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Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 372
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 65
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 213 | Hads: 372
Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Much thanks to DaSolomon.

This is easily the most clear tripel I've seen. Golden brass yellow, even with a touch of haze showing off a perfect middle column of rising carbonation in the middle, with green hue like edges as well. Big rocking white head with even pinhead bubbles throughout and lots of staying power. Real impressive looking beer.

Real unique nose. Candy like aromas of grass, but not in a Belgian sweet way. Airy and light with a bit of powdered strawberry. Clean. Solid, but doesn't give me the impression this is a tripel.

Palate fills with a crisp wine like refreshment. Almost too crisp in feel as it doesn't have much malt sweetness or dense body. Wine like green grape appeal, and a spicy character. Very hop forward for a tripel almost too much, and the hops actually dominate. Warmth kicks in with multiple sips but not an overpowering alcohol heat.

Overall this is a well made beer, but this isn't the ultimate tripel for myself. Wouldn't turn this down though for a second, and its an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Newest Release? Sampled May 2008
Quite well carbonated, the beer starts to foam a bit as soon as I pop the cap, I have enough time to careful pour some off into my 25cl tulip glass without losing any beer though. The careful pour yields four fingers of head that continues to rise another finger above the rim of my glass. The head is a light tan color that leaves ample lace on the sides of my glass and capsizes with interesting, structural textures. the beer is a clear copper color, but shows an almost brilliantly clear, gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of funk and fruity notes. Surprisingly the funk leans toward Brettanomyces like aromatics (sweat-laden leather notes), but the fruitiness is all Amarillo hops (apricot, pineapple, bergamot and even some kiwi notes). A nice, pale malt character adds a subtle influence to the nose with notes of fresh crushed pale malt, saltine crackers and a fresh grain note. The funkiness seems to die down with time, making me almost wonder if I ever noticed it in the first place.

Sweet tasting up front, which accentuates fruity, Amarillo driven flavors of apricot, lychee and pineapple. The carbonation has died down some, but still provides a prickly texture that can't quite overwhelm the soft creamy body that this brew has. A solid, yeast-derived funkiness resides here; it is not quite as noticeable as in most Tripels because of the ample hop character, but still plays a very important role. Funky notes of phenolic soaked, musty cotton balls are lightly noticed as are some light clove notes, an earthy-musty flavor, a touch of sweat-cured leather, . There is a touch of warming alcohol in the finish that at times adds a spiciness to the beer reminiscent of a mix of white pepper, ginger (that is also accented by the hops), clove and something I can only describe as fruity / estery / spicy higher alcohols.

My second pour is still excessively carbonated, this time I end up with a finger and a half thick crown of foam that floats above the rim of my glass. I am quite happy that a tulip glass allows me to get to the sweet nectar below, despite the almost six fingers of foam. With my nose newly tipped with a bit of foam, my first sip of this lightly orange-tinged and hazier beer lends a bit of rounded yeastiness to the flavor profile. This beer just keeps on getting better and better; I truly am a sucker for Amarillo & when combined with Belgian-inspired beers, well I am just about in heaven.

Despite being so hop driven, I really like how funky this beer is. I wouldn't guess that this was infected by Brettanomyces necessarily, but with the funk & excessive carbonation it certainly does a good job of faking a subtle Brett influence. I really like the over-the-top Amarillo character as compared to the first batch I had that was quite muted in its hoppiness comparatively. The hops do tend to drown out some of the complexity, but this is far more well integrated than my last experience & for that I am quite pleased. This is definitely exactly what I was hoping for when I heard that the brewer was increasing the dry hops in this beer. I liked this the first time around, but now I am really digging it.

Second Batch (definitely not first), Sampled September 2007
4/4.5/4/4/3.5, total 4.05
Edited to fit
This batch was not as well integrated, and due to the fact that less Amarillo was used, was not nearly as aromatic and hoppy. It was still funky and good, though I much prefer the new batch

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle review 11-22-06

Bottle with Vintage dating (2006 version )
Belgian style large bottle, capped, pours cloudy light, lemony amber, raises an initially huge Duvelesque light tan head, showing fine retentive powers, dissolves very slowly to a ½ inch thick film, lively carbonation continues to send bubbles rising to the top, and leaving thick gobs of sticky lacing. Bold nose of citrus infused hops. This is simply a delicious brew, hoppy/American style tripel is a style made in heaven, at least for my taste buds. Notes here of fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, pears, grapes, all balanced by a healthy jolt of grainy, citric hops.Nutty, yeasty final pour puts this one over the top... Nice, nice, nice…….Got an extra bottle this afternoon to help wash down the Thanksgiving Turkey and fixins. Drop what you are doing and get over to the good Captains to secure yourself a few bottles of this complex, well crafted elixir!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green 750 mL capped bottle, not sure on vintage, but purchased January 2009. Poured into a snifter.

