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Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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338 Ratings
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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

lakersfan16, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

dsshuck, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Risser09
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Risser09, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of MadScientist
4.24/5  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.

MadScientist, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Andreji
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Andreji, Mar 26, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

dgeebs07, Jul 14, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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

Gushue3, Aug 10, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +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.

dnichols, May 10, 2008
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ant880, Nov 05, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

TechBrew, Dec 18, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw gold, nice haziness with a large fluffy white head that very slowly recedes leaving some nice lacing as it does so. Aroma is lemony and clean, citrusy, pineapple, a sugary sweetness and evidence of the alcohol strength. Taste is large hoppiness, strong mango flavor, more soapy and perfumy clean, a good alcohol punch with a spicy pepperiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, a good amount of soft sugary feeling balanced with thye pepperiness on the tongue from the hops and slightly effervescent carbonation. There are hints of belgian sugars and yeast but this beer is screaming with hops. My first CL beer and it is unique and a surprise, definitely not what I expected when I saw it listed as a tripel. I'd like to age this beer a bit to let the bitter edge back down and allow the fruitiness to come forward a bit. Thanks Alex for the opportunity.

hoppymeal, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Blind Tiger in NYC.

Pours a lightly hazed golden with a white head that fades to a ring. The aroma is interesting: honey, strong floral aromas, and some spice.

There's an initial honey-like sweetness that's met by a mild spiciness in the center. The finish is floral, citric and lightly bitter. Medium-bodied and highly carbonated, but smooth despite the carbonation.

I thought this one was very tasty and refreshing, despite the high alcohol.

EPICAC, Jun 20, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

twowheelssoar, Nov 23, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sampled courtesy of my cousin a few weeks ago when I returned to the U.S. for a visit.

Beer poured a light golden body with a medium white head, nice lacing and ring on the edge. There was a pleasing citrus note that mirrored the taste as well. The nose and taste also had definite tones of hops, bitterness as well. Balancing this all out was a present but not overpowering malty sweetness. I also detected some peach notes in the taste as well. Overall a solid beer.

ggaughan, Apr 06, 2008
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Ineedabeerhere, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of mikey711
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Lexluthor33
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy,golden color with a bubbly lace.
The aroma of fruit,hops and alcohol.
The taste starts off sweet with amarillo hops and a touch of yeast. Some malts and fruit hints to go with the alcohol which is well disguised.
The feel is medium body with some mild bitterness and yeast and grains in the finish. Smooth and well balanced.

Notes: When I decided to step it up a notch at the cask fest I picked this one and it was in among the top 5 for the night.

Lexluthor33, Sep 28, 2008
Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.