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Xtra Gold Tripel | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Xtra Gold TripelXtra Gold Tripel

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John on 08-14-2006

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Reviews: 213 | Ratings: 373
Photo of scottfrie
2.62/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into North Coast Brother Thelonious goblet. Big thanks to craytonic for this one.

A: Pours a hazy orange tinted gold with a surprisingly fizzy off-white head that quickly bubbled away into a faint film that eventually disappeared leaving me with a glass of apple juice looking liquid. Not very impressive as far as tripels go. Where's the denseness, retention and lacing?
S: Light golden fruits with a decent punch of hop. Grainy malty undertone and vapory medicinal alcohol come through as well.
T: Spicy and fruity but not very tripel like. There is a faint amount of clove, and bigger notes of pepper, but other than that I'm not picking up much yeast. Instead there is a ton of hops and even a note or two of caramel in the finish. I pick up vinous notes of grapes as well.
M: Too much prickly carbonation. It's not harsh but it's too reminiscent of seltzer water carbonation and isn't nearly soft or creamy enough. Medium-full body is slick and a tad oily. Alcohol is phenolic and a bit medicinal.
D: I was disappointed with this one. Not a terrible beer, but a pretty mediocre example of the style in my opinion. The carbonation was especially off. Below average.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.67/5  rDev -34.1%
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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Photo of Florida9
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy gold-yellow in color. Forms a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Musty and almost sour. Smells like a cheap white wine.

T: Tart with the flavor of green apples and earth. Again, somewhat musty with a flavor I can only describe as "dirty" on the finish. Finishes quickly.

M: On the thinner side of medium and horribly overcarbonated.

O: Possible bad bottle? Don't know, but it's not as if this beer was bad - it was certainly drinkable - but it's not as if it was all that great either.

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -25.9%

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 emerge077
3.07/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Disclaimer: This bottle was procured from New Beer Dist. and has some age on it (2006).

Dirty golden amber tone, flecked with a haze of sediment. Drippy network of lacing, the head retention was good.

Musty aroma, library books, paste, chalky grain, alcohol.

A muddled flavor, difficult to pick out distinct notes. Very yeasty and full feeling, lightly sweet and bitter. Honey nut cheerios and grains. Dry finish. Full bodied and a little overbearing with the alcohol bleeding through.

This was a Tripel I could sip slowly, and would want to share a bottle with 1-2 others. If I can get a fresher sample i'll re-review this. Thanks to EehaiCJ for sharing!

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Photo of Overlord
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a semi hazy golden yellow. Gigantic, colossal white foam head. Wow. Huge sudsy long lasting foam that never goes away. Maybe too much. It coats the glass.

Semlls like citrus, some yeasty mineral-iness, notes of grass, and a sort of smell I can only describe as sugary sweet.

Taste has a backbone of yeasty sweetness with bits of citrus and ... funk? But there's a large undercurrent of bittering hops that's, frankly, a little surprising. The strange peppery funk is a little offputting after a while. Is that intended?

All in all, decent, but seems like some clashing styles here. The sweetness of the tripel doesn't mesh all that well with the hop content.

Thanks for the chance to try it beerloco!

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Photo of hardy008
3.17/5  rDev -21.7%
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 maximum12
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to beandip for trading me this big old bottle of tripel. Have really enjoyed my previous encounters with the Captain, so looking forward to this one. Split with my wife.

Pours sheer golden, no false advertising here. Only pour about 2/3 of the bottle into our snifters due to the writhing mass of yeast slickering across the bottom of the bottle. Smell follows the bottle too; Belgian sweets & yeasts coupled with a startling shot of hops that echo with tropical fruits.

Xtra Gold Tripel is rife with fruitage. Ripe, heavy tropical fruits are rampant, egged on by the sweet malts, & a sugary sweetness that just doesn't stop. The hops appear & do their Custer act in front of the bum rush of tooth-decaying sugar. Light slap of alcohol.

Man. I love all things sweet. Fill me up with chocolate & maple syrup & ice cream. But this? Just too sweet. Pretty good, but I can feel my dentist laughing every time I take a swig. Too sweet!!

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Skibbo's the other night. I've had Captain Lawernce on tap recently and wanted to try on on bottle as well as their take on the triple style.

