Xtra Gold Tripel | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Xtra Gold TripelXtra Gold Tripel
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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

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

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Ratings: 374 |  Reviews: 213
Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A golden amber brew with a large head and nice retention. Lacing is all over the Delerium Tremens glass and the beer is covered throughout the consumption. My subsequent pours introduce yeast and accompaniing cloudiness.

Smell is hoppy and honeyed with tripel maltiness. Faint banana and Belgian yeast esters. A light funkiness, somewhat skunky.

This is like a light Belgian IPA. Taste is sweet malt and hops. The predominant taste is a very good tripel but the hopping is bigger and more assertive. There is a strong honey and grain malt structure. A light pineyness balances it. Light citrus cuts in and takes the pine to the finish. There is faint bubblegum. Finish is very dry and not as hoppy as the body of the beer. A puckering, gently astringent quality leads to light mint and a refrain of the bubblegum along with dry wheat toast and a touch of scones. Alcohol is tucked into a peppery spiciness that never calls attention to itself. There is a bit of heat as you swallow that curves the edges of the tongue just a touch. Well concealed. Feel is actively carbonated with a vivacious filling of the mouth that transitions to a creaminess and quenching swallow.

Drinkability is deceptive. While a tripel and deserving of respectful sipping, the IPA like qualities encourage a bit more gusto. A happy conundrum but beware!

A great one to keep around and change pace from traditional Belgians. Not as in your face as a BIPA and therefore a wonderful surprise for all who partake. Get two bottles as one is a tease.

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Photo of MastaShonuf
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz pint on tap at Little Town in Union Square.

Poured a very clear soft gold with almost no head. The lacing was disappointing as there was no retention on the glass.

Smell was not overly fragrant. Some citrus notes but mostly floral, grain, yeast, and clove.

The taste was surprising for a tripel. Lightly carbonated, some malt sweetness, that dash of clove but a generous heaping of hops up front (which was rather pleasant).

Quit enjoyable tripel. The 10% alcohol was barely evident. This is a well done hop forward beer that went down a little too easy.

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Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold in color with plenty of carbonation and a decent inch of head on the pour. Smell is juicy, citrusy hops and some belgian yeast.
Taste is a perfect balance of belgian and IPA. This is the first of the style that I have thoroughly enjoyed. The hops are very citrusy and work well in this Tripel. Plenty of carbonation and bitterness in the hops that create a wonderful mouth feel. Wonderful beer and you never notice the 10% ABV. I could drink this regularly, very well done and enjoyable.

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Photo of BRYeleJR
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

just released, batch 2.. brown fancy label. 750ml

cloudy yellow with a heart of orange haze. lumpy bubble crust thin atop this brew.. not much to look at, really. subsequent warmer pours draw a bulkier foam, but whatever. can smell the lemony-lime hop/yeast combination from a good foot away. closer analysis yields hollow amarillo sweetness inhabited by the heft of a peppery yeast-flaked, honey drenched belgian bomb. although when i drink, the hop bitterness clearly takes over and masks what sweetness the tripel aspect of this beer would have brought to the table. not to mention it's pretty light bodywise and goes down mad easy.. if you told me this was a B pale ale or even and experimental APA i might believe you. that special dryness that you only get out of belgian yeast strain fermentation is what exists to remind me as the sips finish. even the alcohol content is currently masked by the sharp, fresh bitterness of crystalline green and sticky citrus hops. warmth serves to even out the playing field a bit, and shades of the first (and inferior) batch of XG arise. normally, i like my tripels closer to room temperature, but the chilly exclamation point this beer provides in its current state makes my mouth water, and i feel both refreshed and satisfied by its integrity.

if the capn can improve a batch so furiously from #1 to #2, i can only imagine where they will be in five years.

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Photo of Foxman
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a very slightly hazy bright yellow, damn near gold, and very carbonated. Three fingers of tight white head expand and expand and sustain. Deep shag lacing carpets the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a malted grain berry sweetness is swallowed soon by crisp, estery green apple yeast and the dry citrus bite of Amarillo hops. A cuff of caramel curls around a breeze of alcohol.

Upon tasting, the grain is briefly sweet and then capably tart with a berry fruit and caramel lilt. Edgy crisp esters and dry citrus hops wage an interesting duel that ends with a stiff strafe of alcohol. The hops assert again with a serrated bitterness that joins a mild toasted grain earthiness. The finish is a clean and dry ester and hop bitter holiday. It impresses as complex but it's actually simply enjoyable.

The carbonation is frenetic, the grain is slick, the hops are resinous, and the esters and alcohol cool the palate.

Belgian style IPA or American tripel, it boils down to a basic brew that's blended enough to come off as nicely complex. The hops and yeast are interesting bedfellows. The ABV comes up big, but hey, nothing wrong with a nice-drinking buzz. This is my first Captain Lawrence beer, but rest assured, it will not be my last.

