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Golden Delicious - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 108
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle courtesy of TimmyP. Thanks Tim!

GD pours a clear orange yellow with a small head of foam and a small bit of lacing. The foam is type I've seen before, not really creamy or billowy so I don't reckon it will hang around for long. Edit: second pour was hazy and final pour was downright cloudy. Extra points!

The smell has a great apple nose with some spicing...I get a bunch of cinnamon. A very nice smell, especially for this time of year.

Going by the name of this brew, I expected the apples to be the showcase and it is. Very nice tartness brought to the table. Adding in the nice cinnamon spicing and more than a hint of funk, it's a very good taster to my palate. Ooh..and the alcohol is warming me up big time. There's no listed abv here or on CL's website but I'd guess it is around 9%.

It feels thinnish when I first started sipping but deeper into the session, I'd have to call it medium bodied and there's plenty of carbonation. A good mouth feel. Oh, and I was right about the foam. Bill sets, he jumps, he shoots, he scores! lol.

Drinkability is highish just because I'm digging the flavours but the alcohol is really there so I'll be content with small but frequent sips.

Good on ya, Captain! And Tim!

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice, clousy yellowish color with good carbaontion leaving a nice white head

S: Sour, green aplles, some brandy

T: I thought this was a wild! Had a huge tartness, green apples, pears, brandy, wine like texture

M: Sweet, dry, hoppy and tart, Light and crisp.

DL Easily drinkable, very good

Photo of vfgccp
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Murky light amber; like 3:1 mix of apple cider to water.

S - Alcohol hits the back of your nose instantly, and mellows into cinnamon, apple, and bourbon, with a backdrop of orange zest

T - Alcohol was right up front in your mouth, almost harshly so. After the sharp burst, the taste rolls into peppery Scotch. The aftertaste was my highlight of the beer; oak, smoke, cinnamon and tart peach come to mind as the Scotch balances itself out.

M - Another reviewer described the "tingle" of the mouthfeel, and it's dead on; lots of that going on as the alcohol evaporates off your palate. Otherwise the feel is light, with a mild carbonation.

D - The strong alcohol taste makes you think twice before your second sip. But, fortunately, all that alcohol taste comes with alcohol, and after a few more sips the beer becomes easier to drink. That said, the strong flavors linger with you, and half of a 750ml bottle was more than enough for my liking.

Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (batch 3) received in trade a way back from hoppymcgee. Thanks Greg! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pale golden hue with orangey highlights. Hazy, peachy color with a thin but foamy white collar. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Citrusy in aroma, a grapefruity and lemony mix, very mild apple aroma mixed in, maybe a touch of brett (not sure about this one though). Smells really good.

T - Pretty up front with woody/oaky flavors. Citrusy flavors with lemon especially. Alcohol is noticeable but still on the subtle side. Grabbing some apple and getting some of the brandy too.

M - A bit of alcohol warmth, leaves a good tingle (barrel derived alcohol tingle). Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Woody flavors into the aftertaste. Nice.

D - Not sure how much alcohol there is in here...probably don't want to either. Figuring this is on the high side as a tripel, but it is largely hidden pretty well. Alcohol in the flavor is minor and there isn't much heat. The most noticeable alcohol evidence is the brandy from the barrels. This is a pretty outstanding barrel aged tripe. Glad to have the opportunity to try this one.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of clearlydiluted
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of telecomz
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful hazy yellow to amber. No appreciable head.

Expected more brandy notes. Aroma is more of a tripel. Mos def smells hot.

I like this but it is too hot. Needs another year on it. Apple comes thru nicely though. A good triple.

Dry without any astringency. Good carbonation. Very boozy. Medium body.

I like it but I'll like it better with some time on it.

Photo of joshuaseresse
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received from Knifestyles, thanks again, Chris. Poured into a pint glass...at 12pm on a Sunday:

A - Golden cloud, yellow hay. Hard pour produces frothy head that dissipates into foam ring around the edges. Constant bubbles showing carbonation.

S - green apples. Little sour and a bit sweet and tart.

T - apple and brandy (go figure), especially when it warms. Little bit band-aid and plastic. Pretty boozy.

M - Refreshing but thick and syrupy. Carbonation is good

D - A sipper for sure. The fglavors are good for a triple, but its really not my style. Interesting combo for the style with the apple brandy barrel. I did enjoy it but I'm ok with maybe trying this again in a few months or so. Thanks again, Chris.

Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Opened with such an explosion that it spouted from the mouth of the bottle all over the place...pretty annoying. Poured a hazy orange with a frothy white bubbly head that left nice lacing. Pretty attractive for what I expected, but minus points for the explosion.

S - The worst part of the explosive opening was that I spent the next 10 minutes cleaning up beer in the path I ran from the couch to the nearest sink...all the while though the sweet smell of sour apple candy filled the room. Golden deliscious smells golden great.

