Golden Delicious
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
3.9 | pDev: 13.85%
Jan 24, 2021
Feb 01, 2008
Very Good
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Notes: Triple Aged In Apple Brandy Barrels
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Rated: 4.18 by BNoble4Life from New York

Jan 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Canned 10/16/20

This seems like quite an interesting concept. As far as BA tripels go, I've only had Curieux, which I was not a huge fan of. The fact that this was aged in apple brandy barrels is the reason I picked it up to begin with, as I'm sure it imparts a great flavors

Pours a cloudy gold amber with a finger of white head that fades to a ring at a reasonable rate and leaves minimal lacing

The alcohol is strong in the aroma here. Very hot and sweet, some grain, maple sweetness, and spice to match the subtle but present green apple character, which seems mildly tart. Maybe just a hint of dry oak and malt but it's mostly just boozy

No surprise here that the taste is boozy. The sip at first reveals notes of clove, pepper, grain alcohol, and light apple. The swallow brings further notes of green apple and pepper, as well as lightly sweet honey and deep malt

The body is full and slick, with the only "carbonation" coming from the alcohol tingle. Finishes hot, dry, and sweet

This was, interesting case. Absolutely a contemplative sipper, but hard to drink at some points, especially in the absence of food. Probably the booziest beer I've ever tasted, and I've had plenty of beer with a higher abv than this. Pretty good all things considered, but something I won't have again for a long while
Dec 07, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by WynnO from Florida

Nov 21, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by TheItalianStallion from New York

Oct 25, 2020
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Reviewed by haines710 from Delaware

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Fun to drink but not my favorite. A little sweet with nice kick. This is easy to drink with nice apple flavor and not obvious alcohol given the ABV. I’m glad that I got just one as part of a make your own at Wegmans. Great brewery that makes some fun beers. I prefer IPA but this one is a nice one to try and savor at the end of the night.
Jun 27, 2020
Rated: 3.8 by Skabiski from Maryland

Feb 22, 2020
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Very clever -- and fitting -- to make a tripel taste like apples.
But it proves this adage: if you want good ratings, jack-up the alcohol.
While enjoyable, Golden Delicious is over-rated.

I'd like a tripel to have more foam, more effort being made by the yeast; so its Looks are just average.
Smells are accomplished; smelling this much apple in a tripel reminds me that fruit is, indeed, fruit.
And Golden Delicious Tastes like it Smells, only at the finish line the alcohol hits me in the face and loses some points.
I had this before dinner; but had I had it with dinner, the tripel would not have improved either.

Captain Lawrence is 14 years old; yet 3 of its top 6 BA rated ales are Belgians. In my book, this is worth something. But I'd like to try their other Belgians to see if they have figured out the centrality of yeast.

The rest of their story is not uncommon: home-brewer in a suburb in 2004 follows his bliss, grows his business, moves to a bigger suburb closer to the metropolis, gets better distribution, grows some more and, finally, an obscure Poo-bah from the Midwest finds his beer in a nearly-foreign land (Florida) and gives the brewery his first review. (If that is not a common story to your ear, I tell it all the time.)
Jan 28, 2020
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Based on notes from 2013. Had this in a bottle.
A: pours golden body with small white head with ok retention and lacing
S: sweet, golden delicious apple taste with some alcohol and toffee notes
T: sweet, dry alcoholic taste; some apple aftertaste; sweet, subtle toffee aftertaste
M: medium bodied and smooth; pretty crisp as well
D: excellent mouthfeel and taste combo; great drinking beer
Dec 29, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Marklaker from Florida

Dec 01, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by user785335 from Florida

Nov 25, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Nov 24, 2019
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
L: Poured from a tallboy can to a goblet. Had a golden yellow color (of course), and a mostly clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A decent, but not spectacular of apples, hops, malt, booze, and tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of hint of hops (not a huge presence), a lot of apple brandy (a big factor in the flavor), a little malt (present throughout, though subtle), and a tinge of tropical fruit (passion fruit). This is an odd, sometimes off-putting, but interesting flavor. It's boozy as hell, but doesn't really resemble a tripel. Still, not a bad flavor.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a warm, somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer with some interesting characteristics. Worth a look.
Nov 23, 2019
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Look: It pours golden and clear with a white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has aromas of apple and spice. There are some light honey notes with bread dough.

