Golden Delicious - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

535 Ratings
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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 111
Gots: 94 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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 threeviews
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Bottled On Date: 09/17/14) into a Rastal Teku 2.0 glass.

A- A careful pour reveals a perfectly hazy, golden yellow with ~1-finger, creamy, white head. Although it didn't stay for very long, the head retention was impressive considering the 11% ABV. (5.0)

S- Whoa...massive aromas of Apple, Vanilla, Coconut, Melon, Peach, Mango and the ever-so-slight hint of those classic banana and clove esters imparted by the Belgian yeast. The 11% ABV goes absolutely invisible on the nose. (5.0)

T- This is where the barrel-aging really takes a hold of the proceedings. The palate is consumed with Apple, Vanilla and Spice from the residual spirit left in the barrel, yet the palate isn't overwhelmed. The finish has a champagne-like, dry and clean finish. Any alcohol is only felt as a slight warming in the chest after the beer has warmed considerably. (5.0)

M- Despite the elevated ABV, the body is only medium (at best). A healthy dose of carbonation keeps the palate clean and prepared for the next sip. The drinkability of Golden Delicious is remarkably high. (5.0)

O- For those who would otherwise not think a Belgian Tripel aged in Apple Brandy Barrels wouldn't work...it does, and in spades! What's more, I cannot find a flaw with this beer. This is one of the most intense beers in flavor, aroma...a unique (and exceptional) barrel aging project that has produced an incredible beer. Like Victory's White Monkey and Allagash's Curieux, Captain Lawrence married the Belgian Tripel with Apple Brandy Barrels with exquisite results. Add to the fact that Golden Delicious is now offered in 12oz 4-Packs, this is a real treat and am happy to have scored a few bottles. (5.0)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.89/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another selection from Cuzco (Nate) in the Blind Bomber BIF.

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a hazy gold with orange highlights. one finger of egg shell white head, large amount of big bubbles in the foam, dissipates quickly, leaving a thin foam on top.

Aromas of funk and sourness, wood and some spice that I can't quite put my finger on. I'll come back to the spice. Wait, orange peel. Not bitter orange, but sweet orange. I'm intrigued. Nice addition from the amarillo hops.

First sip is sweet and sour with a tannic bite. Could there be apples in this? A little sourness around the edges. I'm getting a little wine flavor. And Oak. Man this is all over the place. I'm diggin it.

Mouthfeel is dry and tannic, I'm thinking from wood aging, not quite medium, definitely not watery. Very drying. On the verge of puckering. A little prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is extremely high. I really like this beer, it is like nothing I've had before.

Photo of TaddyPorter
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I figured I should give a review of the draft, since I had the rare opportunity to try what was reportedly the only keg of this beer ever, at the Captain Lawrence event at the Blind Tiger in NYC in April 2008. Previously, I'd had a bottle of this beer and found it very enjoyable. On this particular occasion, I was very lucky to get to the Tiger in time; my beer guru arrived a few minutes later and found himself denied.

The color was a richer golden hue and its cloudiness was greatly increased in this draft version, as compared to the bottled version. I also found it to be more heavily apply, both in its aroma and its flavor--all positives. I found this beer to be dangerously drinkable and could have enjoyed a few more, but alas its ship had sailed...

Cheers!
Taddy

Photo of davey101
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip. Long time want of mine, thanks for the trade OsNJCB! No idea on the age on this beer but I assume somewhat fresh.

A - Nice and clear amber body. Lots of rising carbonation. Initial pour yields a three finger high white head. Settles down to a neat cap with thick edging. Really tiny bubbles. Decent lacing with great retention. Has some alcoholic legs after swirling.

S - Huge Calvados presence. Tart and sweet apples, a layer of spice, oak and vanilla tannins. A bit of an earthy and lemon presence from the base beer, but it seems like the barrels are taking over here. Some burning alcohol. Smells like a barrel aged sweet apple liqueur.

T - Tart apples and some earthy spice followed by a large alcohol presence. Notes of oak, vanilla, hay and Belgian yeast. Rich butterscotch and caramel in the aftertaste. Mouth feel is silky, creamy and coating with a high level of carbonation.

