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Golden Delicious - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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88
very good

530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 110
Gots: 91 | FT: 6
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 02-01-2008

Triple Aged In Apple Brandy Barrels
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks goes out to the kind BA who sent this bottle my way. This was another one I had been trying to get off my list for a while. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/27/2009.

The pour was very nice. Light hazy amber with a good bit of carbonation sneaking in from the bottom of the glass. Rich head of wite came up over the top and settled down effortlessly into a thin layer of maybe a half an inch that hung out there for a good long while.

The aroma was wonderful. Lots of apple and oak aromas, hints of peaches and a light grain smell. Really very full with the apple like smell coming right up to you without being over powering. Nice touches of bourbon now showing up as it warmed as well. Smooth as could be as I took a big first sip. Warming, with bourbon and apple coating the tongue straight away. Mellow carbonation was just right to let the flavor pop. After taste was a mix of oak, apple, light vanilla hints and a bit of bourbon, masterfully done. Not sure the ABV on this but being a triple I can assume it was up there, but it was one of the most mellow, smooth drinking triples I have ever run across.

Overall this was about as solid of a big beer as you are going to run across. Really just wonderfully done and I am glad I got a chance to try it.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for opening this as a slight "fallish" beer we managed to convince Amyliz4 to let us drink during the pumpkin beer tasting.

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is a slightly hazed golden apricot color with a nice head and a bit of lacing. Nose is quite nice with a good bouquet of green apple and some slight sweetness. A bit tart. Taste is light apple with a bit of spice. Good medium feel with a nice carbonation level. Another nice brew from the folks in Pleasantville.

Photo of MadScientist
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: A medium golden beer with good clarity. The white head is long lasting leaving a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

S: A moderate amount of the classic tripple aromas of pepper and orange paired with a light oak aroma. There is a pronounced floral alcohol aroma. Medium-low tropical fruit hops aroma brings a interesting twist to the nose.

T: Sweet and tart backed by some solid oak flavors, having a moderate honey-like malt sweetness and a medium hops bitterness. The alcohol makes its presence know bring. The hops flavor is a medium pineapple and citrus hops character. The balance is somewhat bitter with the hops bitterness being a bit stronger than the malt. The finish is medium while with and aftertaste of hops bitterness and oak.

M: A medium bodied beer with strong carbonation and a moderately-strong alcohol warmth that extends from the palate to the belly.

O: A phenomenal beer that brings together flavors of tropical hops, malt sweetness and oak in an pleasing if not slightly bold manner.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked this one with my dad after it being in the cellar until now. Hazy golden yellow pour with lots of carbonation. 1/4" of stark white bubbly head. Tons of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of spice, apple and wood upfront. Bright grains with a nice kick of the Amarillo hops that are still noticeable. Brandy warmth tickles the nostrils as well. Lovely.

First sip brings sweet crisp malts. Lots of spiciness and tropical fruits. Apple comes through nicely. Wood and brandy swirl throughout as it flows down. Finishes mildly sweet with an overall spiced apple feel. The tripel asserts itself well but the apple brandy takes it to a whole new level.

Smooth, good carbonation overall. Easy to drink really and the alcohol heat has mellowed nicely from when I first drank this brew. Yummy stuff and well worth cracking if you have one lying around!!

Photo of bnewall3
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App-Lighter than I expected from what the people at the brewery said. Golden Straw like color with a small white head, very appealing since I knew although it looked like a american light lager it wouldnt taste like one.
Aroma- Awesome, pure greatness. Apple brandy and slight yeasty bread with a hint of american hops
Mouth-Slight carb which I love and thin enough to make it easy drinking but full enough to prove its quality.
Taste-Well Rounded awesome apple taste, balanced with good malt and american hops. The base Xtra Gold is still there with a solid apple tartness. Kind of a sourness to it which makes the beer complex while still drinkable.
Overall- I just love it and everything Captain Lawrence has done thus far. There DIPA is one of the east coasts best if you ask me and this is the first apple brandy beer I've had and I cant see it being second to any other.

Side Note- Should def not be classified as a Triple, The base beer is an American Triple and this is and american sour aged beer. New category should be made lol if not switched cause ppl may get the wrong idea and not want to try this beer.

