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Xtra Gold Tripel | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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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 bierdabbler
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hunted down a 750mL bottle and poured into pint glasses. Was pretty excited to find since I've had Capt Lawrence at bars but hard to get bottles.

A/S- The lacing stands out, with golden and hazy appearance. Sweet, citrus smell.

T/M- Slight alcohol with lemon and bready taste. Great Tripel, love this beer.

Highly impressed, another quality brew by Capt Lawrence.

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Photo of Sam21
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Received as a gift. No bottle date. Poured into a white wine glass.

Appearance – Slightly hazy orange-gold body with extremely effervescent carbonation making itself known. The head is creamy, healthy, and determined to stick around ‘til the end. Great looking brew.

Smell – Phenolic up front. Tropical fruit and lemon are noticeable as well with a honeyed graham cracker note. Spicy hop character.

Taste – Similarly phenolic with a backing of tropical fruit and malty honey sweetness. Some green apple as well. Finishes bone dry with lingering sweetness. Some fruity/spicy American hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel – Light body with extremely full carbonation. Creamy, filling, and soft. Effervescent. Did I miss something? Great feel.

Drinkability – I didn’t read anything saying this beer has any brett, but there is a definite phenolic funk that screams brettanomyces. Nice malty notes of honey and fruit. Finish is perfect with a balance of spice, funk, and sweet.

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

Poured from a 750mL brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's Wine and Spirits (Ridgefield, CT) for $12.99.

A: Inviting slightly rusty hazy gold with 2-fingers of big bubbled, off-white head with very good retention and generous lacing.

S: Belgian yeasty funk with some medicinal, phenolic, Band-Aidy qualities, lightly bready pale Belgian maltiness with some biscuit, whopping American C-type hoppiness with floral, orange and grapefruit citrus, and loads and loads of resin

T: The typical Belgian yeastiness is present but pretty mild and add tartness, some mustiness, and restrained acidity. The medicinal qualities come on a little strong for me and the Band-Aid character is even stronger in the flavor. The pale maltiness is massive but only contributes a minor amount of residual sweetness and does exactly what it's supposed to do -- provide adequate body on which to allow the yeast and hops character to blaze through with the wrong feel. The C-type hoppiness is very big and works reasonably well with the tartness, but the phenolic and floral, resiny hoppiness are not always a good pairing. It doesn't ruin this beast of a beer by any means, but others are a little more cohesive (Gnomegang, DeRanke XX Bitter, even FD Raging Bitch). This is an ambitious beer that I liked, but I don't think Tripel really does it justice -- how about Belgian DIPA?

M: A very big malty body with light carbonation and a good dose of dryness in the finish.

O: I really liked this beer but wish its flavors had a little more cohesiveness. I think that this beer can really improve with some tweaking of the hops to go a little less citrusy and more floral and to dial down the phenolic, medicinal components. Still, good job Captain Lawrence. Both this and the Reserve IIPA were damn fine brews.

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Photo of TJBurgess
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Aged bottle from 2008-2009 from SteveFinny with green hand-waxing.

A: Boom goes the dynamite! Gusher. Lost a few ounces on this one. I pour it out to a 3 finger, pure white head. Color is murky orange and the head fades fairly quickly. 3.5.

S: Very citrus-y. The base tripel is there, but beneath a light tart, funk, yeasty combination. It works. 4.0.

T: Very smooth yeast and bread combo, slightly lemon zest and a hint of hops. I'm sure the age on this bottle has attributed to that. 4.0.

M: Still a ton of carbonation in this one leading to a medium to full mouthfeel. 4.0.

O: Very enjoyable take on the tripel. In some ways, there was a resemblance to Sofie from Goose island which is probably why I enjoyed this so much. 4.0.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra from joefuzz, split with friends at dinner last night.

Pouring a clear golden color with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a good looking tripel. The nose is quite excellent. Moderately hoppy with some fruity aromatics, I also get some honey, plenty of fruit character from the yeast and a touch of bread. The hops lend a bitterness, while the yeast adds a fresh blend of apples, pears and stone fruit. The palate opens fresh and fruity, with all pears and peaches making this seem bright and vibrant. A bready, mildly straw-like malt character is present, along with a noticeable honey character. Towards the end of my pour, I get a little more of the phenolic character from the yeast. Drying and mildly bitter on the finish with a touch of alcohol, this beer is medium-light in body, with a soft, smooth carbonation. Much better than the barrel aged variant, this is a very good tripel.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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 BrewCrew2010
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy, but a bright golden body, with a frothy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Upfront nose is lemon zest, spices, and Belgian yeast. Also getting cracker-like malts, tropical fruits, and a variety of hops. A nice nose overall.

