Golden Delicious | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Golden DeliciousGolden Delicious

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Triple Aged In Apple Brandy Barrels

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice, clear deep golden to amber with a fluffy white head that recedes quickly. Lovely tart, sour apple, barrel and boozy aromas that come together nicely blended in the flavor. A touch less sweet than expected, and the alcohol is much more present as it warmed. Thin and boozy, but overall a wonderfully unique beer. Cheers!

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 vintage served at cellar temps in a teku

Poured a very creamy and effervescent pale gold with a nice and creamy white head. Some bottle sediment made it into the glass. Smells tropical, fruity, belgian tripel yeast funk, tannins, oaky, slight barrel character, some coconut. Taste follows the nose but adds some alcohol heat. It is a very smooth beer to drink and the 11% alcohol content is extreemly well hidden. This beer drinks like an 8%er at best, dangerous. I do get a little of the brandy character but it is in the background. Nice beer and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Xenoreactive!

Pours a clearish amber color. The head is three fingers high and white in shade. Retention is quite good for 11% , and it manages to leave behind a lot of lacing on the glass. The head's texture has that "rocky" quality to it that suggests an assertive hop profile, too.

I am decidedly not familiar with apple brandy (my closest experience in the beer world is the Calvados oak-aged St. Bernardus ABT 12), but there's a real "oak-laden apple cider" quality to the aroma. Of course, I do get the brandy, as well. The base beer seems like it's designed to accentuate the barrels instead of competing with them - it also brings nice notes of apple, alongside some pear, black pepper, and bread. There's also a gentle hoppiness lurking around: I get hints of grass, pine, peach, melon, and mango. Clearly, there's a LOT going on within this brew, at least aromatically. Will it be incoherent as I actually taste it? Not sure, but I do like the complexity I pick up here.

This is exactly what I expected to taste: a showcase for apple brandy barrels. The dominating flavor (especially at first) is a combination of oaky vanilla and apple - I'm not sure how well these two notes balance each other. Ultimately, the come together pretty well. The finish is subtly hoppy, aiming for a balancing bitterness instead of an additional tropical fruit note. It's a touch scattershot, but not as much as Frost Monster. At the end of the day, it's really damn tasty to this palate.

For an 11% barrel-aged brew, this feels ridiculously light on its feet. Carbonation gives it a bit of airiness, and the hop bitterness does a wonderful job of cleansing the palate. Oak tannins also help this cause. It's a sipper, but a fairly deft one considering everything else.

This is one clever brew, especially for those who love apple brandy. The base serves to accentuate the apple brandy in this case - as a liquor showcase, this beer is insanely successful. I'll try to seek this out again, seeing as apple brandy anything is extremely difficult to find where I live.

3.87/5: Golden delicious indeed...

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is opaque straw, head is off white, small bubbles and light lacing with a top that remains.

Smell is enticing, fruity, oaky, nice bitter hops, a little booze.

Taste is similar in notes to the aroma, but a bit more depth: oak and apple present quickly, then some esters and yeast, subtle sweet notes of caramel like flavors, hops are noteable but hard to distinctly tell flavor or type.

Mouthfeel is very good for a beer of this strength and depth of flavor, a bit drying with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a beer that nearly stands alone in flavor and profile.

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Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Golden Delicious is clear and sparkling like champagne... right up until the last few ounces are poured. The daisy yellow beer doesn't lose its paleness or radiance but its complexion turns thick and pulpy like nectar. The bubbles, however, continue to drift daintily and create a pretty pearl necklace for a head.

The concept of a hopped-up Tripel aged in apple brandy barrels makes sense in the abstract; the style is characterized by ambrosial orchard fruit flavours and spice, qualities that figure to be complimented and/or enhanced by tropical hops and time spent in the barrel. And wow are they ever!