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large green bottle, purchased a few weeks ago (when it first came out) @ the brewery. Pours dark cloudy apricot, under an off white short lasting head and leaving thick and splotchy lacing. Initially this one was aggressively carbonated and prickly on the tongue. After the bottle was allowed to sit open for about 45 mins, the carbonation calmed down and became more appealing and more drinkable. The nose similarly was initially sharp and somewhat off putting , but with time calmed down and became more rounded out. In short this one, IMHO, has some carbonation issues that need some special handling and perhaps will be dealt if and when this one gets brewed and aged in barrels again. Anyway, after a little time to "calm down and cool out" this one smells of alcohol, tastes of alcohol, apple brandy, and candied apple. Its clearly a strong, sweet and currently "hot" beer. I believe Scott said it's about 10%. Its heady, complex, flavorful and currently in need of some more time to age and hopefully "relax" a wee bit. Currently it is a warming, yet tasty and interesting sipper. I've got 10 bottles sitting in my beer closet. I'll give em at least a few more months in the bottle (likely till its gets summary warm in my house) and then continue to crack em open, enjoy em and evaluate how this local (at least to me) offering changes and hopefully improves over time.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes. Faint apple brandy niose with light grains and fruit. Pours pale, tea tinted gold with a slight haze under a rocky pale 2” white foam cap. It starts on the palate fruity and yeasty with caramel notes like a Belgian ale and then mid palate apple brandy flavors emerge and grow into the finish greeted by earthy hops. Medium full body, medium high carbonation, smooth and creamy.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.

Pours out a slightly hazy golden color. Nice 1/4 inch or so of white head shows decent retention, decent lacing as well.

Smells really off at first, kind of like a vinious, oxidized concentrate apple/ grape juice. As it warms this diminishes a bit bringing out some nice caramely brandy booze notes and a bit of barrel. A bit of tart green apple comes in as it warms even further.

Concentrate apple juice with a bit of concentrate grape juice, a touch vinious, a bit of tart apple and brandy barrel. Carmel candy green apple. Still tastes a bit oxidized and old, however maybe not as much as the aroma suggested.

Crisp carbonation and just a touch dry, but there is some sweetness mid sip.

I was really planing on liking this beer a lot before I opened it, but it was a bit of a letdown. Most likely an older bottle. It would probably be great if it wasn't for all the oxidation type flavors, right its just topping out as good to OK. I'll have to seek out a fresher bottle.

Photo of boatshoes
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as part of a monster package from 6daysbottomocean in the Whale BIF 3. Had been quite interested to try this.

Appearance- Pours a straw golden out the of the bottle with about a finger of fairly fizzy white head sitting on top. Head dies back fairly quickly to a thin sheet across the top and then just small patches. Some small amounts of lacing.

Smell- Very interesting nose. Smells surprisingly strongly of some citrusy hops, along with a fresh fruity apple aroma, a lot of fruity esters, and a touch of slight yeastiness. I really dig the interesting combination of the apple/apple brandy aroma mixing with fruity esters and hops.

Taste- Taste is very similar with the fresh apple and apple brandy flavors coming through first. Again, I get more of the fruity, citrusy hops, and fruity esters to complement the fruit flavors from the apple brandy. Finishes off with a fairly strong dose of fusel tasting alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was satisfactory, but I found it to be a bit thin for the style which was made evident as the beer warmed. Prominent alcohol on the finish also cut down on the drinkability for me as well.

Overall, a very interesting beer. I very much liked the nose on this and thought it had a solid flavor profile as well; however, it could have used a little more heft in the mouth and a little less alcohol on the finish. Definitely try it if you get the chance though.

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Pale golden pour with creamy white foam, smells of casked brandy. Not sure that it tastes like mom's apple pie like the label suggests but I wouldn't want it to either. Just the right amount of apple and brandy flavors mixed with sweet malts and a minor hop presence to impress upon the drinker that it's still beer. It's easy to get caught up in a high gravity beer like this because it's delicious and doesn't have that sharp boozy quality to keep you in check.

Photo of r0nyn
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip. Courtesy of BA infi.

Has a hazy golden hue, along with a fluffy white head full of crisp bubbles, leaving a trail of stringy lacing coating the inside of the glass. This thing smells like straight up sweet, sweet apple juice. Not just apple cider, but freshly made apple juice. There's some mild malty notes on the back end along with a touch of booze. Really quite remarkable.

Taste is more of the same from the nose, with the apple flavorings just taking charge and dictating the entire flavor experience. There's a subtle yeasty quality that appears ever so briefly, lending an added complexity. Underneath the apple onslaught is a definite malt character, providing some balance and unique contrast. The booziness is definitely prevalent on the back end, with the brandy barrel aroma and nuances coming into play. It doesn't state the ABV on this beer, but I'd wager it's at least 10%, as you can really taste it. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy, with a slightly drying finish that's almost chewy.

A very interesting take on the tripel style, which is known for its fruity characteristics. Instead of the typical banana, its a ton of apples, through and through. Quite tasty, but with a definite kick, this one will keep you sipping.

Photo of rdilauro
2.89/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost from the time I opened this bottle, I knew I was not going to find it that appealing. So true,the bouquet to me was masked with aot of malt. It was hard to distinguish other attributes.

The taste was someone un-easy. Almost like an apple that just isnt right.

This type is just not my type of beer. I generally love anything that they make there.

