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Golden Delicious - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Triple Aged In Apple Brandy Barrels

(Beer added by: mcallister on 02-01-2008)
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Photo of Knapp85


3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured out as a golden color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer wasn't too much like apple, but it did have some nice sweet grain with some barrel aged aromas in there too. The taste gave off some of the apple flavors that I was hoping for. The beer had a crisp taste to it. The mouthfeel was sharp and dry feeling. Overall it was a pretty interesting brew, I enjoyed it but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

Second review from bottle: poured slightly hazy golden in golden. Decent aromas, some barrel and apple on the nose. The taste is pretty good subtle apple and more boozy heat than I think it should have. Mouthfeel is good but warms the throat. Overall boozy as hell. Not bad but should sipped

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 21:40:49 | More by Knapp85
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

golden pour clear with a finger I head. Smells of apples, wine, very boozy but so awesomely fruity I can't stop smelling it. this is honestly one of the most mindblowing beers I've ever had. Wood, apple, bourbon (bartender corrected me, it's brandy).. So boozy yet so sweet. This is amazing. full body, low carb.. Def a sipper. this is by far one of the best beers I've ever had. It's in it's own completely different category, coming from someone whoe really isn't that into tripel style Belgian beers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 18:01:06 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into sampler.
Pours a hazy light golden with a good amount of head. It doesnt look very out of the ordinary.
The smell is fantastic. You really smell the apple, but its mixed well with bready belgian malts and yeast, and some nice floral hops.
Taste is also of belgian yeast and some slight hop notes. Apple isnt as in your face in the flavor as the aroma, but it is still there.
Its a bit "light" or mild, especially for a tripel and the alcohol is hidden extremely well. You would never know it was 12%!
Overall, really nice unique brew from a great brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 13:51:49 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 11:58:02 | More by timtim
Photo of metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a thin ring of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are aromas of apples and spice in the nose.
T: Flavors of apple brandy are very apparent in the taste due to the barrel aging; there are also hints of spices and a light amount of bitterness. It tastes quite acidic at first but becomes sweeter as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The drinkability improves as the beer warms up, although I'm still not sure if I could have more than one of these in a sitting. It's definitely a beer that needs to be sipped.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 14:39:34 | More by metter98
Photo of david18

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've written about this beer before and always like everything I've gotten from Captain Lawrence. They make great American and Belgian style ales and this one is among the ones I really enjoy. I had a twelve ounce draft of this at Rattle & Hum in Manhattan.

Color is a very hazy and light yellow/gold. A lot of head with good belgian lacing and even some viscosity on the glass.

Aroma was an intense combination of yeast, alcohol and fall fruit (apples, pears).

The flavor was a little on the hot side but, again, featured the same qualities as the aroma.

This was a very quaffable beer that I hope to see again soon.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 22:49:03 | More by david18
Photo of mltobin


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Birdsall House.

Appearance is a cloudy honey tone with very little head. Its` smell has apple, caramel, alcohol and some oak. Taking a sip of Golden Delicious, some of those same flavors are still there, along with some brandy, and in the end, a tartness. MF is medium bodied, light on the carbonation. I believe this clocks in at 10% abv and with all that is going on with the beer, is a sipper. GD is definitely a very good reincarnation of Xtra Gold with some new characteristics.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 14:38:11 | More by mltobin
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 18:35:47 | More by tempest
Photo of kranker23

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Ginger Man in NYC on 2-4-11.

A -Lovely brandy color poured into a snifter. No noticeable head.

S - Boozy with cider vinegar aromas, some sour apple.

T - The apple brandy characteristics are immediately noticeable. They linger slightly and then are replaced by the booze characteristics. Not sure what the abv is on this, but if you tell me it is anything less than 10% I think you are pulling my leg.

M - Moderate to high viscosity, coats the tongue nicely.

D - This is obviously meant to be a low slow winter or fall sipper. Even a 12 ounce pour is a generous serving.

O - In a bottle, I would say this needs time to cellar (probably a year would mellow it nicely). Young and on tap, the booziness overwhelms the balance of the beer. It is a nice sipper, and would pair fantastically well with some slow cooked pork loin, but for me it was too hot right now. That being said I am happy to have tried it and if I found a bottle I would buy it to cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 15:09:22 | More by kranker23
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aromas of apple cider, but green/granny smith apple cider if that makes sense. Some lesser earthy qualities with some sweet and sour candy smell to it as well. Wish there was more going on here, but anyway...

The taste is exquisite. Begins sweet and tart like the granny smith apple again but quickly transitions into a woody/oaky flavor and then quickly again switches to raisins and brandy. It finishes light again though with a dry biscuity and bready nature. Really complex, invites you to keep sipping but you really should savor this creation. As it warms the ABV/alcohol show itself a little but never harsh or unappealing in the slightest.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with less than adequate carbonation, would definitely benefit from some more in my opinion.