A; Poured into on on goblet to display somewhat clear golden amber. Pretty good lacing at first witha one finger white pitted head. The lace and carbonation don't hang around for long and with time on on is cloudy from the side.

S; The nose is on on subtle mix of floral tints combined with broad hop canvass. There are tart fruit elements well in the background of the overall fragrence.

T; Hops hit you throughout the taste. Significant Oregon and Washington hops infleunce in the body. As with American taskes on established styles, the mixture of ingredients, malt in particular are changed around. This tiple has very mild sweetness overall due to the abundence of several types of hops. I was impressed with the control of the bitterness from the hop bevy.

M: .Medium to light mouthfeel and low carbonation. The finish starts off crisp but slides to smooth as this beer warms.

D: Westcoast hoppy take on the triple style. Captain Lawrence's pale ales are ver popular and this creation has some cross pollination to the triple. More spicey and light than the full body and sweeter versions.

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Photo of craytonic
3.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was a gusher, way over carbonated. Popped the cap and 1/4 the bottle was all over the marble. No lacing. Fruity aroma; flavor isn't right for a triple, hops are adding a lont but in the wrong way. Mouthfeel suffers from the heavy carbonation as well, as does the drinkability. Wasn't particularly crazy about this one; give me Curieux.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dear old bottle from the cellar..
The clarity is astounding. Light gold, and I can perfectly read the lettering on the other side of Delerium Tremens glass through the beverage. Sexy lace lingers, sliding down the glass after a pillowy cushion first sat atop the beer.
Hoppy aroma, for sure. Citrus and spice, some bready malt.
Nice flavor, the malt profile is definitely falling a bit short, the alcohol bringing it, but the hops and phenols bring some excitement and spiciness. A little peppery. Needed just a little more sweetness/body to bounce the flavors.
A pretty good beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rlmartin for the brew.

A - It looks like an extra-gold Tripel. Good head and lace.

S - The aroma is decent; it is very lemony and grassy with some mineral notes, and not hugely Tripel-like. There is a minor presence of an unwelcome alcohol-chemical-other aroma.

T - Huh. I love Tripel, and was very excited about this one. It seemed like a 'can't-miss', especially in view of how outstanding Golden Delicious is. I am underwhelmed though. Very grassy, and somewhat barrel-pickly, though I don't know if it saw a barrel... I am cool with it, but it is not exceptional. Also has weird floral characteristics more suitable for Saison.

M - Well-carbonated disappointment.

D - This is a good beer, but by no means great. Drink a Straffe Hendrik Brugse Tripel instead; you'll thank me.

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Photo of HopHooligan
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden hazy color, a ton of lacing and a huge amount of foam when poured.

S- A lot of pepper, with a citrus smell probably lemon

T- Lemon taste upfront, similar to a Belgian. Not too much malt taste, mostly a grassy hop.

M- Smooth, medium to heavy body. Low carbonation that sticks around.

D- Smooth again and light for a such a strong beer. I'm not crazy about Belgians and this one is very similar, so I could have a glass but that's probably it.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Risser09
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into a snifter - fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with lots of lively carbonation. The cream colored head rises 1" tall and shows great retention. Lots and lots of sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: Powerful spice from the Belgian yeast. Readily hopped with the mentioned Amarillo. A bit of a citrus and floral hoppiness. Very heavy pale malt aroma.

Taste: A pinchy spiciness come right off the bat. A big dose of Belgian yeast, pepper and booze. Slight banana and pale malt flavors. A weird mineral booze flavor in the finish. Some hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and boozy are two words that would perfectly describe this ale. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. It foams all the way down.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew. It needed to be a little more delicate with the spice and alcohol as they do get cloying. Not terrible.

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Photo of largadeer
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold with a big and fluffy three finger head that quickly settles into a quarter-inch cap. The head leaves behind sheets of sticky lace as it recedes. Nearly perfect.

Smell: Mild herbal hops, lemon and green apple, a hint of alcohol.

Taste & mouthfeel: Flavors of bitter citrus rind, green apple and earthy hops. Dry in the finish, a bit soapy, with moderate bitterness sticking to the palate. Definitely hoppier than the average tripel, but the earthy/herbal hop flavor doesn't really work with the style. Interesting but not very impressive.