T/M/D - Interesting...in an interesting way. The apple brandy is pretty prominent. Elements of a Tripel are also there...which gives it an almost sour vibe. It is somewhat boozy, but the tripel flavors kind of balance it out. It is one of, if not the most unique beer I've ever tasted. Sour apple brandy with a vibrant mouthfeel. I wouldn't be surprised if some people hate it, but the apple flavor makes it almost sangria-like. Leaves a pretty cooling and refreshing fruity feel long after putting the glass down. Easy to drink and something that I hope I come across again since I was so impressed with the uniqueness (and in a good way).

Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a small yet tight frothy white head that settles into a sparse cap with some sheets of lacing. The aroma is of tart apples and a bit of perfume. A light apple cider aroma. The taste is of a pale malt, a beligan yeast strain which produces a juicy fruit flavor and some banana/clove. There is a bit of a dirty/earthy hop bitterness. Oh, and then there are the apples. Solid apple flavor which bring some of the sweet and tart aspects of the apple. The apple flavor works very well with the style, mixes into a unique flavor profile. The feel is on the light side of moderate with active carbonation; a nice mixture of sweet and bitter with a ever so slight touch of sour. Drinks quite crisp and easy, seems to have clean flavors. I would like to see some more traditional Belgian flavors to this beer but that is completely nitpicking. Very solid.

Photo of kbutler1
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head that collars around the glass. Sweet sour apple smelling with some Belgian type aromas with a slight touch of booze. Very interesting tasting...in a good way! Sour apple tart taste that is very reminiscent of sour green apple jolly ranchers or nowandlaters. You know? I really kind of like this one. Light mouthfeel. Easily drinkable.

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.

Pours about a finger of white head. Fades to a thinner layer but leaves some nice lace. Color is a slight hazed golden yellow.

Aroma: Sweet crisp apples. Mellow brandy. Grassy herbal hops. Pears, orange peel, and spice flavors. A touch of yeast. A really nice smelling tripel.

Taste: A lot more brandy and alcohol here than in the nose. Pears and dried red apples shows. Cloves and spice notes. Grassy herbal hops again. Some very nice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Dry and boozy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Fairly crisp here. Ends with some sweetness and alcohol.

Overall, a really nice take on a tripel. The barrels added a lot of heat, but a nice layer. Maybe a bit too hot, but I enjoyed it. Fairly drinkable as well, but I can see this going straight to my head.

Edit: as it warms a bit, I am getting a green apple bite to it. Granny smith apples fo sho

Photo of rhodeska
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was really excited to have this beer, my first Capt. Lawrence.

I felt that the smell was pretty good, not super strong, but fairly solid. The taste was kind of weird, and it left my mouth feeling supremely dry, kind of wanting something more at the end of the drink.

Kind of disappointed about the whole experience, but not the worst beer that I've ever had.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another selection from Cuzco (Nate) in the Blind Bomber BIF.

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a hazy gold with orange highlights. one finger of egg shell white head, large amount of big bubbles in the foam, dissipates quickly, leaving a thin foam on top.

Aromas of funk and sourness, wood and some spice that I can't quite put my finger on. I'll come back to the spice. Wait, orange peel. Not bitter orange, but sweet orange. I'm intrigued. Nice addition from the amarillo hops.

First sip is sweet and sour with a tannic bite. Could there be apples in this? A little sourness around the edges. I'm getting a little wine flavor. And Oak. Man this is all over the place. I'm diggin it.

Mouthfeel is dry and tannic, I'm thinking from wood aging, not quite medium, definitely not watery. Very drying. On the verge of puckering. A little prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is extremely high. I really like this beer, it is like nothing I've had before.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of STEG
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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?

Photo of AleWatcher
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes. Glad I could bring this one and share it. I got this bottle from the world famous Mikesgroove. Thanks to both of these fine Ba's.

This pours a brilliantly clear yellow/gold. It is shimmering bright in color. A one finger cap of bone-white head-- composed of realy tight and fine bubbles- like miniscule micro-bubbles. The head settled to a frothy cap but it looked remarkable! Retention was average, but it had great rings of lacing left behind.

Smell has a little boozy tart green apple-- like granny smiths. A slight boozy bite reminds me of nail polish remover-- but it is VERY faint and is part of a bouquet that is otherwise quite pleasant. The taste is sweet, malty, a little tart. A crisp green apple note blends into an apple brandy note that really is nice. Everyone is comparing this one to the American Tripel and we are split- we are all unable to agree which is better. This one isn't quite as refreshing as a regular tripel, but let's face it, that's not what we're here for.