Overall this is a really unique beer worth trying if you can find it. It's dangerously drinkable, a little sweet, but not cloying. Just imagine the sweetness of a tart green apple and that is a good indicator. By far my favorite offering from Capt Lawrence hands down.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 23:14:01 | More by claspada
Photo of clearlydiluted

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had the first batch of this...and it was equally as boozy as this batch. I'm assuming it probably needs a minimum of 2 years to really meld together...

served 11.5 oz in a kasteel glass
a - pours a golden with a slight orange color

s - boozy with hints of estery profiles of the beer and the apple brandy

t - when it's cold the main thing dominating is the boozy apple brandy barrels; it's mostly the booze and bits of the . as it warms up hints of vanilla, pear (among other) esters, and a hint of maltiness pull through to provide a good profile of the tripel. though the booziness tends to still dominate the front end, you get a slight sense of the apple in the finish

m - medium body and sweet on the front, but it finishes dry with that hint of

d - the boozy nature of the beer diminishes the drinkability of the beer. I'd really like to try it a year from now to see how a more balanced beer would taste like. Nevertheless it's a terrific example of the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 20:47:12 | More by clearlydiluted
Photo of CharlatanSin


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bronx Ale House. This is definitely not a beer I ever expected to find on tap, so I was super excited as Mr. Duffy at the Ale House poured.

Golden Delicious isn't the prettiest beer in the world. It pours a dull, somewhat murky straw color. The pour creates an enormous puffy white head that dissipates pretty quickly. But it's called Golden Delicious, not Golden Attractive, and the beer brings the goods.

The aroma is excellent. The distinctive Belgian yeast and fruitiness that characterizes the tripel style and the sweet, sticky brandy booziness mesh beautifully.

The taste is similarly well-blended. The booziness, predictably, is more pronounced than in Xtra Gold. It's an unmistakable brandy taste, sweet and tart, but not at all overwhelming. The yeast and spice common to tripels are present, and despite my trepidation before trying it, the fruit character definitely is almost entirely apple. Well done, guys. This beer is delicious, and well worth seeking out.

The mouthfeel is thick for the style with pretty low carbonation, and so the beer is extremely sticky. It's not as crisp and refreshing as a typical tripel, but that's not really the point here, is it?

This is a unique beer well worth trying, so keep your eye on Captain Lawrence and hope that they'll do more batches.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2010 16:54:42 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of STEG

New York

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at lazy boy saloon. Pale golden yellow into a flute type glass at the lazy boy saloon. What little head there was was almost completely dissipated by the time it got to me leaving a collar of thin bubbles.

The smell has Belgian yeast, breast notes, as well as booze and apple (brandy).

Taste is very boozy, alcohol is very much present and accentuates the apple brandy character. It's pretty sweet but has a lot of nice triple characteristics.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, kinda smooth with light carbonation.

The drinkability really takes a hit due to the sheer amount of booziness present but it's certainly a nice glass to have, it's a nice concept as well.

According to CL this is an attempt at apple pie using alcohol as the sweetener and apple brandy barrels for the apple character with the spicy breadiness of a begian triple for the pie crust. Nice concept, it could be better executed but I'm not sure how. Maybe starting with a less boozy beer to start with?

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 21:59:01 | More by STEG
Photo of CHickman

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy gold in color with a nice foamy white head, and very good lacing.

Smells of wheat, lemon, grains, floral hops, sweet malt and faint spices.

Tastes of wheat, lemon, floral hops, light caramel, apple, grains, grass, wheat, faint spices and skunky sweet malt, which bordred on cloying. Very nice, light and crisp feel with a very good complex flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, smooth and almost watery, like a hefe-weizen, but better since it has medium carbonation and a medium body.

High drinkability that's very refreshing and a very nice beer. Could drink these all night and all summer since there was no hint of alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 00:16:24 | More by CHickman
Photo of TaddyPorter


4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
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...


Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 19:47:40 | More by TaddyPorter
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:07:21 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 18:01:30 | More by mtomlins
Photo of MusicaleMike


3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:35:31 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of StonedTrippin


4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 18:41:27 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 18:06:30 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of aquatonex

New York

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 01:38:31 | More by aquatonex
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:03:33 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 01:21:31 | More by korguy123
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in Niagara Falls, NY.

A: slight haze, amber, poured with frothy head that gave way to thin veil
S: medium nose, some EtOH
T: tripel qualities, dry with pronounced EtOH finish
M: dry, slight EtOH heat in finish
O: I enjoyed this beer and would definitely purchase it again

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:43:57 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of zeledonia


3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted 19 September 2013.

Pours a clear medium golden yellow with a hint of orange. Half-finger of whitish head that quickly dissipated.

Smell is super appley. Has a hint of, hmm, pee I guess. Though I get that from apple juice sometimes. Crisp, tart apples. A little dry and astringent.

Taste is clean and appley. Pretty alcoholic, actually - quite potent. A mix of Belgiany yeast and sweet juicy apples. Pulpy apples, golden-delicious-like even.

Feel is medium-bodied. Carbonation is low, could definitely be higher.

Like a heavily applefied Belgian ale. Interesting, and quite tasty, but some of the pieces don't work all that well. Not sure exactly what I'd improve, but somehow it's just lacking a special something.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:56:52 | More by zeledonia
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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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