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Golden Delicious - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 104
Gots: 77 | 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:
Triple Aged In Apple Brandy Barrels

(Beer added by: mcallister on 02-01-2008)
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Photo of joe1510
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Received in a trade a while back from EriktheRed, thanks a lot Erik! Golden Delicious pours a deep golden with hints of orange. Large carbonation bubbles rise from everywhere through the slightly hazed liquid. The head grew to one and a half fingers of clean white frothiness. Eventually fell to a finger and was supported by the massive amounts of carbonation.

The smell is loaded with juicy apple brandy and oak. There's a touch of vanilla and some sweet candied apple throughout although muted. This definitely smells good but I can't pull much, if any, tripel out of the glass. The barrel aging is certainly evident though.

This beer will warm you up right off the bat. There isn't much tripel in the flavor either. Freshly picked and squeezed apples up front, well, throughout actually with a juicy sweetness on the swallow. Oak and vanilla sway in and out of the fray. The alcohol isn't all that noticeable until after the swallow. The whole gullet warms when it hits the belly. Again, this is not much of a tripel but good none the less.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It's all together light and effervescent to the point of being velvety but still moving quickly.

A snifter of this in a sitting is enough for me, maybe two. That's the most I could handle at a time. Two snifters would be pushing it though.

An interesting idea from Captain Lawrence but falls a bit short of expectations.. One I was anxiously awaiting the release of. Golden Delicious is good but I think the barrel aging was overdone. I have another bottle I'm going to give a year or two. Maybe that'll help mellow things out.

joe1510, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled courtesy of my cousin on a recent trip back to the U.S. Sampled along side the Xtra Gold as well. This beer poured a deeper golden, almost brown color compared to the Xtra gold. There was a definite apple note in the aroma, pleasing. The taste was apple, alcohol but had a nice hop bitterness. The taste overall I felt was a little dominated by a hot, alochol taste from the brandy barrel aging. Maybe this beer needs a little time to sit and mellow.

ggaughan, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Large capped bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
I got two of this, one from scootny and one from yobdoog (my thanks to both), one for now and one to cellar since I had high hopes.

It is a golden brew with some white head, but that disappears quite quickly, and after just 10 minutes, it looks like a whisky glass, golden, no head and no lacing.
Aroma is quite nice, with apple, sweet malt, oak and whisky notes. Medium bodied, the taste is almost all brandy, overly alcoholic and almost abrasive. If you leave it in your glass for almost an hour like I did, since I did not enjoy a bit the first few sips, it loses some of that abrasiveness, but still tastes a lot more like whisky than beer.
The second one will be aged two or more years, because this first one was very disappointing.

brdc, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells quite characteristically of apples as I am pouring this brew. It is well carbonated, even foaming a bit as soon as I pop the cap. The head is quite frothy, fairly large bubbled, initially three-fingers thick, but disappears fairly quickly and is a pale, off-white color. The beer is a deep copper color and shows a brilliantly clear, rich gold / polished copper color when held up to the light. A deeper inspection of the aroma yields a mix of flower-like cider and buttery oak aromatics. The buttery oak notes are quite noticeable and almost seem a bit like diacetyl. The aroma has a fleeting spiciness to it at times that seems to be a mix of apple nose, oak and fermentation character and makes me think of a rich, buttery, cinnamon apple desert. The aroma is not nearly as complex as I was expecting though; the Tripel character seems to have been lost somewhere along the way.

Lightly sweet up front, which accents some soft apple flavors. The body is quite thin for a beer of this strength, though some tannins seem to give this a touch of texture towards the finish. Light hop flavors are also noticeable up front (an herbal citrus mix) before the oak character kicks in and provides a mix of spicy oak note, buttery-oak notes and a bit of warming alcohol. The barrel character is not as overwhelming as one might expect, especially since it does seem to be the most notable part of this beer. The beer does start out quite smooth with flavors of the Tripel and apples, but then becomes sharper and more biting as the brandy and oak flavors kick in through to the finish. Toasty oak notes mix in with the apple and Tripel flavors up front, especially as the beer warms a bit.

