Liquid Gold | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
captainlawrencebrewing.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Billolick on 02-04-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
592
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
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33
Gots:
116
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Photo of chugalug06
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks very unrefined. Foggy yellow with thin white soapy head; no lacing.

Banana, very Belgian, bready, clovey.

Watery, thin, strong bitterness, cloves, banana, pepper, dry, sweet from Belgian yeast, bready, overly carbonated. Slightly past due.

This brew is out of balance and could use refining. Recommended, but not over the top. Glad I tired it, but I believe CL would do better on their next brew..

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Photo of thecheapies
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date on the bottle, but picked this one up in the early fall. Using a goblet glass for the pour.

Sure enough, the beer is a wonderfully clear yellow-gold color with a sudsy, almost cider-y like, carbonation that has too many big bubbles popping away to hold firm.

Wafts of peppercorn and mild funk meshes with a dry hard cider aroma focused on pear and dried apricot. Whole lotta yeasty tang going on, which usually turns me off, but it's unlike your typical Belgian Golden Ale or Belgian Pale.

Peppery note with a chalky chew to it takes center stage. Peeled layers reveal apple and white grape juice along with some floral hop elements that are unique for this style of ale. Seemingly obvious and fitting addition of coriander keeps it bristling with spices; the American hops keeping it bitter and complex. Straw and fruit skin/must all provide dryness. There's an almost Brett-y funk undercurrent that impresses me. All around stellar, yet delicate, flavor.

Drinks softly with a medium body and tightly-wound carbonation. Concealed alcohol reveals itself now and again as it warms, but promises easy drinkability.

A most impressive American-made Belgian Pale Ale that soars above many others in its complexity and subtleties. I so badly wish I had at least one more of these to enjoy when this one's finally kicked the bucket.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has lots of fine particles visible floating in suspension and a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense white head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a quarter finger high head covering the surface and a very thick coating down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of apples and hints of cloves and other spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, slightly smooth and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink and has a nice mixture of Belgian yeast and fruit flavors.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me by an internet video game pal that I recently found out is as crazy about beer as I am. Thanks afksports. Poured at 45 degrees into a New Belgium Globe.

It's a nice light orange, yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles rising to support a creamy white head. Retention is quite good for the style and lacing is fantastic. A pleasure to look at.

Smells like an amalgamation of styles, sort of a cross between a witbier, a saison, and a belgian pale. I get coriander, pepper, horsey funk, clove, slight banana yeastyness and hay. Reminds me a lot of how North Coast Pranqster smells, but this seems to be a little more complex.

Tastes a lot like what I'm getting in the aroma, a big hit of coriander and clove, a decent bit of banana and slight apricot followed by some peppery funkyness. Hay, grass, and some floral hop character hit at the end.

Quite smooth in the mouth for the style, not over carbonated like some. Feels medium light in body and goes down pretty easy.

Overall this is a very nice beer, blending the better bits of witbier, saison, and belgian pale. Glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Captain Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

Actually quite an excellent crack at a Belgian-style ale. Poured a clearish golden-yellow color with a small wispy white head that receded to a ringlet, leaving a few wayward streaks of lacing on the glass. Smell was loaded with Belgian goodness, yeasty, spicy, floral. Taste is simliar, bready, yeasty, notes of banana and stone fruit, peppery spice, floral hops, sweet honeyish malts...lots of flavor here. About medium in body, smooth, well-balanced, well-flavored, quite drinkable.

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Photo of patriot76
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light, golden in color, partially cloudy with a decent head.

S- Smell of american hops, sublte citris fruit, some grapefruit with Belgian spices. Almost a pilsner smell at first with theBelgian spice notes.

T- I can honestly say that this tastes like a cross between a pilsner and a Belgian ale...best of both worlds as far as I'm concerned. Wonderfully balanced with a flavor that covers the entire palate, smoothly. Not overdone at all.

M- Very subtle on the palate for a beer with so much flavor. The flavor however does not linger long, it rather recedes pleasantly and makes you want another sip.

O- Very pleasureable ale and very drinkable. I look forward to my next one. The most pleasantly drinkable Belgian ale I've had.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Appearance: Appropriately named with a clear, golden body - nicely sized, fluffy white head - leaves a nice cap, leaves streaks and spots of lacing at the start

Smell: Belgian yeast notes and some pale malts - pleasant yeasty aroma, with some spiciness, clove, pepper, and banana candy - some sweetness, some layers of pale malts - some citrus in here as well, particularly oranges

Taste: Unexpectedly interesting, with a lot going on - citrus is more prominent than in the nose, with lemon, grapefruit, and orange - spicy Belgian yeast, with clove, pepper, bananas, and some other esters reminiscent of light fruits - lightly bitter - pale malts hold everything together, lightly sweet and maybe a little toasted - some candy sweetness as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: Great stuff

This is certainly not a "typical" Belgian Pale, but the style is certainly very variable... This is a nice combination of Belgian yeast and what tastes like American hops. Nothing dominates, as this is nicely balanced, and it's very drinkable. Greater than the sum of its parts, and I'm glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of LWallace
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle beer recently introduced, much better than many highly ranked competitors. Beer has excellent aroma, clarity, and overall taste performance. New bottle design and sale of beer in grocery stores is a huge plus since had to go to brewery in the past to get this beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours bright straw yellow. Only a hint of haze. Head is big, bubbly and bleach white. Head isn't the super-expandable Belgian type, but it does grow. It also recedes. It leaves popped bubble lacing remnants.

