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Golden Delicious - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 204
Hads: 583
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 109
Gots: 105 | FT: 5
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
Tripel | 11.00% 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 SteveB24
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting beer, the description mentions tropical hops but i mostly got apples. The nose is pure apple juice (not a bad thing). The taste is also heavy on apples, which is very nice, however the eleven percent abc really shows as well, and the carbonation is very low, so the overall experience made one think of very boozy apple juice. Not unpleasant but not something i'd buy again.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage

Appearance- Pours a golden color, transparent. Half finger thick, fizzy and soapy, white colored head. Sticky alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Juicy and tart apples with an accompanying oaky, earthy spice. Tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, strawberry kiwi. Underlying sweet bready malts and mild belgian yeast character. Vinous white wine grape.

Taste- Sweet and bready, sugary malt. Juicy apple sweetness. Lots of barrel spice, peppery, oaky, earthy. Sweeter pineapple, berries, and kiwi. Belgian yeast, and mild fusel alcohol notes.

Feel- Medium feel, has a certain syrupy sweetness, mildly coats the mouth. Moderate to lower carbonation.

Overall- Barrel characteristics and hops come together in a great way. Barrel spice and apple blends beautifully with the tropical fruit notes from the dry hopping, more so in the aroma than the taste, but still there in the taste. Enough of the base beer comes through, mainly to add a nice sugary malt base. Touch of fusel alcohol note on the finish, but nothing that detracts too much.

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Photo of orangebison
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Two pours of approximately 6 oz each into footed Dogfish signature glass. Pale gold, lighter than expected, with thin white lacing. Aroma is apple skin, white grape, and oak, slightly sweet. Taste is racy, juicy apple flesh and grainy sweetness. Notes of oak, vanilla, toast and coconut. Dry, warming and slightly tannic finish, like you get with some ciders. Wonderful barrel character - tangy and woody. Heat is somewhere above moderate - assertive, lets you know it means business. Feel is on the thin side, slightly less carbonation than other tripels. I liked it even more than I'd hoped, and I'd say it stacks up well with Curieux, though they're notably different.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Small, but lasting head. Leaves a blanket if lace. Dark gold color and nearly clear.

Sweet caramel start to the nose.

Strong alcohol and sweet are the initial tastes. Very rich and creamy. Lightly sour with a sugary finish. The body is chewy with a lower carbonation. Sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 batch, poured into a snifter. I'm not sure if this is going to be my kind of beer, I don't like brandy, but I work at a liquor store and this is my homework. Tough life, I know.

Look: Hazy pale golden with a decent, lasting head for an 11% beer. Looks like a tripel.

Smell: There's a generous amount of sweet apple brandy notes here, light barrel character, and a hint of the Belgian yeast, backed by a subtle fruitiness from the Amarillo dry-hopping. The brandy character is very powerful, but there's really no suggestion of the high ABV here, just brandy.

Taste: Very complex, equally sweet. Initial flavor is concentrated apple brandy, building up towards a sweet, barrel-influenced finish with notes of toffee and caramel joining up with the apple brandy. A bit too boozy and cloying for me, but the flavor is very well-defined. Not bad, but somewhat challenging to drink as it warms because of the sweetness, alcohol notes from the brandy, and the overall ABV of 11% that isn't subtle. The Belgian yeast and Amarillo dry-hopping are merely background notes here.

Feel: Slick, somewhat syrupy, though with a fair amount of carbonation considering the ABV and barrel-aging.

Overall: The bronze medals in '08 and '12 are a perfect summary of this beer. It achieves what it sets out to do, but it's just so damn sweet and hot. I'm working my way down to the last of the 12oz and find myself struggling. I don't love it, but I had to try it.

I wouldn't recommend a 4pk, but if you can find a single bottle and you're someone with a sweet tooth looking for a sipper, this beer is for you.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed chalice.

Hazy gold with 1+ fingers of white head. Light carbonation.

Apple brandy, apple cider, cinnamon, wood, and caramel cubes.

Apple brandy liquor flavors. Toffee and caramel cubes. Apple cider and golden delicious pulp. Pale candy sugar with hints of oak and cinnamon booziness.

Medium-light bodied, oily, boozy, and warming.

Has some well integrated apple brandy flavors, but man this is a boozy one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 release poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of apples along with Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, brandy, honey and touches of hops and alcohol.

T: The taste starts out with a strong barrel-aging essence up front that is quickly followed by a mildly tart of apple flavor, transitioning into sweet flavors of brandy, caramel and some citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. There is a little bit of a subdued alcohol bite. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to sip for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose is of a nice sour. Taste is sweet and punchy up front, some slight barrel burn, then a woody, slightly off finish. An interesting beer for sure.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2014 bottle. Pour is a light golden amber with a faint haze and a small amount of white head. Nose has a lot of the apple brandy, gets a bit boozy and woody, some lemon, and a hint of pineapple. Taste follows, overly brandy barrel, fairly acidic finish, medium body and moderate carb. Brett comes in fairly strong in back, pineapple, hay.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

APPEARANCE - Cloudy, 2-finger head that dissipates slowly. Light colored. Good lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, gruit, floral, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, sweet, citrus, apple. ABV somewhat hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, drier than expected, light, effervescent, crisp, refreshing.

VALUE - $10 for a 12 oz. glass - not that bad for a specialty beer at a restaurant.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Lacks the usual kick you get from Tripels. Surprisingly dry. Halfway between hard cider and an Imperial IPA.

