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Golden Delicious - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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201 Reviews
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Reviews: 201
Hads: 568
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 23.6%
Wants: 111
Gots: 104 | 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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Reviews: 201 | Hads: 568
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks out to BeerTruth who froze his toes off for this one! 750 mL bottle, 2010 vintage. Pours a slightly cloudy, light gold color with a large-bubbled white head. Retention is pretty poor and only leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Last pour or two is nearly impenetrable to light.

Nose is phenomenal! Apples and tripels seem like a match made in heaven. Green apples, alcohol and Belgian yeast esters are all equally prevalent and mouth-wateringly delicious. Hints of brandy soaked pears, honeydew melon and refined sugar. Smells good...very good.

Taste is tart apples without a whole lot of Belgian yeast influence, unfortunately. Alcohol plays a major role in the flavor while the woody tones from barrel aging are pretty mild. Fairly low carbonation for the style accentuates the apple nuances and brandy aspect. Juicy Amarillo hops are a nice touch. This is my first Captain Lawrence beer and I am digging it quite a bit. A unique and very fun beer to try. Thanks again Adam!

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a slim white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has your typical tripel aroma; lots of pale malts, alcohol warmth, some sweetness. The twist here is the apple brandy barrels. They lend a very nice character to the beer. It's a mildly aggressive and seems to tame the alcohol warmth quite well. The taste is good also. It has a nice pale malt flavor that's a bit heavy handed in alcohol warmth. There is a light touch of hops and then the delicious apple brandy flavor. I can't get enough of these barrel aged beers. It definitely makes this a much more complex beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is another quality beer from Captain Lawrence. It's a solid tripel with outstanding barrel character; an interesting beer for sure.

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Photo of maximum12
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gn0sis for sending a bottle of this my way in a recent trade that included another long-sought bottle. Two big wants in one small box, me likes tradin' like that!

OK, enough blather. Pour is sunlight golden as the name promises, clear, pale as my shoulders in April, no head at all. Smell is noncommittal what with a mild mixing of brandy & apple & a noted shot of alcohol.

Golden Delicious is unique, capital U, let me correct that, Unique. Sweet, sweet apple & brandy could be identified after having ones taste buds thoroughly removed, & they run this show with an iron fist. Wow. Fanstastic. If hard cider tasted really good, this is what it should emulate. Non-apple tropical notes are evident too, probably just apples that became confused through the whole process & morphed into a slightly less red, round form. The base beer is almost entirely hidden by the barrel aging, but it must be good, because if it weren't, this wouldn't work so well.

Drinkable as apple cider next to a roaring fire. This is a beer that should be released & consumed in the fall, to keep you warm & make you grin after a glass or two. Very flat beer, but it works, because the addition of the brandy, & the apple, tells my mouth it should be flat. That it's virtually not a beer. The only slight drawback is the extreme sweetness, I can already feel my gums drawing away from my teeth after a few sips. Aw, hell, who needs gums anyways.

Fantastic. Excellent. I daresay this is what many brewers aspire too when they try to create a beer that hasn't been done 363 times before. Kudos!

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Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at DeCiccio's in Ardsley NY for $15.99

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy deep straw to light golden with a 1 finger white crown that displays little retention and some lace.

Smell: Sweet pale malt, green granny smith apple skins, and a hint of brandy.

Taste: The light sweetness contrasts the hint of apple brandy well. The granny smith apples aren't as prominent in the taste for me as they are in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Nice crispness with decent carbonation but too thin IMHO.

Drinkability: This is a nice brew on an autumn or winter day / night.

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Photo of BTPete
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared with friends during superbowl. Bottle picked up an recent release. Poured to snifter.

A: Golden yellow, almost no head or lacing.

S: Lot of apples. Really sweet with hints of other green fruit. Maybe vinous. Love the apple brandy barrels on this one.

T: Really nice up front and smooth. Really strong apple flavor all around. I think the apple covers up some of the complexity but it's a good beer. A little hot from the booze. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Very low carb. I would have expected higher being a tripel. I get some bubbles on a big swirl but nothing sticking around. I will have to check other reviews from both batches to see if this is the way it is.

D: Wiked. People loved this beer and I'm glad I was able to get a few bottles of it. Although the barrel aging (fruit flavor) seems to dominate it does not diminish in any way. I do question the carbonation but don't feel that it takes away from it at all.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a tasting glass at EBF.

The beer pours a cloudy gold with a hint of honey. The head is white only rising a finger but doesn't last long and has light lacing.

The aroma is medium with a nice balanced feel. It starts off very floral but at the end you get a strong burst of the brandy. The alcohol is pretty strong a whiff of sweetness to it.

The taste sadly let me down because I was really excited after the aroma. The nice balance is gone as the taste is dominated by the alcohol. The apply brandy barrels just dominate. It is lightly sweet but then just woody alcohol with a bite.

