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Golden Delicious - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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88
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198 Reviews
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Reviews: 198
Hads: 536
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 6.84%
Wants: 112
Gots: 93 | FT: 5
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: 198 | Hads: 536
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a golden blonde color that's partly cloudy. The head is small and white and good lacing occurs after the pour.

A-Lots of fruit such as apples, grapes, hints of pineapple, orange and a little lemon zest. Sme malt overtones along with some wood character as well. Little brandy in there but I had to really search for it.

T-like taking a bite off a fresh fruit of eclectic flavor. Just a bodacious fruit explosion in your palate. Gapes and apples there again with some hints of malt and honey. Slight hints of brandy too but not an overwhelming alcohol taste.

M-crisp and a little dry on the finish. But the brandy really sneaks up on the aftertaste with a nice fizz.

O-this is one nice brew. Would love to have more. The apple brandy is just a great combo with this style. (787 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to codewarrior for this one! 750ml bottle split with friends.

A: Pours a hazy bright apple juice/apricot color with a short lived white head that faded into a fuzzy scum that left spotty lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet notes of fruit juice, boozy brandy and a little bit of honey. Smells like it sounds.
T: I get flavors of the juice from sweet golden fruits, honey, white grapes, brandy, green apples and a pretty crisp and clean apple finish. Brandy is warming in the aftertaste.
M: Fizzy but soft carbonation with big bubbles. Medium thick body. Greasy and slick mouthfeel. Warming alcohol, but for 12% this is very smooth.
O: I was a bit skeptical but I thought this was really well done. Crisp tripel flavors with an interesting apple brandy complexity. Sweet but drinkable. I would drink this again. (817 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Pours a dense, hazy golden hue with a tinge of apricot. Translucent. Head is very effervescent and recedes with the quickness. Remaining lacy is spotty at best. Nose has a nice blast of apple with the traditional Belgian yeast associated with the style. While I'm not a fan of of Belgian beers even a little, this one is palatable, as the barrel characteristics are pretty dominant. The taste has a nice green apple kind of tartness to it, while simultneously having a caramel type of sweetness to it. This works well. The mouthfeel is a bit hot, but I like it. This has a genuine beer/alchohol hybrid feel to it. It's hard to tell what it is you're drinking at times, and I guess I enjoy that. There's a lingering tartness on this that just works so well. Overall, this is a damn fine beer. Especially since I hate Belgian style beers. Very pleasant surprise indeed. (920 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with some brighter yellow colors. A froth of bubbly white head slowly dissolves, leaving a couple patches of lacing on the glass.

Fairly boozy up front with a mix of apples and pears. Belgian yeast and a soft funk mixed with brandy sweetness and a hint of caramel. Oak and vanilla with warmth.

A kick of vanilla and booze up front, quickly softened by some fruity tones. The apple brandy is pretty prevalent, but really tasty as it combines with some lighter fruit flavor. Yeasty with some bready tones and very faint funkiness. Oak and vanilla creeps into the back end along with another dash of the apple brandy.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and coating on the tongue. I know this beer has some mixed reviews but I've always liked it, especially the somewhat aggressiveness of the apple brandy. (887 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into sampler.
Pours a hazy light golden with a good amount of head. It doesnt look very out of the ordinary.
The smell is fantastic. You really smell the apple, but its mixed well with bready belgian malts and yeast, and some nice floral hops.
Taste is also of belgian yeast and some slight hop notes. Apple isnt as in your face in the flavor as the aroma, but it is still there.
Its a bit "light" or mild, especially for a tripel and the alcohol is hidden extremely well. You would never know it was 12%!
Overall, really nice unique brew from a great brewer. (575 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a creamy white head that settles to a thin haze.
S - Wonderful apple-forward aromas, followed by brandy, earthy grain, floral hops, oak, citrus hops, and ripe pear. Golden Delicious, indeed!
T - Loads of apples with a boozy dose of brandy, crisp grain, tropical hops, oak, vanilla, ripe pears, and Belgian-style yeast. Tastes fiery yet smooth, similar to the brandy that preceded it's time in the barrels.
M - Big and buttery, with a medium mouthfeel and sharp carbonation. Probably a bit over-carbed for my liking, probably my biggest complaint about the beer.
O - A very unique and memorable beer, I'd like to see other brews receive these unique barrel treatments! (744 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An oddball beer that's not entirely successful for me. Pours a cloudy apple juice color with a snow white head that settles down quickly to a creamy band on top. Very good lacing.

Aroma of apples, of course, boozy fumes, yeast, spices; sweetness. Pretty nice overall.

