Xtra Gold Tripel | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

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213
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371
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
14.32%
 
 
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Photo of lovindahops
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
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 -1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +13.1%
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 +7.4%
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 -11.6%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -9.4%
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%
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 -6.9%
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 +7.4%
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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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into chouffe tulip. $9.99, purchased in Vista, NY.

A- Big fluffy white head on a nice golden body. Takes a second pour to account for the big head.

S- Nice powerful hop blast compliments some sweet citrus fruit, mainly tangerines and lemons. Yeast has some nice spice to it as well.

T- Floral and fruity notes hit the tongue, replaced with a blast of hoppiness. Amarillo? I think I remember reading this is dry-hopped w/ Amarillo. A bit medicinal and earthy yeast notes come through in the finish. Agressively hopped, which does a good job at distinguishing this from others in the style.

M- Great lingering flavors, nice body, high carbonation but not out of place. Well put-together. More dry than sweet, which is what I've been looking for in a tripel.

D- Fairly high. Boozy, but very tasty. This one'll sneak up on you, as it's a pleasure to drink. I'll be buying more when I go back to NY. One of the better US tripels I've come across, avoids being too sweet or syrupy. I r-e-a-l-l-y like this beer, and was surprised at how high it scored when the dust settled.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dear old bottle from the cellar..
The clarity is astounding. Light gold, and I can perfectly read the lettering on the other side of Delerium Tremens glass through the beverage. Sexy lace lingers, sliding down the glass after a pillowy cushion first sat atop the beer.
Hoppy aroma, for sure. Citrus and spice, some bready malt.
Nice flavor, the malt profile is definitely falling a bit short, the alcohol bringing it, but the hops and phenols bring some excitement and spiciness. A little peppery. Needed just a little more sweetness/body to bounce the flavors.
A pretty good beer.

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Photo of stimulus
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden with a light white head that leaves light lacing.
S: Grapefruit and tangerine. Sweet aroma.
T: Orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Sweet aftertaste.
M: Full body, good carbonation, and crisp finish.
D: Wow, definitely doesn't taste like 10% abv. More than drinkable. Doesn't have the typical banana and clove tripel taste, but it works quite well the way it is.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Rattle & Hum NYC

cellphone notes

appearance: served in an unbranded tulip, hazy golden-orange with a healthy beige pillowy head

smell: tropical fruit, citrus hops, pineapple, sweet grapefruit zest, sweet belgian yeast

taste: Really liked this one - great profile of tropical fruits - pineapple, mango, grapefruit, starfruit. White pepper, sweet yeast, corriander, clove and a light alcohol presence balance this one out. The hopping works well in this one - give me more

mouthfeel: sweet, medium body

drinkability: good

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Photo of maximum12
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to beandip for trading me this big old bottle of tripel. Have really enjoyed my previous encounters with the Captain, so looking forward to this one. Split with my wife.

Pours sheer golden, no false advertising here. Only pour about 2/3 of the bottle into our snifters due to the writhing mass of yeast slickering across the bottom of the bottle. Smell follows the bottle too; Belgian sweets & yeasts coupled with a startling shot of hops that echo with tropical fruits.

Xtra Gold Tripel is rife with fruitage. Ripe, heavy tropical fruits are rampant, egged on by the sweet malts, & a sugary sweetness that just doesn't stop. The hops appear & do their Custer act in front of the bum rush of tooth-decaying sugar. Light slap of alcohol.

Man. I love all things sweet. Fill me up with chocolate & maple syrup & ice cream. But this? Just too sweet. Pretty good, but I can feel my dentist laughing every time I take a swig. Too sweet!!

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Photo of scottfrie
2.62/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into North Coast Brother Thelonious goblet. Big thanks to craytonic for this one.

A: Pours a hazy orange tinted gold with a surprisingly fizzy off-white head that quickly bubbled away into a faint film that eventually disappeared leaving me with a glass of apple juice looking liquid. Not very impressive as far as tripels go. Where's the denseness, retention and lacing?
S: Light golden fruits with a decent punch of hop. Grainy malty undertone and vapory medicinal alcohol come through as well.
T: Spicy and fruity but not very tripel like. There is a faint amount of clove, and bigger notes of pepper, but other than that I'm not picking up much yeast. Instead there is a ton of hops and even a note or two of caramel in the finish. I pick up vinous notes of grapes as well.
M: Too much prickly carbonation. It's not harsh but it's too reminiscent of seltzer water carbonation and isn't nearly soft or creamy enough. Medium-full body is slick and a tad oily. Alcohol is phenolic and a bit medicinal.
D: I was disappointed with this one. Not a terrible beer, but a pretty mediocre example of the style in my opinion. The carbonation was especially off. Below average.

