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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Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I opened the bottle of Xtra Gold on my coffee table, turned around to grab a glass and within a minute the carbonation had overflowed the bottle and onto the table. The bubbles continued to foam out and over the bottle and make a horrible mess of my coffee table.

The rest of the experience with the Xtra Gold was great! Very flavorful, complex, and delicious! The best Captain Lawrence brew I've had yet!

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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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4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml to tulip. Purchased at the CdC release earlier in the year. Sampled 3/18/12.

A: Massive pop upon uncapping. The eggshell colored cap rises to 3 fingers and deflates slowly over a period of a few minutes. A frothy lump remains in the middle and a perfect web of lacing circles the entire glass. The body is golden orange and magnifyingly clear. Lots of carbonation to be seen. Lacing remains proficient.

S: Strong fruity notes of Fiji apple and Bartlett pear with a peachy influence in the background. A cracker-like grain provides the canvas for the hops and yeast to be the focal point. Somewhat rustic. There is a hint of soap and a metallic edge that I'm not fond of, but the rest of the aroma is great.

T: The flavor takes a sudden tropical turn and the peach is even more noticeable. Fruity with a complimenting dusty, rustic nature that works quite well. The hop selection is brilliant. As is the choice in yeast. I particularly enjoy how the estery profile has been reinvented with this Tripel.

M: Medium full with a thick, engaging mouthfeel. The effervescence from the first pour was on the light end, but a softer second pour corrected that problem easily. Sweet from font to middle with a drying backend. Wonderful again.

O: This beer really impressed me. An American Tripel?!?! Would have never guessed...but I LOVE the confidence!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber+ into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy pale yellow with immense overflowing white foam. Gets everywhere. Belgian nose, some candy sugar too. Yeasty. Funky. Taste is a funky blend - citrus (tartness), orange, interesting hop close. Tang resides. Smooths over time.

Complex taste, quite good.

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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 JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold American Tripel Ale

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a slightly clear nice straw golden color with a nice 1 inch white head that has great retention. It seems to stick around forever with some nice sticky lacing notes left behind. (4.0)

Aroma starts off with some earthy grain notes. Bread and some slight toasty wheat. There is also a nice slightly citric hop note with some refreshing orange juice notes. There are some slight spice notes as well as some Belgian-like banana and clove notes from the yeast. Quite refreshing. (4.0)

Flavor starts off with earthy grain, followed by some nice soft and sweet bread notes and then some toasty bread notes. There is an underlain slight citric hop note to the beer that is carried well by some nice spice and clove notes. There is some nice bready malt notes that work very well with traditional yeast notes and have a nice slight citrus hop backend that makes the beer quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with some nice fluffy carbonation. (4.0)(4.0)

Pretty good Tripel in the American style. I hadn’t had one of these in a while and this was one of my gateway styles. Very nice to see it still alive. (4.0)

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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 spicelab
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber generously shared by MrKennedy with mulder1010 and I.

Hazed apricot with a healthy white head that laces well.

Nose is an intriguing coming together of tropical and sour citrus elevated by sweaty, savoury hop character. Bright pithy notes and spicy herbs make it rather busy, but it all seems to gel well.

Sour citrus, cut grass and bitter pith leads the taste, with just enough sweetness from pear and clove ester notes and some pale malts. A touch of medicinal, plasticy character mars an otherwise excellent palate.

Quite light-bodied for the ABV. Moderate carbonation and tartness with a suitably dry finish.

Impressively constructed and complex Tripel which I would definitely buy again if the opportunity presented.

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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 schlimenhaumer
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude. This one unexpectedly exploded on opening, but fortunately the majority stayed in the bottle.

A: Pours a hazy dark honey color with a huge prickly white head that leaves a bit of spotty lacing on the glass. There's a noticeable amount of yeast in suspension on this one. Looks appealing.

S: Prominent sour fruit notes up front reminiscent of sour grapes come along with funky yeast notes. Faint citric hops in the background.

