Xtra Gold Tripel | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John on 08-14-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
374
Reviews:
213
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
56
For Trade:
2
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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +6.2%
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 +0.5%
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 polloenfuego
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drewone
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jyacco15
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of poohbearzeccola
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Dicers
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kyjobe
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BvilleBrewGuy
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of captnpete133
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nightwish1094
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bsm80x
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 374 ratings.
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