Notes: Not sure what the big deal about this one is. Decent stuff, but nothing special.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to ShogoKawada for the hook-up. Poured from a 750mL capped bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Large upthrust of foam upon carefully popping the cap, and the initial pour fills the glass half-way with ivory suds. The head is active and recedes rapidly to a lasting finger of uniform froth. Liquid is initially clear and pale, but becomes more of a burnished gold with subsequent pours. Thick balloons of lacing coat the glass.

Dank resinous hops waft out from the glass - cellar or well-like aromas emerge, tinged with intermittent grapefruit, and white pepper. A little malt character shows up as the beer warms.

Sweet-tart palate entry, with a moderate but growing bitterness that is citrus-laden and herbaceous. Amarillo adds it's specific character. Lots of grapefruit, but also lemongrass, white wine grapes, aspirin, and Japanese citrus. Some light rock candy and lavender or vanilla notes as well. Finishes bright and dry, with a phenolic/peppery aftertaste.

Effervescent yet crisp; slightly hot at moments from the alcohol - though this character is fleeting.

I'm not sure this is an entirely successfull marriage of styles, as I'm left prefering an IPA or a Tripel on their own merits - none the less, it is a tasty hybrid if you can put expectations out of your mind (particularly if you are a hop-head who can enjoy Belgian styles - though perhaps less so if you are the other-way-around).

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Photo of Dope
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A cloudy pale golden-orange. Enormous frothy white head. Retention is excellent as the head sticks around for an almost annoying amount of time. Decent lacing too. It's so highly carbonated that the bottle itself is bubbling over after a few minutes of sitting open.

S: Wonderful orange and lemon aroma backed with lots of tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, apricot and peaches perhaps? Hint of belgian yeast with some banana. Quite sweet, almost honey-like. Great crisp, fresh fruity smell.

T: Up front, lots of tropical fruit and honey. Followed by a big yeast hit and then it's all funk. Quite tart and extremely drying. It's a shame, the appearance and smell is so nice, but it turns out to be a funky mess. I was expecting more of a nice hoppy tripel.

M: Excessive carbonation. Tart and drying.

O: Not a fan of funky beers and I drainpoured it. Really a bummer because it seemed like it was going to be halfway decent. If you like funky beers you will probably love it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lemony gold with a Belgianesque amount of carbonation rushing up to what isn't exactly a Belgianesque crown. The soft, airy foam is lightly yellowed ivory in color and has a smooth, nearly featureless surface. This isn't the sort of cap that leaves much lace... which is being proven over time. Beer good. Head not so good.

Xtra Gold doesn't smell like a classic tripel due to a hop bill that includes Simcoe, Sterling, Cascade, Crystal and Amarillo. The beer is also dry-hopped with Amarillo. Each inhale delivers a mix of tropical fruit and a funky cheesiness that smells like Cascade left to ferment in the hot sun. It's odd and it's also oddly appealing.

Although this is a respectable attempt at the style, it isn't even close to the world-beater that was expected. In fact, the best American tripels have nothing to worry about. Two problems are harsh overcarbonation and too much bitterness without a corresponding amount of good hop flavor.

The grain bill is 100% Belgian pilsner malt, so there's no major flavor contribution there. More malt would've been great since it would've added some sweetness, counteracted the alpha acids and filled things out a bit. Given the ground clove and white pepper spiciness, it's likely that a true Belgian yeast strain was used.

Most of the flavor comes from the hops. There's as much grassiness as there is fruitiness (lemon, lime and pear). That's hard to figure given the hops involved. Unfortunately, the beer has a tonic water bitterness that needs to be reined in. Only the hopheaded need apply. Even then...

The mouthfeel will be scored on what it became rather than on how it started out. Once most of the bubbles enter the atmosphere, the beer feels pretty decent. It's closer to light than medium, with a moderate slickness that extends the finish a bit.

Overcarbonation might have occured at the time of bottling or it might be due to faulty bottle conditioning. In any case, Captain Lawrence Brewing's Xtra Gold Tripel Ale is a disappointment relative to expectations. Maybe this year's batch will be better.

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Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

EXPLOSIVE!!!! Cracked the crown on this and nearly half the bottle came flooding out all over the counter. Brutally either overcarbonated or infected. Anyway, after about five minutes of letting this one air out, I poured a half glass - lovely golden with a fine white foam atop. Slightly herbal hops, some nice sourish tones (nearly tart apple with hint of lime). Tastes like a tripel with refined tones of yeast and a really pleasant lees creaminess. medium bodied with lighter carb now. Nice beer. Wish it wasn't a brutal gusher.

