Golden Delicious
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #57
ABV:
11%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,193
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 13.71%
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
657
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
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Notes: Triple Aged In Apple Brandy Barrels
Reviews: 233 | Ratings: 657 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by beersis81:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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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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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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 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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4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a chalice

Thanks to Jebus3513 for this one

A slightly hazed orange infused straw color with a bubbly one finger cap. The aroma is of oranges and tangerines with tart granny smiths, oak and some booze. The flavor profile is tart off the bat with sticky citrus in tow. Oak and some vanilla toffee like flavors come through before a dry, oak laden finish. A medium body with moderate carbonation and booze throughout. The finish is mildly puckering, but largely dry. Overall, this is a unique take on a triple that I definitely enjoyed. The barrel aging added some nice elements to an already well crafted triple.

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Photo of rdilauro
2.89/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost from the time I opened this bottle, I knew I was not going to find it that appealing. So true,the bouquet to me was masked with aot of malt. It was hard to distinguish other attributes.

The taste was someone un-easy. Almost like an apple that just isnt right.

This type is just not my type of beer. I generally love anything that they make there.

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

Photo of david18
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've written about this beer before and always like everything I've gotten from Captain Lawrence. They make great American and Belgian style ales and this one is among the ones I really enjoy. I had a twelve ounce draft of this at Rattle & Hum in Manhattan.

Color is a very hazy and light yellow/gold. A lot of head with good belgian lacing and even some viscosity on the glass.

Aroma was an intense combination of yeast, alcohol and fall fruit (apples, pears).

The flavor was a little on the hot side but, again, featured the same qualities as the aroma.

This was a very quaffable beer that I hope to see again soon.

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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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Photo of timotao
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of odomosan
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of ichorNet
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had this beer some time last year just after Captain Lawrence started distributing in MA. I had heard about it before, on the BA forums and whatnot, and always assumed I'd never be able to get it! My procurement of a four-pack of the 2016 batch, though, led me to believe this must be one of the most unique American-made tripels on the market, kind of like an alter-dimensional version of Allagash's own classic, Curieux. This year, I stocked up on it when it came out, grabbing several packs with the intention being to drink one pack slowly over the short-term, and cellar the other four bottles between six months and a year-and-a-half to see how this lovely, fruity and lively beer evolves. At about $14 a four-pack, it barely dented the bank, which is, of course, awesome as well!

Pours a golden (duh) color with an effervescent, sparkling white head bearing great legs. Absolutely awesome webbed lacing on this one too, with a moderately hazed-over surface. The label talks about this being dry-hopped with American hops, and I can definitely see where they're coming from with the sticky, almost old-school "IPA"-ish appearance here. Indeed, the body itself is full of chunks and seems a bit unsightly, but it's part of the charm of this intense tripel in my opinion. Your mileage may vary regarding this aspect, but the rest of the pour is as solid as can be.

Nose is pineapple, vanilla/tannins from the oak and peach with some light green apple aspects. Some moderately-prominent booze here (which is what leads me to believe this will take well to aging to round out some of its harshness) with a bit of solvent alcohol. Some pie crust-like malt and more tannins, apricot and tropical fruit rounding everything out. Very aromatic, and has a little bit of spice support from the Belgian yeast. Solid apple-like/orchard fruit character, though the apple brandy barrel itself seems to take over a lot of the nose here, though.

Strong spice and ester character on the tongue, with prickly alcohol, pineapple, guava and other tropical fruits melding with slight grassy hops and, of course, apple brandy. I have some pommeau (which is essentially apple brandy cut with apple cider clocking in at "fortified wine" ABV) in my liquor cabinet and this is fairly similar but obviously in "beer" form. It's warming, dessert-y and spicy with a strong oak flavor. However, it also has some really strong, spicy and earthy hop presence and a surprising bitterness that keeps it from being too overly-sweet. Great flavor profile... it's both as-expected and, yet, somehow a bit mysterious.

Feel is light-bodied and effervescent with sharp carbonation even when close to room temperature. Musty yeast notes toward the mid-palate which obscure the toasty malt, but also provide some dryness in the finish. As explained above, ethanol is a little sharp here when this beer is younger (bottled in June, so this is 3 months old... not sure how long it's aged in barrels, though I assume it's also bottle conditioned considering those chunks), and I'm hoping some time will tame the intensity here. Golden Delicious is, overall, though, a very fun, unique and charming beer. It has its flaws, but I'm still hopelessly in love with the concept and... mostly down with the execution.

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of waltonc
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to Hopp for grabbing this for me at Bierkraft last fall. Pours a bright lemon yellow with a white head. Nose is sour granny smith apples and a hint of lemon. Although the smell is tart, I don't detect any of the funk other reviewers have noticed. Flavor is dominated by tart apples and refreshing lemon. I don't think I've ever had brandy before, so can't pick out that flavor. This is a fairly sugary beer. Thick, coating, sticky and highly carbonated. Overall, quite good. This is a great hot weather beer for those, like me, who prefer to avoid drinking anything under 9% ABV (not sure what ABV this is, but I'd be surprised if it's less than 9.5%). However, this should be sold in smaller bottles. 750ml is ridiculous. No way I can finish a bottle of this in one night.

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4.68/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 657 ratings