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Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +26.9%
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)

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Photo of mirp1
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden. Finger of foamy, firm ivory white head that settles down to a velvet sheen. O.K. lacing.

S: Fermenting green apples. Woodsy brandy. Graham cracker. Musk of grapes. Pear and vanilla. Pretty much like an apple orchard with a bunch of apples that have been on the ground quite some time.

M: Quite effervescent. Light-medium body. Quite chewy, and noticeable alcohol burn.

T: My mom never spiked her apple pie like this. I think the brandy overwhelms the more delicate apple flavor. Spice and alcohol dominate. Peppery, lemon citrus. Tart grape skin, and all sweetness derived from brandy. Soft malt base of grass. Subtle complexity. Sweeter, more mellow as it warms.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a very light golden color with two fingers worth of frothy white head

S-bready malt, green apples, candied fruit, and light brandy

T-a fruity yet tart mix of apples, spices, some lingering sugar sweetness, and then the apple brandy finish

M-medium body, medium to high carbonation, large alcohol warming presence in the finish

Overall a really interesting beer, I have never had anything quite like it. Really like the apple and apple brandy elements to it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet Belgian malt with light apple brandy notes. Taste is a very drinkable mix of Belgian malt with light residual candi sugar notes and some light Brandy notes also noticeable. Body is full with good carbonation. I quite enjoyed that one with loads of nice drinkability notes and the Brandy notes rounding off some of rough edges.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass and shared with friends
Thanks to Chad for the bottle!

Pours a hazy, golden color with a short white head and touch of lacing. The nose has that Belgian yeast character, sweet malt, apples, with a subtle woody oak. The yeast comes through on the palate as well along with lots of alcohol from the apple brandy. It is a bit to sweet and boozy for me which masks some of the other characteristics of the beer.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased in a take-out store in Brooklyn. Served in a balloon glass.

Golden Delicious is Captain Lawrence's Xtra Gold that is aged in barrels once used for Laird's Apple Brandy, then dry-hopped with Amarillo. The beer pours a crisp, clear gold that shows off abundant carbonation. The pure white head sits firmly on top, two-fingers thick, and compacts to a rich mousse-like texture. A very fine looking ale! Careful not to pour the dregs in! Scars of lacing are left behind as the beer is consumed.

The aroma is as advertised: a Golden Delicious apple. The smell is sweet and rich, with a big bouquet of oak, apple skin, brandy/muscat grapes, melon, and slight vanilla. The tripel qualities might be a bit drowned out here, but the barrel qualities seem to be well-proportioned.

As in the aroma, the apple brandy qualities stand out a lot. Up front is a muscat grape flavor, mixed with apple brandy, and some sweet malts and wheat. Across the palate is a strong oakiness that gives the flavor a rich quality that works well against the backdrop of a bittersweet tripel base. And on the swallow there is a strong hit of alcohol. It isn't hot though. The body is medium and the carbonation is just perfect. The lack of heat is quite remarkable, and it drinks ever so smoothly.

I really like this beer. It reminds me a bit of Allagash Curieux, with the barrel-aged tripel thing going on, but with a completely different barrel type and with a big resulting difference. It comes together well, and I could see splitting another bottle of this with friends.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

triple aged in apple brandy barrels, an overwhelming success. this pours like a triple should, light and bright, with a fading white head and some slowly rising bubbles. tons of green apple character on the nose from the brandy, very fresh and autumnal. smells hot too, almost like a spirit more than a beer. complex but subtle grain profile, some oats likely in here giving it a round body and a smoothness thats just awesome. i dont get a lot of classically belgian yeast at all, but i go get very intense apple flavors from the brandy, not too too sweet, just right. a long fruity finish is a nice way to cap this brew off, very well done overall. medium body but the residual sugar makes it drink a little heavy. they have gotten a lot of influence from the interesting barrel here, this is unique and delicious. a style that doesnt get much barrel attention but this proves it should probably command some more.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw with lots of snowy legs.
Brandy nose: caramel, booze, apple, and wood.
Saltines, some white pepper, citrus bite, yellow apple skin esters, and hints of vanilla and Sauternes.
Grapefruit zest finish.
Medium, chewy, fizzy, a bit hot.

After a year, there's still some heat and the Amarillo is all but gone. Apples are there, though, and light enough sipper for the strength. Saruman says it would be better heated up.

Hits the concept, but does that matter?

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Photo of aquatonex
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy cloudy light orange with a foamy and somewhat rocky head. Be careful of the overpour because it will give you too much head. Nose is defined by the essence of apples, as if you opened a real hard cider, not sweetness just apple-ness. Flavor up front is very offensive from the alcohols, but as it breathes it becomes relatively malty with slight sweetness. Alcohols subside into a better balance after breathing. Hard to taste the apples, to be honest but it is a very approachable Tripel for flavor. Overall, enjoyable and I would have again, which is not what I could say for many other Tripels.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip. Shared with my brother.

A- Hazy light yellow pour. Massive amounts of tight bubbles rushing from the bottom of the glass. Creamy white head with sticky lacing.

S- Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper spice, lemon zest with a bit of alcohol punch in the nose.

T- Pepper spice, shortbread, lemon peel, some apple peel and alcohol. Going to let the warm up further. After completely warming up the barrel peeks out a bit to add a nice sweetness and warmth.

M- Light body, warm on the tongue, prickly carbonation.

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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.