Photo of ggaughan
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled courtesy of my cousin on a recent trip back to the U.S. Sampled along side the Xtra Gold as well. This beer poured a deeper golden, almost brown color compared to the Xtra gold. There was a definite apple note in the aroma, pleasing. The taste was apple, alcohol but had a nice hop bitterness. The taste overall I felt was a little dominated by a hot, alochol taste from the brandy barrel aging. Maybe this beer needs a little time to sit and mellow.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Was looking forward to trying this beer for a while.

A: Pours a hazy pale orange color with one finger of thick, foamy head, white in color. Lots of small bubble release from the bottom. Very thick and foamy lacing left behind.

S: Definitely some apple on the aroma with a little bit of brandy, as well as a hint of caramel. There is a little tart/funky aroma as well. Very inviting.

T: Again, more applies, a little of the brandy, and some caramel malt. There is also some bready malt at the end. It is a little acetic, slightly tart. Different for a tripel, but I like it a lot.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. On the sweet side and unexpectedly tart for a tripel, but quite drinkable.

O: Very tasty, the apple flavor is fantasti. Very different for a tripel, but a nice change. Sneaky alcohol content, as this goes down very easy. Want more!

Photo of augustgarage
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks as always to ShogoKawada for this one! Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Golden saffron body, lightly cloudy with a delicate half finger of ivory receding to an uneven collar and burbling slick. Fast running, sandy lacing and choppy legs. Average retention.

Apple brandy suggests the fruit's skin, seeds, and concentrated dark sugars along with a light leathery note. Dried rather than juicy apples in the nose at least. Somewhat floral as well, more from yeast than hops, which is appropriate for a Tripel.

Very dry, mineral-laden, tart, and complex flavor profile. The apple flavors are wonderful, though there is a bit of excess heat from the alcohol, though it isn't overwhelming at all. Light vinuous character suggests a Pinot gris almost more than an ale. Low bitterness throughout with a faint herbal quality (roses, white tea, etc) in the finish.

A mix of spritzy and effervescent; slightly tannic and astringent, though very crisp overall.

Very pleased I cellared this until the weather got hot - as this is a very refreshing beer (despite being more of a sipper). While it isn't quite in line with the style, and time may have mellowed the hops (probably dulling the impact intended by the brewer), this is an excellent, creative, gentle, and almost sour ale. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of telecomz
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful hazy yellow to amber. No appreciable head.

Expected more brandy notes. Aroma is more of a tripel. Mos def smells hot.

I like this but it is too hot. Needs another year on it. Apple comes thru nicely though. A good triple.

Dry without any astringency. Good carbonation. Very boozy. Medium body.

I like it but I'll like it better with some time on it.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a large snifter at the Ginger Man in NYC - certainly an interesting beer. There's a slightly funky apple aroma, the from barrels I presume. That mild tang and fruit carries over into the flavor with dry grains and Belgian spice followed by a kick of citrus hops. The ale has a medium body with a little sweetness, enough to enjoy more as a sipper.

Photo of AnPiobaire
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this brew on tap at the Good Life. The beer preented a somewhat cloudy pear green color with a white creamy head. The nose was floral with green apple and hops. The taste was tart and crisp with a subtle taste of ranny smith apples. Not too sweet and very well balanced. The mouthfeel was thin yet crisp and not nearly boozy for the lofty 10% ABV listed. Overall this is a nice brew an very drinkable for such a high ABV. Not a bad choice for a summer or pringtime refreshing brew. The beer world's version of the apple martini. Enjoy!!!

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drinking this right now and reviewing on my iPhone. Got this in a trade from HimerMan.

Opened the bottle and noticed some brown goo at the top near the cap. Can only assume its yeast. Got it out with my pinky finger before pouring. Pours a nice golden color with a nice 1/4" head.

Smells of a sour made with bret with a nice caramel background.

Taste is not what I expected at all based on what the bottle says and the fact that BA says this is a tripple. I did not read any reviews before tasting. Was not expecting it to taste of a sour. I'm not a huge sour fan so it would have been nice to know before hand. Has a grannysmith caramel apple sort of taste with a warming feeling in your chest probably from the brandy.

Mouthfeel is good like a tripple with a little extra carbonation.

Drinkability is not high since I can never drink a sour very long since my stomach starts feeling kind of funky. I don't even know if I will finish this glass.

Overall I probably won't drink this one again unless I end up getting in to sours in the future...

Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a small yet tight frothy white head that settles into a sparse cap with some sheets of lacing. The aroma is of tart apples and a bit of perfume. A light apple cider aroma. The taste is of a pale malt, a beligan yeast strain which produces a juicy fruit flavor and some banana/clove. There is a bit of a dirty/earthy hop bitterness. Oh, and then there are the apples. Solid apple flavor which bring some of the sweet and tart aspects of the apple. The apple flavor works very well with the style, mixes into a unique flavor profile. The feel is on the light side of moderate with active carbonation; a nice mixture of sweet and bitter with a ever so slight touch of sour. Drinks quite crisp and easy, seems to have clean flavors. I would like to see some more traditional Belgian flavors to this beer but that is completely nitpicking. Very solid.

Photo of scootny
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1

Thin head that quickly disappears. Cloudy like cider. No visible carbonation.

Aromas of banana, apple, vanilla, light oak, and hop florals in the back. Tropical fruits and fusel alcohol-malt. Interesting and intriguing.

Taste is apple brandy with a strong alcoholic heat. Banana and a bit of pineapple with malt and caramel. More heat in the finish with light crackery notes on the palate.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly syrupy. Steady carbonation and a silky sensation as you swallow.

Drinkability is nice but definitely a sipper. An apple brandy beer. Proceed with caution.

From tasting notes 6/18/2008

Photo of trappistlover
2.52/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(750ml bottle-2010 batch courtesy of alpinebryant). Pours cloud yellow with white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma is medicinal, some green apple and booze. Apple pie? Not even close. Taste is sweet and yeasty, but alcohol just overpowers the beer. Medium bodied with boozy finish. It's quite hot. Damn it!!! I had wanted to try this beer for a long time and finally got some. This is disappointing. I have an '09 as well and it will be interesting to see how that aged. This is a beer that probably should be blended: extra gold with portion of extra gold barrel aged.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer courtesy of a wedgie9 we enjoyed at a small tasting a while back. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Pours into a Lost Abbey tulip with a light amber, golden color. About a finger of slight off-white head is achieved that leaves nice lacing on the sides of the tulip.

Smell – Exactly as you’d expect from the name of the beer. A nice apple aroma, pear, yeasty bread, slight vanilla, alcohol, oak, and slight brett. After having a few drinks the alcohol aroma was a bit more than I wanted/was expecting. But the rest of the aromas smelled wonderful.

Taste – A medley of spices, apples, and oak. The vanilla and slight funk are at the tail end and show themselves a bit more as the beer warms. Overall a sweeter beer that I wish had a hint more funk to it. But the flavors are pretty fantastic mixing the oak and apples. Would be curious to see how age would work on this…

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, some heat from the alcohol, lower carbonation.

Overall – A unique triple. As stated, I’d be interested to see how some age would do to this beer. The alcohol warmth/taste/aroma was a bit too much for me. Perhaps some time would subdue this and let a bit more funk develop.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-aged in apple brandy barrels. Bottled 9/18/14, consumed 12/29/14 in a spiegelau ipa glass. 11% abv.

A: Hazy carrot orange, with a glass consuming display of quick-paced effervesce. Bready white head of 3/4 inch is moderately retaining with a medium sense of lace coverage.

S: Dry apple cider, brandy, sweet lemon and dry citrus touches. Hint of dry lime peel, orange and a dry tropical fruitiness.

T: Flavor was alcohol laced dry tropical fruit upfront, pineapple, starfruit, with a big mention of the apple brandy influence from the barrel aging which is a very nice touch and works very well with the other components of the beer. Sweet citrusy-tangerine fruit, wet, mango, with some orange-vodka like influence. Spicy hops, tropical fruit flavor is wet and lively and everything i expected.

M: Crisp sharp feel, nice warmth on the hold. Light bodied, spicy tropical alcohol warmth on the inner cheeks.

O: the 11% abv is less apparent in the beginning but will start to rear its head deeper into the drink, especially with some warming. The fruitiness is wet, fresh and well pronounced with a perfect balance of tropical hops and apple brandy influence that works perfectly together. Golden delicious is just that, and worthy a try. Easy A beer for me.

Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to markgugs for this 750 mL capped bottle.

A: The ale is very effervescent, nearly bubbling out of the bottle. The carbonation continues to stream in my glass 20+ minutes after pour. Despite the bubbles, the golden ale doesn't retain much head. A high degree of clarity in this one.

S: The nose prominently shows off the barrel, oaken wiht vanilla and apple essence. Heady alcohol is evident when I take a deep inhale. Despite the strength, the nose is very enjoyable.

T: The ale is fortified, heavy and strong. Apple and wood dominate, a powerful flavor combination that makes brandy barrels my second favorite behind bourbon barrels. The tripel's candi sugars struggle to come through but eventually emerge, complimenting the sweetness of the barrel. Mild vanilla flavors are a byproduct of the oak. The ale is complex but difficult to get through at times.

M: The mouthfeel is rich and boozy, a thick morass of brandy and tripel. I'm glad that I have janlud to share this with.

D: As much as I enjoy the complexity, the ale is a bold drink that is tough to get through.

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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.