Golden Delicious | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Triple Aged In Apple Brandy Barrels

Added by mcallister on 02-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,959
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
643
pDev:
13.85%
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
113
Trade:
6
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Photo of beertunes
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.

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Photo of _nickg_
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
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

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Photo of DIM
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.

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Photo of Diura
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beejay
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.

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Photo of bret717
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.

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Photo of Curt3
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
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.

C- (2.63) / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of gopens44
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.

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Photo of Lucular
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kell50
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ER527
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tcsox
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Devonking
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
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.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WormGod
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bdel34
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 643 ratings