This bouquet is downright divine. Coconut and vanillin-rich oak is the perfect platform for floral aromatics and flavours of peach, pear, apricot, plum and, of course, different types of apple. Butter and caramel are drizzled overtop and, with a pinch of yeasty spice, it's reminiscent of vanilla ice cream and compote.

I have to respectfully disagree with those who find this boozy, cloying, or simplistic. It's strong and sweet, sure, but no more than you'd expect from an 11% beer aged in apple brandy barrels! How it scores so much lower than Allagash Curieux (tripel aged in bourbon barrels) I simply don't understand.

Golden Delicious is so much more than just apples. One might just as soon guess the beer was aged in plum or apricot brandy barrels. Plus factor in the rich, coconut-y notes of the actual oak, a light bacterial tartness, the showcase of tropical hops, hibiscus, rose petal, and a soothing alcohol-laden sweetness.

Golden Delicious is like a classic Russian novel: dense, memorable, brilliant, timeless. It's the kind of beer one could go back to time and time again and never tire of. It's difficult to imagine this 2015 vintage will ever taste any better and, if I had any more bottles, I wouldn't risk waiting to find out.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy golden orange with a thin creamy white lacing ring.

S - Apples and light brandy.

T - Apples, brandy, and oak with a bitter apple finish. Alcohol level is fairly well hidden.

M - Juicy and makes the mouth water profusely.

O - ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of smanson56
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a lighter golden color. Very strong apple in the nose, I really didn't get much else but apple. The taste really follows the nose lots of sweet apple flavor, maybe a little to sweet. There is plenty of alcohol present through out the entire pour. If it wasn't for the overly sweetness this could be a nice beer.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting beer, the description mentions tropical hops but i mostly got apples. The nose is pure apple juice (not a bad thing). The taste is also heavy on apples, which is very nice, however the eleven percent abc really shows as well, and the carbonation is very low, so the overall experience made one think of very boozy apple juice. Not unpleasant but not something i'd buy again.

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Photo of orangebison
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Two pours of approximately 6 oz each into footed Dogfish signature glass. Pale gold, lighter than expected, with thin white lacing. Aroma is apple skin, white grape, and oak, slightly sweet. Taste is racy, juicy apple flesh and grainy sweetness. Notes of oak, vanilla, toast and coconut. Dry, warming and slightly tannic finish, like you get with some ciders. Wonderful barrel character - tangy and woody. Heat is somewhere above moderate - assertive, lets you know it means business. Feel is on the thin side, slightly less carbonation than other tripels. I liked it even more than I'd hoped, and I'd say it stacks up well with Curieux, though they're notably different.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Small, but lasting head. Leaves a blanket if lace. Dark gold color and nearly clear.

Sweet caramel start to the nose.

Strong alcohol and sweet are the initial tastes. Very rich and creamy. Lightly sour with a sugary finish. The body is chewy with a lower carbonation. Sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 batch, poured into a snifter. I'm not sure if this is going to be my kind of beer, I don't like brandy, but I work at a liquor store and this is my homework. Tough life, I know.

Look: Hazy pale golden with a decent, lasting head for an 11% beer. Looks like a tripel.

Smell: There's a generous amount of sweet apple brandy notes here, light barrel character, and a hint of the Belgian yeast, backed by a subtle fruitiness from the Amarillo dry-hopping. The brandy character is very powerful, but there's really no suggestion of the high ABV here, just brandy.

Taste: Very complex, equally sweet. Initial flavor is concentrated apple brandy, building up towards a sweet, barrel-influenced finish with notes of toffee and caramel joining up with the apple brandy. A bit too boozy and cloying for me, but the flavor is very well-defined. Not bad, but somewhat challenging to drink as it warms because of the sweetness, alcohol notes from the brandy, and the overall ABV of 11% that isn't subtle. The Belgian yeast and Amarillo dry-hopping are merely background notes here.

Feel: Slick, somewhat syrupy, though with a fair amount of carbonation considering the ABV and barrel-aging.

