released, batch 2.. brown fancy label. 750ml

cloudy yellow with a heart of orange haze. lumpy bubble crust thin atop this brew.. not much to look at, really. subsequent warmer pours draw a bulkier foam, but whatever. can smell the lemony-lime hop/yeast combination from a good foot away. closer analysis yields hollow amarillo sweetness inhabited by the heft of a peppery yeast-flaked, honey drenched belgian bomb. although when i drink, the hop bitterness clearly takes over and masks what sweetness the tripel aspect of this beer would have brought to the table. not to mention it's pretty light bodywise and goes down mad easy.. if you told me this was a B pale ale or even and experimental APA i might believe you. that special dryness that you only get out of belgian yeast strain fermentation is what exists to remind me as the sips finish. even the alcohol content is currently masked by the sharp, fresh bitterness of crystalline green and sticky citrus hops. warmth serves to even out the playing field a bit, and shades of the first (and inferior) batch of XG arise. normally, i like my tripels closer to room temperature, but the chilly exclamation point this beer provides in its current state makes my mouth water, and i feel both refreshed and satisfied by its integrity.

if the capn can improve a batch so furiously from #1 to #2, i can only imagine where they will be in five years.

goodbyeohio, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Walken
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Captain Lawrence, Xtra Gold Tripel (Tasted 11/18/08)
750 ml. bottle: poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Gold, duh. Head is a frothy white monster composed of tight bubbles, foams up quickly, then fades down into a one-inch cap, minimal lacing.
Odor: Pear, banana, pepper and faint grapefruit against a canvas of candy-sweet Belgian malt aromas.
Consistency: Creamy, medium body. Peppery alcohol and hop bitterness prickles at the tongue, however the carbonation level is perfect, this beer is still as soft & smooth as a babies bottom. There's a somewhat syrupy background to the feel, but it's barely noticeable with everything else going on.
Flavor: Pear and soft sweet bready malt rushes in first, joined by the aforementioned peppery alcohol notes and a bit of grassy hop flavor. Alcohol warmth sets in slowly, some honey flavors come into view as the hop flavors intensify, slight grapefruit and pineapple juiciness. Finish is clean, leaving a bit of grassy, bitter hop flavor and spice behind.

I'm pretty sure this bottle has been sitting in a warehouse for a while because the hop flavors are not nearly as intense as noted by others, but that's the beauty of it. While the hop flavors have become less intense over time, it's still a damned fine tripel. I hope to get a taste of this fresh in the near future.

Walken, Nov 19, 2008
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml to tulip. Purchased at the CdC release earlier in the year. Sampled 3/18/12.

A: Massive pop upon uncapping. The eggshell colored cap rises to 3 fingers and deflates slowly over a period of a few minutes. A frothy lump remains in the middle and a perfect web of lacing circles the entire glass. The body is golden orange and magnifyingly clear. Lots of carbonation to be seen. Lacing remains proficient.

S: Strong fruity notes of Fiji apple and Bartlett pear with a peachy influence in the background. A cracker-like grain provides the canvas for the hops and yeast to be the focal point. Somewhat rustic. There is a hint of soap and a metallic edge that I'm not fond of, but the rest of the aroma is great.

T: The flavor takes a sudden tropical turn and the peach is even more noticeable. Fruity with a complimenting dusty, rustic nature that works quite well. The hop selection is brilliant. As is the choice in yeast. I particularly enjoy how the estery profile has been reinvented with this Tripel.

M: Medium full with a thick, engaging mouthfeel. The effervescence from the first pour was on the light end, but a softer second pour corrected that problem easily. Sweet from font to middle with a drying backend. Wonderful again.

O: This beer really impressed me. An American Tripel?!?! Would have never guessed...but I LOVE the confidence!

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 750 ml bottle received from Kegatron in the Dee Snider and the Twisted 6s BIF. Thanks Heath!

This is an American interpretation of a Tripel, so I'm going to review rather leniently against the Belgian Tripel style. Label even states that it can't be called a Belgian style.

Poured a cloudy golden color in the glass. Lots of fluffy white head, but it didn't last, gone in about a minute.

Aromas of hops, citrusy. Not to belgian style, but this is an American interpretation. Good balance though. Not much malt, but the hops aren't overpowering, and the Amarillo hops add a nice contrast. Alcohol hidden nicely in the aromas.

First sip, the citrus (lemons and tangerines) is a nice contrast to most belgian tripels, I think it plays very nicely. Still good balance between hops and malt. No alcohol warmth until the beer warms up a bit, but it doesn't smack you. Again, very nice balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is medium, not cloying, not overly bitter. Nice spritzy carbonation, but not a heavy carbonic bite. I might soften the carbonation a little. But still a fantastic beer.

Drinkability - drinks very light for such high alcohol level. This is going to sneak up on me later, but I would go back for a second bottle in a heartbeat. Very nice beer. Seek this out.

JamnesCameron, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold in color with plenty of carbonation and a decent inch of head on the pour. Smell is juicy, citrusy hops and some belgian yeast.
Taste is a perfect balance of belgian and IPA. This is the first of the style that I have thoroughly enjoyed. The hops are very citrusy and work well in this Tripel. Plenty of carbonation and bitterness in the hops that create a wonderful mouth feel. Wonderful beer and you never notice the 10% ABV. I could drink this regularly, very well done and enjoyable.

FtownThrowDown, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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 jeffthecheff
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jeffthecheff, May 07, 2010
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spring 2008 bottle courtesy of gpcollen1 in a trade. Thanks for the opportunity and for introducing me to this brewery! 750 ml bottle poured into my snifter.

A- Body is a translucent golden yellow hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger white, frothy, yet creamy head. This head eventually fades completely leaving no lacing behind in the glass. When held up to the light I can see that the cloudiness of this brew is thick and uniform which is a big +.

S- My initial pour of this brew was while chilled and I honestly smelled nothing. The second pour...with the foam one could pick up a soft floral hop presence but nothing else...but when the head faded this brew showed its true colors. Its a wonderful soft balance of grapefruit, lemon zest, floral presence with an even softer sweet bready yeast background. I would label the scent slightly tart, but it is also bitter and sweet. Nothing is soft or overpowering.

T-Upfront are very soft flavors of floral hops and citrus-I pick up a little bit of lemon and grapefruit, with a slight yeast backbone. The finish is very soft as well with a bit of tart citrus, floral hop bitterness and flavor, sweet bready yeast, and a hint of phenols all balancing perfectly. These all disappear immediately nothing lingers on the palate...but after consuming most of this bottle there is a bit of alcohol heat lingering...not initially though.

M- Nice smooth light mouthfeel. The body is light and the highlight of the feel is smooth yeast but it also has a hint of alcohol in there.

D- As far as sheer drinkability goes...after at least 6 months the ABV is very subdues and barely noticeable...making this very deceptive. The flavors of this brew are very good-and very soft. If chilled its best to let this warm a bit before drinking-otherwise you are doing yourself a disservice. Its very good...but very soft...so I really didn't taste much during the first glass (which was slightly chilled). Another wonderful brew by Captain Lawrence!

PittBeerGirl, Jan 10, 2009
Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.