S-Yeasty. Apple juice, cloves and honey. Sugar and honey. Light grassiness derived from the hops. Belgian inspired and Belgian imitated. Smells good though.

T-Grassy hoppiness is a bit stronger here, which I enjoy. Hops are almost medicinal. Very spicy and moderately yeasty. Bubblegum and clove. Pale flesh fruits akin to apple and pear. Crackers and basil on the end.

M-Medium body. Assertive with the carbonation and the overall feel. Finishes surprisingly quite bitter. Booze shows up a bit.

O/D-All of Captain Lawrence's six-pack line are exceptionally well crafted but they do not crack the 'Awesome!' stratosphere. This actually is my least favorite of the group. Its a nice little Belgian-inspired brew. Its the epitome of 'good but not great'.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap in a pint glass at Bridge View Tavern in Sleepy Hollow.

Appearance: light golden hue with a strong effervescence and a light haze. Head is a thin layer of white foam.

Smell: nice funky, lightly spicy aroma with a distinct saison quality. Smooth, clean and enticing.

Taste: sweet malt with a light saison-style funk. There's a floral quality here and a light chalkiness. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: an interesting Belgian style ale. I find it is more like a French saison, so ... perhaps it's a Franco-Belgian ale? In any case it is quite good.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very clear straw yellow pour with constant bubbles form carbonation, half inch of head. smells very bready with orange peel and citrusy in general. tastes very fruity up front. cherry with a zest of orange, coriander, pepper and bready yeast.
very refreshing light body with a slight creamy feel on the lips. nice carbonation with a dry finish.

for a blonde ale this is pretty fantastic! feels a bit heavier than most but goes down so easy it's like drinking... wait for it.. LIQUID GOLD!

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Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1402nd Review on BA
Bottle to Small Tulip
12oz

No bottle date

Thanks to Tony32408 for this extra

App- Looks more like a wild ale to me, bright, golden and clear. Has a nice 1-1/2 finger head that was very puffy. Only a couple dots of cling even with a heavy swirl.

Smell- There is many things going on in this glass. You get saison notes of wheat and dampness, you get the ale notes and the spices are very forward. A slight funk as well.

Taste- Nice beer. Good controlled chaos from a lot in the glass. The spices adds a nice flavor profile and the base beer is a bit crisp and clean.

Mouth- A nice medium body with a good crisp medium carbonation and residual hoppy/spice.

Drink- It was a nice little beer. The ABV sat about right but was more prevalant when the beer warmed.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - light golden champagne color, a gentle pour wells up two fingers of rocky, frothy white head fed by plenty of carbonation

S - yeasty and spicy, notes of clove and cardamom, with some light mild fruits, maybe bananas

T - the spice takes a back seat to the yeast, but they dont back down. the light banana type flavor persists but is less discernible, a distinct hop note at the very end of the sip

M&D - lively, effervescent on the tongue, the yeasty/spicy-ness will offer a lot of flavor to those who enjoy craft beer but are turned off by big hoppy bitterness

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Photo of davey101
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. No bottle on date but it has the newer style logo cap.

A - Crystal clear light amber body. Lots of rising carbonation. A nice head forms and settles down to a frothy and messy one finger high off white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

S - Lots of coriander, banana and biscuity malts. Very witbier like minus the yeast characteristic. Some fruity hops, mostly in the form of citrus and light pine.

T - Much sweeter than the nose led me to believe. Coriander spice, bananas, liquid bubble gum, and english style biscuity malts with a lightly bitter and fruity hop finish. Mouth feel is medium bodied and coats the mouth. Carbonation is high.

O - Not very impressive. Seems kind of like a mess as its overtly sweet. It just leaves a really long and lasting syrupy sweetness that gets nauseating really quickly.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a gold cap instead of a CL cap. Not sure if this means this is an older batch.

A: Light straw yellow with many bubbly bubbles below a white head with considerable lacing.

S: Bananas, cloves, slightly spicy.

T: Follows the nose pretty well with light banana flavors and a prominent spiciness. Pretty low hop profile for a pale ale, but that could just be because this is probably an older bottle.

M: Very carbonated with a nice long bready/banana finish (something I've noticed in all CL beers.)

O: Nice and refreshing, but I prefer their kolsch as a summer beer. Would like to try this a little fresher.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear, carbonated light orange, two finger head.

S-Lemon, clove, bananas, grass, pepper spices.

T-Spices are the main part, mainly peppery and grassy notes. Not as much of the clove, bananas from the nose. Not much in the way of bitterness.

M-Light and well carbonated.

O-If the palate could have lived up to the nose this beer would be phenomenal.

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Photo of sitarist
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale golden color. Two fingers worth of a white head. The head falls quickly to a ring, and island that leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smells like a wet, mange riddled mutt. Coriander overpowers, and dominates its aroma.