O - Wow. This beer is out there. The rich butterscotch flavors in the aftertaste just plays so wonderfully off of the initial tart and sweet apple flavors. The spice and yeast from the base beer just adds to the complexity. Its boozy, but in the best way possible. Major props to Captain Lawrence for making such an interesting and unique beer. Crazy delicious.

Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my all-time favorite aged beers. Lots of sweetness, lots of apples and vanilla. Really smooth easy sipper for 12% abv.

Photo of mirp1
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

An American Triple Ale aged in apple brandy barrels. Pours a slightly dusty golden color, perhaps just beyond the lovibond of a real pilsner. The barrel effect produces a subtle and noticeable vanilla/crisp apple note. The rest of the drinking experience is that of pleasant beer booze. The overall 88 score (at this time) doesn't do it justice. This is a great beer for those looking for an elegant drinkable cognac-like beer moment. Classy beer, and as one has already put it, this concoction is about as good as it gets. For 11.00/4, it is bargain.

Photo of NickD208
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just tasted that good... Drink up

Photo of HimerMan
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried a few samples during the release at the brewery. However, this was rated from a bottle I was fortunate enough to bring home with me!

First off - what a phenomenal place with very friendly people and an incredible atmosphere. Truly top-notch.

Beer pours a cloudy medium copper with a nice mildly off white head with a HUGE aroma of the applejack liquor.

Immediate taste of apples, applejack, oak and their American tripel - as familiar with their extra gold.

This is an incredible beer, that has amazing potential to age. The only downfall is with the big alcohol taste that is present in the palate. However, this does not get in the way of the beer. I feel this will age incredible well in time to come.

If you have the chance to try this beer, you must - Cheers to a great beer and to the great people involved in brewing it!

Awesome - I am looking forward to trying this again once it has a bit of time on it!

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 gpcollen1
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is served chilled to fridge temp, as recommended, but warms as I drink. Scott recommended chilling this one and it really should be served sufficiently chilled.

Drank this one while making campfire (fireplace) cannoli with the girls. Want to know what they are? I bet you do...BM me...

Appearance - Poured into my Corsendonk tulip gently and the head rose quickly - settling down just as quick - a bit of a Champagne-like pour. A straw-yellowy orange tint to this one.

Smell - Has a lively apple effervescence that tickles the nose and is reminiscent of the Cuvee in the way of carbonation and fruity goodness, with a twinge of tartness. Same yeast??

Taste - Hits the tongue lively with carbonation and the malt of the tripel. A gentle sweetness sweeps the mouth and adds a bit of puckeriffic apple here and there. Dries the mouth as it goes but still tickles the tongue. Overriding reminders of Brandy Barrels in hints of alcohol and deeper barrel and brandy notes amidst the scrubbing bubbles. The ever-important oakey notes shine through here and there, moreso in the finish as usual.

Mouthfeel - This one feels light yet the scrubbing bubbles and alcohol keep it from being a quaffer for sure.

Drinkability - A very nice sipper for a Sunday.

I imagine this one may have been a bit hotter a month ago upon release. I only had a few ounces at the release so it was hard to tell, and that one was served a bit warm. As with the bbl aged brews, the closer to the barrel the more you taste it. Always a crapshoot as to when to drink them, so you buy several and drink them along the way. I'd say if you have one and have not had it yet, drink one now. This is a fine sipper with quite the complimentary tripel v brandy v barrel thing going on. If you are alcohol and brandy averse, send me your bottle.

I absolutely loved this one...

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

The reward for showing up today at Captain Lawrence. Scott only opened one bottle and said that would be it for the day.
2 oz pour roughly.

A: Looked almost like cider in the sampling glass. Minimal white head with some lacing.

S: Really great smell to this. You get all the elements of the beer. The first thing you pick up is a cider smell. Then some apples then some brandyesque booze. Make no mistake though this smells like a beer. A unique beer but definitely a beer.

T: Not as hot as I thought it was going to be. Definitely has the backbone of a triple but there is a ton of other things going on. The barrel aging produced a taste I have never experienced in a beer...but in a good way. Super complex. The apple taste is there but it is not overwhelming. The brandy taste was definitely more pronounced than anything else right now. I did get a slight hint of the yeast and even some hops in the finish.

