Golden Delicious | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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601 Ratings
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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:
110
Gots:
106
For Trade:
5
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Photo of GreenMind
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of the_beerist
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Gary_Snyder
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of orangebison
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Two pours of approximately 6 oz each into footed Dogfish signature glass. Pale gold, lighter than expected, with thin white lacing. Aroma is apple skin, white grape, and oak, slightly sweet. Taste is racy, juicy apple flesh and grainy sweetness. Notes of oak, vanilla, toast and coconut. Dry, warming and slightly tannic finish, like you get with some ciders. Wonderful barrel character - tangy and woody. Heat is somewhere above moderate - assertive, lets you know it means business. Feel is on the thin side, slightly less carbonation than other tripels. I liked it even more than I'd hoped, and I'd say it stacks up well with Curieux, though they're notably different.

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Photo of Casterbridge
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Small, but lasting head. Leaves a blanket if lace. Dark gold color and nearly clear.

Sweet caramel start to the nose.

Strong alcohol and sweet are the initial tastes. Very rich and creamy. Lightly sour with a sugary finish. The body is chewy with a lower carbonation. Sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of sludgegnome
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 manfromanotherplace
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mklisz
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rockrob
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Onemoresolo
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 batch, poured into a snifter. I'm not sure if this is going to be my kind of beer, I don't like brandy, but I work at a liquor store and this is my homework. Tough life, I know.

Look: Hazy pale golden with a decent, lasting head for an 11% beer. Looks like a tripel.

Smell: There's a generous amount of sweet apple brandy notes here, light barrel character, and a hint of the Belgian yeast, backed by a subtle fruitiness from the Amarillo dry-hopping. The brandy character is very powerful, but there's really no suggestion of the high ABV here, just brandy.

Taste: Very complex, equally sweet. Initial flavor is concentrated apple brandy, building up towards a sweet, barrel-influenced finish with notes of toffee and caramel joining up with the apple brandy. A bit too boozy and cloying for me, but the flavor is very well-defined. Not bad, but somewhat challenging to drink as it warms because of the sweetness, alcohol notes from the brandy, and the overall ABV of 11% that isn't subtle. The Belgian yeast and Amarillo dry-hopping are merely background notes here.

Feel: Slick, somewhat syrupy, though with a fair amount of carbonation considering the ABV and barrel-aging.

Overall: The bronze medals in '08 and '12 are a perfect summary of this beer. It achieves what it sets out to do, but it's just so damn sweet and hot. I'm working my way down to the last of the 12oz and find myself struggling. I don't love it, but I had to try it.

I wouldn't recommend a 4pk, but if you can find a single bottle and you're someone with a sweet tooth looking for a sipper, this beer is for you.

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Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of justintcoons
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed chalice.

Appearance
Hazy gold with 1+ fingers of white head. Light carbonation.

Nose
Apple brandy, apple cider, cinnamon, wood, and caramel cubes.

Taste
Apple brandy liquor flavors. Toffee and caramel cubes. Apple cider and golden delicious pulp. Pale candy sugar with hints of oak and cinnamon booziness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, oily, boozy, and warming.

Overall
Has some well integrated apple brandy flavors, but man this is a boozy one.

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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 601 ratings.
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