Overall: The bronze medals in '08 and '12 are a perfect summary of this beer. It achieves what it sets out to do, but it's just so damn sweet and hot. I'm working my way down to the last of the 12oz and find myself struggling. I don't love it, but I had to try it.

I wouldn't recommend a 4pk, but if you can find a single bottle and you're someone with a sweet tooth looking for a sipper, this beer is for you.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed chalice.

Hazy gold with 1+ fingers of white head. Light carbonation.

Apple brandy, apple cider, cinnamon, wood, and caramel cubes.

Apple brandy liquor flavors. Toffee and caramel cubes. Apple cider and golden delicious pulp. Pale candy sugar with hints of oak and cinnamon booziness.

Medium-light bodied, oily, boozy, and warming.

Has some well integrated apple brandy flavors, but man this is a boozy one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 release poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of apples along with Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, brandy, honey and touches of hops and alcohol.

T: The taste starts out with a strong barrel-aging essence up front that is quickly followed by a mildly tart of apple flavor, transitioning into sweet flavors of brandy, caramel and some citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. There is a little bit of a subdued alcohol bite. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to sip for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes. Faint apple brandy niose with light grains and fruit. Pours pale, tea tinted gold with a slight haze under a rocky pale 2” white foam cap. It starts on the palate fruity and yeasty with caramel notes like a Belgian ale and then mid palate apple brandy flavors emerge and grow into the finish greeted by earthy hops. Medium full body, medium high carbonation, smooth and creamy.

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose is of a nice sour. Taste is sweet and punchy up front, some slight barrel burn, then a woody, slightly off finish. An interesting beer for sure.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-aged in apple brandy barrels. Bottled 9/18/14, consumed 12/29/14 in a spiegelau ipa glass. 11% abv.

A: Hazy carrot orange, with a glass consuming display of quick-paced effervesce. Bready white head of 3/4 inch is moderately retaining with a medium sense of lace coverage.

S: Dry apple cider, brandy, sweet lemon and dry citrus touches. Hint of dry lime peel, orange and a dry tropical fruitiness.

T: Flavor was alcohol laced dry tropical fruit upfront, pineapple, starfruit, with a big mention of the apple brandy influence from the barrel aging which is a very nice touch and works very well with the other components of the beer. Sweet citrusy-tangerine fruit, wet, mango, with some orange-vodka like influence. Spicy hops, tropical fruit flavor is wet and lively and everything i expected.

M: Crisp sharp feel, nice warmth on the hold. Light bodied, spicy tropical alcohol warmth on the inner cheeks.

O: the 11% abv is less apparent in the beginning but will start to rear its head deeper into the drink, especially with some warming. The fruitiness is wet, fresh and well pronounced with a perfect balance of tropical hops and apple brandy influence that works perfectly together. Golden delicious is just that, and worthy a try. Easy A beer for me.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2014 bottle. Pour is a light golden amber with a faint haze and a small amount of white head. Nose has a lot of the apple brandy, gets a bit boozy and woody, some lemon, and a hint of pineapple. Taste follows, overly brandy barrel, fairly acidic finish, medium body and moderate carb. Brett comes in fairly strong in back, pineapple, hay.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

APPEARANCE - Cloudy, 2-finger head that dissipates slowly. Light colored. Good lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, gruit, floral, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, sweet, citrus, apple. ABV somewhat hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, drier than expected, light, effervescent, crisp, refreshing.

VALUE - $10 for a 12 oz. glass - not that bad for a specialty beer at a restaurant.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Lacks the usual kick you get from Tripels. Surprisingly dry. Halfway between hard cider and an Imperial IPA.

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Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Bottled On Date: 09/17/14) into a Rastal Teku 2.0 glass.