M: Solid medium body. If I didn't know that this beer was delayed due to carbonation problems I would never have suspected anything was wrong. Had a slight dryness on the tongue.

D: Glad I got to have even a small sample of this so I did not have to crack open a bottle. For what it is I found it very drinkable. I really don't know how it would translate over the whole 750ml though.I would put this beer not in the hot category but rather in the needs a little time category. That being said I think this has the potential to be epic for those with enough bottles and enough patience. I have both.

5-23-08 Update:
The hotness has gone down quite a bit. The brandy is more pronounced with the barrel taking a back seat right now. The brett is working slowly on this one. Hints of funk are peaking through. Either that or I had a nicely infected bottle.

12-23-08 Update
Mother of god. This is an animal who does not care about feelings. It has become so smooth and wonderful. The hotness is gone. All you get it apples and a hint of brandy. No wonder this won a gold medal at the GABF. Also a touch of funk for those who are down.

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 jamie2dope
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Todd for grabbing a couple bottles of this during his weekend venture to Southhampton. On Easter Sunday ya have to open something special, right? It comes out of the bottle a murky golden color, with about two fingers of white heading. Fruity nose of apples and dry champagne, but in a very subtle way. Taste is so well rounded between the apple, hops, grains and brandy. It is astonishing how well rounded all of the flavors are, and how they interact in perfect harmony. Mouthfeel is right in the middle, and quite honestly, is just right. There is no over carbonation or excessive use of hops, this is simply put together responsibly. Drinkability is second to none, as the alcohol cannot even be noticed, and the stuff is just so damned tasty. I do not say these sorts of things very often, but this is most definitely the best Tripel I have ever encountered. Some have said that these bottles need to sit for a while to let the alcohol die down, but to hell with that. This beer is more than drinkable now. Originally I was planning on trading my other bottle, but not now. I eagerly await what some time in the cellar aging will do to this gem of a brew. Cheers

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY. Poured into 2 tulips to share with my dad.

Pours a hazy, effervescent orange-ish amber. Sizable 3 inch head on both glasses.

Smells like sugar-covered apples, brown sugar, and oak.

Tastes incredible. Tons of apples and apple brandy flavors, vanilla, oak. Gives off the impression of some sort of rich, sweet apple desert. Not quite apple pie, due to lack of spices such as cinnamon. Perfect amount of barrel qualities versus original tripel qualities. It still does shine under the barrel, some Belgian yeast sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated. Very warming, though the alcohol doesn't show itself in the flavor or mouthfeel much.

One of the more innovative barrel-aged beers I've had. A real winner from Captain Lawrence- proud to have their barrel program in my state.

Photo of dnichols
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chris shared a bottle of this brew from his stash with me and two other gentlemen from Boston. He poured from a 750 ml bottle into pint glasses.

A: It poured an orange tinged cloudy yellow body with a moderate height fluffy white head that lingered long and lefet spotting lacing.

S: It had a pleasant aroma of green apples, sweet toatsed malts and fresh citrusy hops.

T: It presented a well balanced, smooth and refreshing flavor profile that was lead by sweet and tart green apples and creamy and sweet malts. There were undercurrents of brandy and bananas.

M: It was light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation and a smooth and creamy presence on the tongue. It finished clean and warm with little aftertaste.

D: Excellent and unique brew. A very different tripel that is interesting and enjoyable. I could easily make my way through a long session with this fine beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Much thanks to DaSolomon. Brandy barrels from one oldest US distiller? I call Lairds duh.

Minor gush off the pour, very bubble bath foam shocking white, but lots of retention. Extremely soapy but manages a thick 3 finger head. Body is a muted dark apricot and brown peach, a bit opaque with some good thin streams of carbonation, and a roaring middle column. Very nice looking, with an impressive aggressive head.

Nose has spicy apple and cinnamon, with some buttery oaky qualities. Real nice fruit sense to this which matches nicely with the Belgian character, going to pear and flesh white fruit. Got some good thickness to it, and a nice sweetness but not too much. Not boozy heat either.