I taste banana, coriander, clove, bubblegum, and some fruity notes.

Dry, medium body with little carbonation.

When I took my first sniff I thought I'd be drain-pouring this one. However it's flavor, and mouthfeel were pretty decent.

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Photo of davednyc
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden, with a little bit of effervescence.

S - The spices are definitely present!

T - Excellent. Some very nice spices which I'd describe as "subtle +". Not to strong, bit present enough where you don't have to hunt for them.

O - I have always liked this beer. The first time I had it was at the brewery itself. My first reaction was "wow, more than just a hint of banana" (and I loved it!). I've never gotten the taste of banana since then (but I was also in the hot sun, drinking other CL brews, and eating some very good BBQ. So who know's how that may have played on my palate?). However, there is a lot going on here, bit yet it is very refreshing.

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a goblet, appears a hazy shimmering gold color with a big white head that dissipates rather quickly and does not leave much lacing.

S: Sweet malt, with some fruitiness, some funky spiciness from the yeast and a grassy hop aroma.

T: Opens with pale malt sweetness with some subtle banana flavors and some musty pepper and clove notes from the yeast, orangey citrus flavor builds and melts into a very dry, grainy finish with a grassy hoppiness and some residual spiciness. Opens up like a belgian and finishes like a pils. Delicious.

M: Medium body with lively, creamy carbonation.

O: A delicious American take on the style. I gotta try more Captain Lawrence, the beers I've had from them have been outstanding.

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey straw color with a smallish white head that had some moderate sized bubble action. Settles into a thick ring.

The aroma has a strong presence of coriander, which provides a spice and celery type aroma. There is some general floral brightness and a sugary sweetness. Coriander is too strong.

Again, the coriander takes a strong position. The celery is not quite as strong as in the aroma. There is a peppery spice and a noticable grassy flavor from the hops. The malt is sweet and is slightly bready. Some clove from the yeast. The beer has floral and a candi sugar sweetness. Flavorful but the coriander is too much.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Sits sweet on the palate but does have a drying finish with a slight grassy bitterness. Good balance.

This is a flavorful BPA but it has too much coriander presence for my liking. I rather the yeast come through more.

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Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee. Thanks Greg! Poured into a Portsmouth 20th Anniversary stemmed glass.

A - Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of dense, fluffy white head that shows very good staying power. Head falls slowly leaving behind touches of foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Soft aroma...a bit fruity, hints of cloves, herbal, cut grass.

T - As with the aroma, spicy with cloves quite noticeable, black pepper, herbal, cinnamon. Soft bready malt at the base and a lower level hop bitterness simply there to balance everything out.

M - Body is medium and carbonation is a bit assertive with a strong tingle left on the tongue.

O - A good Belgian pale ale...lots of good yeast derived flavors, spicy and fruity...good balance. Good to see this in 12oz bottles now.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Dan (Dslim71) for this great extra. Cheers buddy! I understand this is just newly put into bottles so I believe I am one of the first to review them as such.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark hay transparent color. About a finger of slightly off white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Lots of herbal grassy notes, clove, slight banana and other fruit esters such as pear and green apple, characteristic Belgian yeasts, and ends with a maltiness.

Taste – Taste is yeasts up front with white pepper and clove. Next comes the fruits and cice grassy almost medicinal flavors which later on then mix with a slight caramel backbone and more spices. Finishes with a hint of bubblegum flavor which I normally do not pick up in other Belgian’s.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, plentiful carbonation that gives a slight prickle, finishes a hint dry.

Overall – Actually I enjoyed this and I’m not a huge Belgian beer fan. I like the almost over spiced quality and that this took precedent to the Belgian yeasts. The fruity esters and flavors were also quite nice. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huzzah! captain lawrence finally getting some of these great beers in bottles!!! enjoyed this one out of a white wine glass.

a - gorgeous transparent golden color with a frothy white head that hung out for pictures. stunning. much nicer looking than i remember.

s - nose is grassy with corriander and clove with undertones of bubblegum and belgian yeast.

t - taste is much more spicey than memory recalls. malty spicey and a hint of belgian pale ale. a bit watery.

m - a bit dry, medium bodied lots of zing.

o - overall not as magical as i remember but still quite good for an american take on a classic belgian style. worth checking out and i'm sure this won't the last 6'er of this that i pick up. glad they released this.

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Photo of jneiswender
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass cool at NYC Beer Company.

Clear "gold" light beer with an eggshell white head.

Smells very much like mown grass and a light clove finish.

Strong Belgian yeast front. Clove and a light fruit end.

Light and low carbonation.

Seems run of the mill for this style. Other better beers.

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Photo of garuda
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright gold, thin white head that has decent retention and lacing.

S/T - Tastes a bit stronger than how it smells. Nice yeasty, funky body, backed up by only a touch of spice, and more lemon, grassy hops, finishing crisp, clean and dry, with minimal bitterness.

M - Light body, high carbonation, light and fluffy across the palate, finishes clean and dry.

O - Perfect beer to ring in the nice spring weather here. Good, but nothing I'd seek out.

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Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 592 ratings.
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