Taste: There are some brandy flavors with apple. It has some spice to it with a bit of honey. It has some doughy elements in the background.

Feel: It has a medium full body with noticeable alcohol which is pleasant and warming.

Overall, the apple brandy element brings this tripel a new dimension which is quite good.
Nov 16, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by robotic_being from Florida

Nov 15, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Saylor from Pennsylvania

Oct 24, 2019
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Today has been shaping up & progressing nicely. For too long, I spent time & $ as a barfly, habituating local establishments & bringing beer home with me. The problem beCAN when I was not home enough to drink my procurements. It was CANpounded when I took up with an online site that would ship. 8=O Plus, I have my local, in-person trader @tone77 dropping beer off in a most generous way! 8=O It took prostate CANcer, surgery & a (mostly) home-bound Summer to open my eyes! The backlog is massive & staggering & I am moving through it as quickly as possible.

First, a 2017 Bottle.

From the Bottle: "Ale aged in Apple Brandy Barrels"; "Award Winning Ale"; "There’s nothing quite like Mom’s apple pie…but I’m willing to bet this beer’s pretty darn close. An American Tripel, dry-hoped with Amarillo hop and aged in Apple Brandy oak barrels from one of this country’s oldest distilleries. The tropical aroma of the hops and the delicate apple aroma from the barrels are a perfect match. Straight from the Captain’s cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy."; "2012 Great American Beer Festival (R) Bronze Medal Winner 'Wood and Barrel-Aged + Beer'"; "2008 Great American Beer Festival (R) Bronze Medal Winner 'Wood and Barrel-Aged + Beer'".

I Pop!ped the blank, gold cap & beore I did anything else, I took note of the lees sitting on the kick/punt. A VERY slow, gentle pour was therefore in order, absenting a nice Belgian wicker basket. I was proceeding nicely when I saw some of the flocculate break loose & begin inching forward! 8=O ALL STOP! In the glass, a minute finger of fizzy, foamy, soapy, bone-white head had formed & was falling away to wisps. Color was solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-plus quality clarity! The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus suddenly appeared & in a frothing frenzy!

They would have had it all for themselves had I not rushed upstairs, donned my Cyberleader suit & wrested it back from them. It also set off an alarm at Torchwood as well as my seeing the TARDIS materializing in the parking lot across the way. 8=( I quickly doffed my aluminum suit, stowed in in the closet & waited for things to calm down.

Once I felt reasonably safe, I went back to my beer. The nose was redolent, nay, pungent with brandy! 8=O O-M-F-G. It also held a Belgian-yeast strain's mustiness, which probably accounted for the lees. The yeast had probably been hard at work once it was bottled. Bringing the snifter up to my nose for my initial taste, I really got hit with the scent of apples. It was like Fall in a bottle! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was weepingly dry, full-on apples & brandy! Mmm. What could have beaten this to take Gold & Silver?!? Man, this was a HUGE beer, perhaps bigger than its measured 11% ABV at the time of its bottling. I let every sip just roll around in my mouth & on my tongue to get the full sensation. The base Tripel was evident in its dry mustiness which was unrelenting. Phew. The apple and brandy flavors melded so nicely that it would have been all too easy to just toss it off & suck it down. What a mistake that would be! My second pour represented ~ 1/2 of the bottle's contents so it lacked the button brightness of the initial pour, but I was still saving the lees for a final, stand-alone pour.

This last was murky as heck. The Belgian yeast was really on display as everything else too a back seat to its mustiness. Quite a finish!

