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Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 64
Gots: 45 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John on 08-14-2006

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Photo of ksimons
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear golden with visible carbonation and three fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale malts, sweet fruits of peaches, pears, apples, spices, Belgian yeast, and a bit of light bitterness

T-taste is similar to the smell with a pale malt backbone, sweet candied fruits with a few sour notes, peppery spice, and a nice hop finish

M-medium body, prickly carbonation, dry

Overall this is a really solid Tripel and one of the best from a USA brewery. Definitely worth a try if you find it.

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this many times at the brewery...it's a staple at tasting room times, but I decided to review it while I enjoy the bomber I just opened. Been cleaning my house all day, took a break to quench my thirst, and wouldn't you know it...this bottle was peeking up at me from the lower shelf on the fridge door. Big, pure white fluffy head on the pour. It was a little too cold, so it was HUGE. Let it settle, but it's hangin' on. Citrus, hops and booze on the nose...but the fruity component is making my mouth water. Taste is just like the smell. Fruit all the way through, but citrus up front and hops to finish. Nice clean smooth burn of alcohol. This is a fine beer. Captain Lawrence is my friend. Now, back to cleaning....

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of sleazo
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of cbl2
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12/2/2006 $12.99 750 mL 9.00% No best by date.


Pours a beautiful yellow-orange hue that is topped by an inch of fluffy white, pillowy soft head that is constantly fed by fervent carbonation.


Fresh cut granny smith apple tartness accompanied by a bready yeast.


Nicely tart with a subtley sweet apple/pear flavor that is coupled with a bit of doughiness. A nice interpretation of the style, and very close to home for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Risser09
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A medium amber with good clarity. The head is white and rocky pouring about a finger then slowly settling over a minute to a thin cap.

S: The aroma is dominate by a balance of hops, malt and Belgian yeast. A moderate hops aroma that is citrus with lots of tangerine and pineapple. The malt initially has some Pilsner malt character that blends with the hops to give it that German Pilsner character brings moderate caramel sweetness. There is a moderately-light Belgian yeast character of orange fruit esters and peppery phenols.

T: All the same characters in the aroma nicely balanced. There is a moderate hops bitterness with a medium strong tangerine, citrus flavor and some pineapple hops flavors. The Pilsner malt is character about balances the hops bitterness and the peppery yeast favor are more pronounced being about equal with the other flavors. The alcohol is noticeable adding a bit of sweetness. The balance is somewhat towards the bitter. The finish is off dry and some bitterness in the aftertaste but not lingering like an IPA.

M: Medium-light bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation. Moderately creamy.

O: Like bitting into a tangerine skin and all dusted with some spice. A good Belgian Triple hit all the notes for style, which in BJCP doesn't say you have to use Continental hops.

Photo of Sspeer1
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Andreji
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Gushue3
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This ones a gusher! looks hazy stray yellow with some light amber in there too. Head is very big with great retention. smaller lacing left

S- Bready yeast with some lemon and a hint of alcohol

T- Much like the nose. Sweet throughout with a lot of lighter citrus like lemon and bready yeasy. A sweet ping hits at the end on the finish which is pretty dry.

M- lighter mouthfeel with much carbonation. the finish leaves my mouth dry

O- I'm not a gigantic fan of Tripels to begin with. Not a bad beer by any means but im not too interested in the style

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of dnichols
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My Bluetooth key board crashed so friends came by to help bring it back from the dead. To reward them I shared a bottle capped 750 ml green bottle into tulips.

A: It poured a nice clean golden colored body with a bone white head that refused to be anything but massive regardless how gently I poured it into glasses. The head on one glass was over four fingers (with less than three fingers of beer). The head was a sticky frothy mass that receded slowly and supported a nice rich lacing.

A: This had aromas that were a cross between a Belgium Tripel and a BPA. There were plenty of fruity esters (bananas, pears and apricots) as well as rich and spicy smells resulting form the hops (grassy and sharp) and white bready yeast.

T: It tastes best after resting (bleeding off some of the zest from the aggressive carbonation). The profile was a brew that was malty sweet and zesty with sharp and rich spices. It is a uniquely rich brew that has a flavor somewhere between a Delirium Tremens and a Westmalle Tripel.

M: It is light to medium bodied with a zesty lively feel on the tongue and a clean and warm finish.

D: Nice and rich, light body and a big punch. This is a refreshing unique brew that is entertaining and worth a long session.

Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.