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Golden Delicious - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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88
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204 Reviews
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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

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Beer added by: mcallister on 02-01-2008

Triple Aged In Apple Brandy Barrels
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Reviews: 204 | Hads: 583
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of zeledonia
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - bright sunny yellow appearance. Fairly clear, even with yeast poured in. Bubbly white foam on top. Maybe 2 fingers worth. Dissolves slowly.

S - the aroma is big and nearly overwhelmingly fruity. The amarillo hops shine through nicely in a mix of bitter orange peel, sugared grapefruit, and maybe a touch of pine needles. Notes of apple pulp mingle with the grainy malt profile. Belgian yeast lends it spicy notes of black pepper and clove.

T - grainy. Slightly sweet. Crisp crust up front. Warming alcohol heat. Bright phenolics from pepper and cloves blend well with hoppy bitterness. Some brisk citric and more grainy malt notes on the backend. Finish is boozey and sweet.

M - medium bodied. Med carb.

O - very interesting ale. Complex yet very balanced. I do like the way the hops and yeast played off each other.

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Photo of YieldToNothing
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured into a duvel tulip. really great appearance, golden yellow as the name suggests with a thick, foamy head of about an inch.
i pick up a little green apple in the nose. initial smell was sort of reminiscent of a berliner weisse, but not quite as aggressive.
this beer is aged in brandy barrels and you can definitely feel that in the taste. so much so that the brandy taste overpowers the tripel flavors. i feel like i'm drinking carbonated slivovitz.
the bomber cost me 15.50 and i won't be buying this again. worth a try, but i was expecting a delicious tripel....now i'm wondering how fast i can get through this so i can move on to a st bernardus tripel...

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

A: Poured from the 750 ml (capped) bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is dark golden, appears to be chill-hazed, with a half-finger white head. Actively fizzy right out of the bottle, but that slows down to leave very slow-rising carbonation. Interesting.

S: First impression is that it smells like chardonnay. There's some sweetness, some oak and vanilla, and a vinuous character to it. Fairly boozy too.

T: Follows the nose quite a bit - this one drinks more like a white wine than a beer in many ways. Oak is pronounced, as is the alcohol. Some modest vanilla. Modest juicy hop bitterness (think lemon) provides some balance, but overall this one is about the wood and the booze.

M: Medium in heft, somewhat slick in feel.

O: Interesting. A bit too boozy for my preferences right now, but a nice sipper.

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Photo of icehawk
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden amber with short lasting white head Aroma: Apple juice, slight sourness/vinegar Taste: Starts a bit sweet, then transitions into a nice light apple flavor Palate: Light body, sour tinge at the finish Overall: Very light for a tripel, and the apple brandy comes out nicely. Alcohol is hidden except for a slight warming sensation.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: in a tulip, clear golden ale, three fingers of off-white head

S: pale orchard apples and honey, flowers and herbs

T: tart apple, sweet lemon, delicate pale malts, hints of brandy and caramel, yeasty biscuits

M: crisp, tart, light-medium body, fizzy effervescence

O: a delightful take on the tripel - lots of apple and orchard bringing tart and sweet notes to the mix, solidly complementing the malts, hops, and yeasts from the tripel. Definite win for tripel and strong pale Belgian fans - sure to please.

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Photo of cbutova
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken last Friday.

A- Slightly cloudy golden body with a silky white head. One finger head forms and retains nicely for a high ABV aged beer. Creamy ring leaves patchy lace.

S- Oaky vanilla sweetness is nice from the barrels. A good apple note brings on a green apple candy feel but alcohol keeps that from getting too crazy. Some yeast spiciness as well. Apple oak blast.

T- Bone dry and edgy brandy comes out in the forefront. Fresh oak with some broken down vanilla hints. Pretty dried out, actually very dry from alcohol and barrel influence. Big green apple up front.

MF- Moderately carbonated and bone dry with a good amount of alcohol heat. Some bitterness in the finish of a silky body. 3.75

Apple brandy big in this with some good barrel influence.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to myself for this. Picked up at DeCicco's in Ardsley en route to NYC. Shared at a tasting last week.

Pour is glowing palish orange with light haze. A thick white head retains pretty well, becoming a slight cap by the end, some lace left. Good appearance considering the beer.

The brandy barrel definitely makes its presence known in the scent with definite apple, oak, and alcohol; not really overpowering but not alot of other flavors there. Toasted bread, Belgian yeast, some earthiness.

Some apple in the taste but more of a general brandy/alcohol/oak presence is what stands out. A bit more fruitiness in general than in the nose (grapefruit, some orange), with yeasty bread, vanilla, and some bubblegum. Good flavors, seems a bit muted though.

Good mouthfeel, feels big with carbonation on the lower end. Boozy, but adds to the beer more than it detracts.

Big beer, the brandy barrel usage is unique and fits nicely here. Tasty although I was hoping for something a bit more.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.

Pours out a slightly hazy golden color. Nice 1/4 inch or so of white head shows decent retention, decent lacing as well.

Smells really off at first, kind of like a vinious, oxidized concentrate apple/ grape juice. As it warms this diminishes a bit bringing out some nice caramely brandy booze notes and a bit of barrel. A bit of tart green apple comes in as it warms even further.

Concentrate apple juice with a bit of concentrate grape juice, a touch vinious, a bit of tart apple and brandy barrel. Carmel candy green apple. Still tastes a bit oxidized and old, however maybe not as much as the aroma suggested.

Crisp carbonation and just a touch dry, but there is some sweetness mid sip.