Allowing this to warm up from the initial 50°F / 10°C temperature helps to soften the barrel character just a bit; though really it seems to bring out a bit more complexity up front, but the hot alcohol and sharp barrel notes still seem to overwhelm the finish. Up front I like the mix of clean apple flavors, soft citrus and lightly sweet grain character.

The finish is a bit too spicy and hot for this beer to be truly great, in fact it really can detract from the experience of this beer. Some age might help some, but it will be a race between oxidation and long lingering oak notes; if the barrel character can mellow before the base Tripel over oxidizes then this might end up really tasty, but it will take at least a year if not multiple years before this is evident. I really like the idea of this brew and hope that later releases of this brew show a better balance between Tripel and barrel character.

Gueuzedude, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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 Mudpuppet
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sigurd for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a golden color with a thin white head that quickly disperses.

S- Definite alcohol nose from the apple brandy barrels. There is also some yeasty notes from the Belgian yeast.

T- Again some definite alcohol from the barrels. This is a pretty tasty beer though. The tripel is masked pretty heavily by the apple brandy flavors. There are some hops that come through also.

M- Higher carbonation in this beer but I think that is how it should be.

D- This is a bit tough to drink a lot of but it is tasty in small glasses. The higher alcohol makes it a slow drinker. Definitely worth the effort if you can try this.

Mudpuppet, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" white head above the cloudy orangey amber brew. Airy, whipped cream head fizzes loudly as small bubbles come and go, leaving a froth coat everywhere. Aroma has the sweetness of the tripel, fruit and oakiness of the apple barrel, and the undercurrent of alcohol.

Taste starts with a harsh alcohol slap, smooths out with maltiness and vanilla in the middle, then goes fruity for a moment before giving way to the (somewhat more sedate this time) alcohol. Fleeting gum numbness also makes an appearance in the afterglow. Mouthfeel and drinkability are a bit tough on this one, but the variety of flavors working together and the potential changes over the bottle's volume makes me want to come back again and again. Here's hoping a bit of age mellows this one some, but still a very interesting idea and product.

ppoitras, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of gpcollen1
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is served chilled to fridge temp, as recommended, but warms as I drink. Scott recommended chilling this one and it really should be served sufficiently chilled.

Drank this one while making campfire (fireplace) cannoli with the girls. Want to know what they are? I bet you do...BM me...

Appearance - Poured into my Corsendonk tulip gently and the head rose quickly - settling down just as quick - a bit of a Champagne-like pour. A straw-yellowy orange tint to this one.

Smell - Has a lively apple effervescence that tickles the nose and is reminiscent of the Cuvee in the way of carbonation and fruity goodness, with a twinge of tartness. Same yeast??

Taste - Hits the tongue lively with carbonation and the malt of the tripel. A gentle sweetness sweeps the mouth and adds a bit of puckeriffic apple here and there. Dries the mouth as it goes but still tickles the tongue. Overriding reminders of Brandy Barrels in hints of alcohol and deeper barrel and brandy notes amidst the scrubbing bubbles. The ever-important oakey notes shine through here and there, moreso in the finish as usual.

Mouthfeel - This one feels light yet the scrubbing bubbles and alcohol keep it from being a quaffer for sure.

Drinkability - A very nice sipper for a Sunday.

I imagine this one may have been a bit hotter a month ago upon release. I only had a few ounces at the release so it was hard to tell, and that one was served a bit warm. As with the bbl aged brews, the closer to the barrel the more you taste it. Always a crapshoot as to when to drink them, so you buy several and drink them along the way. I'd say if you have one and have not had it yet, drink one now. This is a fine sipper with quite the complimentary tripel v brandy v barrel thing going on. If you are alcohol and brandy averse, send me your bottle.

