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Xtra Gold Tripel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 64
Gots: 47 | 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:
Beer added by: John on 08-14-2006

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured a bright golden color with a big fluffy white head. The head settled but left some very good lacing on the glass.

The aroma a citrus, lemon zest like smell to it along with some fruity, spicy Belgian yeast flavors. The taste has the same lemony citrus found in the nose along with the fruity, spicy yeast flavors as well. The citrus comes through up front with some good tropical fruit like flavors. The yeast gives it a slightly peppery flavor in the finish with some hints of cloves and allspice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice drinking Belgian inspired beer. The citrus and fruit flavors went very well with the Belgian yeast flavors and helped make it more drinkable. Probably one of the best Triple's I've had so far.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Dicers
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of nathanmiller
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Xtra Gold is a very powerful beer, and much more delicious than one would expect with a cheesy name like "Xtra." Nonetheless, it is high quality and worth a glass.

Appearance: Beautiful gold (they aren't kidding) with a nice head. Really clear, even radiant.
Smell: This is the biggest downside of the beer; the smell is a little sharp and doesn't betray the tastes that lie within. Nonetheless, it's not terrible either, and the 10% ABV means that you get over it pretty quickly!
Taste: Again, delicious. Very strong but well balanced (despite the high alcoholic content, not very alcohol-y) and full of interesting flavors. Definitely some fruity aromas on the taste.
Mouthfeel: Good. Departs quickly but lingers slightly. Very balanced.
Drinkability: Pour me another please!

Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jrallen34
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of smithj4
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber color beer, slightly hazy. White head that foamed off rather quickly.

S - Topical fruits, belgian yeast, interesting lemon and lime taste with some sourness.

T - Lots of tropical fruits and something that reminds me of amarillo hops. Some sweet belgian yeast, not tons of pheno, pretty smooth.

M - Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

O - Interesting beer, and interesting take on this style. I like a lot of CL beers, this one isn't bad.

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.