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:
603
Reviews:
212
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
106
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 603 |  Reviews: 212
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a slightly hazy orange color with a moderately paced carbonation seen rising to feed a rapidly dissipating head. Light lacing speckled the glass in a messy sort of way. The smell started off with a soft yet slightly tart to sweet to light sour apple. Light spice interweaves itself in and out allowing a light breadiness to round it out. Light citrus and freshly cut grass roll in and out as it warms. The taste was semi-sweet and carried the sour back to lead to a crisp apple. A crisp and fresh subtle fresh grassy and sweet apple aftertaste starts and leads to subtle dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sipping to sessionable quality. Weird, it feels like I want to pound this, but the ABV isn’t exactly suspect. I really don’t feel the 11%, still I get this and believe it to be good. Did the ABV fade? I dunno. Overall, this is a wonderful tripel with the apple notes streaming all about in the aroma and taste.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.76/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

**
2015
On tap at blend. Lots of Wang. And Sour apple wang. Urine. Not good. Yuck.......
Thought I was going to like this; guess that was a bad call.

**

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of micropale
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmg480
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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 KAP1356
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -1.5%
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 +5.3%
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 AnitaBrewski
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eddiefl
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
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 -1.3%
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 millerbuffoon
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjd315
2.69/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smanson56
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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 paleoplant
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkeefe1800
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Millereddie3
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zero_signal
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 603 ratings.
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