I absolutely loved this one...

gpcollen1, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of grandq
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber with a huge white head. A funnel of bubbles rises up the middle. As I drink, the lace scarcely disspates off the sides of the glass. Smells of apple, brandy and caramel. The apple begins to give way to quince after a few smells, blending with pear.

Taking a sip, my first thought is a tripel mixed with apple pucker and brandy. A little bit better than I make it sound, though the caramel flavor on the end isn't a nice finish in my book. This delivers exactly what the nose announces, no surprises. As it warms, the apple flavor overtakes the more mellow quince and really does impersonate a golden delicious perfectly. Way too boozy though, not in the sense of being too alcoholic, but for taking on the qualities of its aging vessel to the detriment of the beer's own flavors. Heavily carbonated as I'd anticipate from the style, but its locked in a battle with the syrupy body. Gets even tougher to drink as it goes. I appreciate the creative effort, but not something I'm enjoying a great deal.

grandq, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Murky yellow orange with a fluffy medium white head.

S-Apple and oak with lots of bourbon-esque aroma. The apple scent becomes more prevelant as it warms.

T-A strong initial apple blast followed by a wave of brandy. A really interesting combonation of flavours.

M-Good carbonation but light on the palate. Very crisp with a nice sharp fizz.

D-Very nice, but quite big. I think it would take a while to get through an entire bottle solo. This one is certainly a brandy lovers brew. I found the combonation to be wonderful.

Deuane, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large green bottle, purchased a few weeks ago (when it first came out) @ the brewery. Pours dark cloudy apricot, under an off white short lasting head and leaving thick and splotchy lacing. Initially this one was aggressively carbonated and prickly on the tongue. After the bottle was allowed to sit open for about 45 mins, the carbonation calmed down and became more appealing and more drinkable. The nose similarly was initially sharp and somewhat off putting , but with time calmed down and became more rounded out. In short this one, IMHO, has some carbonation issues that need some special handling and perhaps will be dealt if and when this one gets brewed and aged in barrels again. Anyway, after a little time to "calm down and cool out" this one smells of alcohol, tastes of alcohol, apple brandy, and candied apple. Its clearly a strong, sweet and currently "hot" beer. I believe Scott said it's about 10%. Its heady, complex, flavorful and currently in need of some more time to age and hopefully "relax" a wee bit. Currently it is a warming, yet tasty and interesting sipper. I've got 10 bottles sitting in my beer closet. I'll give em at least a few more months in the bottle (likely till its gets summary warm in my house) and then continue to crack em open, enjoy em and evaluate how this local (at least to me) offering changes and hopefully improves over time.

Billolick, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with an orange hue.
Two-plus inches of white, dense head crested the rim before retreating to a skim on the surface.
The nose starts off with a blast of brandy and apples. After the brew breaths for a while, the fusel-like alcohol becomes more subdued.
Vanilla and peaches follow through with melons and pears.
The mouthfeel is medium and sticky, with a moderate level of effervescence.
The pallet is boozy and brash, with apples and tropical fruit way in the back.
Bitterness to balance and other hopping is subdued.
The brandy is warming to the point of almost hot, with a building numbness on the back of the tongue.
Finishes with lingering alcohol, faint apple skins and a peppery heat.

Pretty aggresive now, we'll see what a few years in the cellar will do.

brewandbbq, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.58/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle, served in a snifter.

A - slightly hazed, golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that fell to a layer, leaving some small spots of lacing. Tiny bubbles of carbonation rose from the bottom of the glass the entire time it took to drink it(about 45 mins). After admiring the look of this brew it pretty much went downhill for me.

S - smell's something like Applejack Brandy, strong alcohol aroma.

T - a bit hot, flavor is pretty much all alcohol with some sour apple dryness.

M - light bodied with mild carbonation feel.

D - I really didn't enjoy this too much.

Final Note: I was very disappointed with this beer after hearing/reading the hype about it.

JoeyBeerBelly, Feb 18, 2008
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 HimerMan
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried a few samples during the release at the brewery. However, this was rated from a bottle I was fortunate enough to bring home with me!