If it was more like White Oak from the The Bruery(great balance of flowers and wood), this beer would be awesome. Close but not there yet.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of jsh420
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

big thanks to hopstoopid120 for the trade

pours cloudy golden yellow with a 1/4 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells is not very strong some apples some wood notes some booze

taste - wow very strong - apple brandy hell yes - tart & sweet apple booze - not many other flavors very dry brew

mouthfeel is light to medium low carbonation almost flat - boring much like a wine

drinkability is so so - the mouthfeel killed this beer

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Photo of Overlord
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Ineedabeerhere.

My review doesn't necessarily indicate how interesting/unique it was to try this beer.

Pours a slightly hazy ... wait for it ... keep waiting ... GOLD! Shocking, I know.

Smells like candied apples with a bit of spice and alcohol. Okay. Kind of interesting. I'm not really getting much of a brandy aroma (wasn't this aged in apple brandy barrels?) but the apples are definitely there. Unfortunately, they're more like mulled apple cider notes, rather than being sharp, biting, and distinct.

Taste is too spicy. Why ... why did they do this? Mulled apple cider again comes to mind. Too much booze, also. There's some sweet notes, people mention oak but I get none, and a kind of weird mineralized spiciness that leaves a pungent aftertaste.

An interesting beer. Not very drinkable at all. Too much seasoning. Mouthfeel was decnt.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, sampled this at SC Day 2010 on 2/6/10.

a - A murky golden color with a moderate amount of head and carbonation.

s - Very fruity aroma. Smells of apples, brandy, sweeter fruits and malts. Smell was a little more boozy than I would have liked.

t - Tastes of apples, booze, some sweet malts, and some spices. A little hot.

m - Medium to full bodied.

d - Overall I thought this was a decent Tripel, but I was left somewhat disappointed. I thought it smelled and tasted a little boozy to me, and think it could definitely benefit from sitting for a year in a cellar.

EDIT: 11/27/14 notes. Drank a 2012 bottle on Thanksgiving and loved it.

Thought it wa smuch better than fresh and really mellows out. Would recommend getting a bottle of two and laying it down for 2-3 years.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the release 1/30, Pleasantville, NY. 750ml into goblet.

A- Aggressive pour leaves a half-finger of large, white bubbles that settle into a thin layer of carbonation at the top. Beer is gold/orange in color and looks pale in the light.

S- Well.. the Apple Brandy barrels come through in spades. Both in boozy fruit sweetness and the barrel itself.

T- hop bite gets washed away with apple sweetness and is followed by a drying oak presence. A bit hot, flavorful but powerful. Really settles down after the initial shock and tastes like spiced apples... very tasty.

M- Flavors and ABV come in hard and don't pull any punches. A bit boozy, a bit hoppy, thankfully healthy carbonation keeps this moving along.

D- I've never had a barrel-aged tripel that I'm aware of. This was a pretty good stab at it, though. Golden Delicious disappeared from my glass faster than I thought, despite the hotness. I think I just set a new personal speed record for unintentionally killing a bottle.

I think time will be kind to this one in mellowing it out. Looking forward to trying another bottle in 6 months or so and will re-review if needed.

EDIT: Emailed CL and they put the ABV around 11%

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Photo of alyankus
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up today at the release.

It pours a gorgeous golden color. Seriously this might just be the truest gold color I have seen in beer, however, it is under carbonated as there is little to no head.

The nose is dead on to their description as "like Mom's apple pie". Lots of apple brandy notes with hints of vanilla, oak, and spicebox.

The palate is a mirror of the nose with a slight bit more emphasis on the brandy character and a pleasant buttery quality.

It is fairly easy to sip except for a slight booziness that shines through on the finish. There is enough acidity to balance any perceived sweetness but the heat seems to be a little misplaced. I wonder if with time it won't come together more and any heat would fade.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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!!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A capped 750ml bottle - batch 1 from 2007. Poured into a snifter. Appears a hazed golden yellow color with about a finger of fizzy, quickly fading white foam. Nose and flavors consist of a good dose of brandy, pretty boozy, even after a few years in the bottle, oak, pears, apple skins, apple brandy, sweet malts. Decent body with ample, effervescent carbonation. You have to like brandy to get into this one. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 1 had at 10/10 epic tasting. From notes. Thanks for donating this one, Scott!!

Pours a nearly still hazy orangey amber color.

Smells awesome. Mom's apple pie, spiced apple cider and a wonderful spiciness that is reminiscent of the aromas a fall breeze brings to your nostrils. Alcohol and belgian yeast esters as well.

Taste mirrors this, but is surprisingly hot for such an old bottle. How much apple brandy was left in the barrels when they were filled? That would definitely explain the hotness and the lack of head formation. Definitely hurts the drinkability. I look forward to another future batch.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Scott! It was very generous of you to toss in some beers for an already excessive tasting. This was batch 1, about 3 years old?

