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Golden Delicious - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

487 Ratings
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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 107
Gots: 87 | FT: 7
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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djrn2, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

acurtis, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

nmann08, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Texasfan549, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Mar 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

kjkinsey, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a meringue of a head that tracks strands of lace

Smell: The heat from the alcohol is a bit too aggressive to get a good sense of the underlying elements, but there is clearly some tart apple and oak in the mix

Taste: Fruity, up front, with the tart apple and a hint of vanilla toffee; the tartness builds, after the swallow, in a way that I suspect may have something to do with Brett; while there remains a lingering sweetness underneath, the overall finish is dry and oaky

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some heat from the abv and a puckering sensation from the tartness

Overall: I expected to like this more than I did; there was just a bit too much dominance from the barrel aging relative to the other elements in the flavor profile

brentk56, Mar 21, 2011
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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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
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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.

mikesgroove, Feb 01, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Gil.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a tall white head.

S: Smells of bread and oak with some vanilla and lots of sweet fruits. A touch of sugar with a light citrus note to it along with some sweet caramel malts. Just a hint of booze and tartness.

T: The flavor is quite sweet and sugary as well. There is a lot of brandy flavor, pear, and apple to it. Some sweet, caramel and bread notes are also there. Just a bit of citrus peel, mostly orange and lemon.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: The nose had a little too much heat for my liking, but the flavor was good and the beer was enjoyable all around.

womencantsail, Sep 01, 2011
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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

Knapp85, Nov 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, burnished gold body with a tiny white head.

Smell: Spiced sliced apples and pears with brandy-bumped caramel and a pinch of pepper.

Taste: Spiced pears, brandywine, and a splash of apple cider with a resounding sweetness and a hint of musky apple peelings. No real hop character coming through. Sharply warming alcohol presence throughout. Slight woodiness that grows into the boozey finish and lasts into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Warming mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A nice beer, it certainly brings new life to the tripel style. Bless them for that.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to Anthony for making this review possible!

Bottle opened with a "pssh", in the glass there wasn't much carbonation, but a visually appealing web of tiny bubbles sat on the surface. Some spotty lacing too, but I think the higher abv contributed to a general lack of foam. The body was a hazy gold, and over time there was a string of pearls that clung to one side of the glass.

Aroma was fruity, floral, yet somewhat subdued. Pleasant, and not too boozy.

Flavor was dry, apple, cidery minus any sourness, plenty of spicy oak, with a touch of noticeable alcohol (this is a tripel after all). Slightly sweet but mostly dry in the finish. Light carb with a mellow feel. I'd suspect this would really creep on you if drinking a bottle to yourself.

It was nice to try this one, CL always makes good use of their barrels. Thanks again Anthony!

emerge077, Feb 18, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very foggy orange that carries some dull brown tints. Creme head. Nose at first was like those little antiseptic wipes that you use to clean a cit. Kind of like the ones you get loads of when you eat wings, but the medical kind. Weird, eh? That doesn't take long to die, thankfully. What comes next and stays is a fairly firm wood character with obvious hints of apples. Taste is nice. Real smooth delivery of wood and apples. The problem is that the alcohol is very noticeable here. Feel has a nice biting carbonation and a good liquid feel. Overall the problem for me here is that this thing is too hot. The alcohol burn just knocks it down a bit too much, though much less after well over an hour of sitting. Besides that flaw, I think it is fairly nice. Though a bottle is best to share really.

RblWthACoz, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by bmanning at a recent tasting. One of the highlights of the evening because it wasn't a pumpkin beer. Beer is light yellow and pretty hazy with a big white head of medium and large bubbles that falls away leaving no lacing on the glass.

Sour aroma, lactic mostly and then there's the apples. Awesome.

This is like a sour tripel that kind of tastes like apples. The beer is light in body and quite effervescent in the mouth. Its tart at the corners but leads off with lactic acid in the mouth. Tastes really good. Beer finishes pretty cleanly and overall its a nice experience. Thanks.

drabmuh, Oct 22, 2010
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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.