Flavor is a bit all over the place and confusing to a degree; there is a strong apple presence followed quickly by a sharp bitterness, yeasty Belgian tripel style flavor; spices; palpably boozy. Sweetness emerges over time; apples and bitterness really linger in the finish. Feels a little hot; the 12% ABV is definitely apparent.

Medium carbonation for the style; slightly full and creamy..actually quite a nice mouthfeel, not overly prickly.

Worth a try if you like tripels and apples; don't think I'd buy this one again but glad I got a chance to share a bottle with the missus.

Edit: In retrospect this was just too over-the-top boozy; I could have used a third person to split the bottle with.

ANOTHER EDIT: Revisiting this beer a mere 2000 ticks or so later. Clearly i first tried this way too early and it went a little over my head. Terrific marriage of tripel with the barrel aging, Apple brandy is bold and in your face, becoming slightly boozy and fusel as it warms but still very tasty. 12 oz package is very nice as a 750 is a lot of something of this strength and intensity. Much less bitter than I first posited. All around brilliant concept carried off extremely well.

My earlier self is just the kind of person I tend to deride now: you buy a barrel aged 12% abv beer and say it's too boozy? Shoulda stuck to the shallow end of the pool. Revisiting early ticks and reviews is extremely illuminating - give it a try sometime! (1,716 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellowish-orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet apple aroma with a strong brandy barrel character along with subtle earthy hops and estery light fruit notes. Subtle earthy oak along with lots of vanilla and apple brandy. Some zesty spice and fruit notes from the yeast, notably more apple and some pear.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture and a very prominent barrel character. Some dry, toasted oak along with vanilla, caramel apple and brandy. Although there is a lot of brandy flavor it's very sweet and smooth with just a little heat. Only subtle warmth in the finish. The apply brandy is complimented by light fruit notes from the yeast. Some zesty spice and faint earthy hops for balance but it's still very sweet and slightly one-dimensional. I could see how some would think that it's way too sweet but I had no trouble polishing off the whole 750ml. (991 characters)

Photo of DrewZ926
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- cloudy and golden streaked, not much head

S- fantastic aromas, very complex, noticeably hot, plenty of apple and cinnamon spice, dried fruits, vinous qualities

T- starts off with belgian fruity esters and then hits you over the head with sweet apple and caramel. lots of brandy notes too with dried fruits.

M- lighter than desired, needs more carbonation

O- really like what the barrel aging did here, may be sweet for some but was tasty is the quantity I had. the heat was also non existent to the taste, which was more pleasant than expected (553 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review input from notes.
I believe this bottle was from beandip, if not he is a good guy anyways so he'll still get the thank you.

Crisp and clean body, bright golden colored beer. Carbonation levels are a bit high right of the bat. A careful pour is needed to avoid excessive foam, even with attention this one takes a while to settle. Bone white head recedes slowly leaving a healthy sheet of lacing blanketing the glass.

Judging by aroma alone, Golden Delicious is an appropriate name for this beer. Sweet apple scent is very apparent up front. The fruit aromas dominate, I prefer this to the overly spicy Tripels. Citrus and bits of pear sit just behind. Brandy aroma blends into the nose well. Pleasant oak and vanilla throughout.

The apple flavors carry the flavor upfront but are soon met by a formidable brandy flavor. The sweet apples and warming boozey bit are an interesting flavor combination for a Tripel but it works. Brown sugar, vanilla and oak flavor meld just behind. Subtle spice and yeast flavors can be noticed but are buried for the most past.

Medium bodied tripel, carbonation sits comfortably on the higher end. Slightly warm beer. Finish is dry and pleasant.

Very enjoyable beer. Captain Lawrence picked a might fine beer to put into those Apple Brandy barrels. Flavors are very complimentary. While the beer is certainly boozy it was never off putting. This is one I will seek out again. (1,418 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .750 into a huge oversized pint glass.

Appears a hazy dark peach gold. There's a very creamy looking small head that remains despite sitting a bit.

Smells very strongly of apples. In a
sweet cider like fashion, not the burn of a brandy. I'm intrigued!

Tastes heavy duty! This is a lot more than I thought it would be. Very yeasty tropical flavors with apple balanced with some apricot.

Mouthfeel is big and buttery. Once again, I'm surprised by how filling this beer is.

Overall I'm really impressed with this. Captain Lawrence has been delivering quality products. I want more! (602 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden Delicious has a cloudy yellow body a small off-white head. The retention is solid, and a few scraps of lacing stay behind.

The aroma is slightly off-putting. Fruity apple, a little bit of alcohol, big malt sweetness and some funky brett come together in a way I'm not thrilled about.

