Xtra Gold Tripel
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #26
Ranked #4,676
4.06 | pDev: 10.84%
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, pale, golden yellow coloring with a sparse, foamy, white head. Aromas of toasted grains, cut grass, pineapple, mango, pepper spice, and a bready backbone. Flavors are honey and pineapple sweet, with grassy and pepper highlights, floral notes, lemon zest, and subtle piney notes, all on a bready backbone. Full bodied, kept effervesced and crisp with the carbonation and dry endfeel. Aftertaste is fruity and hoppy, lingering on past the dry, crisp finish.

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Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Xtra Gold aught to be spelled with two, maybe even three 'X's - it is an extremely pale, barely hazed, and remarkably resplendent golden colour. It's the kind of thing to frame a Rubens or Rembrant with. It looks classy, well-made, and expensive - especially with such a finely spun web of lacing.

Belgian yeast provides plenty of aromatic fruitiness. So do Amarillo hops. Combined, this bouquet has a powerful amount of both orchard and citrus fruits, as well as a tickling amount of peppery spice. It is delicious enough I accidentally dipped my nose into the liquid. It's a scent worth memorizing.

The taste can be screamingly peppery on the mid-palate (a heat partly enhanced by the double digit alcohol) but the aftertaste belongs to the hops; a piny and herbal bitterness lingers faintly. Contrary to how it may sound, these qualities actually lend it drinkability by adding excitement and intricacy to mellow, light flavours of pear, honey, toast, flower petals, lemon, and apple.

I purchased this bottle knowing full well it was pushing a year old. What I didn't know was that it was still so fresh and lovely, fruity and spicy, still so full of that sunny Belgian 'joie de vivre'. I review a lot of beers and few catch me as off-guard as this - I expected good but this is fantastic, especially considering so few American brewers can properly imitate Belgian Tripels (let alone emulate them).

There's a big preamble on the label that makes perfectly clear Xtra Gold is an *American* ale and is meant as merely a "tribute to the great Belgian brewers". The thing is this tastes and drinks like it were made by one of those great Belgian brewers. Captain Lawrence is a good brewer that is capable of making great beers but this one is nothing short of world-class.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a large tulip glass a slight hazed apricot color with a thinner head than expected wich was gone pretty quickly.Citrus and floral hops with some spiced yeasty phenols,good hop profile for a tripel.An even better hop profile on the palate,tropical fruits and grass with a hint of earth,a decent shot of yeasty spiced phenols in the finish,doesn't seem as big to me as it is.The looks of the beer are not great but the rest of the beer is,I like the hopped up American versions of the style.

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Photo of pat61
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Perfumy, flowery, peach, fruit, citrus nose. Pours brilliant deep amber under a 3” finely bubbled persistent foam cap that leaves thick lace. Yeast driven fruity palate – large pitted fruits with touches of citrus on a light malt backbone with a hop accent on the finish. A hint of cardamom and herbs. Medium body and medium to medium low carbonation.

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -26.1%

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not the best triple I've had but not bad. I'm a big Belgian fan & this lacks the balance to the sweet side that I anticipated. I'd like to find it on tap to be sure.

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Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of floral notes, apples, grapefruit, slight citrus, Belgian yeast, cloves and coriander.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a tone of floral notes, apples, some tropical notes of grapefruit, citrus and lemon, fruit punch, Belgian yeast, some cloves and light coriander.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz pint on tap at Little Town in Union Square.

Poured a very clear soft gold with almost no head. The lacing was disappointing as there was no retention on the glass.

Smell was not overly fragrant. Some citrus notes but mostly floral, grain, yeast, and clove.

The taste was surprising for a tripel. Lightly carbonated, some malt sweetness, that dash of clove but a generous heaping of hops up front (which was rather pleasant).

Quit enjoyable tripel. The 10% alcohol was barely evident. This is a well done hop forward beer that went down a little too easy.

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Photo of hardy008
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear gold with a two finger white head, which has decent retention and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has peaches, pears, citrus, pepper, coriander, and Belgian yeast. Not quite as nice of an aroma as the best Tripels have, but still pretty good.

Tastes more bitter and less sweet than most Tripels. There are peaches, pears, alcohol, pepper, coriander, Belgian yeast, and quite a bit of hop bitterness from the citrus flavored hops. The alcohol is not hidden as well as I would like it to be, but is not overly boozy.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Has a somewhat boozy aftertaste. Not made as well as I would have hoped for, but I'm glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info was apparent.

A -Pale straw yellow with two fingers of thick bright white head.

S - Belgian yeast, clove, bubble gum, spice/pepper, citrus and a bready sweetness.

T - Belgian yeast, clove, spice, a bready malt sweetness and a warming alcohol presence throughout.

M - Medium body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Much thanks to DaSolomon.