A unique take on an "American Tripel" that doesn't quite hit the mark in regards to both flavor and body. Appearance is average, pale and cloudy golden with a short lasting cream head. Aroma is sweet, solvent and tonic-y. Age has taken edge off the hop bitterness but the hops are still much more present than expected for the style and provide some of the sweetness. Flavors of ripe fruit, apple, pear, lime, some tropical flavors and a lingering dry and sweet finish. Hard to get an objective take on the body and mouthfeel with the extremely sharp, fine carbonation. Alcohol is still present and warming throughout even with the at least year age. Despite the negatives, I still found this to be an interesting blend of flavors but this is the most disappointing beer I've had from CL so far.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, pale, golden yellow coloring with a sparse, foamy, white head. Aromas of toasted grains, cut grass, pineapple, mango, pepper spice, and a bready backbone. Flavors are honey and pineapple sweet, with grassy and pepper highlights, floral notes, lemon zest, and subtle piney notes, all on a bready backbone. Full bodied, kept effervesced and crisp with the carbonation and dry endfeel. Aftertaste is fruity and hoppy, lingering on past the dry, crisp finish.

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Whole Foods Bowery NYC, 750ml into a few tulips. Shared with Steve and Josh.

Pours a pale gold, unfiltered several fingers of bright white head. Webbed lacing is left behind and retains its head nicely. Nose has a variety of fruits with nice hopping and a real American feel to it; pear, pineapple, apricot and some slight grassy notes. A bit of yeast and light spicing - probably more of a 4.25, but I'll give this one the benefit of the doubt. Taste is dry initially, mild grassiness and lighter fruit notes as per the nose, solid hop character. More pear and apricot, with a dry and spicy finish. Mild alcohol in the finish. Medium high carbonation, and good drinkability. Interesting and a nice Americanization of the style.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for opening this requested treat. I've been digging these guys since trying the Dubbel a while back...
Appears a semi-transparent haze of light gold with a 3 finger, fluffy, off-white, soapy head. Humungous chunks of sea foam lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of peaches, spicy pepper, apricots, and pears.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with light apples, pears, and vanilla notes coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, sugary, bready with medium volumes of CO2 that fit well.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Xtra Gold aught to be spelled with two, maybe even three 'X's - it is an extremely pale, barely hazed, and remarkably resplendent golden colour. It's the kind of thing to frame a Rubens or Rembrant with. It looks classy, well-made, and expensive - especially with such a finely spun web of lacing.

Belgian yeast provides plenty of aromatic fruitiness. So do Amarillo hops. Combined, this bouquet has a powerful amount of both orchard and citrus fruits, as well as a tickling amount of peppery spice. It is delicious enough I accidentally dipped my nose into the liquid. It's a scent worth memorizing.

The taste can be screamingly peppery on the mid-palate (a heat partly enhanced by the double digit alcohol) but the aftertaste belongs to the hops; a piny and herbal bitterness lingers faintly. Contrary to how it may sound, these qualities actually lend it drinkability by adding excitement and intricacy to mellow, light flavours of pear, honey, toast, flower petals, lemon, and apple.

I purchased this bottle knowing full well it was pushing a year old. What I didn't know was that it was still so fresh and lovely, fruity and spicy, still so full of that sunny Belgian 'joie de vivre'. I review a lot of beers and few catch me as off-guard as this - I expected good but this is fantastic, especially considering so few American brewers can properly imitate Belgian Tripels (let alone emulate them).

There's a big preamble on the label that makes perfectly clear Xtra Gold is an *American* ale and is meant as merely a "tribute to the great Belgian brewers". The thing is this tastes and drinks like it were made by one of those great Belgian brewers. Captain Lawrence is a good brewer that is capable of making great beers but this one is nothing short of world-class.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger head which finally settles down to some really thick/creamy off-white sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, bready, with some bananna notes, coriander, slight peppery note. The taste is malty, yeasty, bready, nice touch of bananna/coriander/pepper. Medium body. Drinkable, pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info was apparent.

A -Pale straw yellow with two fingers of thick bright white head.

S - Belgian yeast, clove, bubble gum, spice/pepper, citrus and a bready sweetness.

T - Belgian yeast, clove, spice, a bready malt sweetness and a warming alcohol presence throughout.

M - Medium body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Bottled 2007.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 3" off-white head above 1" of clear burnished golden brew. Head is big bubbled and fades gradually, with heavy thick lacing, and lots of it. Aroma is sweet, spicy, and lightly citric. Taste is malt sweetness upfront, dpicing in the middle, and a warming alcohol close that radiates down the throat as it goes. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and drinkability is on par with the style. Not liking this one quite as much as the first time around, but still a good tip.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden orange color, big two finger creamy white head with great retention.

S: Spicy aroma, coriander, orange peels, and cola hints.

T: Huge hop spiciness , big cola nut flavor with some alcohol and moderate carbonation.

M: creamy, warm bananas, and bitter hoppiness.

D: A great Belgian style American beer, warm , spicy, great hopping that stands out and good cola flavor. Great yeast bite compliments an already good beer. Definitely a recommend.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Been looking forward to this one for a while!