T: Flavor reminds me of skittles- it's bursting with fruity flavors like pinapple, lemon, and apricot. The sweetness is broken up with bready malts, spices, hops, and white pepper. Dry finish with boozy bite. Nicely balanced and a great Tripel.

M: Light body; high carbonation; creamy almost a buttery mouthfeel.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. I love the hop flavor balanced with all the traditional aspects of a tripel. I would definitely get this again and recommend this to others.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber color beer, slightly hazy. White head that foamed off rather quickly.

S - Topical fruits, belgian yeast, interesting lemon and lime taste with some sourness.

T - Lots of tropical fruits and something that reminds me of amarillo hops. Some sweet belgian yeast, not tons of pheno, pretty smooth.

M - Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

O - Interesting beer, and interesting take on this style. I like a lot of CL beers, this one isn't bad.

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Photo of rwmiscik
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours a brilliant golden color and a bit of swirling and good pour releases amazing smells of what i believe to be a huge amarillo dry hop. The first sip of this beer is amazing as it is like a very hoppy belgian trippel and pretty much kicks you in the mouth between the hops and the booze. This is another wonderful beer from captain lawrence.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following is a review I wrote on the bottle version:

The brewery once told me that this was a liquid gold doubled. I'm not a huge fan of Captain Lawrence's Liquid Gold but I like this beer a lot.

It has a great belgian flavor that's not quite a tripel to my taste but a very good beer nonetheless. Good aroma, great carbonation and belgian lacing. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.


The draft version is as good or better. One of my favorite Captain Lawrence offerings. The brewery is one of the best on the east coast and very adept and both American and Belgian styles. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Whole Foods Bowery NYC, 750ml into a few tulips. Shared with Steve and Josh.

Pours a pale gold, unfiltered several fingers of bright white head. Webbed lacing is left behind and retains its head nicely. Nose has a variety of fruits with nice hopping and a real American feel to it; pear, pineapple, apricot and some slight grassy notes. A bit of yeast and light spicing - probably more of a 4.25, but I'll give this one the benefit of the doubt. Taste is dry initially, mild grassiness and lighter fruit notes as per the nose, solid hop character. More pear and apricot, with a dry and spicy finish. Mild alcohol in the finish. Medium high carbonation, and good drinkability. Interesting and a nice Americanization of the style.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ok, moving onto another Captain Brew that I grabbed from a few weeks ago. So far so good for this brewery. Really skilled brewing... let's give xtra gold a whirl

A- nice, this brew gleams golden rays of color with spotted lacing consuming the sides of the glass. The brew looks very intimidating and inviting at the same time. The hazy look even adds to the brew's characteristics. I am digging ye captain's bounty

S- assault of the previously reviewed tropical fruit with overwhelming.... yet, to die for citrus. There is a candy like scent that is perfectly assigned to following the tripel scents. Some herbs and spices top this off. Very strong and revealing

T- I love this yeast strand! Same citrus and pepper flavors dominate the buttery taste profile. Some uplifting lemony taste blend towards the end. This is the most tasty tripel in the existence of man. Great attributes of the ipa presentation no doubt contribute to this

M- creamy and carbonated. Perfect description for this style

D- I can't believe that I am going crazy about another brew from Captain Lawrence! Xtra Gold is so delicious and drinkable as well. They need to get to Syracuse ASAP!!!

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Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this many times at the brewery...it's a staple at tasting room times, but I decided to review it while I enjoy the bomber I just opened. Been cleaning my house all day, took a break to quench my thirst, and wouldn't you know it...this bottle was peeking up at me from the lower shelf on the fridge door. Big, pure white fluffy head on the pour. It was a little too cold, so it was HUGE. Let it settle, but it's hangin' on. Citrus, hops and booze on the nose...but the fruity component is making my mouth water. Taste is just like the smell. Fruit all the way through, but citrus up front and hops to finish. Nice clean smooth burn of alcohol. This is a fine beer. Captain Lawrence is my friend. Now, back to cleaning....

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Photo of negroobserver
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C: Reddish / Pinkish gold color. In direct light it appears to be a golden lager color.

S: Hoppy. Citrus notes. Fruity.

T: A bit of an apricot flavor. Light malty flavor. Good balance of flavor. Fruity tones in the middle w/ a slight alcohol bite.