I was really planing on liking this beer a lot before I opened it, but it was a bit of a letdown. Most likely an older bottle. It would probably be great if it wasn't for all the oxidation type flavors, right its just topping out as good to OK. I'll have to seek out a fresher bottle.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of beagle826
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Golden blond appearance, barely any head

S-Smells like autum harvest. Fantastic apple aroma

T-Great fresh fruity taste mixed with a really nice malt balance

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Photo of Rifugium
2.66/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I did get this bottle at the brewery. Either this is just a sub-par beer, or the bottle they sold me was past its prime. With no printed bottle date, it's hard to tell.

Poured a slightly hazy golden color, with a small white head that fizzled out pretty quickly; minimal to no lacing. Aroma was woody, toasted grains, pale malts, vaguely floral with a hint of peppery spice. Taste was pretty bland and uninteresting, woody like the aroma, fusel, boozy, floral notes, fruity esters and stale cinnamon sticks, but really nothing "apple" coming out in any significant way. Mouthfeel was pretty dry and on the metallic side, light-medium body, and moderate carbonation. Not a very good drinker, and a taster was more than enough of this one.

Bad bottle or bad beer? I don't know, but I'd like to try it again to be sure.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden-yellow hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam which didn't stick around particularly long and left a little bit of lace on the glass. Not bad, but it's not particularly inspiring.

Smell: sweet malt with a rich apple aroma and a good, but not overdone, dose of herbal, aromatic hops. There's a hint of perfume here, but I think it's subtle enough that it helps rather than hurts. I like it.

Taste: sweet malt, apple, alcohol and, if you can believe it, pecans or possibly hazelnut. The malt and the alcohol together work to form this bizarre nuttiness. This could also be due to the barrel-aging: some tannins along with vanilla could create this same character. Bizarre -- but worthy.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious carbonation that I would not have guessed based upon apparent effervescence. Great creaminess -- shazam!

Overall: I like this beer. It might be a little bit on the outside of the tripel definition (barrel-aged Belgian Strong Ale maybe?), but I am enjoying it. It's definitely something to try again, albeit maybe a year or two down the road.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet malts, apples, Brandy, oak, Belgian yeast, coriander and other spices, lemon zest, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet pale malts with some tart apples, lemon zest, some light spices and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, the oak and Brandy come through with some more Belgian yeast flavors with some coriander and other spices. The finish is a mix of apple Brandy, oak, sweet malts, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, and some booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The apple brandy goes really nicely with the big Tripel base.

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Photo of Rutager
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new one from a brewery I haven't tried nearly enough of. Courtesy of Msquared2, thank you!!

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with almost two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell. Sweet apples and a little spice, some fruity belgian yeast and light grains.

Taste. Fruity belgian yeast and golden apples, imagine that! A little light grainy malt and some fusel alcohol.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium+ carbonation. A little astringent alcohol, but not all that hot considering the high abv.

Overall. The apple flavours go great with the style, but the alcohol taste wasn't very welcome. Glad to try it.

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Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This unique brew is a cloudy yellow tan color with a fantastic creamy white head and blanketing lacing. The aroma brings a wild apple clove and flaky pie crust nuances. Very nice and intriguing. The flavor offers a definitive sweet clove and vegetable hop with a mild corn whisky vibe and orange caramel. There's a little alcohol but it blends well. Medium light bodied with a smooth but spritzy feel with balanced carbonation. Unusual but an enjoyable blend of apple and a trippel. Bravo!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's no vintage date on the bottle that I can find, but I believe this is from 2008 Batch 2 its in a green bottle, and thanks to McAllister for the opportunity.
Opened over the sink just in case. Pours a deep clear golden color with a decent white head that dissipates almost instantly. Smells of apple, oak tannins, vanilla, ethanol, sweet fruit, and light sugars. The flavor is a little hot There's lots of sweet fruitiness up front mixed with a bit of sweet brandy then a solid shot of alcohol and oak. Then we get some non descript spices and an earthy flavor. Yeasty esters and sweet light sugary malt fight against a lingering alcohol burn in the finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet hot mouthfeel. This is kind of a hodge-podge of flavors and its a bit hot even after a few years. That being said, I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Not sure of the date, but purchased at the brewery in July '12. Poured this one into an unmarked snifter.

A: Pours out a pretty clear light orange yellow color. Head is only a slight ring of bubbled white. Some lacing bits are left when you swirl. It's a pretty looking tripel.

S: Pulling that brandy barrel. Nice oak notes giving off some light vanilla. I think I am getting some of the apple sweet notes? Some Belgian yeast notes: peppery spice, breadiness. You also get a touch of hops.

T: Up front you actually get some hop bitterness. Must be from the Amarillo dry hopping. Then you start to get the barrel character: light vanilla, some wood, etc. Sweet apple goodness in the middle. Delicious for sure. More of the traditional tripel characteristics towards the back end. Sweet, dry finish.

M: Medium leading to full.

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Photo of rdilauro
2.89/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost from the time I opened this bottle, I knew I was not going to find it that appealing. So true,the bouquet to me was masked with aot of malt. It was hard to distinguish other attributes.

The taste was someone un-easy. Almost like an apple that just isnt right.

This type is just not my type of beer. I generally love anything that they make there.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale straw yellow with a small amount of white head.

S - Belgian yeast, apple cider, brandy, oak.

T - Lots of oak up front that is complimented by Belgian yeast, candy sugar, apple (faint) and bready malts. The alcohol is slightly noticeable.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

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