Now/next, a 16-fl. oz. CAN of 2018 vintage for The CANQuest (tm)! Normally, I am a CANvocate, but THIS in a pint CAN?!? 8=O

From the CAN: "Aged in Apple Brandy Barrels"; "GABF Bronze Medal Golden Delicious Wood-and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer, 2008"; "GABF Bronze Medal Golden Delicious Wood-and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer, 2012".

I have to admit that a pint CAN was a daunting task, but I Crack!ed the vent anyway. I then CANmenced a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting goblet. It poured more easily than the 2017 version, perhaps not having built up it level of lees. At any rate, I was seeing greater foaming action with nary a hint of lees. I stopped pouring once nearly two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head had been established. Color was now a slightly-lighter Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, meaning that while The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon rejoined me, they were not as ravenous with greed as before. Phew! On this iteration, the nose was more pronounced in terms of its apple origin, followed by the brandy barrels with the yeast trailing in a distant third. Much more to my liking! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. Its (relative) youth really allowed the apple flavors to shine while the brandy barrel-driven heat was more focused, like a laser as opposed to a shotgun. Phew! Now, if you want to talk about dangerously drinkable, this was its personification! I was losing the battle at this point. Finish was semi-dry to dry, nowhere nearly as gasping as 2017. Still, I give up.
Sep 21, 2019
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Reviewed by HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This pours a nice light gold slight hazy yellow, with nice white foam with mild lace and retention.
The aroma is full of the apple brandy barrel with the oak coming along for the ride, and some decent acohol scent to it, with some nice maltiness.
Now as for the taste, Wow! it definitely has the apple (maybe more a Granny Smith than a red delicious), malt, syrup, and acohol...all of the above (letter D). very enjoyable and somewhat unexpected pleasure.
As for the feel it has a somewhat bite with the acohol, and the "Granny Smith" bite, but the apple brandy barrels recover nicely and make it a pleasure to drink.
all in all, a very nice apple blended brew. Way to go Captain Lawrence. Cudos!
Jun 07, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania

Mar 09, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Somehow never reviewed this, 2017

Pours a light fizzy head that fades quickly, mostly clear slight hazed medium golden color

Nose obvious apple brandy, fresh apple cider nice, buttery oak, sweet candy malts, butterscotch, little bready malt rich sweet malt and some alcohol

Taste more rich malt, candy sweet syrupy too, little butterscotch again, honey candy, but apple brandy, apple juice, buttery oak, into spicy hops with moderate bitterness, some perfumey alcohol, little vinous like, little drier finish lingering sour hop bitterness that gets a little too much

Mouth is med, decent fizzy carb, mild alcohol warmth

Overall not bad, nice apple brandy barrel, hops get a bit too spicy and bitter for the balance otherwise nice
Feb 04, 2019
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to TongoRad for this one, from the Secret Santa BIF. 16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a hazy dark yellow color with over an inch of white head that had good retention and light-medium lacing.

There was a solid apple boop to the nose at the front of the scent. Under that, was some nice grain, a bit of yeast spice, and, maybe a hint of wood? On the tongue, there was a solid alcohol hit at first, but it gave way quickly to the apple and yeast. There was a bit of sweetness across the sides, and just a touch of heat at the very finish.

The body was on the fuller side of medium, and had a finish that started sweet, but dried out after a few seconds. Drinkability was very nice, this would absolutely be in my regular rotation were it local to me. In fact, I'm going to add it to my Perma-Wants list. Overall, an extremely interesting and nice brew. A must try if you see it.
Jan 11, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by _nickg_ from New Jersey

Jan 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
(16 oz can, canned xxxx2018 - print crowded... poured into fat tulip)

L: initially poured clear, golden liquid, but sediment adds a little cloudiness; not much foam, thin collar

S: malty tripel foundation, accentuated caramel, barrel wood apparent... not much yeast spice or floral notes... maybe a little hint of sweet apple; little booze edge

T: a little more (clove) spice upon first sip, bit of apple and caramel in the finish; dry, lightly biscuity aftertaste, colored by some moderate fruitiness... second sip carries a firmer flash of spicy alcohol...

