Golden Delicious | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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3.9/5
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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
Ranking:
#8,377
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
628
pDev:
14.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
109
Gots:
110
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 628 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to codewarrior for this one! 750ml bottle split with friends.

A: Pours a hazy bright apple juice/apricot color with a short lived white head that faded into a fuzzy scum that left spotty lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet notes of fruit juice, boozy brandy and a little bit of honey. Smells like it sounds.
T: I get flavors of the juice from sweet golden fruits, honey, white grapes, brandy, green apples and a pretty crisp and clean apple finish. Brandy is warming in the aftertaste.
M: Fizzy but soft carbonation with big bubbles. Medium thick body. Greasy and slick mouthfeel. Warming alcohol, but for 12% this is very smooth.
O: I was a bit skeptical but I thought this was really well done. Crisp tripel flavors with an interesting apple brandy complexity. Sweet but drinkable. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Pours a dense, hazy golden hue with a tinge of apricot. Translucent. Head is very effervescent and recedes with the quickness. Remaining lacy is spotty at best. Nose has a nice blast of apple with the traditional Belgian yeast associated with the style. While I'm not a fan of of Belgian beers even a little, this one is palatable, as the barrel characteristics are pretty dominant. The taste has a nice green apple kind of tartness to it, while simultneously having a caramel type of sweetness to it. This works well. The mouthfeel is a bit hot, but I like it. This has a genuine beer/alchohol hybrid feel to it. It's hard to tell what it is you're drinking at times, and I guess I enjoy that. There's a lingering tartness on this that just works so well. Overall, this is a damn fine beer. Especially since I hate Belgian style beers. Very pleasant surprise indeed.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with some brighter yellow colors. A froth of bubbly white head slowly dissolves, leaving a couple patches of lacing on the glass.

Fairly boozy up front with a mix of apples and pears. Belgian yeast and a soft funk mixed with brandy sweetness and a hint of caramel. Oak and vanilla with warmth.

A kick of vanilla and booze up front, quickly softened by some fruity tones. The apple brandy is pretty prevalent, but really tasty as it combines with some lighter fruit flavor. Yeasty with some bready tones and very faint funkiness. Oak and vanilla creeps into the back end along with another dash of the apple brandy.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and coating on the tongue. I know this beer has some mixed reviews but I've always liked it, especially the somewhat aggressiveness of the apple brandy.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into sampler.
Pours a hazy light golden with a good amount of head. It doesnt look very out of the ordinary.
The smell is fantastic. You really smell the apple, but its mixed well with bready belgian malts and yeast, and some nice floral hops.
Taste is also of belgian yeast and some slight hop notes. Apple isnt as in your face in the flavor as the aroma, but it is still there.
Its a bit "light" or mild, especially for a tripel and the alcohol is hidden extremely well. You would never know it was 12%!
Overall, really nice unique brew from a great brewer.

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Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jsanford
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a creamy white head that settles to a thin haze.
S - Wonderful apple-forward aromas, followed by brandy, earthy grain, floral hops, oak, citrus hops, and ripe pear. Golden Delicious, indeed!
T - Loads of apples with a boozy dose of brandy, crisp grain, tropical hops, oak, vanilla, ripe pears, and Belgian-style yeast. Tastes fiery yet smooth, similar to the brandy that preceded it's time in the barrels.
M - Big and buttery, with a medium mouthfeel and sharp carbonation. Probably a bit over-carbed for my liking, probably my biggest complaint about the beer.
O - A very unique and memorable beer, I'd like to see other brews receive these unique barrel treatments!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tobelerone
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An oddball beer that's not entirely successful for me. Pours a cloudy apple juice color with a snow white head that settles down quickly to a creamy band on top. Very good lacing.

Aroma of apples, of course, boozy fumes, yeast, spices; sweetness. Pretty nice overall.

Flavor is a bit all over the place and confusing to a degree; there is a strong apple presence followed quickly by a sharp bitterness, yeasty Belgian tripel style flavor; spices; palpably boozy. Sweetness emerges over time; apples and bitterness really linger in the finish. Feels a little hot; the 12% ABV is definitely apparent.

Medium carbonation for the style; slightly full and creamy..actually quite a nice mouthfeel, not overly prickly.

Worth a try if you like tripels and apples; don't think I'd buy this one again but glad I got a chance to share a bottle with the missus.

Edit: In retrospect this was just too over-the-top boozy; I could have used a third person to split the bottle with.

ANOTHER EDIT: Revisiting this beer a mere 2000 ticks or so later. Clearly i first tried this way too early and it went a little over my head. Terrific marriage of tripel with the barrel aging, Apple brandy is bold and in your face, becoming slightly boozy and fusel as it warms but still very tasty. 12 oz package is very nice as a 750 is a lot of something of this strength and intensity. Much less bitter than I first posited. All around brilliant concept carried off extremely well.

My earlier self is just the kind of person I tend to deride now: you buy a barrel aged 12% abv beer and say it's too boozy? Shoulda stuck to the shallow end of the pool. Revisiting early ticks and reviews is extremely illuminating - give it a try sometime!

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellowish-orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet apple aroma with a strong brandy barrel character along with subtle earthy hops and estery light fruit notes. Subtle earthy oak along with lots of vanilla and apple brandy. Some zesty spice and fruit notes from the yeast, notably more apple and some pear.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture and a very prominent barrel character. Some dry, toasted oak along with vanilla, caramel apple and brandy. Although there is a lot of brandy flavor it's very sweet and smooth with just a little heat. Only subtle warmth in the finish. The apply brandy is complimented by light fruit notes from the yeast. Some zesty spice and faint earthy hops for balance but it's still very sweet and slightly one-dimensional. I could see how some would think that it's way too sweet but I had no trouble polishing off the whole 750ml.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 628 ratings