First off - what a phenomenal place with very friendly people and an incredible atmosphere. Truly top-notch.

Beer pours a cloudy medium copper with a nice mildly off white head with a HUGE aroma of the applejack liquor.

Immediate taste of apples, applejack, oak and their American tripel - as familiar with their extra gold.

This is an incredible beer, that has amazing potential to age. The only downfall is with the big alcohol taste that is present in the palate. However, this does not get in the way of the beer. I feel this will age incredible well in time to come.

If you have the chance to try this beer, you must - Cheers to a great beer and to the great people involved in brewing it!

Awesome - I am looking forward to trying this again once it has a bit of time on it!

HimerMan, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The reward for showing up today at Captain Lawrence. Scott only opened one bottle and said that would be it for the day.
2 oz pour roughly.

A: Looked almost like cider in the sampling glass. Minimal white head with some lacing.

S: Really great smell to this. You get all the elements of the beer. The first thing you pick up is a cider smell. Then some apples then some brandyesque booze. Make no mistake though this smells like a beer. A unique beer but definitely a beer.

T: Not as hot as I thought it was going to be. Definitely has the backbone of a triple but there is a ton of other things going on. The barrel aging produced a taste I have never experienced in a beer...but in a good way. Super complex. The apple taste is there but it is not overwhelming. The brandy taste was definitely more pronounced than anything else right now. I did get a slight hint of the yeast and even some hops in the finish.

M: Solid medium body. If I didn't know that this beer was delayed due to carbonation problems I would never have suspected anything was wrong. Had a slight dryness on the tongue.

D: Glad I got to have even a small sample of this so I did not have to crack open a bottle. For what it is I found it very drinkable. I really don't know how it would translate over the whole 750ml though.I would put this beer not in the hot category but rather in the needs a little time category. That being said I think this has the potential to be epic for those with enough bottles and enough patience. I have both.

5-23-08 Update:
The hotness has gone down quite a bit. The brandy is more pronounced with the barrel taking a back seat right now. The brett is working slowly on this one. Hints of funk are peaking through. Either that or I had a nicely infected bottle.

12-23-08 Update
Mother of god. This is an animal who does not care about feelings. It has become so smooth and wonderful. The hotness is gone. All you get it apples and a hint of brandy. No wonder this won a gold medal at the GABF. Also a touch of funk for those who are down.

aerozeppl, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of bonbright7
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Despite the hype and hyperbole over this ale, I pressed on to find this at my local beverage store on the day of its release. It looked interesting with resemblance to a natural pressing of apple cider mixed with ale. The aroma was nearly overpowering with the apple brandy and the slight elements of tripel playing second fiddle. In my chalice, the creamy head looked very pleasing a I went for the first taste only to find one of the stranger ales I have encountered recently.

While I understand that Brandy barrels were used to condition the ale, this was a unique one and not something I would drink every weekend. I was mildly grateful that exposure to air calmed the ale down after 1 hour. The others I shared this with thought better of it than I , and remarked that it might be a good with turkey heros on Super Bowl Sunday.

bonbright7, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of mcallister
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A copper red color with scarlent orange shooting through from various points of light. Pours with a noisy fizzing head of pure white that fades very quickly into a topping of whipped milk.

A interesting nice nose with an odd alcohol on the ending that keeps things somewhat off balance. Otherwise things smell great. The brandy and apple aromas really shine through with traces of wood. The beer underneath shows its face with bits of clove, caramel, and citrusy hop aroma.

Wow! Thick gooey caramel front and middle that a sour apple comes and covers. Than a candied apple flavor makes it's way in and mingles with its brandy brother an vanilla barrel goodness. So thick and creamy with big wood and brandy on the finish and a big dose of throat burning alcohol. However in deters in no way from this masterpiece. This will only tame and mellow out with time in the bottle. Carbonation is a little stingy right now but again that should change with time. Can't wait to crack another in about a year. So much caramel and brandy notes. Man this is delicous.

mcallister, Feb 01, 2008
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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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