F: smooth but flaccid; not much carbonation tingling... lithe flow; fantastic taming of heat... perhaps a little to mellowed by the barrel aging?

O: has some decent flavors, but the barrel aging hasn't added much dimension or interest to the base tripel... wouldn't grab another can, but would probably try it again on tap
Jan 06, 2019
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Wanted to try this one for a long time, finally found a 16oz can. The tripel is hard to find under the barrel notes. There is a floral yeastiness at the end and bit of candi sugar throughout. The apple and brandy are dominant and pleasant enough, but not necessarily harmonious with the base beer. I am enjoying this, but it might get to be a bit of a chore to finish as it is just too sweet.
Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 3.43 by Diura from New York

Dec 23, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Nov 19, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by The_Beer_Guru from New York

Nov 12, 2018
Rated: 3.3 by Jhfinn from New York

Nov 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Beejay from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A: A pale hazy amber in color with a small white head.

S: Apple, and pear with dark fruits, and a touch of Belgian character, as well as light vanilla and oak.

T: While the vanilla and oak are a bit subdued in the aroma, they are very prevalent in the flavor. Bunches of oak and vanilla, with light citrus, and a bit of a booze flavor int he finish. Somewhat more bitter than I would have thought.

M: Medium thick body with moderate to high carbonation, a little sticky in the finish.

O: Overall a pretty decent brew, interesting, but perhaps a little off as far as the match.
Oct 29, 2018
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Reviewed by bret717 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Canned 9/13/18, reviewed 9/26

Look- transluscent deep golden, almost orange, liquid with a 1/2 finger white head; champagne-like carbonation bubbles fizzle up and out of the glass

Aroma- wood, faint apples, booze, vanilla, pear

Taste- follows the nose closely with slightly tart apples, wood, vanilla, a rum-like booziness and a moderate bitterness; flavors are well balanced

Feel- light bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi dry finish that is slightly bitter and leaves the tongue a bit numbed from alcohol

Overall- Nice, well-balanced BA golden ale. However, and there was a hint of apple in the flavor, I was hoping for more of an apple brandy influence instead of the vague almost rum-like alcohol note in this.
Oct 16, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Oct 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Australia

2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
CAN: 16 fl oz. Nabbed at a beer store in Colorado during GABF week. Standard pull-tab. No canned on date. 2018 vintage. Gold label color with forgettable label art.

11% ABV. "Ale aged in apple brandy barrels" is the only language on the label indicating any style. Brewed and canned by Captain Lawrence.

From the brewery's website (access 10/02/18):
Beer Style: Tripel
IBU: 35
OG: 20P
ABV: 10% [sic]
Hops: Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo
Malts: Canadian 2-Row

"An American Tripel [sic], dry-hoped [sic] with Amarillo hop [sic] and aged in Apple Brandy oak barrels from one of this country’s oldest distilleries."

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

HEAD: Fluffy and white with a fairly robust consistency and retention given the high ABV of the beer; it lasts a good 4-5 minutes but isn't as creamy, full, or eye-popping as could be.

BODY: Translucent transparent copper-gold of above average vibrance. Appears filtered, lacking haziness, visible yeast, sediment, and/or lees.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking beer but its overall appearance isn't dazzling.

AROMA: Oak. Green apple up front. Pale malt/2-row. Honeyed malt. Floral hop aromatics. Vanillin (probably from the oak barrel). Hints of juicy orchard fruits (e.g. scintillae of peach and pear).

Alcohol warmth is evident, and I doubt I'd honestly peg the apple character for apple brandy specifically if I experienced this aroma blind. The apple sweetness and (artificial) vanillin are the most prominent notes, but I don't get overt grape or brandy and the oak character isn't terribly inviting or expressive. I don't detect anything noticeably Belgian about it (particularly yeast-wise) and I doubt I'd peg it for a Tripel in a blind aroma panel. It's obviously wood-aged, but that wood note doesn't scream oak.]