This is easily the most clear tripel I've seen. Golden brass yellow, even with a touch of haze showing off a perfect middle column of rising carbonation in the middle, with green hue like edges as well. Big rocking white head with even pinhead bubbles throughout and lots of staying power. Real impressive looking beer.

Real unique nose. Candy like aromas of grass, but not in a Belgian sweet way. Airy and light with a bit of powdered strawberry. Clean. Solid, but doesn't give me the impression this is a tripel.

Palate fills with a crisp wine like refreshment. Almost too crisp in feel as it doesn't have much malt sweetness or dense body. Wine like green grape appeal, and a spicy character. Very hop forward for a tripel almost too much, and the hops actually dominate. Warmth kicks in with multiple sips but not an overpowering alcohol heat.

Overall this is a well made beer, but this isn't the ultimate tripel for myself. Wouldn't turn this down though for a second, and its an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose along with some hints of peppery spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the citrus and tropical fruit flavors aren't quite as prominent. Notes pepper spices and hints of candi sugar are present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is not your typical type of tripel and is quite interesting as it has some hop aromas and flavors that you would expect to find in an IPA (but without any bitterness).

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi gazed pale gold color with a thin bright white head. No freshness date on bottle. Dried fruits, Apple's pears, honey dew, distinct pale malt scent.

A lil bland for such a big beer but incredible deniability at its strength. Tastes a bit old like some of the flavors are faded but the beer itself is very smooth.I could be wrong though. Initial sweetness along with a bit of spiciness. Dry finish with a very mellow alcohol bite. Reminds me of golden monkey a bit in its simplicity but it's dangerous drinkability . On that note though I do like it better as there's a bit more balance rather than the super dry after taste that golden monkey has. This beer leaves a faint belgian like sweetness lingering in the mouth reminding you of the style.

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Photo of ksimons
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear golden with visible carbonation and three fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale malts, sweet fruits of peaches, pears, apples, spices, Belgian yeast, and a bit of light bitterness

T-taste is similar to the smell with a pale malt backbone, sweet candied fruits with a few sour notes, peppery spice, and a nice hop finish

M-medium body, prickly carbonation, dry

Overall this is a really solid Tripel and one of the best from a USA brewery. Definitely worth a try if you find it.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A medium amber with good clarity. The head is white and rocky pouring about a finger then slowly settling over a minute to a thin cap.

S: The aroma is dominate by a balance of hops, malt and Belgian yeast. A moderate hops aroma that is citrus with lots of tangerine and pineapple. The malt initially has some Pilsner malt character that blends with the hops to give it that German Pilsner character brings moderate caramel sweetness. There is a moderately-light Belgian yeast character of orange fruit esters and peppery phenols.

T: All the same characters in the aroma nicely balanced. There is a moderate hops bitterness with a medium strong tangerine, citrus flavor and some pineapple hops flavors. The Pilsner malt is character about balances the hops bitterness and the peppery yeast favor are more pronounced being about equal with the other flavors. The alcohol is noticeable adding a bit of sweetness. The balance is somewhat towards the bitter. The finish is off dry and some bitterness in the aftertaste but not lingering like an IPA.

M: Medium-light bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation. Moderately creamy.

O: Like bitting into a tangerine skin and all dusted with some spice. A good Belgian Triple hit all the notes for style, which in BJCP doesn't say you have to use Continental hops.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bomber into a tulip- pours a clear yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head, decent retention, a disappointing lack of the traditional lacing.

Smell is wonderful- very pleasant combination of Amarillo hops (floral, slightly citrusy), some yeast and a little sugar.

Taste is a little heavier on the yeast than the smell would indicate- however it's very nice. Earthy hop flavor up front (interesting) mixed with the yeast, followed by sugar, to finish with a mix of hops and yeast (again, a little more of an accent on the yeast).

Mouthfeel is nice but perhaps not traditional- lighter mouthfeel (medium light), moderate carbonation, not any resin but an earthy feel. This tripel is out of the ordinary but they do specify that it's an "American Tripel" and not trying to imitate the Belgian tradition. A lovely beer, nothing wonderfully sophisticated except how hidden the alcohol is, but very nice to drink.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy malts, grapefruit and other citrus smells, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, spices, coriander, a bit of banana, and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of grainy malts, grapefruit and orange hops, lemon zest, and some coriander. Through the middle, more Belgian yeast flavors come through with some other spices and a bit of banana alongside some fruity esters. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, some spices, fruity esters, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice complex Tripel with great balance.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Cpt. Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet oversized tulip glass, a clear golden color with a full 3-4 fingers of frothy white head, that sank to a thick layer within a few minutes, leaving sheets of lacing on the glass; lively carbonation. Flowery aroma, sweet corn, toasted grains. Taste reflects the aroma, sweet, pale malts, corn, toasted biscuits, stone fruits, herb; notes of chlorine as it warmed. Crisp, clean mouthfeel, quite drying, light-medium body, quite drinkable, but a bit hard to finish. Keep on ice, or share it with a friend!