A little over medium for the body, but it's still nice. Has less carbonation than the regular, but that is to be expected. The aftertaste is amazing. It is like a sour apple jolly rancher-- nice.
The drinkability is high. Very easy to drink.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Slightly dynamic, translucent, medium slightly dingy golden yellow hue. Pours with a 1/2 finger head that eventually fades completely. No lacing left behind.

S-The accent of the smell is crisp, granny smith apple. A slight ethanol and earthy/dirty presence with a minimum presence of wet oak in the back-this lingers a bit.

T-The accent of the flavor is tart, crisp apple. Some sweet bready yeast is there as well as well as some earthiness and a hint of oak. The brandy comes through minimally. The finish is dry with good dose of tart/sweet granny smith apple-which is slightly crisp. A moderate alcohol warmth comes throught at the end and lingers for awhile.

M- Medium to high carbonation, and a light to medium weight, dry, crisp body.

D- This is a great brew overall. Apple is the highlight as the hops have become very earthy with some age. Dry and slightly champagne-like-I think this is a brew that is hard to not like. Not quite as classic or complex as the Xtra gold but another great brew from Captain Lawrence!

Photo of axeman9182
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade from Cuzco (cheers!) and poured into my Duvel tulip

An aggresive pour of Golden Delicious results in a beer that's a nice light gold in color. The white head, despite decent retention, never rises past a finger in height and no lacing at all is left behind. The nose is a decent mix of pale malt sweetness (with an added emphasis on apples), spices, and alcohol. Some of those flavors get a little bit muddled in the transition to taste though, specifically a lot of the spicy yeast flavors get lost in the heavy alcohol presence from the barrel aging. This murkyness fades somewhat as the beer warms, and all the different flavors become a bit more distinct. The beer's body is nice for they style, but carbonation is woefully lacking. This beer's definitely a sipper, and the alcohol flavor from the barrel is a bit overbearing at first, but it really opens up nicely later on as it approaches room temperature. Golden Delicious is a beer with a great idea behind it, but like Xtra Gold I think Captain Lawrence lost sight of the tripel aspect a little bit and focused too much on the other stuff (in this case barrel aging, with XG it was too heavily dry hopped). Still, definitely one worth trying

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold color with a white, partly frothy head which quickly turns to just a lace.

The aroma is oaky, with an apple brandy aroma that stands out on its own rather than blending in harmony with the beer. There is a fruity aspect from the yeast, but not enough as I'd like for a tripel. In the end, the barrel aging dominates the nose too much.

The flavor is heavy on the wood as well. Tart, green apple flavors are up front, with a sweet, spicy tripel flavor in the middle. Just like in the nose, the barrel flavors add an interesting aspect but dilute the flavors of the base beer, and end up more messy than complex.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated, light on the palate, but with a slightly syrupy feel on the back. The body is pretty spot on, and adds to the quality of the beer. This was interesting to split between four people, but I don't think I'll have it again. The original version of this beer (xtra gold) is much better.

Photo of hayesez
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a recent trade with gamanley. Shared during a night of Euchre with a couple of friends.

I do enjoy Captain Lawrence Brewing and was excited to give the Golden Delicious a shot. Several beers have that tart apple taste to them, but this was one is actually going for that! Poured into a Stone snifter. The pour was not overly impressive - a tawny yellow with a small off-white head that left just a little lace.

There was a definite strength to the alcohol in this one; in addition to the tart fruits, the alcohol steals the show. Apple is certainly present as well as pear. The spicy-sweet combination in the nose reminds me that this is a tripel and not just another sour. There is a bit of funkiness as well, but quite moderate in comparison to the rest.

The taste is quite different than I anticipated. Very yeasty and bready. The Belgian yeast is very evident as well as a collaboration of spices. The tart apple is definitely there in addition to some other fruit tastes. I found the apple-brandy barrel conditioning to be very discernable as well and most likely adds to a taste that is already fairly alcoholic. A medium-bodied beer with a fair amount of carbonation, we did enjoy this...although I think the others preferred it a bit more than I.

This was the first of several beers for the evening and started things off well. Not quite what I was hoping for (given the name "Golden Delicious") but still a fun beer to kick things off.

Consumed: 6/13/2010

Photo of afausser
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, peachy light amber with about a finger of crisp snow white head and fine carbonation that drifts to the top of the glass. The head disappears rather quickly but leaves what appears to be a layer of snow across the top of the glass. Very little lacing, but I'd bet this brew has a pretty high ABV.

Smell: Smells fruity, delicious, and very little alcohol is evident at first, though after tasting it becomes quite funky by comparison in the nose. There's a yeast note that nicely blends the tripel and fruit flavors.

Taste: The taste absolutely tops the smell. A perfect blending of apple and triple notes. The apples really complement a style that already has heavy apple flavor. The brandy barrels are also somewhat obvious. Both this and the fruit flavors are, in my opinion, excellent additions to a style that I've found to at times not have much creativity shown on the part of breweries.