Whatever it is that bothers me about the aroma doesn't exist in the flavor at all, as I like it. Pale, sweet malts come through in the beginning, bringing some bread flavors with them. The apple brandy is noticeable next, with apples and booze. The brandy flavor isn't huge, but it is still unmistakeable. A little bit of pepper comes through also. The finish is great, showcasing the fact that this beer was finished with brett. Leathery, funky flavors lead to an extremely dry finish. The finish is the best part of the beer.

Super dry, medium bodied and fairly high carbonation.

This is another beer that should warm up a bit before you can really drink it. The aroma grows on me a bit also, but for some reason I like the flavor much more than the aroma. (1,053 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a hazy, golden amber color with a fluffy white head filling the top third of the glass. Great head retention as I drank it.

The aroma has a sour, tart and musty flavor to it at first. I get some notes of crisp, tart apples and grapes to it along with a little bit of oak. As it warmed more of the tart crisp fruits came out with a little bit of spice as well.

The taste shows more of the apple flavors to it. I get a sweeter and crisp apples up front and more of a dry, grape, white wine flavor in the finish. A little bit of the sour, mustiness is there but it's taken a back seat to the fruitiness in the taste. It got a little more of the apple brandy, alcohol flavors in the finish as it warmed as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very good beer. It started off pretty sour and tart, but that quickly faded into the apple and grape flavors as it warmed. Great range of flavors to it and a very tasty beer overall. (1,037 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden straw color, slightly hazy, pours 2 fingers of thick white head that slowly fades. Moderate lacing.

Smell: apples, pear, brett, subtle cinnamon, earthy, citrus, tropical fruit, boozy as it warms.

Taste: apple, pear, brandy, a bit funky.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, warming, boozy as it warms.

Overall: The apple brandy is very prevalent particularly as this one warms up. This beer was very good cold, but the boozyness killed it as it warmed. Drinkability is high if you drink it cold. (555 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 750mL bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a pale brownish-tan. Head is a finger high, fades quickly leaving a nice lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Very crisp, clear, and citrus hops. Faint aromas of apples, booze, and spice.

Taste: The bottle says it was aged in apple brandy barrels and that is what I taste. Nice and light in flavour followed by a slight bite from the hips, and a hint of bitter citrus. Finishes with a hint of spice and booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, silky feel. Nice amount of carbonation to make it feel bubbly and fun. Leaves the back of the mouth sticky.

Overall: This is most certainly delicious! While it doesn't have the spicy yeast authentic Belgian triples have, this is a great brew. Light and refreshing with an interesting taste that will keep you sipping. (816 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a chalice

Thanks to Jebus3513 for this one

A slightly hazed orange infused straw color with a bubbly one finger cap. The aroma is of oranges and tangerines with tart granny smiths, oak and some booze. The flavor profile is tart off the bat with sticky citrus in tow. Oak and some vanilla toffee like flavors come through before a dry, oak laden finish. A medium body with moderate carbonation and booze throughout. The finish is mildly puckering, but largely dry. Overall, this is a unique take on a triple that I definitely enjoyed. The barrel aging added some nice elements to an already well crafted triple. (637 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First let me say this is not a very good ager.. I had a 3-5 year old bottle a year ago and it was a drain pour. This one was a welcomed treat!

A: Pale hazy straw with very little bone white head.

S: Golden delicious, boozy rum and sweet stone fruit.

T: Light body overall but with a touch of alcohol at first sip. Cooked golden delicious apples as well as grannysmith brulee. Subtle yet present spicy notes fill in the gaps.

M: Nicely prickly

O: Not a bad Idea, and a nice addition to the flavors of a triple. This is a bit sweet overall for my liking. That said this beer is richly fruited with red and yellow apples and carries a nice amount of spice. All these things work quite well together. (701 characters)

Photo of LAMAGS
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another good beer from the captain; pours an opaque golden orange with serious fluffy white head. The nose is complex made up of vanilla and fruit backed by bread wood and malt (there is a hint of booze). The taste is sweet like a fruit basket apples, with some other indiscernible fruit flavors with notes of citrus, caramel on the finish. Moderate body and carbonation, nothing unusual. A very flavorful and delicious beer, the high abv lends it a special heat that may appeal to some more than others. (504 characters)

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 2 finger white head

smell: apples, sour, tartness, some citrus,

taste: sour apples, tart,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this was a very nice beer. it snuck up on me, doesn't drink like a 10% or above beer. glad I finally got to try it.

Cheers,
The CPJ (338 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Gil.

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

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

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

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: The nose had a little too much heat for my liking, but the flavor was good and the beer was enjoyable all around. (664 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Was looking forward to trying this beer for a while.