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Photo of jrenihan
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is light golden with a large, fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell is quite hoppy- the amarillo hops jump right out. Quite citrusy, orange, tangerine and grapefruit. A surprising smell for a tripel, but that is why it is billed as an "American Tripel". Some yeast is there as well, some bready malt. Nice smell.

Taste is like the nose. Hop-focused, tangerine and grapefruit, with a bready malt base and a bit of yeast. The interplay between bittern and sweet leaves it fairly neutral, a little on the sweet side. Pretty tasty.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit oily and bready.

Overall, quite good. An interesting beer. I find it a bit hard to call it a tripel, really, since it is so hop focused (at least my bottle is). Still tasty.

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Photo of bnewall3
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I want to start by saying I normally don't like tripels because of the clove and banana notes.

But this is another story because of the american hops. For some reason going into this I thought it was going to be like their year round Liquid Gold which has all those qualities I don't like, but boy was I wrong

Served in Tulip Glass

app- golden yellow with a very thick carbonated head, about 2.5 inches that takes a good few minutes to dissipate.

smell- this is where I smell the tripel. Floral, clove, a little grassy, and a vague hint of lemon at the finish.

taste- not too too carbonated which I love. Up front you get the malty sweetness and the slight clove is evident throughout, but the slightness is the key. The hops are up front more than I thought with a slight pine throughout and it is what makes this beer a 4 out of 5 for me.

Overall- I dont know if they are the first to do this, but its my first american tripel and the Captain does it again. I seriously love everything I've had from them except liquid gold. First tripel I could say I really liked, almost loved

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an elegant golden yellow with an inch of fluffy white froth that laces. I cooled it down briefly and would say it's about 55ish degrees, which helps to bring forward the beer's big breadiness and a floral hoppiness. The ethanol cuts through the nose, but mingles well with the beer's sweetness.
The taste is exquisitely hoppy with a clean, lingering sweetness followed by an extended, dry bitterness. Towards the end of drinking, and after most of the beer's incredible carbonation has burned off, a lot more of the malt comes forward...but the alcohol will still melt your eyebrows off. I'm pleasantly surprised by how this beer drinks and it's definitely a tasty tripel.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow orange, two finger head with some carbonation.

S-Wheat, spices, some grass as well.

T-Starts with a nice blend of grass, lemon and spice with hints of bitterness. As it warms spice dominates.

M-Light in bodied, well carbonated.

O-The problem is that spices starts to dominate and the hops are not really there for this American version.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass. This bottle was picked up a few months back at Bierkraft after volunteering for the B4B.

Appearance: WOW!!!! Two finger of white puffy head. Golden yellow with great clarity and good sight of lots of bubbles coming up through the glass. The head has finally reduced to a small layer and left some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: grapefruit, tangerine, and more citrus on the nose. Belgian candy, bready notes, and sweet malts in the background.

Taste: super citrus flavors, apples, pears, and some sweetness from the malts and Belgian candy. Bitterness in the end from the massive hop bomb, but good. A little alcohol in there too.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, dry, some lingering bitterness in a good way, dry, a little boozy, and very interesting on the palate.

Overall: Usually with tripels you expect the apples, pears, and Belgian candy. This is insanely hopped and you seem to miss out on the characteristics due to the hops, but they are all still there.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Been looking forward to this one for a while!

Appearance: nice golden hue with a touch of haze and a light effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy white foam. I like it.

Smell: interesting aroma reminiscent of a hoppy saison. There's light malt with plenty of funk, and a bright, acidic citrus coming out which could be hop-derived. Interesting.

Taste: nice malty flavor with a bit of an orchard fruit component. There's also a nice hop contribution which is fruity and citrusy in nature. The funkiness of the aroma is only lightly present in the flavor. A bit out-of-the-box, but tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a giant carbonation and resulting mammoth creaminess. Ba-dow!

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot. It's not a traditional tripel by any means, but I am really cottoning to it. I just wish it were more readily available in my area.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a gusher upon opening. Pours a cloudy golden hue with a huge white head. The nose is spicy with hints of hops and light bready malt. The first sit is excellent. The hops really yield themselves nicely to the backbone tripel flavors. Overall this is a very tasty interpretation of a tripel and drinks very easy for a 10% beer. Recommended for a hot summer day.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.67/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This one is a gusher! White foam everywhere. After all is cleaned up, this pours clear gold with loads of white head, tons of lacing.

S: the nose is not pleasant, notes of cat piss, musty pine and sawdust

T: the taste isn't as offensive as the nose, I get lots of lemon zest, some sourdough bread, and mild funk

MF: high carbonation, medium body

O: Wasn't too impressed by this one, perhaps it was past its prime but it was not a good representation of the Tripel style

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Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 374 ratings