Amarillo seems wasted on this. Indeed, the American hopping and the fruitiness it brings seems to clash with the refined barrel aged character they seem to be going for.

Doesn't seem like much of a Tripel, but regarded as a vague "strong ale" it's decent aromatically. Here's hoping the brandy comes through more in its flavour...

TASTE AND TEXTURE: ...Nope. Just that artificial vanillin and a hint of juicy fruit (including green apple). Finishes dry and woodsy without evoking rich white oak or bringing any barrel complexity into the fold. I'd never guess it was brandy barrel aged in a blind tasting, let alone apple brandy. More time in the barrels could only help, and I'm skeptical that the distillery they sourced the barrel(s) from (which they refuse to actually name) either puts out apple brandy on par with, say, Calvados, and/or gave Captain Lawrence their best barrels anyway.

Alcohol warmth is evident throughout. When I search for apple brandy, I do pick up on a hint of green apple jolly rancher but maybe that's just the power of suggestion.

Lacks any overt Belgian characteristics. I don't see what makes this an "American Tripel" save for its poor (over)use of American hops (none of which work well in the beer, not that they're well showcased anyway). Reminds me of homebrew...oops, I wanted to brew a strong Belgian pale but I forgot to buy Westmalle yeast; I'll just pitch American ale and overhop it with what I have laying around from my last brew day.

It's uneven and imbalanced, but not egregiously so. I find no overt faults or off-flavours. Not horribly complex for a barrel aged beer. It just doesn't deliver on its premise at all, unfortunately, and that's my main issue with it.

Smooth, wet until the dry finish, well-carbonated, unrefreshing, moderately thick, and of moderate heft/weight on the palate.

OVERALL: 11% is above the usual ABV threshold for Tripel style beers, but in fairness this is less of a chore to drink than many expressions of the style. Still, I can't get behind the decision to package in 16 fl oz cans (indeed, probably only their marketing team can).

For an apple brandy oak barrel aged beer, it's rather lacking in apple brandy, oak, and barrel flavours.

It's a bit of a mangled mess of a beer, but then what did we expect in a beer that's ostensibly an American take on a Belgian style brewed with Canadian malt & American hops, aged in an American take on a distilled apple wine of French origination, and brewed with fuck knows what yeast?

Underwhelming and misguided across the board. Even giving it the concession of judging it as a strong ale (whatever that really is) instead of the intended style, it still fails to feel cohesive or deliberate in its build. Drinkable but very forgettable. Just shockingly insipid given the premise of the beer.

Oct 03, 2018
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Reviewed by gopens44 from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Looks fairly mundane, clearish and golden with not too much head at all. Nose is a little confusing as there’s a little bit of ripe veggies thing happening before a nondescript sweetness flows in. Taste is more clear and to the point with an opening bitterness from I’m guessing is the dry hopping, as its a touch earthy. Get past the initial bitterness and sweet hints of apple are present before it mostly closes out with an alcohol induced bitterness. Doesn’t feel too thick, maybe solidly medium bodied with a little dryness and mostly alcohol aftertaste.
Sep 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Exactly as advertised - tastes like a strong tripel (but not to say excessive alcohol heat) with sweet brandy and apples. Mouthfeel is creamy with moderate carbonation.
Sep 18, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by kell50 from North Carolina

May 30, 2018
Rated: 3.54 by ER527 from New York

Apr 29, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Apr 13, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Apr 13, 2018
Rated: 3.97 by Devonking from Massachusetts

Apr 13, 2018
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottled 06/26/2017

Pours hazy amber gold with loads of sediment and a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like tart green apples, oak, vanilla, zesty citrus, tropical fruit, some banana, mild sweet spice, rich honey caramelized malt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like tart green apples, brandy booze, oak, vanilla, banana, sweet spice, rich honey caramelized grain, zesty citrus, tropical fruit, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice and interesting tripel ale aged in apple brandy barrels.
Jan 27, 2018
Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 662 ratings