T: Starts with the complex yeast notes you'd expect of a Belgian tripel, then gives way to the sour grape-like character from the nose. Hop notes add some nice bitterness on the finish, and I get a bit of sweet apples on the aftertaste. This is unlike any tripel I've tasted before, and it seems very appropriate of Captain Lawrence to label it an "American Tripel" -- while it's unique, it's very well balanced.

M: Medium-bodied with some prickly carbonation and a cleansing, dry finish. Very nice.

D: This is an excellent example of a beer that respects its Belgian roots while adding a unique American interpretation. It's dangerously easy to drink considering the ABV and the flavors will keep you coming back for more. Highly recommended despite the relatively high price-point.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange with a thick off-white cap of foam. Head billows up to a solid three fingers and slowly fades to a one finger cap that lasts long into the drink. Very active carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top. Thick rings of lace left behind on the glass. One of the best looking tripels I have ever seen.

S - Sweet and peppery with floral hints as well. Belgian yeast is very noticeable in the nose with lots of sweetness mixed with a nice white peppery aroma. As the beer warms I get some fruitiness and even more white pepper.

T - Sweet initially with a light fruitiness and a hint of Belgian candi sugar. Some floral tastes come through mid-drink with a light bitterness underneath. Peppery tastes come in real strong on the finish. Bitterness lingers after each sip but is not overpowering at all.

M - Medium to full bodied with a very sticky feel. Decent carbonation tries to lift the stickiness off the palate but struggles to do so.

O - I really enjoyed this tripel. There are definite true Belgian tripel characteristics in this beer but the bitterness and light fruitiness is very American. An interesting take from a brewery I am really enjoying.

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Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Three and a half fingers worth of tightly packed whimsical white head with a faint rose hue that has loads of chunky bubbles mixed in and sports a rocky top... Stellar retention... Loaded with moderate to quick paced carbonation that rises with abandon... Depending upon the lighting this one appears as either a pale straw color or a faint amber... Perhaps an ever so slight barely noticeable haziness... A good bit of lacing clings to sides of the glass...

S - Lots of grassy hay like notes... Light notes of lemon zest... A touch of funkiness... White pepper... Apricots... Golden raisins... Pears...

T - Lots of grassy notes... A fairly subtle Belgian yeast presence... A slight barnyard funkiness... Lemon zest... White pepper... Light fruity tones - Apricots, pears, apples... Very little sweetness to be found...

M - Medium bodied... Light yet brisk carbonation... A touch of lushness... Delicate throughout... Finishes with a touch of dryness...

D - An exceptional Tripel all the way around... Not my favorite for the style, but quite remarkable none the less... I would gladly purchase another and can recommend with a clear conscience to my fellow BAs...

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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 Chaney
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this one wayyy back, during a time when this one was making its round at Connecticut Ave Wine and Spirits in DC.

I poured this into a DuClaw Colossus snifter, because... it's the only one I have left now that I've broken one of two of my CCB snifters and left the other over at Huhzubendah's place. Dammit!

A: Poured a solid gold color (no surprise there), just a bit of protein haze, with a nice 1/4 finger head that had great staying power.

S: Gloriously citrusy and funky. If I didn't know the style of this thing going in, I would have definitely pegged this as a Saison based on the nose.

T: Once again, the resemblance to a farmhouse saison is staggering. There is even a tinge of sour, lemon-like character, along with a great fresh filtered-water aftertaste. Even the back of this one has a fresh citrus quality that resemble freshly squeezed orange juice. Slightly drying, and with a mild alcohol burn that hit just the right chord.

M: The well disciplined, tameness on the sweet elements was perfect, the carbonation was high for a Tripel, but made this refreshing nonetheless. The lacing was very splotchy indeed.

O: I totally wasn't expecting this to be as good as it was. To date, the best damn Tripel I've ever tasted... seriously.

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Photo of bierdabbler
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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 +1.5%
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 +3.7%
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 -2%
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 -0.5%
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 -9.9%
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 BrewCrew2010
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 -1.2%
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 +2.5%
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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Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
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