M: Smooth. Medium body and weight. Not watery and not to dense, good balance. Medium carbonation. Slight bite on the tongue.

D: Highly drinkable. Good balance of flavors, texture and body.

Overall Grade; B+/A-

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Photo of Kelly88
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my bruery tulip.

A- very beautiful beer. Light goldenrod orangish yellow with a bright white 2 1/2 finger head. Lace galore is assaulting my glass. Appearance sort of reminds me of lemonade.

S- Belgian then Belgian American immigrant. Yeasty presents itself and is gracefully followed by ripe fresh fruit salad. Pineapples mixing with orange juice. Superb.

T- slight hop bite with some Belgian influence. Really sweet fruits burst out and orange juice with a suggestion of alcohol is a wonderful flavor.

M-really fresh feel. Not heavy or burdersome just refreshing. A tight even carbonation is great. I see nothing wrong with this feel.

Overall a well made beer. Great style fusion. I wish I had access to this,if I did it would be in my fridge alot. Complex enough to make you want to sip But refreshing and tasty enough to want to down a whole glass. Great beer

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Photo of Boto
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a clear, straw yellow/golden color. There was a HUGE frothy white head on it that last a while and leaves some lacing. This one has a nice nose to it. Bready and yeasty up front. Some spices and fruits coming through also (lemon and pineapple). Nice silky feel on the tongue. There is a nice balance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malts. Bready, yeasty, hint of pineapple and lemon to go with some spices. Drinks real easy. A nice tripel!

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Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Dreadnaught33
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC a while ago.

A: Golden semi clear color with awesome lacing and a bubbly ring of white head.

S: Very hoppy grapefruit smell with bread notes and a little candy sweetness on top almost even on both ends.

T: Balanced attack in the taste as well with hops and candied tripel typical malt. Belgian dry straw hop profiles with a yeasty middle flavor and a bitter lingering finish. Some kitchen spice like coriander, a little cinnamon, love and nutmeg. Interesting and pleasing bouquet of flavor.

M: Initial taste has an almost acidic hop that fades to mellow malt in the middle and a bitter back. Medium feel.

D: Pretty drinkable for the style for me, as tripels aren't always my favorite. Not too sweet and approachable hop profile. Nice.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ironic that on the week I finally decide to crack this beer - indeed, to take it on the road with me to a legal conference in Northern Virginia and crack it at my hotel room - I happen to find it on cask at a DC restaurant. The bottle thus remains untouched for another day - this one was served on cask in a 10 oz. tulip at Pizzeria Paradisio in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Appearance: Arrives a still peachy golden body, capped by two fingers of tawny, "untouched snow" head - just a really fantastic, still, smooth, crisp looking mound of cream. Retention is superior, and leads to a fantastic amount of dripping, rocky lace. No carbonation of which to speak, though it's not expected.

Aroma: A tropical fruit bonanza greets the nose before the head fades (which takes some nice), but assaults the nostrils once it's gone. Peach, pineapple, mango, and guava run roughshod, like a tropical citrus fruit cup in the way it mingles with golden cane sugar. The American hop presence is also definitely noticeable, coming through as faintly minty and mingling with the fruits to suggest lemon balm or thyme. Very smooth.

Taste: Fantastic. Huge Belgian tripel character - Candi sugar, cloves, and a slew of citrus and other spice - are large up front. It's authentic but also incredibly intensely flavored, enhanced (but also having something taken away from it) by the lack of carbonation and the temperature. Lemon, mango, orange, and pineapple mingle with the spices and a fat Amarillo bill, oily and resinous, with grassy and herbal leafyness complimenting everything beautifully.

Mouthfeel: Oily and thick, I think how well the cask setting works with the flavor profile depends on how much of this beer you've had. It starts off strongly enough - the spiciness of the base beer and the tingly hoppiness of the dry hop addition adding all the prickle and "lift" you need - but eventually, once this one hits perfect room temperature, it becomes a little heavy, thick, and the sugars begin to get to you. Whether that means you should drink it quickly or not order more than 10 oz. if this is your thing, I'm unsure.

Drinkability: A drinkable beer, but a cautionary note (outlined above in mouthfeel) stands. At 10%, this was a sipper that should have perhaps been sipped a little faster, but was also fairly solid at the rate at which I took it. Truly looking forward to cracking the bottled version soon to see both what it looks like with a year or so of age on it (how much of those hops have faded?) and what it's like with actual carbonation. Regardless, a great take on an old favorite.