The mouthfeel is exquisite, it's big thick and creamy which matches the nice sweetness. Lots of oaky tannic aftertaste, but there's classic buttery sweetness to match. Controlled heat and warmth with a nice control. Definitely big, but not overpowering. Some of the Belgian character and sweetness is a little slammed down, but it's expansive thick mouthfeeel provides lots of flavor exploration. Fruity, creamy, dense, heavily oak, nice combination.

The finish is just a bit too tannic and woody, but this is still very impressive taste wise glad I got to try it. I'd be curious if they used barrels that housed the real brandy or just ordinary Applejack. Either way it made a memorable tripel.

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 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 timtim
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow... pours a slightly hazy golden color with an off-white head that holds and leaves a touch of lace. nose is bright, brilliant, golden delicious apple up front, followed by hops(?), a spicy belgian-style malt/yeast backbone and a faint vanilla/brandy/wood character. very, very pretty. everything comes together in harmony in the taste as flavors play off of each other extremely well. my palate can't tell what is what, and that means it has come together seamlessly. fruit coming from the barrel, the hops and the yeast, with just enough sweetness to turn the spiciness into yumminess. beers like this are usually not my cup of tea, but this turns my gears like crazy. awesome. medium body with lower carbonation than expected, and the booze never seems to get hot. awesome. great beer from one of the US's most talented breweries. thanks captain!

Photo of Yagman3000
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .750 into a huge oversized pint glass.

Appears a hazy dark peach gold. There's a very creamy looking small head that remains despite sitting a bit.

Smells very strongly of apples. In a
sweet cider like fashion, not the burn of a brandy. I'm intrigued!

Tastes heavy duty! This is a lot more than I thought it would be. Very yeasty tropical flavors with apple balanced with some apricot.

Mouthfeel is big and buttery. Once again, I'm surprised by how filling this beer is.

Overall I'm really impressed with this. Captain Lawrence has been delivering quality products. I want more!

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a golden blonde color that's partly cloudy. The head is small and white and good lacing occurs after the pour.

A-Lots of fruit such as apples, grapes, hints of pineapple, orange and a little lemon zest. Sme malt overtones along with some wood character as well. Little brandy in there but I had to really search for it.

T-like taking a bite off a fresh fruit of eclectic flavor. Just a bodacious fruit explosion in your palate. Gapes and apples there again with some hints of malt and honey. Slight hints of brandy too but not an overwhelming alcohol taste.

M-crisp and a little dry on the finish. But the brandy really sneaks up on the aftertaste with a nice fizz.

O-this is one nice brew. Would love to have more. The apple brandy is just a great combo with this style.

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

We purchased three bottles when this brew was first released. The initial tasting revealed that this might be a beer that needs to be aged and may go through excellent changes with age.

We just tasted the second sample and it stands up to it's name - Golden Delicious. While still too young IMO, the flavors had melded together and the alcohol was deceptively low key. I just wish we had bought anout 10 of these puppies. The lacing was perfect and flavor was delicious. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good for such a brew.

Now our only problem is when to drink the last sample..

Photo of joefuzz
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden orange with a small off eggshell white head. Smells like a belgian triple should...candi sugar with bready malts. Tastes like apple pie! Absolutly amazing starts off as a classic belgian triple bananna, clove, belgian sugar and ends with a very nice apple brandy finish...really reminds me of liquid apple pie. Mouth feel has the high carbonation of a triple and a light mouthfeel with a semi dry finish. Overall amazing beer on this first warm night in front of a fire.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never been a big Tripel guy, never hated them but never went out of my way to grab one. This was a gift from the great and mighty Cuzco, so it heads to the fridge from a few days of transit.

Slight hiss upon the decapping, a sweet mist hangs in the air as the tulip fils. A frothy foam, white as snow and a golden body, hints of copper and late summer sunsets. I can spin its in the fading northwest light and a rainbow of happiness spins its own yarn.

This beer...it makes me feel...(a hush fills the jungle)..Libidinous. Sweet funky notes, oak, ripe apricots, mangoes, vanilla, lost loves. I am enthralled at the flavor from such a brew. A lingering heat is left on the tongue, a spicy kiss.

I want this, inside me.

Cap't Lawrence- Do you feel like I do?

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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.