A: Pours a hazy pale orange color with one finger of thick, foamy head, white in color. Lots of small bubble release from the bottom. Very thick and foamy lacing left behind.

S: Definitely some apple on the aroma with a little bit of brandy, as well as a hint of caramel. There is a little tart/funky aroma as well. Very inviting.

T: Again, more applies, a little of the brandy, and some caramel malt. There is also some bready malt at the end. It is a little acetic, slightly tart. Different for a tripel, but I like it a lot.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. On the sweet side and unexpectedly tart for a tripel, but quite drinkable.

O: Very tasty, the apple flavor is fantasti. Very different for a tripel, but a nice change. Sneaky alcohol content, as this goes down very easy. Want more! (891 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer courtesy of a wedgie9 we enjoyed at a small tasting a while back. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Pours into a Lost Abbey tulip with a light amber, golden color. About a finger of slight off-white head is achieved that leaves nice lacing on the sides of the tulip.

Smell – Exactly as you’d expect from the name of the beer. A nice apple aroma, pear, yeasty bread, slight vanilla, alcohol, oak, and slight brett. After having a few drinks the alcohol aroma was a bit more than I wanted/was expecting. But the rest of the aromas smelled wonderful.

Taste – A medley of spices, apples, and oak. The vanilla and slight funk are at the tail end and show themselves a bit more as the beer warms. Overall a sweeter beer that I wish had a hint more funk to it. But the flavors are pretty fantastic mixing the oak and apples. Would be curious to see how age would work on this…

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, some heat from the alcohol, lower carbonation.

Overall – A unique triple. As stated, I’d be interested to see how some age would do to this beer. The alcohol warmth/taste/aroma was a bit too much for me. Perhaps some time would subdue this and let a bit more funk develop. (1,203 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into wine glass, this was a gusher as soon as I opened it, didn’t lose too much beer. Pours hazy golden amber color with a dense 1 finger white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Decent lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of apple cider, apple skin, brandy booziness, and a bit of spice. Interesting aromas with good strength. Taste of huge slightly tart apples, apple skin, honey, spiciness, and a bit of citrus. Lingering notes of spice, apple, and citrus sweetness on the finish. No bitterness noticed, as expected for a tripel. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste, with only a slight warming on the finish noticed. Very smooth drinking as well for being 10%. Nice balance of flavors without having too much sweetness. Overall, and excellent tripel, a little to boozy in the nose, but the taste tells a whole different story. (919 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pure color of golden sunshine with a crystal white bubbly head. The head fades more quickly than I'd like but I really like the way this looks.

Nose is way different than I expected. First thing I get is brett. I'm pretty sure there isn't any brett in this beer so I'm confused and worried that maybe there's an infection or something. I also get apples and sweet liqueur and a bit of cider. Also some faint orange citrus, presumably from the amarillo hops. It's not what I expected but it does smell nice.

Taste is a bit different. Still something resembling brett but it's not nearly as pronounced. As it warms that brett flavor gradually becomes more of a normal Belgian yeast flavor. Sweet apple flavor too, though not as much as I expected, and liqueur again as well. I'm wondering if the weirdness I identified as brett is just the odd interplay of amarillo hops (which by this point have surely faded from what they once were) and the brandy barrel aging. I'd like to try the base beer. In any case, this beer is extremely drinkable, refreshing and with a nice balance to the flavor. Not cloyingly sweet from the apple brandy at all, it's very nice.

7.9/10 (1,174 characters)

Photo of r0nyn
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip. Courtesy of BA infi.

Has a hazy golden hue, along with a fluffy white head full of crisp bubbles, leaving a trail of stringy lacing coating the inside of the glass. This thing smells like straight up sweet, sweet apple juice. Not just apple cider, but freshly made apple juice. There's some mild malty notes on the back end along with a touch of booze. Really quite remarkable.

Taste is more of the same from the nose, with the apple flavorings just taking charge and dictating the entire flavor experience. There's a subtle yeasty quality that appears ever so briefly, lending an added complexity. Underneath the apple onslaught is a definite malt character, providing some balance and unique contrast. The booziness is definitely prevalent on the back end, with the brandy barrel aroma and nuances coming into play. It doesn't state the ABV on this beer, but I'd wager it's at least 10%, as you can really taste it. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy, with a slightly drying finish that's almost chewy.

A very interesting take on the tripel style, which is known for its fruity characteristics. Instead of the typical banana, its a ton of apples, through and through. Quite tasty, but with a definite kick, this one will keep you sipping. (1,291 characters)

Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.