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

Pours a golden yellow, just a bit hazy with lots of tiny bubbles rising up to an one and a half inches of rocky white head. The head falls to a coating that leaves webs of lacing.

I smell apples, peaches, spice, sourdough, and musty basement. Not as strong of funky as other tripels that Ive had, but good none the less.

The flavors match the nose with a mild funk leading the way, followed by the fruits, and finishing with a light peppery spice.

It has a creamy, medium body with hardly any carbonation. It is slightly sticky.

Alcohol is well hidden. Easy to drink and delicious. Style-wise Id say this lies somewhere between a Saison and a Tripel.

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Photo of CruisaC
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to CharlatanSin for hooking me up with this want.

Poured into my DFH glass

Pours a pleasant golden color with about an inch of foam; saw a recent review that commented about a lack of head but I'm all set here.

Smellys crisp, a little fruity with some apple, peach, but moderately yeasty which fits into this style for me

Taste follows the smell, a lot yeast up front but a good bit of the muted citrus and some mild barnyard

good carbonation that fits with the style

An easy drinker. It's a bit hard for me to come by as I don't get the Captain down here in Cincy but I am impressed with my first offering from them. Will be seeking out some brews in the future.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
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 DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Opaque orange brown color. Two fingers of white creamy head. Good retention and plenty of lacing. Good here.

4.0 S: Smells like a hoppy saison rather than a tripel. Apply funkiness with peaches and clove yeastiness. Citrusy hops in the form of orange, lemon, grapefruit, and a healthy noseful of mango.

4.0 T: Interesting as hell and not too bad either. Again, the taste is like a hoppy saison instead of a tripel. Apple, pear, and peach funkiness as well as a bit of musty basement. Hops are again citrusy with orange, lemon, mango, and grapefruit. Very little tripel to this tripel, except that the yeast gives off some of the associated flavors: clove and black pepper. General yeastiness there too.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess and very smooth. Very good here.

4.0 D: For how yeasty this is, it never got overly bready. The alcohol is hidden really well. Good enough taste and different enough to keep things fresh for me. Overall no problems. Thumbs up for this.

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Photo of morimech
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Not really Belgium in appearance. Really hoppy aroma of citrus. I have a hard time detecting any Belgian qualities in the aroma. Pale malt is the only other player in the aroma. It does smell inviting with the American hops. These American hops dominate the flavor and that hurts the overall score of this beer. The Belgian malt and yeast do their best to overcome the hops but fall short of doing something great. The Belgian qualities do make their appearance near the finish with some nice clove and vinous qualities. Bitterness is very high for a tripel but knowing this is an American intrerpation of the style, it seems appropriate. Medium body with peppy carbonation helps lift this hoppy beer. Overall this beer is a little too hoppy with American hops to work. But at the same time those hops are quite flavorfull and adds it's own charactor.

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Photo of asabreed
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.6 oz. capped bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: A nice and slightly hazy golden color with nice retention and a lot of white raindrops sticking to the bulbous part of the glass.

Smell: Definitely some nice initial earthiness and citrus, as if to say, yes, this is going to be hoppier than a blast of nuanced candi sugar-infused Belgian style. There's a hugely aromatic grapefruit and lemon component, almost lemon candy, but a puckering sense of bitter citrus that comes through, which, for the most part, overtakes the sweetness. But there's some good malt aromas in there, they're just subdued, and I think, working well to balance everything nicely.

Taste: Like the aroma, the stars here are the hops. Juicy, bitter, semi-sweet, they're both candied and hugely puckering, with enough sourness to make this lip-smacking. They make a point on the label to distinguish this as an American Tripel, and this is certainly so. But here, more than the aroma, is the evident caramel and earthy sweetness going on, after the hops kind of slide into the malt flavors almost effortlessly, which speaks to the quality and balance of the craftsmanship. A lingering, almost honeyed quality to the malts combines nicely for a long finish with the nuanced bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: For a heavy-bodied brew, the use of concentrated carbonation limits any semblance of cloying that would otherwise be going on. Almost champagne-like, this thing gets better as it warms, and, not surprisingly, loses none of the carbonation that keeps contributing extremely well.

Drinkability: At around $10, this is a pretty awesome sipper. I feel like I may have recently had a brew like this -- not an overly hopped American version of the style, but something that's less heavy on the Belgian characteristics but still imparts enough to give full credit to the original style. Another stellar brew from a brewery that I continue to be impressed with.

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Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 374 ratings
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