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Photo of number1bum
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with about a finger and a half of off-white head. It keeps a mostly full lace and leaves a good amount of stick on the sides.

Smell is very hoppy up front, with a floral and citrusy quality. Has a sweetness to it as well, but it smells more like a Belgian IPA than a tripel to me. The fruitiness is distinctly hoppy rather than yeast derived, and although there is a bit of spice too there is little here to scream Belgian yeast at me. It's a pleasant nose, and certainly different.

Taste also has a nice floral, citrus hop flavor, orange-like in particular. Malt sweetness is moderate for a tripel, and is pretty simple, with no candi sugar or anything adding any layering to the sweetness. There is a peppery spice quality to the beer, although that is about all that would indicate a Belgian yeast strain. Like the nose it is pleasant, but it seems awfully simple to me. Some base sweetness and fruity hop flavor, but some more complexity would really be nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but at 10% I certainly expected more heft. Pretty dry in the finish, and not as creamy or rich as many tripels. It's a bit too thin for the style in my opinion.

This is a bit of a tough beer to review, because it's not a typical tripel, but it wasn't intended to be. Still, I expected it to resemble a tripel a bit more, while adding some hop character. Instead it doesn't bring the sweetness and yeast complexity that I had expected. It drinks as a pretty simple beer, which is why even if I blur style guidelines in my mind it still is just a good one and doesn't really come very close to being great. Regardless of style, more complexity would have been nice, particularly if it were yeast derived. A pretty good beer, but there are better American made tripels out there.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This ones a gusher! looks hazy stray yellow with some light amber in there too. Head is very big with great retention. smaller lacing left

S- Bready yeast with some lemon and a hint of alcohol

T- Much like the nose. Sweet throughout with a lot of lighter citrus like lemon and bready yeasy. A sweet ping hits at the end on the finish which is pretty dry.

M- lighter mouthfeel with much carbonation. the finish leaves my mouth dry

O- I'm not a gigantic fan of Tripels to begin with. Not a bad beer by any means but im not too interested in the style

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Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green 750 mL capped bottle, not sure on vintage, but purchased January 2009. Poured into a snifter.

A unique take on an "American Tripel" that doesn't quite hit the mark in regards to both flavor and body. Appearance is average, pale and cloudy golden with a short lasting cream head. Aroma is sweet, solvent and tonic-y. Age has taken edge off the hop bitterness but the hops are still much more present than expected for the style and provide some of the sweetness. Flavors of ripe fruit, apple, pear, lime, some tropical flavors and a lingering dry and sweet finish. Hard to get an objective take on the body and mouthfeel with the extremely sharp, fine carbonation. Alcohol is still present and warming throughout even with the at least year age. Despite the negatives, I still found this to be an interesting blend of flavors but this is the most disappointing beer I've had from CL so far.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer is a bit of a conundrum for me.
appearance is nice, but not standard for a tripel. its very golden and pretty, but nearly no head, and just not what i expect. its not a bad thing, just not "standard" i guess.
smells like yeast and bread.
theres a substantial carbonation that rings " not tripel" but its not enough to drive me away. i enjoy the brightness and vibrance that this beer brings. i just cant get away from the difference that the ABV screams tripel, but the mouthfeel and taste screams "not so much".
overall nice, but may have to revisit.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Order on tap at Spuyten Duyvil. I had had xtra gold out of the bottle before and had remembered liking it very much which prompted me to give it a go on tap. I must say though I was slightly let down.

Poured into the glass a hazy straw gold with a thin white head that went away rather quickly. Super hoppy nose, with a bit of funkiness and some tropical fruits. I remembered the tropical fruits being MUCH more pronounced on the bottled version I had. Somewhat acidic on the palette with a bit of spiciness. The taste is dominated by the hops, which are a bit overpowering even to someone who loves hops. A little more sweetness would be appreciated (i think I remembered the bottle being sweeter as well)
Creamish body that leans toward medium, fair to heavy amount of carbonation. Decent mouthfeel.

Over all a decent beer, that I recall being much better in the bottle, I'll have to go back and test a bottle again when i get a chance. For only 5$ a glass at Spuyten Duyvil it's definitely worth a try

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Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
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