Golden Delicious | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
594
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
23.35%
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
104
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 209 | Ratings: 594
Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one a couple times over DL weekend and still can't figure this one out. Looks fine in the glass, but after that...

I just couldn't quite put my finger on this one. Plenty of sour apple in the taste. Lots of fruity spice and alcohol coming through as well. An alcohol infused sour apple jolly rancher. Got very cloying, and there is no way I could drink an entire bottle by myself.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks goes out to the kind BA who sent this bottle my way. This was another one I had been trying to get off my list for a while. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/27/2009.

The pour was very nice. Light hazy amber with a good bit of carbonation sneaking in from the bottom of the glass. Rich head of wite came up over the top and settled down effortlessly into a thin layer of maybe a half an inch that hung out there for a good long while.

The aroma was wonderful. Lots of apple and oak aromas, hints of peaches and a light grain smell. Really very full with the apple like smell coming right up to you without being over powering. Nice touches of bourbon now showing up as it warmed as well. Smooth as could be as I took a big first sip. Warming, with bourbon and apple coating the tongue straight away. Mellow carbonation was just right to let the flavor pop. After taste was a mix of oak, apple, light vanilla hints and a bit of bourbon, masterfully done. Not sure the ABV on this but being a triple I can assume it was up there, but it was one of the most mellow, smooth drinking triples I have ever run across.

Overall this was about as solid of a big beer as you are going to run across. Really just wonderfully done and I am glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for opening this as a slight "fallish" beer we managed to convince Amyliz4 to let us drink during the pumpkin beer tasting.

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is a slightly hazed golden apricot color with a nice head and a bit of lacing. Nose is quite nice with a good bouquet of green apple and some slight sweetness. A bit tart. Taste is light apple with a bit of spice. Good medium feel with a nice carbonation level. Another nice brew from the folks in Pleasantville.

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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 MadScientist
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: A medium golden beer with good clarity. The white head is long lasting leaving a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

S: A moderate amount of the classic tripple aromas of pepper and orange paired with a light oak aroma. There is a pronounced floral alcohol aroma. Medium-low tropical fruit hops aroma brings a interesting twist to the nose.

T: Sweet and tart backed by some solid oak flavors, having a moderate honey-like malt sweetness and a medium hops bitterness. The alcohol makes its presence know bring. The hops flavor is a medium pineapple and citrus hops character. The balance is somewhat bitter with the hops bitterness being a bit stronger than the malt. The finish is medium while with and aftertaste of hops bitterness and oak.

M: A medium bodied beer with strong carbonation and a moderately-strong alcohol warmth that extends from the palate to the belly.

O: A phenomenal beer that brings together flavors of tropical hops, malt sweetness and oak in an pleasing if not slightly bold manner.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked this one with my dad after it being in the cellar until now. Hazy golden yellow pour with lots of carbonation. 1/4" of stark white bubbly head. Tons of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of spice, apple and wood upfront. Bright grains with a nice kick of the Amarillo hops that are still noticeable. Brandy warmth tickles the nostrils as well. Lovely.

First sip brings sweet crisp malts. Lots of spiciness and tropical fruits. Apple comes through nicely. Wood and brandy swirl throughout as it flows down. Finishes mildly sweet with an overall spiced apple feel. The tripel asserts itself well but the apple brandy takes it to a whole new level.

Smooth, good carbonation overall. Easy to drink really and the alcohol heat has mellowed nicely from when I first drank this brew. Yummy stuff and well worth cracking if you have one lying around!!

