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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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great Captain Lawrence, this yummy hybrid of a bitter IPA and yeastiness looked good, smelled good, and tasted great. So what the person I shared this with and supper thought it overly hoppy and likes sweeter Belgiums. More for me. Very drinkable.Creaminess from the yeast, which starts sweet and then gives a good controlled bitterness from the tasty Amarillo.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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 brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot with a gargantuan, Belgianesque head that satisfies the most discriminating lacist

Smell: Like a trip to the West Indies, tropical fruit smells dominate the aroma with starfruit, passion fruit and mango, as well as citrusy grapefruit, lemon and lime; a bit of bubblegum nods to the Belgians

Taste: Biscuity malts are quickly subsumed by the tropical fruit and citrus flavors found in the aroma, along with a bitter, medicinal element that I often find in Amarillo hopped beers; after the swallow, the sweeter Belgian malt elements balance out the fruit and the yeasty spices add a peppery element as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: I have been sitting on this bottle for a year (maybe two), which I imagine has reduced the hoppy bitterness a notch; perhaps that adds to the enjoyment as a lot of the fruity complexity is able to join with the bitterness; neverthelss, this is not a beer that is highly drinkable in quantity as the fruit and citrus tend to wear out the tastebuds after a while

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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 Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Beerlando: Poured a deep golden and lightly hazy color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of Amarillo hops with a medium sweet malt base with some light fruity ester. Taste is also dominated by some light fruity ester with some medium-sweet malt base and a hoppy finish which kind of detract from the fine mal base. Full body with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting and different take from the classic Belgian style but in the end the finish is too dry and hoppy to raise this beer to classic level.

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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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow with some wispy cloudiness. It had a small, bubbly white head of foam. It left a little soapy residue as it receded.

S - The was some phenolic funk present with some of the usual tripel aromatics like spices, grains and fruits.

T - Sweeter than most tripels it still has a touch of the funkiness that came through in the aroma. Fruity notes of apple and pear. Some citrus fruits, too.

M - It had some good bite on the tongue and finished exceptionally dry. A medium bodied ale with some alcohol heat.

D - This is a solid tripel. Not as spicy as I like but still quite good.

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into mini snifter.

Pours a light yellow off white heat. Color is a slight hazed straw yellow.

Aroma: tons of spices, pepper, lemons and lots of grassy hops. Some yeast notes.

Taste: Lots of dry earthy hops. Spice notes again. Pepper and lemon stick out. Some yeast notes. Not a big fan.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy feeling to it, kind of dry as well. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends extremely dry.

Overall, I am glad I am splitting this one with friends. I could hardly finish my glass of this. It just wasn't my type of triple.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on a perfectly clear, golden body. The head settles pretty quickly and leaves average lace on the glass.

S - Thick, bready malt with some fruity yeast notes of pineapple and pear as well as a touch of pepper and clove in the background.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front with some red apple and pear notes. A more spicy yeast character comes out in the middle with pepper and clove as well as a bit of lemongrass. Finishes with more clove and a hint of basil as well as bready malt and pear.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is an unusually nice example of the style especially coming from an American brewery. The yeast character is as complex and appropriate as any Belgian brewed Tripel with plenty of thick malt to back it up. It is sufficiently dry to keep it drinkable and there is just a touch of herbal hop character in the background to balance things.

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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 superspak
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle date. Violent gusher upon opening, but I did not lose very much of the beer. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice fluffy 2 finger off white head with fantastic retention and reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some decent lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge lemon zest, clove, orange zest, pear, pepper, grass, light biscuit, and yeast spices. Damn nice big citrus forward aromas. Taste of big lemon zest, pear, pineapple, apricot, orange, pepper, clove, grass, biscuit, tart grain, and spicy yeast. Lingering notes of citrus, pepper, pear, yeast spices, tart grain, and clove on the finish for a while. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that drinks pretty easily for being 10%. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden; with hardly any warming on the finish noticed. Overall this is definitely an excellent Tripel; with big fruitiness and nice flavor balance.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A minor eruption causes me to pour fast and a huge 1/2 glass head rises up and fades with a messy Belgian head over a super hazy peach orange beer.

N: A Belgian tripel nose with B malts, light spices, little sweetness and booze, light fruit, juicy fruit too, little citrus fruit, orange peel, light creamy.

T: Creamy malts alstart with lots of Belgian malts, some light spices with tripel flavors, chest malts, some sweetness, a strong booze taste and almost mouth burn. Light fruit, little citrus and juicy fruits, and touch of apple.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of hot booze and lots of carbonation.

