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Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Xtra Gold TripelXtra Gold Tripel

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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 jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A minor eruption causes me to pour fast and a huge 1/2 glass head rises up and fades with a messy Belgian head over a super hazy peach orange beer.

N: A Belgian tripel nose with B malts, light spices, little sweetness and booze, light fruit, juicy fruit too, little citrus fruit, orange peel, light creamy.

T: Creamy malts alstart with lots of Belgian malts, some light spices with tripel flavors, chest malts, some sweetness, a strong booze taste and almost mouth burn. Light fruit, little citrus and juicy fruits, and touch of apple.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of hot booze and lots of carbonation.

F: Finishes with a lingering hot booze with spicy booze. Some sticky sweetness but mostly dry. Some lingering Belgian malts and tripel like flavors. A slight rustic flavor too.

jlindros, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Cpt. Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet oversized tulip glass, a clear golden color with a full 3-4 fingers of frothy white head, that sank to a thick layer within a few minutes, leaving sheets of lacing on the glass; lively carbonation. Flowery aroma, sweet corn, toasted grains. Taste reflects the aroma, sweet, pale malts, corn, toasted biscuits, stone fruits, herb; notes of chlorine as it warmed. Crisp, clean mouthfeel, quite drying, light-medium body, quite drinkable, but a bit hard to finish. Keep on ice, or share it with a friend!

Rifugium, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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 mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the brewery atr the cdc release. Poured from a 750 ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a bright golden color with high carbonation evident and one finger of fluffy white head. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grain, spices, bananas, fruity malts, and light floral notes.

t - Tastes of bananas, light fruity malts, spices, yeast, bready malts, and hints of alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV.

d - A pretty nice beer. I didn't think it smelled or tasted too much like a tripel, but it had some notes of that style in each. Lots of bananas, citrus, and fruity malts. Would try again.

mdfb79, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours a white foamy head that is almost all head - reminiscent of Duvel, but foamier - but tightens to reveal a hazed golden body. The head diminishes to a thin cover, leaving some dotted lacing.

The smell - isn't Belgian - label is correct - Lemony, citric, slightly resiny hops (Amarillo is used) greet - make that assault - the nose. Yet, there is something Belgian-esque about it. New York greets (overtakes?) Belgium - hop presence stands out, making it a unique "tripel". Okay - style is out of the picture - American unvention with some Beligian-esque - enough spiciness to broadly fit in with "Belgian Tripel" will do...

The taste - despite the aroma, is very sweet upon the first sip - I'm assuming Belgian sugar is used. Bitterness soon overtakes it, and lasts. Resiny, lemony, grapefruity with a bite that could come grom the hops just as well as from the alcohol. Bitterish with sweetish undertones persist. Grassy notes with pear and apple mix in. There is some vanilla in the aftertaste. Complex, and changing with each sip. Finishes dry.

Can't say I'm crazy about the feel. Swishy and highly carbonated, hitting a thinnish medium. Not crazy about it, but it seems to work well enough here, possibly adding to drinkablility.

Drinks (too?) well. While thiere is a slight alcohol bite, it doesn't show its true abv intil the tongue gets numb - even after slow-sipping - half-way through the bottle. This is interesting. Not a true example of a tripel, but, it wasn't meant to be. An American invention, with a nod to the Belgians, as claimed on the label. Doesn't matter. It's so unusual, and changing, that my written notes are in a mess. It's one of those that I like more for its uniqueness/inventiveness that "works" than as something I would regularly purchase. Unique and interesting. An American twist (in a heavy-handed way) to a broadly fitting in with a Belgian Tripel inspirated brew.

jwc215, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Gueuzedude, May 27, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a 2"+ merangue like fluffy head. The head lasts forever and streaming bubbles furiously race from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: spicy yeast, citrus, and sugar sweetness are easy to detect.

Taste: malt sweetness is nicely balanced with a grassy and earthy tone. Yeast, pepper, and lemon zest round it out, and alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp at the start, crisp and a touch of dryness at the end. The aftertaste is long on the flavor components.

Drinkability: a wonderful version of a Belgian Tripel that pleases the tastebuds and puts a smile on your face. Noticeable alcohol knocks the score down a notch, but this is still quite easy to quaff. Great beer worth picking up.

Gavage, May 19, 2007
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1.2%

imperialking, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.2%

InspectorBob, May 17, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

yourefragile, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

corby112, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

weeare138, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

wrightst, May 29, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Billolick, Nov 23, 2006
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.

tempest, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into mini snifter.

Pours a light yellow off white heat. Color is a slight hazed straw yellow.

Aroma: tons of spices, pepper, lemons and lots of grassy hops. Some yeast notes.

Taste: Lots of dry earthy hops. Spice notes again. Pepper and lemon stick out. Some yeast notes. Not a big fan.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy feeling to it, kind of dry as well. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends extremely dry.

Overall, I am glad I am splitting this one with friends. I could hardly finish my glass of this. It just wasn't my type of triple.

mothman, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

ejimhof, May 26, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle date. Violent gusher upon opening, but I did not lose very much of the beer. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice fluffy 2 finger off white head with fantastic retention and reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some decent lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge lemon zest, clove, orange zest, pear, pepper, grass, light biscuit, and yeast spices. Damn nice big citrus forward aromas. Taste of big lemon zest, pear, pineapple, apricot, orange, pepper, clove, grass, biscuit, tart grain, and spicy yeast. Lingering notes of citrus, pepper, pear, yeast spices, tart grain, and clove on the finish for a while. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that drinks pretty easily for being 10%. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden; with hardly any warming on the finish noticed. Overall this is definitely an excellent Tripel; with big fruitiness and nice flavor balance.

superspak, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

BARFLYB, Oct 27, 2009
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.

Wasatch, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
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.

ppoitras, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

smakawhat, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.