Xtra Gold Tripel | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
captainlawrencebrewing.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John on 08-14-2006

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Ratings:
374
Reviews:
213
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
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66
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56
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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Cpt. Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet oversized tulip glass, a clear golden color with a full 3-4 fingers of frothy white head, that sank to a thick layer within a few minutes, leaving sheets of lacing on the glass; lively carbonation. Flowery aroma, sweet corn, toasted grains. Taste reflects the aroma, sweet, pale malts, corn, toasted biscuits, stone fruits, herb; notes of chlorine as it warmed. Crisp, clean mouthfeel, quite drying, light-medium body, quite drinkable, but a bit hard to finish. Keep on ice, or share it with a friend!

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Xtra Gold is a very powerful beer, and much more delicious than one would expect with a cheesy name like "Xtra." Nonetheless, it is high quality and worth a glass.

Appearance: Beautiful gold (they aren't kidding) with a nice head. Really clear, even radiant.
Smell: This is the biggest downside of the beer; the smell is a little sharp and doesn't betray the tastes that lie within. Nonetheless, it's not terrible either, and the 10% ABV means that you get over it pretty quickly!
Taste: Again, delicious. Very strong but well balanced (despite the high alcoholic content, not very alcohol-y) and full of interesting flavors. Definitely some fruity aromas on the taste.
Mouthfeel: Good. Departs quickly but lingers slightly. Very balanced.
Drinkability: Pour me another please!

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Photo of billab914
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured a bright golden color with a big fluffy white head. The head settled but left some very good lacing on the glass.

The aroma a citrus, lemon zest like smell to it along with some fruity, spicy Belgian yeast flavors. The taste has the same lemony citrus found in the nose along with the fruity, spicy yeast flavors as well. The citrus comes through up front with some good tropical fruit like flavors. The yeast gives it a slightly peppery flavor in the finish with some hints of cloves and allspice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice drinking Belgian inspired beer. The citrus and fruit flavors went very well with the Belgian yeast flavors and helped make it more drinkable. Probably one of the best Triple's I've had so far.

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Photo of smithj4
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lemony gold with a Belgianesque amount of carbonation rushing up to what isn't exactly a Belgianesque crown. The soft, airy foam is lightly yellowed ivory in color and has a smooth, nearly featureless surface. This isn't the sort of cap that leaves much lace... which is being proven over time. Beer good. Head not so good.

Xtra Gold doesn't smell like a classic tripel due to a hop bill that includes Simcoe, Sterling, Cascade, Crystal and Amarillo. The beer is also dry-hopped with Amarillo. Each inhale delivers a mix of tropical fruit and a funky cheesiness that smells like Cascade left to ferment in the hot sun. It's odd and it's also oddly appealing.

Although this is a respectable attempt at the style, it isn't even close to the world-beater that was expected. In fact, the best American tripels have nothing to worry about. Two problems are harsh overcarbonation and too much bitterness without a corresponding amount of good hop flavor.

The grain bill is 100% Belgian pilsner malt, so there's no major flavor contribution there. More malt would've been great since it would've added some sweetness, counteracted the alpha acids and filled things out a bit. Given the ground clove and white pepper spiciness, it's likely that a true Belgian yeast strain was used.

Most of the flavor comes from the hops. There's as much grassiness as there is fruitiness (lemon, lime and pear). That's hard to figure given the hops involved. Unfortunately, the beer has a tonic water bitterness that needs to be reined in. Only the hopheaded need apply. Even then...

The mouthfeel will be scored on what it became rather than on how it started out. Once most of the bubbles enter the atmosphere, the beer feels pretty decent. It's closer to light than medium, with a moderate slickness that extends the finish a bit.

Overcarbonation might have occured at the time of bottling or it might be due to faulty bottle conditioning. In any case, Captain Lawrence Brewing's Xtra Gold Tripel Ale is a disappointment relative to expectations. Maybe this year's batch will be better.

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Photo of drewone
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderful 750ml bottle that I was lucky enough to acquire in a trade recently. I had been wanting to try some of these more delicate beers from Captain Lawrence and I got my wish here. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/01/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich amber in color with a light cloudiness to it. A good sized head of white came up over the top and settled down nicely into a small layer of foam across the top. Some light carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was very nice and very complex. Light grain in the base and then a blast of sour notes coming through. Very, very nice. Light apples, pears, peaches, hints of anise and lovely earthy notes coming throughout. THe flavor was clean, crisp, sharp. Alcohol was totally hidden here beneath of blanket of nice fruit and light spices. Smooth finish here left a subtle tartness in the mouth and a really nice light grain flavor and a hint of green apples. Smooth mellow carbonation and a really fine finish,

Overall for a triple, this was fantastically drinkable. No hints of alcohol at all and really just amazingly complex. I would love to try this one on tap as I heard it is mind blowing. This is one that needs to be sought out!

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

I had this at Belgium comes to Cooperstown '09, served chilled in my tulip, approximately the 2nd beer of the day.

A - A hazy golden like mango nectar w/ a quickly dropping white head with very fine bead

S - very pleasant nose w/ plenty of citrus/orange scented hops. There is a slight acrid odor of rind and yeast which seems to give a spice aspect to the aroma

M - A mix of herbal and sweet with a warming alcohol feel, The texture while sweet is also dry with mild bitterness from the hops as it finishes

T - A fierce tropical fruit upfront with mild banana sugary taste followed by strong alcohol and spiced yeast notes. The flavor of other tropical fruit like papaya and pineapple are hinted at with tinges of lemon rind and mild hops are there as it finishes

D - A nicely hopped Triple, the American hops do nothing but help add dimension to a trully strong almost boozy tripel. I enjoyed the beer but would have to take my time if consuming a bottle.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the brewery atr the cdc release. Poured from a 750 ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a bright golden color with high carbonation evident and one finger of fluffy white head. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grain, spices, bananas, fruity malts, and light floral notes.

t - Tastes of bananas, light fruity malts, spices, yeast, bready malts, and hints of alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV.

d - A pretty nice beer. I didn't think it smelled or tasted too much like a tripel, but it had some notes of that style in each. Lots of bananas, citrus, and fruity malts. Would try again.