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

a: poured into a westmalle chalice, the beer is a bright, rich golden in color, topped with a thin coating off bone-white carbonation

s: amarillo hops give aromas of orange and tangerine on a very nice tripel base - white grape, kiwi, pepper, and spicy belgian yeasts, the hops ride on the surface but don't become overwhelming, and it seems like CL has accomplished what they were going for here

m: carbonation on the lively side, a touch prickly, with a light-medium body

t: unfortunately, the American-ized hopping that worked on the nose isn't so welcome here, a bitter citrus peel comes in quick and really disturbs what seems to be a nice beer, covering much of the subtlety, bitter lime, some white grape, pepper, yeasty, mineral dry - borderline astringent, light pils grain the only malt flavor, this would be a nice hop profile in some other application, but it's out of place here

d: despite stylistic flaws, it's an interesting beer and drinks pretty well given the abv, worth a one-time purchase

750 from Manchester Wine, Manchester, CT

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

Had on tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY. Served in a tulip glass. This might be my first tripel review so take it with a grain of salt.

Look: pours a golden, light orange color with a pretty solid head that retains well and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. Its a little hazy but not that much.

Smell: smells very good. There's some sugar sweetness, a little malt, and a good deal of hops. There's some resin, grass, and fruity hops in there. There's a little chalkiness from the yeast also. I can't really smell the alcohol.

Taste: follows the nose well. All the flavors from the nose are there plus some additional fruitiness. I also get some spices but my palate can't really tell them apart.

Feel: pretty surprisingly full bodied. The finish is a little dry. The carbonation is spot on as well.

Drink: I could have sessioned this but at 10% I would've been dead in no time. Very easy to drink.

Overall, this was a very good beer and I'm happy to have tried it. Captain Lawrence continues to impress me and I recommend trying this out as soon as you can. Worthy. Cheers!

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Photo of taigor
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with minimal head that quickly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Hops upfront with citrus scent and some spices.

T - Fruits and yeast with slight tones of spices and nuts.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Decent tripel with a well hidden abv so be careful. Would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of number1bum
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with about a finger and a half of off-white head. It keeps a mostly full lace and leaves a good amount of stick on the sides.

Smell is very hoppy up front, with a floral and citrusy quality. Has a sweetness to it as well, but it smells more like a Belgian IPA than a tripel to me. The fruitiness is distinctly hoppy rather than yeast derived, and although there is a bit of spice too there is little here to scream Belgian yeast at me. It's a pleasant nose, and certainly different.

Taste also has a nice floral, citrus hop flavor, orange-like in particular. Malt sweetness is moderate for a tripel, and is pretty simple, with no candi sugar or anything adding any layering to the sweetness. There is a peppery spice quality to the beer, although that is about all that would indicate a Belgian yeast strain. Like the nose it is pleasant, but it seems awfully simple to me. Some base sweetness and fruity hop flavor, but some more complexity would really be nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but at 10% I certainly expected more heft. Pretty dry in the finish, and not as creamy or rich as many tripels. It's a bit too thin for the style in my opinion.

This is a bit of a tough beer to review, because it's not a typical tripel, but it wasn't intended to be. Still, I expected it to resemble a tripel a bit more, while adding some hop character. Instead it doesn't bring the sweetness and yeast complexity that I had expected. It drinks as a pretty simple beer, which is why even if I blur style guidelines in my mind it still is just a good one and doesn't really come very close to being great. Regardless of style, more complexity would have been nice, particularly if it were yeast derived. A pretty good beer, but there are better American made tripels out there.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL bomber poured into a Snifter

Picked this up from the Finger Lakes Beverage center in Ithaca, NY as part of a binge resulting in extra baggage. Was excited to see that the Captain had started bottling ... (hopefully Six Points will follow suit soon).

A: Cloudy hay colored, with lots of thick head.

S: Sweet with citrus notes. Lots and lots of malts there.

T: Wonderful aromotic fruitiness up front, sweetness picks up in the middle and falls into a leafy, rich grassiness. Finish is citrusy and flowery.

F: Thick, rich, good as it opens up.

D: Yum! What is most striking about this beer is that although it changes drastically in flavor as the temperature rises (the peaks and valleys becoming more and more dramatic with each degree), it's damn damn tasty throughout the spectrum. Served it around 40 degrees (a bit cold), and drank routinely up through room temperature. Awesome beer the whole way up.

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Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.
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