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Photo of Jcorn
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bnewall3
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App-Lighter than I expected from what the people at the brewery said. Golden Straw like color with a small white head, very appealing since I knew although it looked like a american light lager it wouldnt taste like one.
Aroma- Awesome, pure greatness. Apple brandy and slight yeasty bread with a hint of american hops
Mouth-Slight carb which I love and thin enough to make it easy drinking but full enough to prove its quality.
Taste-Well Rounded awesome apple taste, balanced with good malt and american hops. The base Xtra Gold is still there with a solid apple tartness. Kind of a sourness to it which makes the beer complex while still drinkable.
Overall- I just love it and everything Captain Lawrence has done thus far. There DIPA is one of the east coasts best if you ask me and this is the first apple brandy beer I've had and I cant see it being second to any other.

Side Note- Should def not be classified as a Triple, The base beer is an American Triple and this is and american sour aged beer. New category should be made lol if not switched cause ppl may get the wrong idea and not want to try this beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large green bottle, purchased a few weeks ago (when it first came out) @ the brewery. Pours dark cloudy apricot, under an off white short lasting head and leaving thick and splotchy lacing. Initially this one was aggressively carbonated and prickly on the tongue. After the bottle was allowed to sit open for about 45 mins, the carbonation calmed down and became more appealing and more drinkable. The nose similarly was initially sharp and somewhat off putting , but with time calmed down and became more rounded out. In short this one, IMHO, has some carbonation issues that need some special handling and perhaps will be dealt if and when this one gets brewed and aged in barrels again. Anyway, after a little time to "calm down and cool out" this one smells of alcohol, tastes of alcohol, apple brandy, and candied apple. Its clearly a strong, sweet and currently "hot" beer. I believe Scott said it's about 10%. Its heady, complex, flavorful and currently in need of some more time to age and hopefully "relax" a wee bit. Currently it is a warming, yet tasty and interesting sipper. I've got 10 bottles sitting in my beer closet. I'll give em at least a few more months in the bottle (likely till its gets summary warm in my house) and then continue to crack em open, enjoy em and evaluate how this local (at least to me) offering changes and hopefully improves over time.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of BrianBeers1030
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 dogfishandi
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.

Pours out a slightly hazy golden color. Nice 1/4 inch or so of white head shows decent retention, decent lacing as well.

Smells really off at first, kind of like a vinious, oxidized concentrate apple/ grape juice. As it warms this diminishes a bit bringing out some nice caramely brandy booze notes and a bit of barrel. A bit of tart green apple comes in as it warms even further.

Concentrate apple juice with a bit of concentrate grape juice, a touch vinious, a bit of tart apple and brandy barrel. Carmel candy green apple. Still tastes a bit oxidized and old, however maybe not as much as the aroma suggested.

Crisp carbonation and just a touch dry, but there is some sweetness mid sip.

I was really planing on liking this beer a lot before I opened it, but it was a bit of a letdown. Most likely an older bottle. It would probably be great if it wasn't for all the oxidation type flavors, right its just topping out as good to OK. I'll have to seek out a fresher bottle.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as part of a monster package from 6daysbottomocean in the Whale BIF 3. Had been quite interested to try this.

Appearance- Pours a straw golden out the of the bottle with about a finger of fairly fizzy white head sitting on top. Head dies back fairly quickly to a thin sheet across the top and then just small patches. Some small amounts of lacing.

Smell- Very interesting nose. Smells surprisingly strongly of some citrusy hops, along with a fresh fruity apple aroma, a lot of fruity esters, and a touch of slight yeastiness. I really dig the interesting combination of the apple/apple brandy aroma mixing with fruity esters and hops.

Taste- Taste is very similar with the fresh apple and apple brandy flavors coming through first. Again, I get more of the fruity, citrusy hops, and fruity esters to complement the fruit flavors from the apple brandy. Finishes off with a fairly strong dose of fusel tasting alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was satisfactory, but I found it to be a bit thin for the style which was made evident as the beer warmed. Prominent alcohol on the finish also cut down on the drinkability for me as well.

Overall, a very interesting beer. I very much liked the nose on this and thought it had a solid flavor profile as well; however, it could have used a little more heft in the mouth and a little less alcohol on the finish. Definitely try it if you get the chance though.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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