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Golden Delicious by Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Tripel
0.00 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 05/12/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 8 14 3 7 2010
750ml

Received in a trade a while back from EriktheRed, thanks a lot Erik! Golden Delicious pours a deep golden with hints of orange. Large carbonation bubbles rise from everywhere through the slightly hazed liquid. The head grew to one and a half fingers of clean white frothiness. Eventually fell to a finger and was supported by the massive amounts of carbonation.

The smell is loaded with juicy apple brandy and oak. There's a touch of vanilla and some sweet candied apple throughout although muted. This definitely smells good but I can't pull much, if any, tripel out of the glass. The barrel aging is certainly evident though.

This beer will warm you up right off the bat. There isn't much tripel in the flavor either. Freshly picked and squeezed apples up front, well, throughout actually with a juicy sweetness on the swallow. Oak and vanilla sway in and out of the fray. The alcohol isn't all that noticeable until after the swallow. The whole gullet warms when it hits the belly. Again, this is not much of a tripel but good none the less.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It's all together light and effervescent to the point of being velvety but still moving quickly.

A snifter of this in a sitting is enough for me, maybe two. That's the most I could handle at a time. Two snifters would be pushing it though.

An interesting idea from Captain Lawrence but falls a bit short of expectations.. One I was anxiously awaiting the release of. Golden Delicious is good but I think the barrel aging was overdone. I have another bottle I'm going to give a year or two. Maybe that'll help mellow things out.

Reviewed: 4/20/08

Served In: Snifter

Review by Westside Threat on 04/17/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 2 10 12 3 5 2008
A: Pours a super fizzy, cloudy apricot colored brew with a cool conjuring stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Head is thin, wispy and still fizzing a little bit..pinkish tinted.

S: Fresh green plums, raspberries, oak, granny smith apples and honey.

T: Whoooo doggy! This tastes NOTHING like the aroma! First sip brings cumquats, apricot, fig and red plum to the palate. Strong alcoholic vapors drenched with honey, riesling and golden raisins move in next…pleading the mouth to swallow. Then the swallow…Christ, what’s the alcohol content in this? Tastes like they added straight liquor into this beer. It’s a bit over the top and now I understand why the reviews weren’t stellar. The apple doesn’t show up until after the swallow and its sort of a mixture between Jolly Rancher apple and earthy red apple peels. Finishes with a lot of alcohol, lingers yellow apple on the palate and some peachy esters.

M: Medium body, little bit fizzy.

D: I wasn’t planning on drinking this beer tonight, but I noticed a small leak in the cap when I received it, so drinking it sooner than later was the way to go. This one needs some time…but I’m really not sure if that will cure the strong alcohol taste going on. But…I would recommend sitting on this one. Two years. Not sure what that will do to the rest of the beer, but its pretty rough right now.

Served In: Wine Glass

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