Golden in color with a thin white head that recedes to a ring rapidly. Great clarity. The nose is boozy and hot, with apple pie spices, a big spicy apple brandy character and some alcohol. Mild honey, mild fruit. The alcohol is noticeable and almost harsh. The palate opens up with a combo of boozy heat, apple brandy and some hot, almost solventy alcohol. Apples, honey and a dry, spicy finish with hot alcohol. Light in body with medium carbonation, this is decent, and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of Crosling
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It gushed heavily, not a surprise from this brewery, but it is once again disappointing when the yeast gets completely agitated upon opening and you lose a couple ounces. Nose is really nice and enticing, showing notes of caramel, fruit, vanilla, wood. Flavor is juicy, well balanced between the sweetness and fruitiness of the original beer and the apple brandy wood. Really nice stuff. Once again though, whats with the gushing?

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Photo of younger35
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew in a trade with Fishdawg71. I pretty much have (or have had) one bottle of all of Captain Lawrence's limited barrel releases. I've looked forward to this one and Rosso E Marrone the most. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Batch #1 bottled October 2007, rebottled January 2008.

Appearance- Two different beers here. My first pour is clear as a bell with a nice yellowish tint with loads of Champaign like carbonation. The second pour is a hazy yellow with an obvious abundance of yeast. Not sure how it got so stirred up since I was careful as hell not to mess with the bottle and the first pour was so clear. Both pours have a nice two fingered white head that recedes very slowly and leaves a nice cap, collar and loads of lacing.
Smell- Nice and fruity with a big dose of brandied apples and pineapple. Tropical at times and caramel candy at others. Seems to be an eternal struggle here for my nostrils attention. Plenty of wood and brandy with hints of vanilla and grapes.
Taste- Way different than I expected. I would have never of guessed that this was a Tripel from the smell but after my first sip it's evident. The yeast isn't as prevalent as I'd expect from a Tripel but there is a lot going on in this brew. Big and warming the alcohol is hidden well but my throat is aware of its presence. Some toffee and toasted brown sugar add a slight bit of sweetness while the wood is slightly astringent and very vanilla. The apple is more evident in the nose than taste but there is a slightly fruity aspect. More white grape or peach than anything else. As the brew warms slightly (it was pretty much room temp from the start) the alcohol seems to play more of a part in taste but it's never really burning. Maybe it's just the sort of warm fruity brandy that I'm getting.
Mouthfeel- The beer looks like its going to be thin and crisp but that's not even close. It's full and hearty with a light sort of carbonation with the aforementioned warming.
Drinkability- Damn good beer. It was slightly colder than cellar temp on my first glass and I think I liked it better than when it warmed to ambient temp. It was a quite a bit fruitier (in a sense) than it was warm. Either way that is really my only complaint as this beer is really good and I'm feeling good. Big thanks to Geoff for his generosity!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one a couple times over DL weekend and still can't figure this one out. Looks fine in the glass, but after that...

I just couldn't quite put my finger on this one. Plenty of sour apple in the taste. Lots of fruity spice and alcohol coming through as well. An alcohol infused sour apple jolly rancher. Got very cloying, and there is no way I could drink an entire bottle by myself.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of scootny
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Nice light amber almost straw colored body initially. The addition of the absolutely essential yeast turns it dark brown and completely opaque.

S: It has developed a touch of a funk. It is super appley and has a ton of sweetness. There is good heavy brandy behind everything.

T: Nice and sweet but totally balanced. The brandy comes through but isn't overpowering. There is still a malty sweetness coming through proving that there was a beer at the base of this concoction.

M: Super smooth. I can't think of adequate words to describe it's silkiness.

D: Great. It's rare and strong, but great.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 5/27/08. Bottle, pulled from Mark's (Big Z's) cellar. Pours a cloudy dark golden/light brown with a nice white head. Aroma of sourness, popcorn, skunk (the skunk disappears after the beer warms). Flavor is super spicy, buttery, lots of the brandy barrel taste. While the beer is semi-cold, these flavors do not mesh so well and the brandy is pretty dominant. You just sorta get this odd tasting, unbalanced beer. But, if you let the beer warm up A LOT, you get a sweet apple finish, which is really nice. I imagine that this apple is probably more prominant when the beer is fresh. I enjoyed the apple finish the best, so I'd probably enjoy this beer best when it is fresh. Otherwise, the beer for me is just ok. But I do love the originality of CL to come up with a beer like this. On tap I bet it's awesome. As far as mouthfeel, it's a sipper and really warms you up, so great for a chilly fall night I'd imagine. Anyway, so I'd love to try a fresh bottle of this, but wouldn't bother with a somewhat aged version. Interesting beer, as all of the CL brews are.
7/4/7/3/15 (3.6/5)

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Photo of mrjimcat
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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..

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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.