F: Finishes with a lingering hot booze with spicy booze. Some sticky sweetness but mostly dry. Some lingering Belgian malts and tripel like flavors. A slight rustic flavor too.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bold and brash with spicy and peppery yeast, tropical fruit, a splash of alcohol, and soft candy, Captain Lawrence's Xtra Gold takes no prisoners!

The bottle opens with a crack, but doesn't foam any further than halfway up the neck. Carefully poured from a long-standing bottle it pours a surprisingly clear golden-orange considering that it's bottle-conditioned and fairly well carbonated. The head is amazing. It puffs up like a marshmallow and holds seemingly forever, leaving great soft pillows of lace about the goblet.

In the nose it's gently candyish, sweet but not sugary, and lightly malty before the spicy and lightly chalky yeast swirls in, tempting you. Resinous, sublimely grassy and fruity hops thread their way through. A suggestion of damp straw and wood gives it some depth before the fruitiness rises with berries, fresh-cut lightly yellow apples, pears, some white grape, and a far-off breeze of orange, pineapples, papaya, and mango; and as you lower the glass from your nose you pick up a flicker of alcohol.

The body is medium to medium-light, and it's remarkably creamy and smooth where you would expect it to be crisp and bristling... what a perfect natural carbonation!

The flavor is as the nose suggests, but fuller. It's nicely balanced with just enough sweetish and candy-like malt to balance the spicy and peppery yeast (think Chimay Cinq Cents on draft but softer). There's an undercurrent of vanilla, and soft fruits in the background as well. Even some raisin!


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Photo of nathanmiller
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Xtra Gold is a very powerful beer, and much more delicious than one would expect with a cheesy name like "Xtra." Nonetheless, it is high quality and worth a glass.

Appearance: Beautiful gold (they aren't kidding) with a nice head. Really clear, even radiant.
Smell: This is the biggest downside of the beer; the smell is a little sharp and doesn't betray the tastes that lie within. Nonetheless, it's not terrible either, and the 10% ABV means that you get over it pretty quickly!
Taste: Again, delicious. Very strong but well balanced (despite the high alcoholic content, not very alcohol-y) and full of interesting flavors. Definitely some fruity aromas on the taste.
Mouthfeel: Good. Departs quickly but lingers slightly. Very balanced.
Drinkability: Pour me another please!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a clear gold, with about a finger of poofy off-white head. Retains with a thick soapy look, just slathering the sides of the glass with thick lacing. The aroma is alive in the nose with candy, bread, yeast, and fresh blast of American hops, which give this lively notes of floral character, spice, and citric fruits. Just a smidge of warmth gives the flavors a bit of a fume feel in the nostrils.

The Amarillo hops in the taste are used to great effect here, with the biting spice and zesty fruit of them nicely playing against the bread and candied feel of the Tripel. The biscuits and citrus especially work well together here, while yeast and spice add a fair bit of intenseness to the dryness of the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a certain amount of sharpness to middle section of body before getting more slick feeling on the edges of the swallow from the hop oils. Very mellow feeling overall in the mouth and I am honestly not picking up very much of that 10% ABV in the feel at all. This has a very well hidden alcohol content here.

Nice! I like a good surprise one in a while and this one really shocked me with how good it was. Well balanced, with a fresh hoppy vibrancy to it, and a killer feel and drinkibility for the size. I'm glad that this is one of the easier Captain selections to find, I'll definitely be revisiting this again in the future.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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 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 mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderful 750ml bottle that I was lucky enough to acquire in a trade recently. I had been wanting to try some of these more delicate beers from Captain Lawrence and I got my wish here. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/01/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich amber in color with a light cloudiness to it. A good sized head of white came up over the top and settled down nicely into a small layer of foam across the top. Some light carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was very nice and very complex. Light grain in the base and then a blast of sour notes coming through. Very, very nice. Light apples, pears, peaches, hints of anise and lovely earthy notes coming throughout. THe flavor was clean, crisp, sharp. Alcohol was totally hidden here beneath of blanket of nice fruit and light spices. Smooth finish here left a subtle tartness in the mouth and a really nice light grain flavor and a hint of green apples. Smooth mellow carbonation and a really fine finish,

Overall for a triple, this was fantastically drinkable. No hints of alcohol at all and really just amazingly complex. I would love to try this one on tap as I heard it is mind blowing. This is one that needs to be sought out!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Belgium comes to Cooperstown '09, served chilled in my tulip, approximately the 2nd beer of the day.

