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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 08-14-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
373
Reviews:
213
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
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66
Gots:
56
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Ratings: 373 |  Reviews: 213
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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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 SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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 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 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 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 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 zestar
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

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 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!

Excellent!

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