Appearance: nice golden hue with a touch of haze and a light effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy white foam. I like it.

Smell: interesting aroma reminiscent of a hoppy saison. There's light malt with plenty of funk, and a bright, acidic citrus coming out which could be hop-derived. Interesting.

Taste: nice malty flavor with a bit of an orchard fruit component. There's also a nice hop contribution which is fruity and citrusy in nature. The funkiness of the aroma is only lightly present in the flavor. A bit out-of-the-box, but tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a giant carbonation and resulting mammoth creaminess. Ba-dow!

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot. It's not a traditional tripel by any means, but I am really cottoning to it. I just wish it were more readily available in my area.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

It pours from 750ml bottle a clear medium gold with a good 2 finger head of foam and some nice sticky lacing. Subsequent pours bring a slight haze to the appearance.

The smell I noticed as I popped the cap. A nice mix of fruit(apple & pear) and a healthy dose of hops.

The taste matches the nose. Almost equal portions of fruit and hops that gives the overall flavour of tartness and grass. I read the label and they say that they don't consider it to be a true Belgian Tripel because of the hop presence(it says American Tripel) and I'd tend to agree though, after a few more sips, I'm getting notes of candy sugar and some peppery flavour. Call it what you like, this is a darn good Ale and a darn god sipper.Btw, no sian at all for me when it comes to the abv...good job!

The mouthfeel is on the thick side and the carbonation is light but adequate, and it finishes witha lemony twang. Very enjoyable!
This one is worth a repeat, in my book.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of this from the Gingerman in Manhattan, $20 at the bar, shared with my wife. The beer is a really light shade, pale gold of maybe 8 SRM, with a nice thick and light looking white foam. It smells much much better than I'd anticipated, definitely more hops than your usual tripel. Amarillo comes through more than any other hop, no surprise as it was dry-hopped with Amarillo. Outside of that there's a mild bret funk that I adored and my wife could do without. We both appreciated the hops though.

It tastes really good, if not exactly like a tripel. Not as spicy as I'm used to, but in its place there are nice hops flavors and a consistent barnyard funkiness with a light touch.

Adequately carbonated with a spritzy and peppery mouthfeel, this is a nice American-Belgian pale ale/tripel mix.

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Photo of pat61
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Perfumy, flowery, peach, fruit, citrus nose. Pours brilliant deep amber under a 3” finely bubbled persistent foam cap that leaves thick lace. Yeast driven fruity palate – large pitted fruits with touches of citrus on a light malt backbone with a hop accent on the finish. A hint of cardamom and herbs. Medium body and medium to medium low carbonation.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, thanks to hoppymcgee...Pours a really nice looking honey gold, light white head gone is right away though...The aroms is light hops, missing the floralness that I love...The taste is super sweet, not much of a hop presence, fruit notes of sour apples mixed with apricots dominates.

Not a bad beer, just not a good tripel if thats what you were wanting to drink. Worth trying if its around don't trade for it.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Rattle & Hum NYC

cellphone notes

appearance: served in an unbranded tulip, hazy golden-orange with a healthy beige pillowy head

smell: tropical fruit, citrus hops, pineapple, sweet grapefruit zest, sweet belgian yeast

taste: Really liked this one - great profile of tropical fruits - pineapple, mango, grapefruit, starfruit. White pepper, sweet yeast, corriander, clove and a light alcohol presence balance this one out. The hopping works well in this one - give me more

mouthfeel: sweet, medium body

drinkability: good

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra from joefuzz, split with friends at dinner last night.

Pouring a clear golden color with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a good looking tripel. The nose is quite excellent. Moderately hoppy with some fruity aromatics, I also get some honey, plenty of fruit character from the yeast and a touch of bread. The hops lend a bitterness, while the yeast adds a fresh blend of apples, pears and stone fruit. The palate opens fresh and fruity, with all pears and peaches making this seem bright and vibrant. A bready, mildly straw-like malt character is present, along with a noticeable honey character. Towards the end of my pour, I get a little more of the phenolic character from the yeast. Drying and mildly bitter on the finish with a touch of alcohol, this beer is medium-light in body, with a soft, smooth carbonation. Much better than the barrel aged variant, this is a very good tripel.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to edbeer for grabbing this for me at Halftime. 750ml bottle served in my ST tulip. Bottle opened with a pop and slowly foamed forth from the neck. Poured 80% head - thick, foamy, rocky and bright white. Head eventually settles into a consistent quarter inch cap with delicate, fluffy strands of lacing exposed as the brew recedes. Color was translucent orange-gold with quite a bit of effervescence evident in solution. Nose revealed citrus, yeast, perhaps a hint of candi sugar and lemon zest. Taste consistent with nose - lacking some of the sweetness that I've come to associate with the style with perhaps a touch of hops bittering in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a carbonation level just shy of lively. Some astringency and fairly dry finishing. Pretty delicious tripel and top notch on draft. Lacking some of the sweetness typical of the style, but I actually think that enhances its drinkability.

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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.

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Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.