Mouthfeel: A sticky, resiny aftertaste is the only thing that is taking away from this one at first--and is pretty much to be expected with a tripel. The carbonation dissipates rather quickly and at times leaves a bit to be desired as it sits. Becomes thinner as the night goes on, which is a little unfortunate.

Drinkability: A pretty interesting and fruity twist on a tripel. It's always good to see a brewery that can successfully master a fruit twist on a beer. The ABV combined with the typical triple astringency makes it a bit difficult to drink, but it is delicious and probably more drinkable than the average tripel.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1 from Guezedude - many thanks to a great trader. Split 3 ways w/ friends, w/ my portion poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Not the most attractive beer. It pours a turgid yellow amber, sort of a dark goldenrod, with the majority of the turgidity likely being the result of the yeast kick in the finish, though likely not all of it. The initial pour - even split among three glasses - yields a nice, initially fluffy head, sort of a dull white, but it ends up fading fairly quickly, fizzing, bubbling down in to nothingness. No lacing and no surface dusting of which to speak renders this one fairly average-looking.

Aroma: Strong alcohol spice on the nose - I'd peg this one at about 10%, maybe 10.5% - actually suggests apple pie in the way it intermingles with the apple notes, bright, syrupy, slightly sweet, and thick. I assume the apple notes are 90% brandy and 10% base beer, whereas the spice notes are approximately the flip of that. The base beer contributes little else in the nose - a few thick, rum-soaked fruits, pineapple, caramel, cherries, and a few other high and estery fruit overtones.

Taste: What an interesting combination. First, the tripel notes, and I don't necessarily start with them because they're the strongest note here - it just seems fair. The foundation here is fairly dark to a tripel, with hints of roast (though maybe that's toasty barrel sugar) mingling with soft spice - mostly cinnamon - a few tropical fruit notes, oranges, pineapples, mango, and slight coconut, the last likely contributed again by the barrels. The brandy is far stronger than I thought it would be, and that's both a plus - it contributes a slew of strong golden apple notes, those aforementioned barrel notes, and a spicy heat which intermingles with the spice notes from the base beer - and a minus - as it comes across fairly strongly, a little harsh at times, almost chemically (though maybe that's just the way I interpret brandy). Any dry-hopping that exists here is pretty well buried under the heat, which I can't necessarily say is a bad thing, given how I imagine it would mingle with the style. On the whole, I think it's a good thing, though in retrospect I should have tried this alongside the CL X-tra Gold.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent, and slightly thinned out by the spirit addition, to make for a bright, crisp, slightly bubbly mouthfeel that counteracts the slick oilyness of the brandy as well as the thickness - or thicker-than-usual-ness - of the tripel base. The carbonation does die down a little too quickly though - that is, it's initially a little too rough, and ultimately a little too still and flat.

Drinkability: An interesting beer, though one I wasn't positively thrilled about. It's also fairly high in alcohol - the X-tra Gold is high enough as it is (note: not from experience), and the brandy barrel-aging not only adds booze, but also adds plenty of heat. I find it odd how I react to this beer versus, say, Allagash's Curieux, which I adore - the heat is just as strong in that beer, but whereas this beer's heat seems to react cumulatively with the base beer in a negative way, appearing one dimensional and oftentimes too intense, the Curieux seems to fill out all the gaps evenly, with noting accentuating anything else in too extreme a way. This beer is still well made, solid, enjoyable, and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in such things ... but I'll say I'm glad I instead chose to go to the Southampton release out on Long Island this day instead of to Captain Lawrence for the release of this brew (looking forward to that Double Ice Bock one day!).

Photo of boatshoes
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as part of a monster package from 6daysbottomocean in the Whale BIF 3. Had been quite interested to try this.

Appearance- Pours a straw golden out the of the bottle with about a finger of fairly fizzy white head sitting on top. Head dies back fairly quickly to a thin sheet across the top and then just small patches. Some small amounts of lacing.

Smell- Very interesting nose. Smells surprisingly strongly of some citrusy hops, along with a fresh fruity apple aroma, a lot of fruity esters, and a touch of slight yeastiness. I really dig the interesting combination of the apple/apple brandy aroma mixing with fruity esters and hops.

Taste- Taste is very similar with the fresh apple and apple brandy flavors coming through first. Again, I get more of the fruity, citrusy hops, and fruity esters to complement the fruit flavors from the apple brandy. Finishes off with a fairly strong dose of fusel tasting alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was satisfactory, but I found it to be a bit thin for the style which was made evident as the beer warmed. Prominent alcohol on the finish also cut down on the drinkability for me as well.

Overall, a very interesting beer. I very much liked the nose on this and thought it had a solid flavor profile as well; however, it could have used a little more heft in the mouth and a little less alcohol on the finish. Definitely try it if you get the chance though.

Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.