A - A hazy golden like mango nectar w/ a quickly dropping white head with very fine bead

S - very pleasant nose w/ plenty of citrus/orange scented hops. There is a slight acrid odor of rind and yeast which seems to give a spice aspect to the aroma

M - A mix of herbal and sweet with a warming alcohol feel, The texture while sweet is also dry with mild bitterness from the hops as it finishes

T - A fierce tropical fruit upfront with mild banana sugary taste followed by strong alcohol and spiced yeast notes. The flavor of other tropical fruit like papaya and pineapple are hinted at with tinges of lemon rind and mild hops are there as it finishes

D - A nicely hopped Triple, the American hops do nothing but help add dimension to a trully strong almost boozy tripel. I enjoyed the beer but would have to take my time if consuming a bottle.

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Photo of billab914
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured a bright golden color with a big fluffy white head. The head settled but left some very good lacing on the glass.

The aroma a citrus, lemon zest like smell to it along with some fruity, spicy Belgian yeast flavors. The taste has the same lemony citrus found in the nose along with the fruity, spicy yeast flavors as well. The citrus comes through up front with some good tropical fruit like flavors. The yeast gives it a slightly peppery flavor in the finish with some hints of cloves and allspice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice drinking Belgian inspired beer. The citrus and fruit flavors went very well with the Belgian yeast flavors and helped make it more drinkable. Probably one of the best Triple's I've had so far.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the brewery atr the cdc release. Poured from a 750 ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a bright golden color with high carbonation evident and one finger of fluffy white head. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grain, spices, bananas, fruity malts, and light floral notes.

t - Tastes of bananas, light fruity malts, spices, yeast, bready malts, and hints of alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV.

d - A pretty nice beer. I didn't think it smelled or tasted too much like a tripel, but it had some notes of that style in each. Lots of bananas, citrus, and fruity malts. Would try again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to scootny for this one. Pours a foggy gold with a thin white head. Nose is spiced with some citrus and a pleasant tone of alcohol. Lemon is definitely there. Flavor is spiced and funky. Slight alcohol. It's pretty tangy. Nice feel to it. Good liquid body and a biting and distinct carbonation. This is a nice tripel. It's a bit hot, but still well made.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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 jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours a white foamy head that is almost all head - reminiscent of Duvel, but foamier - but tightens to reveal a hazed golden body. The head diminishes to a thin cover, leaving some dotted lacing.

The smell - isn't Belgian - label is correct - Lemony, citric, slightly resiny hops (Amarillo is used) greet - make that assault - the nose. Yet, there is something Belgian-esque about it. New York greets (overtakes?) Belgium - hop presence stands out, making it a unique "tripel". Okay - style is out of the picture - American unvention with some Beligian-esque - enough spiciness to broadly fit in with "Belgian Tripel" will do...

The taste - despite the aroma, is very sweet upon the first sip - I'm assuming Belgian sugar is used. Bitterness soon overtakes it, and lasts. Resiny, lemony, grapefruity with a bite that could come grom the hops just as well as from the alcohol. Bitterish with sweetish undertones persist. Grassy notes with pear and apple mix in. There is some vanilla in the aftertaste. Complex, and changing with each sip. Finishes dry.

Can't say I'm crazy about the feel. Swishy and highly carbonated, hitting a thinnish medium. Not crazy about it, but it seems to work well enough here, possibly adding to drinkablility.

Drinks (too?) well. While thiere is a slight alcohol bite, it doesn't show its true abv intil the tongue gets numb - even after slow-sipping - half-way through the bottle. This is interesting. Not a true example of a tripel, but, it wasn't meant to be. An American invention, with a nod to the Belgians, as claimed on the label. Doesn't matter. It's so unusual, and changing, that my written notes are in a mess. It's one of those that I like more for its uniqueness/inventiveness that "works" than as something I would regularly purchase. Unique and interesting. An American twist (in a heavy-handed way) to a broadly fitting in with a Belgian Tripel inspirated brew.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle review 11-22-06

Bottle with Vintage dating (2006 version )
Belgian style large bottle, capped, pours cloudy light, lemony amber, raises an initially huge Duvelesque light tan head, showing fine retentive powers, dissolves very slowly to a ½ inch thick film, lively carbonation continues to send bubbles rising to the top, and leaving thick gobs of sticky lacing. Bold nose of citrus infused hops. This is simply a delicious brew, hoppy/American style tripel is a style made in heaven, at least for my taste buds. Notes here of fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, pears, grapes, all balanced by a healthy jolt of grainy, citric hops.Nutty, yeasty final pour puts this one over the top... Nice, nice, nice…….Got an extra bottle this afternoon to help wash down the Thanksgiving Turkey and fixins. Drop what you are doing and get over to the good Captains to secure yourself a few bottles of this complex, well crafted elixir!

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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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