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: 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
Ratings:
601
Reviews:
210
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
13.71%
 
 
Wants:
108
Gots:
106
For Trade:
5
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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 work...it 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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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another selection from Cuzco (Nate) in the Blind Bomber BIF.

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a hazy gold with orange highlights. one finger of egg shell white head, large amount of big bubbles in the foam, dissipates quickly, leaving a thin foam on top.

Aromas of funk and sourness, wood and some spice that I can't quite put my finger on. I'll come back to the spice. Wait, orange peel. Not bitter orange, but sweet orange. I'm intrigued. Nice addition from the amarillo hops.

First sip is sweet and sour with a tannic bite. Could there be apples in this? A little sourness around the edges. I'm getting a little wine flavor. And Oak. Man this is all over the place. I'm diggin it.

Mouthfeel is dry and tannic, I'm thinking from wood aging, not quite medium, definitely not watery. Very drying. On the verge of puckering. A little prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is extremely high. I really like this beer, it is like nothing I've had before.

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4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I figured I should give a review of the draft, since I had the rare opportunity to try what was reportedly the only keg of this beer ever, at the Captain Lawrence event at the Blind Tiger in NYC in April 2008. Previously, I'd had a bottle of this beer and found it very enjoyable. On this particular occasion, I was very lucky to get to the Tiger in time; my beer guru arrived a few minutes later and found himself denied.

The color was a richer golden hue and its cloudiness was greatly increased in this draft version, as compared to the bottled version. I also found it to be more heavily apply, both in its aroma and its flavor--all positives. I found this beer to be dangerously drinkable and could have enjoyed a few more, but alas its ship had sailed...

Cheers!
Taddy

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4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip. Long time want of mine, thanks for the trade OsNJCB! No idea on the age on this beer but I assume somewhat fresh.

A - Nice and clear amber body. Lots of rising carbonation. Initial pour yields a three finger high white head. Settles down to a neat cap with thick edging. Really tiny bubbles. Decent lacing with great retention. Has some alcoholic legs after swirling.

S - Huge Calvados presence. Tart and sweet apples, a layer of spice, oak and vanilla tannins. A bit of an earthy and lemon presence from the base beer, but it seems like the barrels are taking over here. Some burning alcohol. Smells like a barrel aged sweet apple liqueur.

T - Tart apples and some earthy spice followed by a large alcohol presence. Notes of oak, vanilla, hay and Belgian yeast. Rich butterscotch and caramel in the aftertaste. Mouth feel is silky, creamy and coating with a high level of carbonation.

O - Wow. This beer is out there. The rich butterscotch flavors in the aftertaste just plays so wonderfully off of the initial tart and sweet apple flavors. The spice and yeast from the base beer just adds to the complexity. Its boozy, but in the best way possible. Major props to Captain Lawrence for making such an interesting and unique beer. Crazy delicious.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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