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:
604
Reviews:
212
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
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109
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

triple aged in apple brandy barrels, an overwhelming success. this pours like a triple should, light and bright, with a fading white head and some slowly rising bubbles. tons of green apple character on the nose from the brandy, very fresh and autumnal. smells hot too, almost like a spirit more than a beer. complex but subtle grain profile, some oats likely in here giving it a round body and a smoothness thats just awesome. i dont get a lot of classically belgian yeast at all, but i go get very intense apple flavors from the brandy, not too too sweet, just right. a long fruity finish is a nice way to cap this brew off, very well done overall. medium body but the residual sugar makes it drink a little heavy. they have gotten a lot of influence from the interesting barrel here, this is unique and delicious. a style that doesnt get much barrel attention but this proves it should probably command some more.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a golden color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer wasn't too much like apple, but it did have some nice sweet grain with some barrel aged aromas in there too. The taste gave off some of the apple flavors that I was hoping for. The beer had a crisp taste to it. The mouthfeel was sharp and dry feeling. Overall it was a pretty interesting brew, I enjoyed it but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

Second review from bottle: poured slightly hazy golden in golden. Decent aromas, some barrel and apple on the nose. The taste is pretty good subtle apple and more boozy heat than I think it should have. Mouthfeel is good but warms the throat. Overall boozy as hell. Not bad but should sipped

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a thin ring of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are aromas of apples and spice in the nose.
T: Flavors of apple brandy are very apparent in the taste due to the barrel aging; there are also hints of spices and a light amount of bitterness. It tastes quite acidic at first but becomes sweeter as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The drinkability improves as the beer warms up, although I'm still not sure if I could have more than one of these in a sitting. It's definitely a beer that needs to be sipped.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to Anthony for making this review possible!

Bottle opened with a "pssh", in the glass there wasn't much carbonation, but a visually appealing web of tiny bubbles sat on the surface. Some spotty lacing too, but I think the higher abv contributed to a general lack of foam. The body was a hazy gold, and over time there was a string of pearls that clung to one side of the glass.

Aroma was fruity, floral, yet somewhat subdued. Pleasant, and not too boozy.

Flavor was dry, apple, cidery minus any sourness, plenty of spicy oak, with a touch of noticeable alcohol (this is a tripel after all). Slightly sweet but mostly dry in the finish. Light carb with a mellow feel. I'd suspect this would really creep on you if drinking a bottle to yourself.

It was nice to try this one, CL always makes good use of their barrels. Thanks again Anthony!

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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a meringue of a head that tracks strands of lace

Smell: The heat from the alcohol is a bit too aggressive to get a good sense of the underlying elements, but there is clearly some tart apple and oak in the mix

Taste: Fruity, up front, with the tart apple and a hint of vanilla toffee; the tartness builds, after the swallow, in a way that I suspect may have something to do with Brett; while there remains a lingering sweetness underneath, the overall finish is dry and oaky

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some heat from the abv and a puckering sensation from the tartness

Overall: I expected to like this more than I did; there was just a bit too much dominance from the barrel aging relative to the other elements in the flavor profile

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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into wine glass, this was a gusher as soon as I opened it, didn’t lose too much beer. Pours hazy golden amber color with a dense 1 finger white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Decent lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of apple cider, apple skin, brandy booziness, and a bit of spice. Interesting aromas with good strength. Taste of huge slightly tart apples, apple skin, honey, spiciness, and a bit of citrus. Lingering notes of spice, apple, and citrus sweetness on the finish. No bitterness noticed, as expected for a tripel. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste, with only a slight warming on the finish noticed. Very smooth drinking as well for being 10%. Nice balance of flavors without having too much sweetness. Overall, and excellent tripel, a little to boozy in the nose, but the taste tells a whole different story.

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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.

Pours about a finger of white head. Fades to a thinner layer but leaves some nice lace. Color is a slight hazed golden yellow.

Aroma: Sweet crisp apples. Mellow brandy. Grassy herbal hops. Pears, orange peel, and spice flavors. A touch of yeast. A really nice smelling tripel.

Taste: A lot more brandy and alcohol here than in the nose. Pears and dried red apples shows. Cloves and spice notes. Grassy herbal hops again. Some very nice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Dry and boozy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Fairly crisp here. Ends with some sweetness and alcohol.

Overall, a really nice take on a tripel. The barrels added a lot of heat, but a nice layer. Maybe a bit too hot, but I enjoyed it. Fairly drinkable as well, but I can see this going straight to my head.

Edit: as it warms a bit, I am getting a green apple bite to it. Granny smith apples fo sho

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

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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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3.97/5  rDev +1%
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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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 604 ratings.
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