A- A careful pour reveals a perfectly hazy, golden yellow with ~1-finger, creamy, white head. Although it didn't stay for very long, the head retention was impressive considering the 11% ABV. (5.0)

S- Whoa...massive aromas of Apple, Vanilla, Coconut, Melon, Peach, Mango and the ever-so-slight hint of those classic banana and clove esters imparted by the Belgian yeast. The 11% ABV goes absolutely invisible on the nose. (5.0)

T- This is where the barrel-aging really takes a hold of the proceedings. The palate is consumed with Apple, Vanilla and Spice from the residual spirit left in the barrel, yet the palate isn't overwhelmed. The finish has a champagne-like, dry and clean finish. Any alcohol is only felt as a slight warming in the chest after the beer has warmed considerably. (5.0)

M- Despite the elevated ABV, the body is only medium (at best). A healthy dose of carbonation keeps the palate clean and prepared for the next sip. The drinkability of Golden Delicious is remarkably high. (5.0)

O- For those who would otherwise not think a Belgian Tripel aged in Apple Brandy Barrels wouldn't does, and in spades! What's more, I cannot find a flaw with this beer. This is one of the most intense beers in flavor, aroma...a unique (and exceptional) barrel aging project that has produced an incredible beer. Like Victory's White Monkey and Allagash's Curieux, Captain Lawrence married the Belgian Tripel with Apple Brandy Barrels with exquisite results. Add to the fact that Golden Delicious is now offered in 12oz 4-Packs, this is a real treat and am happy to have scored a few bottles. (5.0)

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Photo of mirp1
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

An American Triple Ale aged in apple brandy barrels. Pours a slightly dusty golden color, perhaps just beyond the lovibond of a real pilsner. The barrel effect produces a subtle and noticeable vanilla/crisp apple note. The rest of the drinking experience is that of pleasant beer booze. The overall 88 score (at this time) doesn't do it justice. This is a great beer for those looking for an elegant drinkable cognac-like beer moment. Classy beer, and as one has already put it, this concoction is about as good as it gets. For 11.00/4, it is bargain.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden. Finger of foamy, firm ivory white head that settles down to a velvet sheen. O.K. lacing.

S: Fermenting green apples. Woodsy brandy. Graham cracker. Musk of grapes. Pear and vanilla. Pretty much like an apple orchard with a bunch of apples that have been on the ground quite some time.

M: Quite effervescent. Light-medium body. Quite chewy, and noticeable alcohol burn.

T: My mom never spiked her apple pie like this. I think the brandy overwhelms the more delicate apple flavor. Spice and alcohol dominate. Peppery, lemon citrus. Tart grape skin, and all sweetness derived from brandy. Soft malt base of grass. Subtle complexity. Sweeter, more mellow as it warms.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Pale golden pour with creamy white foam, smells of casked brandy. Not sure that it tastes like mom's apple pie like the label suggests but I wouldn't want it to either. Just the right amount of apple and brandy flavors mixed with sweet malts and a minor hop presence to impress upon the drinker that it's still beer. It's easy to get caught up in a high gravity beer like this because it's delicious and doesn't have that sharp boozy quality to keep you in check.

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Photo of ksimons
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a very light golden color with two fingers worth of frothy white head

S-bready malt, green apples, candied fruit, and light brandy

T-a fruity yet tart mix of apples, spices, some lingering sugar sweetness, and then the apple brandy finish

M-medium body, medium to high carbonation, large alcohol warming presence in the finish

Overall a really interesting beer, I have never had anything quite like it. Really like the apple and apple brandy elements to it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet Belgian malt with light apple brandy notes. Taste is a very drinkable mix of Belgian malt with light residual candi sugar notes and some light Brandy notes also noticeable. Body is full with good carbonation. I quite enjoyed that one with loads of nice drinkability notes and the Brandy notes rounding off some of rough edges.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass and shared with friends
Thanks to Chad for the bottle!

Pours a hazy, golden color with a short white head and touch of lacing. The nose has that Belgian yeast character, sweet malt, apples, with a subtle woody oak. The yeast comes through on the palate as well along with lots of alcohol from the apple brandy. It is a bit to sweet and boozy for me which masks some of the other characteristics of the beer.

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