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Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
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 coldmeat23
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a hazy, golden, orange color. Like spring sunshine. A three-finger head of fluffy, white, foam sits on top of it, like a cloud. Retention is very good. Lacing is in broken strands and fairly sticky.

There are big notes of grapefruit that hit me first. These are balanced by the biggest presence of tangerines and sweet oranges that I've ever smelled in a beer. There are hints of pears and white grapes, among other fruit notes, making this one way more fruit forward than I'd expected it to be. There is a big, bready, yeastiness below this. Mild hints of butterey caramel toffees. Nice notes of melons and bubblegum. The sweet fruitiness of this is really impressive and hard to ignore.

The taste follows the nose, for the most part. The huge fruitiness is still here, and it's quite delicious. There is still a big, bready, yeastiness. These are joined by a wonderfully earthy hoppiness, with some light floral notes. A very light touch of bitterness hits you in the finish.
This is a very well balanced beer.

This one is full-bodied with a high level of carbonation. I think, personally, that the bubbles are just slightly too big. This has a good deal of creaminess, but could be even creamier with smaller bubbles and it would definitely be smoother. There is a mild roughness to it, around the edges.

I like tripels alot, and find this one to be quite enjoyable. It's creamy, fruity and yeasty, which are all what I think a good tripel should be.
Well done, Captain Lawrence!

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Photo of jkane101
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught at Beer Table.

Slightly hazy, gold with a slight amber tint.

Nose is yeasty, clove, a bit of candy sweetness and a crisp hop note that hints at pine, citrus, and even mint.

Taste is sweet, spicy, cloves, caramel malt, yeasty breadiness, and a very distinct dry, hoppy mint. Tropical, pineapple. Unique and delicious. Finished dry, crisp minty hop bitterness.

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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 NYR_Rob
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mjtiernan
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of craytonic
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was a gusher, way over carbonated. Popped the cap and 1/4 the bottle was all over the marble. No lacing. Fruity aroma; flavor isn't right for a triple, hops are adding a lont but in the wrong way. Mouthfeel suffers from the heavy carbonation as well, as does the drinkability. Wasn't particularly crazy about this one; give me Curieux.

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Photo of julielynndubee
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, unleashing what is for a short time a massive white head that quickly settles down into a more manageable small but dense layer of foam. Good retention on this smaller layer, with a bit of lacing left behind. Some visual carbonation shoots up through the haze.

Very appealing aromas. Lightly sweet with plentiful fruits- fresh sliced apples and pears, white grapes, a hint of citrus. Some cloves and yeast with a bit of an earthy edge.

I'm really digging what the bold American hops bring to this beer. Loads of fruitiness- golden and tart apples, a few drops of lemon, orange zest, peaches- that match up quite nicely with the yeast and cloves. Some other spicy notes in there, too. Starts off with a powerful honey sweetness, but this begins to dry out toward the swallow, leaving behind some lightly toasted malt flavors, lingering tanginess and a touch of funk. Carbonation seems just about perfect, nice and smooth. The hefty ABV is shockingly well hidden. Quite complex- lots going on, but with smooth transitions between all the flavors.

Overall impression: A fine tripel, and certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Dewey0603
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that I have heard good things about. It pours a cloudy yellow/gold with a gigantic white frothy head that leaves good lacing. The smell is pungent with banana,cloves,citrus scents,wheat,and pepper. The taste is very crisp with a bitter hop and citrus lemon flavor. There are also lemon,pepper,banana,cloves,and some alcohol. The taste is very good and the alcohol is pretty tame,but the citrus flavor is fantastic. The m/f is light for a high octane brew which makes this a very good beer. It's my first from this brewery,but it won't be the last.

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Photo of stevec32
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BeerTruth
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rcielsa hooked me up with this bottle, thanks man.

750 ml. bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a foggy sunset orange hue with a full two finger pillowy white head that slowly dies down to a soft layer of foam. Nice lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty hoppy up front, I guess that's why Scott calls it an "American Tripel". Sweet grapefruit, honey, and yeast in the nose to begin with. Some apple and pear combined with faint pepper and spice as well. Sweet fruit flavors consisting of pear, tangerine, and white grapes at first. Midway the bread-like characteristics emerge with the yeasts and pale malts. Aftertaste is a touch dry with honey, grapefruit, lemongrass and lingering alcohol. Best tasting Tripel that I have experienced by far. Soft medium body with a pleasant carbonation. The 10% abv is hidden extremely well, be careful with this one. I'm not a fan of the style and I haven't tried too many, but this is by far the best overall Tripel I've sampled. I'm thinking because it's hopped up, but hey, that's the hophead in me. Hell of a beer, get your hands on this one for sure.

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Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84% out of 100 with 374 ratings
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