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

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Much thanks to DaSolomon.

This is easily the most clear tripel I've seen. Golden brass yellow, even with a touch of haze showing off a perfect middle column of rising carbonation in the middle, with green hue like edges as well. Big rocking white head with even pinhead bubbles throughout and lots of staying power. Real impressive looking beer.

Real unique nose. Candy like aromas of grass, but not in a Belgian sweet way. Airy and light with a bit of powdered strawberry. Clean. Solid, but doesn't give me the impression this is a tripel.

Palate fills with a crisp wine like refreshment. Almost too crisp in feel as it doesn't have much malt sweetness or dense body. Wine like green grape appeal, and a spicy character. Very hop forward for a tripel almost too much, and the hops actually dominate. Warmth kicks in with multiple sips but not an overpowering alcohol heat.

Overall this is a well made beer, but this isn't the ultimate tripel for myself. Wouldn't turn this down though for a second, and its an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle review 11-22-06

Bottle with Vintage dating (2006 version )
Belgian style large bottle, capped, pours cloudy light, lemony amber, raises an initially huge Duvelesque light tan head, showing fine retentive powers, dissolves very slowly to a ½ inch thick film, lively carbonation continues to send bubbles rising to the top, and leaving thick gobs of sticky lacing. Bold nose of citrus infused hops. This is simply a delicious brew, hoppy/American style tripel is a style made in heaven, at least for my taste buds. Notes here of fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, pears, grapes, all balanced by a healthy jolt of grainy, citric hops.Nutty, yeasty final pour puts this one over the top... Nice, nice, nice…….Got an extra bottle this afternoon to help wash down the Thanksgiving Turkey and fixins. Drop what you are doing and get over to the good Captains to secure yourself a few bottles of this complex, well crafted elixir!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to scootny for this one. Pours a foggy gold with a thin white head. Nose is spiced with some citrus and a pleasant tone of alcohol. Lemon is definitely there. Flavor is spiced and funky. Slight alcohol. It's pretty tangy. Nice feel to it. Good liquid body and a biting and distinct carbonation. This is a nice tripel. It's a bit hot, but still well made.

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Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours a white foamy head that is almost all head - reminiscent of Duvel, but foamier - but tightens to reveal a hazed golden body. The head diminishes to a thin cover, leaving some dotted lacing.

The smell - isn't Belgian - label is correct - Lemony, citric, slightly resiny hops (Amarillo is used) greet - make that assault - the nose. Yet, there is something Belgian-esque about it. New York greets (overtakes?) Belgium - hop presence stands out, making it a unique "tripel". Okay - style is out of the picture - American unvention with some Beligian-esque - enough spiciness to broadly fit in with "Belgian Tripel" will do...

The taste - despite the aroma, is very sweet upon the first sip - I'm assuming Belgian sugar is used. Bitterness soon overtakes it, and lasts. Resiny, lemony, grapefruity with a bite that could come grom the hops just as well as from the alcohol. Bitterish with sweetish undertones persist. Grassy notes with pear and apple mix in. There is some vanilla in the aftertaste. Complex, and changing with each sip. Finishes dry.

Can't say I'm crazy about the feel. Swishy and highly carbonated, hitting a thinnish medium. Not crazy about it, but it seems to work well enough here, possibly adding to drinkablility.

Drinks (too?) well. While thiere is a slight alcohol bite, it doesn't show its true abv intil the tongue gets numb - even after slow-sipping - half-way through the bottle. This is interesting. Not a true example of a tripel, but, it wasn't meant to be. An American invention, with a nod to the Belgians, as claimed on the label. Doesn't matter. It's so unusual, and changing, that my written notes are in a mess. It's one of those that I like more for its uniqueness/inventiveness that "works" than as something I would regularly purchase. Unique and interesting. An American twist (in a heavy-handed way) to a broadly fitting in with a Belgian Tripel inspirated brew.

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Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, pale, golden yellow coloring with a sparse, foamy, white head. Aromas of toasted grains, cut grass, pineapple, mango, pepper spice, and a bready backbone. Flavors are honey and pineapple sweet, with grassy and pepper highlights, floral notes, lemon zest, and subtle piney notes, all on a bready backbone. Full bodied, kept effervesced and crisp with the carbonation and dry endfeel. Aftertaste is fruity and hoppy, lingering on past the dry, crisp finish.

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Photo of Dicers
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger head which finally settles down to some really thick/creamy off-white sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, bready, with some bananna notes, coriander, slight peppery note. The taste is malty, yeasty, bready, nice touch of bananna/coriander/pepper. Medium body. Drinkable, pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Gavage
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a 2"+ merangue like fluffy head. The head lasts forever and streaming bubbles furiously race from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: spicy yeast, citrus, and sugar sweetness are easy to detect.

Taste: malt sweetness is nicely balanced with a grassy and earthy tone. Yeast, pepper, and lemon zest round it out, and alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp at the start, crisp and a touch of dryness at the end. The aftertaste is long on the flavor components.

Drinkability: a wonderful version of a Belgian Tripel that pleases the tastebuds and puts a smile on your face. Noticeable alcohol knocks the score down a notch, but this is still quite easy to quaff. Great beer worth picking up.

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Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 374 ratings.
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